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FCOB Golf Tournament Set For This Saturday, April 30.

 

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First Church of the Brethren will be hosting its Seventh Annual Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 30 at 1:30pm.  The tournament will once again be held at Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is open to any team of four that would like to play.  The proceeds from the tournament will go towards the programs and outreach of First Church of the Brethren.  Those wishing to play can contact the Golf Tournament Team at fcob.golf.tournament@gmail.com.

FCOB Golf Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Tee Time: 1:30pm.  Rain or Shine

Location: Lakeview Golf Club, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Cost: $75 per golfer ($300 per team):  Entry Fee includes round of golf, cart, goody bag, dinner following the round, snacks and drinks throughout the day, and a chance to win a door prize.  Payments can only be made using Check or Cash.  Credit Cards will NOT be accepted.

There will also be additional opportunities, including purchasing string, mulligans and a “Red Tee Shot” for $5.00 each.

Not a Golfer?

You can still help out by sponsoring a hole.  Hole Sponsorship is $100

For More Information, or to register your team fill out the form below

Which Wich FCOB Fundraiser

FCOB Fundraiser with Which Wich is This Sunday, April 24

It’s simple!  All you have to do is enjoy Which Wich food, and First Church of the Brethren benefits!

Which Wich, located at 291 University Blvd., in Harrisonburg will be holding a fundraiser to benefit First Church of the Brethren on Sunday, April 24 from 11:00am-4:00pm.  30% of all proceeds from the event will be given to FCOB.

All you have to do is present this flyer when you place your order at Which Wich and FCOB will benefit!

Enjoy good food and help FCOB at the same time!

When: Sunday, April 24 11:00-4:00pm

Where: Which Wich (291 University Blvd. in Harrisonburg)

Take the attached flyer and 30% of the proceeds from your order will benefit FCOB.

 

Which Wich

Which Wich FCOB Fundraiser

Help First Church Just by Eating!

It’s simple!  All you have to do is enjoy Which Wich food, and First Church of the Brethren benefits!

Which Wich, located at 291 University Blvd., in Harrisonburg will be holding a fundraiser to benefit First Church of the Brethren on Sunday, April 24 from 11:00am-4:00pm.  30% of all proceeds from the event will be given to FCOB.

All you have to do is present this flyer when you place your order at Which Wich and FCOB will benefit!

Enjoy good food and help FCOB at the same time!

 

When: Sunday, April 24 11:00-4:00pm

Where: Which Wich (291 University Blvd. in Harrisonburg)

Take the attached flyer and 30% of the proceeds from your order will benefit FCOB.

Which Wich FCOB Fundraiser

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Join us for Holy Week!

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First Church of the Brethren

2016 Easter Events

 

 

Thurs March 24 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Love Feast
Fri March 24 7:00 PM Tenebrae Service
Sun March 27 7:00 AM Sunrise Service at Crossroads (Weavers – rain location)
8:00 AM Easter Breakfast (Multipurpose Room)
10:30 AM Easter Worship Service

 

 Living Cross

Easter Living Cross

 

The Easter Living Cross is something new that First Church will be participating in on Easter Sunday, March 27.

 

The Music & Worship Commission is having a cross made and it will be covered with chicken wire. The cross will be placed on the chancel Easter Sunday. Everyone is invited to bring a living flower, blooming leaf branch – forsythia, dogwood, etc., to church with them. As we begin our worship service, bring it to the front of the sanctuary and place it onto the cross. As individuals and families begin to place their offering on the cross we will all watch it become alive as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection and new life.

 

There will be people to assist you if you can’t reach the top of the cross or if you have difficulty with the steps. The Music & Worship Commission members will have flowers available if someone forgets theirs. Please invite your family and friends to attend worship and to bring a flower with them to add to the majesty of this cross.

 

The Easter Living Cross is a gathering place for family pictures following worship then it will be moved outside for all who pass by the church to see that we are an “alive” congregation!

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12 Baskets and a Goat

12 Baskets and a Goat ImageOn November 14, 2015, the old Sale Barn on Sunny Slope Farm was the site of the first pilot show of 12 Baskets and a Goal, a project of Ted & Co, Heifer International, and the Church of the Brethren in support of Heifer’s work around the world. The event featured the play, The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks, and Fettuccine, written and performed by Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught, interrupted at two intervals to auction off home-made breads and cakes. It was an evening filled with humor, laughter, and generous support of Heifer International. Over $5,000 was raised during the evening with all proceeds going to Heifer International.

The 12 Baskets and a Goal project (http://www.tedandcompany.com/shows/12-baskets-and-a-goat/) “seeks to raise awareness of poverty and empower communities to restore dignity to those in need.The Jesus Stories “asks two questions….what are we having to eat and who are we eating it with? It’s a play about Jesus and food; about what we need every day to sustain us, nourish us, and connect us with God and with others.” The play, which features original songs and music by Jeff, blends humor and theological reflection. Over the next three years, Ted and Co hope to perform their play and auctions all over the country for the benefit of Heifer International.

Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught performing The Jesus Stories

Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught performing The Jesus Stories

First Church of the Brethren’s Friendship Class gave money to help cover startup costs for the event at Sunny Slope Farm. Members of the class also donated $1,000 in support of Heifer International. The youth donated jars of their recently made apple butter. Other members of the church donated cakes and breads. Many of the breads were auctioned off in baskets donated by Cathy Cupp, Linda Logan’s sister.

Beth and Harry Jarrett’s farm, Sunny Slope Farm, is a certified Virginia Century Farm, owned and operated by the family for 186 years.

Pastor Beth among the gathering crowd

Pastor Beth among the gathering crowd

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Multiply Groups Underway

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The Multiply Small Groups are underway! If you are interested in checking out a group or the series of studies, you can still do so. Multiply was the brain child of Frances Chan and David Platt, authors of the book Multiply. The goals of the Multiply material, which are simple, practical, and Biblical, are to help individuals understand Scripture and to give them the tools to disciple others. The book and related materials are available free of charge online at https://multiplymovement.com/; however, the Multiply materials have been adapted for an intergenerational audience and specific age groups at First Church by members of our Discipleship Coordinating Committee: Linda Logan, Emily Morris, Casey Morris, Pastor Beth, and Derek Young. The Multiply Small Groups are the following:

Small Group Meeting Time Meeting Location Facilitator(s)
Elective Sunday School Class 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday 2nd Floor Front Classroom (above Narthex)* John Mark Logan & Daphyne Thomas
Covenant Sunday School Class 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday Conference Room* Libby Smith & Roy McCutcheon
Friendship Sunday School Class 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday Friendship Classroom* Auburn Boyers & Linda Logan
College/Career Group (post high school to 25 yrs of age)

 

4:30-6:00 p.m. Sunday Conference Room* Derek Young
Multiply Small Group 6:30 p.m. Monday Home of Emily & Henry Morris (child care available) Micah Morris
Multiply Small Group Tuesday Home of Emily & Henry Morris Members alternate as facilitators
Bridgewater Home Group 1:30-3:00 p.m. Wednesday Community Room

Assisted Living 3rd Floor

Bridgewater Retirement Home

Jo Ann Soucek & Brenda Fox
Praize Kidz Bible Study 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday Children’s Music Room in Basement* Sharon Helbert
Multiply Small Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday Conference Room* John Staubus
Stickley/Young Small Group 7:30-9:00 p.m. Thursday Youth Room off Gym* Carol & Chris Stickley & Derek Young
Downtown Dinner Group 8:00 p.m. Thursday Various restaurants Abe Shearer

*These locations are in First Church of the Brethren, 315 S. Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg, VA

If you need additional information or have questions, please call the church office at 540-434-8288.

 

 

 

L to R: Auburn Boyers, Pauline Miller, Rosie Martz, and Ruth Boyers

NOAC Highlights

Nine members from First Church attended the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) in Lake Junaluska, NC, last week (September 7-11): Auburn and Ruth Boyers, Brenda Fox, Larry Glick, Sharon Helbert, Rosie Martz, Pauline Miller, and Carolyn and Larry Seilhamer. These participants share what they thought were the highlights:

“NOAC (National Older Adult Conference) of the Church of the Brethren, has been meeting at Lake Junaluska every other year since 1992. If you are 50 years of age or older – you should be a part of this very inspiring and entertaining event.

A highlight this year was having Ken Medema (blind musician) playing the piano, keyboard and singing with great enthusiasm and joining with Rev. Christine Smith on the topic “Hidden Truths in Plain Sight”. One of the afternoon’s entertaining programs was a local story-teller Gary Carden. He only has 90% of hearing but says “as long as I can do most of the talking, I am fine.” He lives in the heart of Southern Appalachia and is a master storyteller who spins tales based on his childhood.”  Pauline Miller

“The highlight that really made an impression on me was Ken Medema, the blind man, and how he lead the worship through his music. I enjoyed all the speakers.”  Rosie Martz

L to R: Auburn Boyers, Pauline Miller, Rosie Martz, and Ruth Boyers

L to R: Auburn Boyers, Pauline Miller, Rosie Martz, and Ruth Boyers

“The theme for this year’s NOAC was “Then Jesus told them a story” and that theme was truly lived out through being at such a beautiful place with outstanding speakers, insightful Bible studies, meaningful service projects, great entertainment, fun and fellowship, and lots of ice cream!! While my time at NOAC involves a pretty intense work week, I still appreciate being with so many great people who have such a great time! One of the real neat “stories” this year was having such a wonderful representation of folks from our congregation! Next NOAC will be September 4-8, 2017. Start planning now!!!!”  Larry Glick

 

Larry Glick (R) visiting with Carl and Roxanne Hill, who have been active in the Nigeria crisis effort.

Larry Glick (R) visiting with Carl and Roxanne Hill, who have been active in the Nigeria crisis effort.

Carolyn and Larry Seilhamer

“There were many highlights for me from NOAC. I especially liked the Bible Studies by Bob Bowman. He had a very unique way of presenting, “A Certain Man Had Two Sons” [the parable of the Prodigal Son]. I also enjoyed the humor of Bob Stromberg and our trip to the Biltmore Estate. NOAC was a great way to end my summer of travel in God’s wonderful world.”  Carolyn Seilhamer

“Bob Bowman’s morning Bible studies were a highlight of the National Older Adult Conference. Ken Medema was an important part of the conference. All the keynote speakers were outstanding. I enjoyed NOAC.  Larry Seilhamer

      • “I thought Bob Bowman brought a superb study of the parable of the Prodigal Son, presenting it from the perspectives of the Prodigal Son, the Older Son, and the Father. In particular he highlighted the extravagant love of the Father toward both his sons, an aspect of the parable not often focused upon.
      • The Rev. Dr. Gee challenged me to think about how we can get past our silence, fear, labels, and systems to tell each other our stories and move toward greater racial and cultural equality.
      • The Rev. Christine Smith told us that we are sod covering barren earth and causing new shoots to spring up.
      • Terra Voce, featuring flutist Elizabeth Brightbill and cellist Andre Gabbert, thrilled me with the excellence of their talents, Ken Medema’s music and comments stirred my heart and emotions, and the voices of the 870+ individuals at NOAC made for a heavenly choir.
      • But the best part of NOAC was traveling and sharing meals with good friends Pauline Miller, Rosie Martz, and Lucile Vaughn.”  Brenda Fox

        Brenda Fox with friend Lucile Vaughn

        Brenda Fox with friend Lucile Vaughn

Results from service projects conducted at NOAC were the following as of September 10:

        • 400 children’s books donated to Junaluska Elementary School—more than one per child for the 350 students, plus a box of gently used books and a box of extras from the Kits for Kids project.
        • 416 school kits and 287 hygiene kits plus $1,303 to help Church World Service and disaster survivors.
        • $8,382 raised for the Nigeria Crisis Response effort.
        • $11,959.45 in offerings to support the ministries of the Church of the Brethren (this does not include the offering on Friday morning).

 

 

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Mini Sermon Series: Ezekiel

Feeling dry? Beginning Sunday September 13th, we will begin a two part sermon series focusing on renewal and restoration. The book of Ezekiel was written during a time of extreme persecution, spiritual dryness and disillusionment. The prophet Ezekiel offers us a beautiful picture of how God can bring renewal and restoration to seemingly impossible situations. We will learn how to watch for signs of renewal as well as how to give ourselves fully to the new things the Spirit desires to do in our lives and in our community.

Sunday September 13th – “Them Bones” – Ezekiel 37:1-11

Sunday September 20th – “In over my head” – Ezekiel 47:1-12

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Weekend of Service

Service – Fun – Fellowship

August 21-22, 2015

456-community-service-pictureReady to put your faith to work? First Church is planning a Weekend of Service where individuals can experience a community service project for the first time. The projects are designed to be short and simple, and get us out into the community to meet our neighbors.

The projects include painting a fence for the New Community Project, handing out water bottles, visiting a nursing home, and assembling disaster and school kits. The complete list of projects, lists of items needed to be donated, and sign-up sheets will be available in late July.

Friday night, August 21, we’ll kick-off the weekend with a Bike-A-Thon followed by a prayer service. On Saturday morning, there will be a short prayer service before heading out to morning, afternoon, or all-day projects. That evening we’ll enjoy a cook-out at the church following by swimming at the local pool.

For the truly adventurous, camping will be available at the church on a “bring your own tent and equipment” basis. You can share your plans and experiences with other participants, and enjoy fellowship and S’mores around the camp fire pit.

If you are interested in volunteering your services in preparation for the weekend, contact a member of the coordinating committee: Auburn and Ruth Boyers, Heidi Bunn, Beth Cash, Julie Foster, Brenda Fox, Sharon Helbert, Beth Jarrett, Micah Morris, Karen Moyers, Heather Smith, Peggy Stickley, and Derek Young.

Check this site later on in July for full details about the weekend. In the meantime save the dates of August 21 and 22 on your calendars.

 

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New Sermon Series Beginning July 19th, 2015

Be the Gospel

There is no doubt that the most famous teachings of Jesus are found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. One of the reasons for this is because we all care about authenticity. In a world that is inundated with information and technology, it has never been more important for the church to be authentic by living out the gospel in very practical ways. The old saying, “Actions speak louder than words” should become the Church’s new mantra. For the next six weeks, we will be exploring the Gospel of Matthew and looking at what it means to be the Good News and how it differs from simply believing the Good News. We will also have the opportunity to engage in community service and share our stories. Get ready for interactive worship times and regular engagement with the community! If you are new to our area, this is a great starting point. Come and join us!

Service themes:

Sunday July 19th – “To be or not to be” – Matthew 5:13-16

Sunday July 26th – “A peculiar people” – Matthew 5:1-13

Sunday August 2nd – “The gospel little word is love” – Matthew 5:43-48

Sunday August 9th – “The bottom line” – Matthew 19:16-30

Sunday August 16th – “What we did and didn’t do” – Matthew 25:31-46

Sunday August 23rd – Weekend of Service Celebration! – Sharing stories of our weekend of service in our community at the picnic shelter.