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Squire Parsons concert
A Labor Day Weekend concert with Squire Parsons will be held on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 800 Smith Street, Bedford. The Rev. Ray Lyons, Sr. is pastor. (540) 586-3434.
Squire Parsons, a native of West Virginia, was raised in a Christian home and was introduced to gospel music by his parents. His father, Squire Parsons, Sr., was a choir director in their home church and taught shaped note gospel music.
Parsons attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music in 1970. He has served as interim music director, church soloist, elementary school music teacher, high school band director and in 1975 he became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet. In 1979 he went into solo ministry.
Since 1978, Parsons has been nominated by the Singing News’ fans for “Favorite Baritone,” “Favorite Gospel Songwriter” and “Favorite Gospel Singer.” He was named “Favorite Baritone” in 1986 and 1987. In 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 – “Favorite Gospel Songwriter.” In 1988 he was named “Favorite Southern Gospel Male Singer.”
He has also been nominated for the Dove Award for male vocalist and songwriter. In 1990, he was presented the coveted Marvin Norcross Award, given for devotion to family, service to church, involvement in community affairs, and contributions to the gospel music industry.
Parsons is a prolific songwriter. In 1981, his song “Sweet Beulah Land” was voted “Favorite Song Of The Year” by the Singing News.
Some of the other gospel classics written by Parsons include: “Master of the Sea,” “Oh What A Moment,” “The Broken Rose,” “He Came to Me,” “I Call It Home,” “I Sing Because,” “Hello Mama,” “I’m Not Giving Up,” and “I Go To the Rock.” Many gospel recording artists and groups have recorded at least one of his songs.
On Oct. 9, 2008, Squire was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Since 1975 Parsons has been a part of the Singing At Sea Cruise and the January Bible Study Cruise with Templeton Tours of Boone, NC.
He has also been a part of the “Gaither Homecoming” video series.
Squire and his wife, Linda, live in Leicester, NC. They have four adult children.
Bedford Pregnancy Center finds temporary home
The Bedford Pregnancy Center now has a temporary home at Brookhill Wesleyan Church 1043 Cifax Road Forest, 24551. The phone number is the same (540) 587-5900. The Pregnancy Center will be able to continue seeing clients as usual beginning Monday, August 30. The organization is seeking a permanent building for the Center to purchase. Anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation may send those to P.O. Box 632, Bedford, VA 24523.
Revival, Awana at Morgans Baptist
Morgans Baptist Church Revival with Rev. Larry Johnson from Sept. 12-15 at 7
AWANA at Morgans Baptist Church begins Sunday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 - 7:30
K-6th grade. Contact 297-4959 with questions.
Norwood Baptist is starting "Youth Alive" Wednesday Evening meetings from 6:30 – 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 1. This will be a time for All Young People from 2nd Grade through High School for Fun, Fellowship, Games, Music, and a Study on "Dare to Be a Daniel", a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. More information can be found at either www.daretobeadaniel.com or by visiting the church Web site at www.norwoodbc.com. Norwood Baptist is located just off Route 221, at 1045 Random Way, Forest, VA.
Community Bible Study
Smith Mountain Lake Community Bible Study is an interdenominational Bible study which welcomes men, women, and children (infants through home-schooled 6 th graders) from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge. Every Wednesday, beginning Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Halesford Baptist Church. Call 721-9338 to register or visit smithmountainlakecbs.org for more information.
In need of non-perishable food items
Bedford Christian Ministries is in dire need of non-perishable food items. Community churches and organizations can help. You can deliver the items to the office at 217 W. Washington Street. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. until noon. If donations need to be picked up, call Leon Wiley at 587-0910.
The Annual Revival Services will begin at the Poplar Spring Baptist Church on Wednesday night Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 10. Prayer and Praise Services will begin at 7 p.m. each night and Revival Services will begin at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday night, Sept. 8, the Rev. William Goode, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Body Camp and New Life Baptist Church of Bedford will be guest preacher accompanied by his choir.
On Thursday night, Sept. 9, the Rev. John Spinner, pastor of Gospel Fellowship Temple of Bedford, will be guest preacher accompanied by his choir.
On Friday night, Sept. 10, Minister Judy Watkins, associate pastor of Sharon Baptist Church of Big Island, will be guest preacher accompanied by choir.
Colonial Bible Institute Fall Sessions
The Colonial Bible Institute Fall Sessions begin on Monday, Sept. 13. CBI was established in 1986 and offers book studies, Bible study courses, doctrinal courses, and practical courses to equip lay people in the learning of the Word of God, and to do the work of the ministry.
Sessions offered for this Fall are:
“Loving Well” Ladies Class- Beth Moore Study, Sept. 13-Oct. 4. Mondays: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Cost for materials: $7.
“Mentoring for Ministry”- Discipleship & Mentoring, Sept. 13-Oct. 18. Mondays: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost for Manual: $15.
“Suffering Due to a Pagan Society-” Study of 1 Peter. Oct. 25-Nov.29. Mondays: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The cost of classes is the cost of the book or materials. Some classes will have no cost. Pre-registration is required by calling the church office at 977-5683. Colonial Bible Institute is a ministry of Colonial Baptist Church, 221 Hillcrest St. in Blue Ridge.
Friday, Sept. 3
Sept. 3, last First Friday of the year; 7 p.m. Greenwood Park. Free food and bluegrass music.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Homecoming Day Services
The Poplar Spring Baptist Church of Goode will be celebrating its Annual Homecoming Day Services on the first Sunday in September (Sept. 5) beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Herman J. Robertson, pastor, will deliver the morning message for the 11 a.m. service with music provided by Poplar Spring Gospel Chorus. Homecoming Dinner will be served immediately after the morning service.
The Rev. Edward Jones, pastor of Bolling Hill Baptist Church in Madison Heights, will be the guest preacher for the afternoon service beginning at 3 p.m. accompanied by the Bolling Hill Men’s Chorus, ushers and Bolling Hill Baptist Church family.
Prayer and Praise Service will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Miss Virginia to speak
Cool Spring Presbyterian Church has announced that Caitlin Uze, Miss Virginia 2010, will be the guest speaker at the annual True Love Waits Rally Sunday, Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Music will be provided by the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation Choir.
True Love Waits is an international Christian program in which youth promise to remain sexually pure until marriage. Youth who have been sexually active may also take the pledge and start over.
The program will be followed by a hot dog luncheon. Anyone wishing to attend or needing more information may call the Rev. Geoff Hubbard at 540-793-1116 for directions.
Friday, Sept. 10
There will be a gospel concert at Waverly Place Baptist Church, 1407 Kenwood Blvd. in Roanoke on Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m, featuring nationally known gospel music's Jimmy Ruth and Lorne Matthews. For more information and directions call the church office at 344-5527 M-F 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
9/11 Prayer Breakfast
On Friday, September 10, the "9/11 Prayer Breakfast" to pray for the community and the country. 7-8 a.m. at Bedford Baptist Church (1516 Oakwood St). A free will offering basket will be set out to defray the food costs.
Featured Speaker: James O. Smith, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, Retired. When the Pentagon was attacked by terrorists in a hijacked airliner on 9/11/2001, SGM Smith assisted in the search and rescue of injured and trapped victims. He is credited with saving several lives that fateful day. Prayer Participants: the Rev. Garry Shelton, United Methodist Church, retired; the Rev. David Whitehurst, Word of Life Evangelical Church; the Rev. Chris Dowd, Bedrock Community Church; the Rev. Kelvin Edwards, Court Street United Methodist Church; the Rev. David Henderson, Bedford Baptist Church. Special music: Staunton River High School Brass Ensemble, Sharon Jones & Kenny Taggart, Main Street United Methodist Church. Jo Ann Scott, Bagpiper. For more information call Bedford Presbyterian Church 586 -5284.
Saturday, Sept. 11
40 Years of Strings of Praise Reunion Singing
There are plans for a special free Strings of Praise Reunion Singing, where all will be welcome, especially all past and present members and supporters. Celebrating Tommy McKee of Vinton 40 years of music ministry. After the singing there will be an old-fashioned potluck dinner to share with everyone. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Community Christian Church on Rt. 24. Steve Miller is pastor. Any questions, call (540) 890-3031 Tommy McKee.
Sunday, Sept. 12
132nd Church Anniversary
The Oakmulgee Baptist Church of Bedford, with the Rev. C.J. Taylor as pastor, will be celebrating its 132nd Church Anniversary on Sunday, September 12 beginning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. C. J. Taylor as the morning speaker. Lunch will be served right after morning services and afternoon service will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Jerome Basham of Wrightsville Baptist Church in Covington as the speaker of the hour.
Community Hymn Sing
Bedford Christians of all denominations are invited to gather for a Community Hymn Sing, on Sunday, September 12, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. with supper to follow. The event and meal is being hosted and served by the members of Washington Street Baptist Church, under the musical leadership of Dr. Harriett Taylor and the Washington Street Combined Choir. An offering will be taken for the benefit of Bedford Christian Ministries. This community gathering is sponsored by the Bedford Ministerial Association. For more information call Bedford Presbyterian Church 586 -5284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
BMA fall meeting
The Bedford Ministerial Association will gather for its first Fall meeting on Tuesday, September 14, at noon at the Elks Home in Bedford. Lunch will be provided. The group will pray for one another's ministries, and learn more about community resources that are available and in which we
can be involved, and to work together in support of ecumenical events. Membership is open to all ministers who work or reside in Bedford County. To receive the email newsletter send a request to
Saturday, Sept. 18
The Senior Choir of Washington Street Baptist Church where the Rev. Henry A. Henderson is the pastor, will be celebrating its 144th Choir Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. They have invited Sarah Murphy from Promise Land Baptist Church, Moneta, to be in concert. Also the Taylor Family (Rev. E. McKinley Taylor, Sr. and his family) from Antioch Baptist Church, Peaksville, will be in concert.