Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 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 Audrey's blog

Pastor's Bookshelf - July 2017

Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians by John Paul Lederach

I have been reading this book that I bought at last year’s Annual Conference.  I read several books written by John Paul Lederach in  college as a Peace Studies minor and was pleased to see that he had written a new book. Lederach is well known by Anabaptists for his work in conflict transformation. This new book, Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians, is a different style for Lederach.

From Audrey's Desk - June 2017

 As we enter into June, Pastor Tim and I begin our fourth year of ministry with the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.  Can you believe how fast the time flies?  Each year we have marked the movement  into  another year of ministry by naming a focus for the new year.  Hopefully, you remember that this past year we focused on strengthening our  biblical call to hospitality.  This focus was to prepare us for this year’s focus on being invitational.  

From Audrey's Desk - April 2017

The transition from March to April brings with it the hope of spring. It has always made perfect sense to me that it is during this seasonal change that we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. A season that is abounding with images of re-creation and new life is the perfect time to remember the resurrection of Jesus and the new life he offers to each of us.  Holy Week is a special time in the life of the Church, carrying us from Palm Sunday to Easter morning.

From Audrey's Desk - February 2017

February is one of the hardest months for those who struggle with any level of seasonal depression.  It is a little strange to me that the shortest month of the year is also one of the hardest. February is one of the hardest months for those who struggle with any level of seasonal depression.  It is a little strange to me that the shortest month of the year is also one of the hardest. 

From Audrey's Desk - October 2016

As you know by now, Pastor Tim and I have named this, our third year of ministry with the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, a year to focus on hospitality. Hospitality stems  from Christ’s greatest commandments to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. At the end of October, we will have a worship series on hospitality as we explore how we as a church can be more hospitable to not only the stranger who walks through our doors or through our parking lot, but to each other. 

From Audrey's Desk - August 2016

I love gardening. Pastor Tim and I are very excited that we were able to get our own personal plot at the community garden this year and spend a lot of our downtime in this space. We have already enjoyed harvesting a variety of greens and peppers, yellow zucchini, and green beans and we are looking forward to the tomatoes, carrots, squash, and eggplant to come. The growth of spring and the harvest of summer and fall feel to me like Gospel because they speak to new life and slow growth and God’s grace.

From Audrey's Desk - June 2016

On June 1, Pastor Tim and I will have been serving with you in ministry for two years! What a journey these past two years have been. You’ll remember that in our first year of ministry together, Pastor Tim and I spent a lot of time just getting to know you. We held cottage meetings, attended many meetings, and focused on getting to know the culture of this congregation.  

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