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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.

May 2014 Dover Church News

Antioch Baptist Church youth helped with the Elko Community Day; and helped with the Easter Egg Hunt by filling Easter eggs hiding the eggs.

Ashland, First Baptist presented The Cross from “My Hope America with Billy Graham” which included a free meal and the “OK Chorale”; held their third Community Outreach Day; held a Men’s Breakfast; and held an Easter Egg Hunt for the Preschool Sunday School classes.  The youth attended a Flying Squirrels game during spring break; made Easter Eggs; and helped with “Chic-Fil-A Night in Ashland”.  The MOSAIC group traveled to Historic Fredericksburg and enjoyed the trolley tour; and attended a Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.

Atlee Comunnity Church held a “Small Group Sports Challenge and Cook-Off”.

Black Creek Baptist Church held two Easter Sunday worship services.  The youth went to see the movie God’s Not Dead.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held a Spring Fling with a petting zoo, Easter Egg hunt, antique cars and many other items; held a Sunrise Service a Fellowship Breakfast following the service; and held a Church Work Day.  The youth attended Spring Retreat and Watermarks Camp in Scottsville, VA.

Colosse Baptist Church held an “Easter Drive Thru Pageant”; held Youth Sunday with a bake sale sponsored by the softball team; held an Easter Egg Hunt; and held a Sunrise Service with breakfast following the service.  The youth went to see the movie God’s Not Dead.

Cool Spring Baptist Church held Friday Nite Live! for high school students and leaders; and held Spring Break Sports Camp.  The Faith Homeschool Group marked bar codes, packed 23 boxes and several bags of groceries and then delivered and unpacked them to the MCEF Food Pantry.

Corinth Baptist Church held a yard and bake sale in their new Fellowship Hall; and held an Easter Egg Hunt.  The youth packed lunches and toiletry bags  and distributed them at Monroe Park; and participated in the “30-hour Famine”.  The Seniors went on a “Mystery Trip”.

Cornerstone Christian Church held “Chick-Fil-A Night” for their Belize Mission Trip fundraiser; and collected candy for the Massey Cancer Center.  The KAIROS Prison Ministry Team traveled into the Greensville Correctional Center and delivered homemade cookies.

Dover Baptist Church presented Dr. David Pratt in a simulcast entitled The Cross in Everyday Life; collected food for the Goochland Food Pantry; held a children’s Easter Egg Hunt; and held an Easter Sunrise Service with breakfast following the service.  The KID’S STUFF children presented a short skit on Easter Sunday; and traveled to Jumpology.

Emmaus Baptist Church children and youth held their annual Easter Egg Hunt; held “Share Night” at Bojangles Restaurant in Quinton; and held a Homemade Cake Auction.  The Adult Choir traveled to the Virginia Home and presented their Easter Cantata for the residents.

Fort Lee Baptist Church youth held a Sweetheart Banquet for the widows and widowers in the church; and held a bake sale with proceeds for M-Fuge Summer Camp (Correction from April Diary).  The Children and Families ministry celebrated Easter with food, games, and fellowship.  The youth served a pancake dinner with proceeds going to help with the cost of the Youth Summer Camp; and went to see the movie God’s Not Dead at Virginia Center Commons.  The church held their Craft Fair to benefit the Bill Crowder Memorial Volleyball League Scholarship Fund.

Four Mile Creek Baptist Church held a Mission Fair and Meal; collected and filled an SUV full of shoes for Africa; and raised $1,942.76 during their Baby Bottle Campaign for the Pregnancy Resource Center.  Members of the Friendship Cafe traveled to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for lunch.  The Youth Handbell Choir held a Pancake Supper raising over $1,000; and visited Good Neighbor Village and performed for the residents (Correction from April Diary).  The church held an Easter Sunrise Service with an Easter breakfast following the service; participated in a mission project; and held a revival with several other churches.  The preschoolers had an Easter Egg hunt and made bunny ears; and traveled to the Swift Creek Mill Playhouse with parents and grandparents to see the Bonnie Bunny play.  Some of the AWANA children met with Calvary Baptist Church for Team Games.  The Ladies traveled to Chen’s Chinese Restaurant in Mechanicsville for a “Ladies Night Out”.  The Mattie Wren group made fleece blankets for cancer patients and Easter egg baskets for the shut-ins.

Glen Allen Baptist Church held a Community Easter Sunrise Service with breakfast following the service.

Goochland Baptist Church Joy Club traveled to Mount Vernon Baptist Church for lunch and to hear the “Young at Heart” Choir.

Grace Community Baptist Church youth participated in Broomball at Skatenation; and held a “Team Amsterdam Rent-a-Youth” fundraiser.  The young adults participated in Operation In As Much project at VCU.  More than 40 children and parents had a fun and exciting time together at Pump It Up.

Hillcrest Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt; and members of all ages went kite flying at a member’s house.

Hopeful Baptist Church held a “Family Game and Pizza Night”; held an Easter Egg Hunt; and held an Easter Sunrise Service with light breakfast following the service.

Hunton Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church had over 3,000 eggs donated for their “Eggstravaganza”; and held a Sunrise Service with breakfast following the service.

Manakin, First Baptist Church held their annual “Birthday Rally” fundraising event with members donating a dollar for the number of days in their birthday month; held “Rocking for Jesus” event which included an Easter egg hunt and other games for the children and Easter bags were given out to each child to take home; and hosted Easter Sunrise Services.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church held their Annual Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt.  The Children’s Choirs presented their Spring Program.  The GA’s, RA’s, and Mission Friends children and parents held a Ministry Day and assembled toiletry bags and delivered them to the patients at Hanover Health Care.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church held a Dessert Auction and Cake Walk which benefitted the North American Missions and Annie Armstrong Offering; held a Family Easter Celebration which included the telling of the Easter Story, games, crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt and a Scavenger hunt; held a Sunrise Service with breakfast following the service.  The youth held their 2nd annual “Carry Out Box Lunch” fundraiser for the RAM Mission Trip; and participated in a road clean-up project along Coatesville Road.

Mount Vernon Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt; and held their Good Friday Sunrise Service.

New Bethesda Baptist Church presented “Walk with Jesus”, an Easter event for families; and held an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.

New Highland Baptist Church held a cleanup day at Pearson’s Corner Elementary School in preparation for the school’s 50th anniversary; and held an Easter Egg Hunt.  The youth held a Spring Break Movie Day and went to see God’s Not Dead.  The youth and Women on Mission went to Monroe Park to serve lunch and minister to the people in the park.

New Life Baptist Church held a Kids Spring Sleepover which included an Easter Egg Hunt; and held a bake sale for VBS.  The youth went to see the movie “God’s Not Dead”.

Northside Baptist Church held an “Egg-cellent” Celebration for the children.  The youth held a mission trip fundraiser lunch.  The children and youth went to Sweet Frog.

Oak Hall Baptist Church held a Children’s Easter Party; and held an Easter SONrise Service with breakfast following the service.

Parham Road Baptist Church held their Annual Easter Egg Hunt; and held their Sunrise Service with a breakfast following the service.

Pioneer Baptist Church held a Baked Potato/Salad and Dessert Buffet; held an Easter Egg Hunt for children up to and including 5th graders; held their Sunrise Service with a breakfast following the service; and held a yard sale.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church held their Easter Egg Hunt.  The Seniors 60+ traveled to Washington, DC and saw the Cherry Blossoms, had lunch, and visited the Russell Stover Chocolate Factory/Outlet Store.  The WMU collected snacks and goodies and sent to their college students; and collected over 100 career and casual clothes for the Hilliard House.

Ridge Baptist Church held their Children’s Easter Party and Egg Hunt; held their Sunrise Service with breakfast following the service; and sponsored ten children to run the Crossover Challenge 5k. The youth hosted the Optimist Club Dinner.

Shalom Baptist Church held several fundraisers which benefitted CentriKid camps; held a “Care Patrol” which helps families find quality and safe living for loved ones; held a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt; held their Easter Sunrise Service; held a work day to help spruce up Christian Village; and sent a mission team to Bland.  The youth held a Spring Break Fellowship and went to Laser Quest followed by a pizza dinner.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church hosted CARITAS; and collected 244 pairs of shoes for Soles 4 Souls.

Westhunt Baptist Church sent a team to Nickelsville, VA on a mission trip; held their Children’s Easter Egg Hunt; and held a “Children’s Stay Day”.

West Point, First Baptist Church 55-Alive group traveled to Gloucester to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs and had lunch at Olivia’s in Gloucester.  The Children’s Committee hosted a Children’s Easter Celebration which included an Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, games and snacks.

April 2014 Dover Church News

Antioch Baptist Church youth held a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

Ashland, First Baptist started their Lenten Season by celebrating Fat Tuesday with a traditional Pancake Supper; held a blood drive; and held a Men’s Breakfast. The youth held a Senior High Weekend; held a Youth Parent Fellowship; and participated in Milk Jug Lacrosse.

Atlee Community Church Mom Me and Atlee (MMA) group hosted a church-wide food drive for Atlee Actions Packs, a weekend food program for Hanover County students; and packed the Atlee Action Packs for delivery. The KidStuf group held a free evening of family fun for the kids and their parents.

Berea Baptist Church held a Family Movie Night with a double feature of Up and Freaky Friday; and participated in a prayer walk at the International Learning Center.

Biltmore Baptist Church held a Senior lunch. Several adults attended the Ivan Parker concert at Northside Baptist Church. The church will celebrate their 85th anniversary on April 27 with an Anniversary Service and lunch following in the Fellowship Hall.

Black Creek Baptist Church Children in Action (CIA’s) visited the patients of Hanover Rehabilitation with the Youth and passed out Valentines.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church hosted CARITAS; and held a Bluegrass Gospel Hymn Sing. Several men attended the “2014 Men’s Impact Wildfire Weekend” in Lynchburg. The youth attended the “Journey” High School Retreat at Eagle Eyrie.

Colosse Baptist Church held a Marriage Retreat in Nags Head, NC.

Cool Spring Baptist Church Travelers toured the Virginia Center for Architecture and had lunch at the Strawberry Street Café. The High School students traveled to “Jumpology” for the next edition of Friday Nite Live!.

Cornerstone Christian Church held a yard sale to raise money to send several members to Belize; and several men attended “Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference”.

Dover Baptist Church Kid’s Stuff traveled to Lexington Court Nursing Home and shared music and valentines with the residents; and participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring and collected $78 and 203 cans of soup.

Emmaus Baptist Church children and youth went bowling at Hanover Lanes. The youth held a Dodge ball tournament for students in 6th grade to adults.

Four Mile Creek Baptist Church held a Baby Bottle Campaign for the Pregnancy Resource Center and raised $1,942.76; held a Mission Fair and Meal; and collected and filled an SUV full of shoes for Africa. Members of the Friendship Cafe traveled to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for lunch. The youth held a Sweetheart Banquet for the widows and widowers in the church; and held a bake sale with proceeds for M-Fuge Summer Camp. The Youth Handbell Choir held a Pancake Supper; and visited Good Neighbor Village and performed for the residents.

Glen Allen Baptist Church youth held their annual yard sale and also sold barbecue.

Goochland Baptist Church youth helped a local Destination Imagination Team complete part of their requirements for their project by assembling bags for the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. The children visited a few of the elderly members from the church and delivered goody bags.

Hardy Central Baptist Church youth traveled to the College of Albemarle and saw the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel”; and held a “Hat Making Workshop with participants ranging in age from five to octogenarian. The Jam and Jelly group held a “Hugh Community Family Fun Day” with all proceeds going to the Building Fund.

Hopeful Baptist Church hosted Steve Bradshaw, Regional Missionary with SBCV, as speaker at one their worship services; and hosted a luncheon for teens and parents during which Steve presented the SBCV Studentz Camp.

Hunton Baptist Church children held a pajama party and had over 60 children between the age of 3 years old through the 5th grade. The Global Adventures group traveled to “All Smiles All American Gymnastics” for their March field trip. The youth attended Senior High Weekend at Eagle Eyrie.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church held a Ladies’ Tea for ladies and young ladies (accompanied by an adult) with guest ventriloquist, Dr. Jeff Scott, Pastor of Northside Baptist Church. The youth traveled to Virginia Center Commons in Glen Allen and saw the movie “God’s Not Dead”.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church youth presented a Mystery Dinner Theater with a play titled “The Surprise Party Bamboozle”.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church youth went to lunch at Ruby Tuesdays in Ashland and then went to see the movie “Son of God”.

New Bethesda Baptist Church hosted the Dover Men In Ministry Breakfast Meeting for members and their wives. The youth held a “New Bethesda Spring Fling” with proceeds benefitting Student Ministries and Missions.

New Highland Baptist Church youth sponsored a cornhole tournament fundraiser to help with the costs of their upcoming activities.

New Life Baptist Church held a Family Movie Night and watched “Grace Unplugged”.

Oak Hall Baptist Church Carolyn Grubbs WMU Circle assisted the Hilliard House by providing new mattress pads, sheet sets and blankets.

Parham Road Baptist Church held a “Love Dinner”.

Pioneer Baptist Church held their 14th Annual Chili Cookoff and Bake-off.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church will celebrate their 101st Church Anniversary, People-to-People Day and Deacon’s Sunday on Sunday, March 30.

Ridge Baptist Church held a Missions Night; collected gently used or new Devotional books for the South Richmond Baptist Center; and collected new and gently used children’s books for the Church’s Children’s library.

Shalom Baptist Church youth worked with local service ministries as well as the church’s CARITAS ministry.

Sharon Baptist Church sent two men on a mission trip to Haiti; and held a “Children’s Ministry Day. The youth held a bake sale to raise funds for all participating youth who will be attending a mission trip this summer.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church held their annual “Donation Pancake Supper” with proceeds going to CARITAS; and held a “Contemplative Lifestyle Retreat”.

Westhunt Baptist Church began a new ministry by packing 25 bags to deliver to Longan R.C. Elementary School to be distributed to children who are on the free lunch program to have healthy meals on the weekend. The Women of Westhunt (WOW) cooked a meatloaf meal for CARITAS. The youth attended “Planet Wisdom” in Woodbridge; and held a lunch fundraiser.

West Point, First Baptist Church 55-Alive group visited and sang for the patients at Mizpah Convalescent Center followed by lunch at the Piankatank Country Club. The church is hosting the Lenten Soup and Sermon series that is provided by the West Point Minister’s Association.

Hold the Date — Virginia Baptist Heritage Festival

The Virginia Baptist Heritage Festival will celebrate all that God has done through Virginia Baptists since sending the first Baptist minister to Virginia 300 years ago

The Virginia Baptist Historical Society will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting on Friday evening, May 16 at River Road Church, Baptist.  The following day, VBHS will host a celebration of all that God has done through Virginia Baptists since sending the first Baptist minister to Virginia 300 years ago.

The celebration includes activities for all ages.  Features include music, displays, and interactive features for children.  Connect to Baptist “treasures” in the care of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society that link three centuries of Baptist work in and beyond Virginia.  Contact the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, 804-289-8434, or visit www.baptistheritage.org for more information.

March 2014 Dover Church News

Antioch Baptist Church held a “Souper Bowl” contest and collected 490 cans of soup for FISH; held Scout Sunday with Troop and Pack 528 leading Worship Service; and helped with CARITAS at Sandston Baptist Church.  The youth held a Lock-in with movies, games, food and fellowship.

Ashland, First Baptist Church held a men’s breakfast. The Trinity Sunday School Class hosted Pastor Vijay Singapogu, an ordained Baptist minister and founder of Hope Outreach Ministries in Hyderabad, India.

Black Creek Baptist Church held a Deacon Ordination Service for 10 new deacons; held a movie night featuring the movie Unstoppable for teens and adults and a special presentation of Firebirds for the children.  The youth attended a youth revival service at Mechanicsville Christian Center; traveled to Wintergreen for a day of snow tubing; and partnered with the CIA’s to pack hygiene bags and food items and distributed them to the homeless.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held a Men’s Retreat, held a FUN!Friday for the children (babies through 5th grade) in order for the parents to have a “date-night”; and held a “Preparation for Marriage” Weekend.  The youth held a Super Bowl Party; and attended “Winter Jam 2014″ in Norfolk.

Colosse Baptist Church held a “Sweetheart Banquet”.  The youth went on a ski trip; attended “Winter Jam 2014″ in Norfolk; and held a Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser.

Corinth Baptist Church “Young at Heart” Seniors joined the Providence United Methodist Church’s Elderberries to a performance by the Bifocal Players at the church in Quinton.

Emmaus Baptist Church held their Annual Valentine Banquet and Church-wide Talent Show; recognized all service workers during a worship service; and collected $341.55 for aid to the Philippines.  The youth collected donations in “soup pots” on Super Bowl Sunday with all donations going to the local chapters of Meals on Wheels.

Fort Lee Baptist Church held a baked potato and salad luncheon.  The children went bowling at Bowl America.

Four Mile Creek Baptist Church held a “Ladies Night Out” at Carini’s Italian Restaurant; and held a “Woman’s Connection” with dinner, laughter and fellowship.  The children and their parents held a Valentine Party.

Goochland Baptist Church youth held their annual “Soup’er Bowl Party”; and joined

Berea Baptist Church to listen to George Dennehy give his testimony.

Hardy Central Baptist Church held a dinner and was entertained by a Frank Sinatra impersonator-New York Style.  The Jam and Jelly group served approximately 95 at their meal.

Hillcrest Baptist Church held their Superbowl Party; held a Valentine’s Day event with entertainment by “Glory Bound”.  The youth traveled to Wintergreen and spent the day snow tubing.

Hopeful Baptist Church Golden Circle Group hosted the Montpelier Fire Department who presented a program on fire safety in the home and automobile with a soup and salad luncheon following the program.

Hunton Baptist Church youth will hold a BBQ Fund Raiser on Saturday, March 1.  The church will  celebrate “Homecoming” on Sunday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a covered dish lunch in the fellowship hall.  There will also be a program of special music and a slide presentation of the past years.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church youth attended “Winter Jam 2014″ in Norfolk.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church held a Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Brunch after their Worship II service.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church sent a mission team to Wise County on a Remote Area Medical Mission Trip; sponsored a Dinner and Movie Night for grades 3,4, and 5; and received $13,460 for the Lottie Moon offering.  The youth collected “gently” used and new shoes of all sizes for the Remote Area Mission Trip to Wise County.  The Ruth Evening Circle had lunch at Ruby Tuesdays in Ashland and presented Ben Banks, manager, a small gift and thanked him for his support to Operation Christmas Child.

New Bethesda Baptist Church held a Senior Resources Event which was coordinated with the Hanover County Council on Aging.  The youth held a Super Bowl Party.

New Life Baptist Church held a “Soup and Sandwich Sunday” with everyone bringing a crockpot of soup and/or sandwiches.

Northside Baptist Church “Loaves & Fishes” food ministry gave out out 101,283 pounds of food in 2013.  The church will host Gaither Homecoming Singer Ivan Parker in concert on Friday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. (for more information, call the church at 804-746-4952).

Oak Hall Baptist Church held a Movie Night; and is now holding monthly Community Dinners.  The OAK (Offering Acts of Kindness) group made eye glass covers out of old neckties for the elderly; delivered handmade warm caps/hats, gloves and scarves to Henrico County Schools.  The children made blankets/lap robes for the shut-ins; and made Valentines to be mailed to the shut-ins.

Parham Road Baptist Church held a Bag Lunch and Prayer Walk; held a Sweetheart Dinner; and held a Christian Hip Hop Concert with Ty Berkeley and Jordan Dillard.

Pioneer Baptist Church held a Valentine’s Banquet; held a breakfast sponsored by the Brotherhood; and hosted “The Harvesters”, a Southern Gospel Quintet, in concert.  The youth traveled to Gatlinburg; and held a Super Bowl Party.  The WMU Missions group provided a food basket and monetary funds for a family within their church for their February Mission Project.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church 60+ Senior Adults toured the Richmond Aviation Museum and then had lunch at Cracker Barrel in the White Oak Shopping Center.

Ridge Baptist Church RA’s sponsored the February Food Drive.

Second Liberty Baptist Church hosted Friday Night at the Movies which featured movies based on true stories and in celebration of Black History Month;  and are holding Mid-Day Adult Bible Studys on Wednesdays.

Shalom Baptist Church held a Valentine Banquet.  The middle and high school youth held Valentine parties.  “Girlz Night” was held for Kindergarten through 5th grade girls with a trip to Jumpology, games, snacks and a sleepover.

Sharon Baptist Church held Children’s Ministry Day.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church collected over 800 pounds of food for the Backpack Ministry with partners Fairmount Christian Church, New Song United Methodist Church, Mechanisville United Methodist Church, and Hanover Helping Hands and were able to help a total of 50 children and 5 schools; and raised money to provide 30 students of the Church of the Manger in Pavas, Costa Rica with new school uniforms.

West Point, First Baptist Church held a special Valentine’s Banquet; held Children’s Ministry Day; and held the Second Parents’ Night Out for the children with a movie and snacks.  The youth attended “Winter Jam 2014″ in Norfolk; and attended “DiscipleNow at Ramoth Baptist Church in Stafford.

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Pioneer Baptist Church
Paul Beith, Pastor

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Poplar Springs Baptist Church
Steve Crane, Pastor