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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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4896 Armentrout Path
Keezletown, VA   22832
Phone & Fax: 540.269.2741
Website: www.brethrenwoods.org

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District Conference

Nov. 2 & 3 at Antioch Church of the Brethren

The 2018 Shenandoah District Conference was hosted with warmth and hospitality by Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock where 225 gathered for worship on Friday evening, Nov. 2. The altar memorialized the late Richi Yowell, the 2018 District Conference moderator who passed away in July. A treasure chest that Brother Richi commissioned Bev Andes of the Mt. Olivet congregation to build for this conference served as the focal point for both Friday and Saturday worship services, and a lighted candle honored the late moderator.


The conference came together under the theme, On Christ the Solid Rock We Stand: Living Together As His Followers.
Chuck Davis, pastor of Calvary Church of the Brethren, preached on Friday evening; speakers at the Saturday morning worship services were Nate Rittenhouse (New Hope), Regina Cyzick Harlow (Mountain View Fellowship), Gabe Dodd (Montezuma) and Bev Funkhouser (Round Hill). 


For the Saturday afternoon business session, Jonathan Brush (Lebanon), a past moderator, served as convener.
 

Conference highlights:
  • Saturday attendance: 242 delegates (61 pastors, 42 board chairs, 139 elected delegates) and 49 non-delegates
  • Offerings: Friday, $2,413 for the Nigeria Crisis Fund; Saturday, $1,868.25 for District ministries
  • 2019 budget of $349,982 approved
  • 2019 leadership consecrated: George Bowers (Antioch), moderator - in absentia; Marty Barlow (Montezuma), moderator-elect; Ryan Cooper (Emmanuel), Ministerial Leadership Team; Jane Baker (Round Hill), Leadership Development and Spiritual Formation Team; Bernie Fuska (Timberville), clerk; Mary Sue McDonald (Greenmount), Gifts Discernment Team - in absentia; and Jonathan Prater (Mt. Zion/Linville), Standing Committee
  • Delegates approved two motions relating to changes in the District constitution - one authorizing editorial clarifications such as capitalization and punctuation that do not alter policy and one transferring job descriptions for treasurer and financial secretary from the constitution to the bylaws.
  • A motion to amend the constitution to allow nominations from the floor for leadership positions failed to achieve the two-thirds majority vote required for passage.

 

Minutes from the 2018 District Conference

An addendum to the minutes specifies actions taken after the conference to assure complete accuracy on the vote on the constitutional revision motion that failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for approval.

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"

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 elayman@shencob.org 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!

 

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