Mid-Atlantic Church of the Brethren Gathering

Take me out to the ball game!

Several of us are planning to attend the MAD COB night at the Frederick Keys baseball game on Saturday, August 11 at 6 pm.  Tickets include reserved seats with others from around the district behind home plate, a 2-hour buffet (from 5-7 pm) and FIREWORKS!

Use the link to the form to order your tickets today, and talk to Eric Finet or Pastor Angela about ride-sharing.  This promises to be a fun evening and a great opportunity to get to know others in the wider district.

MAD COB Night Bulletin Insert

Reflections on BINGO

On the third Wednesday of each month, from 11:30 – 1:00, we host the Senior Social Event where folks (aged 65+) from all over the community gather together to eat, laugh, catch up and enjoy an activity.  In June, our activity was BINGO!

Each month, I prepare a very brief devotion to begin our time together.   When possible, I like to think of a Scripture that fits for our theme – not an easy task for BINGO!

However, after much thought, I discovered that BINGO is kind of a neat illustration of God’s grace – if you have a little bit of an imagination!

Ephesians 2:8 says:  “God saved you by his grace, through faith. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.”

BINGO is kind of that way.  You can’t “earn” a win in BINGO.  You can’t work harder at BINGO than your neighbor.  But you do have to play – and you do have to pay attention.

Of course, with BINGO, there’s only one winner each game – so the illustration breaks down there.  Because we know God’s grace is available to all.  And for this, we are grateful.

Father Son Breakfast

Join us Sunday, June 17, beginning at 9 am for the Father Son Breakfast!  We’ll be serving make-to-order pancakes (with options like chocolate chip, blueberry and banana), sausage, bacon and egg casseroles, fruit and hot coffee/juice.

The theme is camping, and we’ll enjoy a fun game along with outstanding food.  Bring your son, dad, granddad, brother, uncle, cousin or neighbor and join us!

Nokesville Day – Weather Update

Nokesville Day will proceed Saturday, May 19 from 9-2: rain or shine! We have had to made some changes, however. The Yard Sale has been moved inside – but still lots of great bargains and treasures to be had.

We have a plant sale (lots of different veggies and flowers). We will still have outside concessions including half smokes and other tasty treats! We also have an indoor bake sale and the return of the HAM DINNER from 11:30AM-1:30PM. A donation of $8.00 per plate going to the Major Maintenance Fund for the Church (help us Raise the Roof!).

Feel free to message us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you there! PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD!

Major Maintenance Fundraising

The following is adapted from Pastor Angela’s introduction to the Fundraising Meeting, held at the conclusion of the church service on Sunday, January 21.

As your pastor, I’ve only served here for 3 years, so I don’t have the attachment to this physical property that many of you have. I love the people – that’s what makes church for me.

My job, each and every week, is to pour over the Scriptures and to listen for God’s voice and to try to express to you what I believe God is calling us to do in this place, at this time.
Last month, I shared that I believe we are being called to an intentional time of fundraising to care for the house of God. I cited a Scripture from Exodus headed: “Offerings for the Tabernacle.” In this passage, God established an offering among the people to pay for “the dwelling place of God.”

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.  Ex 25:1-2

There is a lot of discussion in theological circles about how much money is spent on property verses how much money is spent on outreach. There are churches that decide to sell their buildings and meet in homes or schools and spend all of their money on outreach. I must admit that there is something appealing about that. Because there are churches that have become very “me” ministry focused.

But friends, this church is not one of them. 

This church’s building – its physical space – is an important part of this community.
 We are the meeting place for our Senior Citizens on a monthly basis.

The Live Nativity

We are the base of operations for the entire community to participate in the Blessings Box.

We are the host of a large Boy Scout troop and Venturing crew.

We are the place where the word of God goes out each year during the Live Nativity.

We are the gathering place for Martha Early and the Community Sewing day that brings in volunteers from all over the county.

We are the place that helps our community raise its children, with Rainbow Preschool and Kids’ Club.

We are the place that hosts the library’s book clubs and the Friends Uniting Nokesville meetings.

And throughout the week – not just on Sunday mornings, we are the place where God’s word is read and studied and lived out.

This place matters. And we are called this year to tend to this place so that it will continue to be the place where God’s love and light is witnessed to and by the community. Amen.

**Following this presentation, the list of fundraising ideas was presented. To find your place to serve, or to make your financial contribution, please contact either Pastor Angela or Polly Flory – the chair of the fundraising committee. We look forward to hearing from you.