Church news (week of May 25 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth


Family and Friends Celebration
Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, Big Island, where the Rev. Dennis W. Moody is pastor will be having a Family and Friends Celebration on Saturday, May 28, there will be a Community Sing Fellowship at noon, rain or shine. The event includes worship, fellowship, fun and games. On Sunday, May 29, there will be a Family Day of Worship. The morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. with guests Pastor Moody and SMBC Mass Choir. Dinner will follow the morning worship. Contact the church office at (434) 299-5151 for more information.

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).


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.

Special program
The Bold Branch Baptist Church, Rt. 43, Bedford, will have a special program called, "Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock," directed by Beulah Payne. This program will be held on Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m.

Gospel sing
Lighthouse Freewill Baptist Church is having a Gospel sing on Sunday, May 29, starting at 4 p.m. Singers will be Rick Dellinger, Bobby Phillips, Janice Perkins and Family Grass. There will be a covered dish meal at 6 p.m. and a "jam session" from 7 until. Bring a dish, instruments, music and a lawn chair.

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.

Memorial Day Service
May 29, 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 2933 Mt. Olivet Rd. Bedford (off of
Joppa Mill Rd). Free BBQ lunch to follow. Guest Speaker: Commonwealth Attorney, Randy Krantz. Bedford County JROTC Color Guard presenting “The Colors.” Children’s choir, recognition and gift presentation. Military Memorabilia display. Contact Kelly Daniel if you know of anyone you would like to be honored. All welcome: no RSVP required. Contact: 587-5536 or wesdaniel99@gmail.com.

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.