District Conference Highlights
It was a "Living the Gospel" weekend Nov. 1 and 2 at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. Members from Church of the Brethren congregations in the Shenandoah District came together to worship, follow Christ's example of servanthood through feet-washing and remember His sacrifice through communion, to share stories of spirit-filled congregations in our midst and to transact necessary business.
Under the leadership of Moderator Glenn Bollinger, these are some of the highlights of our District Conference weekend:
At the Milestones in Ministry banquet early Friday evening, 27 pastors with a combined total of 1,292 years of ordained ministry were present and were recognized. Nineteen of those were ordained more than 50 years ago; Sam Flora, with 70 years of service, was the most senior pastor in attendance. Eight others were recognized on the five-year anniversaries of their ordination. David Steele, moderator-elect of the Annual Conference, called on our churches to grow together as communities. (The full list of those recognized is available under the Ministry tab of this web site.)
Later Friday, 287 people attended the worship where Brother Glenn preached on the conference theme, "Living the Gospel." Worship closed with love feast and communion in which 174 people participated. The Friday offering for global mission projects in Haiti and Nigeria totaled $2,274.36.
Saturday's business session brought together representatives from 79 congregations with a delegate body of 243 (134 elected delegates, 62 pastors, 36 board chairs and 11 alternates seated as delegates.) Seventy non-delegates also registered. The Saturday offering for district ministries was $2,420.72.
The conference adopted a balanced budget of $367,218 for 2014, an increase of 0.82 percent from the current year. The slate of officers was approved: Cole Scrogham, moderator-elect; Kim Northrup, Program and Arrangements Committee; Tom Crickenberger, Gifts Discernment and Calling Committee; George Bowers, Annual Conference Standing Committee; Mary Southerly, chair of Leadership Development and Spiritual Formation Team; and Tim Munson, chair of Property Development and Facilities Management Team.
Ministry highlights were shared from Sugar Grove Church of the Brethren, Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren and Mt. Lebanon Fellowship Church of the Brethren.
The conference closed with consecration of Jan Orndorff as 2014 District Conference moderator and Cole Scrogham as moderator-elect.
2014 Brethren Heritage Tour
Enjoy a weekend visiting sites of significance in Brethren history in Maryland and Pennsylvania - the Antietam battlefield, Ephrata Cloisters, the Moravian settlement, Germantown - with other like-minded folks from the Shenandoah District.
Our Brethren Heritage Tour is Jan. 17-19, 2014, and will be led by Jeff Bach, Brethren historian and director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, and Jim Miller, retired district executive for the Shenandoah District.
The deadline for reservations is Dec. 10. The cost of $140 covers two nights' lodging (double occupancy), admission to tour sites and chartered bus transportation from Bridgewater.
Tour Itinerary and registration form