News & Events

We bought that bus!

Northern Virginia Brethren played a key role in making the bus for Queensland Girls’ School roll!  The Ken & Ted event put the project of acquiring the bus put the New Community Project’s She has a Dream campaign over the top. Now disabled children needing transport, teachers living at distance, and sporting teams looking for a match – they’ve all got a way to get there!

 

New opportunity to connect with Nokesville

Even though our building remains closed, we are still sharing God’s love with those around us through our Blessings Box, our prayers, and our online worship services.

You’re invited to join us in a new opportunity to share words and pictures of hope and encouragement to all who drive or walk by. We have placed a bucket of sidewalk chalk next to Door #3 (on the parsonage side of the building). Please use it to write or draw on the paved “driveway” in front of the church.

Encourage your children to share their talents as well! And, if you have chalk to contribute, we would welcome that as well. Let’s remind our neighbors that Jesus loves them!

 

Denominational Virtual Choir

Church of the Brethren Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced plans for a denominational virtual choir. A webpage will be available shortly, with resources that will allow people from across the church to add their voice to a mass Church of the Brethren choir. Three hymns are projected to be a part of the overall project: “Blessed Assurance,” “I See a New World Coming,” and “Move in Our Midst.”

Mundey said, “As we continue to explore new ways to connect with each other during the ongoing pandemic, the possibility of a denominational virtual choir holds great promise. Throughout history, song has united people of faith during times of crisis. I anticipate that uniting the Church of the Brethren in song virtually will accomplish a similar outcome.”

In addition to a denominational choir, plans continue for other virtual events during the week of July 1-5 when the now-canceled 2020 Annual Conference would have been held in Grand Rapids, Mich. Additional details on those events will be released soon.

To be included on the mailing list to receive updates about the denominational virtual choir and the link to the project webpage, email your name and contact information to cobvirtualchoir2020@gmail.com .

 

Virtual Choir
A virtual choir is produced by each individual person recording themselves singing along with the hymn, and then all those submissions are painstakingly put together into one grand compilation that includes all the voices. Each of us gets to contribute our small part to help make up the whole (much like with the church!). As it is with large choirs, individual voices will not be heard, just all of us together.

We’ve set ambitious goals for this project, and are working on three hymns at once. We welcome your submissions as soon as possible; the Early-Bird Deadline is June 7, 2020; the Final Deadline is June 14, 2020. Please pay careful attention to these deadlines for sending in your submissions, because we are on a very tight timeline as we hope to have the final choir pieces ready for our worship celebration July 1.

We’ve outlined how you can participate in the following steps. We suggest that you read through all the steps before beginning, and don’t hesitate to email us any questions. While it may seem like a lot of instructions at first, we think that this will actually be pretty easy for almost everyone to be able to participate if you take it step by step. You will need a way to both play a video and record a video at the same time, as well as internet access to be able to submit your recorded files. (If you need help, please see the final “Contact Us” page.)

We’re delighted to have you participate!

Here is the link to the Virtual Choir on how you can download music and participate: http://www.brethren.org/ac/virtual/choir.html

For general questions about the Virtual Choir project, please contact: cobvirtualchoir2020@gmail.com

Moderator’s Town Hall on ‘Faith, Science, and COVID-19′

Church of the Brethren Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced plans for a Moderator’s Town Hall on June 4 at 7 p.m. (Eastern time), held in online webinar format. The topic will be “Faith, Science, and COVID-19” with leadership from Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen, professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

Jacobsen is a specialist in infectious disease epidemiology and global health who has consulted with a number of organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. She is a member of Oakton Church of the Brethren in Vienna, Va., valuing her connection to faith and the Church of the Brethren.

Commenting on the upcoming town hall, Mundey said, “As we continue to move through the COVID-19 crisis, the relationship between faith and science is rising in importance, especially as church leaders gauge when to reopen church campuses. I anticipate our town hall will provide a lively dialogue about the tension between ‘moving out in faith,’ and the wisdom of heeding medical, scientific realities.”

Additional information on the Moderator’s Town Hall can be found here: http://www.brethren.org/news/2020/moderators-town-hall-on-faith-science-covid-19.html. To register, visit tinyurl.com/modtownhall2020 . To be added to the mailing list to receive updates about the event, email your name and contact information to  cobmoderatorstownhall@gmail.com