Pastor’s Blog

Celebrate 50 & 50 More – Winter 2017

My Church Family My association with River Road Church began when I was a student at Westhampton College. Mr. Cary, a member of the church, drove over in a bus to pick us up. Mr. Hasty was pastor then and we met in what is now the Fellowship Hall. I remember one...

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Journey to the Cross

Some of my earliest memories are of long road-trips with my family. One of them was a car ride from our home in Fredericksburg to my father’s hometown of Auburn, Alabama. My parents, two older brothers, and I piled into the station wagon and drove through the night...

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Gathering, Celebrating, & Blessing

Celebrating our Congregation What are we celebrating on Celebration Sunday? Because life tends to organize itself around school schedules (even for those of us without children or with grown children!), we recognize that at the beginning of September, a new school...

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Bob Gallagher’s Sabbatical Travelogue

At the end of January, I traveled to California to spend a portion of my sabbatical observing the work of some highly skilled colleagues at churches and cathedrals in Garden Grove/Los Angeles and San Francisco/Belvedere. On January 19, I flew out of Richmond at 6:30...

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The State We Call Home

Bill Lohmann, a popular columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, presented an entertaining and informative program for the Comma Club on September 12. He shared travel tales from trips across Virginia with the newspaper’s photographer Bob Brown. The two have...

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Transitions

Change is inevitable, unceasing, and also a sign of life. You have witnessed a number of staff changes at RRCB in recent days, as well as adjustments to staff responsibilities and assignments. These are all part of the ongoing process of evaluating and addressing...

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“The Joy Remains!”

Bland Ministry Center in Bland County, Virginia has been a destination for numerous missions trips sponsored by River Road Church across the years. Dee Dee Hoosier, director of the Bland Ministry Center, always has work projects planned for the volunteers. Usually...

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Speaking Truth

My family moved around a whole lot while I was growing up. I went to seven schools before I graduated from high school. We were always active in church, I mean we were the people who are there when the doors open and when they close as my mother was the church...

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Trunk or Treat Welcomed Over 400 People

Trunk or Treat was so much fun! We had over 400 people here making bats, ghosts, and masks, painting pumpkins, and eating candy. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many. Thanks to all who came out on a busy day to provide trunks for all the children...

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It’s No Small Call

I’ve heard it said that the will of God is best discerned in hindsight. There may very well be some truth here, but there’s something about this axiom that doesn’t sit well with me. It seems like our Christian hope would lead us to more thoughtful living than driving...

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Connectors Make Connections in Missions and Fellowship

Women of RRCB who come together for fellowship, missions’ information, and outreach in the community have chosen to call themselves “Connectors.” Beginning their new year in September with a salad supper in the beautiful courtyard of the church, Connectors invited all...

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Christmas, Epiphany, and Beyond

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is actually – – Epiphany. The anticipation of Jesus’s birth (Advent) has ended; likewise, the intense musical, administrative, and logistical preparations give way to few days of time cherished with family and friends....

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A Symphony of Colors

Church is inherently an intergenerational enterprise. We worship together, we eat Wednesday night dinners together, and we do missions together with people of all ages and stages of life. The Fall Hike for RRCB is about expanding our intergenerational work – here, we...

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Life is not ideal… and it is good

Originally published for CBFBlog As we are here in this season of Advent, preparing ourselves to be exposed once again to the story of Christ’s birth, I cannot resist admitting that the whole story is rather complicated, non-ideal and full of paradoxes. We have grown...

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Personages from The Reformation in England

The month of October included two works by Bach that stemmed from the Lutheran Reformation. On October 22, Alsacian organist, Thierry Mechler, performed Bach’s “Lutheran Organ Mass”. This collection demonstrated Bach’s and compositional skills informed by his...

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Farewell… Well, Sort Of

Since I first arrived at River Road (and even before that), Dan Bagby and I have had numerous conversations in which he conveyed to me that while he did not desire to work forever, he wanted to stay as long as he could be of help to me and the church. My consistent...

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A Warm River Road Welcome to the Ingram Family

On October 29, River Road Church, Baptist unanimously received the Reverend Marnie Fisher-Ingram as our new Associate Pastor for Youth & their Families and the Reverend Daniel Ingram as our new Minister of Administration. Marnie and Daniel will begin their...

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Keep Awake!

This Sunday begins the Season of Advent, a truly beautiful time in our lives—individually as people of faith and corporately as a church family. The beauty and blessing of Advent, I believe, come when we give ourselves to the difficult work of waiting. I am by nature...

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FLO: For Ladies Only Celebration

A little over five years ago, shortly after the death of my husband, I attended an eight-week bereavement workshop. The leader of that workshop told us that Dan Bagby was giving a three-part program on the same topic at RRCB, and Carolyn Camden and I decided to...

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Visitations with Gratitude

Jonathan Swift, in his creative piece called Gulliver’s Travels, noted that the “small” people of Lilliput considered ingratitude the only crime punishable for life…. As we hurry through another season of Thanksgiving (largely ignored by merchants trying to make money...

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Summer Camp at River Road Preschool 2017

What fun we had at summer camp this year! Each of our campers were given the opportunity to explore new ideas and concepts through hands-on activities while getting to work with different teachers and make new friends. Families had the opportunity to sign their...

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“O endless Your grace . . . .

. . . . . Beyond all mortal dream.”  These encouraging words are embedded in “Pilgrims’ Hymn,” Sunday’s anthem, composed by the late Stephen Paulus. What a relief to be told that we are limited in our understanding of how grace has worked and will work in our lives...

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Amicitia? Who are the 20- and 30-somethings at RRCB?

Amicitia — latin for Friendship — is a group of young adults, 20- to 30-somethings. The group gathers for social outings and mission projects. For more information about this group, please contact Katie Merritt (katiecmerritt@gmail.com). Who are the 20- and...

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Give Thanks to God

November is the time when we naturally turn our thoughts to the blessings we enjoy and our thankfulness to God for all the grace and love in our lives. We also give thanks to God for the blessings we enjoy as the family known as River Road Church, Baptist. In this...

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Celebrate 50 & 50 More – Fall 2017

A Perfect Baptist Blend River Road Church, Baptist just sneaked up on me. I attended worship for many years before joining, and found thoughtful sermons, wonderful music, and a worship experience that spoke to me. The progressive outlook (Cooperative Baptist...

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All Saints

All Saints Day is a feast day celebrated on November 1 (or the first Sunday in November). We remember the saints who have left us in the past year, and we celebrate those saints still among us. We often think of saints as those Christians before us who exemplified...

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A Celebration of Hymns

On June 25, River Road Church hosted the opening concert of the American Guild of Organists Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention. Preparations had begun more than a year in advance, and four new works were commissioned – settings of hymns that were originally...

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This is Church, Y’all

My office is currently full of candy, pumpkins, Reformation blocks of wood, worship bags, children’s books, amongst other things. Such is the life of a Minister in charge of Children and Youth fall programming. But this week, I’ve gotten more candy as people who can’t...

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Stewardship, Generosity, Falling in Love, and Prayer

So much has been said and written about stewardship and generosity. Basically, it all boils down to this: The more you give, the better you’ll feel, and the more joyful you’ll be. However, regardless of how inspirational the talk and elegant the writing, the practice...

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