Gospel Jail Ministry – Fundraiser Banquet

Saturday, October 11 – 6:30 PM
New Highland Baptist Church
9200 New Ashcake Road, Mechanicsville 23116

No charge; however, a love offering will be taken for Gospel Jail Ministry.
Please RSVP by October 1
Contact Joe Driver at (804) 261-1810 or (804) 740-8702

Job Openings

  • Biltmore Baptist Church is seeking a part-time pianist/organist and choir director. Please send resume and salary requirements to
  • 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
  • Pamunkey Indian Baptist Church is seeking a part-time pastor to lead its small congregation. Interested persons should send a resume to:, 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:
  • 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:
  • Sharon Baptist Church is seeking a senior pastor. Sharon has a 200+ membership and is centrally located in King William, Va. We are a growing church that is looking for a pastor that is able to help us continue to grow. Anyone interested should be licensed and ordained Baptist minister. Please visit our website for application information,
  • 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

BTSR Preview Days

Are you considering a call to ministry?
Come learn more about the degree programs and options at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond Preview Days! Registration begins Tuesday evening, October 7. During the day Wednesday, October 8, you will hear from various areas of the seminary and have a chance to attend a class. Register now at

Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women Christmas Gift Program

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.

Delivery Locations

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
Phone 434-589-8962

Fluvanna County Correctional Center for Women
(Attn: Chaplain Perry, Christmas Gift Program)
144 Prison Lane
Troy, VA 22974
Phone 434-422-3778

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
434-989-6559 (Ron)
434-989-6558 (Nancy)

 Willie Mae Byram

Pam Wimmer

Contemporary Islam and Muslims

Sundays, September 7 – November 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Virginia Baptist Resource Center
2828 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond 23294

Cost: Free
Teachers: Charles Beckett and Julia Killian

This ministry is to help increase awareness of and minister to the Muslim in our region. The tuition is free but a fee of $5.00 is suggested for materials to be circulated. Registration is encouraged and may be accomplished by contacting 804-355-0267 or 804-356-2003, P.O. Box 7144, Richmond, VA 23255 or

September 2014 Church News

Berea Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “Weird Animals” as their theme; the church held a pool party; the youth held a bake sale; and the Joyful Believers collected toiletries for a mission outreach.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church collected backpacks and school supplies that were distributed to needy children through the Church Hill Wellness Center; held a church picnic and baptism at Camp Hanover; and collected a “mountain” of cereal boxes for the MCEF Food Pantry during Vacation Bible School. The children raised $170 during Vacation Bible School to help support a needy child through Compassion International. The youth attended a Richmond Squirrels baseball game.

Colosse Baptist Church held a Leadership Commissioning Service, Deacon Ordination, Leadership Lunch and Planning Session; and held a “Prayer Walk Around Schools” in King William and West Point. The youth held an overnight camping trip; and the RAs & GAs held “Christmas In August”. Operation Inasmuch will be held Saturday, September 20 with a blood drive at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cool Spring Baptist Church held a pizza fundraiser at SteviB’s for CARITAS; middle school students traveled to Philadelphia on a mission trip; the Outdoor Ministry Team sponsored a Fish Fry; the Women’s Ministry held a Fun/Fellowship/Faith Night with the movie God Is Not Dead; and the Men’s Ministry attended a Richmond Squirrels baseball game. The Cool Spring Travelers went to Mount Vernon Baptist Church and saw the fun Mystery Dinner Theater presentation of “The Case of the Missing Teacher”. The Rec Center sponsored Andre Ingram’s Basketball Shooting Camp for boys and girls, rising grades 3 through 11; sponsored an Overtime Athletics Summer Camp for boys and girls, rising grades 1 through 5; and sponsored an Outdoor Ministry Fish Fry.

Corinth Baptist Church sent a mission team to Lee County; collected school supplies for their Back-to-School Bash; held their annual church picnic; and held Children’s Sunday School Promotion Sunday.

Cornerstone Christian Church held a luncheon to honor and welcome two ladies who traveled from Belize; and held a yard sale.

Deep Run Baptist Church held a Pastor Installation Service for their new pastor, Rick Allison followed by a luncheon. The message was given by Dr. John Upton and Steve Allsbrook brought greetings from Dover Baptist Association. The church held their first annual Yard Sale and raised $2,800.00 for missions.

Dover Baptist Church Kid’s Stuff group held an outing and several members went on a mission trip to Top Sail.

Faith Baptist Church held a yard sale with all proceeds going to the Fall Festival.

Fort Lee Baptist Church youth held an “All-Nighter”; and held a cookout and pool party.

Four Mile Creek Baptist Church collected items for children in Southwest West VA for their upcoming school year.

Glen Allen Baptist Church held a church-wide “Picnic at the Rivah”. The youth held a movie/popcorn/snacks night.

Goochland Baptist Church Joy Club met at the Golden Corral for lunch.

Hopeful Baptist Church held Revival with guest speaker Don Matthews. During the revival, the church held an Ice Cream Social and had musical performances by Homeward Bound, Sanctified Power, Patrick Warren, and Amy Stewart.

Hunton Baptist Church held an “End of Summer Celebration” at Cobblestones. Hunton’s CO-REC softball team concluded their regular season as winners of the regular season championship with a current record of 20 wins and 1 loss and are the 2014 Metro Church CO- REC Regular season champions. The youth delivered bags for the homeless at Monroe Park.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church held a dinner with music by Amy Ladd and Friends and Kentwood’s Praise Team to raise money for the Appalachia Mission Trip; sent a mission team to Jonesville, VA; held a bridal shower for Worship Leader Jeremiah and Allison Hurst; and held a “Family Drive-In Movie Night” with the move Because of Winn-Dixie. The youth went to the “Go Ape Ropes Course” in Williamsburg.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church hosted “Stop Hunger Now” with approximately 175 volunteers and packaged 20,119 vitamin-enriched dehydrated meals and were able to sponsor four water filtration buckets as part of another life-saving mission through Stop Hunger Now; and has started a “Worship Watch” program with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. The youth held a Summer Family Day with cookout and games; and went to Virginia Beach for the day.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church held their “Clothesline Give-away” and “School Supply Give-Away”; held a “Water Fun Day”; and held “Fifth Grade Promotion”. The “Young at Heart” traveled to the Grand Caverns, peach orchard and Cheese Shop.

New Bethesda Baptist Church held their church picnic. Pastor Todd Combee traveled to the country of Tajikistan with several members of the Virginia National Guard; and retired from the Virginia National Guard as Chaplain. The Carolyn Hollins Circle sponsored the “Christmas in August” church-wide project by collecting school supplies for needy families in the community. The youth held a pool party at Pebble Creek; went to Kings Dominion; and played Laser Tag and had dinner at Anna’s Italian Restaurant.

New Highland Baptist Church held a “Back to School Celebration”. The church will hold a Gospel Concert with The Harvesters on Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m.  There is no charge but a love offering will be collected and refreshments will be served afterwards.

New Life Baptist Church held movie night with the movie “Heaven is for Real”; and hosted the Rivertown Boys in concert.

Oak Hall Baptist Church sent a mission team to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation; and held their church picnic. The Carolyn Grubbs Circle made personal toiletry bags for the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.

Parham Road Baptist Church sponsored an outing to the Diamond to see the Flying Squirrels game and fireworks.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church provided and served food for the Salvation Army; and the Seniors 60+ group traveled to the Shenandoah Heritage Farmers Market in Harrisonburg, to the Dayton Market, and had lunch at Thomas House Restaurant.

Ridge Baptist Church sent a mission team to Macedonia; held “Christmas in August” and collected school supplies for Ridge Elementary School students; held a bowling night; and held a Back to School Prayer Service. The Ridge Community Connections delivered breakfast to the faculty and staff at the area schools.

Nine youth and four adults from Samaria Baptist Church attended Centrifuge at Ridgecrest, NC and one of the youth committed their life to Christ while at the camp.

Shalom Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “Weird Animals” as their theme;  held a Singspiration end of summer party; held a movie night with the movie Monster’s University; and collected laundry detergent for Christian Village. The Voyagers, kindergarten through 5th grade children, went to Cobblestones Water Park; and went to the Missionary Learning Center. The church has teamed up with the Alzheimer Association to provide FREE monthly educational opportunities on Wednesday nights and you may register by contacting the church office.

Sharon Baptist Church held their annual golf tournament to benefit Haiti Missions.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church held movie night with the movie Frozen; and several members attended a Richmond Squirrels game. The Senior Adults met at Ruby Tuesday’s for lunch.

Westhunt Baptist Church sent a couple of members to Romania on a mission trip.  Several children went to Westhunt Farms to learn about the fruit of the spirit through lessons, crafts, Veggie Tales videos, and gardening projects.

West Point, First Baptist sent several members to the AWANA “Hitting the Mark” training in Richmond.  Phillip Higgins, Minister of Music, attended the annual Choral Festival in Spartanburg, SC.  The 55-Alive group met at Red Lobster in Williamsburg for lunch.

Church Fraud Alert

Church Visitor Repeatedly Asks for Money

In the incidents described below, the church visitor wanted money.  Please share this information with the ministry staff, class leaders, benevolence leaders, those responsible for church security, and others who would want to know about this before your church gets such a visit.  

Antioch Baptist Church, Sandston reported that a woman calling herself Verna Hill visited the church on July 27, 2014.  She had two teenage girls that she identified as her daughters.  “They did not interrupt the worship service, but they did go to four different Sunday School rooms asking for money.”

This follows a pattern which other churches have reported in the past.  Bethel Baptist Church, Midlothian reported “a lady and daughter…went to a couple of Sunday School classes asking for money.  She went into the class asking if she could give a testimony and then told a story of how she needed money immediately or she and her daughter would be evicted that day.”  The pastor had heard of a similar visit to another church the week before.  The woman asked “to speak to the whole church and take up a love offering for her during the worship service.”

In September 2012, MCEF sent a message about similar incidents.  Some churches in the Mechanicsville area “have experienced incidents when a woman named Vernia Hill (spelled with an ‘i’ even though she pronounces it ‘Verna’) has been coming in on Sunday mornings and standing up during the service asking for assistance.”  That message went on to say, “…we have heard about her attending churches in the West End of Richmond also.  While we don’t want to advocate turning people away and not being good Christians, we do want people to be aware of her method of operation.  If Vernia Hill visits your church, please contact MCEF so we can keep up with her activities.  Please know that she does not have young children, something that has been added to her plea for help…”

We have heard of similar visits to other churches.  Please share this information with the ministry staff, class leaders, benevolence leaders, those responsible for church security, and others who would want to know about this before your church gets such a visit.  

Restorative Justice for Juveniles Training

The Virginia Center for Restorative Justice will offer “Restorative Justice for Juveniles” training

Friday, Sept. 5, 6 – 9 PM and Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 AM – 5:00 PM
Mount Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059

This class is certified for 8 hours of Continuing Mediation Credits by the Virginia Supreme Court.  

Cost for those who register by August 31, 2014 is $295/person. Those who register after August 31, cost is $345/person.
For registration, please call Judy Clarke, 804-313-9596 or email

Prayer Focus:

Baltimore Baptist Association

Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia

Week of: September 28
Poplar Springs Baptist Church
Steve Crane, Pastor

Week of: October 5
Rappahannock Indian Baptist Church
Ron Nicholls, Pastor