The Lord sat  enthroned  at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.

The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Ps. 29:10-11 (NKJV)
January 9, 2020
In Our Prayers
We continue to remember in prayer the family of Pastor Chuck Davis, who died Jan. 1. A memorial service was held Mon., Jan. 6. Pastor Davis served the Calvary congregation for 37 years. Condolences may be sent to the Davis family at 137 Lloyd's Road, Winchester, Va. 22602.
District News
Puerto Rico: An Update
A Newsline report from the Church of the Brethren yesterday said the recent earthquake in Puerto Rico has not caused any known deaths or injuries to members of the Puerto Rico District churches there, nor significant structural damage in the areas Brethren are working. Communications are difficult and electrical and water services have impacted the island.

District Executive Jose Calleja said, "We are ok, so far. Keep praying for us, Our churches are good and our pastors are okay." Calleja's response to the emergency was to call for a "district fasting and prayer chain for our island starting on January 13 thru February the 2nd."

Read the entire Newsline article here .
Monday is Final Day for 2019 Congregational Giving to District
We are deeply grateful for the faithful and generous contributions District congregations have made to the 2019 Shenandoah District Budget. Thank you.

Following are two reminders for 2019-year end giving:
-District Director of Finance Gary Higgs has announced the deadline for 2019 congregational giving to the Shenandoah District will be Jan. 13, 2020. Monies received by Mon., Jan. 13, will be credited to the 2019 revenues.

-We would appreciate it if congregations would review year to date giving to the District to ensure all contributions have been made. Contact Gary Higgs for more information.
Contact Information for 2020 Board Chairs
As new board chairs begin serving this month, District churches are reminded to send the names of new board chairs and their contact information to Sarah Long at the District Office. Updating information will help to  ensure correspondence to board chairs is properly routed. District staff desires to communicate effectively through email and other means so that important information gets to the right person on the first attempt.

Similarly, the names and contact information for new Disaster Auction representatives should be sent to Betty Morris at .
In Our Pastoral Family
-J. D. Glick has been called as half-time interim pastor at Staunton.
-Mike Hostetter is serving interim pastor at Sunrise.
Pastoral Vacancies
Friends Run/Smith Creek - full-time, David Morris, interim pastor, congregational profile available
Garbers - part-time, congregational profile forthcoming
Leake's Chapel - congregational profile forthcoming 
Mill Creek - full-time associate pastor, congregational profile available
Pine Grove - part-time, congregational profile forthcoming

Pleasant Hill - part-time, congregational profile forthcoming
Waynesboro - full-time, Dot Mellott, interim pastor, updated congregational profile available
Big Beautiful World Curriculum Promo available

A promotional kit from Shine featuring the Big, Beautiful World Vacation Bible School curriculum for 2020 is available at the District office. Stop by the District Office and take a look.
District Events
Meetings at the District Office
Please take note of the following meetings and events scheduled for the District Office: 
-Jan. 6: 1:30 p.m., District Office staff meeting, phones unanswered
-Jan. 11: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., District Office, lower level, CGI Class-Church History
-Jan. 16: 11 a.m., District Office staff meeting, phones unanswered
-Jan. 18: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., District Office, lower level, CGI Class-Brethren Beliefs
-Jan. 20: 6:30 p.m., Disaster Auction Golf Committee
-Jan. 22-30: Council of District Executives; John Jantzi out of the office; available by email and cell phone.
-Jan. 30: 11 a.m., District Office staff meeting, phones unanswered
Mark Your Calendar
Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration : Celebrating the Dream, Continuing the Journey, Oakdale Park, Bridgewater, and on Bridgewater College's campus. A community celebration of the life and legacy of renowned civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event begins at Oakdale Park, where guest speakers will give their remarks and will be followed by a march of event attendees from the park to the College campus. More details of the event will follow. Click here for more information. Click on the following to download: Bulletin Insert , Bulletin/Newsletter text , Press Release and Poster .

Jan 22: Paul Mundey will present a seminar, " Reflections of the Moderator ," at Bridgewater College, Bowman 109 ( 402 East College Street, Bridgewater ), 3:30 p.m . The emphasis will be on Q and A. Admission is free; all invited. The sponsor of the event is the Forum for Brethren Studies. Parking available in the KCC, Carter, and Alumni Hall lots. For additional information, contact Steve Longenecker .


Mar. 6-7, 2020:  Children's Disaster Services Training , Fri. 4:30 p.m. to Sat. 4:30 p.m., Bridgewater Church  ( 420 College View Drive , Bridgewater). Register  online here Click here  for a flyer. A bulletin insert may be found here.
District Youth
THIS SUN . Jan. 12: Youth Sunday Night Live , 3-5 p.m. at Bridgewater College Carter Chapel ( 402 East College Street, Bridgewater). Join Jr. and Sr. High youth for worship and a swim party at Bridgewater College. The event will begin with worship in the chapel, then indoor swimming (cost is only $5 per person). Contact Gabe Dodd for more information at 325-9361.

J an. 25: District Sr. High Winter Retreat will be held at Mill Creek ( 7600 Port Republic Road , Port Republic), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Interdistrict Youth Cabinet (IYC) will be leading sessions, and youth will have the opportunity to serve the community. It will be a great time to have fun and grow in faith. Times and more information will be forthcoming. Pastors are asked to forward this information to youth leaders. Please contact Rebecca House with questions at 430-2089 |  to let her know how many youths are planning to attend.

Feb. 28-Mar. 1: Youth Roundtable at Bridgewater College. The theme will be 2020 Vision. More information will be forthcoming.

Mar. 13-14: District Jr. High Lock-in will be held on at Luray Church . More information will be forthcoming.
Brethren Disaster News
2020 Schedule for Disaster Ministry Trips Updated
Disaster Ministry Chair Jerry Ruff announced there would be a slight change in the schedule for the trip in Ma y. The May week will be May 3-9 so that it does not conflict with the auction. Download an updated listing of trips here .
Brainstorming for the May 15-16 Disaster Auction
The Disaster Auction Committee met Mon. evening and brainstormed about the 2020 event. Listed below are some of the ideas that churches or individuals may want to consider undertaking to help:
-Placing coin collection jars for Sunday School classrooms;
-Baking and donating special baked goods;
-Compiling unique theme basket ideas;
-Crafting some beautiful and practical creations;
-Designing creative Share-A-Meal offerings;
-Dream up new fundraising ideas for the purchase of a gallon of oysters;
-Finding fun ways to form foursomes for the golf tournament

For those making donations of larger items to the auction, photos of those items will be needed by Jan. 15 to be included in the booklet. Send photographs to, along with a short explanation of the donation.
Auction Booklet Offers Opportunity to Honor
The Disaster Auction committee is still accepting advertising for this year's auction booklet. The booklet advertising form may be downloaded from the District website.

In addition to church and business advertising, individuals may also choose to purchase ad space to honor someone or sponsor a mention of someone. Prices appear below:
-Ad Sizes: 1/8 page-$75; 1/4 page-$100; 1/2 page-$200; Full Page-$400
-Individual/Business Sponsorship Levels: Follower: $25; Believer: $50; Sustainer: $75; Disciple: $100

Advertisers may print the form requesting an ad and follow the instructions for submission. For more information about advertising in the 2020 Disaster Auction and Sale booklet, contact Nancy Harlow at 350-2298 or Catherine Lantz at 896-7556.
Disaster Auction Golf Tournament is May 15
The 2020 annual golf tournament will be held at Heritage Oaks Golf Course ( 680 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg), on Fri., May 15, with a rain date of Fri., May 22. An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start is planned. Brochures will be available in the coming weeks. Contact Doug Hughes at 830-8543 for more information.
Brethren Woods
Winter Camp 2020
Winter Camp is back and better than ever in 2020. Campers in third through eighth grade are invited to head out to camp for this two-night weekend retreat on Feb. 7-9, 2020. Winterized facilities and wood-burning stoves will keep everyone toasty while enjoying the camp's traditional activities such as crafts, singing, nature, Bible study, group games, morning watch, vespers, and delicious family-style meals. There will also be all kinds of extra special winter fun, including a mid-winter celebration (complete with a lost-and-found sock snowball fight!), snow-tubing at a nearby resort, hot chocolate, and a movie night with popcorn and snacks. 

It all begins at 6 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 7 and ends at 2 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 9. The registration fee covers lodging, meals and snacks, snow-tubing, a group photo, and an apparel item, staff leadership, and all retreat supplies. It promises to be an amazing weekend of fun, faith, and friends this winter.  Click here  for more information, online registration access, and a paper flyer/printable registration form.

Winter Workday
Brethren Woods' first workday of 2020 will be held this Sat. from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be outdoor work projects including lots of tree cutting, splitting, and moving firewood. Indoor projects will tackle facility cleaning, stuffing Camp Rep packets to share about camp's ministry, and tabbing the 2020 Events and Summer Camps brochures. Coffee and donuts will help to start and day and a delicious lunch will be provided. For planning purposes, please call 269-2741 or email to let them know you are coming. Don't forget to bring a friend! Click here for registration link .
Camp Rep Training and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Camp Reps, Pastors, Volunteers, and Friends are invited to Brethren Woods on  Jan. 25  for the Camp Rep Training and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. The event will include two sessions, both held at camp in the Pine Grove facility. Starting at  3:30 p.m.  there will be a training session for pastors, camp representatives, and others who want to learn more about what’s happening at camp and how they can be involved. The discussion will include a look at the role of camp reps, ideas for promoting camp in your church and community, and a preview of 2020 events and activities scheduled at camp.  Appetizers will follow at 5 p.m. and dinner will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The volunteer appreciation dinner is for all who served in 2019 and some who are already on board for 2020. This training is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious dinner, entertainment, and a chance to say thanks to the loyal, committed volunteers! 
To assist the camp with planning, RSVP by calling 69-2741, or emailing by Mon., Jan. 20. You may also complete this form online from the camp website at! 
Upcoming Classes and CEU Opportunities
The District offers several opportunities for pastors to acquire continuing education units (CEUs). Two classes being offered through the Christian Growth Institute (CGI) this winter each provide 1.6 CEUs. Details below:

1) Church History (Beginnings to Present) Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor David Miller invites students to " the lives and circumstances of persons and communities who endeavored by their own effort and the grace of God to follow Christ and share in the life of his church. History is more than dates, timelines and wars (though there is some of that). Ultimately, this is a love story, a revolution, a conquest, a tragedy, a comedy, and a mystery all brought together. Textbook reading isn't the most exciting, but Gonzalez is a good writer and he offers a fine introduction to the subject. If you give the class a fair shot, you’ll get more than you bargained for. This is the story of people who – through the power of God – turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6)." 1.6 CEUs. Click for the Syllabus | and Research Topics .

2) Belief and Practices of the Church of the Brethren Jan. 18, Feb. 1 and Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Instructor Jim Miller. By the end of this unit, the student will be able to recount the origin and development of the Brethren from 1708 to the present day, including prominent historical figures. This recounting includes familiarity with the history and activity of the Brethren in his or her particular community or region. The student will also be able to articulate the beliefs, basic values, and special emphases that are characteristic of Brethren faith and life and become familiar with the way these values and beliefs have expressed themselves in organizational and ecumenical expressions. Finally, the student will be able to describe and conduct the various ordinances of the Church of the Brethren.1.6 CEUs. Click here for the syllabus .

Contact Sarah Long for more information about registering for either of these classes at 234-8555.

Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is hosting several upcoming classes. Click here and scroll down to view future educational offerings. New online courses include Nurturing Vital Spirituality in a Changing World with Instructor Rhonda Pittman-Gingrich, Jan. 22 – Mar. 17, and Spiritual Practices in Ministry with Instructor Reba Herder, Apr. 15 – June 9. Science and Faith with Russell Haitch is another offering that has been added for Apr. 29 - May 3.

Ethics for the Set-Apart Ministry: Basic Course is being offered for newly licensed ministers and others seeking basic clergy ethics training. Janet Ober Lambert will be the instructor. The new date for the course is Feb. 8. Click here for a registration form .
Links to Upcoming Lectionary Readings
Revised Common Lectionary - Year A

Jan. 12 : Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 (16)
Jan. 19 : Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (6); John 1:29-42
Jan. 26 : Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9 (1); 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23
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