Church and Community Events

Published 9:50 am Thursday, September 7, 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


FIFTH ANNUAL DUCK DERBY, 2:30 p.m. sponsored by the Scottsville Lion’s Club at the Scottsville Boat Landing. Tickets are $5 per duck and can be purchased by any Scottsville Lion’s Club Member, or call (434) 831-2318. Prizes include first place, $250; second place, $100; and last place, $50. Those who win do not have to be present.

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QUARTERLY MEETING, 9 a.m. of Area 5 NAACP Branches at Bright Hope Center, 3883 Cumberland Road, Route 45, in Cumberland. Branch members are urged to attend. 

EVERYBODY’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, at High Bridge Baptist Church, 2526 Lockett Road, in Rice. Guest will be The Spring Hill Youth Men Praise Dance Ministry, of Blackstone, Bishop Ernest Farrar, of Blackstone, and Brother Walter Webster, of Mt. Zion Second Baptist, in Rice. All are invited to attend.

QUARTERLY MEETING, noon at the New Hope Baptist Church, 2017 Abilene Road, in Keysville. All active members are asked to be in attendance.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, 1 p.m. of the Prince Edward-Cumberland-Buckingham Chapter of Saint Paul’s College at the Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library.

ANNUAL WOMEN’S TEA, 2-4 p.m. of the Women Empowerment Bible Study at Morrison Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte Court House. The speaker will be Evangelist Danita Turner-Williams from Saint Paul Holiness Church of Petersburg. All women are invited.

FOURTH ANNUAL JOEL SWEENEY AND BANJO FESTIVAL, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. sponsored by the Appomattox Court House NHP and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation. This year’s festival will feature a variety of early banjo players whose music reflects the legacy of Joel Sweeney and his influence. All are invited to attend the free day of entertainment and take a step back into history to explore a different story of the park. Because Joel Sweeney was born, lived, died and is buried in what is now Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the park is uniquely situated to host the Sweeney musical festival in his home village.

VIRSO NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH COMMUNITY DAY, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the recreation and community center at Virso and New Bethel roads. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish. There will be fellowship, food and games. Members of the fire and rescue teams and the sheriff’s office will be in attendance. The sheriff’s office will be collecting unwanted or out-of-date prescription medication.


ANNUAL DAY, 3 p.m. of the Zion Hill Baptist Church Women’s Ministry. Evangelist Romaine Holcomb, of Reed Rock Baptist Church, will be the speaker and a guest choir will render the music. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, 12:01 p.m. at Glenmore Volunteer Fire Department, 179 Firehouse Road, in Buckingham. The price is $10 per plate, which includes half a piece of chicken, two sides, dessert, roll and beverage.

LONGABERGER BASKET BINGO, 2 p.m. sponsored by the Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary, at the firehouse, located at 2145 Cumberland Road. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There will be 20 games, raffle items, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. All baskets are filled with donated items from local merchants. For tickets call Nancy Pempel at (434) 391-1250 or Jenny Bobko at (434) 392-9028.

PASTOR ANNIVERSARY, 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Appomattox, for Pastor Chester L. Jordan. Pastor Steve Smith, of Eighth Street Baptist Church, in Lynchburg, will be the guest preacher along with his choir, ushers, deacons and church family. Evangelist Lillian Johnson will be preaching at the 11 a.m. service. Dinner will be served. All are invited. 

CELEBRATION OF GRANDPARENT’S DAY, 5 p.m. at Union Branch Baptist Church (UBBC) in Arvonia with a candlelight service. Choirs from Spreading Oak Baptist Church and Burning Bush Christian Church will be rendering our music as well as a presentation from UBBC’s Praise Dance Ministry. There will be “brown bag” refreshments to take home after the service. All are invited.


9/11 NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 11 a.m. sponsored by The Jack Garland American Legion Auxiliary Post 32 and their community partners at the Farmville Fire Department building. The event will honor and remember military families and first responders. This event is a chance for community members and local service providers to thank military families and first responders for their service. This event is made possible by a grant from the American Legion Auxiliary and the Corporations for National and Community Service.

PROGRAM, 7 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of the Barbara Rose Johns Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library in the meeting room of the library. Guest speaker will be Dr. Christopher McGee, associate professor, children’s and young adult literature at Longwood University, will speak on the subject of young adult literature.

QUARTERLY MEETING, 7 p.m. of the Cumberland Missionary and Educational Conference at the Bright Hope Center in Cumberland on Route 45. All are invited.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, 9 a.m. Appomattox Court House NHP is calling for volunteers to assist with vegetation cleanup for future archaeological research of an old home site in the park. Those interested should meet with park staff at Grant’s Headquarters pull-off along Route 24. Congress designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law in 2009. This effort first established the tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.


GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT, 7 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church with Mark Bishop. Bishop has received awards and been at the top of the charts and has appeared on programs such as Nashville Now, The Grand Old Opry, The Gaither Homecoming and many more. All are invited.


RABIES CLINIC, 8 a.m. at Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1667 Cartersville Road in Cartersville, with Cindy Arledge. Cost is $8 per animal. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. If a booster shot is sought, proof of prior vaccination must be presented. Proceeds from the event will aid the squad’s continued service.

LEE’S LAST COUNCIL OF WAR, 7 p.m. Surrounded and increasingly desperate, Lee called his officers together for one last Council of War to determine the fate of the Confederacy, and ultimately, the future of our nation. Meet at Lee’s Headquarters parking area 1.5 miles northeast of the main park entrance along Route 24.

FILM SCREENING, 1 p.m. of “Hidden Figures” at the R.R. Moton Museum, 900 Griffin Blvd., in Farmville.

ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BANQUET, 4 p.m. of the Prince Edward County NAACP Branch honoring James E. Ghee, esquire at the Firemen’s Sports Arena, 1328 Zion Hill Road in Farmville. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information and tickets contact Jean Redd at


CHURCH PICNIC, 5 p.m. at Fitzgerald Memorial Church, in Cumberland. Bring a covered dish. All are invited.

HOMECOMING, 10:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, located in Glenmore in Buckingham County. The Rev. Halley Willcox will preach, and a lunch will follow the service. All are invited. The church is located at the intersection of Routes 602 and 655 in Glenmore.

ALL CHOIRS DAY CELEBRATION, 3 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Red House. The Mt. Zion Gospel Chorus is hosting the anniversary this year. We have invited various choirs to join us as we celebrate the precious name of Jesus Christ through songs of praise. Refreshments will be served.


CANNING WORKSHOP, 9 a.m. at the Prince Edward County Cannery, 7916 Abilene Road, in Farmville. Space is limited. Advanced registration is required with a fee of $15. All supplies included. Contact Caitlin at (434) 392-4246 for more information.


FAMILY CHALLENGE FASHION SHOW, 1 p.m. at the Moton Museum, 900 Griffin Blvd., in Farmville.


SIXTH ANNUAL LANTERN TOURS, 6:30 p.m. Groups of 30 will be guided through the park to six stops where participants can step back in time and explore the village by lantern light. Tickets are $10 and should be reserved in advance. Participants can choose the time: 6:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:50 p.m. or 8:10 p.m. The presentations are appropriate for kids age 6 and above. All tour groups are accompanied by knowledgeable guides and light refreshments are included in the visitor center at the close of each tour. For more information, contact a member of the foundation at (434) 664-0012.