Nokesville Church of the Brethren’s Inclusion Awareness Advocacy Initiative team invites you to pray and act for peace in Prince William County by standing together against hate in the face of social injustice and a local threat to one of our houses of worship.
We received this request:
As we come up on our annual Unity in the Community International Day of Prayer for Peace, we ask that all houses of worship in Prince William County come together in an absolute act of solidarity against hate. In the face of a national fight for social justice and human rights for all, we stand in solidarity together to say #HateHasNoHomeInPWC.
Against the back drop of social evolution, our only Jewish Congregation in Prince William County received a bomb threat on the eve of the month of their most Holy Days, and again we stand in solidarity together to say #HateHasNoHomeInPWC.
We stand together as a community knowing that we are stronger together. We are all supported and protected by Prince William County’s beautiful interfaith community, the Prince William County Police Department and Worship Watch, and our local legislators and leaders.
To show how strong we are together, we are asking all of our partners in peace to purchase a shirt and show their solidarity in the community. All proceeds will go to support ACTS, who has always been there to support our community.
Join us in wearing your desire that peace prevail on earth.
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
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).
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.