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E-Blast Friday, October 20, 2023

Goodness Passing By!

Dear Friends,


Praise God!  This will be a FULL FULL Sunday of good things.  Good connections with God, fellowship with others, food and fun.  Here's the run down:


--In worship, we will look at a fascinating part of the book of Exodus, a conversation between God and Moses on the mountain.  What does it mean to say proclaim the goodness of God in a time of change and uncertainty?  We will go there with Moses!  The scripture reference is Exodus 33: 12-23 and it can be found here:


--Between our morning worship services starting at 9:30 AM, the Faith Sunday School Class will be serving up a breakfast buffet in the Fellowship Hall.  (See the Announcement below).  


--District Conference will be at 2:00 PM and will be projecting from the BUMC Sanctuary.


--THEN CIDER & S'MORES on the Front Lawn!  Come, greet our neighbors and join us for hot & cold cider and make a s'more on us.  Fire pits to keep warm... 6 - 8 PM


Next Sunday, Debra Lucas, recently retired VAUMC pastor and my friend, will be with us as a guest speaker. The youth will lead in (11 AM) worship.  We will begin working with our Stewardship theme "Together for Joy."


I will be on vacation:  I will be out of town on vacation from October 25 through Oct 31.  If you have a pastoral care emergency, please contact Karen Chamblee, our Lay Leader and she will direct you to the pastor on call.  


A Few "Organizing Motions"


Our Church Calendar  The Church Calendar is on the website ( under either the EVENTS or CALENDAR tabs.  If you need to put a meeting or an event on the church calendar, please contact the Office.


New Directory We have published an updated (paper) Directory.  Copies are available to pick up at church. If you see any corrections or changes that need to be made, please let us know.  


Join us this Sunday in person or online!  You can access our live stream from the website (  Click on "Sermons" and then "Live Steam."  Here is the link:  You may also join us directly on YouTube at and click on the LIVE tab.


Come be found by the ONE who seeks you,  


Pastor Mary


Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!


Sunday's Worship Volunteers


8:30 AM - Chuck & Sue Rexrode

11AM - Leach Family



8:30 AM - Don & Sue Gilkeson

11 AM –  Chuck & Dawn Kern



8:30 AM –  Karen Chamblee 

11 AM - Dawn Kern


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Scott Ridder

11 AM – Sam Briggs



8:30 AM - Madelyn & Nolan

11AM - Sydney & Reese Leach


Bus Ministry

8:30 AM - Fontaine Canada 

11AM - Dwight Campbell

Worship Volunteers - Oct 29


8:30 AM - Chuck & Sue Rexrode

11AM - Youth



8:30 AM - Paul & Johna McFarland

11 AM – Youth



8:30 AM –  Joey Capuano

11 AM - Youth


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Scott Ridder

11 AM – Scott Ridder



8:30 AM - Madelyn & Nolan

11AM - Youth


Bus Ministry

8:30 AM - Rodney Hildebrand

11AM - Dwight Campbell


Breakfast Buffett


THIS SUNDAY!! October 22, 9:30-11AM

Fellowship Hall



Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Casseroles, Pastries, Fruit

Coffee and Juice


Sponsored by Faith Bible Class - Donations will go to paving the BUMC parking lot.

DUM BUM Youth News

Happy Wednesday!! We have Empty Bowls coming up so please sign up! We also have a YMT meeting so please plan on joining us! 



Thanks again to everyone who helped out at Dayton Days!



Thursday, October 26: Empty Bowls!- This is a fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at BRCC at 6pm! It's a super fun event, all-you-can-eat soups, and you get to keep your soup bowl at the end of the night!! There's always the classics, like chicken noodle or potato soup, but then for our adventurous friends, there's always some wild ones, like carrot and ginger, or a Himalayan mushroom soup. No matter your taste buds, you're sure to find a soup to suit your needs!! This is a ticketed event so please please please sign up NOW!! SIGN UP HERE

November 9: Loads of Love!- We will be meeting at DUMC at 7:30 to pick up clothes from the residents of Open Doors! We will then bus over to the laundromat and wash, dry, and fold the clothes before returning them to the residents! SIGN UP HERE!



YMT: Our next meeting will be on November 14th! Would 4:30 be too early? Just let me know if that time works for you and if you plan on joining us! Location TBD


And as always, what's coming up! 


10/26/23: Empty Bowls @ 6pm @ BRCC SIGN UP HERE

11/9/23: Loads of Love @DUMC @ 7:30pm! SIGN UP HERE

11/11/23: Operation Christmas Child Packing Party @BUMC

12/8-9/23: Christmas Lock-In! @BUMC 


Enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the leaves! 


Socks and Underwear for the Children's Clothes Closet

The number of families who are now visiting the Children's Clothes Closet at Mission Central is now over 950 total.  Because of this we are finding that clothing and socks and underwear are going quickly. (They are allowed to get 2 pairs of underwear and socks at a visit.) 


With "Back to School" sales currently going on at many of the stores, many with packages of socksa nd underwear on sale as well as packs that contain bonus pairs, I felt that this was a good time to highlight this need. 


They are in need of both boys and girls sizes 4 to 14/16 (girls) and 4 to 18/20 boys for the underwear all sizes of socks.  They said the boys particularly like the higher socks.  Please place these items in the marked pink bin that is located in the hallway (under the quilts). 


Thank you for your support of this vital ministry!  if you prefer to make a donation instead, please make your checks payable to the Children's Clothing Closet with socks and underwear in the memo and we will do the shopping.  Questions?? Contact Dawn Kern at 540-246-9478 or .

It's Operation Christmas Child Collection Time!!!

We will be collecting items for the next 8 weeks and will have our packing party on November 11.  This is a great project for our church, and these boxes make lots of children very happy!

We will need the following items:

600 pencils                                      100 small games

400 black ink pens                          100 small balls

100 boxes of crayons                      100 girl “wow” gifts*

100 wash cloths                              100 boy “wow” gifts*

200 matchbox cars                         100 small coloring books

100 small note pads                        50 girl hair items

100 bars of soap                             100 pencil sharpeners

100 soap holders                            100 combs

100 toothbrushes                            1000 adhesive bandages

100 toothbrush holders                   100 glue sticks

100 jump ropes                               Packs of stickers

*”wow” gifts could include small stuffed animals, dolls, musical instruments, interactive toy, puppets, hats, jewelry, markers, books, craft items, etc.

~Johna McFarland

Annual Fall Festival Emmanuel Church of the Brethren Saturday, October 28 8AM - 1PM *Crafts* *Vendors* *Children's Activities* *Breakfast and Lunch Served*  For more information, please call 350-2701


Clay Ellis Family of Mt. Solon, VA will present a program of Gospel Music October 29, 2023 at 11 AM.  Emmanuel Church of the Brethren (411 Emmanuel Church Road, Mt. Solon, VA).  A carry in meal will follow the program.  You are invited!!  Any questions, please call the church at 540-350-2270

                                                      October 20-27 Birthdays

Mike Floyd  (20

Kelly Lescanec

Amy Slaubaugh  (21)

Bonnie Snyder   (21)

Matt Robinson  (21)

Vic Taylor (21)

Becky Brubaker  (23)

Kim Floyd  (24)

Jonathan Snoddy  (24)

Karenell Johnson   (25)

Jo Ellen Bowman  (25)

Becky Wright   (26)

Karen Chamblee  (26)

Patrick Landes  (27)

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