Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Service

 

Join us as we partner with the Manassas and Oakton COBs this year to offer a Longest Night Service on Zoom. This service, held near the longest night of the year, the winter solstice, is a quiet and reflective service meant especially for those who carry heavy burdens and emotions into the Christmas Season.  Focusing less on Christmas cheer and more on the power of Christ’s light to overcome darkness, this worship holds up hope in the face of grief and brokenness.  You are welcome to join us.  Contact the office for the Zoom link or call-in information.

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem

 

Join us for an opportunity to spend part of your Christmas journey AT CHURCH! On Saturday, December 19, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM, bring the family for a journey to the manger.
There will be 4 meditation stations set up in the parking lot, each with a series of questions inviting you to put yourself in the Christmas story. Station 5 is inside the Sanctuary. You’ll have time to reflect on a question while taking in the beauty of the fully decorated sanctuary in person. Station 6 is again outside in the front of the church by the nativity.
Throughout the event, the Carillon Bells will be chiming Christmas carols, and the worship committee will be providing hot cider.
To maintain appropriate safety and social distancing requirements, please reserve your time slot. We are suggesting families with small children participate between 3:00 and 3:45, while those wishing a more meditative experience reserve spaces between 3:45 and 4:30. Masks will be required.
To reserve your time slot, visit the Sign Up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4ea5af2aa0fb6-pilgrimage.
If you cannot connect online, please contact Tracey in the office. She will make your reservation for you.
Start a new tradition this year. See you there!

 

Hello from your Deacons

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.

Thanks,

Dianne Nelson – Shoebox Ministry Coordinator

 

Odds N Ends

*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.

 

Church of the Brethren Online Concert

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.