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. Our last meeting will be this Thursday, March 2 in the Fellowship Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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

Tuesdays are for Tacos!

Starting next Tuesday, Brian and Jan Fischer Bachman will be in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30 to 9 for “Taco Tuesday” 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5 and 12/12. They’ll be offering chicken tacos – free, with any donations offered going to the youth fund. (Yay!)

People can show up any time, kids can do homework, Brian will bring some table games, people can just hang out.

It’s not a “program”, it’s just offering something people need anyhow – dinner and maybe having someone else help kids with homework

No need to RSVP-unless you’re happy to help. We’d love to know that in advance

Do feel free to invite people who might enjoy stopping by for some food!

If you know college kids or others who love a free meal, let them know!

Exploring our Welcome

Sunday, October 22, Carol Wise and Brian Flory, of the Supportive Congregation Network, and members of the Arlington, University Park and Westminster Churches of the Brethren were present to share stories about the discernment process that Brethren congregations have used to consider the nature of the welcome they extend to LGBTQ members.

Annual Craft Show

Oakton Church of the Brethren’s 24th Annual Christmas Craft Show is a three-day event featuring a wide variety of handmade creations and craft supplies for purchase, plus a soup and sandwich lunch and bake sale. The event is a fundraiser for church projects.  There is no admission charge. Come browse around and find one-of-a-kind presents; cards, tags and gift bags; fall and holiday décor; kitchen accessories; ceramics; jewelry; soaps; baby and children’s items; pillows and linens; scarves, hats and other attire; pies and cakes; yarn, fabric and sewing notions and more!

Shopping hours

Thursday, November 16th & Friday November 17th 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 18th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Crafters can pick up their crafts on Sunday, November 19th from 2 to 5 pm.

Contact office@oaktonbrethren.org or 703-281-4411

District Conference Junior High Service Project

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. 

Church of the Brethren Mid-Atlantic District Conference

The 2016 District Conference     Photo by: Ken Miller Rieman.

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.   

 

How you can help victims of Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Mary, one of the CDS volunteers at work in Texas shelters, holds a baby at the Harland Clark “mega shelter.” Photo by Pat Krabacher

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.

Donate here to fund relief efforts.

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.

 

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