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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.  

July 2014 Church News

Antioch Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “Agency D3" as their theme. Seniors group had lunch at Golden Corral in Richmond.

Ashland, First Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday and luncheon; had a booth at the Strawberry Faire and raised $4,641.57 after expenses by selling 106 pound cakes and 185 pounds of strawberries;held a Men’s (Co-Ed) Breakfast with a special presentation by Deputy Barry Bland explaining”Worship Watch”; and held a Blood Drive. The Mosaic group held their Senior Adult Luncheon and a program by the “Young at Heart” Choir from Mount Vernon Baptist Church; and had a private tour of Scotchtown. The youth and mothers sponsored “Father’s Day Café’ on Father’s Day. The youth held a pool party at Kings Charter Rec Center.

Atlee Community Church KidStuf held their season finale with games, crafts, storytelling, dramas, music and food. The rising middle school and high school students held a summer retreat at Camp Watermarks. The Northminister Campus partnered with Caritas to host approximately 40 homeless women.

Black Creek Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday and luncheon and held Vacation Bible School with “Scavenger Hunt” as their theme. The youth held a car wash and all donations went towards the total expense of their summer camp trip; and went to Centrifuge. The Children’s Choir held a cookout.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held Youth Sunday and Graduate Recognition; sent more than 20 adults, children and youth to Roanoke on an Intergenerational Mission Trip. The youth participated in a “Schoolz Out Cookout & Hangout” at the river.

Colosse Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday; held a Vacation Bible School Prayer Walk; held a Father’s Day breakfast; held Youth Sunday; and held a Vacation Bible School Prayer Walk. The preschool held a picnic. The youth held a concert fundraiser for their mission trip; and several youth went to Bluffton, SC on a
mission trip.

Cool Spring Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday; and held Vacation Bible School with “Jungle Safari” as their theme. The Cool Spring Travelers joined New Highland Baptist Church’s senior group for a potluck picnic with music by “Homeward Bound”. The Men’s Ministry held a cookout with games and fellowship; and traveled to Shenandoah River State Park for a float trip. The youth went skating at Ashland Skateland. The Women’s Ministry held a Game Night.

Corinth Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday and a breakfast; TeamKid/Youth Refuge held a “Last Blast” night with games, food, fun, and fellowship. The Young at Heart Seniors went on a Mystery Trip.

Cornerstone Christian Church raised $396 at their lunch fundraiser; and held Vacation Bible School with “Weird Animals” as their theme.

Dover Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “SonTreasure Island” as their theme.

Emmaus Baptist Church invited members to take a Mission Challenge to support our ministry to Lee County, VA. Each member was given $10 thanks to the generous donation of two anonymous members. Our church was invited to "match" the gift by buying, socks, underwear, clothes or shoes for a child in need and bring back their gift. We received 45 packs of underwear, 65 packs of socks, 23 pairs of shoes, 21 jackets, 17 dresses/outfits, 21 shirts, 12 pairs of pants, 1 pair of pajamas, 3 skirts, school supplies and $780.00. The church also held a Graduate breakfast; held a Children’s Movie Night and showed the movie “Frozen”; and held a “Camp Commissioning” Service for those going to camp. The youth had a picnic; held a car wash; and held a Father’s Day Pie Auction.

Four Mile Creek Baptist Church dedicated the new playground; held Graduate Recognition Sunday; held a picnic; and held Vacation Bible School with “Wilderness Escape” as their theme. The ladies held a night out at Ruby Tuesday’s. The youth held a Dinner Theater and presented “Summer in the Cricket County”; went to the beach; and participated in soccer games.

Fort Lee Baptist Church held a church-wide luncheon.

Glen Allen Baptist Church held their annual Fish Fry and Music Recital; and held Graduate Recognition Sunday.

Goochland Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday. The youth went on a mission trip to Baltimore, MD.

Grace Chinese Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “Wilderness Escape” as their theme.

Hardy Central Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday.

Hillcrest Baptist Church held a Father’s Day cookout; and held Graduate Recognition Sunday. The youth held a “Schools Out” celebration.

Hopeful Baptist Church held a Family Night Pot Luck Dinner; and held Graduate Recognition Sunday. The youth held a missions yard sale.

Hunton Baptist Church held a Community-Wide Yard Sale and Youth Fund Raiser BBQ Sale and Car Wash; and held their annual Promotion Day Activities. The Senior Adults celebrated 40 years with a covered dish luncheon. Several children and chaperones attended Kid’s Camp at Eagle Eyrie. The youth went to KingFest at Kings Dominion.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church held a church-wide picnic. The youth went to Go Karts at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday and a luncheon; and held Vacation Bible School with “Wilderness Escape” as their theme.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday. The group “We Are Unique”, a group of special needs young adults, recently won the Spirit of Team Volunteerism Award from Hanover County for their volunteer work helping the WHEAT organization. The “Young at Heart” group attended a “Flying Squirrels” Game in Harrisonburg.

Mount Vernon Baptist Church women’s ministry held a “Spring Parade of Tables and Fashion Show”.

New Bethesda Baptist Church sent a 4-member mission team to Kazakhstan; sent an Impact Virginia mission team to Culpepper; and held Graduate Recognition and Youth Sunday.

New Highland Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition/Youth Sunday, The Senior Adults joined with the Cool Spring Travelers at Cool Spring Baptist Church for a potluck picnic with music by “Homeward Bound”. The youth held a pool party.

New Life Baptist Church dedicated eighteen babies and children; held a baked potato VBS Fundraiser; held Graduate Recognition Sunday and held “Ladies Night”. The Homeless Ministry passes out bags to the homeless.

North Run Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “Weird Animals” as their theme.

Pamunkey Indian Baptist Church will have a Homecoming Day on Sunday, August 17. Worship at 11:00 am will feature a message by Rev. Wayne Hines and music by True Spirit, a bluegrass Gospel group. Lunch for everyone is at noon, followed by a 2:00 pm concert by True Spirit. For more information, call (804) 843-4534.

Parham Road Baptist Church youth held a yard sale to offset the cost of their mission trip; several youth went on a mission trip to Ridgecrest, NC; and several youth went on a mission trip to the Philadelphia area. The Men’s Ministry attended a “Flying Squirrels” game.

Pioneer Baptist Church held a Car Wash and Bake Sale; and held a Sunday School Picnic. Children in Action went to Dorey Park to fish. The Brotherhood sponsored a breakfast.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “Jungle Safari” as their theme. The Seniors 60+ took a “Mystery Trip” to the river and lunch was provided by their Mystery Hostess.

Rappahannock Indian Baptist Church and Traveler's Rest Baptist Church supported the Medical Mission of Leslie Fortune Spencer which was a team member of eight medical personnel to Haiti. The  churches and individual supporters provided financial, medical supplies and unlimited prayers to a mission that is so desperately needed throughout the world. As we all know, it is difficult to witness to a person about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when they are physically hurting, hungry and lacking the basic needs of life. Thank God for His Children that demonstrate His Word through Works.

Ridge Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday. The Caring Hearts (widows and widowers) group traveled to Yorktown, VA which included a tour of the Yorktown Visitor’s Center.

Samaria Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School.

Tsena Commocko Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “AgencyD3" as their theme; and will celebrate Homecoming on July 20.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church hosted the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble in concert which included some of Richmond’s finest musicians, members of the Richmond Symphony and their own pianist Maria Yefimova; held a Senior Adult lunch; and held a “Charitable Estate” Planning Seminar.

West Point, First Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday; held a Father’s Day breakfast and is holding “Backyard Bible Club” throughout the summer. The Youth traveled to a homeless shelter in Richmond. The 55-Alive held a picnic.

Westhunt Baptist Church held Vacation Bible School with “Wilderness Escape” as their theme.

June 2014 Church News

  • Ashland, First Baptist held a Men’s Breakfast with Pedro Arruza, Head Football Coach at Randolph Macon College as their speaker; held a Community Yard and Bake Sale; and held their church picnic. The MOSAIC group attended a “lying Squirrels” baseball game.
  • Antioch Baptist Church held their 2014 Spring Fling; and held a Mother’s Day Cake Auction.
  • Berea Baptist Church held a Youth Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Short Pump; held The Rudy Wood Golf Tournament at Hunting Hawk Golf Course; held a covered dish dinner and a prayer walk afterwards; and held a Mother/Daughter Tea which included a Bridal Style Fashion Show.
  • Biltmore Baptist Church is celebrating it's 85th year. The church received $5,324.00 in Special Offerings during its anniversary celebration on June 1st. The youth will have a BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, June 14th at the Glen Allen Supermarket from 11am to 5pm. The youth will be selling plates or quarts of Mr Lee's BBQ. Proceeds from the sale will be to send the Youth to Student Life Camp in Asheville, NC in July.
  • Black Creek Baptist Church is holding its Vacation Bible School on Sunday, June 22 through Thursday, June 26. The theme is "VBS Scavenger Hunt."  Join us for Snack Suppers each evening beginning at 5:15 pm in the Dining Hall. VBS will be held from 6-8:30 pm each evening. Classes for preschool through 5th grade, including a Bible Study class for adults. Come be a part of this exciting adventure with Bible study, music, crafts, missions, snacks and more! For more information, or to pre-register, call the church office at 781-0330.
  • Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held a Blood Drive. The Children’s Choirs presented the dramatic musical, Fish Tales.
  • Colosse Baptist Church  welcomed all Law Enforcement Personnel and their families for their annual recognition Sunday; and collected baby products for the Richmond Pregnancy Center. The youth held a Mini Mission Beach Retreat. The young adults traveled to Raleigh, NC to work for Habitat for Humanity on their mission trip. The Faith Bears traveled to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for Victorian Tea & Tour.
  • Cool Spring Baptist Church held a fundraiser for Connections coffee. The Travelers group traveled to Hopewell and explored Hopewell, the City Point Museum and Weston Manor Plantation, and ate lunch at the Dockside Seafood Restaurant.
  • Cornerstone Christian Church youth served a spaghetti lunch following the Sunday School hour for the entire church family with proceeds going to funding the youth fall retreat.
  • Dover Baptist Church youth and children held a Car Wash and Bake Sale fundraiser.
  • Emmaus Baptist Church held a bon fire for the children with games and s’mores.
  • Fort Lee Baptist Church held Graduate Recognition Sunday; and hosted a BBQ dinner on behalf of Eastern Henrico FISH. The youth held a car wash and also sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
  • Four Mile Creek Baptist Church Adult Handbell Choir played with the Laurel Hill Handbell Choir at the Community Revival.
  • Goochland Baptist Church held “Trucks ‘n’ Such and Community Flea Market. The youth went on a Junior and Senior Camping trip.
  • Hardy Central Baptist Church Jam and Jelly group held a Brunswick Stew sale and yard sale and cleared more than $3,200 for the building fund. The youth spent one Wednesday evening helping a family with domestic chores; gave several adult size loom knitted hats for patients at The Massey Cancer Center; and attended the movie God is Not Dead.
  • Hillcrest Baptist Church hosted a spaghetti dinner for the Junior Varsity football players and cheerleaders of Hanover High School. The Baptist Men on Mission hosted a Ladies’ Breakfast. The church will celebrate their 30th Anniversary on June 1 with a covered dish lunch after the worship service.
  • Hopeful Baptist Church held Family Night with outdoor games and a cookout. Members of “Stitches of Hope” attended a Prayer Shawl Ministry Retreat at Gum Spring United Methodist Church.
  • Hunton Baptist Church held a Seniors’ Luncheon. The youth attended a Richmond Squirrels game.
  • Mechanicsville Baptist Church held their Senior Adult Luncheon; held a Family Day Breakfast; and held Missions Recognition for Mission Friends, GA’s and RA’s. The youth participated in a Lock-In at church.
  • Mount Olivet Baptist Church held CARITAS; and delivered 250 pairs of shoes to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for Soles for Souls. The “Young At Heart” traveled to the Metro Richmond Zoo.
  • Mount Vernon Baptist Church will host WinShape Camps for Communities – sports camp for kids – July 21-15. Click here for more information.
  • New Bethesda Baptist Church held a “Sweet Tea” for women of all ages with guest pianist, Allen King; and held a “New Member’s Dinner”.
  • New Highland Baptist Church started a monthly worship service at Autumn Care, a long term care and rehab facility in Mechanicsville. The church’s Farmers Market returns on May 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will be open every Wednesday until September; and Kids in Christ will hold a car wash on May 31 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • New Life Baptist Church hosted “Switchin Lanes” in concert. The youth went to see the movie “Heaven is for Real”.
  • Northside Baptist Church held a “Sunday School Can Challenge” during the month of May to benefit the Loaves and Fishes food ministry; and held Senior Adult Sunday. The youth held a car wash fundraiser with proceeds going towards their upcoming mission trip to Danville, VA. The children went bowling at AMF Bowling Alley. The men held a “God’s Guys Breakfast and Spring Spruce Up”.
  • Oak Hall Baptist Church hosted the women of the church and surrounding community to a Tea Party; and held a Mother’s Day Breakfast for the ladies of all ages. OAK (Offering Acts of Kindness) brought in and made 39 coin purses, 50 pencil cases, and 31 quillows (throw/blanket folded into a pillow) to be sent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, 1 lap quilt to be taken to Hanover Healthcare, and 5 little girl dresses to be sent to the Living Bread Ministries.
  • Parham Road Baptist Church held a Mother’s Day Breakfast.
  • Poplar Springs Baptist Church Seniors traveled to Crewe, VA and visited the burial place of Lottie Moon.
  • Ridge Baptist Church youth participated in a 30 Hour Famine with funds raised to help World Vision’s efforts in ending world hunger.
  • Walnut Grove Baptist Church is hosting a Community Yard Sale, Bake sale, CarWash and Craft Show on Saturday, September 13th, 7am – 2pm
    (Rain Date – Saturday, September 20th, 7am – 2pm)
    Looking for a chance to clean out that closet or sell those crafts you have been working on?
    We advertise, you sell ! It’s that simple!
    Grab a spot today! They are going fast!
    Walnut Grove Baptist Church Missions Team is hosting this community event to support our partner church in Pavas, Costa Rica. The Church in Pavas serves as a hub to the local community and its wonderful children!
  • Westhunt Baptist Church held a Ladies Tea and Luncheon; and held a Game Day.

Week of Prayer for Missions: Sunday, May 25

Pray for the ministries to our greater Christian community.
As you pray for ministries in your area, ask God which ministries your church might nominate. These gifts can open up new areas of ministry for Dover Baptists. (Dover Office has the grant guidelines.)

Week of Prayer for Missions: Friday, May 23

Pray for Medical Ministries and Jail Ministries, Those Who Lead Them and Those Who Need Them.
These ministries help provide healthcare for needy persons, and they help provide ministries that help people find true freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who minister and for those to whom they minister, including their
families.

Week of Prayer for Missions: Tuesday, May 20

Pray for our partners in Macedonia and Partnership Missions.
Through our partnership, Dover Baptists help fund the work of Macedonian Baptists in Eastern Europe. Our offerings also provide scholarships for Dover Baptists to go on partnership mission trips.

Prayer Focus:


Baltimore Baptist Association



Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia



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