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May 15-16, 2020

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Shenandoah District
Church of the Brethren
P.O. Box 67
1453 Westview School Road
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Phone: (540) 234-8555
Toll-free: (888) 308-8555
Fax: (540) 234-8333

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District Conference Nov. 1-2

Registration Form | Tentative Schedule | Business Item - Withdrawal

*Delegate Briefing is this Sun., Oct. 13 at 3 p.m., see details below
Moderator George Bowers has announced the theme for District Conference in Nov.: Bearing Jesus’ Fruit. He explains, "We will be celebrating the various varieties of spiritual fruit that has been produced over the past year in Shenandoah District Congregations. In what ways has your congregation shared Jesus’ love with others? Jesus’ joy? Jesus’ peace? Patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control? What ministries for children or seniors, homeless or hungry, etc.? What teaching emphases or evangelistic outreaches? There’s lots of great fruit being produced and we’d love to celebrate the harvest together! We will be asking congregations to share these as we get closer to November." A tentative schedule of events and the congregational withdrawal paper are attached above. Scroll down to the article below to see the slate for 2020 District Leadership.
Planning is well underway. The event will feature a worship service Fri. evening, Nov. 1, at Antioch (23502 Senedo Road, Woodstock), followed by a blend of worship and business on Sat. Pre-conference activities include a delegate briefing on Oct. 13 at Blue Ridge Chapel (19 Browns Lane, Waynesboro). A Fred Pryor Seminar for Pastors and interested others will be offered on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wakemans Grove (668 Wakemans Grove Road, Edinburg). The cost of the seminar will be $100 and CEUs will be available. The topic for the seminar is "Dealing With Difficult People." In addition, the Milestones in Ministry dinner Fri. evening for pastors, retired pastors and their guests will feature 2020 Annual Conference Moderator Paul Mundey from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Furnace (20910 Senedo Road, Edinburg).

2020 District Leadership Slate

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:
Gail Johnson, Second Term
Frank Tusing
Becky Leland

Responding to Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas earlier this month, so it is only natural for Christians to want to help. The District has received multiple phone calls from area churches desiring to offer assistance. Shenandoah District Disaster Ministries Coordinator Jerry Ruff reported on Mon. that the biggest need right now is money. Individuals and churches may send checks made out to 'Shenandoah District' with 'Hurricane Dorian' in the memo line. The District will collect the donations toward the disaster response. Mail financial gifts for Hurricane Dorian to:
Shenandoah District
PO Box 67
Weyers Cave, VA 24486

District Forms

Blue Ribbon Committee

(Renamed District Discernment Team)

A Blue Ribbon Committee, whose formation was announced at the 2017 Shenandoah District Conference, has been organized and has begun its work. As planned, the 10-member committee will meet through 2018, focusing on ways our congregations can covenant anew to work together through divisions that threaten our unity as followers of Christ.

The committee is chaired by Jon Prater, pastor of the Mt. Zion/Linville Church of the Brethren and immediate past chair of the District Leadership Team. Joining him on the committee are Jonathan Brush (Lebanon), Heather Driver (Bridgewater), Hobert Harvey (Bethel/Mayland), Terry Jewell (Knights Chapel), LaDawn Knicely (Beaver Creek), David R. Miller (Montezuma), Carter Myers (Mill Creek), Nate Rittenhouse (New Hope) and Karen Shiflet (Mt. Bethel). The committee also will be served by three ex-officio members and three consultants.

Click here for the full description of the purpose, tasks and structure of the committee.

Click here for District Executive Minister John Jantzi's August pastor letter referenced in the previous document.

Click here for the minutes from the Committee's first meeting on Feb. 25, 2018.

Click here for minutes from the March 18, 2018, meeting.

Click here for minutes from the April 15, 2018, meeting.

Click here for minutes from the May 20, 2018, meeting.

Click here for the Discernment Team's report: "Congregational Withdrawal Process"

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Responding to Hurricane Dorian

Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) said on its website earlier this week that, "The Church of the Brethren does not have a presence in Bahamas, but as news emerged from the islands of the massive destruction and loss of life caused by this massive storm, BDM began identifying possible partners among its fellow members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Church World Service (CWS), who have a presence in the Bahamas or who are planning emergency relief and response efforts there." They suggest the following ideas for local churches to begin assisting with the response to the recent hurricane:



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