Pastor’s Blog

The Medical/Dental Team on Mission in Panama

Lay leaders are critical to the success of RRCB missions’ endeavors. This is especially true of the Partnership with the Medical Foundation in Panama. Judy Collins, Joe Teefey, and Norma Hays have devoted years to developing the partnership in conjunction with Sue and...

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Remembering Our Week in Panama

How does one find the words to describe the experience of participating in a medical mission to Panama? To capture the countless memories and impressions compressed into one week? The wee hour rise to meet the bus, the sleepy ride to Dulles Airport; the heat and...

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Fishes and Loaves

From February 8-16, 23 participants representing five congregations through central Virginia joined together on mission to Panama. Although we were commissioned and traveled together, we were two distinctly different teams with different mission plans. The...

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Welcome the Season of Lent

With the thought of fasting or giving up a beloved indulgence, many may feel a little uneasy about welcoming this season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and extends until Easter. Instead of hesitancy, I would like to invite you to approach the season with...

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Come Away

“Come away…from a world more full of weeping than you can understand” So ends the repeated refrain of the poem Stolen Child by W. B. Yeats. (See also song by same name by The Waterboys.) The poem itself is a rendering of a narrative repeated in a myriad of Irish...

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“Swing low, sweet Chariot”

What was this sweet chariot? Many believe that the chariot might have represented the path to freedom that was organized by abolitionists by means of the Underground Railroad. Or the chariot could have symbolized a chariot of the Lord transporting the soul to heaven....

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We are a Church on Mission

Going and Giving with Joy Because we are blessedBecause we are gratefulBecause we hope to express our love to God by caring about what God cares about Annual Budget: $203,000 These ministries are partners in the pursuit of God’s kingdom here on earth:sharing the Good...

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Grateful for Generosity

By the time you read this, you should have received in the mail your 2019 year-end giving statement. We kindly ask that you compare your own record of giving to River Road Church with the statement provided from our financial office and promptly report to us any...

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How to become an Advocate for Others?

This past weekend 45 RRCB youth and adults traveled to Charlottesville, VA for a weekend youth retreat. The retreat was produced by CBF Virginia for the entire state. There were around 300 youth and adults worshipping together. The theme of the weekend was centered...

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What is Date Night?

“So, what are our Date Nights about?,” I have been asked. These nights are opportunities to stop with the busy-ness of life and reconnect. It allows a couple to talk about themselves and their relationship, not because they are having any troubles but because it is a...

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Faith In Action

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, creating a day of community service projects in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Now, in observance of this national day of service, we are charged with taking a “day on, not a day...

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Thank You from Daniel Glaze

Merry Christmas, River Road Church! I trust you are enjoying your celebration of Christ's birth. Thank you for your commitment to our church in 2019. I am grateful for all we were able to accomplish together. Please join me in prayerful anticipation of all God has in...

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Baptism Faith Statement: Ashley G.

One of the most important experiences I’ve ever had—one that has strengthened my faith and my relationship with God—has been going to PASSPORT Camp. The past two summers, I have gone with our church to PASSPORTkids at Eagle Eyrie. There, I learned that with God I am...

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Baptism Faith Statement: Jackson K.

I want to be baptized because I believe that God is our savior and loves us not matter what. I believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins. I believe God sent Jesus to watch over us, guide us, and to help people to get through rough times in life. Also, I believe God...

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Baptism Faith Statement: Frank H.

I believe that God is always there for me even if I don’t think he is in times of doubt. I know he is there even though I can’t see him. It is like if someone is in a room with me and I turn off the lights off, they are still there, I just can’t see them. God is with...

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When Holiday Spirit Becomes Complicated

For many, the holidays really are (cue Andy Williams) the most wonderful time of the year. We associate the Advent season with food, family, friends, parties, presents, the Nutcracker. It can be a highly anticipated time from which we draw strength and energy, and may...

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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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