The junior high youth who attended the Mid-Atlantic District conference assembled about 70 disaster clean up buckets. The buckets will be used by the Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries. If you wish to donate to the Disaster Ministries you can do so by clicking here. To learn more about the Disaster Ministries you can visit their home page here.
The 51st Annual Mid-Atlantic District Conference for the Church of the Brethren was held October 13-14 at the Frederick Church of the Brethren located in Frederick, Maryland. This year the moderator was our very own Brian Bachman. The conference opened on Friday night at 7:00pm and our former pastor, Kurt Borgmann, brought the message.
Our hearts go out to the people across the southern US and the Caribbean devastated by the recent hurricanes. Challenged by the Biblical mandate to “carry each other’s burdens,” the Church of the Brethren traditionally has been involved in the relief of suffering, whether caused by war, strife or natural disaster. That tradition continues as twelve volunteers from Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) have traveled to San Antonio to provide comfort to children and families affected by hurricane Harvey. Dozens more volunteers will follow as this will be the largest response in a decade for CDS. More on Brethren Disaster Ministries.
If you cannot donate, please pray! Pray for the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in Florida and the Caribbean. May God comfort those who mourn, those who are injured, and those who have lost their homes. Pray for strength and safety for all the workers and volunteers giving aid to others. Pray that giving may be generous, swift, and beneficial. Pray for wisdom in relief and recovery efforts.
Sunday Worship, September 24th
We were pleased to welcome Rev. Belita Mitchell to the Oakton CoB on Sunday, September 24th at 11:00 am worship service observing the International Day of Prayer for Peace.
Rev. Mitchell currently serves as Senior Pastor at the Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren in Harrisburg, PA. Following service, Pastor Mitchell will be presenting an additional program on the topic of Agape-Satyagraha work in the Harrisburg community.
Our annual all-church potluck picnic will be held Sunday, September 10, following worship service in the backyard. Please bring a dish to share, and the Fellowship Committee will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, and paper products. Fun and games for everyone! In case of rain, the event will be held in the fellowship hall. This is also the first week of Sunday school. We had great weather last year, and we hope for the same this year.