Gospel Jail Ministries Needs Cookies for Inmates
Gospel Jail Ministries wants to provide (with your help) a dozen chocolate chip cookies to each inmate in Pamunkey Regional Jail this Christmas. They need a total of 500 dozen cookies!
Please contact Rev Joe Driver at (804) 261-1810 for more information.
Ashland, First Baptist held a blood drive; held a Free Movie Night and showed Soul Surfer; held a Community Yard Sale; held a “Community Outreach Day” and held “Trunk or Treat”. The youth held a game night with volleyball, cornhole, horseshoes, and devotionals; held a cook out; attended a Halloween Hayride at Ashland Berry Farm; held a free car wash as part of Community Outreach Day; played shaving cream Wiffle Ball against Duncan Memorial Church; and several youth attended “Ignite” Middle School Retreat at Eagle Eyrie. The MOSAIC group traveled to Graves Mountain Lodge and ate at a German Restaurant.
Antioch Baptist Church celebrated Homecoming; and held a Fall Festival.
Berea Baptist Church held a Yard/Bake Sale; and held a “Trunk or Treat” Festival. Several youth traveled to Farmville for a retreat; and several youth worked in the FACES food bank and participated in other mission opportunities.
Black Creek Baptist Church had a booth at the first Fall Fellowship Festival at the Hanover County Government Complex; and had a booth at the Hanover Parks and Recreation “Spookie Fun Fest” at Pole Green Park. The Children In Action collected personal hygiene items and made care bags for the homeless; collected canned goods for MCEF; and delivered the canned goods to the MCEF pantry. The youth and Children in Action traveled to the City of Richmond and handed out personal hygiene bags. The youth sponsored the Community Fall Fellowship in the church parking lot.
Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held a blood drive; participated in Operation Inasmuch; held a Flea Market/ Bake Sale; and held a Senior Adult Celebration honoring their seniors, including those who have been married 50+ years. The youth held Movie Night; and several youth attended the “Ignite” Middle School Retreat at Eagle Eyrie.
Colosse Baptist Church handed out fleece throws to the homeless in Richmond; and held “Trunk or Treat”. The youth held a cookout fundraiser; the children went to the Pumpkin Patch; the Young @ Heart group traveled to the mountains; the YAMS group went to the State Fair; the Mission Friends held a Prayer Breakfast; and the Preschool held a Pumpkin Party.
Cool Spring Baptist Church held “Friday Nite Live!” for the youth. The Cool Spring Travelers toured Hickory Hill Plantation outside of Ashland and had lunch at the Trackside Grill in Ashland.
Corinth Baptist Church held Homecoming; hosted the Senior Adult Conference given by the Capital Area Agency on Aging; and held “Trunk-or-Treat”. The Young at Heart Seniors traveled to Smithfield and toured historic St. Luke’s Church, had lunch at the William Rand Tavern in The Smithfield Inn, and experienced the wonders of energy at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant. TeamKIDs held TeamKID Bible Hero Night and the children came dressed as their favorite Bible character, animal in the Bible or Christian theme.
Cornerstone Christian Church held a “Tye Dying” class; sold “Mann-made” sausage; and participated in Operation Inasmuch. The church will celebrate their 15th Anniversary on November 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Several Deep Run Baptist Church adults attended the Senior Adult Retreat at Eagle Eyrie.
Dover Baptist Church held their annual Pancake Supper; and held a Clean-up Day with breakfast. The WMU sponsored a Life Line Screening.
Emmaus Baptist Church held “Trunk ‘R’ Treat” with a chili cook-off, hay ride, door prizes and food. The youth went to the Corn Maze.
Fort Lee Baptist Church held Homecoming and a covered dish luncheon; and held their Fall Festival. Several members of the WMU traveled to Crewe, VA to see the grave and church of Lottie Moon and ate lunch at The Blackstone Herb Cottage.
Glen Allen Baptist Church held their annual Fall Festival.
Goochland Baptist Church held an “Autumn Gala” which included a cornhole tournament, and a chili cook-off. The youth held a “Field Day of the Past” fundraiser and raised about $1,800. Several adults attended the Senior Adult Retreat at Eagle Eyrie.
Hillcrest Baptist Church held a Fall Festival; and held “Trunk or Treat”.
Hopeful Baptist Church held a Fall Festival. The Golden Circle group traveled to Graves Mountain Lodge for lunch and then toured James Madison’s Montpelier. The Stitches of Hope group celebrated their first anniversary and have made and given away 38 shawls and lap blankets. The children visited the Pumpkin Patch. Several youth went to Camp Accovac for a Youth Discipleship Retreat.
Hunton Baptist Church celebrated “Pink Sunday of Hope” to raise awareness of cancer and the importance of early detection; and held their Fall Festival with “Trunk or Treat”. Several youth attended “Youth HeRose Harvest Festival” run at the Vineyard Church in Ashland; several youth participated in the Extended Youth Sunday and went to G-Force afterwards to play laser tag; and several youth attended the Junior High Weekend at Eagle Eyrie. The Global Adventures group went to the Hanover Vegetable Farm’s Pumpkin Patch. The Senior Adults held a luncheon with entertainment by Darla Phillips – Armchair Travel to South Africa.
Kentwood Heights Baptist Church held a community meal; held a carwash at the church; held a “Shoebox Brunswick Stew” sale; held Family IMPACT and “Trunk or Treat”. The youth held a “Neewallah” costume party.
Mechanicsville Baptist Church held their annual Sunday School Picnic; held Operation Inasmuch; and held their Fall Festival. The Keenage Club traveled to the Cheese Shop and had lunch at Rowes in Stuarts Draft. Several youth attended the Youth Retreat at Eagle Eyrie. Several adults attended the Senior Adult Retreat at Eagle Eyrie.
Mount Olivet Baptist Church held a fundraiser dinner for Operation Christmas Child; held “Trunk or Treat”; and held a Chili “Cook-off”. The children went to the Pumpkin Patch. The youth went to see the “new” Christian movie entitled Left Behind. The Unique Club, a small group of intellectually challenged adults and peer buddies, repackaged over 1,000 pounds of dried food and made up 228 bags of personal hygiene bags for the local food banks; volunteered in Hanover ARC’s Pumpkin Chuck a Thon; and won the 2014 Spirit Team Volunteerism Award for Hanover County. The “Young at Heart” group traveled to the Byrd Visitor’s Center on the Skyline Drive, visited the Cheese Shop, visited Dickie Brothers’ Orchard, and had lunch at the Golden Corral.
New Bethesda Baptist Church participated in Hanover County’s Fall Festival as part of their Operation Inasmuch emphasis; and held a blood drive.
New Highland Baptist Church hosted the Gospel Jail Ministry Fundraising Banquet event with Col. David Hines as the main speaker; participated in Hanover County’s Fall Festival with a booth and Moon Bounce; and hosted “Stop Hunger Now”. The children’s KIC ministry held “Trunk-O-Treat”.
New Life Baptist Church hosted “Switchin Lanes” in concert and held a bonfire and smores after the concert; and held a mega yard sale to benefit FISH. The youth went to the movies and saw Dolphin Tale 2; went to Sweet Frog; and went to the movies and saw Left Behind. The children went to the Pumpkin Patch.
Oak Hall Baptist Church held a yard sale to benefit FISH; and held a “Pastor Appreciation Day” covered dish luncheon.
Parham Road Baptist Church celebrated their 54th anniversary with a luncheon after the service; held ground breaking services for their new sports ministry for physically and mentally disabled children; hosted Melita in concert; and held revival with speakers Rev. Proctor Beard of Springfield Baptist Church, Rev. Daniel Chu of Grace Chinese Baptist Church, Rev. Kim Ridley of The Light Community Church, and Rev. Jeff Mills of Renewal Church Varina.
Pioneer Baptist Church held Homecoming with a luncheon after the service; held Revival services with Rev. Roger Roller as the speaker and music provided by Four Mile Creek Baptist Church and Fred Salmons. Several youth attended the Middle School Retreat at Eagle Eyrie.
Poplar Springs Baptist Church had a booth at The Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival. The Seniors 60+ group traveled to Graves Mountain for apples and a family style lunch. Several youth went to Somerset, VA.
Ridge Baptist Church held “Ridge Day”. The Promise Care Child Development Center sold Brunswick Stew at “Ridge Day”. The Caring Hearts group attended the St. John’s Bible exhibit at the Baptist Theological Seminary.
Shalom Baptist Church held their annual Fall Festival; and held a canned soup drive for MCEF. The youth traveled to the Ashland Berry Farm and had a fun day of pumpkin-picking, followed by a “Walk of Fear & Faith” at the Helmick’s ‘Haunted’ House and then enjoyed dinner around a campfire; and held a spaghetti fundraiser dinner.
Sharon Baptist Church made and sold apple butter as a fundraiser for their Haiti mission; and held their 2nd annual Fall Bazaar. The youth held a Youth Tailgate Party; and helped with the children’s activities for the Fall Bazaar. The WMU wrapped shoeboxes for the Shoebox Ministry; and traveled to Graves Mountain Lodge.
Walnut Grove Baptist Church held an Open House to welcome their new Senior Pastor; held a “Fall Fam Jam”; and held “Bring a Friend” Sunday.
West Point, First Baptist held an Octoberfest Halloween Outreach event. The WMU, Children in Action, the Sanctuary Choir, and the CPR Women’s Ministry sponsored items at the church’s booth at the Crab Carnival. The 55-Alive group traveled to the Cheese Shop, Bakery, the Wood Grill, and Drumheller’s Orchard in Stuart’s Draft.
Westhunt Baptist Church held a Romania Mission Trip Sharing and potluck lunch. The W.O.W. (Women of Westhunt) held an Operation Christmas Child ‘Shoebox Packing Party’. The Children and youth held a “Stay Day” and made freezer jelly to sell to support
Richard Talmadge Moore, age 89, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, Charlotte, NC. The Reverend Mr. Moore was born November 5, 1924 in the Thomasboro suburb of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC. Richard was the youngest of four boys born to George I. Moore, Sr. and Iola Robbins Moore.
In 1943, after graduating from Central High School in Charlotte, Richard trained as an infantry soldier for six months. To fill a French horn vacancy, he was taken off deployment to Anzio and became a member of the 50th Army Ground Force Band at Fort George Meade, MD. Upon discharge three years later, Richard went straight to college. Richard and Nancy J. Teague met while students at Mars Hill College near Asheville, NC. Since their marriage on September 1, 1947, in Nancy’s hometown of Newland, NC, the couple has lived in TN, SC, TX, VA and NC. They resided in VA 52 years.
In addition to college at Mars Hill, Richard and Nancy attended East Tennessee State while he was on the staff of First Baptist Church, Erwin, TN. From there, they moved to Greenville, SC, where both were students at Furman University and the only married couple in the Furman Singers, a group recognized internationally today. Richard earned a B.A. degree in English at Furman. From SC, the couple moved to Fort Worth, TX, where both enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After three years at Southwestern Seminary, Richard received a Master of Divinity. During college and seminary, Richard served several churches as Minister of Education and Music; following seminary graduation, his longest and most beloved pastorate was 19 years at Centerville Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA, near Norfolk, not a great distance from the Outer Banks of NC, where he loved surf fishing.
Richard and Nancy have lived very active lives. The couple moved to The Cottages Retirement Community in Pineville, in August, 2005 from Mechanicsville, VA, where they had lived for 30 years. Nineteen of those years Richard served as Executive Director of Dover Baptist Association, a fellowship of 65 churches. After retirement at 71, he served an additional 8 years in interim pastorates in the Richmond, Virginia area.
The couple has adored their home within The Cottages, and in terms of great neighbors, both agreed they could not have found a more ideal place to live. From June 2006 through December 2013, The Reverend Mr. Moore led Sunday morning worship services for residents of The Cottages and The Dorchester Retirement Communities, having never fully retired from following his calling to preaching and pastoral ministry to which he was ordained on December 18, 1948 by the First Baptist Church, Erwin, TN.
Richard was predeceased by his parents and three brothers. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Teague Moore, of Pineville, NC. He is also survived by daughter Deborah Moore Clark and husband Mack of Charlotte, NC; daughter Margaret E. Moore of Arcata, CA; son R. Stephen Moore and wife Shirley of Henderson, NC; grandson Matthew S. Hisatomi of Arcata, CA; sister-in-law Sara Helen Copley Moore of Greensboro, NC; numerous nieces and nephews; and a step-grandson C. Christopher Clark and wife Christy of Huntersville, NC, and five step-great-grandchildren.
The family of the Reverend Mr. Moore is being served by Cremation Society of Charlotte, Inc.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Richard T. Moore is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. The Reverend Dr. Everett C. Goodwin, Interim Senior Minister, the Reverend Mr. Joseph D. Aldrich, Associate Minister, the Reverend Dr. Steve Allsbrook, Director of Missions, Dover Baptist Association, Ashland, Virginia, and the Reverend Deborah Moore Clark will officiate. The family will receive guests following the service in Heaton Hall. Cremains will be interred privately at Forest Lawn West prior to the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204; www.donatehospice.org. The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Hospice House at Southminster for their loving care.
Obituary by Deborah Moore Clark, Daughter, October 27, 2014
- Biltmore Baptist Church is seeking a part-time pianist/organist and choir director. Please send resume and salary requirements to Biltmore.email@example.com
- Emmaus Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Minister of Youth and Children to work 10-15 hours a week. Applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Emmaus Baptist Church, P O Box 533, Quinton, VA 23141 Attention: Youth Committee or you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hardy Central Baptist Church seeks a part-time Secretary. Interested applicants should send their resume to Personnel Committee, Hardy Central Baptist Church, 4655 Darbytown Road, Henrico VA 23231 or attach to email at: email@example.com
- Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church is searching for a part-time Financial Secretary/bookkeeper to maintain the accounting and payroll systems for the church and assist the Hatcher Child Development Center. Knowledge and experience with church related bookkeeping and payroll software systems is required. Knowledge of the ACS church software is a plus. This will be a part-time position estimating approximately 30 hours per week with flexibility. Pay will be based on experience. Please send a letter of interest and resume by e-mail to HATCHERCHURCH@COMCAST.NET or mail to 2300 Dumbarton Road, Henrico, VA 23228. Employment starting date will be early December.
- Lakeside Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for 28 hours a week. Experience in Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Additional experience in ACS and Calendar Creator is desirable. Send resumes to Lakeside Baptist Church, 7401 Woodman Road, Henrico, Virginia 23228-4314, Attn: Personnel Committee.
Pamunkey Indian Baptist Church is seeking a part-time pastor to lead its small congregation. Interested persons should send a resume to: AWWorsham@vscfs.com, or via postal to: Pastor Search, Pamunkey Indian Baptist Church, 866 Lay Landing Rd, King William, VA 23086.
Pamunkey Indian Baptist Church is also seeking a part-time piano player for Sunday morning worship. Send inquiries to: AWWorsham@cscfs.com
- Pioneer Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Music Director. Interested applicants should send their resume to: Personnel Committee, Pioneer Baptist Church, 3140 Darbytown Road, Henrico, VA 23231, or attach to e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Red Lane Baptist Church (Powhatan) is seeking the following part-time positions: Minister of Student Discipleship, Contemporary Worship Leader, and Traditional Worship Leader. For more information and to apply, please email email@example.com
- Second Liberty Baptist Church is seeking a Pastor. Send cover letter, current resume, and copy of Ministeral License and Certification of Ordination to: Deacon Yvonne M. Jones, Second Liberty Baptist Church, P.O. Box 236, Providence Forge, VA 23140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- First Baptist Church, West Point is seeking a part-time Office Manager (27.5 hours per week). Experience with administrative duties, in particular use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Additional experience with technology includes the back-up of all critical systems as well as updating and installing any software and hardware used. Excellent organizational skills required. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box N, West Point, VA 23181, Attn: Personnel Committee.
Virginia In Action For Liberia Against Ebola (VALAE)
Time is of the essence and the quick action we take now can help save lives and alleviate the sufferings of those exposed to the deadly EBOLA virus in Liberia. Diaspora Liberians and friends in Virginia are engaged in the VALAE campaign, focused on im-mediately providing the support and resources desperately needed by the institutions currently fighting to control the spread of the EBOLA virus in Liberia.
The following are urgently needed: spraying kits, gloves, fa-cial masks, eye protectors, disposable gowns, rubber gloves, plas-tic shoe covers, buckets/drums (with faucets), chlorine tablets, disinfectants, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizers, bandages, band aids, blankets, mattress covers, tablets for pain/fever relief, dry foods items, etc. These items will be shipped directly to Liberia.
Assist by connecting VALAE to organizations, individuals, manufacturers and hospitals that donate medical supplies.
Financial donations may be made through the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. Secured electronic donations can be made at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org1441033?code=VBMB-Web DR-Sidebar (donors should choose “Ebola Outbreak” in the dropdown menu). If by check, write “Ebola Virus-Liberia” payable to Virginia Baptist Mission Board, mailed to Virgiinia Baptist Mission Board, attn.: Dean Miller, 2828 Emerywood Parkway, Henrico, VA 23294. For credit card donations call 804-915-5000 and ask for Jeannette Hildebrand.
Rev. Dr. Calvin A. Birch, VA
Get Ready!! Collection Week for OCC will be November 17-24.
The Collection Center is New Bethesda Baptist Church. We will have relay centers located at the following churches: First Baptist Ashland, Beaverdam, Destiny City Fellowship, Mt Vernon, Sandston, and Second Baptist.
If you are interested in volunteering to work for OCC on the year round team, please contact Brenda Evans at (804) 932-9434.
Manna Christian Fellowship (in the field)
6851 S. Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23231
October 15th: SET UP (VOLUTEERS NEEDED- email for details)
10 am – 4 pm: OLD FASHIONED PRAYER
7pm – Worship, Word and Dedication
10am-4pm: OLD FASHIONED PRAYER
6:30 pm – Gather for Shabbat Fellowship Meal
October 18th: TEAR DOWN (Volunteers NEEDED)
Contact: e-mail email@example.com or call (804) 658-5164 for more information
Ashland, First Baptist Church held a movie night with the movie God is Not Dead; held a yard sale and raised $835.00 to be used for the Benevolence Committee; and held a Men’s Breakfast. The youth held a pool party, held a “Build Your Sundae Bigger and Better” party, held a “Back to School Scavenger Hunt”, and held an “Intergenerational Game Night”.
Biltmore Baptist Church sent a mission team of 14 members to the Bland Ministry Center in Southwest Virginia.
Black Creek Baptist Church “Lunch Bunch” group had lunch at Golden Corral with Frances Bailey. Thirteen youth volunteered for three hours at Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden; and seventeen youth volunteered with the Northside Coalition for Children.
Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held Sunday School Promotion Day; held a night out for parents with babies through 5th graders with the cost being one can or box of food for the MCEF Food Pantry; and held a “Bluegrass Gospel Hymn Sing”. The youth held a “Back to School Bash” and Prayer Event.
Colosse Baptist Church held “Inasmuch Commitment Sunday”; held “Labor Day Sunday”; held revival; held “Inasmuch Commissioning Service”; held a Prayer Walk at area schools; and held a “Girls Night Out”. The Young @ Heart group went to lunch at Ripley’s; and traveled to Lancaster, PA for several days.
Cool Spring Baptist Church held Promotion Sunday; several members toured the Virginia Holocaust Museum and had lunch at Bottoms Up Pizza. The Men’s Ministry went to G-Force Kars for go karts, laser tag, and paintball.
Corinth Baptist Church members traveled to Lancaster, PA and attended the play “Moses” at the Sight and Sound Theatre. The youth helped feed the homeless and gave out bags of personal hygiene items. The Young at Heart Seniors held a good old fashion picnic with door prizes.
Cornerstone Christian Church participated in “Stop Hunger Now”; and held a movie night with the movie God Is Not Dead.
Dover Baptist Church held Clean-up Day; held Homecoming with a covered dish lunch after the service; and held a Fish Fry. The youth and children went to SkyZone.
Emmaus Baptist Church held a Sunday School Teacher Appreciation breakfast; held a Family Softball Day; held a church picnic; and sent a mission team to Lee County, VA. The children and youth baked cookies to be taken to the Richmond International Raceway; and played kickball. The youth held a car wash.
Fort Lee Baptist Church held a church luncheon and Ministry Fair.
Glen Allen Baptist Church held Promotion Sunday; and participated in “Glen Allen Days” with a float in the parade and a booth set up in the park. The youth held “Tacos & Bibles” which featured a taco bar and bible games; and held a pool party at the Glen Allen Community Pool. About fifteen youth went to Monroe Park to help feed the homeless; and several youth went on a fall camping retreat at Misty Mountain Camp Resort in Crozet VA.
Goochland Baptist Church sold drinks and baked goods at the “Field Days of the Past’; held a “Church Wide Purge” by cleaning the church buildings; and held “Dogs Day”.
Hillcrest Baptist Church has developed a partnership with Kersey Creek Elementary School and will provide three to five backpacks per week for needy students so they may have nutritious snack/food over the weekends. The Children in Action held a “kick-off” celebration party.
Hopeful Baptist Church held a Sunday School Picnic; and held a “Youth Missions” yard sale.
Hunton Baptist Church held Operation InAsMuch Day with nursing home visits, casserole deliveries to shut-ins, a car wash and car care clinic, blood pressure screenings, a food drive, and many more; and held “Hunton Day and Country Sale”. The Senior Adult Group met for lunch at Debbie’s Kitchen. The children participated in Hunton Day with a food concession stand and bake sale. The Music Department kicked off their 2014-2015 season with their annual Giant Music Department Tasting Party. The youth sold brunswick stew during the Hunton Day and Country Sale.
Kentwood Heights Baptist Church Awana group held a spaghetti dinner.
Mechanicsville Baptist Church hosted CARITAS with 40 female guests; hosted the Men in Ministry Breakfast; and held a Sunday School Picnic. The Keenage Club traveled to Graves Mountain for the day.
Mount Olivet Baptist Church held Homecoming with a covered dish lunch after the service. The Ruth Evening Circle held a pool party. The Young at Heart group traveled to Fort Lee and toured the U. S. Army Women’s Museum, toured the Keystone Tractor Works Museum in Colonial Heights and ate lunch at Golden Corral.
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church will hold Homecoming and Celebration of Dr. Barbara Filling on October 5.
New Bethesda Baptist Church held a retirement celebration/ceremony for Rev. Todd Combee upon his retirement as Army Chaplaincy after 34 years; and held a fundraiser breakfast for Operation Christmas Child.
New Highland Baptist Church held Promotion Sunday; participated in Operation InAsMuch; and held a worship service at Autumn Care, a long term car and rehabilitation facility.
New Life Baptist Church celebrated Pastor and Mrs. James’ 65th wedding anniversary with a covered dish dinner; and held a Ladies Retreat.
Northside Baptist Church youth installed a ramp through Project: Homes. The children held a “Popcorn & a Movie” night.
Oak Hall Baptist Church held a community block party.
Pioneer Baptist Church youth went to EnCounter in Mathews, VA.
Poplar Springs Baptist Church held their church picnic at the Ukrop’s Farm. The Seniors 60+ group traveled to Yorktown for the day.
Sharon Baptist Church held a family movie night with God Is Not Dead; and held their annual Steak Dinner fundraiser.
Walnut Grove Baptist Church held their community yard sale, car wash, bake sale and craft sale; hosted the John Marshall Alumni Band in a Patriot Day Concert on September 11; and held a special Senior Adult Lunch at Lewis Botanical Garden. The church is supporting 50 children with a backpack of food for the weekend each week while they are in school.
West Point, First Baptist held a Sunday School Promotion Sunday; and held a special Memorial Service on September 11 with an old fashioned ice cream social after the service. The 55-Alive group met at Riverside/West Point Convalescent Center and sang and visited with the patients and had lunch at The Farmer’s Daughter in Eltham. The CPR Women’s Ministry sponsored a craft night. The Music Department held a Christmas Music “kick-off”; and held an “in-house” Choir Retreat.
It’s such a blessing when donors contact us, eager to learn about this year’s program. It reminds us of the commitment and generosity of spirt we’ve consistently seen in the donors we’ve had the privilege to work with over a period of many years. We hope this announcement will answer all your questions.
For the benefit of donors who may be newer to the ministry, here’s a brief overview of what’s involved:
It’s sponsored through the Chaplain’s Office at the Fluvanna County Correctional Center for Women, which is part of the Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia, Inc. This name will change in the near future to “Grace Inside.”:
The ministry is supported entirely by unpaid volunteers — many of whom perform other volunteer services inside the Correctional Center — and made possible by the generous donations from people throughout the state of Virginia and beyond.
The focal and main delivery point for the ministry is Effort Baptist Church in Palmyra, VA, which provides sorting and storage space and volunteers. Volunteers also come from various other churches in the local area.
The ministry has been in place since 1998, the year the correctional center opened
Transporting, collecting, sorting, and checking of donations and the sending of acknowledgment letters has made this ministry into an almost year-around effort for local volunteers
Although our main efforts are focused on the period leading up to Christmas, more and more donors are giving at other times of the year. We welcome donations at any time.
The only real change from last year’s program is a slight difference in the way we handle monetary donations. Those changes are addressed later in the e-mail. As a reminder, we welcome gifts at any time of the year, but we must receive gifts by Thanksgiving for them to be included in this year’s program. This gives us time to do preparation work in order to distribute them to the inmates in early December. Gifts received after Thanksgiving will be used the following year.
Here’s a list of approved gift items:
Hygiene Items (place in a gallon zip lock bag)
– One individually wrapped toothbrush
– One tube of toothpaste, no larger than 6 oz.
– One deodorant stick, no larger than 2.4 oz. (no spray or roll-on)
– One bottle of shampoo, no larger than 15 oz.
– One bottle of lotion, no larger than 15 oz.
Note: The Correctional Center does not permit substitute products. Please purchase the hygiene items in sizes as close to the maximum as possible.
Greeting Cards and Stationery Items
Christmas and Hanukkah cards and greeting cards for all occasions (See notes below regarding sorting and selection of cards)
Stationery items – writing paper of any size and envelopes either 6 ½” or x 9 ½” long
Forever postage stamps (please do not affix the stamps to envelopes; send them unattached)
Wooden pencils (unsharpened)
Note: (1) All cards are sorted by a local team of volunteers after they’re received; (2) Please try to avoid purchasing greeting cards that have aluminum foil in the envelope flap or as part of the card.
Money Contributions – Please note new procedures beginning with 2014 program
For donors who wish to contribute money, please make your check payable to “Chaplain Service of VA (Grace Inside).” In the Memo section, write “FCCW Discretionary Fund.” These discretionary funds are used to purchase shortages in Christmas gift items and to support inmates in other ways, such as purchasing classroom materials, providing worship supplies, or paying travel expenses for funeral or deathbed visits.
Please mail all checks to the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (Attn: Chaplain Perry), PO Box 1000, Troy, VA 22974.
Please mail or deliver all items either to Effort Baptist Church (preferred delivery site) or the Correctional Center warehouse. In the case of deliveries, please make an advance confirmation call to Chaplain Perry (434-422-3778) or the Effort Church Office (434-589-8962), as appropriate, to ensure someone is available to receive the gifts. Correctional Center and Effort Church street addresses are below:
Effort Baptist Church
(Attn: Nancy & Ron Switzer, Christmas Gift Program)
7820 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Palmyra, VA 22963
Fluvanna County Correctional Center for Women
(Attn: Chaplain Perry, Christmas Gift Program)
144 Prison Lane
Troy, VA 22974
If you would like the name of other donors in your area for the purpose of consolidating shipment or delivery of gifts, please let us know.
Please place a copy of the attached donor information sheet in each shipping or delivery container. If you have trouble opening the attachment, or have any questions, please contact us.
Thank you for your willingness to serve the Lord in this way.
In His Name,
Ron & Nancy Switzer
Willie Mae Byram