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Several BGAV Churches Highlighted By Local Media

Gloria Shelton and Joan Yeatts pack food bags for students at Gretna Elementary School to take home on the weekend. (Photo by Chatham Star-Tribune)
Gloria Shelton and Joan Yeatts pack food bags for students at Gretna Elementary School to take home on the weekend. (Photo by Chatham Star-Tribune)

Compiled by Nathan White, BGAV Web Minister

Everyday, churches across the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) work in their communities in the name of serving Jesus. Below are a few articles highlighting stories from BGAV churches.

We’re proud of the Kingdom work being done in Virginia and beyond!

Marion Town Council Recognizes Highlands Fellowship Church, Marion Campus

index_01Back in November, the Marion Town Council presented members of Highlands Fellowship Church, Marion Campus, with the Extra Mile Award.

According to the swvatoday.com article, recipients are nominated by town council and staff. The council recognized the church’s day of service from earlier in the year.

The article notes that Jim Owens, the councilman who presented the award, was “overwhelmed by the work the church group did.”

Read more here.

West Lynchburg Baptist Church Serves Free Community Meal on Christmas

wlbcWSET-13 of Lynchburg produced a video and article highlighting the efforts of West Lynchburg Baptist Church members on Christmas.

Church members had to overcome a huge hurdle after a freezer with all the prepared food had failed the day before. Donations and a quick shopping trip helped replenish the supply.

“We are a community church and we want to be the church in the heart of the city, we want to help our neighbors, we want them to know we’re here,” said Beth Schmucker who coordinated the meal.

Watch the video:

WSET.com – ABC13

First Baptist Church, Gretna, Joins Community Churches To Combat Hunger in Local School

fbcgThe Chatham Star-Tribune wrote a great article highlighting the work of churches around Gretna, including First Baptist Church, to provide food for hungry children at Gretna Elementary School.

Using grants from several organizations, including the Hunger Fund of the BGAV, volunteers targeted students who needed food for the weekend.

Joan Yeatts, a pre-K teacher and member at Anderson Memorial United Methodist Church, said:

“When I know a 4-year-old is going home on Friday and there is no one at home to fix them food, something needs to be done.”

Begun during the spring of 2011, they send home several dozen meals a week. They’re currently looking for more churches to partner with them to serve the students at another local school.

Read more here.

Mount Ararat Baptist Church Pastor Experiences Christmas Lesson

mabcAccording to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Pastor Todd Gaston of Mount Ararat Baptist Church, Stafford, had several items stolen from his rental car on Christmas day.

He had flown to Texas for the holiday and left his backpack in the car containing several expensive electronics as well as his Bible and prayer journal.

Figuring everything was gone, he got a surprise call from an assistant at his church a few days later. A local man, who is Sikh, came across the prayer journal and Bible on the side of the road. The man could tell the items were important to Gaston and sought to return them.

“Even with us being of different faiths, he saw that it was valuable to me, and he wanted to make sure that it was returned to me,” Gaston said.

Read more here.

Has your church been highlighted in local media? Is there a great story from your church that needs to be told?

Please email Nathan White, BGAV Web Minister.