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Celebrating 60 years of ministry 1956 - 2016


Another way of living

In the New Testament, the word "brethren" describes a community of men and women who chose another way of living: the way of Jesus. The Church of the Brethren, begun three centuries ago in Germany, still draws people who want to continue Jesus' work of faithfulness and loving service.

Continuing the work of Jesus

Though the Brethren as a group have existed for three hundred years, we subscribe to no formal "creed" or set of rules. We simply try to do what Jesus did.

Jesus brought a message of life, love, and hope. But he offered much more than inspiring words: He understood that people's spiritual needs also include day-to-day human ones food, health, rest, comfort, friendship, and unconditional acceptance. "I am the way," he told his followers. He showed them how to trust, how to care, and how to help.

Steadily, lovingly, even radically, Jesus went about saving the world by serving its people. Because we believe his message, we seek to do the same.  from http://www.brethren.org/about/

Read about Brethren work in Nigeria.
Our church in worship and learning seeks peace and understanding in the world.
We visit, sing with Ed playing guitar, play cards and bring cookies here at Brookdale. Pastor Leahy volunteers here on Mondays and has since September 2016. Women's Fellowship helped with vision and hearing screens wirh the Lions Club in the fall.
Sunday Worship Service -   March 29 -  at 11:00 a.m.

John 9:1-41

In this week's story of the healing of "the man born blind," John uses "seeing" as a metaphor for believing, for coming to perceive, past outward appearances, to the truth deep in the heart of things. (Remember his use of metaphors like "light and darkness," and "living water" in the readings for the past two Sundays?) The man whose sight is given to him by Jesus makes his way, like all of us, toward belief and understanding, not suddenly or easily but in the course of a long story that leads to another personal encounter with Jesus.

The former beggar's openness and growing faith contrast sharply with the fearful, hesitant questions of his neighbors (how cynical they are not to rejoice!) and the downright judgmental reaction of the religious establishment. Curing on the Sabbath, breaking religious rules--how can this Jesus truly be "of God"?

Metaphor and irony

And yet "the man born blind" sees God's truth so much better than those who spend all their time studying and talking about God. Metaphor, and irony. While the other characters in the story remain at the end where they were at its beginning, the healed man's life is transformed, and he finds himself in a very different place. And Jesus is there, in that very different place.

John told this story and used these images of seeing and not seeing, believing and not believing, to help an early Christian community find themselves in that story. They knew what it felt like to be driven out of the synagogue by the religious authorities, to be expelled from their "church home." (They were really feeling the lack of "extravagant hospitality"!) John helps them to connect their loss with the gain of grace in their powerful experience of conversion and healing, understanding and trust.

2017 Reflection: by Kathryn Matthews

4th Sunday in Lent  - Message:  "Sharing the Good News"
Scripture Readings:  1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41
Maundy Thursday, 7:00, We have a Love Feast & Communion Service at 7 pm on Maundy Thursday. We have feet washing, share a simple meal, have the bread & cup. It's grape juice, not wine, and we make unleavened bread for the service. You are invited to experience a Love Feast as Jesus provided at the Last Supper. One does not have to participate in Foot Washing if uncomfortable.

The new program manager, Priscilla is in the Green. The group is from WCOB.