Our next turn to serve up to 100 hungry residents of Radford at Unity Christian Church is Saturday, Feb 2, 2:00-5:00 pm. If you would like to help out, or even come and just observe, please use the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin to let us know you are coming.
Our friends at First Baptist Church on Rock Road have invited us over for their “Soup Bowl Sunday,” on February 3, beginning around 12:30 pm. Participants are invited to share a favorite soup or any other snack or side dish you enjoy offering to others. Attire is casual, and some folks will be wearing favorite team gear.
The cost of a healthy meal in a third world country is going up. We want to assemble 20,000 meals on the revised date of February 9 at our next Rise Against Hunger event. Our Endowment Fund is providing half of the cost. We need donations from the congregation for the remaining $3,400. Save up now and give as you can, marking your gift for Rise Against Hunger.
We are spreading the load out this year with three shifts of workers. Shift one will be mostly college students (with us providing a continental breakfast), and shift two will be made up of the Fairlawn churches. Our main shift is the third shift, to begin at approximately 1:00 pm. We will assemble 10,000 meals per shift. We need you for our shift! Please sign up on the bulletin tear-off form and plan to join us!
The Women’s Ministry is planning an Afternoon Tea for Saturday, January 19 at 2:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Sweet breads, teas and coffee will be provided. The assembled group will fill gift baskets during the tea to be delivered at a later date to our homebound members as well as members who are living in retirement homes. We are asking for donations of items for the baskets to be brought to the luncheon. Please help the planners know how many are attending by completing the tear-off on the Sunday bulletin.
All senior adults are invited to gather for a covered dish luncheon on Thursday, January 17 at 11:30 am. A very interesting program is planned, focusing on health and wellness. Barbara Griffith, a certified senior fitness instructor at the Radford Recreation Center, will share information on the Silver Sneaker’s Program AND demonstrate exercises targeted for seniors. This should be a great way to begin the new year! We will also plan to share updates on our “Seniors In Need”. We are also inviting our senior friends from FBC Rock Road. Please help the leadership group plan the set-up by completing a reservation form on the Sunday bulletin tear-off.
A church-wide lunch and Advent Wreath Workshop on Sunday, Dec 2 will provide supplies and guidance to allow every household to create a take-home an Advent wreath to light throughout December. A choice of devotional guides for home will help families or older adults focus each day on preparing our hearts for Christmas. Join this fun event developed by the Inspiring Worship and Spiritual Growth ministry teams! Lunch will be Subway boxed lunches. Please sign up to help us plan orders for lunches and supplies.
Wednesday, November 28
6:00 Wednesday Night Supper
6:45 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Adult Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, December 2
9:45 Sunday School
11:00 Morning Worship
12:00 Lunch + Advent Wreath Workshop
4:45 Adult Hand Bell Choir
5:30 Sunday Night Supper
5:50 Kids Club
6:20 Children’s Choirs
Monday, December 3
5:30 Community Needs Ministry Team
Wednesday, December 5
5:00 Senior Adults Action Group
6:00 Wednesday Night Supper
6:45 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Adult Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, December 8
7:00 Children’s Christmas Party
We are now accepting non-perishable food and cash contributions for our annual White Christmas Project, with the intent of providing a sturdy re-stocking of the pantries of as many as 30 local families just before Christmas. Please drop your contributions off as you come to church. Financial gifts are needed as well, and can be made to “White Christmas” online or via a check and envelope. The deadline is Sunday, Dec 16.
Senior adults are invited to a covered dish Thanks-giving Dinner on Thursday, November 15, 11:30 am. Beef tenderloin will be provided; participants are invited to bring side dishes and desserts to share. After the meal, Gary Ellerman will share “Reflections on Thanksgiving.” We are inviting our senior friends from First Baptist on Rock Road, so please let our office know of your plans to attend.
Thank you for your enthusiastic response to our new focus on shoebox gifts of art supplies for Radford’s Head Start 3 year old class in our facilities as well as the 4 year old classes at McHarg Elementary (71 children). All boxes have been picked up. Bring your filled shoebox to church on Sunday, Dec 9 or drop off at the office by Dec 12. You do not need to decorate the box - the children may choose to do that with the gifts inside!
It’s our turn to serve a meal to our hungry neighbors this Saturday, November 10. If you’d like to help, please arrive around 2:00 pm for the 4:00 dinner. If you would like to contribute cole slaw or a dessert, please let Kathy Lester know, for planning purposes.
A children’s Halloween Party is being planned by Emily Warren and friends for Saturday evening, October 27. Kids can dress up in their costumes if they wish. There will be food, games and crafts to enjoy. It will be held in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:00 pm. Friends are welcome too!
Have you been looking for a good book to read? Do you have some good reads that you would like to donate for someone else to enjoy? Would you like to have a good time of fellowship (which includes food) and to hear a local author share her story. If so, please join us on October 27th at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall for a Women’s Ministry luncheon and Book Exchange. Connie Wohlford will speak briefly on how she became a Christian author. Connie has written several children’s books that have been published and she will be offering some of those books for sale. She has also been a contributor to a published Bible study and will be donating one of these devotional books to our Book Exchange.
If you have a book or books that you are willing to part with (such as cookbooks, devotional books or just a good read) please bring them. You can bring and take as many as you wish. We are also asking that you bring your favorite finger food to share, as well as any non-perishable food items that you would like to donate to the food bank at The Shelter which serves hungry students in our community. Please sign up on the bulletin tear-off form or contact the office to make a reservation. We hope you will join us as we continue to build relationships, to provide for others in our community and to be inspired.
Our senior adults are planning a trip to Wytheville on Thursday, October 25 for lunch and a matinee performance of “Country Roads” at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. The musical is a tribute to Country Music and its stars of the past and present. Cost is $38, all inclusive. Reservations are limited to the first 25 who sign up now, either using the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin, or by calling the church office. If you sign up and then cancel later, please understand that you are still responsible for the cost of your reservation.
The congregation of First Baptist Church on Rock Road has invited us to join them for a Potluck Luncheon at 12:30 pm on Sunday, October 14. They will provide meats and invite us to share sides and desserts. Let’s all plan to join them for a great time of fellowship together.
Children of all ages are invited to join Emily, Ashleigh and Lee Ann for a Disney movie and pizza on Friday evening, September 21. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30 pm. Please use the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin to sign up your child. As always, children are more than welcome to invite a friend to come too.
Get ready for one of our biggest social and outreach events of the year, as we move the Church Picnic this year to Bisset Park. Just as in the past, the church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, and paper products. You are asked to bring sides and desserts to share. We will be inviting First Baptist Church on Rock Road to join us, along with three college student organizations. We hope you will invite some friends and neighbors too. The picnic begins at 5:00 pm at Shelter #2 – just after you drive under the bridges.
A celebration of the life of Holly Cline’s mother, Ruth Cline, will be held this coming Saturday morning, September 8. The gathering will take place at 9:30 am in our Fellowship Hall and will include thoughts shared by family members as well as an “open mic” opportunity for others to speak. A light brunch will be available afterwards.
The Shelter will be hosting the American Red Cross in our large parking lot for a Blood Drive on Monday, August 27 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The cookout and music that will follow later in the afternoon across the street at The Shelter is meant for attracting neighborhood college students. But the blood drive itself is open to all and welcomes everyone who wishes to donate blood. The location is directly across the street from The Shelter.
Children who will promote to a new class for the fall are encouraged to be in Sunday School on August 25 to get ready for the new year. During the last ten minutes of Sunday School, children will move to their new classroom and meet their new teachers. On Sunday, September 2, children should report directly to their new classes.
We are deeply grateful to all of our preschool, grade school and teen teachers and workers who are so committed to helping our younger generations develop a solid foundation in Christian faith and Bible comprehension!
Our children and their parents and siblings, as well as all our folks who work with children are invited to Kent and Nancy Taylor’s farm on Sunday, August 12 for an informal time of fellowship, games, and ice cream sundaes. The location is near the New River Valley Airport at 4945 Carper Branch Rd, Dublin. The event will begin at 5:30 pm. Please let Kent or the office know you’re coming.
This August Dr. Matt Cataldi will join the faculty at Radford University as Assistant Professor of Piano, and he will join our church staff as Accompanist. Matt comes to us from New York City where he was a conductor, musical director, vocal coach, arranger, and collaborative pianist. Having a church staff member with both Matt’s Christian commitment and his incredible musical abilities is truly a gift from God! Matt’s first Sunday will be July 29.
The Women’s Ministry will host a salad lunch on Saturday, July 28 at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall for the purpose of collecting donations of goods to stock up The Shelter when it opens in August. All women who attend are asked to bring a salad or crackers to share. Beverages and salad dressings will be provided. Those who attend are asked to contribute some of the following items: toiletries, cleaning products, food and snack items, pots and pans, an iron, salt, pepper, sugar, flour, peanut butter, jelly, pitchers, trash bags, small trash cans, and laundry baskets. After lunch, the group will make note cards of encouragement for the students who will become residents of The Shelter. This will include decorating the cards as well as offering words of encouragement and support. Please sign up to attend. You can register on the Sunday bulletin tear-off form or by calling the church office at 639-4419.
First Baptist will take a turn serving the Community Meal at Unity Christian Church on Saturday, July 14. Our menu includes barbecue sandwiches and Cole slaw. We are looking for volunteers to help in the following ways:
- two to provide the Cole slaw
- willing workers to help serve the food
- clean up crew at the end of dinner
To volunteer, please sign up on the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin.