Pastor’s Blog

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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A Non-Stop Week of Excitement

Energy, Music, Movement, High Fives from young adult staffers – that was our greeting to morning worship at PASSPORT Youth Mission Camp in Danville, Virginia for five mornings in June. I was honored to be a chaperone for our River Road youth. It was exhilarating for...

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Palm Sunday & Easter with Children

Palm Sunday & Easter Egg Hunts Our children began our Palm Sunday worship service with leading the Palm Processional. This reenacted the story of the crowd meeting Jesus in Jerusalem, and began Holy Week. The day concluded with our Easter Egg Hunts after worship....

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Staff Spotlight: Michael Christian

Note: This is a new series of posts aimed at helping you get to know your church staff in a more personal way. We hope you enjoy! If you’ve seen a new face around the hallways, your eyes are not deceiving you. We welcomed Michael Christian to the building support...

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Enough

A group of 19 River Road children and adults went to PASSPORTkids! at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg. It was a blast. We learned together, played together, worshiped together, and walked a lot of hills together. The theme of the week was Enough, and we looked at different...

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Panama 2018: Medical/Dental & Construction Mission

RRCB’s long-term partnership with the Fundación Cristiana Médico Social (Medical-Social Christian Foundation) in Panama continues to provide medical and dental care to indigenous populations, and this year, the team expanded to include a construction team as well! The...

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Exciting New Chapter for Libby Grammer

The Rev. Libby M. Grammer has served River Road Church for more than three years as pastoral intern, Interim Minister, and as Pastoral Resident. In each role, she has excelled in her work and has grown in her calling. Serving our church as Pastoral Resident has...

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River Road Preschool’s STEAM Night

Twice a year the preschools holds a Family Night, which offers music, activities, and often special events. These special evenings give families an opportunity to spend time with their entire family and get to know other families in the school. These wildly popular...

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Staff Spotlight: Rev. Dr. Daniel E. Glaze

Note: This is a new series of posts aimed at helping you get to know your church staff in a more personal way. We hope you enjoy! Daniel E. Glaze grew up in the southside Richmond neighborhood of Woodland Heights as the second of six children (4 boys, 2 girls). Many...

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Flawed or Toxic? There is a Difference

Sometimes Paul the missionary/theologian/letter writer can be downright wordy, composing complicated, run-on sentences. Other times, he is laser-focused and to the point. Romans 3:23 is of the latter variety. Paul states a universal and painful truth about human...

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A Common Thread

During the next ten days, five communal events of differing types will take place at River Road. In the evening on June 1, “Sounds Like Summer” will give us the opportunity to gather on the Plaza to enjoy music (River City Party Band), gelato, and fellowship. I am...

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Celebrating with Grateful Hearts

In 2017, the River Road Church Endowment Fund turned 50 — an anniversary acknowledged with celebration and gratitude and highlighted by an invitation. As the 50th anniversary celebration began last spring, the “Celebrate 50 and 50 More” awareness campaign invited...

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In Faith

At RRCB, we often describe faith as a journey, not a destination. Contrary to what some of us grew up believing, there’s no one action that constitutes a life of faith. We aren’t just “saved” and that’s that. In fact, moving from a conversion experience into...

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Children & Youth On Mission – Fall 2017

Kids on Mission: Lakewood On a Saturday in November 2017 RRCB children (ages birth to 5th grade) visited Lakewood, a faith-based continuing care retirement community birthed in Christian values and Virginia Baptist traditions. In our Wednesday night TFC-Kids missions...

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How to Live and Love, as Told by Children

At the risk of stating the obvious, we at RRCB are blessed with a tremendous Children’s Music Ministry! Last night, our children presented their Spring program for our church—borne out of lots of hard work, hours in rehearsal, and the love of patient leaders. Our...

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Be a Warrior

Do you ever struggle with doubt? I do. ALL THE TIME. I doubt myself, my abilities, my thoughts, even my writings on the Pastor’s Blog… Marnie and I took the children and youth to see the movie A Wrinkle in Time over Spring Break. The movie is based on a book by the...

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Catch the Spirit & Circulo de Costura

Catch the Spirit God calls us to feed the hungry in both body and soul, welcome the stranger, clothe the poor, and minister to those who are sick or in prison. The Board of Missions (BOM) strives to respond to this call by ministering to those in need, and in so...

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Staff Spotlight: Rev. Libby M. Grammer

Note: This is the first in a new series of posts aimed at helping you get to know your church staff in a more personal way. We hope you enjoy! Libby M. Grammer grew up mostly in and around the picturesque North Georgia mountains (with a short 3-year period in Clovis,...

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Working Together: Welborne UMC Food Pantry

I had the opportunity to visit our neighbors at Welborne United Methodist Church to deliver our gifts from the 4 o’clock Christmas Eve service. Gretchen, the church volunteer who runs the pantry, took me around and showed me the food they give, and how they run the...

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An Experience You Won’t Regret

When my family moved to Detroit, Michigan just before my junior year in High School, my dad decided to jump in and help chaperone youth events. I remember being on a youth retreat and we were playing a run around game where we would handcuff people with Duct Tape to...

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The Trouble with Trouble

This week I’ve been reflecting on our worship experience from this past Youth Sunday. First, what an amazing job our fine youth did in leading us! Confident, warm, wise, professional, thoughtful, inspiring… just a few adjectives that came to mind as I worshiped...

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New Beginnings

“For it is in God that we live and move and have our being.” - Acts 17:28 Since I was in the 11th grade this has been my favorite Bible verse. Just before the 11th grade my family move from Knoxville, Tennessee to Detroit, Michigan and I had a very lonely start to my...

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…And a Little Child Shall Lead Them…? Isaiah 11:6

She was twelve years old, but she had the demeanor of an adult. She spoke clearly and unequivocally about her fear, and about her hope. She wanted the adults in her life to make wise decisions about her safety. She asked for help and support, since she had no power…...

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Mission Moment: CBF Global Missions Offering

One Wednesday evening last fall at our Thoughtful Faith Community series we were privileged to have as our guest speaker—Joshua Hearne. Joshua and his wife, Jessica, live in Danville, Va. and minister to a wide community of people they refer to as Grace and Main. I...

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Fear and Unbelief — Gone!

Last week, as Louise and I were walking to our car in a Short Pump parking lot, we encountered a good friend who was in her car, preparing to exit the lot. Actually, I was looking into this person’s car and wondering why she was slowing down and waving at us. I...

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The Church is One: A Pivot Puerto Rico Reflection

I found Jesus! I found Jesús García in Puerto Rico — an amazing person and caring pastor of  Iglesia Bautista De Metropolis in Carolina. Seeing his love and care for the community, the song Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus by Audio Adrenaline came to my mind many times....

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Anticipating Christmas

Anticipating Christmas Advent as a season interrupts the typical Christmas rush of buying and wrapping gifts, attending parties, and wearing ugly sweaters. In fact, it asks us, at least in worship, to slow down and spend the weeks leading to Christmas in holy waiting....

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