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Job Openings

  • Bethlehem Baptist Church seeks a part-time Music Director. For more information, call (804) 272-0597
  • Dover Baptist Church seeks a part-time Music Director. Please send resumes to Dover Baptist Church, PO Box 96, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103 or e-mail
  • Four Mile Creek Baptist Church seeks an Interim Youth Director. Please contact Pastor Sam Grozdanov at 804-795-2044 or email
  • Lakeside Baptist Church is seeking a Part-time Music Director/Organist responsible for planning, developing and promoting the church music ministry, including serving as accompanist for services and directing choirs.
    Please send resume to Lakeside Baptist Church, 7401 Woodman Road, Henrico, VA 23228-4314, Attn: Personnel Chairperson. For more information, visit

March 2015 Church News

Antioch Baptist Church youth held their first Lock-In with sixteen youth in attendance. The WMU held a “Tea” in observance of WMU Focus Week.

Ashland, First Baptist Church youth held a Super Bowl Party with chili and watched the game together.

Berea Baptist Church youth held a Superbowl party; held a Lock-In at Jump-ology; and held a “Soup Cook-off”. The Children’s Ministry in Action held a pajama party for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.

Biltmore Baptist Church held a Women’s Day with breakfast and Julie Perry, Chaplain at Fluvanna Women’s Correctional Center as the guest speak at the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service.

Black Creek Baptist Church Children In Action helped Stonewall Jackson Middle School collect Ramen Noodles for the USO. The “Lunch Bunch” met at Cold Harbor Restaurant for lunch.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held a blood drive; and held “Fun!Friday” for babies through 5th grade with games, Valentine’s crafts and fun activities. The youth and their families held a Super Bowl Party and watched the game together; and several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Colosse Baptist Church held “Super Sunday” with a chili lunch hosted by the Faith Bears; held a Sweetheart Banquet; and held a women’s retreat at the Ministry Center. The Preschool held a Valentine’s play date; the youth went on a ski trip; and the children went skating.

Cool Spring Baptist Church hosted “Mercy’s Well” in concert. The students delivered backpacks filled with warm clothes and bottled water to the homeless communities in Richmond and Washington, DC.; and the high school students held “Friday Nite Live” and watched a double feature of Disney movies.

Corinth Baptist Church held a “submarine sandwich” sale for the Superbowl; held a Valentine’s dinner and movie night; and held a bake sale. Several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Cornerstone Christian Church held a Super Bowl party; held an Ash Wednesday service; and held a Family Game Night. Several youth attended “IWORSHIP” at Shalom Baptist Church.

Deep Run Baptist Church held a Deacon Ordination Service for Theresa Hawkes, our newest deacon; and honored long-time member, Charles Anderson, for his faithful service as Treasurer for 30 years and Trustee for 40 years; and packed 126 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

Dover Baptist Church held a Spaghetti Supper. “Kid’s Stuff” visited Lexington Court Nursing Home. The WMU made Valentines for the homebound, nursing home residents and their military.

Emmaus Baptist Church collected food for Meals on Wheels by holding “Souper” Bowl Sunday; and held their annual Valentine Banquet and church wide Talent Show. Several children and youth went ice skating.

Fort Lee Baptist Church held a church-wide luncheon; and also held a VBS planning luncheon. Several children and their families went bowling.

Glen Allen Baptist Church youth went ice skating and ate dinner at Mexico Restaurant afterwards to celebrate the end of exams week; around 18 youths ventured into a new avenue with participating in a Senior Ministry at Shockoe Hill Apartments and played games and had fellowship with the seniors; and several youth went bowling.

Goochland Baptist Church youth sponsored a “Soup”er Bowl Party and collected food for the Brown Bag Ministry; and several youth attended the “Winter Jam” Concert Series in Norfolk, VA.

Hillcrest Baptist Church held their Third Annual Superbowl Party.

Hunton Baptist Church held a Senior Adult Luncheon; and held their Sixth Annual Hunton Baptist Church Pajama Party for children ages 3 through fifth grade. The Handbell Choir participated in the Virginia Baptist Handbell Festival at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The youth went to Sweet Frog for dessert.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church held a Super Bowl Party; hosted the movie The Song and served dessert following the movie; and several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church youth held a “Baked Spaghetti Dinner and Variety Show”. The Keenage Club ate lunch at Nick’s Roman Terrace in Richmond.

Several Mount Olivet Baptist Church families went skating at Ashland Skateland. The “Young at Heart” went to Riverside Dinner Theater to hear the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

New Bethesda Baptist Church collected canned goods by holding “Souper Bowl” Sunday; had a “Chili Cook-off” dinner; held a Super Bowl party; and held WMU Sunday. The youth sponsored an “Early Spring Fling & Talent Show”. The CIA held “Children’s Ministry Day” and visited a shut-in at Autumn Healthcare and then at lunch at Stevie B’s. The “Lunch Bunch” traveled to Williamsburg.

New Life Baptist Church held a bake sale; and held “Souper Sunday” with their favorite soup or chili to share.

Parham Road Baptist Church held a “Love Celebration Lunch” and also enjoyed the movie Heaven is for Real. The youth held a potato bar luncheon fundraiser for M-FUGE; and the Senior-High youth held a Lock-In.

Pioneer Baptist Church held “SOUPer Bowl Sunday and donated 735 food items to FISH; sold Pinecone Bird Feeders with proceeds going to FISH; and made and sold Brunswick Stew. The youth held a Super Bowl party.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church hosted composer/pianist Steve Adams and his son, Craig, in concert. Several Seniors ate lunch at Bass Prop Shop and then went shopping in Ashland.

Ridge Baptist Church “Caring Hearts” group (the widows and widowers) ate lunch at Mission BBQ in Richmond. The youth and children delivered 287 Valentines to residents at Westport.

Shalom Baptist Church hosted lunch for the Young Adults; and held a Valentine Banquet. The youth department held IWORSHIP Fellowship; and several youth participated in the “30 hr. Famine”.

Sharon Baptist Church youth went bowling at Hanover Lanes. The children held a bake sale and raised $88.12; held a spaghetti dinner and sold handmade crafts; and collected money for the Rice Bowls and held a “Bowl Smashing Party” on the same day.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church held Super Bowl Sunday with a pot luck tailgating party; collected gently used clothing for a swap and shop clothing drive; held an Ash Wednesday service; and several represented the church at the Virginia Baptist All-State Children’s Choirs Concert. The Senior Adults ate lunch at TGIFriday’s. Several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Westhunt Baptist Church held a baked potato lunch for all Committee Chairpersons. The youth met at Dave & Buster’s for fun, games, and dinner. The Women of Westhunt (WOW) enjoyed brunch and made 20 blankets that were delivered to the residents of Chestnut Grove.

Handbell Accessories for Sale

Northside Baptist Church has some handbell items for sale. 

  • 6 handbell tables (30”x36”)
    Retail $230/each
    Asking $80/each
  • 15 Metal handbell music risers (stackable)
    Retail $45/each
    Asking $20/each

Contact: Nancy Schneider, Director of Music Ministries
Northside Baptist Church
804-307-2087 or e-mail

Sound Equipment Available

Northside Baptist Church has a few technology/sound room items that they would like to sell to a sister church or individual who might be able to use them:

  • 2 Makie 1604 VLC PRO analog sound boards.
    These are 16 channels for microphone or other input. Typically selling on ebay for $350-$400 we’ll asking $250 each for one or both.
  • A JVC and a Sony 5 Disk CD player.
    These sell on ebay for $100- $150. We are asking $75 each for one or both.
  • 6 nice laptop cases for $5 each

Please contact the church office at (804) 746-7287 or e-mail

2015 VBS Teacher/Leader Conference

Saturday, March 28
9am – Noon @ Huguenot Road Baptist Church

10525 West Huguenot Road, North Chesterfield 23235

Time Conference
8:30 -9:00 Continental Breakfast and VBS “Snacks on a Shoe String”
Helping you stay within your VBS Budget
9:00-9:30 Worship – featuring the Lifeway VBS Music
9:40 – 11:45 Director’s Conference (NOTE THIS IS A 2 HOUR CONFERENCE)
This conference includes recruitment, security, scheduling, follow-up, scheduling,
teacher appreciation and much more!
9:40 – 10:40
  • Bible Study for Children using the Lifeway VBS Bible Stories
  • Bible Study for Preschoolers using the Lifeway VBS Bible Stories
  • Theme Decorating and Bible Story Art Activities for Children
    (featuring Lifeway VBS crafts and many other ideas)
  • Understanding the Children We Teach
  • Bible Skills for Children at different learning levels
    (newies, middlers and oldies)
  • Children on Mission at VBS
    (Ideas for involving children in hands-on missions)

Contact Gayle Bradley if you have questions – email:

Operation Inasmuch Training

What is Operation Inasmuch?
Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit that employs proven models to motivate, train, and equip churches to move more congregants out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities.
Operation Inasmuch is also a movement of churches across America, a Compassion Revolution. Over 1600 churches in 21 states have joined the Revolution. 405 of these churches reported that they collectively sent out more than 22,000 volunteers in 2011 to minister to 116,000 people in their communities, representing $3M in labor hours and material costs. Lives within and without these churches changed!

A training session for churches that want to hold an Inasmuch Day will be held Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon.
Location: Parham Road Baptist Church

RSVP to Dover Office (550-1980)  or by Tuesday, March 3

Where can I learn more?
To learn more about Operation Inasmuch, go to


Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Honors Rev. Dr. Barbara Filling

by: Mark Dixon, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

Fourteen years ago the Reverend Dr. Barbara M. Filling was traveling and waved her hand eastward and said to God, “Lord, there must be a church out there needing a pastor. Please lead them to call me.” Surprisingly Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was led to call a woman pastor. Pastor Filling retired on December 31, 2014 after 13 years of ministry. No previous pastor served Mount Pleasant longer than six years!

During this time she has served the church family and community in incredible ways, the most important of which is that she has consistently and persistently pushed our church family to accept responsibility for the ministries of Mount Pleasant. While she participated in those ministries as support for the leaders or as a worker, each of those ministries was a function of the church. She set an example that allows lay leaders to develop both their faith and their skills in an environment of loving leadership without undue interference or direction. Bible study, sleeping bags for the homeless, food pantry, RAs, GAs, Sunday School, Wednesday meals, mentoring youth, even the music program will all continue almost as if she never left because she instilled in our church family the ownership of their service to God. Her residence in Urbanna did not keep her from participating in any activities of either the church or community. She both attended and preached sunrise services and was the speaker for community groups on many occasions. She did whatever it required to be available to both her church family and the Charles City community. She established such strong relationships that many will maintain the friendship and continue to seek her guidance despite her retirement. Her relationships with the young people she mentored will have future effects on not only those individuals, but those they touch because of her example and her love.

Pastor Filling taught the church calendar to many who had never experienced Lent or The Hanging of the Greens or Ash Wednesday etc. by making that calendar our normal way of life for thirteen years. Many have grown through experiencing the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday and the silence and darkness of Good Friday. We have experienced the Stations of the Cross in a variety of ways. We will never forget pounding the nails thinking of how they were driven into Jesus. Hanging the Greens took on a look of spontaneity despite every effort to plan how and when each decoration would be put in place. We were always encouraged to try things our own way, as the Spirit led with the caveat that if you came up with an idea you were to be the leader of putting it in place. We made Chrismons and many of us know some meanings of the Advent candles. We will probably have to use keeping the pulpit colors right as an excuse to call her. Her attitude toward children has led the the most wondrous choir of little people coming to sing every Sunday and the faces of joy just radiate God’s love. No one ever made a more joyful noise than our Pastor when she sang. Noisy babies never bothered her in the least, in fact the look on Pastor Barbara’s face was radiant with love for the little ones. She made sure that when babies were dedicated or Baptism celebrated that not only the parents, but the church family was reminded of their role and responsibilities.  

Barbara was impeccable in her relationships in that there were never any triangles; what you said to her went no further and her relationship was between you and her.  No third parties, no rumors, no gossip. She listened well and was wise enough to recognize strings of communication within the congregation and was rarely surprised by people’s actions. The hard decisions were hers and she accepted the fallout that went with those decisions without rancor or resentment. Our Pastor always did what she believed was right in the sight of God and had no room for compromising God’s principles.  Please pray for Mount Pleasant as we go forward in God’s love equipped with the tools taught to us by The Reverend, Dr. Barbara M. Filling.

Tax and Compensation Planning Seminar

February 18 | 9am-Noon
Virginia Baptist Mission Board

All aspects of compensation will be covered to help minimize your risk and potential for substantial penalties resulting from non-compliance with State and Federal Tax Laws.

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Prayer Focus:

Baltimore Baptist Association

Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia

Week of: February 22
Corinth Baptist Church
Ben Caldwell, Pastor

Week of: February 22
Cornerstone Christian Church
Les Redfern, Pastor

Week of: March 1
Deep Run Baptist Church
Rick Allison, Pastor

Week of: March 1
Dover Baptist Church
Todd Kube, Pastor