Sunday October 29, 2017
We had a wonderful service today ending with a baptismal service. We are proud of those who have broadened their faith and accepted Jesus as their Savior. Congratulations to Herm, Amanda and Avery Green, Samantha Painter, Ryan Foster and Heath Cave. God's blessings upon each and every one of you.
We had a good time with the young and old'er in our first ever 5k event. The Women's Ministry also held a bake sale during the event. Here are a few photos from different ones of the morning.
Our Jr. Church workers have been busy with our children showing them how to reach out to others. The Jr church is doing community outreach projects on the last Sunday of the month. We feel it is good for our kids to go out and proclaim Jesus to everyone! Our first adventure was "scripture rocks" the kids painted rocks with verses from the Bible and we placed the rocks throughout Stanley and Luray.
One of the rocks we painted was delivered to our local sheriff's department. Here is what they said on their facebook page: "Imagine our surprise and delight to find this kindness rock left on our doorstep at PCSO by Newport Church of the Brethren Junior Church! "Your service is appreciated!" and encouraging scripture meant more than we can express!"
We have also taken them on an outing to Harrisonburg to the Dream Come True Playground. The playground was built with all ages of children in mind plus has been made to be accessible to those in wheelchairs. It was a great outing for our group to learn about inclusion for all children.
Good things are happening this fall at Newport.
The Men's Fellowship is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Sept. 30th...see flyer below...a must have ticket event.
Our youth group is holding a 5k Walk/Run event on Saturday, Oct. 28. Registration is required. See flyer below for details.
Homecoming Sunday August 13, 2017
The second sunday in August is always set aside for Homecoming Sunday. Sunday School starts at 9:45 and Worship service at 11:00. Fellowship luncheon following worship service in the fellowship hall, bring a covered dish and join us.
Our speaker this Homecoming will be Brother Kendal Elmore.
Brother Kendal and Carolyn Elmore left Newport Church of the Brethren in 1977, and now, 40 years later he is to be our Guest Preacher.
Since leaving Newport, Kendal has served congregations in Indiana, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia. In 2010, he was called to be the Executive Minister of the West Marva District Church of the Brethren, where he continues to serve. His work of oversight of 65 congregations is done from the District Office in Oakland, in Garrett County Maryland. Carolyn was ordained in 1997, and has served along side Kendal in several congregations working with Praise and Worship, as well as youth and women’s ministries. Their four children, Tracey, Amy, Angela, and Matthew are all married, active in local congregations where they live. There are now 8 living granddaughters, the oldest is married and has a little boy, making Kendal and Carolyn Great Grandparents!
Please join us in welcoming back Brother Kendal Elmore and wife Carolyn.
Vacation Bible School 2017
We held our summer bible school June 26th-28th. Our theme this year was 'Getting S'more of Jesus'. We had an average attendance of around 65 each night. This was one camping trip that no one needed any bug spray and all enjoyed. Kids were guided in an outdoor adventure of teaching that Jesus is the light of the world.
We would like to thank all the helpers who gave their time each night to make this years bible school a big success.
The month of May has been a very busy one...
May 14th...Mother's Day
Our youth honored the mothers of the congregation with a small token of their appreciation for all they do for their families. Some of the youth also told what their mother meant to them and to say thank you for all they do. We are very proud of the youth of our church and the many projects they have accomplished together...keep up the good work for the Lord.
May 19th and 20...Brethren Disaster Ministries Relief Auction
We again helped with donations for the 25th annual Shenandoah District Disaster Ministries Auction. Our members came together and donated 5 theme baskets, along with some childrens toys. The totals that was raised for the baskets are as follows...
Tool Cart-- $750--the biggest amount for any "basket" there.
Family Road Trip-$580
Home Sweet Home--$400
We are very proud to be able to come together each year and make our baskets for this cause, our members have a lot of fun and fellowship with this.
Our church also helped with the bidding for Brownie's Memorial Basket. Brownie Cave was a member of the Mt. Zion COB, and she was their oldest member @101. She passed away in November, 2016. Rosemary Comer, her youngest daughter, made up a memorial basket of Brownie's quilting materials, books, and needles.
Sunday May 21st...Recognition of Graduates
We honored our high school graduates with recognition during worship service. They were presented with a bible and words of wisdom; there was also a luncheon after worship hour in their honor.
Congratulations to our high school graduates, we wish them much success as they take that next step of their journey toward their future. You will be in our thoughts and prayers all along the way!
Saturday May 27th...Women's Ministry Bake sale
The Women's Ministry had a bake sale on Saturday in front of Hammer Insurance in Shenandoah. Their goal was raising money to help with a Care Closet. There were donations of cakes, pies, cookies, and many different baked goods. They also sold country ham sandwiches along with chips and drinks. They had a big success. Thank you to all who came out to support them.
March 19, 2017
March 19, 2017
Today we honored our Senior Wisdom, 38 senior citizen members of our congregation. As you can see we have have a great deal of wisdom that can be tapped into ranging from a young senior at the age of 60 all the way to the age of almost 90. It is important to our youth and young adults that we value who God has given us to help guide and lead us as we grow in church and our everyday lives. We must always remember that those who traveled this path before us, have already had trials and experiences that can help lead us to make wise decisions in our lives and in our walk with God...all we have to do is ask, talk and listen and we will learn so much to help us on our own journey for Christ.
After worship we honored all with fellowship and a meal in the social hall...
Thank you to all the senior members who have been teachers, counselors and mentors to so many throughout your years at Newport! May you continue to always be blessed and caring for many years to come.
Have you hugged a senior member today?
February 19 - 22, 2017
Join us for worship on Sunday February 19th at 11 a.m.
Guest speaker will be Pastor Mark Hopkins.
Pastor Hopkins will also be bringing us messages from God's word each evening, Sun. 19th - Wed 22nd at 7 p.m.
All are welcome!
Sunday January 1, 2017...
we recognized retired Pastor Kenneth Graff for his service to our church over the past years. Pastor Kenny served as our moderator for 48+ years. Pastor Graff was presented with a plaque and words of thanks by church member Bobby Fox and Pastor Duane Painter before the congregation. We all want to say 'Thank you for your service'.
Sunday Jan. 1 2017...
We had a special first time guest in our congregation today, this first day of 2017. Braelyn Olivia and her parents, Ashland and Glen Lindsay, along with grandparents Julia and Michael McCaughan and family members were congratulated on their new addition to their family. The church looks forward to seeing little Braelyn grow and learn to serve the Lord. May God bless Braelyn and all her family.