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Church news (week of March 9, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth

 

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Notices

Lenten worship services

Oakland United Methodist Church located on 2465 Goode Station Rd., Goode, VA will host Lenten worship services leading up to the celebration of Jesus death and

resurrection. These services are a great time to glorify Jesus Christ and fellowship with others in our community. Seven churches in the surrounding area will lead a half-hour service followed by a luncheon provided by the participating churches.

The luncheons are a way to support Bedford Christian Ministries; a donation of $5 will be appreciated. Bedford Christian Ministries are in need of our support; they have many new clients due to rising unemployment and food costs.

The services begin at noon with the luncheon to follow. They will be held each Wednesday from March 9 through April 20.

You are also invited to join in a brief sunrise service at Virginia Memorial Park at 7 a.m., April 24.

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.

A Walk with Christ to the Cross

Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, will have special weekly Bible studies on "A Walk with Christ to the Cross," starting Wednesday, March 16, 7 p.m.  There will be two sessions at each study, with the two on the 16th being "Sorrow and The Last Supper" and "Jesus in Agony."  Then, on Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m., there will be "A Service of Darkness," mourning the death of Christ.  This 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 sponsor a men's breakfast on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 a.m.  These breakfasts are held the second Saturday of each month. 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, please 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.

Calendar

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.

Sunday, March 13

Annual Men's Day

The Men of Washington Street Baptist Church where the Rev. Henry A. Henderson is the pastor will be observing their Annual Men's Day on Sunday, March 13. Pastor Jay Logan, of Destiny Christian Fellowship, Altavista, will be the guest preacher. He will deliver the 11 a.m. message. The Men's Chorus of Washington Street Baptist Church under the direction of Mildred Padgett will render the music.

Installation of Officers Service

The Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Forest will have its Installation of Officers Service on March 13 at 3 p.m. Evangelist Gail Drew and the Rev. Dwayne Drew will be the guest preachers along with the St. John Baptist Church family.

Monday, March 14

Bedford Aglow Community Lighthouse

The Bedford Aglow Community Lighthouse, an interdenominational Christian organization, will meet on Monday,March 14 at the Liberty Station Restaurant in Bedford. The guest speaker will be Sarah Amstutz from Lynchburg. The meeting will start with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Reservations can be made by calling Lois at 586-3145. Extra seating will be available at 7:15 for those unable to arrive in time for dinner. Men are always welcome.

Saturday, March 19

Benefit dinner

Nicopolis U.M. Church will sponsor a Benefit Dinner for Madeline Overstreet on March 19 from 4-7 p.m. Proceeds go to help with 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.