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Celebrating Women’s History Month
Throughout the month of March, Oakton CoB will be highlighting the achievements of women who sought to lift up not only other women, but the cause of love, justice, and faith. Some are famous for their inspirational stories, and some are less famous, but no less inspiring. Who are the women who have inspired you to persevere? Whom do you look to as a role model in your life of faith? Who is your heroine of women’s history?
The story of Anne Frank and her family could have gone untold, just like countless stories of Jewish families during World War II. Instead, because of Anne’s diary, she has touched the hearts of millions of people all over the world. Anne and her family were Jews living in Germany until Hitler’s rise to power and growing anti-semitism made them feel it was necessary to move to the Netherlands. Once the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, it was not long before the family made the decision to go into hiding. They hid in the rear annex of the building housing Otto Frank’s business. For more than two years, Anne’s family lived with a few other refugees in the tiny space dubbed the “Secret Annex” while friends of the family assisted in smuggling food and supplies to them, all while business continued in the building below. During this time, Anne poured her heart out to a diary. When the family was betrayed and discovered by the Nazis in 1944, Anne was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died of Typhus in 1945. Her diary, however, was rescued by one of the family’s “helpers,” Miep Gies. After the war, Miep returned the diary to Otto Frank, who published the writings so that that the world could understand the ravages of war, the pain of families torn apart, and lost dreams of little children. Today, The Diary of a Young Girl has been published in close to 70 languages.
If you are interested in a Lenten devotional during the season of Lent, we will have Lenten devotionals available in the church narthex (regular as well as large print). However, if you would prefer to have this year’s devotional on your mobile devices, it is also available as a digital download from Brethren Press. Digital downloads may be ordered online for $3.00.
This year’s devotional is Medicine of Mercy, by Theresa Eshbach. “Lent is a season of repentance and healing. God anoints us with a medicine of mercy, a healing balm, when we return to God’s ways. We receive this generous mercy and forgiveness and then extend it to a world in need.”
Does God-talk make you squirm? Have you ever had someone ask you about your faith, only to have them criticize your honest reply? Have you ever confessed doubts about some theological doctrine only to be denounced as a false Christian? If so, you’re not alone, even among many regular churchgoers. In truth, theological conversation goes deep, all the way to the root of how we understand ourselves, others and the world in which we live. It’s easy to understand why it can make us feel so vulnerable.
Theologian W. Paul Jones has spent years studying the theological diversity within Western Christianity and the conflicts which have ‘polarized, paralyzed and neutralized’ the life and ministry of denominations and congregations. He’s come to believe that our theological differences, sufficiently studied and understood, can help Christians revitalize their communities of faith and reawaken their ministries and mission.
From October 23rd to November 20th, we’ll immerse ourselves in the 5 distinct ‘Theological Worlds’ Jones has identified. In Sunday School and Worship, we’ll study the unique insights and challenges these different worldviews bring to our faith. I’m inviting all of our members and friends to complete a survey to help identify the worldviews that most resonate with your own faith and perspective.
There’s no right or wrong worldview. Each is grounded in scripture and the history of our tradition. But because they represent such different ways of viewing the world, they pose both risk and opportunity–risk when they lead to misunderstanding and opportunity when we learn to speak each others’ language of faith.
Please stay tuned for more information on our study and the accompanying sermon series. And please consider completing the survey. We’ll invite you to share your results with the office so we can create a map of our whole congregation’s diverse perspectives. I’m hopeful that this five-week immersion will be an adventure in our learning and growth as a community of faith and that each of us will emerge with a better understanding of each other.
Gratefully yours, Pastor Ken
Children’s offerings this year will be going to support Habitat for Humanity. The Mid-Atlantic District Church of the Brethren is sponsoring a Habitat House to be built this year in Hagerstown, MD. District wide efforts are under way to raise funds to finance and build the home in partnership with the family who will live there. For more information, visit: www.madcob.com or www.habitat-wc.org. Oakton contacts for this program are Debbie Seidel, Karl Wilkerson, or Bridget Beach.
The Oakton Church of the Brethren has been a part of this community for over 110 years. You can read all about it by visiting Our History. Special thanks to the original author, Mary Ludwick.
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