Church news (week of May 18, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth


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Godly Play Foundation Core Training

St. John's Episcopal Church, 314 North Bridge St, Bedford, VA, will be offering Godly Play Foundation Core Training on June 2, 3, and 4.  Godly Play Training helps first timers and experienced teachers lead children in the art of using Christian language—parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action—inspiring children to become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.  Instructors will be provided by the Godly Play Foundation, a non-denomination Christian education organization.  Core Training Tuition Fees are $295 before May 12 and $360 afterward.  Supper will be served June 2. Lunch will be provided June 3 and 4.  To register, logon to godlyplayfoundation.org and go to the Bedord training starting June 2,  or write directly to the Godly Play Foundation, College of Trainers, P.O. Box 2881, Portland, OR 97208.  Include your check, Your name, Parish/Church, City, State, Zip, your telephone number, e-mail address, and dietary requirements for provided meals. Make checks payable to Godly Play Foundation with memo:  “BEDFORD VA 06-11”.  Be sure to add your name to the memo if your check is from a parish or another person.  For more information contact the Rev. F. Wilson Brown at 540-586-9582 (e-mail: wbrownstjohns@verizon.net) or GPF College of Trainers at 503-915-5755 (Training@GodlyPlayFoundation.org).



Morgans Baptist Church: May 22 11 a.m. and May 22-26  7 p.m. Call for info 540-297-4959.


Youth Revival

The Olive Branch Baptist Church will be having a Youth Revival on May 18-20. Speakers will be: Minister Hazel Thomas, Washington Street Baptist Church on Wednesday; Minister Darlene Witcher, Roanoke, on Thursday; and Minister Regina Bonds, Haven of Rest Pentecostal on Friday night. Each night Prayer and Praise will be at 7:30. Preached word at 8. The Rev. Alvin E. Smith is pastor.




Saturday, May 21


Yard, bake sale

Union United Methodist Church, Thaxton, Yard, bake sale on May 21- 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fun, fellowship and food. Vendors, $5 donation. Call: 540-947-2539 for information.


Concert at Otterville Baptist Church

The Trying Gospel Tiers will be in concert at the Otterville Baptist Church, Bedford, Saturday, May 21, 6 p.m. sponsored by the Otterville Baptist Church Senior Choir. The Rev. M.D. Mays is pastor.


Special program

There will be a special program at The Promise Land Baptist Church, Moneta, on May 21 at 5 p.m., featuring Evangelist Thomas Lee Cardwell from Upper Marlboro, Md.



Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. there will be a singing with the Lynch Station Men's Chorus at the Huddleston Church of God of Prophecy. Take 43 south past Updike's Funeral Home.


Fish Fry

There will be a fish fry on Saturday, May 21 at Vista Foods parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost will be $8.


Sunday, May 22


Church anniversary

The Mt Rock Baptist Church will be celebrating its 153th anniversary on Sunday, May 22. Morning worship service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Andrea Jackson will be the speaker. Lunch will be served.

The afternoon service will begin at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Warren Anderson, pastor of Diamond Hill Baptist Church of Lynchburg. The Freeman Family of Central Virginia will render the music.


Men's and Women's Day

There will be Men and Women's Day at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Body Camp, on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Alvin Smith from the Olive Branch Baptist Church along with his choir.


Church Anniversary

The Western Light Baptist Church and their pastor, the Rev. James E. Johnson Jr. will celebrate their 136th year church anniversary on Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m. The guests will be First Baptist Montvale along with their pastor, the Rev. Charles Twine Jr.


Saturday, May 28


Sausage & Pancake breakfast

There will be a sausage and pancake breakfast at Nicopolis UMC on May 28 from 8-10 a.m.


Sunday, May 29


5th Sunday Sing

There will be a special singing service at Trinity Baptist Church, 947 Lyle Street, Bedford, on May 29 at 11 a.m. Special service of music presented by Randy and Delores Simmons.

They are a husband/wife team whose purpose is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through song and testimony. There music is Southern Gospel in style but with a unique twist. Delores sings and plays several different instruments, one of which is the pedal steel guitar. Randy is a drummer, considered one of the best in Southern Gospel music. They've been singing and playing for almost 40 years. A love offering will be taken for their ministry.


Missionary Day

On Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. Missionary Day will be observed at the Poplar Spring Baptist Church in Goode. The Rev. Dr. Herman Robertson, pastor will deliver the morning message and the New Image Choir of First Baptist Church, Goode will render the music.


Thursday, June 2


Chuck Wagon Gang: celebrating 74 years: 1936-2010

What would be your choice for the top 20 Gospel groups of all time? That was the question posed to listeners of SGM Radio recently when they conducted an email campaign to list those groups. They were all there ... the Goodmans, the Speers, the Cathedrals, and all the greats of Gospel music, but the number one gospel group of all time according to this poll is: The Chuck Wagon Gang.

The results listed the accomplishments of the Gang over the past 74 years such as being history's best record selling Gospel quartet (over 39 million sold on Columbia Records alone) and the fact that The Chuck Wagon Gang's style has remained consistent through all those years. Dad Carter would have it no other way. "Singing the old songs and sing 'em the way I taught you," was his sage advice.

And the Gang has done just that. At any of their concerts, one will still hear "Echoes from the Burning Bush," "The Church in the Wildwood," "I'll Fly Away" and other familiar old songs that so identify Gospel music's most recognizable style of music.

Today's group is Dave Emery, Shaye Smith, Stan Hill, Julie Hudson, and Joe Rotton. The quartet still maintains the clear, uncluttered sound of pure music that so established them in the early 1930's. Four voices and one guitar and an acoustic bass is all it takes for this evergreen foursome to transport the listener to another time and another place where life was a bit simpler and time seemed to move to a slower pace.

The Chuck Wagon Gang will be appearing at Mineral Springs Baptist Church, 1030 Bible Lane, Vinton, on June 2 at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken. (540) 890-4465.