Pastor’s Blog

Children’s Musical: A Table for Five….Thousand!

Our children’s choirs gave a wonderful presentation on May 24. The Cherub Choir, made up of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, directed by Kim Crowley, sang folk songs such as Lord of the Dance and Hashivenu, and closed with Go Now in Peace. Our two older...

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Regrets and Healing

What We Regret We regret choices we made/choices we never had (job, marriage, family) There are things we wish we had not said/had said We wish we had spent more time on(family, friend, laughter, roses) We held grudges, built walls, set conditions, withheld...

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Summer Gifts from God

Originally published in the 2017 Fall Quarterly Explorer PASSPORTkids! Camp by Buddy Sumner photos by Kenton Sumner Early one Tuesday morning, nine families entrusted their children to three adults for a journey that would leave such an impression on their lives...

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Making a House a Home

Recently, Will and I moved into a new house. It’s our first house together, and we’re just beginning to figure out this home ownership thing. Where we used to have maintenance help from the apartment owners, we now must research and fix it ourselves or hire someone....

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Introducing… Thoughtful Faith Community

Originally published in the 2017 Fall Quarterly Explorer Your church staff and the Board of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation have been hard at work revamping our Wednesday night programming. We’ve worked to align the children’s and adults’ schedules so that...

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“What are You Teaching the World?”

Last Sunday, Chester Phelps’ sermon was awesome. If you haven’t heard it, you should check it out. Towards the end of the sermon, he talked about how we all need to go out and do something to show what Christ has done for us. Last night at Vespers, Karen Brown asked...

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The Excitement & Freedom of Faithful Stewardship

Stewardship, more than mere giving, is about asking the question, “How is my life to be lived if I am to live my life in God’s service?” There are two ways to ask that question: the minimizing way and the maximizing way. The minimizing way asks, “How much must I do?”...

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Thank You

Sometimes, words do not convey the feeling one has for a task completed or individual involved seeing that a project is successful. This is especially true with the recently completed mission trip to Farmington, Maine. Twenty-four youth and twenty-one adults worked...

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Building the Next Generation of Church Leaders

Hiring the right people for our staff is critical to the health of our congregation. As a member of our Personnel Committee for the last several years, I have been a part of the hiring process for several of our ministerial and other staff members. During the hiring...

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Events Welcome New Members & Guests

Originally published in the 2017 Summer Quarterly Explorer Before the construction of our chapel, the founding members of River Road Church built a fireplace on the property. Around that fireplace, they shared fellowship and their dreams for a new church. It seemed...

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WMU Connectors Attended Kates Day

Originally published in the 2017 Summer Quarterly Explorer Five women of the Connectors’ Women’s Missions Circle of RRCB went to Kates Day at the Women’s Correctional Center of Virginia in Goochland. This has become an annual visit for several women of RRCB who go in...

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Fidelity

Some words in the Hebrew language are downright difficult to translate. A rich case in point is that of the word chesed (transliteration), which refers to a particular characteristic in relationships, specifically attributed to God. Over the centuries of translations...

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Christmas in July

Hello from Tennessee! Our group of 16 made it to Knoxville around 10:30 on Sunday night. Camp began on Monday afternoon with singing and dancing and all around excitement for the week to come. We’ve had a great week of learning, laughing, being together, and...

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RRCB Preschool Fun Day

Originally published in the 2017 Summer Quarterly Explorer Rain didn’t stop us from having fun on May 13th! Our Preschool Fun Day was enjoyed by families from both River Road Church and River Road Preschool. We played games, sang songs, and had story time together....

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Who are we? Reflections on CBF General Assembly 2017

At River Road Church, Baptist, we partner with a number of church and parachurch organizations to advance the work of God in the world. While we are ecumenical in our fellowship, we are Baptist in our congregational structure, and we are Baptist in that we send...

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What’s in Your Bucket?

A few weeks ago, I ran into some members of our Chancel Committee Flower Team making the arrangements of flowers for worship. If you’ve never seen the process, here’s how it goes: you get two big buckets of flowers, then it’s up to two or three people to create...

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Renewal

The singing of hymns, old and new, helps us to renew and restore. Join us on Sunday evening for a concert that will give you a new perspective on some beloved hymns of the church.

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Five Servant Characteristics

The God of the psalmist always provided companionship for heavy-laden pilgrims traversing the valleys of life. This month, six Stephen Ministers are in training to better become equipped to offer care to folks in various transitions. The 50 hours of training invite...

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Seasons at River Road

Originally published in the 2017 Summer Quarterly Explorer Seasons of the Church The winter and spring seasons are comprised of many different observances for churches like ours who follow the Liturgical Calendar. From January through May, we celebrated the light of...

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Acting Like a Child

My daughter Ashley is a budding photographer. A few weekends ago, our family went to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Ashley grabbed the camera and got to work. Kneeling to capture a rose in the perfect light or framing the picture in an artistic manner, she was so...

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My Path toward Inclusion…and Away from Exclusion

In the 1990s, I was a kid, a preteen and (just barely) a teenager searching for my place in the world. In 1999, I experienced a call to ministry, which was a bit of an anomaly in my Southern Baptist tradition. I went through middle and high school serving as a...

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