Pastor Bowman Called to Manassas Church

In his letter of June 1, board chair Rob Powell writes, “On behalf of the Oakton Board, and with sadness and regret, I accepted the resignation of Pastor Chris Bowman, effective September 1, 2014.”

In the accompanying letter Pastor Bowman shared that he and Sherry believe the new call to be “real and right.” He also shared his belief that Oakton Church’s renewed sense of vitality and purpose will continue forward in spite of the transition. Pastor Chris writes, “The Spirit is stirring [at Oakton Church] and the future looks bright. I am sad not to be entering it with you.”

Pastor Chris has mentioned that one of the great joys of serving our church is the chance to know and love each person. “Oakton is a wonderful congregation. We got to know each other, both the good and the difficult parts of our personalities, and we love each other as brothers and sisters. While we are excited about God’s call in this new ministry as Pastor of the Manassas Church of the Brethren, we are sad to be leaving such good friends and such a wonderful family of faith.”

The board has appointed Vice-Chair Brian Bachman to lead a transition team to help us work through the coming months and begin the search for a new pastor. The District has been notified and the work to find an interim has begun.


Chris, Sherry, Jacob, Melissa, and Chewbacca Bowman
September, 2004

Chris and Sherry, along with their children Melissa and Jacob, came to Oakton Church in September 2004. Sherry plans to continue to work as a supervisor for Fairfax County Community Services Board after the move. Jacob graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2012. He is engaged to be married and currently lives in Woodbridge VA. Melissa lives in Baltimore where she is pursuing her PhD.



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June Worship Themes: Empty and Full

June 1, Teacher Appreciation Sunday

[Teacher Breakfast: 9:45]

Worship Theme: “Glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13) as we teach and are taught

Texts: Deut. 32:1-3 and John 14:15-21

Sermon by Matt Landes


June 8, Pentecost

[VMJ Celebration Breakfast 9:45]

Worship Theme: The Spirit Rested on Them (Numbers 11:25) and not everyone was happy!

Texts: Numbers 11:24-30; John 7:37-39 (‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’)

Sermon: Eldad, Medad, and Moses

Theme: The Holy Spirit ordains us all into the ministry of making disciples. And as we speak the Word of life to others God is at work transforming us in the process but that doesn’t mean that everyone will be happy about that.

(When Moses was informed that Eldad and Medad were prophesying without him, he chastised the tattle-tale and said: “[I wish that] all the Lord’s people were prophets!”)


June 15, Father’s DayRuth logo with barley sheaf

[Father’s Day Breakfast 9:45]

Series: The Story of Naomi and Ruth: From Famine to Full

Texts: Ruth 1 John 11:17-45

Sermon: From Famine to Full Part One: “There was a famine in the land.”

Theme: In God, the end of the line is the beginning of a story.

(Often when we feel we have come to the end of hope, the end of possibility, the end of our resources we have actually come to the beginning of a glorious new story in God’s book of life.)


June 22, Communion Sunday

[Graduate Recognition]
[NYC Commissioning]

Series:  The Story of Naomi and Ruth: From Famine to Full

Texts: Ruth 4; John 12:1-17

Sermon: From Famine to Full, Part Two: “A son has been born to Naomi.”

Theme: In the Reign of God, life is made in the fullness of love.

(From the unexpected union of the cast-off Ruth with the hospitable Boaz, a child is born which fulfills the hope of an impoverished widow and continues the line of the King.)


June 29, Anointing Sunday

Theme: Anointing for healing and wholeness, strength, forgiveness, and faith.

Texts: Luke 10:27-37 (the Good Samaritan)

Sermon: Anointed with oil and wine

(In the story of the Good Samaritan we find that “from one least expected comes the healing most needed.” Here we learn both to be the healer and to let ourselves be healed.)



July 6,  Annual Conference Sunday

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