Church News (week of Sept. 8, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth


Bedford Pregnancy Center finds temporary home
The Bedford Pregnancy Center now has a temporary home at Brookhill Wesleyan Church 1043 Cifax Road Forest, 24551. The phone number is the same (540) 587-5900. The Pregnancy Center will be able to continue seeing clients as usual. The organization is seeking a permanent building for the Center to purchase. Anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation may send those to P.O. Box 632, Bedford, VA 24523.

Hickory Grove UMC celebrates 50th anniversary
Hickory Grove United Methodist Church will hold its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3. Saturday’s festivities begin at noon with dinner at 12:30 p.m. followed by special music and games for children. The Golden Anniversary Service will be on Sunday at 9 a.m. While Hickory Grove United Methodist Church has existed as a congregation for over 100 years, this 50 Years of Faith and Fellowship event is a celebration of the church building where members worship today.

There will be a Revival at Morgans Baptist Church Sept. 12-15 at 7 p.m. featuring the Johnsons.
For over 28 years, Dr. Larry Johnson and his musical family traveled across North America and countries beyond preaching and singing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Now, with their children grown and rarely able to sing with them, Larry and Donna still want to really make a difference in the lives of people, whether through a song or a sermon. Their desire is to present the Gospel in a way that will not only lead people to Christ, but that will also take people to another level in their relationship with Christ. From their home base in Ontario, this Canadian family has literally lived the words of a great song “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go!”
They record in Nashville, Tenn., and have recently released their 12th project entitled “Traveling On.” In addition to preaching and singing in hundreds of local churches, they have appeared on local and national television, at city parks, on gospel cruises and at Canada’s Wonderland. In Gospel concerts, they have worked with such groups as the Cathedrals, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Nelons, Greater Vision, the Harvesters and the Calvarymen.
Larry, an ordained Baptist minister since 1974, presents Biblical truths addressing the complexity and confusion of our day in a way that people of all ages and backgrounds can easily understand. His wife, Donna, a retired registered nurse, sings with him and is a godly example for Christian wives and mothers.

Awana at Morgans Baptist
AWANA at Morgans Baptist Church begins Sunday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 - 7:30
K-6th grade. Contact 297-4959 with questions.

Community Bible Study
Smith Mountain Lake Community Bible Study is an interdenominational Bible study which welcomes men, women, and children (infants through home-schooled 6 th graders) from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge. Every Wednesday, beginning Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Halesford Baptist Church. Call 721-9338 to register or visit smithmountainlakecbs.org for more information.

In need of non-perishable food items
Bedford Christian Ministries is in dire need of non-perishable food items. Community churches and organizations can help. You can deliver the items to the office at 217 W. Washington Street. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. until noon. If donations need to be picked up, call Leon Wiley at 587-0910.

Revival services
The Annual Revival Services will begin at the Poplar Spring Baptist Church on Wednesday night Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 10. Prayer and Praise Services will begin at 7 p.m. each night and Revival Services will begin at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday night, Sept. 8, the Rev. William Goode, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Body Camp and New Life Baptist Church of Bedford will be guest preacher accompanied by his choir.
On Thursday night, Sept. 9, the Rev. John Spinner, pastor of Gospel Fellowship Temple of Bedford, will be guest preacher accompanied by his choir.
On Friday night, Sept. 10, Minister Judy Watkins, associate pastor of Sharon Baptist Church of Big Island, will be guest preacher accompanied by choir.

Colonial Bible Institute Fall Sessions
The Colonial Bible Institute Fall Sessions begin on Monday, Sept. 13. CBI was established in 1986 and offers book studies, Bible study courses, doctrinal courses, and practical courses to equip lay people in the learning of the Word of God, and to do the work of the ministry.
Sessions offered for this Fall are:
“Loving Well” Ladies Class- Beth Moore Study, Sept. 13-Oct. 4. Mondays: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Cost for materials: $7.
“Mentoring for Ministry”- Discipleship & Mentoring, Sept. 13-Oct. 18. Mondays: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost for Manual: $15.
“Suffering Due to a Pagan Society-” Study of 1 Peter. Oct. 25-Nov.29. Mondays: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The cost of classes is the cost of the book or materials. Some classes will have no cost. Pre-registration is required by calling the church office at 977-5683. Colonial Bible Institute is a ministry of Colonial Baptist Church, 221 Hillcrest St. in Blue Ridge.


Friday, Sept. 10

Gospel concert
There will be a gospel concert at Waverly Place Baptist Church, 1407 Kenwood Blvd. in Roanoke on Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m, featuring nationally known gospel music's Jimmy Ruth and Lorne Matthews. For more information and directions call the church office at 344-5527 M-F 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

9/11 Prayer Breakfast
On Friday, September 10, the "9/11 Prayer Breakfast" to pray for the community and the country. 7-8 a.m. at Bedford Baptist Church (1516 Oakwood St). A free will offering basket will be set out to defray the food costs.
Featured Speaker: James O. Smith, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, Retired. When the Pentagon was attacked by terrorists in a hijacked airliner on 9/11/2001, SGM Smith assisted in the search and rescue of injured and trapped victims. He is credited with saving several lives that fateful day. Prayer Participants: the Rev. Garry Shelton, United Methodist Church, retired; the Rev. David Whitehurst, Word of Life Evangelical Church; the Rev. Chris Dowd, Bedrock Community Church; the Rev. Kelvin Edwards, Court Street United Methodist Church; the Rev. David Henderson, Bedford Baptist Church. Special music: Staunton River High School Brass Ensemble, Sharon Jones & Kenny Taggart, Main Street United Methodist Church. Jo Ann Scott, Bagpiper. For more information call Bedford Presbyterian Church 586 -5284.

Saturday, Sept. 11

40 Years of Strings of Praise Reunion Singing
There are plans for a special free Strings of Praise Reunion Singing, where all will be welcome, especially all past and present members and supporters. Celebrating Tommy McKee of Vinton 40 years of music ministry. After the singing there will be an old-fashioned potluck dinner to share with everyone. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Community Christian Church on Rt. 24. Steve Miller is pastor. Any questions, call (540) 890-3031 Tommy McKee.

Fall Festival
On Sept. 11, Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford will be holding a Fall Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games, free food, bouncies, a make-it, grow-it, show-it display and many more activities. See what Main Street UMC has to offer.

Sunday, Sept. 12

132nd Church Anniversary
The Oakmulgee Baptist Church of Bedford, with the Rev. C.J. Taylor as pastor, will be celebrating its 132nd Church Anniversary on Sunday, September 12 beginning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. C. J. Taylor as the morning speaker. Lunch will be served right after morning services and afternoon service will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Jerome Basham of Wrightsville Baptist Church in Covington as the speaker of the hour.

Community Hymn Sing
Bedford Christians of all denominations are invited to gather for a Community Hymn Sing, on Sunday, September 12, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. with supper to follow. The event and meal is being hosted and served by the members of Washington Street Baptist Church, under the musical leadership of Dr. Harriett Taylor and the Washington Street Combined Choir. An offering will be taken for the benefit of Bedford Christian Ministries. This community gathering is sponsored by the Bedford Ministerial Association. For more information call Bedford Presbyterian Church 586 -5284 or email bedfordministerial@gmail.com.

Family and Friends Day
Shiloh Baptist Church will be celebrating Family and Friends Day on Sept. 12 at the 11 a.m. service. There will be one service and fellowship afterwards.

The Olive Branch Baptist Church, Moneta, will be observing Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 12. Morning service will be by Pastor Alvin E. Smith. Lunch will be served. Afternoon service will be at 3 p.m. with Bishop Dennis Hardy, Roanoke. The church is located at the intersection of Joppa Mill and Flint Hill Roads. The Rev. Alvin Smith is pastor.
The annual Revival will be Sept. 13-17 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Rev. E. McKinley Taylor will preach all week with area choirs each night.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

BMA fall meeting
The Bedford Ministerial Association will gather for its first Fall meeting on Tuesday, September 14, at noon at the Elks Home in Bedford. Lunch will be provided. The group will pray for one another's ministries, and learn more about community resources that are available and in which we
can be involved, and to work together in support of ecumenical events. Membership is open to all ministers who work or reside in Bedford County. To receive the email newsletter send a request to

Saturday, Sept. 18

Choir anniversary
The Senior Choir of Washington Street Baptist Church where the Rev. Henry A. Henderson is the pastor, will be celebrating its 144th Choir Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. They have invited Sarah Murphy from Promise Land Baptist Church, Moneta, to be in concert. Also the Taylor Family (Rev. E. McKinley Taylor, Sr. and his family) from Antioch Baptist Church, Peaksville, will be in concert.

Sunday, Sept. 19

Women’s Day
On Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. Prayer Outreach Ministries will have a Women’s Day service celebrating The Just Mom and Me anniversary. Church is located on 224 South Bridge St., Bedford (across from Vista Food).

Saturday, Oct. 9

Downtown Sounds of Praise Concert
The Downtown Moneta Association and Lyons Team Realtors have announced the first Downtown Sounds of Praise Concert on Saturday, Oct. 9, Starting at 5 p.m. Concert will feature several local church ministries, organizations and bands, including groups from Liberty University. Kendra Cook Penn, longtime soloist at Thomas Road Baptist Church, will also be performing. There are still opportunities for musical ministries and bands to sign-up. Concert is scheduled to be an outdoor event—attendees should bring lawn chairs, blankets, et cetera. For more information, contact Jody Lyons at Lyons Team Realtors, 540-297-7777. Proceeds will benefit Lake Christian Ministries.