Pastor’s Blog

Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

There is no better time of year to think of grandparents than Thanksgiving. I grew up in Southwest Virginia, and every year, we would sit in traffic as we made the six, or more, hour trek to my Grandma’s house that would begin after my dad finished work that...

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Thanksgiving with Quioccasin Baptist

Last year, after a several year hiatus, we resurrected the Thanksgiving service at River Road Church. We invited our friends from Quioccasin Baptist Church to join us for this worship service and Rev. Dr. Theodore Brown, Quioccasin’s pastor, delivered a stirring...

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The Churchwide Ministry of Trunk or Treat

Our annual Trunk or Treat is on Saturday, Oct. 26th from 4-6pm in our north parking lot. This is not just a church event but a community outreach event. We welcome all to come and enjoy the festivities. This great opportunity for us to meet some people, and for...

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An Occasion Worth Celebrating!

On October 12, 1969, Exactly 50 years ago, we celebrated the first Sunday of worship in the Sanctuary at River Road Church. The Rev. Dr. Vernon Britt Richardson, our pastor at the time, led the service marked by glorious music, a stirring sermon, and beautiful...

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Join Us for Preschool Chapel

The school year at River Road Preschool has gotten off to a fantastic start! Religious Curriculum Coordinator, Kay Starke, will lead the first chapel on October 7 and 8 at 9:15 a.m. in RRCB's Chapel. Yes, that’s a Monday and a Tuesday; children attend preschool on...

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The Evolution of CARITAS

For over three decades, our church has lovingly opened our doors to neighbors in crisis through CARITAS. Our church has continually provided homemade meals, a warm, safe place to stay and time to share their stories and provide activities. Through CARITAS our...

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What does it Mean to Support the Alma Hunt Offering?

Alma Hunt was born in Roanoke, Virginia and was an energetic girl who grew into a strong leader. As a young woman, she became a teacher, received her Master of Arts degree, served as the dean of women and William Jewel College, and in 1999 was awarded an honorary...

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New School Year, New Beginnings

Back to School! It is one of my favorite times of the year. I have enjoyed this time of year since I was a child. I love the preparation, anticipation, and opportunities that it brings. As a child I would get so excited to find out who my teachers were and what...

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What’s in a Name?

It was William Shakespeare who said (or wrote) in Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name?” This famous quote came to mind when we were redesigning the River Road Preschool logo this year. For me, the answer, is quite a lot! The symbol you see below is more than just a...

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Baptism Faith Statement: Elizabeth W.

After last summer, I did a lot of thinking about my relationship with God. I had many new experiences, like going on my first mission tour and going to youth Passport for the first time. Passport made me think the most about my relationship with God while I was with...

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UK Choir Pilgrimage – Blog II

Choir Pilgrimage to the West of England August 4-13, 2019 Day three (Wednesday) was all touring! Most of us had a full English breakfast (that includes bacon/ham, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs, and sausage), before departing on our luxury coach for Wells...

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Baptism Faith Statement: Parker B.

I think God sent Jesus to this earth to show humans how to live a fulfilling life. I think that Jesus was sent here to set an example for the people. He was sent to show grace and love to everyone something that most people in that day didn’t do. I believe God and...

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Baptism Faith Statement: Matthew C.

I want to be baptized to become closer to God and my church family. I believe that God listens to my prayers, forgives me, and always loves me. Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. Being a part of this church...

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UK Choir Pilgrimage – Blog I

Choir Pilgrimage to the West of England August 4-13, 2019 Greetings from the United Kingdom! Monday, we landed at about 10:30 (BST, British Summer Time). Once most of us landed, we met up with the rest of our group who was already in London. That included Dr....

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The Spiritual Blessing of Pilgrimage

Choir Pilgrimage to the West of England August 4-13, 2019 On Monday, August 5, singers and guest travelers will begin a week-long choir pilgrimage to cathedrals and abbeys in the west of England. Our River Road choir pilgrimage tour is both spiritual and educational....

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Go Beyond

We had wonderful week at Vacation Bible School. Our voyagers learned that we can go beyond with God’s power and love. Our Bible verse or vector verse for the week was “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work...

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A Mid-Week Refreshment

Church worship is sharing with the Lord in a community of faith. As followers of Christ we need it, both as an expression of our love and gratitude to God as well as a time to intentionally draw close to the Lord for our renewal. On Wednesday nights, July 17-August 7,...

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Learning the Psalms

In the words of James L. Mays, “The psalms have a double identity. They are both scripture and liturgy.” This is what I am telling the singers who are preparing for the pilgrimage to cathedrals and abbeys in the west of England. Of course, for them, this hardly needs...

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Greetings from Eagle Eyrie, Lynchburg, Virginia!

Yesterday we arrived safely (thanks to driver Buddy Sumner!) at PASSPORTkids 2019 for what promises to be a fun-filled week at camp. We were able to bring 11 River Road kids and 4 adults (Sandy Rooney, Susan Halloran, Buddy Sumner, Daniel Glaze). Despite some...

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Staff Spotlight: Megan Parrish

Note: This is a series of posts aimed at helping you get to know your church staff in a more personal way. We hope you enjoy! I want to introduce you to Megan Parrish who is serving as the Youth Ministry Intern this summer. Megan is serving through a program of the...

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Fear Less

Fear Less Daniel Ingram is the featured writer this week at d365.org. This week’s theme is Fear Less and scripture texts include the Pentecost story from Acts. Each devotional has five steps: pause, listen, think, pray, and go. d365 is produced by River Road Church’s...

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Following God’s Path

Youth Sunday Sermon by Lindsey Stevens Good morning, everyone. I am glad you could be here today. During my freshman year of high school, my grandmother was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in her superior vena cava, a major vein that carries blood from the upper...

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God is Always with Us

Youth Sunday Sermon by Paige Newcomb “For his anger is but for a moment, his favor is for a lifetime, weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” these are the words of Psalm 30 verse 5. Now I had a hard time choosing my words for my sermon,...

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A New Dance

Youth Sunday Sermon by Jessica Thorne Good morning. When I was going into high school people told me that I should play a fall sport to make friends. I decided to try out for the field hockey team since I had played in middle school. I made the junior varsity team and...

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What is Outside of the Window?

River Road Church Welcomes Danielle Simone Following an extensive search process, the Preschool Development Center of River Road Church is excited to announce the selection of Danielle Simone as our next Director! She will officially begin her tenure June 1, 2019....

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On Helping Others Carry Crosses

Arriving at a new church on Holy Week has its ups and downs. Having just rolled in Richmond late Palm Sunday evening, my journey to the cross this year was mired in the chaos of transition. But then again, what a great week to start at RRCB! The Maundy Thursday and...

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Easter Every Week

Having journeyed with you from the excitement of the Palm Sunday parade through the violent and sacrificial and loving events of Holy Week, Easter Sunday worship was an incredibly uplifting experience for me. I hope it was for you as well. The sanctuary was full...

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An Approach to Maundy Thursday

Sadly, suffering and tragedy are part of life—impossible to avoid. This week, for example, people all over the world were stunned by photos and video of Monday and Tuesday’s fire in Notre-Dame Cathedral. I spent Monday afternoon in a state of deep sorrow as I watched...

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Historical Hallmarks: Founder’s Day

On April 14, 1946, River Road Church was formally constituted with sixty-six charter members. A religious survey or census of the growing area on the perimeter of the University of Richmond revealed that there was no Baptist church and yet one-fourth of the residents...

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