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2015 Dover Semiannual Meeting

Dover churches may send voting messengers to this meeting (see below). In addition to voting messengers, the Association invites any Dover Baptist and their guests to share in this inspiring meeting.

Location: Mount Olivet Baptist Church
15583 Coatesville Road, Beaverdam 23015

Time: 3-5 pm

Elect your Messengers! Article 4 of Dover’s Constitution states:
Each member church shall be entitled to send two messengers to Annual, Semiannual and special Called Association Meetings.  A church that contributes at least $400 to the General Fund during the Association’s previous fiscal year shall be entitled to have three (3) messengers.  An additional messenger is added for each additional $400 contribution to the General Fund up to a maximum of seven (7) messengers for any church.

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

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


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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Dover Expresses Sympathy to the Family of Dr. James Ellis

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

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, 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.

December 2014 Church News

Ashland, First Baptist held an outreach movie night and showed the movie Mom’s Night Out; and held their 7th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The men held a breakfast with Mick Outten as speaker. The “MOSAIC” group toured the White House of the Confederacy. The Young Adult Ensemble, the OK Chorale and the Sanctuary Choir presented the Christmas-Chrismon Program and the youth explained the meanings behind some of the Chrismons and Symbols as they were hung on the tree. The youth went bowling.

Antioch Baptist Church held an Operation Christmas Child shoe box dedication; and held a covered dish breakfast. The boy scouts held a pancake breakfast and raked leaves.

Berea Baptist Church held a welcome reception for Larry Frakes and Fred Horn. The Sanctuary Choir performed at the Thanksgiving Service at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.

Biltmore Baptist Church had a team of eight members who installed siding on a Hanover Habitat for Humanity house in October. Members donated items for 37 hygiene bags for the Fluvanna Women’s Prison. Chaplain Lynn Litchfield will be guest speaker for Women’s Day in February. Trunk of Treat brought many neighborhood children and parents. A Shoebox Packing Party was held for Operation Christmas Child. A total of 187 boxes were collected this year. A first-time Community Thanksgiving Dinner was hosted with about 150 friends and neighbors joining us for a great meal. Our ‘Blessings Tree’ was filled before the night ended. A team from Biltmore served dinner at the Home Again Men’s Shelter in Richmond on Nov. 30.

Black Creek Baptist Church held a reception to honor Dr. Battle; held their annual Thanksgiving Meal and Service; and held their “Hanging of the Greens” service.  The ladies of the church joined the WMU ladies and prepared care packages for seven of their college students away at school.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held a fellowship brunch; and participated with several neighboring churches in the annual Community Thanksgiving Service at New Bethesda Baptist Church.  The youth and their families held a bonfire and had chili, smores, and fellowship around the fire; and several youth participated in the “High School Hangout and Renewal Weekend”.

Colosse Baptist Church helped pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child; and held a covered dish dinner and Thanksgiving Eve service. The WMU helped pack Christmas Friendship boxes for the children on Standing Rock Reservation. The “Young @ Heart” group had a pancake breakfast and played bingo; and went to Meadow Event Park to see the Christmas lights and had dinner at Cracker Barrel. The youth held a “Hullaballoo” gathering; and the children went bowling. The Women for Christ held their annual bazaar at the King William Fire & Rescue building with the Faith Bears selling fudge and the Young @ Heart having a bake sale.

Cool Spring Baptist Church Children’s Choirs presented an “Operation Christmas Child” Musical.  The Men’s Ministry held a game night. The Women’s Ministry held “Christmas Through Our Eyes” with decorating ideas and faith stories and had Brett and Allison Barnhill as their special guests.  The Cool Spring Travelers went to Randolph-Macon College for lunch at Estes Dining Hall and then attended the timeless classic A Christmas Carol performed by the Randolph-Macon Performing Arts Department.

Corinth Baptist Church held a movie night and showed the movie God’s Not Dead; and prepared and served lunch for 45 to 50 veterans at the Disabled Veterans’ Hunt at the New Kent Forestry Center. The “Young at Heart” Seniors went to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft. The youth went to Monroe Park and fed the homeless and handed out socks, gloves, scarves, coats, hats, and heavy sweatshirts. An Open House was held to celebrate Dr. F. W. Howard’s 90th birthday.

Cornerstone Christian Church youth held a retreat.

Emmaus Baptist Church held a memorial service for the members they have lost this past year; held their “Hanging of the Greens” service; and prepared Christmas boxes for the Lee County Christmas Box ministry. The Middle and High School Sunday School classes prepared exam boxes for their college students. The children participated in “Turkey Bowling” and decorated the Christmas Tree, decorated cookies and made a special cookie as a Thanksgiving present.

Fort Lee Baptist Church held a church-wide covered dish luncheon; held a “Cookies for Lottie” bake sale; and packed 1,438 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The youth held a fundraiser and sold a special 2015 appointment calendar entitled “God’s Creation”.

Glen Allen Baptist Church packed 150 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes; and held a fall discipleship retreat. The youth held a Lock-In at the church.

Goochland Baptist Church youth attended a fall retreat at Watermarks Camp in Scottsville.

Hardy Central Baptist Church choir presented the music at the annual Thanksgiving Community Service which was held at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Hillcrest Baptist Church’s choir participated in the community worship service held at New Highland Baptist Church and at the community worship service held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Hopeful Baptist Church held a church-wide Thanksgiving Dinner and Service. The youth held a missions fundraising lunch.

Hunton Baptist Church held an “Operation Christmas Child Packing Party”; collected coats for the Puritan Cleaners “Coats for Kids” drive; held a Blood Drive; and held a special “Blessing of the Boxes” for Operation Christmas Child. The Seniors held a luncheon and brought homemade cookies and snack items and took them to the shut-ins. The children went to the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn and saw the Virginia Repertory Theatre Production of Charlotte’s Web. The youth participated in a Lock-In; had a movie night; and helped put together the Thanksgiving baskets.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church held a Thanksgiving Lunch; and held an Operation Christmas Child dedication service. The youth held a Lock-in and bonfire following the Lee-Davis/Atlee game; went to Monroe Park to help feed the homeless; and the youth guys went paint balling. The Faith and Hope Sunday School Class made Brunswick stew for the Child Care Thanksgiving Luncheon and helped serve during the luncheon.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church held “Kids Day Out” for children ages three through fifth grade with games, crafts, lunch, music and a movie; held a Thanksgiving dinner; and held a “Packing” party for Operation Christmas Child. The “Young at Heart” went to the Fort Lee Theater to see “White Christmas”. Retired Brigadier General Janice Igou, former Assistant Adjutant General Army of the Virginia National Guard, was the guest speaker at the Veterans Day, 2014 celebration sponsored by the Hanover County Department of Parks and Recreation.

New Bethesda Baptist Church held their “Harvest Festival”; held an Operation Christmas Child In-gathering and dedication; and held a Community Thanksgiving Service. Rev. Todd Combee, Retired Chaplain of the Virginia National Guard, gave the Invocation and the Benediction at the Veterans Day, 2014 celebration sponsored by the Hanover County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Carolyn Hollins WMU Circle sponsored a church wide project and collected items for the Oregon Hill and Southside Centers for Christmas.

New Highland Baptist Church hosted the annual Community Thanksgiving Service which was a joint effort between Slash Christian Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church, and Lebanon United Methodist Church and included a community choir with special music. The Kid’s in Christ (KIC) group sponsored the annual Shoe Box Wrapping Party for Operation Christmas Child. The Choir presented “We Give Thanks” musical at both morning worship services. The Men’s Chorus sang at Autumn Care Nursing Facility.

New Life Baptist Church held a Community Thanksgiving Service; and the young adults presented “Everything Skit”. The youth participated in a Lock-in with special guests Deane and Tiffany Walden and Aaron Gary of “Switchin Lanes”.

Parham Road Baptist Church held “Talent Harvest Day; held a dinner and movie night which featured God’s Not Dead for ages 12 and up and Evan Almighty for school-age children; held a Thanksgiving Lunch and Field groundbreaking; and held a Community Thanksgiving Service.

Pioneer Baptist Church youth filled 75 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for members. Rev. Paul Beith gave the message at the Thanksgiving Community Service which was held at Poplar Springs Baptist Church and the music was provided by the Hardy Central Baptist Church Choir.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church delivered care packages to the homeless; and held the annual Thanksgiving Community Service. Several members attended the Kristian Stanfill concert at Williamsburg Community Chapel. The 60+ Seniors traveled to Powhatan Courthouse and had lunch at the County Seat Courthouse and then went shopping in Midlothian.

Shalom Baptist Church held a “Step Up Step Out” Banquet at Broadus Memorial Baptist Church; held a Celebration Sunday to celebrate the climax of their Capital Campaign; held their Pecan Pie Sale which raised funds for the youth activities throughout the year; and held their “Hanging of the Greens” service. The youth attended “Hey Youth! iWorship” at Cornerstone Christian Church.

Sharon Baptist Church held the “Kids Fall Fest”. The youth held a Lock-In.

Second Liberty Baptist Church will present "In Excelsis – The Christmas Story in Song" joined in worship by New Covenant Community Church on December 21 at 10:00 am

Walnut Grove Baptist Church held a memorial service for those who have lost loved ones; and held their annual Thanksgiving breakfast and worship service. The Senior Adults had lunch at Applebee’s. The Missions Corner began their fourth year of “Backpack Kids” and were able to meet their needs in supplying the food for their backpack ministry by collecting over 800 pounds of food and supporting 55 children with a backpack of food each weekend they are in school.

West Point, First Baptist held a Prayer Revival; held a Thanksgiving Dinner; participated in the Christmas Angel Tree; and held a “White Christmas Sunday”. The CPR Women’s Ministry sponsored “Parents’ Night Out” and showed the movie, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," to the children.

Westhunt Baptist Church held a Thanksgiving Service with a covered dish dinner; and held their “Hanging of the Greens” service.  The Children’s Ministry held a “Children’s Stay Day”. The youth held a pizza and movie night.

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Prayer Focus:

Baltimore Baptist Association

Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia

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

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

Week of: March 8
East Gate Baptist Church
Catherine Lee, Pastor