Church News (week of March 2, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth


Celebrate the Lenten season – in Bedford
    Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 9 from noon until  1 p.m., and every Wednesday thereafter until Easter, you are invited to gather with believers from all over the Bedford Community for a light meal and worship service at Main Street United Methodist Church.
    Each week a different speaker will reflect on one of the “Seven Last Words of Jesus.”  The meal will be prepared by a different Church and a free-will offering will be collected to defray the cost of the food.
    On Good Friday, April 22 a noon worship service – without a meal – will be held at Washington Street Baptist Church, with various ministers reflecting on “The People Standing Near the Cross.”
    March 9-“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). The Rev. Carl Douglas, Pastor of Patmos United Methodist Church.   Meal provided by Main Street UMC.
    March 16-“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).  Father Salvador Anoneuvo.  Meal provided by Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church.
    March 23-“Woman, behold your son!” (John 19:26-27).  Deacon Kay Waff, St John’s Episcopal.   Meal provided by the Reading Depot of Bedford.
    March 30-“I thirst!” (John 19:28). The Rev. John Salley.    Meal provided by Bedford Presbyterian.
    April 6-“ Today you shall be with me in paradise.”  (Luke 23:43). The Rev. Bill Moore.  Meal provided by Bedford Christian (Disciples of Christ).
    April 13-“It is finished!”  (John 19:30).  Dr. Eldridge Cullum, Pastor of Thaxton Baptist.   Meal provided by t.b.a.
    April 20-“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46).  Dr. Chris Dowd - Meal provided by Bedrock Community Church.
    April 22-(Good Friday) Noon worship @ Washington Street Baptist Church. No meal will be served this day.

Mentow Baptist services
    Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, will have "A Service of Ashes," acknowledging the death and suffering of Christ, on  Ash Wednesday evening, March 9, 7 p.m.  This will be held in the church sanctuary.
    Each Wednesday evening, starting March 16, 7:00 p.m. the Bible Studies will be on "A Walk with Christ to the Cross."  Then, on Wednesday, April 20, there will be "A Service of Darkness," mourning the death of Christ.  This, too, will be held in the church sanctuary.
    Prior to all Wednesday evening services, there will be a covered dish supper in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m.
    The Men's Ministry will have a men's breakfast on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.
    Mentow, a Cooperative  Baptist Fellowship, is located at the intersection of Route 43 (Leesville Road) and Route 628 (Mentow Drive).  The Rev. Gregory L. Soult is pastor.  For further information on any of these ministries, call 540-297-4051 or email mentowbaptistchurch@yahoo.com.

Emmaus UMC Apple Butter Sale
    Emmaus United Methodist is selling quart jars of homemade apple butter.  $4.50 per quart. 2282 Meadors Spur Rd, Moneta  540-297-5117, 540-297-9038.

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 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.


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.

Lenten Joy Workshop
     Lenten Joy, a workshop, will be held on Saturday, March 5 about Lenten fasts and disciplines at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 314 North Bridge Street, Bedford.  Led by the Rev. F. Wilson Brown, Lenten Joy can help you become who you really want to be.  After registration and coffee at 9 a.m., the workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. and is followed at noon by a light luncheon of sandwiches, fruit and dessert.  Call (540) 586-9582 to pre-register.  The program is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 6

Community Youth Rally
    Huddleston Community Church invites all area middle and high school students to a Youth Rally Sunday, March 6 at 5 – 7 p.m. at Huddleston Elementary School.  Beat the Winter Blues and come out for a night of worship, fellowship and free pizza and beverages.

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.

Thursday, March 10

Greater Vision in concert
    Halesford Baptist Church, 2485 lost Mountain Rd, Wirtz, VA. will present the Southern Gospel group Greater Vision, Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m.  Admission is free but a love offering will be accepted.  Futher information, call 540-719-1538.

Saturday, March 12

Christian Singles Ministry at Main Street UMC
    Singles Ministry will sponsor a “Game Night” at Main Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 12, 6-9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There will be food, fun and fellowship. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Some games will be available to play, but feel free to bring along your favorite games. Children are welcome, but must be supervised by their parent. For more information and to RSVP, call Caroline at 540.874.0674.

Saturday, March 19

Benefit dinner
    A benefit  dinner for Madeline Overstreet will be held at Nicopolis Church on March 19 from 4-7 p.m. Proceeds go for medical expenses. For more information call 540-586-1781.

Saturday, April 9

2011 Gathering
    Woman to Woman Ministries will be having 1st 2011 Gathering on Saturday morning, April 9  from 9 to 11 a.m. at Family Life Christian Church International, 22059 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg. This free event is an open invitation for all ladies in the surrrounding areas to come for fun and fellowship. Registration can be done online @ www.flccinc.org or at the door. Ministries founder and president Sharon McQueen with be speaker.