Pastor’s Blog

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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Jet Trails

A year ago this week our lives turned upside down. We took a call from Daniel Glaze asking us to come to Richmond the last week of October in view of a call to RRCB. We took some deep breaths, said some prayers, and told our employers, families, a few close friends,...

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Staff Spotlight: Cassandra Ducca

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! Cassandra has been on staff as the church’s Communications Specialist since September 2011. She is a native of the east coast, having lived in...

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Nickelsville Mission Trip 2018

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28 Nickelsville: you have probably heard this term, and you may have wondered what it means. Nickelsville is a place. It is a small...

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Meeting God on Pilgrimage

Surely the Lord is in this place: this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. And this stone shall be God’s house. (Genesis 28:17) I have been playing the organ for church services since the mid-summer of 1973, a bit more than 45 years...

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Children’s Choirs’ End of the Year Performance

Our children did a wonderful job sharing their musical gifts with their church family on May 16. Our children in Cherub and Carol Choirs presented a program of spirituals, which they had been learning about in the spring. They invited the audience to join with them on...

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Not Just a Building

People will ask me what is the important thing about ministry to children. For me, it is that children know they are loved; loved by me, and their church family. Part of loving children is meeting them where they are, both on their faith journey and where they...

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Youth Summer 2018

Dessert Auction In May, the church gathered for a Dessert Auction to help raise funds to offset the costs of the youth trips for the summer. It was a huge success! The church family showed up for a BBQ dinner, and we auctioned off 62 desserts to raise over $3,000! It...

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Staff Spotlight: Bert Browning

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! Bert Browning was born and raised in southern Chesterfield County, near the village of Ettrick. His father worked for Virginia Electric and...

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Praying for the Future

As you are aware, we’re in a season of hiring many new staff to assist us with our ministry at River Road Church. As I write this, we have four staff searches underway: adult education, children, pastoral care, and preschool director. It’s an exciting (or is it...

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What We Don’t — and Can’t — Control

Hurricane Florence is a reminder to those of us who like things predictable and under control that neither predictability nor manageability are promised to us. Natural events, such as unwelcome Flo, are especially hard on the control freaks among us.  Wind speeds,...

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead: TFC at RRCB

Looking Back Joshua & Jessica Hearne CBF Missionaries, Grace and Main Fellowship Josh and Jessica are members of Grace and Main Fellowship, an intentional, Christian community in Danville, Virginia that is committed to hospitality, shared resources, prayer, nonviolent...

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Journey with James

Last Sunday (September 2) we began a 5-week sermon series on the book of James. I mentioned that this short book of the Bible is surely among my favorites. However, the great reformer Martin Luther would surely disagree with me, for he said (quite famously), that “St....

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Mollie’s Faith Statement

I want to be baptized because I want to follow Jesus. In the Christmas story, the Wisemen were going to King Herod. The king wanted to know where Jesus was because he wanted to be the only king of the land. He knew that Jesus was already born. But the Wisemen were,...

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The Deacon Beacon

A beacon is a guiding or signaling device. I think this fits the role of a deacon in numerous ways. My sweet husband, Ralph, came up with this to describe the many texts and emails I receive and send out to our church’s 57 deacons. It can also describe what deacons...

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Looking Ahead with Grateful Hearts

Looking Ahead with Grateful Hearts As we conclude our 50th anniversary celebration of the Endowment Fund, we thank God for the fifty couples and individuals listed here in the Explorer who have made gifts and commitments to the fund. Our prayer is additional members...

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A Benediction

ben·e·dic·tion late Middle English: via Old French from Latin benedictio(n-), from benedicere ‘wish well, bless,’ from bene ‘well’ + dicere ‘say.’ the utterance or bestowing of a blessing, especially at the end of a religious service. a devout or formal invocation of...

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Superheroes

Last week, we had over 100 children come into our church for Vacation Bible School. It is definitely holy chaos when children are all over the building playing and learning together. Our theme for the week was Hero Central. We were Superheroes for the week! We taught...

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CARITAS Ministry at RRCB

Spring Cleaning for CARITAS As people of faith, we are called to share with those in need. Several years ago, this calling led the Robert Smart Sunday School Class to sponsor a furniture drive through our long-time mission partner CARITAS, a faith-based organization...

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