“No Tricks – Just Treats!”

No Tricks Just TreatsReal Wedding On Sunny Slope Farm

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/.

Sunny Slope Farm Sign


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.




The School Kits WoS Project

Jean Texiere

(L to R) Jean Texiere, Margaret Turner, Louise Burtner, & Nancy Adams

First Church’s Friendship Class, made up of older adults, prepared for the August 21-22, 2015 Weekend of Service (WoS) by setting the goal of preparing 100 school kits. Money ($322.29) was collected from class members and the tax-free state sales were taken advantage of to purchase the needed supplies. Ruth Boyers sewed all 100 bags while H.G. and Jean Texiere did the shopping. H.G. and Jean had to make multiple trips to stores because they could only buy limited amounts each trip. In order to cover shipment of the school kits, $200 was donated from the class treasury. Photos from the Weekend of Service School Kits Project are featured below.





Ruth Boyers

Ruth Boyers


Arlena Sites (L) and Rosie Martz (R)

Arlena Sites (L) and Rosie Martz (R)

Friendship Class members preparing to assemble school kits

Friendship Class members preparing to assemble school kits


Louise Burtner (R)

Louise Burtner (R)

Ray and Ann Wine

Ray and Ann Wine

Faith in Action

Faith in Action Meeting

Faith in Action Meeting

This past spring four members of First Church (Pastor Beth Jarrett, Brenda Fox, Micah Morris, and Carol Stickley) attended the kick-off meeting of Faith in Action here in Harrisonburg. Faith in Action is an interdenominational organization formed to solve systemic problems in the local community and county. It seeks to move beyond charity to address the root causes of problems. Faith in Action is modeled on the IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) organization in Charlottesville, and was started by a group of five individuals who make up the steering committee.

Covenant churches join Faith in Action by nominating two representatives and offering a contribution toward its operation. The churches also commit to undertake a listening process with members of their congregations to identify those community issues which they are most concerned about.

Faith in Action undergoes an annual cyclical process whereby issues are identified and researched and then an outreach and lobbying effort is undertaken with local leaders. Each year a specific issue is chosen for the organization to focus its attention upon. At its September 27 meeting, the issue of Immigrant Justice was announced as the focus of the 2015-2016 year. This issue will be narrowed to a specific topic during the fall research phase as meetings are held with immigrant agencies and individuals.

Currently sixteen churches are covenant congregations. They include Methodist, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Catholic, and Lutheran churches among others. If you would like to learn more about Faith in Action, you can go to their webpage at http://www.harrisonburgfaithinaction.org/.

The recent controversy over whether to build a new jail in Harrisonburg showed how effective community involvement can be. Faith in Action offers the opportunity to become involved on a similar scale. Is First Church of the Brethren ready to carry forward the spirit and enthusiasm of our Weekend of Service to join with our brothers and sisters in the faith and address problems in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County?

As our ministry teams and congregation begin to build our budget for 2016, we hope that the First Church congregation will support the modest amount included in the Witness Team’s 2016 budget for Faith in Action and that we will undertake a listening/action process to identify those community issues which most impact our congregation.

Respectfully submitted,

The Witness Team Members

Beth Cash, Chair, Sharon Helbert, Vice Chair, Brenda Fox, Joyce Leake, and Carolyn & Larry Seilhamer



Sharon Helbert at 2015 NOAC

Sharon Helbert at 2015 NOAC

Where else can you go to:

1) Get your faith strengthened – Bible studies, great speakers and wonderful music
2) Your body filled with food (3 full meals a day – prepared for you)
3) A body shaking with laughter (ask Larry Glick about his two year old bologna ice cream)
4) No beds to make; no room to clean; 4 fluffy pillows to lay your head on; and friends known and unknown
5) Five days away for ONLY $128.00 a day

Join us September 4-8, 2017 at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, for another National Older Adult Conference of the COB.