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Job Openings

  • Emmaus Baptist Church seeks a part-time Minister of Youth and Children. E-mail Vallerieking@aol.com for more information.
  • Four Mile Creek Baptist Church seeks an Interim Youth Director. Please contact Pastor Sam Grozdanov at 804-795-2044 or email samgrozdanov@fmcbaptist.com
  • 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 www.lakesidebaptistchurch.me
  • Shalom Baptist Church seeks a part-time Minister to Children. Interested applicants should e-mail their resume to ministertochildren@gmail.com or send them to Shalom Baptist Church, 6395 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 by January 31.
  • First Baptist Church, West Point seeks a part-time Office Manager (27.5 hours per week). Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box N, West Point, VA 23181, Attn: Personnel Committee.

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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Grief Support Group Opportunity

Second Sunday of Each Month, 5:00 pm
Cool Spring Baptist Church, Room B-80
9283 Atlee Station Rd., Mechanicsville 23116

If you, or someone you know, has suffered the loss of a loved one, this group may be the perfect place to work on the healing process with experienced leaders and those who have suffered similar losses. Each session consists of a video, discussion and lots of support. This group is open to everyone.  For more  information contact Jerry & Patsy Deans (559-7622) or Brenda McEwen (746-8983 or mcewen@coolspring.org).

January 2015 Church News

Ashland, First Baptist Church held “Cookies with Santa”; held a Blood Drive; joined the College, Young Adult and Career Builder classes by wearing the tackiest Christmas sweater; and held Christmas Eve Services. The MOSAIC group traveled to the River Theater and saw It’s A Wonderful Life. The youth had a “Christmas Cookie Bake”; took a Tacky Light Tour; and held a Christmas Party for their adopted family. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata. The OK Chorale and Promiseland presented a concert.

Antioch Baptist Church packed 133 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; held a Covered Dish Breakfast with a Christmas Ornament Exchange; and held their Candlelight Communion Service. The Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “Bethlehem Morning”; presented the Cantata with Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church; and also presented it, with the Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church, at the Masonic Home. Several groups held Christmas parties.

Biltmore Baptist Church had a team of eight members install siding on a Hanover Habitat for Humanity house; members donated items for 37 hygiene bags for the Fluvanna Women’s Prison; packed 187 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; a team served dinner at the “Home Again Men’s Shelter” in Richmond; held a dinner and dessert auction for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering; held a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party; and held their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “2,000 Decembers Ago”.

Black Creek Baptist Church held a “Birthday Party for Jesus”; packed 105 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “And on Earth Peace”. The youth held their Christmas party. The youth and Children in Action went to the “Bethlehem Walk” in Goochland. The Children in Action went to the Masonic Home and visited with a member of the church; and helped deliver the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to the relay station at Sandston Baptist Church. The Women on Mission packed nine care packages for their students away at college.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held “Kids-Night-Out” with a meal, crafts, and games; and held a Christmas Eve Service. The Music Department presented their Christmas Musical “Christmas is Coming!”. The Broadus Bells presented a Christmas program at Hanover Health Care and Hanover Adult Center. The youth held their Christmas Party.

Colosse Baptist Church held their Christmas Pageant; went Christmas Caroling; held a “Secret Pals Reunion Dinner” at Lowery’s in Tappahannock; packed 121 Operations Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held their Christmas Cantata and Candlelight Service. Women for Christ distributed gifts at the Tappahannock Nursing Home; and went to Lowery’s for their dinner and gift exchange. The youth went ice skating. The Young @ Heart group went to the West End Assembly of God Christmas Show.  Several groups held Christmas parties.

Corinth Baptist Church packed 201 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held their “Hanging of the Greens” service. The Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “His Very Own Star”. The Seniors decorated the Christmas tree in the fellowship hall and then went to Roma’s in Sandston for their Christmas get-together. The youth held a 24-hour event to raise money for the Hope Nutrition and Feeding Program in Nicaragua; and decorated a float themed “One Nation Under God” for the Providence Forge Christmas Parade.

Cornerstone Christian Church held a birthday party for Jesus; went Christmas caroling at Morningside Assisted Living; and held their Christmas Eve Service. The youth held a lock-in. The “Misfit Group” hosted a Christmas Party for their church family.

Dover Baptist Church held a Christmas Eve Service. The children presented a Christmas Skit during worship service and had hot chocolate and cookies immediately after. The Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “When Earth Received Her King”.

Emmaus Baptist Church held a silent auction to benefit world missions; packed and sent more than 60 boxes of gifts for the Christmas shoe box ministry for Lee County; went Christmas caroling; held a pot luck dinner and the children, youth and adults presented their Annual Christmas Play “Christmas Around the World – The Nativity” after the dinner; collected items for the Sunshine Baskets for the seniors and shut-ins; held their Christmas Eve Candle Light Service; and held a New Year’s Eve Prayer Service. The choir presented their Christmas Cantata “Christ Was Born for This”. The youth made and sold cookies to raise money for those suffering from Ebola; went Christmas Caroling; and held their Christmas party and gift exchange. The children went Christmas Caroling.

Fort Lee Baptist Church held their Christmas Program; and held a Christmas Eve Service. Several classes and groups held Christmas parties.

Glen Allen Baptist Church held their “Hanging of the Greens” service; held a “Santa Supper”; and held their Christmas Eve Service. The choir presented their Christmas Cantata “The Candle of Joy”.  The youth went on a Tacky Light Tour; and participated in TOP at Monroe Park.

Goochland Baptist Church collected gently used coats and jackets for men, women and children for the Goochland Christmas Mother; donated to the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women Christmas Gift Ministry; and held their Christmas Eve Service and Communion. The Children held their annual “Build a Manger” for dads/granddads and kids to take home. The choir presented their Christmas Cantata.

Hillcrest Baptist Church held a Christmas Banquet; packed 305 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held their Candlelight Service. The youth held a “Youth Extravaganza” with fun, food, and fellowship. The Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “Mary Did You Know?”; and presented their Cantata at Ashland Convalescent Center. The Baptist Men on Mission worked with the Wood Ministry and provided gifts for children whose families received firewood.

Hopeful Baptist Church presented a Christmas Play; went Christmas Caroling; and held their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The Choir presented their Christmas Cantata. Several groups held Christmas parties.

Hunton Baptist Church held “Breakfast with Santa”; packed 228; Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; donated 73 coats to the “Coats for Kids” drive; and held their Christmas Eve Service. Several ladies delivered about 30 Samantha dolls to the children in the pediatric unit at VCU-MCV Medical Center. The children presented their Christmas Pageant “The Christmas Shoes” which was followed by a reception. The Music Department presented their Cantata “What A Glorious Night”; and the youth choir presented a Christmas Musical “The Christmas Cross”. The youth raked leaves for church members; and held a Christmas tree decorating party. Several classes and groups held Christmas parties and luncheons.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church held a Chili/Soup Crockpot Supper followed by a special showing of the documentary The Star of Bethlehem; delivered snack foods to Company #2 Fire and EMT; packed 332 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held their Christmas Eve Service. The youth held their Christmas Party.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church held an 80th birthday party for Rev. Don Stewart, Pastor Emeritus; packed 218 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held their Christmas Eve Services. The Children’s Choir presented their Christmas Program;; and the Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “Silent Night, Holy Night”. The Keenage Club traveled to the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. Several Sunday School classes and groups held Christmas parties.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church went Christmas Caroling; held a church-wide work day with lunch; held “The Story of the Chrismons” service; and held a Living Nativity.  Several members went to the Operation Christmas Child Warehouse in Maryland. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “Hark! The Angels Sing”; and presented the musical portion of their Cantata at Omni Park Place Senior Apartments in Ashland. The “Young at Heart” traveled to Meadow Farm to see the Illuminate Light Show and had dinner at Denny’s in Doswell. Several Sunday School Classes held Christmas parties.

Mount Vernon Baptist Church packed 1,039 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; held a “Manger Build” for dads and their children; and held their Christmas Eve Services. Several members went to the Operation Christmas Child Warehouse. The Music Department held a Christmas Musical Theater “The Questions of Christmas”; and the KidJAM department presented “The Gifts of Christmas”. The youth went Christmas Caroling and had a Tacky Sweater party afterwards. The Singles went to Salem Baptist Church and went through “The Bethlehem Walk”. Several Sunday School classes and groups held Christmas parties.

New Bethesda Baptist Church went Christmas Caroling; and held their Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “All Is Well”; and the children held their Christmas Program.  Several Sunday School Classes and groups held Christmas parties.

New Highland Baptist Church went Christmas Caroling; and held their Christmas Eve Candlelight Services. The youth and Mission Committee collected and passed out gently used warm items to the homeless at Monroe Park. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “Christmas is Coming…”. Several Sunday School Classes and groups held Christmas parties.

New Life Baptist Church Children and Youth presented their Musical “Christmas in Black & White” followed by the “Everything Skit”. Several groups and classes held Christmas parties.

Northside Baptist Church hosted a group of men through CARITAS; had a “Warming” Tree decorated with knit hats, gloves, and scarves for the needy; packed over 80 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; held a “Manger Build” for dads, granddads, and children with a pancake breakfast; held a Christmas Dinner and Carol Sing; and held their Christmas Eve Service. The Loaves and Fishes team served over 90 families who were in need. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “Christmas Joy”. Several groups held Christmas parties.

Oak Hall Baptist Church went Christmas Caroling; packed 82 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; held a Santa Luncheon; held a Community Dinner; and held their Christmas Eve Service. The Carolyn Grubbs Circle and O.A.K. Sewing Circle helped pack 174 toiletry bags for the homeless which were distributed at Monroe Park.

Parham Road Baptist Church collected 27 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; held their Christmas Dinner and Children’s Program; held a Christmas Music Celebration; and held their Christmas Eve Worship Service.

Pioneer Baptist Church held a covered dish luncheon; held a Birthday Party for Jesus with presents collected to be distributed to children in need by FISH; held a “Precious Memories Country Christmas” Dinner; went Christmas Caroling; and held their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “Hope Was Born This Night”. Several groups held Christmas parties.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church held their Christmas Candlelight Service and Communion. The Sunday School Classes presented a special Christmas production “Finding Christmas”. The Choir presented their Christmas Musical with a reception afterwards.

Ridge Baptist Church donated coats for the R.A.’s annual coat drive; welcomed the Henrico Christmas Mother to their Wednesday Night Dinner; and held their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “Celebrate His Name! Proclaim His Birth!”; and also presented the Cantata at Regency Mall. Several members volunteered at the Ridge Elementary School’s annual Holiday Bazaar.

Second Liberty Baptist Church Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “In Excelsis” – The Christmas Story in Song and were joined in worship by New Covenant Community Church.

Shalom Baptist Church held a Santa Pancake Breakfast; participated in the Mechanicsville Christmas Parade; and held their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The Wednesday Night Music and Missions children collected hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for children during Advent. The youth held a Christmas Party. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “Images of Adoration”.

Sharon Baptist Church raised $2,550 from the sale of apple butter for the Haiti mission project; and held their Candlelight Service. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata; and the children presented their Christmas play “David’s Dynasty”. The youth collected money to send to their adopted child in India; and held a “Youth Challenge”.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church sponsored the Angel Tree Ministry for the children of incarcerated parents. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “The First Noel – Celebrating the Birthday of a King”; and The Hearts of Joy Choir sang at the Hanover Adult Center. The Senior Adults went to Outback Steak House for lunch; went to the Henrico Theatre; and went to the Richmond Pops Concert.

West Point, First Baptist Church sang Christmas Carols around a live Nativity; and held their Fifth Annual “Lessons and Carols Service” on Christmas Eve. The Music Department presented their Christmas Cantata “Do You Hear What I Hear”. Several Sunday School classes and groups held Christmas parties.

Westhunt Baptist Church held their “Hanging of the Greens” service; held a Live Nativity; held a Christmas pot luck breakfast with a special presentation of the Christmas Story; and held their Christmas Eve Service. The Choir presented their Christmas Cantata “O Holy Night!”.

Dover Expresses Sympathy to the Family of Dr. James Ellis

(source: http://www.richmond.com/obituaries/article_22a73f53-8892-53d4-9a51-f8e8c75d4158.html)
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:21 pm

ELLIS, Rev. Dr. James Welborn Sr., passed away on December 18, 2014 with his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Gentry Ellis by his side. Dr. Ellis was born on July 22, 1926 in Covington County, Ala. He graduated from Auburn University in 1948 with a B.S. degree. In 1954, he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., with a Bachelor of Divinity and in 1956 with a Master's degree in Theology. In 1958, he married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Sue Gentry. In 1978, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. During his ministry, he served churches in Florida, Indiana, Missouri and Alabama. From 1959 to 1969, he served as Pastor of First Baptist Church, Livingston, Ala. In 1969, Dr. Ellis moved his family from Alabama to Ashland, Va., to become the Pastor at First Baptist Church, Ashland, where he spent the most significant part of his ministry from 1969 to 1992. During his ministerial career, he served on the Alabama Baptist State Executive Board (1965), the Virginia Baptist General Board (1974-78), served as moderator of the Dover Baptist Association (1980-82), chairman of the Executive Director Search Committee for the Virginia Baptist General Board (1986), member of the Board of Trustees of the Religious Herald and served two years as president of the Religious Herald (1983-1999). In retirement, he served as interim pastor of Hanover Evangelical Friends Church in Mechanicsville (1992-93) and intentional interim pastor of Orange Baptist Church, Orange, Va. (1995-96). He is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Jim Ellis and his wife, Kate Dunn; his daughter, Beth Ellis Schubert and her husband, Ted Schubert; his four grandchildren, Cullen Ellis, Lucy Ellis, Ted Schubert and Ben Schubert; and a host of devoted family, friends from First Baptist Church and his Stebbins Street Family. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Chapel at First Baptist Church, Ashland. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Ashland with a reception to follow. Following the reception, burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the James W. Ellis Sr. Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church, Ashland.

IRS Announces Business Mileage Rate Increase

(source: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/New-Standard-Mileage-Rates-Now-Available;-Business-Rate-to-Rise-in-2015)
The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014  
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.

Taxpayers always have the option of claiming deductions based on the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after claiming accelerated depreciation, including the Section 179 expense deduction, on that vehicle. Likewise, the standard rate is not available to fleet owners (more than four vehicles used simultaneously). Details on these and other special rules are in Revenue Procedure 2010-51, the instructions to Form 1040 and various online IRS publications including Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax.

Besides the standard mileage rates, Notice 2014-79, posted today on IRS.gov, also includes the basis reduction amounts for those choosing the business standard mileage rate, as well as the maximum standard automobile cost that may be used in computing an allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.

Dover DMWU Update

There is a line in the song “Grown Up Christmas List” that goes: Well, heaven surely knows, That packages and bows, Can never heal a hurting human soul. This Christmas give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering/International Mission Emphasis offering. You can be assured that 100% of your offering will go toward supporting missionaries in foreign lands that are sharing the greatest gift of all – the gospel of Jesus Christ – the only thing that can truly heal a hurting soul.

Other gifts to consider instead of giving “stuff” that most of us don’t need: make a contribution in honor of someone to the Carolyn Hollins Memorial Camp Scholarship to help send a needy camper to Camp Crossroads (make checks out to WMUV); make a $140 donation to Campaign 140 celebrating the 40th anniversary of Camp Crossroads and the 140th anniversary of WMUV (money to be used to make necessary updates to camp facilities – details can be found at http://wmuv.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/backcampaign140.jpg); “adopt” a family in need for Christmas (check with local social services agencies); bring Christmas “goodies” to a hospital, fire station or police station on Christmas Day. My “grown up Christmas list” could go on forever. Start making your own and have a very Merry Christmas!”
–Dover Association WMU Council

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Week of: January 25
Berea Baptist Church
Larry Frakes, Interim Pastor


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Beulah Baptist Church
Ed Shepard, Pastor


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Biltmore Baptist Church
Dennis Stamey, Pastor


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Black Creek Baptist Church
Joe Kendrick, Pastor