Pastor’s Blog

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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Youth March Mission Madness

The weekend of March 22-24, 19 students and 4 fearless chaperones headed to Williamsburg to participate in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia’s (CBFVA) March Mission Madness. The weekend was spent with 225 students from around the state at Walnut Hills...

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The Gift of Holy Week

Each year we enter the Lenten season with the intention of being a little more thoughtful of our need for God’s presence, grace, and mercy.  We determine some way we might carve out a little more time, make a stronger effort, commit to a deeper discipline. It is our...

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Centers Care for the City: South Richmond Baptist Center

Centers Care for the City: South Richmond Baptist Center From their earliest beginnings, Richmond Baptists were concerned for the physically and spiritually destitute people of the city. In 1914, Richmond Baptists opened its first Baptist Center. It quickly became a...

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Centers Care for the City: Oregon Hill Baptist Center

Centers Care for the City: Oregon Hill Baptist Center From the beginning, Richmond Baptists saw the need to care for the physically and spiritually destitute in the city. In 1914 Richmond Baptists opened a pioneer institution, the House of Happiness. It quickly became...

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Centers Care for the City

Centers Care for the City In 1779 the Capital of Virginia moved from Williamsburg to Richmond. The next year fourteen persons met for prayer and conversations about the need for churches in Richmond. As they prayed, the group was led to constitute the Richmond Baptist...

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Coming Soon to a Big Screen Near You

If you have been in the Assembly Room or Chapel Hall in recent weeks, you may have noticed some new furniture hanging on the wall. Those custom-made cabinets each house a new 80” television. These projects have been in the works for years, and through a grant from the...

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

As many of you know ministry was never on my radar as a profession. I have been an educator for most of my adult life. I became a teacher because I watched my mom growing up writing lesson plans, cutting out patterns, and assessing children’s progress. Most of her...

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Studying & Singing Spirituals

As we know, the first immigrants in this nation were from England, landing on our shores of what we now call the Commonwealth of Virginia on April 26, 1607. (Yes, I am using the word “immigrants.”) In 1608, more European immigrants arrived, including Polish, German,...

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Daily Prayers & Meditations for the Panama Mission Trip 2019

Trip: February 2-10, 2019 “Our group does not go to simply do work for others, thinking they have need and we have the answer. Rather, we will partner with Panamanians who will share in the work we do, assisting them as they serve with us. This is the case on both of...

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This is Me

“I am not a stranger to the dark Hide away, they say 'Cause we don't want your broken parts I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars Run away, they say No one'll love you as you are But I won't let them break me down to dust I know that there's a place for us For we...

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An Update on Preschool Leadership

You are probably aware that as we were preparing for the 2018-2019 school year at the River Road Church Preschool Development Center, we received news that our director, Lyndsay McGreevey, had resigned to take a promotion with the LeafSpring School System. Our sadness...

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Staff Spotlight: Suzanne Spicer & Claire Krouse

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! Suzanne Spicer The director of our Carol Choir is Suzanne Spicer, who grew up singing in children's and youth choirs here at River Road. A...

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Thank You, Kim Crowley!

The Reverend Kim Crowley has served River Road Church as our Interim Minister to Children since June of 2016. She has served God well among us as she has taught VBS, led PASSPORTkids!, directed children’s choirs, led Children’s Church, preached, led in worship, and so...

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Make New Memories

I grew up at the church. My mother was the church organist, and sometimes our Minister of Music, throughout all of my childhood (and really until last year when she retired). I have vivid memories of running around the church on days off (much like my own child is...

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Prepare Ye the Way!

Advent is coming - what do I do now? How do I “prepare”? As your Minister of Music, I actually have a very specific musical instruction this week: please take a few minutes to become more familiar with this Sunday’s Processional Hymn, Hymn 6, “Jesus Comes with Clouds...

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Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Didlake

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! Jennifer Didlake has served as a Wednesday night childcare provider at RRCB since 2002, and this fall came on as the nursery class lead...

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Of Halloween and All Saints

With ghouls and goblins roaming the streets after dark, one might think that Halloween is at odds with our Christian faith. But that’s not necessarily true. The celebration of Halloween dates back before the birth of Christianity and was celebrated by the Celtic...

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Giving Thanks

It’s no secret that River Road Church can rightly be called a “niche church” due to the formality of our worship style, the architecture of our worship spaces, our ecumenical outlook, and the incredible preaching we hear week after week! (Just kidding on that last...

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