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Don't forget to register for the 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - JULY 4-8, 2018 (Click title for more information!)
Join other Brethren from around the denomination at this year's Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moderator Samuel Sarpiya and Moderator-Elect Donita Keister will lead us in round table discussions, conference business, and worship all centered around the theme, "Living Parables", based on Matthew 9:35-38. Delegate registration opened up in March, but many Virlina congregations have yet to register a delegate. Hotel rooms are going fast, so please register as soon as possible. To register, visit http://www.brethren.org/ac/. If you need assistance or have questions, contact the Annual Conference office by email <firstname.lastname@example.org>; or by phone 800-323-8039, ext 364 or 365.
BrainFreeze Brainstorm - Coming to a Congregation Near You!!
We want to hear from you about how the district can support ministry to children, youth and young adults. Please join us for ice cream and an afternoon of brainstorming. Whether you ARE youth or young adults, have kids in our churches, or just have a heart for young people of all ages, your ideas matter. Four Virlina churches have agreed to host these brainstorming sessions, so you can choose the location and date that works best for you. We hope to see you there!
Check below for a host congregation and date that works for you. ALL are welcome to attend! Please let us know you are coming by completing PRE-REGISTRATION. Also, click here for a printable bulletin insert.
Saturday, June 2 at Christiansburg COB beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 at Cloverdale COB beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 at Henry Fork COB beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 30 at First Church (Eden, NC) beginning at 3:30 p.m.
YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE - MAY 25-27, 2018
The 2018 Young Adult Conference (YAC) will be held May 25-27 at Camp Brethren Woods, near Keezletown, Virginia. The theme is "Teach with your life" from I timothy 4:11-16. YAC offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more. The registration is $130 which includes food, lodging and programming. Questions? Contact Becky Ullom Naugle in the Youth/Young Adult Ministry Office at <email@example.com> or (847)429-4385.
CHILLIN' AND GRILLIN' DISTRICT MEN'S DINNER - JUNE 1, 2018 (Click title for more information)
Come and join Roger, Bruce and Carl Stultz as they fire up the grill, share reflections about their faith, and tell stories about cooking and sharing food with each other and their church family. Roger, Bruce and Carl, the sons of the late Owen and Flemmie Stultz, are members of the Summerdean COB. The event will be held at the Summerdean Church of the Brethren and will begin at 6 p.m. Participants will grill, eat, share, reflect, and relax together on this first Friday of June. This event is being hosted by the Virlina District Spiritual Development Retreat Committee. To register please call or email the District Resource Center: (540) 362-1816; VirlinaSecretary@gmail.com. The cost of the event is $10.00. This can be paid on the night of the event or prior by sending a check made payable to "Virlina District" to the Virlina District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road NE, Roanoke, VA 24012. Please let us know you are coming by Friday, May 25, so that we have enough food. Click here to download the registration form/flyer.
NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE (NYC) – JULY 21-26, 2018 (Click Title for more information)
Participants in National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 will focus on the theme “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ.” The scriptural theme is from Colossians 3:12-15: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” Kelsey Murray is the 2018 NYC coordinator and Carol Elmore (Virlina District) is an advisor on the National Youth Cabinet.
NYC will take place July 21-26, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado. The event is for youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college at the time of NYC (or are age equivalent to this range) and their advisors.
Virlina's taking buses! For more information, contact Mary St. John at 540-362-1816.
“MAKING SENSE OF ADOPTION: LEARNING FROM OTHERS’ STORIES” – AUGUST 18, 2018
Chances are that you know someone who has adopted, is adopted, or might be thinking about adoption. On August 18 at Copper Hill Church of the Brethren, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., we will gather to hear, tell, and learn from adoption stories. The conversation will focus around these questions: Why adopt? How does one adopt? What do I wish I knew before adopting? What is adoption like for the child being adopted? What are the joys of adoption? The challenges? What do I wish my pastor/congregation knew? Lunch will be prepared by the Copper Hill Youth Group (donations requested). This event is free, however we ask that you register so we will have a count for the meal and childcare. Please register by August 10. To register, fill out the online form -- OR -- download and print this registration form. The Registration Form is also the flyer. Please print and share with others!!
"OPEN aRMS, oPEN dOORS" dISABILITIES mINISTRY eVENT - sEPTEMBER 8, 2018
The Virlina Disabilities Ministry Committee’s focus has been expanded to include persons of all age groups and abilities. Our goal is: “To include everyone who is “other abled” in the life, worship and activities in all Church of the Brethren Congregations in Virlina District.” To do so, we are offering a time to come together for a “needs survey”, through round table sharing with each other. We hope that this will give you a voice to share your needs. It will also assist us to develop a plan as we work to meet the needs of our Virlina members and congregations. This conversation will take place at the Summerdean Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, VA on September 8, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. To help us prepare, please pre-register. Get a printable registration form/flyer for the event. You can also register online.
“LISTENING TO GOD IN A NOISY WORLD” - OCTOBER 13, 2018 (Click Title for more information)
Television, the internet, cell phones, social media updates, constant "breaking news" alerts, and many other distractions, make it hard to listen to God. Join the Spiritual Development Retreat Committee at Camp Bethel on Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for our annual Fall retreat. We will learn and reflect together on how to be more attentive to God's voice and presence. The event leaders, Hannah Oakes and Dick Gottshall, will each offer their own guidance and perspectives on this topic. The cost of the event, which includes lunch, is $25.00. Click here for registration information.
WHAT EXACTLY IS DISASTER RESPONSE?
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER
The District Resource Center has a large volume of printed resources, including books and periodicals. We need volunteers to record which resources we have so we can make them more easily accessible for others to borrow. This would be a great project for youth who are looking for community service or volunteer hours. Call the office or email Tabitha if you are interested: 95400 362-1816 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS?
Did you know that the District Resource Center can run background checks for church employees and volunteers? Completing background checks for those persons who work with minors or volunteer regularly is a good practice to start and maintain. Congregations looking to hire new staff who will be interacting with minors, operating church vehicles, or managing funds, need to seriously consider having a background check run on applicants. Each check costs only $8.50. To learn more or request an authorization form for a background check, contact Tabitha (540) 362-1816 or <email@example.com>.
INTERESTED IN BEING A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER?
Ever wondered about the work that hospice volunteers do? Carilion Clinic Hospice would treasure more volunteers to provide occasional relief support to our hospice families. Founded in 1980, Carilion Roanoke Hospice was the first hospice in Roanoke. Ever since then our trained and dedicated volunteers have offered practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families. Our volunteer training provides information about the many aspects of the dying process and the various ways to assist the dying through their end of life journey. Many of our graduates find the training itself a transforming experience. There is no obligation to volunteer upon completion of the training. Call Sue Huntington (540) 224-4795 for information about our Monday afternoon classes starting April 2.
COUPLES ENRICHMENT TRAINING - MAY 21, 2018
This is a Training Opportunity to assist you in working with couples to build better relationships.
Join us for a one day facilitator’s workshop to train you in the use of a couple assessment tool, www.prepare-enrich.com that will be beneficial in your work with couples. Prepare and Enrich is a customized online assessment for either premarital or marital couples to assess their strengths and growth areas. Based on a couple's assessment results, the facilitator provides 4-8 feedback sessions to help the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills. This assessment is built on solid research with proven outcomes that will help you make a positive impact in the couple relationship. Carl and Nancy Terry are the Trainers. They have been leaders in the marriage enrichment field for over 35 years and Seminar Directors for Prepare/Enrich since 2004
The next class will be on May 21, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, Raleigh, N.C. Cost is $195 per person, discounts are available to couples and students. Lunch and snacks are included. Registration deadline is May 10, 2018. Please contact Carl Terry, firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 559-2696 to register or for more information.
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER CONFERENCE – MAY 31, 2018
The West Virginia Council of Churches is sponsoring a conference on Substance Use Disorder on May 31st from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m that morning. There is a $15 registration fee. Ordained ministers of the Virlina District may receive .3 CEU’s by turning in proof of attendance.
This conference will be an opportunity for anyone from across the state to learn more about the central issues connected with substance use disorder, have a discussion around those issues, and take concrete, actionable solutions back to their communities.
West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in our nation. Substance use disorder has become an epidemic in our state. It’s because of this reality that the West Virginia Council of Churches has felt a call to action. Through a generous grant from the Benedum Foundation, we have met with people throughout West Virginia during listening events aimed at hearing the concerns, experiences, and stories of people affected in one way or another by the consequences of substance use disorder. The results of these events have become the motivation behind mobilizing clergy and churches around this issue. Those results will be presented and discussed during this year's conference. In addition, presenters from the front lines of the struggle as will share practical tips regarding Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery.
For 137 years, churches in West Virginia have come together in response to the need to improve the lives of the people of the state. In these times, we join as disciples united under the One who came, “that all may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). To learn more visit www.wvcc.org, or call us at (304) 344-3141.
NEW COMMUNITY PROJECT LEARNING TOURS FOR 2018
NCP Learning Tours build community with our neighbors, explore important justice and environmental concerns, and offer opportunities to reflect on the connections between our world and their world. Expect basic but safe accommodations, an encounter with other cultures and ecosystems, good traveling companions, and plenty to think about. Trips are open to people of all ages, with every effort made to create experiences for folks from across the age and ability spectrum. Cost excludes airfare and visas, but includes all on-the-ground expenses.
Ecuadorian Amazon – Deep Jungle (May 26 – June 2) Leaders: Delio, David Radcliff, Dr. Dustin Wilgers Cost: $900 ($825—student) (plus airfare to and from Quito) Head deep into the Amazon Rainforest to the Yasuni National Park—one of the most biodiverse – and threatened – spots on earth. Explore the rainforest, guided by Siona shaman Delio; see monkeys, birds, pink dolphins, the ceiba tree (“Spirit Tree”)—maybe even a jaguar; observe the impacts of oil drilling and ranching; visit indigenous Waorani and Sequoia native communities; accommodations in tents while in the forest.
Diné (Navajo) Reservation, New Mexico (June 17-24) Leaders: Jim Therrien, David RadcliffCost: $175 (student $125) Experience the beauty of and challenges facing the land and people on the Diné reservation. Help with work projects in this native community northwest of Albuquerque; join with youth and elders to learn handcraft skills; learn about the history of the Diné, including boarding schools and The Long Walk. Explore current social issues, spiritual practices and the impacts of fracking; see local artists at work; visit nearby Chaco Culture NHP.
Dominican Republic: July 2-11 Leaders: Bartolo Incarnacion, Tom Benevento Cost: $525 ($450 - students) The Dominican Republic is best known for its emerald blue oceans, white sandy beaches and beautiful all inclusive resorts, but NCP will take you to a different side of that world. Live in a Batey community, learning about life for poor and marginalized immigrant Haitian/Dominican sugarcane workers who earn less than a dollar a day; explore environmental issues of the Caribbean region including deforestation, water scarcity, and the direct impacts of the climate crisis. See community development projects in action, learn from inspiring local activists, and get your hands dirty working alongside villagers to reforest their rugged mountainous homeland, creating edible forest ecosystems. Stay with village families and sleep on concrete floors in remote places.
Denali/Kenai Fjords National Parks, Alaska (July 29 – August 7) Leader: David Radcliff Cost: $825 ($675—student) (plus airfare to and from Anchorage) Camp at Savage River campground 15 miles inside the Park; hike along streams and up a nearby peak; see moose, grizzlies, Dall Sheep, a dogsled demonstration, and (if we’re lucky) Denali—the Great One (highest peak in North America); spend a day doing a volunteer work project; explore environmental issues facing Alaska. In Seward on the SE coast take a day-long fjords cruise to observe whales, walruses, seabirds, and a glacier; visit a sea life center; stay (indoors!) in a cozy hostel.
Arctic Village, Alaska August 7-15 Leaders: Charlie Swaney, David Radcliff Cost: $875 (plus airfare to and from Fairbanks) Visit this north-of-the-Arctic Circle community—Gwich’in by birth, caribou by culture. Meet Arctic advocacy groups in Fairbanks: learn about the threat of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the impacts of global warming. Then travel by small plane (included in registration) to Arctic Village. Hike and camp in sight of the Brooks Range, eat traditional foods, experience Gwich’in life and customs, maybe see migrating caribou. Spectacular!
Burma (Myanmar) January 5-16, 2019 Leaders: David Radcliff, Nyan Min Din, Saw Jimmy Zan Cost: $1075 ($975—student) (plus roundtrip airfare to Yangon) Visit this fascinating Southeast Asian country; see cultural and religious sites; learn about reforestation, women’s development and girls’ education projects supported by NCP; explore issues of poverty and ethnic conflict. Overnight trek (moderately strenuous) to Paloung hilltribe area, staying in local homes; travel by boat to the Southeast delta to visit microloan projects.
For more information or to register, visit <www.newcommunityproject.org> or contact David Radcliff by telephone at (844) 804-2985, by e-mail at <email@example.com., or by U.S. Mail at New Community Project, 117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064
TWELfTH ANNUAL RIVER FLOAT – MAY 19, 2018
The 12th Annual E. J. Smith River Float will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Germantown Brick Church to carpool and organize for float. The float will be from the Grassy Hill and Blue Bend section of Blackwater River and will exit at the Corn property for a picnic.
TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND – NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 6, 2018
You are invited to an informational meeting to learn about our upcoming trip to Israel and Jordan scheduled for November 27th – December 6th. This meeting will be held on Sunday, June 10, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Summerdean Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Virginia.
BUS TRIP TO VISIT AMISH COUNTRY AND SEE “JESUS” – JULY 13-14, 2018
Bethlehem Church of the Brethren (Boones Mill, VA) has a weekend bus trip planned for July 13-14, 2018. Included will be round trip motor coach transportation, an early dinner at Miller's Smorgasbord, the "Jesus" presentation at Sight & Sound Theatre, hotel accommodations for one night, a hot hotel breakfast, an admission with a box lunch to the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum (tour, wagon ride, and tastings), and water/light snacks during rest stops. We will also stop for a small late breakfast during travel on Friday and a dinner on route home at a Cracker Barrel (not included in total price). Someone will lead us in devotions each morning. All excursions/tickets/meals are reserved -- but we need to fill the bus! We have 12 spots available that need to be filled quickly. If you are interested, please contact Sharon G. Grindstaff at (540) 493-7252 or <firstname.lastname@example.org> for further details and price. We would love to have you go with us -- please respond quickly as deadlines are approaching.
upcoming credentialing services
CHOIR STOLES AVAILABLE
The New Covenant Church of the Brethren, in Chesterfield County, Virginia, has 16 choir stoles available for free to anyone that can use them. They are gold satin on one side and white satin on the other. If anyone is interested we will be happy to mail them to you. Contact Stephanie Connelly at< Stephanie.email@example.com> or call (804)216-0448.
2018 -- WORLD HUNGER AUCTION ACTIVITIES
Upcoming 2018 events:
CHORAL ANTHEMS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP
Summerdean Church of the Brethren has many choir anthems with multiple copies (15-20) that they would like to see used joyfully by other churches. Please contact Associate Pastor Adam Stultz at (540) 366-6835 or Roger Stultz (Music & Worship) at (540) 563-1493.
Congregational Employment Opportunities
Troutville Church of the Brethren is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to work 32-40 hours a month. Must be able to use Microsoft word and willing to learn other programs as needed. For information and a job description contact the office at (540) 992-1571.
A part-time position is available for a Director of Music who will work with Adults, Youth and Children at Ninth Street Church of the Brethren. If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Rosemary Palmer, Nurture Commission Chairperson at (540) 890-4718. To apply, please submit a resume to the church office, either by e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by US Mail at 1103 Ninth Street SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.
IS YOUR CONGREGATION HAVING A FALL LOVE FEAST?
Did you know that Brethren used to travel to participate in another congregation's Love Feast? In an effort to make this information accessible to all, please share your congregation's Fall Love Feast date with us. Let us know when your congregation's Love Feast service is by filling out this form: Fall Love Feasts in Virlina
UPCOMING CONGREGATIONAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
WOW – 125 YEARS AT ROANOKE – FIRST CHURCH – SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
125 years is an amazing accomplishment! Come celebrate this with the Roanoke-First Church of the Brethren on Saturday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. A meal will follow. The speakers will be our former pastor, David Racy Miller, and others. See you there! Save the date!