Church and Community Events

Published 8:39 am Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Church and Community Events calendar is published each Friday. Items must be submitted by 10 a.m. Monday for that Friday’s calendar. Events should be emailed to

MAY 17-19

SPRING REVIVAL, 7 p.m. at Jericho Baptist Church, 615 Franklin St. Preachers will include the Rev. Mark Devins, the Rev. William Thomas and the Rev. Ryland Robinson. The Rev. Dr. James H. Taylor is senior pastor.

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MAY 18

NARFE TO MEET, 11:30 a.m. at the La Parota Grill, 1503 S. Main St., Farmville. All current and retired federal employees, as well as Farmville United Methodist Church seniors and interested Farmville residents, are invited to attend. Following a Dutch Treat luncheon, the speaker, historian Jimmy Hurt, will present slides and movies on “The Floods of Farmville.” For more information, call Duane Benton at (434) 315-0060.

MAY 19

FREE MUSIC EVENT, at Bear Creek Lake State Park with a live performance from the Dixie Road Bluegrass Band. The music will take place Friday from 5-7 p.m. A daily parking fee of $4 per vehicle will apply. The event will be held rain or shine. Limited picnic table seating will be available, so show-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

MONTHLY CRUISE-IN, 5 p.m. sponsored by The Heart of Virginia Classic Auto Club at the old Schewel’s parking lot in Farmville. No entry fee. Trophies for the top three public choices. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Bring your classic car to show or just come and look. The cruise-in is on the third Friday of each month from April through September.

MAY 20-21

150TH ANNIVERSARY, 6 p.m. of Sulphur Spring Baptist Church, 1743 Sulphur Spring Road, Prospect. There will be a celebration banquet Saturday at New Jerusalem Christian Learning Center, 14277 Richmond Hwy., Appomattox. Speaker for the occasion will be the Rev. James A. Scott Jr., of Raleigh, North Carolina, son of the Rev. James A Scott Sr., of Prospect. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and are available by calling Alice Rucker at (434) 574-6286 or Patsy Franklin at (434) 574-6286.

MAY 20

PARKS DAY EVENTS, State Parks will feature kid-friendly programs and visitors to a state park on Saturday will receive a coupon for a free return trip to any Virginia State Park. Participating parks in the area include, Bear Creek Lake State Park, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., which is offering a guided hike, educational programs and self-guided activities; High Bridge State Park, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., which is offering educational programs, crafts, games, geocaching and a hike; Holliday Lake State Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., which is offering a variety of educational programs, crafts and exploration of the creatures of the lake; Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., which is offering a variety of educational programs, including becoming a Civil War soldier for the day; Twin Lakes State Park, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., which is offering guided hikes, live animal shows, fishing, games and more. For more information, call (434) 392-3435.

ANNUAL CHICKEN SUPPER, 5-7 p.m. sponsored by the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary at the firehouse, 45 Campbell Hill Road, Prospect. The meal will include marinated grilled chicken, potato salad, green beans, coleslaw, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade. The cost is a donation at the door. Carryout will be available. Everyone is invited to attend.

CHOIR ANNUAL STATE RALLY, 6 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church Choir, 14167 Farmville Road. The guest group will be Anthony Tucker and Soldiers of Christ. All are invited to come worship.

MEETING, 6:30 p.m. of the Farmville Jack Garland American Legion Post 32 and Legion Auxiliary at the Thomas Hardy Graham VFW Post, 1616 Graham Road, Farmville. All members and prospective members are asked to attend.

ANNUAL RAINBOW TEA, 4 p.m. hosted by the Apostolic Faith Church of All Nations at the church, 1358 Sheppards Road, Farmville. Tickets for the Tea are $20. The church invites everyone to come out to enjoy dinner and a great evening of music and fellowship. The colors this year are red, sponsored by Pastor Betty Jones; yellow, sponsored by Evangelist Wendy Jones; blue, sponsored by Elder Royal; and green, sponsored by Mary Jones. Come out and support one of these team captains dressed in their color.

BENEFIT PROGRAM, 3 p.m. sponsored by The Starlight Gospel Group for Deacon Laura Craft, at High Bridge Baptist Church, 2526 Lockett Road, Rice. All are invited.

RALLY, The New Bethel Combine Choir will be having its annual State Rally on Saturday at 6 p.m. According to a release from the choir, Mr. Anthony Tucker and Soldiers for Christ will be singing for the service.

MAY 21

20TH ANNUAL FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY, 11 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church, 837 Guinea Road, Farmville. This year’s theme is “God, the Father of Believers,” with scripture reference from Romans 8:36-39. Pastor Irma T. Watson will deliver the morning message. All are welcome.

24TH PASTOR ANNIVERSARY, 4 p.m. in honor of the Rev. Dr. Maurice and First Lady Finney. Preacher for the service will be the Rev. Dr. James H. Taylor III, senior pastor of Jericho Baptist Church, Farmville. A repast will be served after the service.

ANNUAL WOMEN’S DAY, 3 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church, 14167 Farmville Road. Minister Hilda T. Foster of Gravel Hill Baptist Church will be the guest preacher. All are invited to come worship.

ANNUAL MEN’S DAY PROGRAM, 3 p.m. at Sharon Baptist Church, 1130 Plank Road, Cumberland. The Rev. Amory James, of New Direction Evangelistic Church, Richmond, will bring the word and the Adult Ensemble of the Shiloh Baptist Church, Blackstone, will provide the music. The service will in memoriam of Warren Reid who was the originator of the program 45 years ago.

HOMECOMING, 1 p.m. at Spears Mountain Baptist Church, 106 Meadow Creek Road., Buckingham. Coach Doug Smith, of Appomattox High School, will give his personal testimony. Dinner will begin at noon. Tammy Moore, of the House of Prayer, of Gladstone, sing. The Rev. Robert Wilson, interim pastor, invites everyone to come and fellowship.

WOMEN’S DAY, 3 p.m. at Baptist Union Baptist Church, 125 Baptist Union Road, Dillwyn. The theme for the day will be “Foods for Thought,” including the Bible cake. Guest choir will be Buckingham Community Choir. The color theme is purple or lavender. Dinner will be served. All are welcome. The Rev. Timothy L. Jackson Sr. is pastor.

13TH PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY, 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Burkeville, for Pastor John Bates and First Lady Rev. Anna Bates. Pastor Tanya Richardson, from First Liberty Baptist Church, Dillwyn, will be the guest preacher.

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM, 3 p.m. at Gill Hill Baptist Church, 1427 County Line Road, Keysville. Guests will be the Crawley Sisters, Traveling Angels and the Voices of Heaven. Everyone is welcome.

WOMEN’S DAY, 3 p.m., New Store Baptist Church. Guest speaker is Elder Betty Jones. The choir from the Apostolic Faith Church of all Nations will perform. The color for the event is rainbow.

PASTOR’S ANNIVERSARY, for the Rev. Dr. Kitty Smith, 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Morning service is at 11 a.m. and afternoon service is 3 p.m. All are welcome.


MAY 23

BOARD MEETING, 11 a.m. of the Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District in the conference room of the Prince Edward County Natural Resources and Agricultural Building, 100 Dominion Dr., Farmville. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

MAY 25

VAN TOUR, 10 a.m., with State Geologist David Spears, for a geologic detective mission. Those who attend will embark on a van tour along the trail from Rice to Farmville. There will be a hike under High Bridge to see the foundation stone that supports the brick piers and explore some depressions that may have served as brick kilns. After lunch, those in attendance will drive across High Bridge to Farmville. Participants need to dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. The cost to ride is $25 and includes a box lunch and beverages.

CIVIL WAR CONVERSATION, 7 p.m. with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Confederacy, Appomattox, 159 Horseshoe Road. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for members. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at or by calling Josie Butler at (434) 352-5791, ext. 203.

MAY 26

BIRDING AT THE BATTLEFIELD, 7 a.m. at the Clover Station Visitor Center, 1035 Fort Hill Tr., Randolph. Do you ever wonder what type of bird you just saw or heard? Learn some identification tips and find out about the life history of the birds you see while exploring the diversity of birds at the park. Binoculars will be available, but please bring your own if you have them. For more information, call (434) 454-4312.

WHOSE CLUES?, 5 p.m. at the Clover Station Visitor Center, 1035 Fort Hill Tr., Randolph. Discover the plants and animals of the park while looking for clues of their existence along the Edgewood Trail. Learn how the plants and animals you find affect each other and our environment. Please wear shoes and clothing suitable for an easy hike. For more information, call (434) 454-4312.

MAY 27

SWAMP STOMP, 12:30 p.m. at the Clover Station Visitor Center, 1035 Fort Hill Tr., Randolph. Take a hike through the wetlands while learning about the types of wetlands and their importance to the environment. Then, plunge in with nets and buckets and try to catch and identify some of the critters that live there. Please wear clothes and shoes suitable for a short hike and wading in shallow water. For more information, call (434) 454-4312.

MAY 28

DEACONESS AND MISSIONARIES DAY, Midway Baptist Church, in Cumberland County, will celebrate its Annual Deaconess and Missionaries Day on Sunday, May 28. According to a release from the church, all deaconess and missionaries are asked to wear white. The release cited the special guest as The Faithful Gospel Singers from Amelia.