First Sunday of the Month / During Worship
Collect canned goods for our local food bank and bring them to worship and into the pews with you on the first Sunday of the month. Children in our congregation will collect canned goods as a special moment during worship.
Banned Book & Reading Give Away
After Worship / September 3rd, 2023
La Verne Church of the Brethren will be hosting a Banned Book Reading and Give-Away on the Corner of Bonita and E street after worship. These books have been challenged and removed from public school libraries and classrooms.
The American Library Association found that there were 2,571 books that were targeted for censorship in 2022. A majority of these books were written by authors of color and LGBT+ authors.August 20th, 2023 after worship
Banned books oftentimes feature messages such as fighting the system; inclusivity; diversity; and can be used as tools to introduce new, heavy concepts to people.
On September 3rd at 10:15 am, we’ll be holding a banned book reading & giveaway event to continue to spread awareness about this topic. If you want to donate a book but don’t know what to bring, visit https://www.rd.com/list/banned-books/ to see only a fraction of banned book titles. If you buy books for this, we highly encourage you to buy them at Café con Libros Press in Pomona, The Forum Bookshop in Claremont, or at any second hand store. Book donations can be dropped off at the church office or in the lobby/narthex anytime before August 20th.
Above is a QR code with a list of Banned Books.
Youth Games & Pizza
After Banned Book Reading & Giveaway / September 3rd
After we experience the Banned Book Reading and Giveaway time, jr. high and high schoolers are invited to enjoy a pizza lunch and games in the fireside room at 11:30 a.m. Let’s reflect on our summers and the upcoming school year while we eat and play!
La Verne CoB Library
Open after Worship on Sunday’s
The library will begin to be open after church in August. There are some recent fine donations of new children’s books. The Library maintains a collection of books that are unavailable in the public library system: books on peace including conscientious objection, and Brethren history.
Tom’s Retirement Reception
October 1st, 2023 / La Verne Church of the Brethren
After fifty years of pastoral ministry in the Church of the Brethren, Tom Hostetler is retiring. Over the course of his pastoral tenure, Tom has served congregations, the district, and the denomination. He has compassionately cared for older adults as well as leading youth on once-in-a-lifetime service trips to Puerto Rico. His preaching and pastoral care has greatly impacted our community of faith and his leadership has influenced the wider denomination. For this we are grateful. Please mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, October 1st for worship service and reception to celebrate Pastor Tom’s retirement.
Tom Hostetler Retirement Party
October 6th, 2023
After more than 50 years of service in pastoral ministry, Tom Hostetler is retiring from his position as the Chaplain at Hillcrest and our congregation’s Older Adults Minister. Tom’s last official day will be October 6th. Tom is inviting members of our congregation to a special retirement celebration that is being hosted by his family at Hillcrest Homes. The date is October 21st, beginning at 1:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to the church office at email@example.com