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1453 Westview School Road

Weyers Cave, VA   24486
Phone:  540.234.8555
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Fax:  540.234.8333

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Summary Shenandoah District Conference

In a long day of work on Saturday, Nov. 7, the 2015 Shenandoah District Conference debated and agreed to continue to work on the issue of Congregations Out of Agreement with Annual Conference Decisions.

The conference, with a delegate body of 285 voting delegates from 85 congregations, first rejected a recommendation to adopt a framework of response proposed by the District Leadership Team (DLT). After further discussion, the delegates adopted a second DLT recommendation that a resolution proposed by the Crab Run/Damascus congregations be used as a working document to craft a framework of response to a congregation in disagreement with an Annual Conference decision.

In earlier actions, the conference:
1. adopted a vision statement:
Together we reach out with Jesus...
To do the work of the great commission making disciples, baptizing, and teaching,
To continue ministries of healing, peace, justice and grace to all,
To encourage, challenge and equip our congregations for mission,
To nurture congregational life seeking the blessings of the Holy Spirit through prayer,
To identify the gifts of people and call them into ministry.
2. approved a 2016 budget of $351,095 (almost $3,700 below the current year's budget) and
3. approved a leadership slate:
Moderator-elect: J. Diann Whetzel (Front Royal)
Clerk: Bernie Fuska (Timberville)
Gifts Discernment and Calling Team: Mary Sue McDonald (Greenmount)
Program & Arrangements Committee: Anita Landes (Mill Creek)
Standing Committee: Jerry Funkhouser (Wakemans Grove)
Leadership Team Chair (one-year interim): Jonathan Prater (Mt. Zion/Linville)
Church Development & Evangelism Team Chair: Dave Chappell (White Hill)
Ministerial Leadership Team Chair: Jan Orndorff (Sugar Grove)
Outdoor Ministries Team Chair: Grant Simmons (Arbor Hill)
Conference by the numbers:
285 voting delegates, 80 non-delegates
Friday worship attendance, 268, and offering for the Nigeria Crisis Fund, $2,803.28; 
Saturday attendance, 365, and offering for District ministries, $2,345.

The conference closed at 5:45 p.m. after a consecration service for 2016 Moderator David R. Miller (Montezuma) and Moderator-elect Diann Whetzel (Front Royal).

Look for more conference coverage in the weekly Shenandoah Update and in the conference review edition of the December/January Shenandoah Journal, due to be distributed at the end of November.

Is Hospitality YOUR Gift?

The Shenandoah District is developing a list of potential hosts when guests are in the District and need (or prefer) home-based lodging. If you have an extra bedroom and could offer a light breakfast to overnight guests, please fill out the host form below. It can be emailed to or mailed to Shenandoah District CoB, PO Box 67, Weyers Cave, Va., 24486.

Hospitality Host Form

You will always have the final say on whether to extend hospitality when the need arises. Thank you!


'Brethren Beliefs' Course Opens Jan. 9

The Christian Growth Institute will offer "Beliefs and Practices of the Church of the Brethren" on three Saturdays in January and February at the Shenandoah District Office (1453 Westview School Road, Weyers Cave, Va.) The course will be taught by Jim Miller, retired Shenandoah District executive and now interim pastor at Mill Creek Church of the Brethren. The class will meet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9, Jan. 30 and Feb. 20. Texts to be used are Fruit of the Vine by Donald F. Durnbaugh and Brethren Society by Carl F. Bowman. A supplemental text will be Church of the Brethren, Yesterday and Today edited by Donald Durnbaugh. The registration deadline is Dec. 30. Click on the link below for more details and the registration form.

CGI January 2016 Registration Form

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