The Northern Botetourt Singers, under the direction of Lillian Cook, will present a Christmas musical by Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith titled “Bethlehem Morning” at the following locations, dates and times:
December 8 at Galatia Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m.
December 12 at The Glebe at 7:00 p.m.
December 19 at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m.
December 29 at Forest Grove Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m..
The public is cordially invited to attend any or all of these performances.
These golfers raised a lot of money for the Buchanan Food Pantry!
On October 19th the first annual “ Buchanan Food Pantry Classic” was held at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club. Proceeds from this Captains Choice golf tournament were sent to the Buchanan Food Pantry. After all expenses we were able to send a check to the pantry for over $2800.
The Buchanan Food Pantry came into existence in early 2010. Since its inception, the pantry has distributed over $115,000 in food to residents in need residing in Botetourt County. The pantry is funded through donations from Buchanan area churches, individual businesses and private donations. The pantry is managed and ran by an all volunteer team.
We want to thank all of the golfers who participated in this tournament and helped make it the success that is was.
We also want to thank all hole sponsors as they were a key part in this fund raising activity. Holes were sponsored by: Austin Electric, Trinity Episcopal Church, Steel Dynamics, Hair Gallery, Yokohama Tire, Botetourt Funeral Home, Carmeuse, Terry Austin Delegate – Elect, Mt. Joy RV- Mid-state Equipment, Bank of Botetourt, Con-Way Freight, and Hubbard’s Small Engine Repair.
A big thanks to Bank of Fincastle and Read Mountain Animal Hospital for contributing to the cart bag snacks.
Thank you BAMA (Buchanan Area Ministers Association) and Virginia Presbyterian Church for sponsoring our lunch.
And thanks to all of those who contributed to door prizes. We collected 80 door prizes for our 60 golfers. Many of these were baked goods from our locals churches and the Ladies of Yokohama Tire in Salem. Because of these contributions every golfer took something home.
A special thanks goes out to Ken (KW) Mowles for helping get this tournament off the ground in its first year.
Another special thanks to the members of Virginia Presbyterian Church for volunteering to help on the day of the tournament. We could not have done this without you.
And a final thanks to Scott Frazier and Tim Jennings at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club. They were very supportive of this tournament and a big help.
Our plan is to make this a yearly outing so please stay tuned for an announcement of the next tournament in early spring.
Harvest Ministries at 909 BlueRidge Boulevard shares the following:
The Southern Gospel group “Freedom’s Crossing” will be with us for a Christmas Concert Tour on Sunday December 1 at 11:00 am. Admission is free and everyone is welcome as we kick off the Christmas season with a variety of songs performed by this exciting group. They have toured across the country and will be back in Roanoke for this special Christmas concert. For more information contact the church office at 977-3995.
The stars will shine this Christmas on 137 Church Street In Fincastle!
$5 stars are available for an outdoor lighted memory and honor Christmas tree at the Family Life Center of Fincastle United Methodist Church. Memorialize someone in heaven with a gold star or honor a loved one with a silver star. Pets are included with a red star.
Tree lighting ceremony and carols will be held on Dec 7 at 5 pm at the FLC.
The entire Botetourt community and beyond is invited to participate. To purchase a star, send $5 per star to:
Fincastle United Methodist Church,
PO Box 63, Fincastle, Virginia 24090.
Or stop by the church office Monday through Thursday 9-1, or come by Together on Wednesday at 6 pm. Attend a worship service Sunday at 9 or 11 am and buy a star afterward.
Please include a non returnable photo, the name on the star and your name and if it is in memory of or in honor of a loved one or for beloved pet.
All of the names will be read at the ceremony and be on display at the FLC through New Years.
Proceeds will benefit the many missions and ministries of FUMC including local and foreign missions. Questions -call the church office at 473-3001.
“David Austin & The Yuletide Youth” will perform a Christmas concert featuring traditional and new favorites. The concert will be held at Lithia United Methodist Church on Sunday December 1, at 4:00 PM.
The band is comprised of local talented, young musicians: Taylor Leonard, Morgan Rakes, Hannah Austin, Ryan Wood, Molly Austin, Brianna Dunbar, Anna Falls, and several other youthful voices. They will be backed by veteran players which include: Austin, Keith Wood, Greg Honeycutt, John Stump, and Leslie Dunbar.
The church is located at 21 Delong Lane, Buchanan, Virginia. Admission is free; a love offering will be received. For more information visit www.davidaustinmusic.com or call 540-254-2696.
Picture: members available for the picture were (l-r): front – Andy Wood, Brianna Dunbar, Tiffany Brandt, Taylor Leonard, Anna Falls and Molly Austin. back – Hannah Austin, Ryan Wood, John Stump, David Austin, Leslie Dunbar, Keith Wood, Morgan Rakes and Kaitlyn Rakes.
It’s just about Thanksgiving time and Christmas has a jump on everything it seems. Over at Bonsack Baptist Church the week before Thanksgiving, Operation Christmas Child is in full swing. The church sits on the cusp of Roanoke and Botetourt Counties and has served as a collection site for shoeboxes wrapped and laden with toys. But this Christmas preview is alright because it brings love and hope to children throughout the world.
Part of Samaritan’s Purse an international ministry lead by Franklin Graham, the non profit says on it’s website, “Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.” Twenty years of bringing joy and love at Christmas and all year to children around the world. A world where there is no mall Santa or discount store down on the corner, but love tucked into a gift wrapped shoebox filled with toys, toothbrushes, combs and simple pleasures.
Terry Tucker representing Fincastle United Methodist Chuch delivered twenty four boxes packed last Wednesday by youth and adults at a Wednesday night program called TOW. Bonsack Baptist Preschool brought ten more carried by little hands not unike the future receivers of the boxes. The volunteers proccessed them and packed them into cartons. Each is labeled with the number of shoeboxes inside.
The site began collecting boxes on Monday, Nov. 18. The collection will end next Monday at 11 a.m. when the boxes are transported to Salem to be placed in tractor trailors bound for a warehouse in Charlotte. From that center, they are proccessed and delivered through out the world.
“Last year we collected 3,600 boxes here at Bonsack,” said Katherine Cochran who supervises the site. She was assisted in the reception of boxes by Tracey Bratton, Kay Wilson and Claudia Pittenger who packed the shoe boxes, brightly wrapped in festive paper, into cartons in a trailor on the church parking lot. All agreed volunteering for the annual shoe box round up was uplifting. “Hearing the stories about children who have received the boxes is wonderful,” said Pittinger. ” I take my own daughters out to get the items to fill the boxes.” (To see the list of what to put in the box, click here.)
Inside, Nancy Perdue, Loreen Tolley and Debbie Bowling worked the registration table taking names and addresses of those who donate to the cause. “It’s a great way to touch children who need love. It is helping teach our children realize there are those out there with nothing,” said Tolley. Postage is $7 per box to cover the cost of worldwide distribution.
Each box is prayed over before it is shipped and most several times from the packing of the box at home or church, to the sites of collection to the warehouse. “We hope we are a blessing to these children,” said Cochran. Most of the volunteers have been doing this a previous year, but for some it is the first expereince.
The preschool children at Bonsack Baptist in the 3 and 4 year old class formed a single line. The teachers carried boxes they had packed in class. Each child touched the box, many shook the box, as it traveled down the line to Pittenger who waited to help pack the carton bound for somewhere in the world.
Yes, it is Thanksgiving after all. Giving thanks for all that Americans have available. But for millions of children around the globe, it is about giving from of a land of plenty. Love is enclosed in a brightly wrapped shoe box that reminds that mixing a bit of Christmas in Thanksgiving is ok. Operation Christmas Child is all about being thankful, sharing, giving and loving little neighbors where ever they may live.
Hours of Collection through Monday Nov. 25 at Bonsack Baptist Church.
Cochran said, “And yes, there is still time to prepare a box.” Click here for instructions.
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Troutville welcomes Roy Thomas as transition pastor.
Thomas is from Charlottesville and has served as an Intentional Interim Minister (IIM) for six years.
Prior to his role as IIM, Dr. Thomas was pastor at Crozet Baptist Church for 28 years, where he witnessed significant growth in membership and participation. During his service there, Thomas led Crozet Baptist in two major building programs and a capital stewardship campaign, assisted with administrative tasks such as policy writing, and helped to develop and train ministry teams. As an IIM, he has enabled the churches he has served to become healthier, more mission-based communities of faith. He is also an author and contributor to Preaching in the Interim and Preaching in the Interim, Vol. 2, two books published by the Center for Congregational Health. Thomas received his B.A. in psychology from University of Virginia and his Master’s of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he has received training from the Spiritual Direction Institute, the Center for Congregational Health at Wake Forest Medical Center, and Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary.
Thomas is currently the President of the Virginia Network of Interim Ministers. He also serves on the national advisory board of the Association of Intentional Interim Ministers.
We invite you to join us on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at 11:00 am for worship as we welcome Dr. Thomas to the pulpit.
Key Sponsors and staff turn the soil during The Glebe Aquatic Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Glebe Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Aquatic Center
On Thursday, November 14, The Glebe held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for an Aquatic Center soon to be under construction at The Glebe. Speakers included Dr. Randall Robinson, President of Virginia Baptist Homes, Dr. Ben Burks, Executive Director of The Glebe, The Reverend Dr. Robert T. Copenhaver and The Reverend L. Clyde Carter, residents of The Glebe. Following the program, key sponsors of the Aquatic Center took shovels in hand and turned the soil as the symbolic beginning of the project. During the program appreciation was expressed to the sponsors whose donations designated for the Aquatic Center made this project possible.
Residents will benefit from the heated indoor pool to swim laps as well as participate in classes with exercises to improve cardio and others with less stress providing relief from the discomfort of arthritis, etc. The complete program for the Center is currently being developed. The pool will be 60 feet by 26.6 feet with graduated depth of up to five feet with access via a ramp as well as stairs. Men’s and women’s locker rooms will be adjacent to the pool and whirlpool spa. The Aquatic Center will be situated with views of the Allegheny Mountains.
Residents of The Glebe take advantage of various opportunities to maintain healthy lifestyles. Many residents benefit from regular walks around the beautiful campus of The Glebe and a number of residents are members of The Glebe Hiking Club. Also, a part of the Wellness Program is the Fitness Center with a variety of equipment with hours open to accommodate the personal schedules of residents. The Aquatic Center will be an excellent addition to The Glebe’s Wellness Program which includes classes in Yoga, Balance, Tai Chi, strength training, etc.
The Glebe is faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Daleville, VA sponsored by Virginia Baptist Homes. www.theglebe.org
Li’l Scholars Preschool’s recent field trip to the Fincastle Fire Department.
Mrs. Fleming’s and Mrs. Gina’s classes visited the Fincastle Fire Department on Thursday, October 29th. We had a great time learning more about fire safety and the equipment Fire Fighters use. Picture (left to right): Dylan, Ryan (Fire Fighter), Shane, Kaycee, Bryson, Austin, Shawn, Bella, Eva, Braeden, Ryleigh, Gabbie, Annabelle, Aaron, Caleb, Kinzie, Cheyene, Carter, Kayla, Joey (Fire Fighter). On the fire truck: Caleb, Ryle, Keegan, Jacob & Madison.
The community is invited to attend the November meeting of Sharing God’s Grace at Wheatland Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The event begins at noon with lunch served by the ladies of the church, followed by the program. The speaker will be Genevieve Goss of the Valley Conservation Council, where she serves as a member of the VCC Board, and is the Upper James River Steward, serving Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, and Rockbridge counties. Genevieve has established the Botetourt Community Partnership, a community group that meets quarterly to discuss local planning and land use issues in the county. Plan to attend to learn about her activities to promote voluntary means of land protection, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Call 992-5403 to make a reservation and get directions to the church.