Church news (week of Sept. 14, 2011)

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"The Truth Project"

Staunton Baptist Church is presenting "The Truth Project". This is a program offered through Focus on the Family. Beginning Sept. 11 for 12 consecutive Sundays 5 to 7 p.m. Free event to learn about "A Biblical World View." Call to register 540-297-6753 @ 15267 SML Parkway, Huddleston.


Open House at BUMC

Have you watched the construction work at Bethlehem United Methodist Church and wondered, “What are they going to do with all that space?”

The answer is that the greatly enlarged church facility is all a part of a vision conceived with the guidance of Pastor, David Lord. “We look forward to moving in and offering new and exciting opportunities for mission and ministry using our new facilities,” Lord said. The expanded facilities encourage expanded programs to serve the community.

And what’s in the space—all 13,000 square feet of it? A huge, open narthex, accessed by a portico leads into an expanded fellowship hall. The double-sized kitchen is equipped with new appliances, cabinets, counter tops and a large pantry. A music suite affords the choirs plenty of space for practice and storage of materials, and a brand new upstairs, which can be accessed by a new elevator, houses offices, classrooms, a ministry room, youth and conference space, and a bath with showers for traveling mission teams

For the first time Bethlehem enjoys a steeple, which is lighted at night, to guide folks to its doors.

The community is invited to tour the new facility at an Open House Sunday, September 18th from 1 – 4 p.m. Andy Andrews, chair of the Building Team, along with other team members, and Pastor David Lord will be on hand to answer questions and lead tours. Cookies and lemonade will be served in the new kitchen.

For more information: 540-297-7957 or www.BethlehemUnitedMethodist.org.


Olive Branch Baptist Church Revival

The Olive Branch Baptist Church will be observing its Revival services Sept. 14-16. The Rev. William Goode, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday nights the Rev. Aaron Payne, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Forest. Prayer and Praise 7:30 p.m., preached word at 8 p.m.


Alpha Course to be offered at Bethlehem UMC

Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta will host the Alpha Course, beginning Wednesday, September 14, from 6 – 8 p.m. A free nursery is provided. A light meal will be served. There is no charge for the Alpha Course, although participants may be asked to make a donation toward food. Everyone is welcome and invited to join others who want to explore the meaning of life. The Alpha Course is about building friendships, answering perplexing questions, and it’s all done around meals and interesting discussions. To register for the Alpha Course or for more information, call the church at 540-297-7957. You may register online at the Web site: www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org. Bethlehem is located on Rte. 122 in Moneta, across from the Smith Mountain Lake library.


Healing Prayer group

The Healing Prayer Group meets every other Tuesday at Bedford Presbyterian Church. The prayer group focuses on self-healing and spiritual growth. The group will meet on Sept. 27, Oct. 11 and 25 at 7 p.m. promptly. For additional information, call Elizabeth at 586-8064.


Community Bible Study

For men, women and children (infants through home-schooled sixth graders).  Meets Wednesdays September through May from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Halesford Baptist Church, 2485 Lost Mountain Road, Wirtz.  For registration call 721-9338 or log onto http://smithmountainlake.cbsclass.org.




Wednesday, Sept. 14


Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful Wednesdays begins at Bethlehem United Methodist Wednesday, September 14, from 6-8 p.m., beginning with a light meal (voluntary contribution) and free nursery.  Courses for adults:  The Alpha Course; Christian Parenting; Prayer, Angels--Who Are They? For youth: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a study  For children: Super-Heroes of the Bible.  Also, two courses are offered during the day:  10 a.m. - What Good is God? And at 1:30 p.m. - Journaling and Lettering (no nursery for day-time courses).  Register at the church office: 297-7957 or on line: www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org. Deadline  to register is September 11.  Bethlehem is located at 13586 Old Moneta Rd., Moneta, across from the Smith Mt. Lake Library.  For info:  deb.broadwater@gmail.com.


Thursday, Sept. 15


Catholics Returning Home

Holy Name of Mary will conduct “Welcome Home,” a program for non-practicing Catholics who are thinking about returning to the Church.  The seven week series offers a beginning to spiritual reunion and a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church.  It begins on Sep. 15 at 6 p.m., in McNally Hall.  If you know someone who has left the Church, invite them to join the program.  For more information, call Ruth at 586-8988.


Sunday, Sept. 18


Homecoming Celebration

Annual Homecoming Celebration at the Sharon Missionary Baptist Church of Big Island.

Sunday, Sept. 18.  10:45 a.m. worship with Pastor Dennis Moody and the Homecoming Choir. Lunch will be served immediately following morning worship. The 3 p.m. worship guests will be the Rev. Edward Jones and the Bolling Hills Church family of Madison Heights. Anyone interested in sharing in the Special Homecoming Choir, contact the church office at 434-299-5151 for further details.


Miss Virginia to speak at Cool Spring Presbyterian Church

On Sunday, Sept. 18 Miss Virginia 2011, Elizabeth Cotts will be the main speaker at Cool Spring Presbyterian Church's annual True Love Waits service at 10:30 a.m. True Love Waits is an international program in which teens and other youth take a pledge to remain pure and not have sex before marriage.

The program will be followed by a hot dog luncheon. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome. The church is in Thaxton at the intersection of Cool Spring Road and Murray Hollow Road on Taylor's Mountain. For directions or to take the pledge call the Rev. Geoff Hubbard at 540.793.1116.


Homecoming and Revival

The Western Light Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. Pastor James E. Johnson, Jr. along with the Gospel Chorus and Ministers of Music Crystal Parker, Jimmy Blake and George Robertson will render the morning service. Lunch will follow and at 3 p.m. The Rev. Gary Lee and the Scott Zion Baptist Church family will be the guests. Revival will be Sept. 20-22. Prayer and Praise at 7 p.m., Revival at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday will feature the Rev. Lorenzo Kitt of Washington Street Baptist; Wednesday will feature the Rev. Edward Jones of Bolling Hill Baptist; and Thursday will feature the Rev. Charles Calloway of Maple Street Baptist.


Homecoming service

Chestnut Hill Freewill Baptist Church located at 13771 Lee Jackson Hwy., Big Island, Homecoming Service, Sept. 18 starting at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dallas Slemp will be preaching. John Sines will be singing. Lunch to follow service.


AWANA Club night

Morgans Baptist Church will be having its first AWANA Club night for the 2011-2012 year on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Fun while learning God's word for children in preschool (age three) through eighth grade.  For questions, contact the church at 297-4959.


Choir anniversary celebration

The Senior Choir of Washington Street Baptist Church where the Rev. Henry A. Henderson is the pastor, will be celebrating their 145th Choir Anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. They have invited the Voices of Hope Ministry of Rocky Mount to be in concert. They are a spirit filled gospel group that will put clapping in your hands and stomping in your feet.



Mount Olivet Southern Baptist Church, located on Joppa Mill Road, will hod its Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Retired minister the Rev. Rucker Burnette, former church member, will be the guest speaker. There will be worship, fellowship, singing and a renewing of friendships. A potluck lunch will be served following the morning worship service.


Saturday, Sept. 24


Fish Fry and car show

Olive Branch Baptist Church will have a Fish Fry and car show on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the church starting at 11 a.m. until 4:30.


Sunday, Oct. 2


'Life Chain'

The 'Life Chain' is an annual ecumenical silent prayer vigil for an end to abortion. It will be held in Bedford on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-3 p.m. in front of the Bedford County Court House. Signs will be provided. For more information call Greg Thompson at (540) 586-9417 or visit www.nationallifechain.org.


Saturday, Oct. 8


Fall Festival

Nicopolis UMC will hold a Fall Festival Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be live music, silent auction items, yard sale, bake sale, games and crafts, free health screenings, hot dogs, drinks, & nachos. Bring a lawn chair and some friends for a day of music and fun. All proceeds benefit Nicopolis UMC.