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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WAKEFIELD CHAPEL NEEDS VAN

A member of Wakefield Chapel is in dire need of a van.  She needs it for personal use as well as being able to pick up others to take to church.  It doesn't have to be in tip top shape.  Pastor Sam Ellis can make some repairs if needed.  Please prayerfully consider this need and you will be blessed by your donation.  For more information you may contact Pastor Sam by email samfrances@comcast.net.

MUSIC DIRECTOR/COORDINATORS NEEDED

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.

The Roanoke, Summerdean Church is seeking a Music Director/Coordinator. Keyboard/piano musicians are also needed. These are part-time positions. Anyone interested can contact the church office at (540) 366-6835 or Wanda Flora (540) 915-0587.

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.

YARD SALE AT GREEN HILL CHURCH – JUNE 17, 2017

Green Hill Church of the Brethren, 2699 Harborwood Road, Salem, will hold a yard sale at the church on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tables will be available for rent at $10.00. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. For more information, please call (540) 389-5109 or (540) 380-2129. Come and bring your friends!

100TH ANNIVERSARY AT GREEN HILL CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN – OCTOBER 22, 2017

Green Hill Church of the Brethren, located at 2699 Harborwood  Road, Salem, VA 24153 will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday October 22, 2017. The worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m.with David K. Shumate, District Executive Minister, speaking and former pastors participating. J.R. Cannaday will be the guest organist. A pot luck meal will follow the service. An informal program will be held in the afternoon featuring former members, including Bill Kinzie and  David Tate, who will perform musical selections and share from their past experiences at Green Hill.

2017 EVANGELISTIC, REVIVAL AND RENEWAL SERVICES

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Date Congregation Speaker
June 11-14                        Burks Fork, VA                Blonnie Gregory

July 23-27

Pleasant Valley, VA

David K. Shumate

August 20-22

Bethlehem, VA

Todd A. Reed

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 15-20

Beaver Creek, VA

Franklin D. Peters

October 22-25

Masons Cove, VA

Tabitha H. Rudy

 

2017 -- WORLD HUNGER AUCTION ACTIVITIES

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  • WORLD HUNGER AUCTION: Saturday, August 12, 2017 starting at 9:30AM - The culmination to our year of fund-raising activities, the World Hunger Auction, is held each August at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Rocky Mount, VA. The auction includes the sale of crafts, quilts, toys, produce, baked and canned goods, special services and much more. Come early for the best selection. Let the highest bidder win, for doing what we can opens the door for God to do much more.

 

 

 

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ARE YOU A DR, NURSE PRACTIONER, RN, LPN, OR EMT?

The First Aid Office at Annual Conference in Grand Rapids is looking for  DR.’s, RN’s, LPN’s and EMT’s who would be willing to volunteer a few hours during Annual Conference this summer.  Dr. Rosalie McBride of Northern Indiana District is coordinating the First Aid Office this summer in Grand Rapids and would be glad to hear from willing volunteers!  Please contact her at: <rosalie.l.mcbride@gmail.com>.

DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED DURING ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The District Resource Center will be closed beginning Friday, June 23, at 6 p.m. and will reopen on Wednesday, July 5, at 9 a.m. This closing will allow the staff to attend the Council of District Executives, the Annual Conference and to enjoy the national holiday on July 4. If there is need to contact the staff, you may e-mail either virlina@aol.com or virlina2@aol.com.

PRACTICE OF MINISTRY DAY – AUGUST 5, 2017

The 2017 Practice of Ministry Day will be Saturday, August 5, 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Summerdean Church (6604 Plantation Road, Roanoke, Virginia).  The theme will be "Addressing Difficult Issues in Pastoral Care."   Leadership for the day will be provided by Bryan Harness, an ordained minister of the Lynchburg Church who serves as a hospital chaplain, and Beth Jarrett, pastor of the Harrisonburg-First Church. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers. 

NATIONAL OLDER ADULT CONFERENCE (NOAC) – SEPTEMBER 4-8, 2017

Inspiration 2017, the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), is a spirit filled gathering of those 50+.  The theme will be “Generations” from Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall laud God’s works to another and shall declare God’s mighty acts.”   NOAC will be held September 4-8 at Lake Junaluska Conference Center in Western North Carolina.  For more information or to register, go to the website, <www.brethren.org/noac>.

NOAC leadership will include:  Bible Studies - Stephen Reid, Preachers -Rodger Nishioka, Susan Boyer, and Wendy McFadden, and Kenote Speakers - Missy Buchanan, Jim Wallis, and Peggy Reiff Miller. In addition to Bible study, worship, and presentations, there are many activities, service projects, meals, fellowship times and ice cream socials.

Bus transportation will be available from two districts with stops in Roanoke: from the Mid-Atlantic District bus contact Pat Ecker at (410) 871-0765 or at <wecker@gis.net> or from Shenandoah District contact Sandy Kinsey at (540-234-8555 or at <districtoffice@shencob.org>.

"CREATED TO CREATE" - SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

"Created to Create," a spiritual development retreat, will take place on Saturday. September 30, in the House of Pillars at Camp Bethel.  The scripture focus will be Isaiah 64:8 (NRSV), "Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." Stephanie L. Connelly, artist, former Pilgrimage Retreat Coordinator, and member of the New Covenant Church of the Brethren, will be the retreat leader.  A flyer with details and registration form has been sent to your pastor or you may contact us for your own copy at eheadliner@aol.com.

“CHURCHES IN THE SKY BUS TOUR” - OCTOBER 14, 2017

Our Brethren Heritage bus tour is planned for Saturday, October 14, 2017. This year’s fall foliage outing is entitled “Churches in the Sky” and will include visits to a number of North Carolina and Virginia congregations in Southeastern and Virlina Districts. Among those visited will be New Haven, Mount Carmel, Peak Creek, Little Pine, Shelton and Saint Paul. Several historical presentations will be a part of this tour and continuing education credits will be available for ordained ministers.

The cost, including the luncheon meal and refreshments, is $39.99. The tour will depart from the District Resource Center in Roanoke and may make an intermediate stop in the Christiansburg or Dublin-areas if demand warrants. The luncheon meal will be available at the Peak Creek Church as they are having their annual Fall Festival that day! Please contact Betty M. Wills at the District Resource Center to reserve your spot and make your check out to Virlina District Board – Church of the Brethren (put “Heritage Tour” in memo spot).

BRETHREN DISASTER MINISTRIES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We send you greetings from sunny and warm Columbia, SC!  We are very grateful for the many of you that have already served alongside us as we partner with many other agencies in the continuing recovery efforts from the 2015 storms.  Without your faithful service to this ministry, we would not be able to assist our clients in returning to safe, sanitary and secure homes.  THANK YOU!

We would like to make you aware of several volunteer opportunities we have available in SC, at the new Eureka, MO project and at the current DRSI project:

July 9-15 - Columbia, SC - 10 spots

July 23-29 – Columbia, SC – 5 spots - If you are interested in either of these weeks, please contact Kim Gingerich at <bdmsouthcarolina@gmail.com> or (717) 586-1874.

August 13-19 – Eureka, MO – 15 spots

August 20-26 – Eureka, MO – 15 spots - If you are interested in either of these weeks, please be in contact with Jenn Dorsch at <jdorsch@brethren.org> or (410) 635-8737

Nov 5-11 – Project 1/TBD – 15 spots -  If you are interested in this week please be in contact with Jenn Dorsch at <jdorsch@brethren.org> or (410) 635-8737

The Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) deployed a team to Ottawa and Naplate, IL in response to the Feb. 28 EF3 Tornado, which left 68 nursing home patients homeless and approximately 600 homes damaged. This team is part of a pilot partnership with the Church of the Brethren, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries. Since being invited into the community, the team has been supporting the Long-Term Recovery Group formation as the community is planning their recovery.

The community is now at a point where a few cases have been through case management and have funding that is approved to pay for the materials. The next step is to find volunteers to help with the work! We are currently searching for volunteers who might be able to help with the construction labor to begin work on repairing a few survivors’ homes in Ottawa, IL. This will not be a typical BDM site but is a way to help jump start the beginning of rebuilding sooner and no construction experience is required.

Starting now, the three denominations are looking for any length of time volunteers are available even if it is only for a day or two from more local volunteers. Housing, tools and construction materials and leadership will be provided for volunteers connected with BDM. Volunteers will need to cover their own transportation and food while serving. For more information or to sign up to help, please contact Tim Sheaffer at <tim@drsiteam.org> or (717) 713-3834.

Again, we thank you for all you do to support this very vital ministry!  We can not do it without you!!  We look forward to hearing from you and serving with you!!   

FULL TIME FOOD SERVICES COORDINATOR AT CAMP BETHEL IN FINCASTLE, VA

Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Virginia seeks a dependable, caring leader to be our full-time salaried Food Services Coordinator. Culinary experience or training is required, and staff management experience is preferred. This position is available beginning May 30, and we must fill this position no later than July 1. Employee will overlap and work with our current Food Services Coordinator until July 31. Starting benefits package includes salary of $29,000, optional family medical insurance plan, a pension plan, and professional growth funds. Read the on-line application instructions, a detailed position description and more at www.CampBethelVirginia.org/jobs.

Camp Bethel’s current Food Services Coordinator, Brigitte Burton, will enter Law School this fall. Brigitte brought her unique wit, cooking skills, and efficiency to Camp Bethel, and since 2011 she has fed thousands during summer camps, retreats, and banquets. We celebrate with a big “Thank You!” to Brigitte for seven excellent years of service in Camp Bethel’s Ark Dining Hall. Brigitte’s last day at camp will be July 31. Mail greetings to Brigitte at 330 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA 24090.