Ocker Brethren Church - part of the UNITY OF THE BRETHREN - founded by John Hus in the Czech Republic in 1400's - YES - over 563 years ago - Ocker Brethren was founded in 1892 and continues to minister to the people of East Bell County and beyond
Mission: To preach the word and love the people.
[04/26/20] Post your drawings of Luke 24 from Sunday's worship in the comments.
[04/19/20] Sunday is here! Livestream worship at 10:15 this morning!
[04/15/20] I bet mid-week livestream coming up soon, 6:30!
We are rebuilding Operation Christmas Child! The fire destroyed all OCC gift items that have been collected since January. An amazon Wishlist page has been created to help us recollect items for the shoeboxes. In addition, if you feel called to give a monetary donation, please send it to the church mailing address, P.O. Box 806 Rogers, TX 76569, and state that it is for Operation Christmas Child. Thank you all and God Bless! For more information, please contact Erin Brinkley.
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It's been a bad year for historic churches in Central Texas... I read last night that the Ocker Brethren Church (just a few miles east of Green's Sausage House in Zabcikville) suffered damage from a fire on the evening of April 2. Fortunately, the building was not totally destroyed and it sounds like it can be restored.
This one is only a few minutes down the road from the Church of the Visitation in Westphalia (burned July 29, 2019) and about thirty minutes away from the former Central Christian Church in Barlett (burned September 8, 2019).
Margie and I were driving east out of Rosebud on Sunday, August 19, 2018 into this beautiful sunset and happened to make it to the church just in time to photograph it from several different angles!
Crazy hair, no makeup, beginning guitar playing morning worship time. WHOOT! Love you, Lord!
Ocker Brethren Church
Ocker Brethren Church
Ocker Brethren Church
[04/08/20] Livestream announcement! We are going to have a livestream today at 1:00...Brad and Stacie will be at the church and give some updates as to what is happening with the building! Tune in!
Ocker Brethren Church
A huge thank you to everybody who has stopped by and prayed for us or encouraged us over the past day and a half. We have done all the work we can at the church and we have now turned things over to our restoration company who is going to help us the rest of the way. They have boarded and taped up the church. During this time, for your safety, please do not try to go inside the church. However, feel free to call me or Stacie with any questions or concerns you have. Please keep praying...and we will see you all on our worship
live stream tomorrow at 10:15...Bro. Brad
We are definitely blessed and there is a lot of restoration before us ....so glad that the sanctuary and beautiful windows were saved... seems structurally good but definitely see some smoke damage on the upper part, if you zoom in it’s visible...but so lucky to be able to see what was actually saved! But it’s very hard to look at the part the Church that was destroyed..... lifting it all to God ~ ￼So thankful for all of the VFD! ￼
To God be the glory!
[04/03/20] We want to thank all of the local fire departments and first responders who answered the call so quickly and did a great job containing the fire last night. Our church will always be in your debt for saving our beloved building. We have a long road of restoration ahead of us but God is good and we will be okay. Thanks for your prayers.
To God be the glory!
As many of you have seen and heard, our beloved church caught on fire this evening. Preliminary thoughts are that we have lost the upstairs Sunday school rooms and that the sanctuary and areas under those rooms have smoke and water damage. We won't know more until tomorrow.
God's word assures us that He is with us, and as we have been traveling through new waters in light of CoVid, he has been with us, and leading us. We know, without a doubt, that he is with us now, even in this, and will carry us through what lies ahead.
His blessings overflow already. Thank you to each and every first responder who answered the call. Thank you to each and every person who came to offer encouragement and prayers. And thank you to each of you for lifting our congregation to the Lord as we face the days ahead.
The church is not a building; it is his people. We love each you and pray God uses this moment to bring even more glory to him.
May the verses below offer encouragement and assurance that God will rescue and God will deliver.
[04/01/20] Livestream at 6 PM tonight.
[03/29/20] At last, Sunday is here. Worship starts at 10:15! Join us!
[03/25/20] Brad will be live streaming tonight at 6PM. Join in as he gives us a few thoughts about the upcoming sermon on Sunday and offers three "pros" of virtual worship! Also, lets use this time to comment on the stream and check in with each other. 6 PM tonight!
A good quote from e.e. cummings that I wanted all of us to start our morning with (despite what the news might say and despite the virus): "I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
This is the Day the Lord has made. What are we going to do in response to the sun rising in the sky today?
What a great message Bro. Brad! For children's time, God has been laying on my heart how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus when we can't touch, we can't go, we can't physically be in contact with others. How do we spread hope and kick fear to the curb?
Yes. We join in on social media. We make phone calls and send texts to check on our friends and family. But....Why not take it one step further and return to the old ways, and teach our children a life skill in the process.
I encourage you and your family to write a letter to the staff and residents of a nursing center or to our shut-ins. Send a note of encouragement, a card with a special prayer, a drawing or coloring with a Bible verse. Let them know they aren't alone. Let them know God is with them and his people are praying for them.
And...teach life skills in the process. Most teens, let alone children, do not know how to properly address an envelope. Some do not know their own mailing address, or what a zip code is. Help them! Teach them! Explain how mail works, maybe even tell them about how you used to write letters and send them and WAIT for a response (even passing notes in class took forever!).
As you stay at home this week, look for opportunities to share HOPE. Be loving, be compassionate, be generous. Be the hands and feet of Jesus!
If you need addresses for our shut-ins, pm or text Jenn. If you need addresses for nursing centers, check Google or call the center directly.
Love each and every one of you guys and lift you in prayer daily. ❤️ Mrs. Jenn
[03/20/20] Remember - “There is no such thing as false hope...only hope.”
Yesterday the President and his health advisory board recommended that people practice social distancing and not meet together in groups of ten or more for at least the next fifteen days. As of now, this is not mandatory, but it is recommended.
The Board discussed this issue and has decided that all church activities be cancelled until further notice in an effort to stop the spread of this terrible virus. We encourage everybody to help the less fortunate and vulnerable in this time of need.
Camp registration opened today! Visit huscamp.org to complete your profile and register for some summer fun! (Ages 7-19 by September 1, 2020).
Ocker members have a coupon code that covers fee (less $50 deposit). Text/email Jenn for the code if you would like the church to pay for your child to attend summer camp.
huscamp.org Camps would not be the same without the wonderful group of people that God weaves together for His purpose. If God has put it on your heart to volunteer a week or so of your time for His service, consider joining one of our camps in a role that fits you best.
Gift ideas- diapers, wipes, onesies...or check out our wish list on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3M537AU4KMSKG?ref_=wl_share
Women, it's time to RISE! Join us in May at Girlfriends Rise Conference 2019! https://bit.ly/2XoPuW9
A member congregation of The Unity of the Brethren.