Religion news for Feb.10, 2024

Autor: Culpeper Star-Exponent

Pancake supper at St. Stephen’s, Mardi Gras party for kids

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will host a pancake supper from 5-7 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, February 13 in the Parish Hall, located off of East Street in historic downtown Culpeper.

Everyone is invited to enjoy pancakes, sausage and baked apples. The kids will have a Mardi Gras Party and Cake Walk. Cost is $10/each or $30/family. The event is sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Andrews and proceeds will benefit Young Life of Culpeper.

Shrove Dinner at Reformation Lutheran

Reformation Lutheran invites everyone to its Annual Shrove Dinner, taking place from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the church, located at 601 Madison Road in the Town of Culpeper. A Good Will Offering will be appreciated.

Black History Month at Beulah

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Beulah Baptist Church of Culpeper is celebrating Black History Month with a theme, “The Rest of the Story: Sharing Our History.”

Morning worship is at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 18 with Pastor Pitts delivering the message. After morning worship, a delicious meal will be provided. The afternoon service will begin at 2 p.m. with guest preacher, the Bishop Anthony Jones, from St. Stephens Baptist Church in King George.

For information, contact Sister Michelle Hutcherson at or 540/937-5563.

McRaven retires from Rapidan’s Waddell Church

At the end of 2023, Commissioned Ruling Elder Charles “Mac” McRaven retired as pastor at Waddell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Rapidan.

He served the church in Orange County for more than 20 years and was a faithful participant and promoter of the popular 5th Saturday Open Mic.

“We rejoice with Mac on this special occasion and are grateful for the dedication and commitment with which he served,” according to a church release. “May the Lord bless you and keep you.”

Sonrise Space Adventure with Presbyterians

Kids ages 4-11 are invited to participate in a Space Adventure from 9 a.m. to noon on February 24 in the community hall at Culpeper Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

At this free activity, youth will learn about God’s creation of the heavens and the earth with music, crafts, drama, games, and fun. There will even be a planetarium. Register at

Annual Missions Banquet in March in Madison

Antioch Baptist Church of Madison will hold its Annual Missions Banquet starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Madison Fire Hall in the town of Madison. Doors open at 3 p.m.

The guest speaker and presenter will be Bishop David J. Ferguson Sr. with Mission of the Kingdom of Elohim Ministries in King George. Musical guests will be Nubirth Music Ministry of Washington, D.C.

Ticket donation is $30 per person or $215 for a table of eight. All proceeds will benefit Antioch Missionary Fund and Outreach Ministries. For more information contact the Rev. Frank D. Lewis Sr. at 540/661-2071.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday upcoming

Amissville United Methodist holds Adult Sunday School at 9 a.m. in the social hall of the church, located at 14760 Lee Highway. Sunday service is at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Zoom and livestream services are also available.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Bible Study with Frank Fishback is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, both in the social hall.

There will be a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the social hall. The United Methodist Women will hold a business meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the social hall, and there will be an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at the church.

Sanctus Real concert this spring at CBC

Winner of the Dove Award for Modern Rock Album of the Year, Grammy-nominated Sanctus Real will perform at Culpeper Baptist Church this spring as part of the church’s 250th Anniversary Year celebration.

The Christian rock band, from Toledo, Ohio, will be live in concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Tickets are now on sale at the church website. The UnReal Tour will also feature Unspoken and JJ Weeks.

Coffee & Conversation in Warrenton

Spiritual Care Support Ministries in Warrenton offers various free programs for the community. Bereavement Support Group is held 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through April 10, at Chapel Springs Church in Bristow. RSVP to 540/349-5814 or

Coffee and Conversation is held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at the SCSM office, located at 7179 New Hope Lane in Warrenton.

An open prayer gathering is held at noon on Thursdays at the office and one-on-one counseling is available by appointment only.

Spiritual Care Support Ministries provides faith-based education, training, counseling and spiritual support to those who are ill, dying, grieving and experiencing personal loss, and to those who journey with them.

Celebrate Recovery: 12-step program

Struggling with life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits? Ready for change?

“CELEBRATE RECOVERY—A Christ-Centered 12 Step Program” meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the S.E.E. Recovery Center, located at 710 U.S. Ave. in Culpeper. For more information, see or contact and 540/439-0500.

Need of the Week: pantry staples

The Culpeper Food Closet is a community outreach ministry created and supported by St. Stephens Episcopal Church. They depend on donations of food and personal items, as well as financial support from the community.

Every week, the Food Closet posts a few items they need, but any donation is gratefully accepted. The needs this week are pantry staples: sugar, flour, cornmeal, condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup), vegetable oil, rice side dishes and Spam.

Drop off donations 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday, at 120 N. Commerce St. in Culpeper. See or visit them on Facebook. Contact or 540/825-1177 for more information.

Sermon: By Faith— An Eternal Tenure

Mountain View Community Church holds Sunday services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the Culpeper campus, located at 16088 Rogers Road.

The sermon topic for Sunday is, “By Faith: An Eternal Tenure.”

Children’s programs for babies-4th grade and Loop (5th and 6th grade) are available at both services. Surge (7th and 8th grade) starts at 10:30 a.m.

Culpeper Acoustic Café at Culpeper Baptist

Ronnie Williams and The Carter Family Sound will present a free show honoring “Mother” Maybelle Carter at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Culpeper Acoustic Café, located at 318 S. West St., downstairs at Culpeper Baptist Church.

Williams, who plays guitar and autoharp in the Mother Maybelle style, said, “The show will celebrate the Carter Family’s music and picking styles.”

Finger foods and refreshments will be available.

Though some of the group’s members have changed over time, Williams and his group have been performing in and around the Central Virginia region for almost 50 years. With Williams, the current band lineup is Donald Hockaday, Anthony Oliver, Dennis Stanley and Keith Walters.

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