By Amy Wagner
The small congregation of Reformation Lutheran Church was worshipping in the old Clore Funeral Home when Pastor Brad Hales came to Culpeper, and the church, in 2005. In 2010 they transitioned to the old Safeway building across the street and as their church family continued to grow they built a new home at their present location (former Rappahannock Electric Cooperative) and opened their doors in March of this year. They currently worship 240 people a week in five services and when spending time with Hales it is translucently apparent that his church body understands the importance of family, community and connections.
As the congregation continues to grow Hales acknowledges how vital it is to connect with people. Visible Sunday mornings on the sidewalk just out front the church, Hales waves earnestly to the community as they drive past. It’s about reaching out and Hales said a lot of that is visitation. “I have probably made 800 visits just this year,” he said referring to those who are homebound, hospitalized, or just seeking conversation.
The multi-generational congregation at Reformation Lutheran continues to reach out and connect and with 2018 just around the corner, health takes a front seat as they offer a six week program designed to help those with chronic conditions gain control of their pain and manage symptoms. The program, provided Mondays from 1 – 3:30 beginning January 15, will be held at The Place, located inside the church. Developed by Stanford University, the program is free and is open to anyone living with Chronic Disease or anyone serving in a support role. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office, for a registration form.
Piggybacking off their Senior Adult Ministry, the congregation at Reformation Lutheran is sponsoring a Pass the Legacy Grand parenting Conference on Saturday, January 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Free and open to the community, preregistration is encouraged as lunch is included. Pastor Brad Hales, who describes his church as “a place where people can learn and do trainings”, invites the community to attend and learn the Keys for Salty Grand parenting. Catherine Jacobs, creator of Pass the Legacy (www.passthe legacy.org), will lead the day conference which will provide adults with the tools they need to help lead their children to Christ centered lives.
On January 29 and 30, Reformation will provide another training opportunity for the community when they offer a Mental Health First Aid Training. An all-day training both days, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be no cost to attend.