Virginia In Action for Liberia

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.
Yours faithfully,
Rev. Dr. Calvin A. Birch, VA

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

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.  

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.

Ministering to Ministers Retreat

Healthy Transitions: Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses
Union Presbyterian Seminary
The Thompson House
3412 Chamberlayne Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
June 3-7, 2014

The intense five-day retreat combines three ingredients: small group dynamics information sessions led by experts in various fields group therapy led by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
The retreat begins Monday afternoon and concludes Friday afternoon.
The cost of the retreat is $1,750 per person; however, we offer full scholarships for both ministers and spouses so that all who want to are able to attend. There is an additional $50.00 per person non-refundable registration fee due with registration. Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the retreat site.

Click here for the complete program information.

Prayer Focus:

Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia

Week of: August 30
Oak Hall Baptist Church
Matt Fretwell, Pastor

Week of: September 6
Pamunkey Indian Baptist Church
Without a Pastor