“Continuing the work of Jesus.Peacefully. Simply. Together.”

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2017 Lenten Devotionals

Ash Wednesday is March 1st. If you are interested in a Lenten devotional during the season of Lent, we will have 40 Lenten devotionals available (as well as 3 large print) by Ash Wednesday. 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.” Join us for Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 pm on March 1st.

 

Oakton Women’s Retreat

Looks like the 2016 retreat featured a craaaaazy jam session.

The second annual Oakton Women’s Retreat will be held the weekend of March 10 through 12 at Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center in Sharpsburg, MD. The theme of the retreat is “Anna’s Prophecy: A Women’s Renewal Retreat” and Claire Flowers Waggener will lead us.
The cost is $155.00 for a double room + meals, and $185.00 for a single room + meals. Please contact the church office for scholarship information. Registration forms and payment are due February 22nd. Please make checks payable to Oakton Church of the Brethren.
You can find registration forms in the church narthex, or by emailing the church office. Last year, the women in our church had a wonderful time of study, reflection, relaxation, and fellowship. We hope that all women—post-college age through 99+—will join us!

Join our Thursday evening Bible study!

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A five week Bible Study group, sponsored by the Action Reflection Committee, continues to discuss the Annual Conference Moderator’s monthly studies on the topic “Risk Hope.”

The moderator, Carol Sheppard, is addressing the uncertainty of these times in the world and in the Church and how we can risk hope in the midst of confusion.

Each study includes related scripture, commentary and discussion questions. The group will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from January 26 through February 23.

This is a series; but participants are welcome to attend any of the sessions they can make.

An adventure in interplanetary theology

Credit: NASA/JPL

Credit: NASA/JPL

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

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Children’s Offering

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.

Deep Roots in the Community

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.

Join Us for Sunday Services

You’ll feel comfortable here at Oakton Church of the Brethren where our congregation is happy to welcome you. We believe that when Jesus showed us another way of living, he intended it to nourish and hearten the entire human family.

Our worship service schedule follows the typical public school year. During the school year, a variety of Sunday School classes tailored to each age group is available at Oakton Church and the worship service is held at 11:00 a.m.

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Missions

Oakton Church of the Brethren strives to listen to our congregation and community, identify what is important, and take action. Take a look and see where you feel called to reach out with the love that Jesus Christ taught us. Bring that passion to the next Action / Reflection Committee meeting and we’ll serve on that mission together. Or, if you don’t see the mission you already have a passion for, bring that to the next Action / Reflection Committee meeting and we’ll work with you to learn about and support your advocacy.

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Children's Ministry

Oakton Church of the Brethren is blessed with an active children’s ministry. With over 50 children from nursery to senior high, we have programs for all ages ranging from nursery care for Sunday School and Worship times, to Senior High Youth fellowship and mission events.

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Worship With Us

Please join us this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you. Check our Worship pages for details or Get Directions.

9:15 AM — Fellowship Time (Sept-June)
9:45 AM — Sunday School (Sept-June)
11:00 AM — Worship Service

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Bulletins & Newsletters

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