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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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Pastor Lawan Adimini

Nigerian Pastor Executed

We join with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria in prayer as we mourn the loss of Pastor Lawan Andimi (pictured above), who was executed by Boko Haram on Mon., Jan. 20. Pastor Andimi was an ordained minister with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. He had been missing and feared abducted after an attack on Jan. 2. Read the Church of the Brethren Newsline article here.
 
A proof of life video was released by his captors wherein Andimi praised God and told his loved ones and friends, “...don’t cry, don’t worry, but thank God for everything...I have never been discouraged because everything is in the hands of God”. He summarized near the end of the video, “By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife, children, and colleagues, and if the opportunity has not been granted, then maybe it is the will of God.”
 
Nigeria is ranked number 12 on the World Watch List for the 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus.
 

(Photo from the Christian Post)

Earthquake in Puerto Rico - Update 1/23/2020

We also continue to pray for Puerto Rico as they recover from multiple earthquakes this month. On Jan. 17, a Church of the Brethren Newsline article reported the people of Puerto Rico are still assessing the damage after the 6.4 magnitude event on Jan. 7, which is said to have been the most powerful earthquake on the island in a century(*). Thankfully, the loss of life has been minimal. However, the quakes continue daily, and electricity and water services have been interrupted. The people there do not feel safe sleeping inside of buildings. These experiences create enormous stress over time and have affected people deeply. To read the complete Newsline article, click here.
 
Financial contributions for the relief effort may be made online at www.brethren.org/edf (Note: Write “Puerto Rico earthquake” in the comment box). Checks may be sent to the Emergency Disaster Fund, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120 (Please indicate “Puerto Rico earthquake” in the memo).

Bearing_Jesus_Fruit_Dec_2019.docxBearing Jesus' Fruit - More Stories From the 2019 Shenandoah District Conference

Past Moderator George Bowers issued a call this fall to Shenandoah District churches to identify and share the fruit being borne in local congregations. The previous two issues of the Shenandoah Journal capture over 70 ministries and stories. Read more here and here.

2020 District Leadership Slate | Bios Here

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
 
Program/Arrangements:
Becky Leland
 
Standing Committee:
Karen Shiflet

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"

Earthquake in Puerto Rico - Update 1/8/2020

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 disruption in electrical and water services have impacted the island.
 
Puerto Rico 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.
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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
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