Church News (week of Feb. 16, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth


Empowering relationships seminar
    Eastlake Community Church in Moneta is sponsoring the Family Foundations video seminar titled Empowering Relationships on February 18-19.  This seminar focuses on improving one's relationship with family, friends, coworkers and others.  Anyone who has suffered a broken marriage, an unsuccessful career or a general lack of happiness will find comfort and healing in this seminar.  Enrollment is limited.  Call Dr. Gary Jones at 297-2273 for registration information.

Halesford Easter drama
    Halesford Baptist Church in Wirtz  will be presenting “The Cry of Christ,” a fully staged and costumed drama of the agonizing, triumphant life of Jesus Christ. Based on the biblical events during Jesus Christ’s life here on earth, the production recounts many of the encounters He had with the people, including the rising of Lazarus from the dead, Zaccheaus and the adulterous woman, ending with His crucifixion and resurrection. The stories are told from the perspective of a variety of characters stepping outside their role temporarily to narrate.
    Last year, over 200 HBC members came together to produce the area's only fully staged Easter drama, “The Cry of Christ.” It was met with enthusiastic response, with approximately 2,000 attendees across six showings. This year’s production will be over an hour and a half with more than 200 people involved in some way, including stage design, parking lot attendees, and sound and lighting crew. Nearly 100 people are on stage and involved with the acting, many serving as stage choir and the crowd that follows Christ.
    The production has been a cumulative work in progress for four years with the desire to present this unique drama to our local community.  The stage area is built over the existing pulpit area in front of the church and large enough to be stored in a tractor trailer during the rest of the year. Extensive artwork and prop design gives the look and feel of Jerusalem. The goal is to make the presentation as realistic as possible so the audience can really understand the story of Christ.
    An additional weekend of performances has been added due to high demand last year. Performance times are as follows: Thursday & Friday, April, 14 and April 15 at 7 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, April 16 April 17 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The following weekend performances are for Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free admission with seating reservations strongly suggested. The seating reservations and other information will be available beginning March 1 at www.halesford.com. Those without Internet access may call 877-917-7677.

Sedalia Baptist Women’s Conference
The Sedalia Baptist Women’s Ministry, will present its fourth annual Women’s Conference, “The Beautiful Bride of Christ: Your Part of the Whole Picture,” on Saturday, March 12  from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The conference will feature inspirational speaker Alexandra Armstrong and the music ministry of Kendra Cook-Penn.
Armstrong is a wife, mother and grandmother who feels blessed by God to be called into ministry to the women of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.  She has been a women's bible teacher and speaker for 12 years.  She is also a religion feature columnist for the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald and teaching host of the Christian Television Network program “Scriptureology.”  She earned her business undergraduate and graduate degrees from Liberty University.
Armstrong says about herself, “I have walked with the Lord for 40 years - including a brief but wretched season in a ‘far country’ that ultimately taught me about the grace, sovereignty, and holiness of our great God….”
    Armstrong combines her singing talents with a wonderful sense of humor, which never fails to engage her audiences. She has been a featured soloist on the Old Time Gospel Hour for more than 20 years.
Registration fee is $15 or $20 with box lunch.  To reserve a seat,  mail your check along with your name, address and phone number to: Sedalia Baptist Church, 1072 Charlemont Road, Big Island, VA 24526.  Registration deadline is March 7 and if you register by February 28 you will receive a free gift.  For additional information call 434-299-5039.

    Colonial Baptist Church in Blue Ridge invites everyone to Revival Meetings March 6-10 with Evangelist Dr. Billy Martin from Winston-Salem, NC. There will also be a Children’s Conference, “Holiday Extravaganza” for children in grades k-5, and teen “Mission Impossible” for grades 6-12. Aaron and Stephanie Coffey will provide special music nightly and oversee the children and teen conferences. Service times are 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday. The teen conference is held 45 minutes prior to service times. A nursery will be provided for all services. Colonial Baptist Church is located at 221 Hillcrest Street in Blue Ridge. For more information, see the Web site at www.colonialbaptist.org or call the church office at 977-5683.


Sunday, Feb. 20

Black History Celebration
    The Gospel Chorus of the Western Light Baptist Church will be celebrating Black History with a program on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be DuBois Miller of Richmond. The guest choir will be the United Fellowship Choir.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Black History celebration
    On Saturday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. New Life Baptist Church, Bedford, will be celebrating Black History, special guest will be Infinite Praise of Central Virginia under the direction of Judy Watkins and the Rev. Rodney All. St. John's combine choir will render music for devotional. The pastor is William Goode.

Women's Ministries' Clothes Closet fundraiser
    Saturday, February 26,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coolspring P.H. Fellowship Hall, 3453 Buffalo Run, Thaxton. Items are $1 each; Many items 2/$1.

Friday, March 4

World Day of Prayer 2011                
    Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 4. The women of Chile have written the service around the theme How many loaves have you?  In this past year, Chile has been challenged by a devastating earthquake and the collapse of a mine in which many miners were trapped. Again we are reminded to share our bread and to receive the bread that is shared with us. This year’s service will be held on March 4  at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr. Moneta, Va. 24121 (about one mile South of the Hales Ford Bridge). Supported by Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Resurrection Catholic Church, Patmos United Methodist Church, and Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Men, women, children, family, friends, parishioners, and members of the community (communities of faith) are invited to join the women of Chile in prayer and song to support women’s ecumenical ministries toward justice, peace healing and wholeness. The annual offering will support the work of World Day of Prayer USA and help meet the needs of families who are victims of many forms of poverty, violence, and human trafficking.

Saturday, March 5

Centering Prayer Workshop
    An Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church.   (Handicap accessible) This workshop will be conducted by Commissioned Presenters, trained by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.   Contemplative Outreach Ltd. Is an international network of faith communities whose primary purpose is to share the method of Centering Prayer.   The fee of $25 covers box lunch and materials.  For a registration form with additional information, contact Karen Vietmeier kmvietmeier@cox.net or 540-362-1496.  For questions about centering prayer: Judi Barnes at jpb0844@aol.com or 540-334-2727.  Registration deadline is February 25, 2011. The church address is 1831 Deyerle Road, Roanoke.

Tuesday, March 8

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
    St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bedford, is hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday March 8 from 5-7 p.m. at 314 North Bridge Street, Bedford. Sausages, apples and all-you-can-eat pancakes. $6 adults, $2 children (under 5 are free). Shrove Tuesday is also known as Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, literally means Fat Tuesday) as it is customary to eat pancakes on this day.  Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk and sugar, before fasting for the 40 days of Lent.  Fasting emphasizes eating plain food and refraining from food that gives pleasure.