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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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Brethren Woods
Camp & Retreat Center

4896 Armentrout Path
Keezletown, VA   22832
Phone & Fax: 540.269.2741

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Pulpit Supply

(revised Jan. 3, 2019)


Annual Conference Delegate Briefing Recap

"If the 'Compelling Vision' does not pull us out of this mire, it's not a compelling vision."   Annual Conference Moderator Donita Keister

The 'Compelling Vision' process continues this year at Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C., July 3 through 7. In preparation for these meetings, 2019 Annual Conference Moderator Donita Keister met with delegates from the Shenandoah District on June 3 to provide a synopsis of the process to date and to discuss the format of this year's conference. To read more, click here.

Shenandoah District Disaster Auction--Success!
The twenty-seventh annual Shenandoah District Disaster Auction and Sale concluded last Saturday, May 18. A hearty "Thank you" goes out to everyone who contributed or purchased items during the year. Reflecting on the event, Coordinating Committee Chariperson Catherine Lantz remarked, "It was a great weekend! We had a lot of good helpers and some very nice items to sell." Catherine also noted the increasing number of youth volunteers as one of the many highlights.

In addition to the dedicated volunteers and the quality of the auction and sale items, the weather was perfect, which in the Shenandoah Valley this year means it only rained for a little while. 

There were a few changes made in where things were located. The fast food was moved outside to a designated vending location, but that did not seem to deter hungry auction-goers. The move certainly made it easier for the coordinating committee to comply with stricter food safety regulations. Another move involved the plant sale, which was relocated to a nearby shelter, and business was booming there, too. Shoppers who have been to the plant sale in previous years were appreciative of having a concrete floor to walk on instead of the perennial mud carpeting to which they had become accustomed.

There were a few hiccups, though. Late in the day on Friday, there was a run on the oysters. This is only the second time the auction sold out of the magnificent mollusks before everyone had gotten through the line. 

There has not yet been a tally of the proceeds becaise the invoices and donations are still being received. Catherine estimates that the final total will likely be similar to last year's net, which was somewhere just north of $200,000. 

The generosity of donors, artisans, cooks, bakers, buyers and tireless volunteers helped to make the 2019 auction a great success. The fruit of all of this labor and generous giving is that teams may continue to go into areas devastated by disaster and share the good news of Christ through acts of service. That is what twelve months of planning and hard work is all about--sharing the love of Christ with those in desperate need. 

The June edition of The Shenandoah Journal will feature stories about two longtime auction supporters:  Flora Coffman and Ned Conklin. 
Direct questions about the Disaster Auction to Catherine Lantz at 
2019 Quilts
Quilts to be auctioned 5/18/19

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 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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