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 (email@example.com), or give the camp office a call (540-269-2741).
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!
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!
Due to uncertainty surrounding large gatherings over the summer, the Homecoming Committee has decided to postpone our 125th Anniversary celebration. Please start your 2021 calendar by holding the weekend of April 24/25, 2021 as a time to celebrate all that God has done over the past 125 years in this place. We hope we can gather then!