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'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 Tim's Desk - July 2017

You have probably started to hear some rumblings around the church about the new BAT Team. And no, this is not a church team of vigilantes working alongside Batman to fight crime in Hagerstown. Our BAT  Team stands for the Building Analysis Task Team. This team has been  selected to do a comprehensive analysis of our building. We do this for  a few reasons:

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.  

Pastor's Bookshelf - June 2017

The Art of Christian Listening  by Thomas Hart 

During college, Pastor Audrey was a Student Peer Minister assigned to her dorm as a trusted spiritual companion for other students needing to process their faith life.  To prepare for this role, she read The Art of Christian Listening and found its instruction so helpful that she passed it along to me.  Maybe this was a subtle hint for me to become a better listener. But  isn’t it the case that we could all be better listeners?

From Tim's Desk - May 2017

Our next Congregational Business Meeting will be on May 7. As has become our custom at the May Business Meeting, Pastor Audrey and I will announcement the ministry theme for our fourth year of ministry at HCOB which begins on June 1. For this past year, we’ve been focusing our efforts on Hospitality. So before we say our goodbyes to hospitality, I want to highlight some of what we’ve learned.

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. 


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