Church news (week of Dec. 14, 2011)

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Alpha course anchors Wonderful Wednesday programs at Bethlehem UMC

Bethlehem United Methodist Church, on Wednesday, January 18 will offer the Alpha course, a 10-week practical introduction to the Christian faith. It is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith in a relaxed, low-key, non-threatening atmosphere, through video presentations and small group discussions. The course will be held at 1-2:30 p.m. and again at 6-8 p.m., with a light meal served at the evening session. The course is free; a voluntary contribution for the meal is welcomed.

In addition to the Alpha course, Bethlehem offers several other study programs as part of their Wonderful Wednesday series, including a follow up to Alpha, “A Life Worth Living.”

Other evening studies beginning on Jan. 18 include “Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money,” “The Efird Bible Study on Romans” and for youth/teens “Soul Surfer Bible Study” based on the movie.

Children in 2nd-5th grade will experience “J.W. & Co.” the story of Methodist founder John Wesley; children age 3 through 1st grade will enjoy fun activities and learning “God loves Me!”

A free nursery is provided.

“The Workbook of Intercessory Prayer” will also be offered 9:30-11 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

Bethlehem UMC is located on Route 122, across from the Moneta library.

To learn more about these programs and/or to register, visit www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org or call the church office at 540-297-7957.


Manna Ministries to provide Healthy Eating classes to local working poor

Manna Ministries will be collaborating with Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide nutrition and healthy lifestyle classes to the working poor who receive services from their food pantry and have limited access to resources in the Roanoke Valley. The classes will be taught by a nutritional expert, Margarita Cubas, from the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The classes will be held every Thursday starting on January 26 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Manna Ministries facilities located at 229 Walnut Ave. in Vinton. These classes will give tips on how to practice an overall healthy lifestyle and not just a “diet.”

The classes will be free to all those with limited means who would like to learn more about positively impacting their life through responsible eating practices and healthy decision making. Manna Ministries hopes that by offering these classes to those they already service and any others in the Roanoke Valley who are underprivileged and in need of nutritional assistance, they will spark a positive change in the working poor of the area.

For further information call (540) 345-1292 or email maryr.taf@gmail.com.





Saturday, Jan. 21


Singles group

A Christian Singles group will begin meeting Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. at Peaks View Christian Church, 1604 Moneta Rd. Bedford, Rt. 122 south.


Sunday, Jan. 29


Missionary Day

On Sunday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Poplar Spring Baptist Church in Goode, the Rev. William Goode, choir and congregation of New Life Baptist Church, Bedford, will be the guest. The Rev. Dr. Herman Robertson is pastor.