Church news (week of Nov. 3, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth

Ladies in Red/Men in Suits

First Baptist Church of Goode will be having a program on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Ladies in Red/Men in Suits. In concert will be The Sensational Harmonizers of Central Virginia with the Oakmulgee Baptist Church as the guest choir.


21-year-old founder of African mission organization comes home with newly adopted daughter
    At the age of 19 Renee Bach, of Bedford County, was not dating, sending out college applications or planning a beach vacation.  In June of 2009 this young woman got on a plane by herself and moved to Uganda to start a non-profit organization called Serving His Children.  She rented a home in the slum community of Masese and began feeding 950 hungry children two days a week.  Since then, she has implemented a medical relief program and started a Malnutrition Rehabilitation Center where she takes children in life threatening stages of malnutrition into her home to rehabilitate them while involving their parents and teaching them how to avoid recurring malnutrition.
    In October of 2009, Bach was given a 10-day old infant found abandoned in a pit latrine.  She named this little girl Selah Grace and has now been approved by the Ugandan Court System as her adoptive mother.  She brought 1-year-old Selah Grace to the area on October 28 to meet her American family and friends for the first time.  During her six-week visit in America, Bach will be speaking in several locations; all events will be open to the public.  For more information and stories about the  children and families whose lives have been changed through this ministry, visit her Web site at www.servinghischildren.org.
    Speaking engagements include:
    Nov. 14 – Radford Baptist Church, Moneta, VA 10:30 a.m. service (potluck to follow)
    Nov. 17 - Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, Roanoke.  Dinner at 6 p.m. (reservation required for the meal, 540-343-5541) program at 6:45 p.m.
    Nov. 20 – Fundraiser at Ethos Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., 6 p.m. (Silent Auction, finger food and program - $5 at the door)
    Nov. 21 – Ethos Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., 10:30 a.m. service
    Dec. 8 – Eastlake Community Church, Moneta, at 6 p.m.

Glorious Gifts Too! returns
    Glorious Gifts Too! is returning this November, with some new twists.  This “alternative Christmas” program enables us to make charitable gifts in honor of friends and loved ones and receive a Christmas card to send them acknowledging the gift. 
    Due to the construction at Bethlehem, this year the event will be held at Epworth United Methodist after the late service November 14, from noon until 2 p.m.  Epworth is located at 60 Merriman Way Rd., Moneta. The event is open to the community.
 The 12 charities which will participate this year are: Bedford Ride; Good Samaritans; Habitat for Humanity – Franklin; Henry Fork Service Center; Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation; SML Good Neighbors; Franklin County Resource Center; Habitat for Humanity – Bedford; Heifer International Project; Lake Christian Ministries; Rescue Mission Ministries; Society of St. Andrew.
    On November 14, representatives for each charity will gather at Epworth to meet and answer questions as people decide which charities to support with their gifts.  Orders are placed and paid for and Christmas cards specific for each charity and each gift are completed for the donor to take home and distribute.
    For those unable to attend, there are two additional options.  Via the Internet, using the Web page www.BethlehemUnitedMethodist.org., click on “Glorious Gifts Too!” and follow instructions.  Another option is to use a hard-copy order form, which may be obtained at Bethlehem United Methodist, 13586 Old Moneta Rd, Moneta, phone #297-7957.
    For more information, contact Larry Broomall at 540-721-3645 or email lbroomal@wlu.edu.

Bedford Aglow Community Lighthouse meeting
    The Bedford Aglow Community Lighthouse, an interdenominational Christian organization, will meet on Monday, November 8, at the Liberty Station Restaurant in Bedford.  The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dennis Moody.  The meeting will start with dinner served at 6:30; 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.

RENEWANATION Banquet set for Nov. 8
    The 3rd annual RENEWANATION Benefit Banquet to be held Monday, Nov. 8. RENEWANATION, a Roanoke-ased charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to provide tuition-free Christian education across the country will celebrate its birthday at the 3rd annual The banquet will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.  This event is free to attend thanks to the many corporate and community sponsors, but attendees must R.S.V.P. in advance at www.renewanation.org or by calling the RENEWANATION office at (540) 982-1223. This year’s guest speaker will be Mike Williams, an international speaker and well-known Christian comedian.  The audience will laugh and possibly cry as they listen to Williams' powerful life story.  There will be a student choral presentation and RENEWANATION will be presenting grants to several Roanoke-area Christian schools.  This has become one of the largest banquets of its type in the Roanoke Valley drawing over 800 in attendance last year.

Far From Fields of Fire and Glory:  Letters and Music of the Civil  War
    On Thursday, November 11, the National Civil War Chaplains Museum will present Far From Fields of Fire and Glory:  Letters and Music of the Civil War, a special program blending dramatic readings of letters of soldiers with musical selections of the War.   The presentation will take you back to the thoughts and dreams of the men of the Confederate and Union armies as they longed for a better time when death and destruction were far removed from them.  Come and relive their hopes and sentiments  in both writings and songs of that most turbulent time in our nation’s history.
    The presenters will include Drs. Michael and Darlene Graves who will deliver dramatic readings of Civil War letters adapted from author Rod Gragg’s Far From Fields of Fire and Glory:  Letters of the Civil War.  Accompanying them will be Dr. Wayne Kompelien and the Liberty University Chamber Singers who will be presenting the musical counterparts to the letters.
    The program will be held in the new Tower Theater on the North Campus of Liberty University, just behind Thomas Road Baptist Church, and will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 11.
    Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. No advance reservations are necessary. For more information, call 582-2087 or e-mail kgrowlet@liberty.edu.


Saturday, Nov. 6

Spiritual Harmonizers in concert
    The Spiritual Harmonizers of Central Virginia will be in concert at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Bedford on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. Sponsored by Minister Bernice Goode.

Fall Festival
    Hunting Creek Baptist Church Fall Festival at 15455 Big Island Highway, Big Island, will be held Saturday, November 6 from 2-6 p.m.  There will be food including a pig roast, exhibits, bingo, bon fire, children's games, hayrides and music.

Sunday, Nov. 7

Church News Announcement
    The Polar Spring Baptist Church Gospel Chorus of Goode, will be celebrating its Gospel Chorus Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m.  The church will be having Brother Robert Cardwell and Friends singing in concert and the Western Light Baptist Church Gospel Chorus of Bedford will be on program as the guest choir.  For more information call the Poplar Spring Gospel Chorus at 540-761-0184.

Sixth anniversary
    The Olive Branch Baptist Church will be in celebration of Rev. Alvin E. Smith's sixth anniversary on Nov. 7.  Morning worship will be held at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Smith.  Lunch will be served.  There will be a 3 p.m. service led by the the Rev. Sean Burch of First Baptist Church Amsterdam, Daleville.  There will be no service at Olive Branch on Nov. 14.

Terrace View Baptist Church Homecoming
    Sunday, Nov. 7 at 1040 Matthew Talbot Road, Forest. Speaker – the Rev. Brian Taylor;  special music - Tim Witt. Fellowship meal following service.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Gospel sing
    November 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church, 942 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford, featuring Bobby Phillips.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Annual meeting
    Bedford Christian Ministry Association will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Bedford Room of the Bedford Central Library.  Peggy Ireson, Nurse Practitioner, will speak on Type 2 Diabetes.  Information on the organization and its mission will be available.  The public is invited.

Sunday, Nov. 21

Washington Street Baptist Church 144th anniversary
    On Sunday, Nov. 21, the members of Washington Street Baptist Church, in Bedford, where the Rev. Henry A. Henderson is the pastor will be celebrating the church's 144th Anniversary. Service will begin at 11 a.m., the Rev. Henderson will deliver the morning message. Music will be rendered by the senior choir under the direction of Dr. Harriet Taylor.
    Refreshments will be served after the morning service.
    Afternoon services will begin at 2:30 p.m. The guest minister will be Minister Isaiah White, pastor of the Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe. He will be accompanied by his officers, members and his Men's Chorus.