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.

Pastors' Blogs

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 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 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 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 Audrey's Desk - December 2016

As I have mentioned before one of my favorite Contemporary Christian singers is Steven Curtis Chapman.  Just a few years ago he released a Christmas Album called “Joy” that has become one of my favorites.  On this album is a song called “Christmas Card.”  

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 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 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 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 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.