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.

Hagerstown Church of the Brethren

“Take a Moment” Prayer: Week of Feb. 16

Look for this prayer each week. – It’s a new day…and I’m looking to you, O God, with anticipation for where you will lead me. How will I be challenged? Who will I meet? How will I handle any difficult people I encounter? I want all of my words, actions…and even my thoughts to be pure…to reflect your word living in me. Forgive me if I fail. I will seek to bless others with kind encouraging words. I will seek to share your love…even with those who are hard to love. Let me be instrument of your love not just today but every day. Amen.

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - February 2002

This morning I received an email from someone who felt led to share something with me. I’m really glad he did because it triggered a thought about what I should write about for this month’s pastor’s pen. I’m not always sure what to write....

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - January 2020

Happy New Year Everyone! If the past year for you has been anything like mine, there’s been high and low moments. There are good memories we will forever hold on to, and bad memories we may hope to forget. Now, with 2020 upon us, we all are looking ahead to making it a great year. 

Pastor's Bookshelf - February 2018

Pastor Tim and I were very encouraged by the engagement of The Journey during this past Advent. Several of you came to us and shared how you enjoyed having an  opportunity to engage the Christmas story on a different level. Some of you even asked if we would do another book study during Lent, especially since Adam Hamilton advertised one of his Lenten studies in the back of the book we were reading.

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.

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?

Washington County Goes Purple

Washington Goes Purple is a substance abuse awareness program that will engage our community and youth to stand against substance abuse. Ninety-one people die every day from heroin or prescription painkiller overdoes.   

Painkillers are synthetic heroin. It's time to have "the new conversation" with our kids about prescription painkillers.