During April we are receiving gifts to support missionaries of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, at work in the United States and around the globe befriending and encouraging the overlooked in societies and modeling for them the way of Jesus. A special offering envelope is included in your offering set for this purpose, or you may mark any plain envelope for “Easter Missions.” Alternatively, you can also give online at fbcradford.org/give.
The Community Needs Team will be collecting new or gently used books during April to send home with the head start students for the summer. Although they are not reading yet, these 3 year olds will be developing important pre-reading skills as they interact. Books with large colorful illustrations, rhyming words, and few lines of text on a page are best. ABC books, counting books, nursery rhyme books will work as well. Drop books off in the baskets located at each entrance.
You are invited to the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 18 for an Agape Meal. Scripture readings, prayers, and hymns will accent each dinner course. Sharing around each table will be informal and, at times, directed. The evening will culminate with an observance of the Lord’s Supper. Reservations are required – please complete the tear-off on the bulletin.
Senior adults gather on Wednesday, April 17 at 11:30 to share salads and desserts, before going out to visit our “Seniors in Need.” Please verify in advance with your senior that this will be a good time for a visit. Small vases of flowers will be available to take for your visit. Please sign up for the meal on the tear-offon the Sunday worship bulletin.
This regularly scheduled business meeting includes a proposal to modify the church constitution by specifying that there will be 12 members of the Deacon Fellowship, beginning this fall, with each member serving three year terms. If approved there will be no need for deacon elections this fall, as this will allow us to automatically move into the 3 year cycle instead of the previous 4 year cycle. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall.
The Women’s Ministry is hosting a coffee, tea, and pastries get-together on Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. Nancy Taylor will lead a discussion on “Women in Christ,” and opportunity will be offered to learn about and sign up for various ministries including Cards, Meals, Prayer Partners, Transportation, Visitation emphases. The women of FBC Rock Road have been invited too. Consider bringing a friend with you!
On March 23-25 we are partnering with To Our Househomeless ministry to provide a home-cooked meal each evening to 10-12 men and women. We will serve the dinner to them on location at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Cambria Street in Christiansburg. You can volunteer to prepare part of a meal and send it, and/or help serve the meal on-site on the night of your choice. To sign up, please contact Charles or Koni Millsaps directly.
The Senior Adults will gather on Thursday, March 21 at 11:30 for a potluck meal and fellowship. After lunch, Sarah Carter, from FBC Rock Road, will share information about our local Native American and African American history via a program entitled: “My Family’s Roots And Journeys”. Please sign up on the Sunday tear-off form.
The Spiritual Growth Ministry Team is providing free copies of a special devotional booklet for use during the Season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and continues to Easter. Lent offers us time to step away from our busy lives each day for a few minutes of reflection on what it means to grow deeper in commitment to Christ and our hurting world. Please limit copy to one per household. They may be picked up at each of the main entrances to the church.
The youth group will leave from church at 4:25 on March 3 for a jumping outing at Xtreme Springs in Christiansburg. Cost is $15 per person, and parental waiver must be completed online in advance if one is not already on file there - xtremespringz.com. Afterwards we will grab supper at the local Waffle House. Bring a friend!
Children of all ages are invited to join Emily Warren and friends for a kid-friendly movie and popcorn night in our Fellowship Hall, beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday, Feb 22. To sign up, please complete the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.
The senior adults will gather for a covered dish luncheon on Thursday, February 21 at 11:30 am. After the always delectable meal, Dr. Bob Boggess will share stories and photos of his recent trip to Antarctica. Please help the group leaders plan effectively by signing up on the bulletin tear-off form.
March is our turn among area churches to help keep the Radford Food Pantry stocked. Increased need is expected in the weeks ahead, so please consider dropping off easy to prepare non-perishables in our wooden box in the Education Building foyer each week. Spaghetti, mac ‘n cheese, apple sauce, peanut butter and the like are especially desired. Cash donations can be designated to “Radford Food Pantry.” Thank you!
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!
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.
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.
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.