It’s Shoebox ministry time of year again and we are reaching out for EVERYONE’S help. At this time it looks like we have 7 college students that we will be sending boxes to. As always homemade goodies are well received and treasured. However, they sometimes don’t travel well. So if you are baking please keep in mind what items travel well through the mail. Other items that we would love to fill their boxes with are things like small candy bars, rice crispy treats, individual trail mix packs, mac & cheese, cup o’noodles, individual boxes of cereal, fruit snacks and protein or granola bars. Since it will soon be fall maybe some microwave popcorn, hot chocolate, or hot cider packages would be nice. Be creative! As always gift cards to places like Subway and Domino’s pizza are appreciated. I will leave a container at the church on Sunday Sept. 6, 2020. I would like to pick it up (very full!) by that evening. I will be happy to meet folks there between 3-5 p.m. to accept donations.
Dianne Nelson – Shoebox Ministry Coordinator
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).