October 31, 2019
In Our Prayers
We are called to prayer this week by District Conference Moderator George Bowers for us to produce and celebrate abundant fruit at this year’s District Conference. 
District News
District Conference Begins Tomorrow, Nov. 1
This year's District Conference will be held at Antioch ( 23502 Senedo Road, Woodstock), beginning tomorrow, Nov. 1, at 6:45 p.m. The conference will continue Sat., Nov. 2 at 8:45 a.m.

The theme this year is "Bearing Jesus' Fruit." What fruit is Jesus bearing in the churches of the Shenandoah District? Delegates and conference attendees will have the opportunity to let other congregations know about the fruit being borne in their home churches.

District Conference preachers will be George Bowers (Fri.) and Galen Combs and Jan Orndorff (Sat.). Worship leaders will be Mark Bowyer and Linda Waggy. Luray Churches Community Choir will present special music.

A good, old-fashioned ice cream social follows the Fri. evening service. On Sat., the social hall opens at 7:45 a.m.; registration begins at 8 a.m. Gathering music will commence at 8:45 a.m.
A Quick Glance at the Conference Schedule
Friday, November 1, 2019  
1 - 4:45 p.m.Conference and Exhibit Set-Up 
9 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.CEU Event at Wakeman’s Grove
5 - 6:30 p.m.Milestones in Ministry Dinner Social Hall at Columbia Furnace

6 - 6:30 p.m. Exhibits Open  
6:45 p.m. Gathering Music  
7 p.m. Worship Service at Antioch
Speaker: George Bowers
Offering for Global Food Initiative and tree replanting for Haiti/Congo 

Special Music by Luray Community Choir 
8:15-9 p.m. Fellowship Time – please join us for an ice cream social and time of fellowship
in the social hall following worship.

What to Bring to Conference:

For anyone attending District Conference who wishes to bless others, there will be three opportunities to give:

- Fresh Produce (e.g., apples, potatoes, peppers, etc.) will be collected and given to Columbia Furnace Church for distribution to those in need of food through their Love Center.

- Love Offering for the Church of the Brethren's Global Food Initiative project, which includes a program to plant fruit and coffee trees in Haiti. Checks should be made payable to the Shenandoah District with 'Haiti' in the memo line.

- Love Offering - District ministries.


Links to important District Conference documents:

Saturday, November 2, 2019  
7:45 a.m.Social Hall opens with fellowship  
8 a.m. Registration begins 

8:45 a.m. Opening  
Gathering Music 
Welcome from Host Congregation 

9 a.m -10:15 a.m. Preaching and Worship 

10:30-11:30 General Business Session Call to Order  
Recognition of Guests 
Seating/Dedication of Delegates  

10:45 a.m.Conference Appointments 

10:50 a.m. Review of Delegate Packet Information 
Approval of Agenda 
Acceptance of 2018 Conference
Minutes as reviewed 

11 a.m. Report of Gifts Discernment Team 
Action Item: 2020 Slate of District Leadership 

11:10 a.m.
Action Item: Interpretation and Action on 2020 District Budget  
11:25 p.m. Offering for District Ministries 
11:30 a.m. Lunch/Insight Sessions  (Paul Mundey leading Evangelism Insight sessions at lunch)  

Afternoon Session  
1:30 p.m.
Action Item: Discussion/Adoption of recommended action on Congregational Withdrawal from the Denomination. 

2:15 p.m. Ministry Highlights
Church of the Brethren Ministries:
Mission and Ministry Board
Bridgewater Retirement Comm. 
2:45 p.m. Executive Staff Reports  
3:00 p.m. Installation of 2020 Moderator and Moderator-Elect
and Consecration of Newly Elected Personnel 
3:15 p.m.Closing worship and adjournment of Business Session  
District Leadership Slate
Moderator Elect
Daniel House
Congregational Care
Bruce Bowman
Development Team
Paul Davis
The following have been selected for the District Leadership Slate to serve in 2020. Click here for the candidates' biographical information.

Moderator Elect  - Daniel House

District Leadership Team:
Congregational Care - Bruce Bowman, Second Term
Development - Paul Davis, Second Term
Discipleship Ministries - Jan Orndorff
New Church Development - Leah Hileman
Outdoor Ministries - Marty Doss, Second Term

Gifts Discernment Team:
Jim Chappell
Gail Johnson, Second Term
Frank Tusing

Becky Leland

Standing Committee:
Karen Shiflet
Discipleship Ministries
Jan Orndorff
New Church Development
Leah Hileman
Outdoor Ministries
Marty Doss
Gifts Discernment
Jim Chappell
Gifts Discernment
Gail Johnson
Gifts Discernment
Frank Tusing
Program and Arrangements
Becky Leland
2020 District Leadership Slate
Standing Committee
Karen Shiflet
Annual Conference 2019 Compelling Vision Update Released
May Hope Continue to Flourish Among Us is the title of the Annual Conference 2019 Compelling Vision Conversation Data Report recently released by the the Compelling Vision Working Group and the Compelling Vision Process Team. These two teams have been working collaboratively on the project and this report represents some of the data that has been submitted and considered since Annual Conference. This is not the final statement for the Compelling Vision process, but is an update that provides some insight into the depth and breadth of the comments received. Click to read the full report .

Churches are encouraged to print and post documents such as these for members who do not receive the weekly Shenandoah Update. It is important for denominational and district communications to be widely shared with all members of our congregations.
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
Disaster Auction Representatives Deadline is Today
Churches are asked to contact the District Office today., Oct. 31, to identify who their Disaster Auction representatives will be next year and how to contact them. This information will ensure important communications will be directed to the proper people.
Karis is Overstocked
Karis is bursting at the seams with furniture and household items. There is also a fantastic Christmas corner filled with must see goodies. Karis Volunteer Teri Sumey stated that the community needs to "stop by soon and help us reduce our inventory so we can add even more great buys to the store."

The ministry of Karis continues to be blessed with great consignment items, wonderful shoppers and the joy of giving to others. Customers do not need to wait until Black Friday to start shopping or share the good news about Karis with others. For more information, visit Karis on the web.
District Sponsored Events
Milestones in Ministry with Paul Mundey , tomorrow, Nov. 1, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Columbia Furnace ( 20910 Senedo Road , Edinburg) . This event is to honor pastors, retired pastors and their guests. Bus transportation from BRC will be provided. If interested in transportation, contact Sarah today at 234-8555 to reserve your spot on the bus.
(Photo: Brethren.org )
Meetings at the District Office
Please take note of the following meetings and events scheduled for the District Office:  
-Oct. 31: 11 a.m., staff meeting, District Office, phones unanswered
-Nov. 1-2: District Office staff at District Conference; phones unanswered
-Nov 7: 11 a.m., staff meeting, District Office, phones unanswered
-Nov. 11: 6:30 p.m., Ministerial Leadership Team, District Office
-Nov. 14: 11 a.m., staff meeting, District Office, phones unanswered
-Nov 18: 6 p.m., Disaster Auction Committee, District Office
-Nov. 19: 6:30 p.m., Gifts Discernment Team, District Office
Mark Your Calendar
Oct. 31: Trunk or Treat event at Blue Ridge Chapel ( 19 Browns Lane , Waynesboro), 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31: Trunk or Treat event at Waynesboro ( 364 Bridge Avenue , Waynesboro), beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 1-2:  District Conference , Antioch ( 23502 Senedo Road , Woodstock). See articles above for details.

Nov. 1: Fred Pryor Seminar for anyone interested in learning more about " Dealing with Difficult People ." To be held at Wakemans Grove ( 668 Wakemans Grove Road, Edinburg) , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., registration fee is $100. CEUs (.6) will be awarded. Click here for details and here for registration form .

Nov. 2: Summit ( 314 Summit Church Road , Bridgewater) will hold its 42nd annual youth auction in the social hall. The Men’s Fellowship will sell food items for dinner beginning at 5 p.m. The live auction will begin at 6 p.m., with Mark Craig as the auctioneer. Baked goods, theme baskets, business donations and antiques will be sold at the auction. Proceeds will support youth attending the 2022 National Youth Conference and other special youth events.

Nov. 3:  CROP Hunger Walk, 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Town Center . If interested in participating or for more information, please contact Bridgewater College Chaplain Robbie Miller at  rmiller@bridgewater.edu . Link to release .

Nov. 6: Bridgewater Church hosts the Bridgewater Home Auxiliary Luncheon , 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Cost: $6. Diners can enjoy beef stew, coleslaw, corn muffins, pumpkin pie, ice tea or coffee. Carry outs available.

Nov. 8: The Bridgewater College Oratorio Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College (Location is No. 11 on this linked map ).

Nov. 9: Community Fish Fry at Evergreen ( 645 Evergreen Church Road , Stanardsville), 4:30-6:30. Love offerings will be accepted.

Nov. 9: An Alternative Christmas fair will be held at Bridgewater Church ( 420 College View Drive , Bridgewater), between 9 a.m.and 1 p.m. Representatives from a variety of nonprofit organizations in the area and elsewhere will be there to receive donations. It is a wonderful way for contributors to give to their favorite organizations like Habitat for Humanity, SERV, Gemeinschaft Home, Heifer Project, Valley Program for Aging Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Free Clinic, the Klein Homestead, Collins Center, First Step and others. This year there will also be a Santa's Attic sale. Gently used household items will be for sale as will bake goods. Lunch items may also be purchased. Click here for more information .

Nov. 16:   Bittersweet Gospel Band concert, Staunton Church ( 1615 N. Coalter Street , Staunton), 6:30 p.m. Pastor Gilbert Romero will be here from Los Angeles and join band members from Ind., Penn., and Va. Learn about Bittersweet Ministries in Tijuana, Mexico , too. The music is infectious and inspiring. The stories are heartbreaking. A Love Offering will be received for the ministry. Click here for flyer .

Nov. 17: The Brethren Service Center: Standing on Holy Ground , 4 p.m., Bridgewater ( 420 College View Drive , Bridgewater), featuring Miller Davis, a director at the Brethren Service Center from 1971 to 1998. Sponsored by the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center, www.brethrenmennoniteheritage.org .

Dec. 1: Christmas Carol Hymn Sing at Timberville . Guests will be The Good Time Gospel Quartet . Click here for flyer .

Dec. 8: Love Light service at Lantz Chapel , Bridgewater Retirement Community ( 302 North Second Street , Bridgewater), 7 p.m. This service for celebrating, honoring and remembering is open to the community and features the BRC Village Choir and Bridgewater Church of the Brethren Childrens’ Choirs. Click here for flyer.

Dec. 14: A Heritage Christmas with the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center , ( 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg), 2 to 6 p.m. Crafts, live music and singing and refreshments. Cost : $10 adults, $5 students, children 5 and under are free.

Dec. 21-23: Live Nativity with Mill Creek , 7 to 9 p.m., nightly, at Michael’s Barn ( 8218 Port Republic Road , Port Republic). Contact the church office with questions.
Brethren Disaster News
Disaster Auction Donation Ideas for 2020 Discussed
The Shenandoah District Disaster Auction Committee is encouraging churches that have not done so in recent years to construct theme baskets for the Auction to be held May 15-16, 2020.

Creative ideas sell well, according to the committee. Member Gerry Beam adds, "Theme baskets would be a good way for every church to participate." Almost anything may serve as the basket. Past theme basket creations have used laundry baskets, popcorn tubs and even outdoor fire pits (pictured above) as containers. The choice of container can set the theme and the imagination can soar from there.

The committee is also calling crafters to think of new things to create, such as wind chimes, lawn whirligigs or other ornaments. Youth are challenged to find new ways to participate. Eddie Major wonders if there are any technologically advanced teens out there who would be willing to put together a PowerPoint presentation or video that depicts the work accomplished through the funds raised at the auction. This presentation or video could be projected throughout the auction to educate people what the program is all about.

Contact Catherine Lantz at 896-7556 to become involved with the planning or to volunteer to help.
Disaster Auction Book Ad Sales Set to Launch
Disaster Auction Committee Chairperson Catherine Lantz reported that advertising in the 2020 Disaster Auction and Sale book will begin after District Conference this weekend. There have been fewer businesses advertising and efforts are underway to reach out to those who no longer advertise, as well as to identify new businesses that would like to advertise in the auction booklet.

The committee also reminded church representatives to begin planning for the Jan. 1 deadline for ad submission. Contact Catherine Lantz at 896-7556 for additional information.
Brethren Woods
NEXT WEEKEND Men's Retreat Nov. 8-10 " Living the Adventure "
For men ages 18 and up. Click here for registration form and information | and here for packing list for the trip.

This will not be your great-granddaddy's Christian men's retreat. A half-day wild caving trip, outdoor solo time, and group input and sharing about work-life balance and what it means to be men of God in the twenty-first century will define the e xperience. Led by Lester Zook and cosponsored by WILD GUYde Adventures LLC and Brethren Woods, this weekend is for men who desire to be faithful to Jesus Christ and go deeper in this journey of manhood with a small group of like-minded men. Activities will be physically vigorous but not extreme – a moderate degree of physical fitness should be adequate. Cost: $95 each covers meals, insurance, activity fees and permits; $85 for a second family member (e.g., father-son combo). Each participant will also be asked to supply several items for the group menu (items and quantities TBA). Click here for more information.

Renewing Our Faith Outdoors Dinner Dec. 8
This annual dinner is for everyone who wants to support the ministry of Brethren Woods . H ors d'oeuvres will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Musical artist and worship leader Jessica Crawford will perform. Co st: $75.00 individual tickets or $600.00 for a table of 8. To purchase tickets, contact Brethren Woods | 269-2741.
Upcoming Classes
The annual Clergy Tax Seminar is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2020 , for seminary and academy students, pastors, and other church leaders. Participants will learn how to file clergy taxes correctly and legally, how to comply with regulations while maximizing tax deductions, and may earn 0.3 continuing education units.  Registration is $40 per person and the registration deadline is Jan. 15, 2020. For registration and other information, click here .

Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is hosting several upcoming classes. Click here and scroll down to view future educational offerings.
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.
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