The Board of Directors has been prayerfully and thoughtfully considering how to move forward with in-person worship during this time. The team has decided to continue the suspension of in-person services through at least the end of October, this decision was made in accordance with the Mid-Atlantic District recommendations.
We are seeking congregational input on future re-opening plans. A Re-opening Advisory Committee was created and that team developed a Re-opening Questionnaire. The questionnaire was out via Constant Contact. If you did not receive the questionnaire, please reach out your Deacon. Contact the church office if you are unsure of your assigned deacon. The leadership team would like the questionnaire to be completed by September 4.
Please continue to make connections with the congregation and community online, by phone, and mail.
With love and prayers,
The Board of Directors
*We have Free cloth masks in adult and children’s sizes. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact the office.
*We also have school supplies that won’t all fit in the Blessings Box. Please contact us if you know of a need.
*Our new pavement in front of the church is just waiting for some color! More chalk has been purchased. Please come share your encouraging art and words.
An hour-long music celebration featuring Church of the Brethren musicians from across the church will be presented online July 2, 2020, at 8 PM.
Use this link to watch: https://livestream.com/livingstreamcob/onlineevents2020
The concert will feature musical offerings from a wide variety of Brethren musicians, providing a variety of musical styles and instruments.
Contributors to the concert will include Brethren singer/songwriters Joseph Helfrich, Michael Stern, Shawn Kirchner, Seth Hendricks, Terry and Andy Murray, Jacob Crouse and Bittersweet Gospel Band. In addition, selections are scheduled from the Miami First Church of the Brethren, the women’s choir from EYN Mubi, and several memorable excerpts from recent Annual Conferences – including our own Lucas Finet.
In addition, a long time friend of the Church of the Brethren, Ken Medema, has agreed to write and record a song specifically for the event.
The concert will be hosted by Program and Arrangements Committee members Emily Shonk Edwards and Carol Elmore.
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.