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Human Trafficking

Every year, Virginia Baptists embark on new projects and initiatives to reach people in our communities and around the world. We hear many great stories throughout the year, but there is always more going on. Check out these initiatives, including some opportunities to learn more at the BGAV Annual Meeting: Human Trafficking Just last month, Henrico County police, where the …

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Who participated in the Messenger Bag Filling?

As you all know, this year’s #BGAV13 is at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Wegmans, a huge and unique supermarket, is nearby. #BGAV13 attendees had the opportunity to grab an extra bag at registration, pick up a grocery list, and then go to Wegmans and fill the bag! After they were done shopping, they brought the bag back and …

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Why did you come to #BGAV13?

“Fellowship.” “I’m a Virginia Baptist, it’s what we need to do.” “The breakouts.” “Worshipping with my fellow Baptists is amazing.” Out of the 1,000 or so folks here in Fredericksburg, there are at least 1,000 different reasons. Nathan White, VBMB Web Minister, and Aaron Lee will be roaming around the Expo Center asking attendees “Why did you come to #BGAV13?” …

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Why We Partner Together

Impact! International Austria 2000

Commentary by Aaron Lee By the time I stepped off the plane in Vienna, Austria, in June 2000, I had already made new American friends, but the best was still in store for us. Our Impact! International team brought two youth pastors and seven youth from six churches across Virginia to spend two weeks in Austria, ministering alongside our new Austrian …

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Where to Eat in Fredericksburg

Whether you drive hours to get to Fredericksburg or you commute from across town, at some point you need to eat. Food and fellowship is a highlight of the BGAV Annual Meeting for many, and we want to help you enjoy the best food in town. Eat Local Soup ’n Taco http://soupntaco.com (4 miles) Soup ’n Taco serves Mexican and …

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What To Watch For at #BGAV13

Committee Recommends New Governance Structure Governance. Budgets. Councils. If it sounds like your church’s business meeting, you might be right. This year at the Annual Meeting, BGAV messengers will consider a recommendation from the Governance Committee seeking to streamline and update the structure of the BGAV and bring continue to provide “effective, efficient leadership for the BGAV.” Making the business …

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Two BGAV churches made the news!

The BGAV knows no borders: over the weekend, two churches that relate to the BGAV, yet are not physically located within the Commonwealth, made the news. The District Church (Washington, DC) and its pastors, Aaron and Amy Graham, were profiled in a TIME article “Foster the City: A Church Movement to Give Every Child a Home.” The District Church is …

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Dan River Baptist Association celebrates note burning for Ministry Center

We noticed on Facebook that the Dan River Baptist Association celebrated a note burning for their Ministry Center at their recent Association meeting. We celebrate with them in this awesome milestone! We contacted Dot Car, Administrative Coordinator for the DRBA, for more information about the ministry center: In 2003 the churches of DRBA, with the assistance of the Virginia Baptist …

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Emmanuel “Muss” Mustapha pays a visit to FBC Gretna

Pastor Emmanuel “Muss” Mustapha has been visiting Virginia Baptist churches for the last couple of weeks raising awareness for More Than Nets. Ann Brown of The First Baptist Church of Gretna sent us her account of Muss’s visit to her church: Wednesday was a special night at The First Baptist Church of Gretna. We had a guest speaker, Rev. Emmanuel …

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Panama Pastor’s Retreat

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Last week, 16 adults from across Central Virginia returned from Panama where they helped lead the Pastor/Family Retreat. Hosted by the Panama Baptist Convention, the annual weekend retreat draws pastors, spouses and children to Santa Clara, the Baptist Camp on Panama’s Pacific Coast beach, for a weekend of spiritual renewal, refreshment and rejuvenation. The Virginia team featured adults age 25 …

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Consider Your Call: A Call to Service

This upcoming Sunday, October 27, Virginia Baptists will celebrate Consider Your Call Sunday. Our blog series this week will focus on calling stories from across the BGAV. Charity Roberson is the Learning Communities Coach for the Emerging Leaders Team, VBMB. A Call to Service Earlier this month, at our state-wide retreat for middle school students, Ignite, around 450 students and adults gathered for …

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