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.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

(I Thessalonians 1:2-3 - NIV)

Here are suggestions for the prayers of your congregation during January – March 2021. Now more than ever, our prayers together are a source of spiritual strength and health. They increase our spiritual power, enhance the unity of the church and open us to the Spirit’s guidance. We ask that you share these in such a way that every member of your congregation has access to them.


A DISTRICT PRAYER CALENDAR

January 3, 2021 -

Pray for those who are suffering from the effects of COVID-19, those who grieve the loss of friends and families during the pandemic, and those involved in the ongoing vaccination process. Let us pray that the healing power of the Great Physician and the comforting power of the Holy Spirit be manifest in a powerful way.

January 10, 2021 -

Pray for the Nominating and Personnel Committee of District Conference as they anticipate their first meeting by video conference on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Let us pray for the guidance and aid of the Holy Spirit in discerning those called to leadership.

January 17, 2021 -

Pray for W. Daniel “Danny” Gilley, who completed ten years of pastoral service with the Smith River Church in Patrick County, Virginia on December 31, 2020 and continues his consecrated service. Let us support, encourage and pray for our pastors and ministers.

January 24, 2021 -

Pray for the William R. Fisher, a member of the Hopewell Church of the Brethren, as he anticipates re-licensing to the Gospel Ministry. Let us pray that we will support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service

January 31, 2021 -

Pray for Fabiola Fernandez, Manager of Information Technology, for the Ministry and Mission Board of the Church of the Brethren. Let us prayerfully uphold those who serve with and for us throughout our nation and the world.

February 7, 2021 -

Pray for Donna G. Hornsby, who was appointed as Center Coordinator of the Christian Growth Institute on December 4, 2020. Let us honor the commitment, dedication and work of those who give freely of themselves to the work of Christ and the church.

February 14, 2021 -

Pray for Terri W. Luzinski, a member of the Williamson Road Church in Roanoke, Virginia, who anticipates licensing to the Gospel Ministry this year. Let us give glory to God for the gifts of the Spirit bestowed upon the church.

February 21, 2021 -

Pray for Loyce Borgmann, Assistant Director for Client Relations for Brethren Foundation Funds in Elgin, Illinois. Let us give thanks to God for the commitment of those who serve unseen, but not unimportantly, in the ministry and mission of the church.

February 28, 2021 -

Pray for Dan Poole, Assistant Professor of Ministry Formation, at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana. Let us listen to hear God’s voice in the lessons which time and circumstance teach.

March 7, 2021 -

Pray for Quest for Faith: A Self-Led Exploration of Faith for Youth (Grades 10-12), to be held “in a box” on March 12-14, 2021 (or anytime afterwards).  Let us pray that God will nurture the spiritual depth and stamina of our young people.

March 14, 2021 -

Pray for the Virlina District Board, meeting either at the Summerdean Church in Roanoke, Virginia or by video conference for its winter meeting on March 20, 2021.   Let us pray that the Spirit of God will grant discernment, guide every decision and empower every undertaking.

March 21, 2021 -

Pray for the participants and leadership of Pilgrimage XXIV: A FaithQuest for Adults, a spiritual development retreat of the Virlina District, to be held (hopefully) on March 26-28, 2021. Let us pray that those who participate gain a deeper spirituality and greater commitment.

March 28, 2021 -

Pray for the Living Faith Church of the Brethren in Concord, North Carolina as they prepare to celebrate twenty-five years of ministry and mission this year. Let us pray that God would enable us to minister creatively in every place and situation.

April 4, 2021 -

Pray for Iglesia de los Hermanos (the Church of the Brethren in Spain) and its seven congregations as they struggle to go forward during COVID-19. Let us support, encourage and pray for the international partners of our denomination.

April 11, 2021 -

Pray for the peoples and leaders of our nation and the world as we wrestle with ending the pandemic and coping with social unrest. Let us place ourselves in the hands of God through faith, hope and love.

April 18, 2021 -

Pray for Shawn Flory Replogle, Executive Director of Organizational Resources for Finance for the Church of the Brethren, who began on January 1. Let us give thanks to God for the work and witness which we accomplish together.

April 25, 2021 -

Pray for Claude C. Shell, who has served ten years as pastor of the New Covenant Church in Chester, Virginia. Let us pray that we will embrace anew the ministry of proclamation in word and deed wherever we are.

May 2, 2021 -

Pray for the youth of the Church of the Brethren as we observe National Youth Sunday throughout our denomination including virtual resources. Let us look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to the greater works of God to be revealed.

May 9, 2021 -

Pray for the Disaster Ministry of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) as it travels to and from Maiduguri to bring assistance to Christian displaced persons whose needs are ignored by the government. Let us pray for those who are harassed and persecuted for their faith and witness.  

May 16, 2021 -

Pray for Lee and Robin Naff, who have served ten years as co-pastors of the Hiwassee Church in Pulaski County, Virginia.  Let us support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service.

May 23, 2021 –

Pray for the Parkway Church as the congregation anticipates disorganization at the 2021 Virlina District Conference. Let us give thanks to God for the ministry and mission accomplished by this congregation and for seeds planted that yet await blossom and fruit-bearing.

May 30, 2021-

Pray for the students and staff of the Christian Growth Institute as they gather online June 12 for Orientation Day. Let us express gratitude to God for those who are engaged in formation for the Gospel Ministry in Virlina and Shenandoah Districts.

June 6, 2021 -

Pray for the year-round staff, the summer staff, counselors and campers, as a reduced summer camping program begins on June 13 at Camp Bethel. Let us pray that the camp experience will be a laboratory for Christian living and that every camper might be drawn closer to Christ and the church.

June 13, 2021 -

Pray for the meeting of the Virlina District Board, perhaps to be held at the Crab Orchard Church in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on June 19. Let us glorify and honor God in the business of the church as well as in every aspect of life.

June 20, 2021 -

Pray for Amber T. Harris, a member of the Peace Covenant Church in Durham, N.C., who has been approved for ordination to the Gospel Ministry. Let us pray that the wideness and breadth of God’s work might continue to challenge us to seek wider, greater and more creative fields of mission and ministry.

June 27, 2021 -

Pray for the moderator, officers, delegates and attendees of the 234th Recorded Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren meeting online from June 30-July 4. Let us pray that our leaders, delegates and membership be given wisdom, discernment and insight as they serve Christ and the church.

July 4, 2021 -

Pray for the ministry of Timothy P. Emmons, who has served the Nineveh Church of the Brethren in Franklin County, Virginia for ten years as of May 1. Let us honor the commitment, dedication and work of those who have given themselves to the work of Christ and the church.

July 11, 2021 -

Pray for continuing progress in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. Let us give thanks for divine wisdom and knowledge given to those in the scienti'ic and medical research communities whose labor bene'its us all.

July 18, 2021 -

Pray for Karen B. Cassell, who is scheduled to be installed as pastor of the Lynchburg Church of the Brethren today. Let us pray that we will support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service.

July 25, 2021 -

Pray for John P. Reed, Sr., a member of the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren in Botetourt County, Virginia, as he is licensed to the Gospel Ministry. Let us pray that the Spirit of God might call forth more men and women for the set-apart ministry.

August 1, 2021 -

Pray for Ruoxia Li and Eric Miller, who began as co-directors for Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren on March 8. Let us give thanks to God for the commitment of those who serve the ministry and mission of the church.

August 8, 2021 -

Pray for the World Hunger Auction to be held at the Antioch Church in Franklin County, Virginia on August 14. Let us pray that God might multiply the efforts to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the imprisoned.

August 15, 2021

Pray for the Pulaski, First Church of the Brethren, received as a congregation in the district one hundred years ago. Let us honor the spiritual foundation laid for us by that great cloud of witnesses and work with a will in our own generation for the edi'ication of the church.

August 22, 2021 -

Pray for Rhonda Pittman Gingrich as she begins tomorrow as Annual Conference Director for the Church of the Brethren. Let us prayerfully uphold those who serve with and for us throughout our nation and the world.

August 29, 2021 -

Pray for the ministry of Patrick C. Starkey, pastor of the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren, who will celebrate ten years there on September 1. Let us pray that the wideness and breadth of God’s work will challenge us to seek wider, greater and more creative 'ields of mission and ministry.

September 5, 2021 -

Pray for the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) of the Church of the Brethren to be held online from September 6 – 10, 2021. Let us give thanks for the commitment of those whose faith has preceded and informed ours as they gather for spiritual growth and the nurture of relationships both human and divine.

September 12, 2021 -

Pray for the Virlina District Board as it hopes to meet on September 18 at the Smith River Church in Patrick County, Virginia. Let us pray that every decision which affects the mission and ministry of the church, from the smallest to the greatest, be the subject and result of sincere prayer.

September 19, 2021 -

Pray that peace might prevail in our communities, our nation and our world, every day and especially on the International Day of Prayer for Peace on September 21. Let us manifest acts of healing, compassion and reconciliation each day with all whom we encounter.

September 26, 2021 -

Pray for the ministry of Franklin D. Peters, pastor of the Pulaski, First Church of the Brethren, who will celebrate ten years there on October 1. Let us give glory to God for the manifold gifts of the Spirit bestowed upon Christ’s church.

October 3, 2021 -

Pray for Chris M. Douglas, who completed her work as Annual Conference Director for the Church of the Brethren on September 30 after thirty-seven years as a denominational staff person. Let us give thanks for those who’ve served with and for us throughout our nation and the world.

October 10, 2021 -

Pray for Douglas M. Diamond, who began as pastor of the Eden, N.C., First Church of the Brethren on April 1, 2021.  Let us pray that the Lord of the Harvest will call and send out workers into fields near and far.  

October 17, 2021 -

Pray for Judy D. Mills, a member of the Troutville/New Bethel Church, who was recently relicensed to the ministry. Let us give glory to God for the gifts of the Spirit bestowed upon the church.

October 24, 2021 -

Pray for the Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida as they rededicate the former Parkway Church of the Brethren as their new temple. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to the diversity of our society and to our responsibility to reach out to all persons with the Gospel.

October 31, 2021 -

Pray for David A. Ansley, who began as pastor of the Fraternity Church of the Brethren near Winston-Salem, N.C. on August 16, 2021.  Let us pray that we will support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service.

November 7, 2021 -

Pray for Greg E. Fleshman, moderator, and the 50th Virlina District Conference of the Church of the Brethren hoping to meet at the Grandin Court Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia on November 12-13. Let us pray that every decision affecting the mission and ministry of the church, from the smallest to the greatest, be the subject and result of earnest prayer.

November 14, 2021 -

Pray for Amiel Tutolo, a member of the Troutville/New Bethel Church of the Brethren in Botetourt County, Virginia, as he anticipates licensing to the ministry. Let us pray that the Spirit of God might call forth more men and women for the set-apart ministry.

November 21, 2021 -

Pray for Tara M. Riddle, a member of the Antioch Church of the Brethren, who will coordinate travel arrangements to National Youth Conference in July 2022 for the Virlina District. Let us pray that the age group ministries that we share together will be enhanced and multiplied for the glory of God.

November 28, 2021-

Pray for Dan Radcliff, the Client Manager for Brethren Foundation Funds in Elgin, Illinois. Let us remember that every person who serves the Body of Christ is important, those parts which seem to be weaker are indispensable.

December 5, 2021 -

Pray for Paul J. Stover, Jr., who began as pastor of the Jeters Chapel Church of the Brethren on October 1, 2021. Let us honor the commitment, dedication and work of those who give freely of themselves to the work of Christ and the church.

December 12, 2021 -

Pray for Loretta Wolf, the Director of Material Resources for the Church of the Brethren in New Windsor, Maryland. Let us use all of our being and substance to witness to the fullness of God in Jesus Christ in the midst of the great challenges and wonderful opportunities which are before us!

December 19, 2021 -

Pray for every individual whose life is changed, endangered or lost by acts of violence, hatred and war.  Let us walk in the footsteps of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, whose birth brings the hope, the means and the ministry of reconciliation for those who follow him.

December 26, 2021 -

Pray for the mission and ministry of the Church of the Brethren; our membership, congregations, fellowships, and mission organizations, during the coming year. Let us pray that the wideness and breadth of God’s work will challenge us to seek wider, greater and more creative fields of mission and ministry.