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 CONGREGATIONAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

The Rocky Mount – First Church will celebrate its Sixtieth Anniversary on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

The Henry Fork Church will celebrate its Centennial on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

The Mount Hermon Church will mark its 125th Anniversary on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 6 p.m.

The Blue Ridge Church will observe its 130th Anniversary on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

The Green Hill Church will celebrate 100 years of ministry on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

BEAVER CREEK MEN’S AND WOMEN'S CONFERENCE - AUGUST 26, 2017

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren invites all who are able to attend their annual Men and Women's Conference, which will be held on August 26 from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  Leadership will be offered by Gary and Ann Robertson of the Compassion Church in Axton, VA.  Breakfast will be served 8:00 a.m., followed by gospel music performed by the Hylton Sisters.  Contact Pastor Marvin Wade at (540) 808-5683 to reserve your spot or for more information.

BITTERSWEET GOSPEL BAND CONCERT – AUGUST 27, 2017

The Summerdean Church of the Brethren and the Iglesia Cristiana Renacer are hosting a concert on Sunday, August 27th at 5:00 p.m. The Bittersweet Gospel Band performs Contemporary Christian and, Christian rock music which is up-lifting with a message of high-moral Christian standards.  Come to enjoy the music of Bittersweet and support their ministry in Tijuana, Mexico. A free will offering will be collected to support this ministry. The Summerdean Church is located at 6604 Plantation Road in Roanoke, VA 24019.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY: CREATING SAFE SPACES WORKSHOP - SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Calling all children's teachers, nursery helpers, and VBS and children's ministry volunteers! On Saturday, September 16, from 12-3 p.m., the Fraternity congregation is sponsoring a workshop on children's ministry and fostering healthy relationships. The workshop will be led by Patricia Ronk, licensed minister and Director of Training at DePaul Community Resources in Roanoke. Fraternity church will provide a light lunch at 12 p.m., followed by the workshop. Please RSVP to fcobpastor@gmail.com or 336-765-0610 by Wed. Sept. 13.

RENACER HARVEST BANQUET – SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

Save the date: The Renacer Harvest Banquet will be on Saturday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at Summerdean Church of the Brethren (6604 Plantation Road – Renacer’s new location). This year’s Banquet theme is "Gratitude!" We want to thank each of the partner congregations, and individuals, who have supported our ministry through these church planting years. 

Seeking sponsors: Renacer Harvest Banquet is looking for individuals, congregations or businesses who would like to sponsor a table for this year's banquet. We are inviting you to help us underwrite this event by sponsoring tables for the guests of the banquet. Each table will seat 10 guests and may be sponsored for $200.00 each. For an additional $100.00 contribution, you may host a table and receive ten tickets for guests you wish to invite to the banquet. For more information please contact: Daniel D’Oleo at (540) 892-8791 or renacer.dan@gmail.com.

YARD SALE TO HELP FEED THE HUNGRY – SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

A Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren, 2363 Brick Church Road, Rocky Mount. The sale will benefit Food4Future, a food assistance program for Boones Mill Elementary School. This is the third year that Germantown Brick has sponsored the program, which provides around 30 food packages per week for needy students throughout the school year. Tables are available for $10 or for $5 if you provide your own table. Table renters may keep their profits, but all other proceeds will go toward Food4Future. Food concessions will be available at 10:30 a.m.  For more information, to rent a table, or donate items to sell, call (540) 420-2858.

PETERS CREEK CHURCH FALL BAZAAR – OCTOBER 21, 2017

Crafters, artisans and vendors are needed for the Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 21st at Peters Creek Church of the Brethren. The deadline to register for this will be August 26th. Please contact Doris at (540) 389-6609 to register or for more information.

DON SHIRE IN CONCERT AT TOPECO – OCTOBER 22, 2017

Don Shire, internationally known trumpeter and recording artist, will be in concert on October 22, 2017 at Topeco Church of the Brethren. Don appears frequently on Christian TV and radio and is regarded by many as one of the finest Christian trumpet players in the United States. His concert tours and mission outreach have taken him to 34 countries worldwide. He shares stories from his travels, including trips to play his trumpet for primitive tribes living in the bush of Africa and the rain forests of South America.

Don’t miss this concert! No tickets are necessary. No charge at the door. The public is welcome. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Please call (540) 789-7339 for more information. For additional information on Don Shire, please visit www.donshireministries.org.

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 WALK *RESCHEDULED*: The World Hunger Walk has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. It will begin in the Antioch Church parking lot located at 2996 Callaway Road, Rocky Mount, VA. Again this year, there will be a match of $100 for youth under 18 years old who come to registration with that amount in donations.  All ages are encouraged to join in the effort, but it is a special opportunity for  youth groups to make an impact.  We were blessed with many inches of rain on the original walk date. We look forward to blessings raining down as we walk and fellowship together in September. 
  • 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.

 

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.

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.

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>.

 

 

 

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CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE – SOUTHERN CENTER

The late summer class at the Southern Center will be INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL CARE, taught by Andrew “Drew” Purcell. These Saturday classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on August 12, August 26, September 9 and September 23, 2017 at the Coulson Church of the Brethren, 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA  24343. The registration deadline is July 29, 2017. The required textbooks are Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide by John Patten (Abingdon Press), Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor by Emma J. Justes (Abingdon Press) and For All Who Minister (Brethren Press). All registration form and tuition checks should be mailed to Sue Morris at P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, VA  24079.  Questions?  Call Sue at (540) 651-8331 or (540) 250-2741. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers who choose to audit CGI classes.

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - AUGUST 23, 2017

Golfers and sponsors are needed on Wednesday, August 23 at the Botetourt Golf Club for our 2017 Golf Tournament and Banquet.  Tee off is at 12:45 p.m. The $70 per person cost includes green fees, cart and dinner at camp.  Become a Tournament Sponsor and provide much-needed support for our summer camp programs!  <www.CampBethelVirginia.org/golf>

CAMP BETHEL PEP! 5K TRAIL RUN ON AUGUST 26, 2017

Join the inaugural Camp Bethel PEP! 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk fundraiser! Funds raised will help us purchase a new (used) Maintenance Truck.  The $30 Participant Fee includes fully stocked water/aid stations, a race t-shirt, post-race snacks, prizes, fun and fellowship. Registration is from 7:00 until 7:45 a.m. with an 8:00 a.m. start time.  For more information go to: <www.CampBethelVirginia.org/5K>.

CAMP BETHEL LABOR DAY WEEKEND – SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2017

Saturday, September 2:

1:00-5:15 p.m. - Pool Open.

6:45 p.m. - COLONIAL STYLE BARN DANCE in the GYM.  Come dance or simply watch and enjoy a fun and family-friendly night of upbeat fiddle tunes, jigs, reels, and waltzes provided by New River Bound, with 18th century dance master-caller, Scott Sarver. This event is free to Labor Day Families camping at Camp Bethel, or $5/person with $25 family maximum. Doors open at 6:45pm for registration; Contra-style dance instruction from 7:00-10:00. (Gym closed to sports from 5:00pm-10:00pm.)

Sunday, September 3:

1:00-5:15 p.m. - Pool Open.

5:15 p.m. - MEET-AND-GREET Elizabeth Haley, our new Food Services Coordinator, in Shelter-by-the-Spring!

5:30 p.m. - POT-LUCK DINNER in the Shelter-by-the-Spring:  Please bring a dish (or two) to share.  Camp Bethel will provide drinks, cups, ice, plates, napkins, utensils and serving spoons.

6:15 p.m. - There will be a PRAYER SERVICE for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria following the annual Labor Day potluck.  This will be held in the Ark Conference Room.  Prayers will be offered for the Chibok girls who have returned home, those who are still missing, and the ongoing threat of violence experienced by the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria and the trauma it causes.  This service will be led by members of the Peace Affairs Committee of the Virlina District Commission on Witness.

7:15 p.m. - CONCERT in Hillside Auditorium by The Love Buzzards:  We're so blessed to call them friends and "regulars" at our family weekends. Banjo and Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Dulcimer and Cajon provide the Traditional Appalachian Musical backdrop for The Luv Buzzard repertoire. Bring cash for a free-will offering for the band.  Also bring flashlights and marshmallow sticks for S'mores.

For more information, visit www.CampBethelVirginia.org/labor-day-family-weekend

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>.

PRAYER FOR PEACE SERVICE - SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

The Annual Day of Prayer for Peace Service will be held at the Lighthouse Church (just off U.S. 220 in southern Roanoke County) on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 3pm.  The service's theme will be "Together for Peace." Daniel Rudy, pastor of the Roanoke, Ninth Street congregation will share about his participation in a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation while he was a student at Bridgewater College.  This service is sponsored by the Peace Affairs Committee.

"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 click on the event title above to get more information.

HERITAGE DAY FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

Please encourage everyone in your church to participate and help in this vitally important fund raiser for Camp Bethel.  Tell your friends and help us advertise.  Heritage Day forms, fliers and information are available at <www.CampBethelVirginia.org/Heritage-Day>, or from your Pastor or Camp Representative.

CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE – SOUTHERN CENTER CLASS

Biblical Interpretation is the next course to be offered by the Southern Center of the Christian Growth Institute. The sessions for this course will be held at the Coulson Church of the Brethren located at 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA 24343. The Coulson Church is just off of Exit 19 of I-77. The instructor for this course will be Ed Woodard. Brother Ed is the interim pastor of the Smith Mountain Lake Community Church of the Brethren and was the longtime pastor of the Oak Grove Church in Roanoke, Virginia.

The course sessions will be held on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.: October 14, October 28, November 4 and November 18, 2017. The current registration deadline is September 23, 2017. Textbooks for this course are: GENESIS by Gerhard Von Rad (Westminster Press), EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS by C.K. Barrett (Harper & Row), THE GOOD NEWS ACCORDING TO MARK, by Eduard Schweizer (John Knox Press) and an optional resource, HEARING THE NEW TESTAMENT – STRATEGIES FOR INTERPRETATION by Joel Green (Eerdmans Publishing). Registration forms are available from Sue Morris by calling her at (540) 651-8331 or (540) 250-2741, by U.S. Mail at P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, Virginia 24079 or by e-mail at <enncomhla@swva.net>.

“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).

New Church Development Retreat - October 20-22, 2017

"Justice Like Water" is the theme for the Virlina District New Church Development Retreat that will be held October 20-22, 2017 at the W.E Skelton 4-H Center in Wirtz, VA. Enjoy the beautiful scenery overlooking Smith Mountain Lake while being inspired, encouraged and motivated with other brothers and sisters longing to grow and help others in the process of church planting. The sessions will be led by Gimbiya Kettering, Director of Intercultural Ministry for the Church of the Brethren. Lodging is available at the center with three meals included. The cost is $150.00 (double room for 2 nights), $110.00 (double room for 1 night)$135.00 (single room 1 night), $210.00 (single room for 2 nights), $80.00 (commuter for 2 days). Meals are included with registration and special consideration will be made for those with food allergies. Participation is welcome and encouraged from all of our congregations, fellowships and projects. For more information or to request a brochure, please contact Anne Mitchell at (540) 345-5030. Please e-mail questions to <raptured527@verizon.net> or <nuchurch@aol.com>.  Download a brochure here!

"CHILDREN'S MINISTRY IN ACTION" EVENT - OCTOBER 21, 2017

Join us on the morning of Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Williamson Road Church for a training event focused on ministering to children.  Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will last from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Members of the Children's Cabinet of the Virlina District Nurture Commission will present on ways to minister to children during Sunday School, Children's Church/Chapel, Worship and through Community Outreach.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Registration for the event is requested.  Check back soon for a registration information!

DISASTER VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER - OCTOBER 22, 2017

The annual Disaster Response Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on the evening of Sunday, October 22 at the Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren.  Invitations will be mailed to volunteers, but all persons interested in disaster response or those who have supported disaster response through making kits, financial aid, or prayers are invited to attend.  2016-2017 volunteers will be recognized as part of the program.  To reserve your place, contact the District Resource Center at (540) 362-1816, (800) 847-5462, or virlina2@aol.com

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:

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!!   

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).