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

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - December 2019

Every Christmas, I revisit "The Cross in the Manger," a poem by Ann Weems. I think it is very powerful. It puts Christmas into the proper perspective. Like everyone else, I get caught up in all of the activities and emotions of the Christmas season....

“Take a Moment” Prayer: Week of Nov. 24

Look for this prayer each week. Take time to pray it each day and know that your church family is saying this prayer too.

Gracious God, During this week when as I celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, I will be reminded of the many things for which I am grateful. I have been blessed with all that I need and then some. I am rich in spirit because I have a church family that supports me and helps nurture my faith; and most importantly, because I am blessed to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you, God. In the shadow of my gratitude are those for whom I know lack the good fortune I have; and there are those who have yet to find you. I offer prayers of hope for them…knowing that you love them and have only good in mind for them. Use my gratitude as motivation to reach out to help those, as I am able, in need of emotional encouragement, healing support, and resources for daily living. Thank you for the opportunities I have to share your love with others. Thank you God for everything. Amen.

From Pastor Twyla's Desk - November 2019

So, is everyone ready? For what, you ask? Well, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right  around the corner.

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.