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March 2013 "The Candle"


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March 2013 "The Candle"

  1. 1. The Candle March 2013 Issue Westhampton Baptist Church Easter at Westhampton 6112 Three Chopt Road Richmond, VA 23226 Holy Week Services (804) 282-4243 (office) (804) 282-0352 (fax) March 24 Special Palm Sunday Celebration 11:00 a.m. Email: Children’s Presentation of the Palms And the Bell Choir’s Chiming of the Palm Sunday “Hosannas” March 28 Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 p.m. Observing the Lord’s Last Supper and His Arrest The service will be held in the Sanctuary and Holy Communion will be celebrated. Special Music by the Sanctuary Choir and Ringers Church Staff March 29 Dr. William B. Hardison, Jr. West End Community Good Friday Service 12:00 noon Interim Pastor Observing Jesus’ Suffering and His Crucifixion Carol G. Turner Monument Heights Baptist Church Minister of Music and Family Life 5716 Monument Avenue Guest Preacher: Rev. Jonathan L. Heaslet, Pastor of St. John’s UCC Rev. Bill Duganne March 30 Minister of Youth Holy Saturday Darryl Emerson, Organist Observing the Silence of the Tomb Diane Overberg, Parish Nurse Prayers of quiet in the solitude of our own homes Teresa Crawley Brooks, Secretary March 31 The 29th Annual Gazebo Easter 8:30 a.m. Order your University of Richmond Lake Easter Flowers March 31 Envelopes will be available on the Easter Sunday 11:00 a.m. hallway table. Celebrating His Resurrection and Our Eternal LifePlease place your order Remember to bring fresh flowers for the Flowering of the Cross, and we will by March 17, 2013. transform the old, ugly cross into a symbol of life and beauty
  2. 2. In the following parable, Jesus asks Peter the Ultimate Lenten Question Is What We do about Us or about Him? One day Jesus said to his disciples: “I’d like you to carry a stone for Me.” He didn’t give any explanation.So the disciples looked around for a stone to carry, and Peter, being the practical sort, sought out the smallest stonehe could possibly find. After all, Jesus didn’t give any regulations for weight and size! So he put it in his pocket.Jesus then said: “Follow Me.” He led them on a journey. About noontime Jesus had everyone sit down. He wavedhis hands and all the stones turned to bread. He said, “Now it’s time for lunch.” In a few seconds, Peter’s lunchwas over. When lunch was done Jesus told them to stand up. He said again, “I’d like you to carry a stone for Me.”This time Peter said, “Aha! Now I get it!” So he looked around and saw a small boulder. He hoisted it on his backand it was painful, it made him stagger. But he said, “I can’t wait for supper.” Jesus then said: “Follow Me.” Heled them on a journey, with Peter barely being able to keep up. Around supper time Jesus led them to the side of ariver. He said, “Now everyone throw your stones into the water.” They did. Then he said, “Follow Me,” and be-gan to walk. Peter and the others looked at him dumbfounded. Jesus sighed and said, “Don’t you remember what Iasked you to do? Who were you carrying the stones for? Were you carrying them for you or for me? As the disciples follow Jesus as he “turns his face toward Jerusalem, this is the ultimate Lenten Question. --These Strange Ashes, Elisabeth Elliot --From the Pastor’s Desk: Dr. William “Bill” Hardison, Jr. Pastries with the Pastor Children hear about Jesus every Sunday in their Sunday School class, and hearing about Jesus leads to us to want to know Jesus personally. However, many children have questions in their minds about the whole “Ask Jesus into Your Heart” thing. Even parents may not fully understand the importance of that life-giving event. Our “Pastries with the Pastor” will try to answer some of those questions. We always have a great time in these special classes and no pressure whatsoever is put upon the children to make a decision at that time. However, they do come away from the class understanding how this all happens, and some are ready to make their own decision to accept Jesus as their Savior. Pastries with the Pastor Class during the Children’s Sunday School hour March 17th, 9:45 am. Parents are always welcome Lenten Candles for the 2013 Season This year we are beginning a New Tradition in our Lenten Celebration. The Advent Candles, which were lit one by one during the weeks of Advent, are being used again as our Lenten Candles. In the Advent season we light one candle each week leading up to Christmas. In the Lenten season we extinguish one candle each week. During Advent the last candle lit was the “Christ Candle.” During Lent the last candle to be extinguished is the Christ Candle representing Jesus’ death on the Cross. Then, on Easter the Christ Candle will come to life again as we light it in celebration of the Resurrection.From the Board of DeaconsFrom now through Easter, the Deacons’ Bible emphasis will be reading the daily Lenten scriptures in the booklet“Imitators of Christ.” Please join us in this daily study. These booklets are available on the table in the hall in theSunday School building. This is a special time when we can prepare our hearts for a closer walk with Jesus andbecome a more effective witness for Christ.Beginning in March the Deacons’ Bible emphasis will be the New Testament, Book of Acts. Join with us as weseek to become a more Bible based church.
  3. 3. Special Called Business MeetingWednesday March 3, 20137:00pmLent is a time of prayer and reflection, a time to acknowledge our shortcomings and to put our spiritual houses inorder. As we consider our spiritual lives this Lent, it may also be an appropriate time to pause briefly to considerthe physical facility in which we worship, our church building. For years, the sanctuary roof has been leaking.Most of you have undoubtedly noticed the cracking and crumbling plaster in the ceiling and upper walls. It istime for us to address this particular need of our church building. At a special called business meeting onWednesday, March 6, at 7:00pm, the Premises and Finance committees present the plans to repair the roof.Please make every effort to be present for this meeting as we will be voting on the largest single expenditure byWBC in years. Please notify the Church Office if you would like to participate in Parent-Child Dedication Mother’s Day, May 12. Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions “Whatever it takes - reaching one.” is the theme for the 2013 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions that will be taken up during the month of March.Annie Walker Armstrong was a passionate advocate for missionaries and their work, Annie Armstrong is one ofSouthern Baptists heroes. She championed missions involvement and she gave personally and sacrificially of hertime and talents to see the gospel go forward throughout the world. As founder of Woman’s Missionary Union,Annie’s commitment to doing whatever it takes has created a rich legacy of people who were awakened andresponded to the call of the gospel and the missions mandate to take it throughout the world. That legacycontinues in the lives of modern-day missions champions who pray fervently, give generously and gocontinuously to share the good news of Jesus Christ.Envelopes will be placed in the pew racks during the month of march for you to put your gift in and place in theoffering plate on Sundays. Mission MomentThanks to everyone for your generous support of Mark and Sara Williams and their mission work in SouthAfrica. Also, thank you for your support of one of our members who was displaced due to a fire. Your love andgenerosity are appreciated.Please continue to buy items for the food closet. Needed items include: powdered milk (in single pouches), soups,canned meat, canned fruit, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, mac & cheese, spaghetti, and spaghetti sauce.In April, our mission assignment is to purchase blank DVD’s for Camp Alkulana. Please give money to Tiffanyand she will make the purchase.As always, thank you for your continued support of our mission projects.
  4. 4. March 2013 Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat 1 2 Morningside Fridays’ Bible Study @ 10:30a 3000 Skipwith Road Youth All State Choir Concert 3:00pm First Baptist Church3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Deadline for Dinner by ReservationHoly Communion Wednesday Night Activities Knitting a Fellowship @ Special Called 7:00p / Parlor Business Meeting RE: Roof Repair Fellowship Hall - 7:00pm 7:30p - January Bible Study / Fellowship Hall Rev. Bill Duganne10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Deadline for Dinner by Reservation Daylight Savings Morningside Fridays’ Finance Committee Bible Study @ 10:30a Wednesday Night Activities Meeting @ 7:00p 3000 Skipwith Road Deacon Meeting 7:30p 7:30p - January Bible Snow date for Special Called Business Meeting 7:00pm Study / Fellowship Hall Rev. Bill Duganne17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Deadline for Dinner by ReservationPastries with the Pastor Children ages 8-11 Morningside Fridays’ during Sunday School Wednesday Night Activities Bible Study @ 10:30a 3000 Skipwith Road Blessing of Prayer Church Council Shawls during Meeting @ 7:30p 7:30p - January Bible worship service Study / Fellowship Hall Rev. Bill Duganne24 25 26 27 28 29 30 West End Palm Sunday 10:00a - VIP Club Maundy Thursday Community Service Holy Saturday No Wednesday Night Activities Service at 7:00pm Monument Heights Noon - Book Club Tony Booth 12:00 Noon Lunch & Meeting 103.7 Radio 5716 Monument Avenue 7:30p - January Bible Study / Fellowship Hall Rev. Bill Duganne318:30am - Gazebo Easter Easter Sunday 5:30 Dinner by Reservation 6:30 Angel Voices Choir 3 years - 1st grade Sonshine Singers 2nd - 5th grade God’s Hands Puppets 6th - 12th grade 6:45 Prayer Meeting and Bible Study 7:00 Sonshine Ringers 2nd - 5th grade New Life Singers Youth and Adults 8:45 Sanctuary Ringers 7:45 Sanctuary Choir 9:40 Sunday School 11:00 Worship
  5. 5. The Youth want to say "thank you" to all of you who came and participated in our "SOUPer Bowl" Luncheon for Sara and Mark Williams. Thanks to your generosity we were able to raise approx. $300.00 to help them with their missionary work. There has been much talk about making this Luncheon an annual affair! We also want to say "thank you" to the adult drivers/chaperones who helped us with our snow tubing trip on Feb. 18th. We had a total of 28 "tubers" and no injuries!! There will be an informational class for all Youth grades 6-12 who may be considering baptism into WBC. Even if you are just curious about what baptism is all about, you are encouraged to be a part of this special Sunday school lesson on March 24th in the Youth room from 9:40-10:45. Come and join Rev. Duganne in aFriday - 1st discussion/question and answer time regarding baptism and what it means.Karen Newcomb Westhampton Baptist Youth is open to ALL Youth grades 6-12 regardless ofMonday - 4th Church membership/denominational status. We meet every Sunday after worshipElsa Belle Wright for food, fun, and fellowship. Wont you come and join us from Noon-2:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.Wednesday - 6thMary Staton Heres the lineup for March Youth meetings: March 3rd Movie TimeSunday - 10th March 10th Game DayGloria Story March 24th Road TripRyan White March 31st No MeetingTuesday - 12thPamela Fisher “Sunday School Update”Friday - 15thElaine VadenLee Viverette January Bible Study is a tradition in the Baptist church and we were fortunate toRichard Pruitt have Rev. Bill Duganne lead us in “Living like You Belong to God” for six weeks. The first night 18 members were present but unfortunately, participation decreased.Sunday - 17thJason McLamb Rev. Duganne has offered to continue a class starting in March, and I would love to see us take advantage of this offer. Please let me know if you would like to commitTuesday - 19th to attending on Friday nights at 7:30 pm to further your knowledge. This is aNancy Ferguson blessed chance for all of us to learn especially Sunday school teachers, Deacons and Church Council members.Wednesday - 20thRuss Wright Linda Eades, Sunday School DirectorThursday - 21stSusan Schwartz “The Library Corner of Our Church”Thursday - 22st The Book Club will review Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for our March 24th meeting.Lloyd Bell Barbara and I have both read this and it has been on the “Best Seller” list in theSaturday - 30th Richmond newspaper for several Sundays. We would love for anyone interested toTimothy Ferguson join us. Let us know and we will have lunch and fellowship after church. There are always books of various interests in our Library and we would love for you to come up and explore the selection. If you need help, please ask us and we’ll be happy to search out any book we feel would satisfy your interest. As always, thanks for all donations. We appreciate your interest to grow our Library. Linda Eades, co-chair
  6. 6. All State Choir Concert Saturday, March 2 3:00pm First Baptist Church 2709 Monument Ave Hope to see you there to support Noah Butler, Dimitri Duroseau, Christopher Bailey, Kyle White, Brooke Turner, and Raquel Turner. You will receive a blessing. Thank you to each of you for making our “Night at the Opera” such a success. We are headed to music camp this summer! Keep a song in your heart, Carol Turner L C R W B C E A Longest Continuously RunningThe 29th annual GAZEBO EASTER will be at the University of WesthamptonRichmond Lake, on the island, in the Gazebo before churchfrom about 8:30 am to 9:30 am. 29 years of hot, cold, wet, dry, Baptistlarge groups, small groups, and one “kind of a baptism”. Church Easter Activity BYO: In this case it means bring you own breakfast; Hardees, McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, etc. No reservations, No hymns, No sermons, No collection plates. If you are interested, just show up. Westhampton Baptist Church 6112 Three Chopt Road Richmond, VA 23226 - 2732 Phone: 804.282.4243 The Candle is published monthly by Westhampton Baptist Church, 6112 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA 23226 (804) 282-4243. Information for any newsletter may be brought to the church office or faxed to us at (804) 282-0352. Copy deadline is noon, the 3rd Monday of each month.