Hagerstown Church of the Brethren

    15 South Mulberry Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565 * FAX: 301-733-3598

  "Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart"
     Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

Pastor Tim's blog

Pastor's Bookshelf - April 2017

God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World  by Amy Oden

For the season of Lent, a significant cross-section of our congregation has considered Amy Oden’s book which pushes Christians to the depths of hospitality. This has been a useful tool in HCOB’s year of hospitality and will be available for anyone to take home and read after Palm Sunday.  

From Tim's Desk - March 2017

This year, the season of Lent begins on March 1 with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time for us to journey closely behind Jesus as he prepares to head to the cross and the resurrection. It is a time for us to focus on our spiritual selves, our true selves in Christ Jesus. 

From Tim's Desk - January 2017

I very much enjoy being a pastor.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve with you.  However, the worst part of pastoring is knowing when to cancel church due to inclement weather.  I say that only semi-sarcastically.  I truly do not like discerning in the early hours of the morning with Pastor Audrey, Leadership Team Chair, and Property & Finance Chair whether or not the roads are bad enough to cancel. 

From Tim's Desk - November 2016

November- a month of turkey and cranberries, a month of families gathering and unity events at church, a most wonderful time of the year. That is except for the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  I write that sarcastically, but I have been fascinated by the amount of members  mentioning to me how much they are not looking forward to election day and commenting that they wish it were just over.  

From Tim's Desk - September 2016

Hospitality is about relationships.  Fred Bernhard explains in his book “Deep & Wide” that people stick around a church if they are making relationships with God and others.  Relationship is key.  So consider these stories.  

From Tim's Desk - July 2016

When I was taking philosophy classes at Bridgewater College, I was fascinated by the power of language. When the brain orchestrates an original thought, is it limited to understanding this  thought  by the words it already knows?  Or do human minds grasp for ideas and concepts beyond those our words can express? I thought about these questions for a good year of my study.

From Tim's Desk - May 2016

May will be such a wonderful month to be in worship together as the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. We start the month off celebrating Youth Sunday and two weeks later we’ll celebrate Older Adult Sunday. May will be such a wonderful month to be in worship together as the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. We start the month off celebrating Youth Sunday and two weeks later we’ll celebrate Older Adult Sunday. 

From Tim's Desk - March 2016

Maybe every winter feels long when you are wandering through it.  I am not much of a winter guy. I don’t like the snow, especially if I need to be somewhere. I don’t like the sun going down so early. I don’t like the way that gray  winter clouds form a heavy sheet over the earth. I think we’ve had enough winter.

From Tim's Desk - Jan. 2016

The sign of any great moment in life is that we do not want it to end. Moments like singing Silent Night in our candle    lit sanctuary or slowly sipping coffee on Christmas day surrounded by family. In these moments, we are keenly aware of our emotions and the Spirit’s presence. We just want to breathe it in and stay there like Peter on the mountain with a transfigured Jesus.

From Tim's Desk - Nov. 2015

Despite communicative technology that brings people together with immediacy and clarity, many scholars speculate that people living in our society today are some of the loneliest ever. While communication is easy, the medium does not promote intimacy. Thus, many people in our society do not understand real intimacy and thus struggle to understand real community.