Church news (week of Oct. 27, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth


Gospel Bluegrass Concert
    Mountain View Union Church located on 460 West behind the Moose Lodge on Miller Lane will be hosting a Concert featuring classical Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel Performers on Sunday, Oct. 31,  beginning at 3 p.m. Performing will be a local well known classical Gospel Singer Bobby Phillips. Bedford has been entertained many times for various occasions by Phillips and he has sung at many churches as well as coffee cafes and Christmas parties, etc. Also performing for those who enjoy and love bluegrass gospel will be the Homeward Bound Band from the local area of Thaxton and Union. Homeward Bound is composed of various family members and a friend of their family. Homeward Bound actually sang and played together the first time at a family reunion when they each had their instruments in their car and began playing. People began telling them they needed to make a CD so they would have a copy and began playing as a group and have been playing at churches and special functions. Both Bobby Phillips and Homeward Bound enjoy singing and sharing their talents that God has showered them with. Refreshments following the concert.

Organ concert held
    On Sunday, Oct. 10, St. John's Episcopal Church, Bedford, sponsored an organ concert,"Pulling Out All the Stops," featuring three area organists; the church was nearly full with about 175 people in attendance.  The concert was offered as a benefit performance for the Bedford Christian Free Clinic which received over $1,400 from this concert.
    The organists performing were Mary Anne Eubank, C.W. Markham, and, F. Johnson Scott III.
    Eubank, who has been organist and choir director for the past 25 years at St. John's,  performed Prelude and Fugue in G. Major by Bach; Air from Water Music by Handel; and Fugue in C Major by Buxtehude.
    Markham, a Bedford native, is development director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. He played Chorale Prelude on "Old Hundreth" by Pachelbel;  Adagio on "Down Ampney" by Callahan; Meditation on "Brother James' Air" by Drake, and Amazing Grace arranged by George Shearing.
    Scott , also from Bedford, serves as organist at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lynchburg and is an instructor of music at Lynchburg College. His performance included Prelude in F by Bach,  Adagio from Studien Fur den Pedalflugel by Schuman, Prelude in G, Op. 37  by Mendelssohn,  " What a Friend We have in Jesus"  by Dale Wood,  and "Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain"  by James Biery.
    The audience participated in singing two hymns, "Praise My Soul The King of Heaven" and "Lift High the Cross" in closing the program.
    The Rev. Wilson Brown, Jr., Rector of St. John's, welcomed everyone, and John Waff, Junior Warden, served as Master of Ceremonies.
    A reception followed the performance in the Parish Hall allowing everyone the opportunity to speak with the three organists.
    The members of the  Outreach Committee of St. John's extended its appreciation to the three area organists for their generosity in sharing their talent and to all those making donations to the Bedford Christian Free Clinic.

New pastor to begin
    Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, will have as guest speaker on Sunday, October 31, Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz.  The Rev. Kyle Dooley will be speaking on November 7.  Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m., preceded by breakfast at 8:45 a.m.and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
    The Rev. John M. Boyles, who has been serving as Intentional Interim since July 1, 2008, will be resigning as of November 13.
    Mentow has called the Rev. Gregory L. Soult to be full-time pastor, beginning with the Sunday morning worship service on November 14.  The Rev. Soult was reared in the Lynchburg area, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Music from Averett University in 1997.  He received his Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) in 2003.
    The Rev. Soult has served as Associate Pastor and/or Minister of Youth at churches in North Carolina and Virginia, the last being Lynn Haven Baptist Church in Vinton.  He, his wife (Maryanna) and son (Josiah) reside in Vinton.  Mrs. Soult teaches fifth grade at Goodview Elementary in Bedford County.
    Mentow Baptist Church was started in 1900 and organized in 1901.  It is located at the intersection of Routes 43 and 628 (Leesville Road and Mentow Drive, once known as Dike and Calloway Roads).  Mentow is associated with the Strawberry Baptist Association on a local level, the Baptist General Association of Virginia on a state level, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on a national level.  

 Citrus Fruit from Texas
     Mountain View Union Church will be taking orders  again this year for fresh tree ripened fruit from Texas.  There will be Juice oranges, navel oranges and Pink Grapefruits available. All proceeds will benefit the Church building fund. Fruit is expected to arrive around Dec. 5.  For more information on ordering fruit,  call  540-586-4873  or  540-586-2001.


Thursday, Oct. 28

National speakers to appear at CWA of Virginia’s 'In God We Still Trust' Conference
    Concerned Women for America of Virginia will host a “In God We Still Trust” Conference on Thursday evening, Oct. 28, at Brookhill Wesleyan Church, 1043 Cifax Road, Forest.
    The keynote speaker will be Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. Also, speaking are Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation, and George Tryfiates, executive director of Concerned Women for America.
    Learn about the issues affecting the country and state and how to influence the culture with Biblical values. CWA President Wendy Wright commented, “ Americans are on the brink of an historic election. Spurred by arrogant politicians who treat citizens as ATMs, voters are engaged like never before. It is in God, not bloated government that we trust. It is up to us to restore government to its rightful place as servant, not master.”
    For more information, go to http://va.cwfa.org and click on “CWA of Virginia’s “In God We Still Trust.”
The program is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow the event.

Friday, Oct. 29

Soul'd Out Quartet
    Southern Gospel at its best continues to arrive at Halesford Baptist Church.  Soul'd Out Quartet will be in concert On Friday, October 29.  All are invited to see the Singing News's "Horizon Group of the Year" at 7 p.m.  No admission fee but a love offering will be received.  Joy FM will be holding a "meet and greet" at 5:30 p.m. at the church, come early for this event.  Need more information, call 540-719-1538.

Homeward Bound
    Homeward Bound will be performing at Mays Memorial United Methodist Church in Stewartsville at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.  Light refreshments, including ice cream, will be available.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast
    Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast, Applebee’s, 1189 E Lynchburg Salem Tpk, Bedford, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, and a drink for $5 per person.  Proceeds will benefit mission teams going to Alaska and Haiti from Palestine Baptist Church, Huddleston.

Hee Haw comes to Mentow
    Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, will be having a Fall Festival on October 30,beginning with an old-fashioned wiener roast at 5:30 p.m.  The Hee Haw shows starts at 6:30, featuring Steve Hackworth as Buck Owens; Rick Dellinger, Roy Clark; Paul Mitchell, Grandpa Jones; Kim Kirby, Minnie Pearl; William Kirby, Ray Stevens; Maureen Martin, Lorretta Lynn; Mike Trent, Junior Samples; Hunter Woodford, Stringbean; Makayla Woodford, Cathy Baker; Karen Woodford, Irlene Mandrell; Milton Martin, Conway Twitty; John and Bonnie Boyles, The Nags; Davie Wooodford, The Crying Man; Michelle Creasey, Dolly Parton; Debra Bragg, LuLu Roman; Estelle Ogden, Ethel; Duke (The Wonder Dog), Holly Creasey; and Whitney Ogden, Taylor Creasey, Katalin Jenkins, and Annette Jenkins, The Hee Haw Honeys. 

Sunday, Oct. 31

Gospel concert
    On Sunday, Oct. 31 at  3 p.m. there will be  a  Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel Concert at Mountain View Union Church. Concert will be  featuring Gospel Singer Bobby Phillips and Bluegrass Gospel Band Homeward Bound. Freewill Offering will be taken to be donated  to the performing singers. Refreshments and  fellowship will follow the concert.  Mountain View is located on 460 West behind the Bedford Moose Lodge.

EastLake Community Church Fall Festival
    EastLake Community Church, 1118 Hendrick's Store Rd. in Moneta (the old Shoprite building), will be holding a Family Fall Fun Festival on Sunday, Oct. 31 including games, trunk or treat and fun activities for children and families from 4-8 p.m. There will be free chili, a costume contest, puppet show and bounce house.  For more information call 540-297-0966  or visit the church Web site at www.elcchurch.com.

Trunk or Treat
    Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Nicopolis United Methodist Church.

Missionary Day
    On Sunday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m., Missionary Day will be observed at the Poplar Spring Baptist Church in Goode.  Minister Ed Carton of the Believer's Fellowship Church of Lynchburg will deliver the morning message along with his choir and church family.  The Rev. Dr. Herman Robertson is pastor.

Fifth Sunday Service
    The United Sunday School Fellowship of Evington and Vicinity, fifth Sunday Service will be held at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Evington, on Oct. 31. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Carlton Johnson will be preaching and the Lawyers Missionary Baptist Church choir will render the music.

Hallelujah Sunday
    Join Prayer Outreachers on Hallelujah Sunday for an uplifting time of prayer, praise, worship and fun—Sunday Oct. 31.  Sunday School is at 11:30 a.m., Praise and Worship is at 12:30 p.m., and fun and food will be at 3 p.m.  The church is located across from Vista Food.

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.