Partners in Peace in Prince William County

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.

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/partners-in-peace

Join us in wearing your desire that peace prevail on earth.

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

 

Re-Opening Update

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

 

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.