Pastor’s Blog

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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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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