Our Weekend of Service (WoS) is about a month away and will take place August 12-14, 2016. The Weekend will kick-off on Friday evening and will be followed by half or full-day service projects on Saturday, ending with a cookout and swim time at the community center behind First Church. During Sunday’s service we will hear reports from the different project teams.
During our contacts with different agencies, Middle River Regional Jail indicated that they would like to receive either new or used (in good condition) paperbacks for their library. They are interested in a wide range of reading materials – fiction and non-fiction, auto and biographical, history, and westerns (a particular favorite). If you have books that you would like to donate, please place them in the appropriate box in the narthex.
Meanwhile the Harrisonburg City Jail said that they would like copies of paperback bibles. If you would like to donate toward the purchase of bibles, please write a check to the church and in the memo line indicate “City Jail Bibles”.
In the next few weeks be looking for project descriptions and sign-up sheets, donation boxes in the narthex for needed supplies, and further details in upcoming bulletins, on this webpage and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fcobharrisonburg/.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHRISTMAS MUSICAL — December 13, 2015 AT 4:00 P.M.
The children and youth will present a Christmas Musical — On Our Way to Bethlehem — on Sunday December 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm. The musical will take us on the journey to Bethlehem with the younger children portraying the Biblical characters and the older youth sharing the significance of the journey for our lives today. Join us on the journey! A time of fellowship and serving of Christmas cookies will follow the performance. The musical was created by Roger Emerson and John Jacobson, and distributed by Daybreak Music.
On Saturday October 31st, 2015 – Halloween Evening – from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Sunny Slope Farm is having an event – “No Tricks – Just Treats” for folks of all ages! Scrumptious food, great music, and thrilling games for all will be featured. Tickets are available online at a cost of $5.00/person. Tickets will not be for sale at the event and only advance sale ticket purchasers may enter.
Food vendors include a hearty meal from Mamma’s Caboose and tantalizing deserts from Smiley’s Ice Cream food truck. Vendors such as Dove Chocolate will also be available. Additional food trucks maybe added based on tickets sales.
The evening entertainment will be provided by three of JMU’s stellar A Capella groups Madison Project, Into Hymn, and Rescored – something you won’t want to miss!
Painting pumpkins, sack races, corn hole, face painting, and other lawn games will be available.
First Church of the Brethren is one of only two area youth programs that will benefit from proceeds of not only the ticket sales, but also a percentage of the food sales too! We want to encourage all our families to support this event by purchasing tickets to attend, and also by letting other folks know about the event! Our youth program plans to use funds from the event to increase the number of times per year that they serve the Salvation Army Shelter Meal.
So grab your friends, a warm blanket to cozy up in, and enjoy a memorable evening of laughter and harvest cheer!
This is a non-alcohol family friendly event. Sunny Slope Farm is Pastor Beth’s husband – Harry’s Event Venue. For directions, go to http://onsunnyslopefarm.com/.
The Education Ministry Team has been working hard to provide a loving, fun, and educational Christian atmosphere for our kids. As we look forward to the beginning of a new school year, we wanted to make you aware of a few changes that will be taking place.
- Praize Kidz will resume on Wednesday, September 9th and will continue to be held every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 for grades K-5. You are welcome to come share in our fellowship meal with your children beginning at 5:30, or drop them off at 6:00 if you do not intend to participate in the meal. We will have three stations for Praize Kidz, beginning with music from 6:00-6:30 (all children will participate together). Children will then be split into two groups and will rotate through a bible lesson and craft (30 minutes each) from 6:30-7:30. One major change from last year is that there will no longer be a preschool class; however, nursery care will be provided for the children of all of our volunteers (preschool aged or younger). There will be a check-in/check-out process on Wednesdays to ensure the safety of all children involved. We are still in need of volunteers, so please consider giving of your time to help our program continue to grow!
- Children’s church on Sundays will resume on Sunday, September 13th, with a few changes in age groups. Children ages 4 through 3rd grade will attend the first part of the adult worship and then are invited to go downstairs together for Mack’s Dock (following the children’s story). Our 4th and 5th graders will remain in the adult church service and nursery care will be provided for children under the age of 4. ALL age groups are invited and encouraged to take part in the children’s story.
- Story Time will no longer take place on Friday mornings.
We look forward to working with each of you as we continue teaching our children about God’s Word and His amazing love for us. If you have any questions pertaining to our Children’s activities and programs, please contact the church office.
Annually, Vacation Bible School is one of the best attended events that our church hosts. VBS, is about more than just a week together, it is a foundation of learning, not only for the kids that attend, but for the adults that lead them.
For the kids, VBS is a fun, exciting way to learn about God, enjoy the company of other kids and it’s a way to have fun. VBS is a great way for us, as adults, to teach kids that learning about God’s wonders and Jesus’ journey isn’t just sitting listening to Bible stories, but that God really can be exciting! Through music, scripture, arts and crafts, and recreation (even the water balloon nights), God really wants all of us to have fun as we worship him.
For Adults, sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in the mundane, everyday life of work and the rut in which we can often find ourselves trapped. But VBS is a way to climb out of that rut and see the faces of kids that are excited about hearing stories from the Bible and watching them come to life over the course of five days. This is a chance, for the adult leaders, to look back, and recapture just a small piece of our childhood as well.
I have had the privilege to assist with VBS for over 15 years, most of the time leading or helping with recreation. Over the years, I have seen a lot of kids that have had their lives changed because of the time that the adults of the church put into VBS, and believe it or not, I have seen a lot of adults who had their eyes opened as well.
As we approach Vacation Bible School 2015, considers registering your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors or any other kids that you may know. While you’re at it, think about helping out with VBS as well. It just may open your eyes and change your life!
Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren Vacation Bible School is set for July 13-17 and will run from 6:00pm-8:30pm each evening. To register, contact Heidi Bunn at the Church Office.
315 South Dogwood Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801