Many of you gathered together for our revived Church Camp Weekend this past fall at Brethren Woods. Like many other businesses and ministries, they have had to cancel in-person events for the summer, including summer camp. While there’s no replacement for canoeing or swimming or hiking or giggly late-night storytelling, they are trying to provide some of the activities that make camp so much fun!
From June 7 – July 24, Brethren Woods is offering a free (FREE!) program they’re calling “Watz in the Woods.” There will be a weekly scripture theme from the “This is our Prayer” curriculum with activities posted each day. If you’d like to connect to find out what a Zoom campfire looks like, there’s one each Sunday evening. For those wanting to connect with others their age, there’s a Camp Community Gathering each week, divided by age groups (yes, adults, too!) via Zoom. If you really dig it and want to make a donation of $75 or more to the camp, they’ll even send you a 2020 summer camp t-shirt!
Register online for the activities you’d like to try, and get in a little bit of the camp spirit! Even if you’ve never been to Brethren Woods, this is a neat opportunity to try it out (without as many bugbites). If you think your friend or neighbor or second cousin once removed would enjoy it, invite them to join you! To register, visit brethrenwoods.org/dsc. For more information visit the website, send them an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or give the camp office a call (540-269-2741).
Even though we haven’t met in the church building for the last several months, many of you in the Nokesville community as well as in the church have probably noticed that the Carillon Bell System in the church has not been working for quite a while.
Thanks to a small task team, led by Larry Nelson, and including Jeannette and Vernon Funkhouser and Mark Bishop, a quote has been obtained to replace the needed system parts so that once again music will be shared throughout the community.
The church has had major fund raising going on for the last several years for large and small projects that will allow the activities of Nokesville Church of the Brethren to continue to be a vital ministry and blessing to the Nokesville Community. These efforts have included new air conditioning and heating units, a new roof, new windows and a new paved parking lot to name a few.
The replacement of the Carillon Bell System was not part of those plans. We do have some funds that can be used to pay for the needed replacement system but not enough to cover the cost, which is $8,250.00.
We have been blessed as a church by so many contributions for our fundraising efforts. We would like to reach out again to each of you to prayerfully consider if you feel led to give to this project. If you do, please note “Carillon Bells” on the memo portion of your check and you can mail the check to the church at P.O. Box 56, Nokesville, VA 20182. Or if you prefer, you can designate the Carillon Bells via the on-line giving website – Continue to Give.
We are excited at the opportunity to have the iconic sounds of the Carillon Bells once again ringing throughout our community.
The Church of the Brethren meets each summer, usually in early July, to gather as one body to worship, learn, connect, and make decisions. This year, the conference was to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but was cancelled due to the current public health crisis. You may recall seeing announcements earlier this year inviting folks to participate in a virtual choir for Annual Conference.
While there will be no physical gathering or business items, there will still be a worship service and children’s service shared as a compiled video as well as a second video concert of musicians with connections to the denomination.
The Worship Ministry Team has decided that we will be using the Annual Conference worship service for our worship gathering on July 5 while Pastor Angela takes a mini-sabbatical to rest, reflect, and delve into a conference being offered online (she’s super excited – ask her about it!).
The Annual Conference Office will actually release the worship service on July 1, so be mindful that you don’t jump the gun if you see/hear something about it but want to have worship that Sunday be a first viewing. The online concert will be shared on July 2 at 8:00pm at the website brethren.org/ac and will be available for watching later if that time doesn’t suit you.
We hope you will join us in worshipping, singing, and celebrating with our broader denomination through these opportunities!
We had the privilege of hosting Dr. Drew Hart, author of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism on Wednesday, June 17 via Zoom.
43 people people participated in the conversation, representing 9 different Churches of the Brethren, and two other denominations. We recorded a portion of the conversation, and you can find it on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/GC5NpeCaZG0
We have 2 books left. They are $12.75. Please let the office know as soon as possible if you want one. We will return whatever remains (if any) to the publisher on July 10.
We would like to continue the conversation. Following our time with Dr. Hart, we fully realized we have so much left to learn, and so many opportunities to serve and embrace the larger body of Christ, in whose image we are all made.
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!