- The Jr. & Sr. High Youth had such great experiences with this year's work camps that they wanted to get a head start on fundraising for next year! The Youth Group is hosting an ice cream fundraiser on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 7 pm-9 pm at Petrucci's, 472 Nutt Road in Phoenixville. No code words or coupons needed! Just come and buy an ice cream cone (or milkshake or float or sundae or water ice . . . ) between 7 pm and 9 pm on Monday, August 29. 20% of the proceeds from the sales between 7 pm and 9 pm will be donated to the youth group.
Please come out and enjoy some ice cream with your church family (and invite your friends!) on Monday August 29, 7 pm - 9 pm. Thank you!
- Justice Like Water
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:00-3:00
Lancaster Church of the Brethren
In recent years, incidents and events in the news have sparked a very difficult national conversation about race, immigration, and culture. As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers, to stand with our fellow believers, and to continue the work of Jesus. What is a faith-based response in the context of today's conversation about oppression and justice?
Hosted at the Lancaster COB, leadership will be provided by Gimbiya Kettering, Director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren. CEU’s (.03) are also available. $10.00 per person and includes lunch. Register online: www.ane-cob.org
Philadelphia Brethren Heritage Tour October 1, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 9:00-3:00
Lower Level Conference Room, District Office, 500 E. Cedar St., Elizabethtown, PA
Presenter: Dr. Musa Mambula, son to one of the first Church of the Brethren mission evangelists to the Kanmue tribe in the Adamawa State of Nigeria, is a gifted teacher, preacher, administrator, and guidance counselor. He has authored and co-authored over forty journal articles and six books, and has participated in seminars and workshops at national and international levels. He most recently served as the National Spiritual Advisor for the EYN church in Nigeria.
Cost: $40, which includes lunch and 0.6 CEU’s. Register online: www.ane-cob.org
- Experience the festivities of the historical event of the Germantown Battle
- Visit the site of the first COB Baptism in America
- Jobie Riley’s historic skit featuring Ben Franklin conversing with Peter Becker, Christopher Sauer and two representatives from the Ephrata Cloister
- See Christopher Sauer’s print shop which produced the first German Bible in America Bus will leave Ephrata COB promptly at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $60 per person. Register online: www.ane-cob.org
- The 47th annual Atlantic Northeast District Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Leffler Chapel on the grounds of Elizabethtown College. The theme for this year’s conference is Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus based upon Hebrews 12:1-3. In these days when we find ourselves distracted by national politics, a world and even our own neighborhoods torn by violence, cultural issues which divide our nation and the church, the Scripture calls us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,” to “not grow weary and lose heart,” but to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” fixing our eyes on Jesus “the author and perfecter of our faith…”
As those who have been reconciled to God through Christ, we have been given a unique and vital message for our world today: “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…and has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors…” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). If we are to be Christ’s ambassadors bringing God’s message of reconciliation, peace and hope, our eyes must be fixed on Jesus, learning from him, growing in him and open to his call to go and be his ambassadors in our neighborhoods, our schools, our workplaces and in the world. No one else will do it. We’re the ones so called.
The goal as always is that every congregation in our District will be represented at the conference. The opening roll call will include photos of the people of each congregation and will serve as a visual reminder of the “cloud of witnesses” that makes up the Atlantic Northeast District. Jeff Carter, President of Bethany Theological Seminary, will be the preacher for the worship which will follow lunch. The conference is open to all, so invite others from your congregation to attend and participate.
The logo for this year’s conference was created by Wyatt Howe, one of the youth of the Spring Creek congregation in Hershey. The photo was taken on a bank above the stream near the original Spring Creek meetinghouse. Wyatt’s father, Greg, is pictured fixing his eyes on Christ’s cross.
Dennis Garrison, Moderator
Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.
Welcome to the website of the Green Tree Church of the Brethren. Please accept my invitation to explore this website and learn more about our congregation and the Church of the Brethren. When people express interest in who we are, it is common for us to respond with the following phrase: “Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.” This phrase encapsulates our attempt to follow Jesus in an effort to further his kingdom here on this earth. In essence we are a group of people who endeavor to continue the work Jesus started over 2000 years ago. As you surf through the links provided on this site, hopefully you will discover ways in which we continue Jesus’ work in the world today. I invite you to join us in this endeavor and to walk with us as we grow in the faith together. Please come worship with us soon and learn more about the activities and events that we offer. David Leiter Pastor