Pastor’s Blog

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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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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