Church of the Brethren
Virlina District
3402 Plantation Road, NE
Roanoke, Virginia  24012
(800) 847-5462
(540) 362-1816
Virlina District

Church of the Brethren
Continuing the Work of Jesus.  Peacefully. Simply. Together.
Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

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upcoming credentialing services

Tabitha H. Rudy, Interim Associate District Executive Minister, will be ordained to the ministry on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Roanoke, Ninth Street Church of the Brethren.

MONTE VISTA HOSTS SPAGHETTI SUPPER – JANUARY 20, 2018

The Monte Vista Church will host a spaghetti supper on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Donations will be accepted for “Seed, Scattered and Sown – Reaching Beyond This Generation.” A delicious spaghetti meal will be served from 4-6 p.m. In case of questionable weather, contact Lois Carr at (540) 929-4795. The Snow Date is February 3.

2018 -- WORLD HUNGER AUCTION ACTIVITIES

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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

The Williamson Road Church of the Brethren is seeking an Administrative Assistant. The hours needed are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Familiarity with standard office equipment and computer skills are expected. This is a perfect time to learn and train with us as we update our phone system and internet capabilities! Come help our loving and joyful church family. Call us at (540) 366-0291, or send cover letters and resumes to either <pastor@wrcob.roacoxmail.com> or <pwhammond22@gmail.com>.

Cloverdale Church of the Brethren has a part-time secretarial position available, with responsibilities including bulletin, newsletter, directory and document production, telephone and electronic communications, and administrative support of other staff and church groups.  Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Publisher, Website) and personable interaction with members and the public expected.  To apply, please submit a resume to the pastor by e-mail to patrick100@lumos.net

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 <officeninthstreet@verizon.net> or by US Mail at 1103 Ninth Street SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.

Music Director needed for Green Hill Church of the Brethren. Responsibilities include leading the congregational singing at Sunday morning worship services, weekly choir practice and seasonal music performances. Experience with hand chimes helpful. Salary is negotiable. Send resume to Green Hill Church of the Brethren, 2699 Harborwood Rd., Salem VA. Attention: K. Brown.

Ferrum Church of the Brethren is seeking a pianist to play on Sunday and special services. If interested contact Vetta Bayse at (540) 427-0505 or by e-mail at <ettba65@gmail.com>.

 

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 

Congregation Date of Love Feast Time of Service
Burks Fork October 14, 2017 7:00 PM
New Bethel October 21, 2017 5:00 PM
Bethlehem October 21, 2017 7:00 PM

UPCOMING CONGREGATIONAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

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2017 EVANGELISTIC, REVIVAL AND RENEWAL SERVICES

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Date Congregation Speaker
September 11-13 Bethel, VA Various Speakers
September 17-19 Troutville, VA Daniel D’Oleo
September 17-20 Oak Grove South, VA Dava C. Hensley
September 24-26 White Rock, VA D. Dewayne Troutt
September 24-27 Red Oak Grove, VA Ronald Coleman
September 24-27 Smith River, VA Roy U. Turpin
October 1-4 New Hope, VA D. Dewayne Troutt
October 1-4 Rocky Mount, 1st, VA Marvin D. Wade
October 1-6 Spruce Run, WV Richard W. Thomas, Sr.
October 2-5 Pulaski, First, VA Russell R. Payne, Jr.
October 8-11 Duncan Chapel, VA Wes Conner
October 8-11 Mount Hermon, VA Josh Cokendolpher
October 15-18 Eden, First, NC Timothy P. Harvey
October 15-20 Beaver Creek, VA Franklin D. Peters
October 22-25 Collinsville, VA Stafford C. Frederick
October 22-25 Masons Cove, VA Tabitha H. Rudy

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DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS

The District Resource Center will be closed from Friday, December 22, 2017, at 6 p.m. through Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9 a.m.  Phone messages and e-mail will be checked periodically.   

Achievement Sunday was November 26, 2017

Click here for our video on Facebook: 2017 Achievement Sunday Announcement

Recent HURRICANEs DISASTER RESPONSE OFFERING

As of November 30, 2017 we have received $52,230 from forty-five congregations and twenty-four households. We will continue to receive offerings from our congregations to underwrite denominational efforts in response to the hurricanes that have devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States and the entire Caribbean basin. Thus far, we have sent $40,000 to assist our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. We expect to send the remainder to other affected areas soon. Please send your congregation’s check to us (Virlina District Resource Center – 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012) with the following inscription on the memo line: “Hurricanes Offering – Account #33507.”

District Board Retreat rescheduled for January 6, 2018

In light of two memorial services that pertain to members of the district/camp staff or the district board on Saturday, December 2nd, the Executive Committee has rescheduled the District Board/Outdoor Ministry and New Church Development Committees Retreat to Saturday, January 6th, beginning at 8 a.m. at Camp Bethel.  Please note that this is an earlier start time than usual.

CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE - ROANOKE CENTER WINTER 2018

The first class at the Roanoke center for 2018 is BRETHREN LIFE AND THOUGHT, taught by David K. Shumate.  District Executive Minister. These Sunday afternoon classes will be held January 14, January 28, February 11
and February 25, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting) at the District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA. Tuition for the class is $75.00 and students are responsible for purchasing
the required textbooks which are: Fruit of the Vine, Donald F. Durnbaugh, Brethren press, 1997 and Another Way of Believing: A Brethren Theology, Dale W Brown, Brethren Press, 2005. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact Judy Mills, Center Coordinator at (540) 992-1980 or <pioneermom2805@yahoo.com>. Make checks payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail to: Judy Mills, Roanoke Center Coordinator, 2805 Nace Rd, Fincastle, VA 24090-4515. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers who choose to audit CGI classes.

CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE - SOUTHERN CENTER WINTER 2018

"Teaching and Learning in the Church" will be taught by Tabitha H. Rudy, Interim Associate District Executive Minister, on the following Saturdays: January 13, January 27 and February 10.  Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coulson Church of the Brethren.  Students will need to purchase the following books: Powerful Lesson Planning: Every Teacher's Guide to Effective Instruction by Janice Skowron (ISBN 978-1-63450-353-2) and Christian Education and the Emerging Church: Postmodern Faith Formation by Wendi Sargeant (ISBN 978-1-4982-0430-9).  They are available on Amazon and at other major book stores.  Other reading materials will be provided in class.  Because of scheduling conflicts, there are only three sessions.  It is important that students get a syllabus and come prepared for the first session of class. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact Sue Morris, Center Coordinator at (540) 651-8331 or <enncomlha@swva.net>.  Make checks payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail to: Sue Morris, Roanoke Center Coordinator, P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, Virginia 24079-0008. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers who choose to audit CGI classes.

CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE – SHENANDOAH CENTER – WINTER 2018

The Old Testament Class will be offered by the Shenandoah Center of the Christian Growth Institute during the Winter Session. Ryan Cooper, pastor of the Emmanuel Church of the Brethren in Mount Solon, Virginia, will be the instructor. The dates are January 6, January 27 and February 17, 2018. The Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament will serve as the text book for the course. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact Sarah Long, Center Coordinator at (540) 908-0423 or <ahntsarah@hotmail.com>. Tuition for the class is $75.00. Make checks payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail to: Sarah Long, Shenandoah Center Coordinator, 205 South Willow Street, Apartment C, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-1937. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers who audit class sessions.

SENIOR AND JUNIOR HIGH RETREATS - FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2018

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PILGRIMAGE XXII – MARCH 16-18, 2018

Pilgrimage XXII will be held March 16-18, 2018, at Camp Bethel.  People from 59 congregations in our district have attended this event which is a spiritual retreat for adults of all ages.  It is for the young and old, for the new Christian and the one who has been a Christian for decades.  Pilgrimage is for everyone because no matter where a person is on his or her faith journey, it is always good to take another step and draw closer to God.  The basic structure of the weekend is the same each year with talks, small groups, fun times, inspiring worship services, and much more.  Yet God continues to work in wonderful ways through this ministry, and we give Him all praise and honor!  The only way to truly understand what Pilgrimage has to offer is to experience it.  Prayerfully consider if this is your year to attend.  If you would like more information, please contact Karen Haynes at (336) 765-5263 or <haynesmk1986@yahoo.com> or go to <www.experiencepilgrimage.com>

ROUNDTABLE - APRIL 6-8, 2018

Roundtable will be held April 6-8, 2018 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. The speaker will be Marcus Harden from the Atlantic Southeast District. The Friday night entertainment will be Carnival. This event is planned by the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet. For more information e-mail <iycroundtable@gmail.com> or visit website at <http://iycroundtable.wixsite.com/iycbc/roundtable>.

CALLING THE CALLED: DISCERNMENT, DISCIPLESHIP, DIRECTION – APRIL 20-21, 2018

Calling the Called: Discernment – Discipleship - Direction, is an event jointly organized by the Shenandoah and Virlina Districts. It is an intentional time away from the routine of life for persons to discern what it means to be called by God to the set-apart ministry. 

Whether you are someone actively exploring the possibility of ministry or someone unsure of God’s calling this will be a helpful time of discernment and discovery.

Come and hear personal call stories, come and wrestle with biblical call stories, come and learn about the process of entering the set-apart ministry in the Church of the Brethren. Come for worship and fellowship; come and discover what it means to be a people called by God.

Calling the Called: Discernment - Discipleship – Direction will be held beginning at 5 p.m. with registration on Friday, April 20, 2018 through closing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Camp Bethel. The cost of registration is $50 per person which includes lodging at Camp Bethel, meals, classes and materials. CEU’s will be available for ordained ministers at $10 extra.

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CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE - MAY 16-19, 2018

Christiana Rice will be a keynote speaker and presenter at the Church Planting Conference hosted at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., on May 16-19, 2018. The conference is sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries.

The conference theme is “The Risk and Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally,” with the conference  text from John 1:14a.

Christiana Rice is an on-the-ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer with Thresholds <thresholdscommunity.org>, a community that helps people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. She seeks to participate in God’s restorative mission, leading a neighborhood faith community in San Diego, Calif. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of missionaries to that country. With Michael Frost she has co-authored the book, “To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth our Communities.” with Michael Frost (from Newsline of June 8, 2017).

NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE (NYC) – JULY 21-26, 2018

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. (Information from Newsline for March 18, 2017)

Virlina's taking buses!  For more information, contact Mary St. John at 540-362-1816.

Check out the District's Youth Facebook Page to stay up to date on our trip plans!

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 <virlina2@aol.com>.