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Church news (week of Dec. 8, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth

Notices

Bedford Christian Ministries grant
    Bedford Christian Ministries was recently awarded a grant totaling $5,500 from the Bedford Community Health Foundation.  The funding will be used to help provide dental and prescription assistance for uninsured or underinsured residents of Bedford City and County.  Bedford Christian Ministries is an all-volunteer organization that offers food, clothing, household items and fuel assistance.  Its office is located on Washington Street and is open on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Bedford Baptist Christmas worship services
    Christmas services at Bedford Baptist Church include:
    Saturday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m., live Nativity on the front lawn. Refreshments inside. Brunswick Stew 5-7 p.m., dine in or carry-out (cost, $5 donation to youth mission trip).
    Sunday, Dec. 19: worship includes special music program. 12 – 2 p.m., Children's Christmas party.
    Friday, Dec. 24: 6:30 p.m. concert; 7 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service.
    Bedford Baptist Church is located at 1516 Oakwood St. in Bedford. Call 586-9564 for more information.

Christmas musical-drama
    A Christmas musical-drama will be presented at Huddleston Church of God of Prophecy with a story of forgiveness and family reconciliation set back in 1905. Join the Richmond family as they come home for Christmas. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

Christmas special services at EastLake Community Church
    Eastlake Community Church announces their Christmas Special Services and Events in their new facility at 1118 Hendricks Store Road (the old Shoprite building).
    Sunday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. “Singspiration” Christmas Concert
    Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m. “An Old Fashioned Christmas” community event. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of hot chocolate, cookie making, stringing popcorn and making Angel ornaments. Evening will include singing of Christmas Carols and a movie “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” This is a free event and all ages are welcome.
    Friday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve Service “Candles, Carols and Communion.”
    Sunday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m. Combined Worship Service (No Sunday School or Children’s Church).
    For more information on any of these events, contact the church office at 297-0966 or visit the Web site, www.elcchurch.com.

Christmas services at Mentow Baptist
    Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, will have a Community Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday evening, December 19, at 6 p.m.  There will be a fellowship time immediately following this special service.
    Prior to that, the Women on Mission will be delivering cakes to shut-ins on Friday, December 17, starting at 9:30 a.m.  At 2 p.m. on the same day, they will have a birthday/Christmas party for the residents of the Bedford County Nursing Home.
    On Wednesday evening, December 22, everyone is invited to join up with Christmas carolers at the church at 6 p.m. for caroling and fruit basket delivery throughout the community.  A pizza party will follow, this to be in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
    Mentow Baptist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 43 (Leesville Road) and 628 (Mentow Drive).  The Rev. Gregory L. Soult is full-time pastor.  To contact the church, you may email mentowbaptistchurch@yahoo.com or call 540-297-4051. 

Advent services
    Fort Hill United Methodist Church invites the community to attend the fifth annual Midweek Community Advent services on December 8, 15 and 22.  Prelude begins at 11:45 a.m., service at noon, with lunch served each week immediately following the service.
    This year’s schedule of speakers and music are:
    December 8: Guest Minister Rev. Rachel May, Chaplain, Randolph College & Associate Pastor,    Peakland United Methodist Church. Guest Organist George Clark, Court Street United Methodist Church. Guest Soloist Sarah Pelfrey, Lyric Soprano, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
    December 15: Guest Minister Rev. Randal Walton, Director of Pastoral Care, Centra. Guest Organist Dee Booth, Fort Hill United Methodist Church. Guest Soloist Douglas Thom, Tenor, Peakland United Methodist Church.
    December 22: Guest Minister Rev. Jeffrey Liddy, Chaplain, Westminister-Canterbury. Guest Organist Rev. Janet Hawkins, Director of Music, Fort Hill United Methodist Church. Guest Instrumentalist Glenn Buck, Saxophone, Lynchburg College.
    Lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall following the service.  Suggested donation: $5. Fort Hill United Methodist Church is located at 106 Oakridge Blvd. (corner of Memorial and Oakridge). For more information, contact Fort Hill United Methodist Church Office at 847-1251.

New location
    Psalms Ninety-Five Worship Center has moved to 117 South Bridge Street. Worship service is held each Sunday at 11 a.m.

BUMC Christmas season events
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta will present special programs for the Christmas season.
    Sunday, December 12:  Children and Youth Christmas Program at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.
    Friday, December 24:  Christmas Even Services at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. (Communion at 10 p.m.)
    Sunday, December 26:  Combined Worship Service:  Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m.
    The community is welcome to attend.  For more information, call the church office at 297-7957 or check the website: www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org.
    Bethlehem is located at  13586 Old Moneta Rd, across from the Smith Mountain Lake Library.

Calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 8

21-year-old founder of African mission organization to speak
    Renee Bach, of Bedford County, who went to Uganda two years ago to start a non-profit organization called Serving His Children is home and will be speaking at several area churches.  She rented a home in the slum community of Masese and began feeding 950 hungry children two days a week.  Since then, she has implemented a medical relief program and started a Malnutrition Rehabilitation Center where she takes children in life threatening stages of malnutrition into her home to rehabilitate them while involving their parents and teaching them how to avoid recurring malnutrition. For more information and stories about the  children and families whose lives have been changed through this ministry, visit her Web site at www.servinghischildren.org.
    Speaking engagements include:
    Dec. 8 – Eastlake Community Church, Moneta, at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Special program
    On Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Red & Black Program will be held at Court Street United Methodist Church. Music will be rendered by Washington Street Baptist Church Male Chorus and Halesford United Methodist Church Choir. The Pastor is the Rev. Kelvin Edwards.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Christmas Cantata
    'And Glory Shone Around', a Christmas Cantata will be presented at Colonial Baptist Church in Blue Ridge on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Written by Lloyd Larson and Douglas E. Wagner, and orchestrated by Brant Adams, this musical program blends new melodies and familiar Christmas Carols and recalls the dark days of anguish for ancient Israel, only to give way to the dawning of a new day of light and love when Christ was born. Listeners are invited to the humble birthplace of the Savior as the glory of God's radiance that permeates this story is surpassed only by the light of the Christ Child as he once again comes to inhabit every corner of our living. Preceding the Cantata will be short programs offered by the children's departments and a nursery will be provided. Colonial Baptist Church is located at 221 Hillcrest St. in Blue Ridge just off Rt. 460W and Mountain Pass Rd. www.colonialbapt.org 977-5683.

It’s Hard to Be Merry service
    A special Christmas worship service is being offered to those who find it difficult to be joyful at this time of year. “It’s Hard to Be Merry,” acknowledges the sadness and the losses that some feel most acutely at this time of year. The service will be held on Sunday, December 12, at 3 p.m. at Bedford Christian Church, 1928 Moneta Road. The service is for those who are lonely, in mourning, or feeling alienated from family celebrations—those who are experiencing depression and sadness, yet are often compelled to “put on a happy face” for others, denying their true feelings.
Anyone in the community is welcome to attend this meditative service, which will include candle-lighting, readings, music, a time for silence, and communion.

Star of Wonder
    Star of Wonder, a kids Christmas musical of hope, will be presented at Palestine Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Dessert social to follow.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Christmas service
    New Life Community Baptist Church will hold a special Christmas service on Sunday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m.  The Christmas Story will be presented during the regular Sunday morning worship hour.  Also there will be Christmas caroling at Campbell Rest Home in Bedford on Wednesday evening, 7 p.m., December 22.  DThe church meets in the Tharp Chapel at 320 N Bridge Street, Bedford.  Call Pastor Larry Ross at 540-587-8962 for more information.

Christmas Cantata
    There will be a Christmas Cantata on Sunday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m. at Diamond Hill Baptist Church, 3541 Horseshoe Bend Road, Moneta. There will be a Christmas play on Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

Christmas play
    The United Sunday School Fellowship of Evington & Vicinity will present a Christmas play titled, “Be Still and Know,” on Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Mt. Plain Baptist Church. Lunch will be served at 130 p.m. and the play will start at 2;30 p.m.