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Religion news for Nov. 18, 2023

Autor: Culpeper Star-Exponent

Christmas Bazaar in Brandy a success

Organizers reported a fabulous Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 4, in the Brandy Station Fire Hall. Stand Firm Fellowship Church members organized the holiday event featuring a bounty of unique, homemade items from various vendors.

The new church meets at 10 a.m. on Sundays at Reva Fire Hall in Culpeper County with Pastor Travis Phillips.

Operation Christmas Child at Open Door Baptist

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many families and children are giving thanks for all their blessings and sharing those blessings with children in need by packing shoeboxes with Operation Christmas Child.

Shoebox gifts prepared by generous donors and filled with toys, personal care items and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, running through Monday. Participating again this year locally is Open Door Baptist Church on Germanna Highway in Culpeper.

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Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to children worldwide for three decades. In 2023, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach another 11 million children. This season, there’s still time for individuals, families and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts.

“This season, children around the world need a tangible reminder that there is hope and that God loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Through these shoebox gifts packed with special items, children also receive the opportunity to hear about the eternal hope found in Jesus Christ.”

Participants can use the online lookup tool on samaritanspurse.org to find the nearest drop-off location and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts.   

Drop off times at Open Door Baptist are 9 a.m. to noon today, 1-6 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.

Crawford Singers for Ushers Day

Good Hope Baptist Church of Norman will be celebrating its annual Ushers Day at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Special guests will be the Crawford Singers of Staunton. Come out and enjoy and afternoon of fellowship and good gospel music.

Free Thanksgiving dinner from local church

Shiloh Baptist Church will be serving up free Thanksgiving dinners from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 23, to anyone who wants one.

The Shiloh Thanksgiving Feast will take place outside the Farm Bureau office, located at 440 James Madison Highway in Culpeper. No registration is required. Just show up and pick up a pre-packaged, fully cooked Thanksgiving meal.

Dinners will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and dessert.

For information or to inquire about making a donation, call or text Tim at 540/661-9851 or email tmosley107@gmail.com.

Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday

Adult Sunday School is held at 9 a.m. Sundays in the social hall at Amissville United Methodist, located at 14760 Lee Highway, with worship at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. At 5 p.m. on Sunday, the congregation will participate in the annual Community Thanksgiving Service to be held at Sonshine Church, located at 2161 Colvin Road in Amissville.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Bible Study with Frank Fishback meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, both in the social hall. Contact Pastor Maxine Crenshaw at 540/937-4978 for more information.

Men’s Breakfast at Culpeper Baptist

A Men’s Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. today in the fellowship hall at Culpeper Baptist Church, featuring special speakers Robbie Yeaman and Mark Lee.

Friends from a young age, Lee and Yeaman grew up in Culpeper during the 1980s. After starting a long list of small businesses, they went into the car wash business in 2004 after graduating from Virginia Tech, according to a church release.

It didn’t take many years of energy and success for them to conclude God should be the central focus of the business. Almost two decades later, after growing, building and selling several chains of car washes around Virginia, the duo are on a new mission to help young entrepreneurs be who God created them to be, the release stated. This event is free and open to the public.

Holiday Family Fun Day at Culpeper Baptist

Generations Central at Culpeper Baptist Church is hosting a free Holiday Family Fun Day from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 2, at 318 S. West St.

The public is invited to come make an ornament, enjoy a hot chocolate bar, scavenger hunt, visits with Santa, free family photos and peruse beautiful handmade crafts for sale. See generationscentral.org.

Buy-A-Bird Thanksgiving food campaign

The Culpeper Food Closet is once again holding its annual Buy-a-Bird campaign to make sure families in Culpeper can sit down to a special holiday meal.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful, as you sit down to your family Thanksgiving meal, to know that you have provided a full meal to a family in Culpeper that faces food insecurity?” according to a Food Closet release.

For $25 per meal, supporters can Buy-A-Bird and all the sides to help their neighbors in need have a special holiday without worrying about the cost. Consider buying several as the goal is to help 650 families this year. Checks may be sent to Culpeper Food Closet, P.O. Box 343, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Questions? Contact Faith Dickerson at directorculpeperfoodcloset@gmail.com.

Holiday concerts at Culpeper UMC, Locust Grove

The Blue Ridge Chorale of Culpeper will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, at Lake of the Woods Church in Locust Grove.

The chorale will reprise its holiday concert at at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, at Culpeper United Methodist Church. Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

The Blue Ridge Chorale is a community choir performing locally for over 50 years. Melanie Bolas is chorale director, chorale accompanist is Brittany Bache and Kelly Pellegreen is assistant director and accompanist.

Holiday Grief Workshops Sunday

A free holiday grief workshop will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, in the Generations Central Room at Culpeper Baptist Church.

For those grieving the death of a loved one or a friend, these workshops can help them face the upcoming holidays with hope. Dreading the holidays or wondering how to survive the weeks leading to Christmas?

During the holiday grief workshops, attendees will be with people who understand how they feel — how painful it is to even think about the holidays. 

Parking is in the lower parking lot on South West Street. A leader will greet participants at the door. Questions? Contact hmurdock@culpeperbaptist.org or Joyce Beales at 540/825-8192 or grief@culpeperbaptist.org.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast in December

The Annual Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 2, at Antioch Baptist Church, located at 202 S. West St. in Culpeper.

This year’s theme is “Pray with a Purpose and Recover with Praise.” Enjoy a musical performance by Robert Michie and sermonettes by the Rev. Reese Washington, pastor of Shiloh Baptist in Brandy Station and the Rev. Wayne Robinson. Attendees should prepare their palette to be fed spiritually by the guest ministers and physically with an all-you-can-eat country breakfast.

Sermon—Now Is Not The Time To Sleep

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 this week is, “Sardis: Now Is Not The Time To Sleep.”

Children’s programs for babies-4th grade and Loop (5th and 6th grades) are available at both services. Surge for 7th and 8th graders is at 10:30 a.m. Listen at mountainviewcc.net and Mountain View CC on Facebook.

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