First Things First of Greater Richmond
Hosting in 2015: “The Crazy Hair Tour”
The Crazy Hair Tour is coming back! This show for moms and their tween daughters will be hosted in the West End on January 22 at the Robinson Theater on January 23.
Visit www.firstthingsrichmond.org for more information.
2015 Spring Conference
April 17 – 19
Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, Lynchburg
Register directly with Eagle Eyrie. For more information, visit www.vbla.wordpress.com
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.
BOWMAN, Richard Manuel Sr., 86, of Charles City, Va., departed this life on Thursday, October 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Marian Bowman; son, Richard M. Bowman Jr. (Sherry); six daughters, Daryl B. Robertson (Melvin), Sandra B. Johnson (Linwood), Mildred B. Adkins (Chauncey), Rhonda B. Gardner (Charles), Shirlette B. Squire (Rayfield), Rowena M. Bowman; eight grandchildren, three great- grandchildren; sister, Anna B. Bowman; and a large extended family. Remains rest at March Funeral Home, 2110 E. Laburnum Ave., where viewing will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., and where family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Little Elam Baptist Church, 8840 Church Lane, Charles City, Va. Interment Little Elam Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
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
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
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
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.