On Sunday, March 25, over thirty Longwood and Hampden-Sydney students led in our worship service. Sarah Cave preached on "Faithful Sight" taken from Matthew 11:28-30 and Isaiah 41:10. Brittany Crowe gave her testimony. Zach Highland played the organ. "Pitch Perfect," an acapella from Longwood provided the special music. Casey Garrett and Michael Crumpler gave the children's lesson. Many others read litanies, read scripture, prayed, handed out bulletins, and collected the offering. After the service, a luncheon was served for the students and for their adoptive parents. It was a wonderful time of worship and fellowship!
Over eighty people attended our adopt-a-student dinner this evening, as over thirty students were adopted by members of Farmville Baptist. Everyone enjoyed a wide variety of food provided by the families. Many thanks to Patsy Watson and the College Committee for organizing this fun-filled event!
On August 28, we had our annual church picnic. This year, it was held at the Gee Price Center of the Fuqua School. We were blessed with a beautiful day, and we had over 100 members, guests and college students attend. Many thanks to Penny Huskey and the Social Committee for organizing the picnic!
Farmville Baptist partnered with FACES (our local food pantry), the Youth Empowerment Center, and Minister Pamela LaRue to sponsor a Back-to-School event this morning to feed a hot breakfast to over 50 students and the escort them to the Youth Empowerment Center for a anti-bullying program. Afterwards, all the students received school supplies to help them with the beginning of school this Wednesday. This was truly a community effort the following churches and businesses contributed school supplies and back packs to this event: Apostolic Faith Church of All Nations Church, College Presbyterian Church, Farmville Baptist Church, Farmville United Methodist Church, Farmville Presbyterian Church, Heritage Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant/Beulah/Mt. Harmony United Methodist Churches, Reclaiming Our Lives Ministry, St. James Orthodox Church and Wal-Mart.
This Sunday, we had our "Hanging of the Greens" service, in which we decorated our sanctuary as part of our advent preparation. In the service, we had scripture readings that (fore)told the coming of Christ, interspersed with advent hymns and special music by our children, sanctuary and bell choirs. Celia Jo Young and her grandchildren lit our first Advent candle and members both young and not-so-young participated in decorating the sanctuary.
This Sunday, fourteen Longwood and Hampden-Sydney students led our Sunday morning worship. Sara Thompson, our ministry intern, organized and planned the service, and Aaron Van Allen, a Hampden-Sydney sophomore, gave the message. After the service, our College Committee hosted a luncheon for all our students and their adopted parents.
Our collegiate ministry hosted an Adopt-a-Student Progressive dinner at the homes of the Watsons and Cheuks. We had a great turnout! Many thanks to Patsy Watson and the College Ministry Committee for organizing this event and ministry, to the students who came, and to the families who adopted students from Longwood and Hampden Sydney into their homes!
Last Sunday, over 120 folks enjoyed a nice afternoon of swimming, conversation and good food at our annual church picnic. We were thrilled that we had over 25 college students attend! Many thanks to Penny Huskey and the Social Committee for organizing this event. A good time was had by all!
This week 38 children joined FBC in taking a journey through Egypt with Joseph. We enjoyed time in the market place, spending time in the Jewelry shop, where we made Egyptian jewelry, the Barbershop, where we became clean-shaven citizens of Egypt, and the Brick-making shop, where we made bricks in the same way that the Egyptians made them. Other shops included a Salon, the Food shop, and a Hieroglyphics shop. We also had a linen shop, where the kids spent time completing 5 warm fleece blankets to send to Africa via Operation Kid to Kid. In bible time, we got to see Joseph's life change as he went from being a prisoner on day one to being an assistant to the Pharaoh. Joseph taught us important lessons, such as God gives us hope, and God gives us forgiveness. We would like to thank Cindy Cave and Sara Thompson for working together to create a fun week for everyone involved!
After worship on Sunday April 25, the Missions and Outreach Committee organized a Missions Fair in the Fellowship Hall. At the fair, there were information booths and representatives from various local ministries, community services, and Farmville Baptist ministries to share with attendees on how they can get involved in ministry and service in our community. We served “fair food” like hot dogs, snacks, popcorn, cotton candy, etc.
On Sunday morning, December 6, we held our Hanging of the Green service. It was a wonderful service where we heard the biblical story prophecying and leading up to the birth of Jesus. The service was filled with readings and singing, while punctuated by the decoration of the sanctuary by various groups within the congregation. Many thanks to all who planned, prepared for, and participated in the service!
This Sunday, students from Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College led our morning worship service. Students read scripture and litanies, prayed, gave the children's lesson (in rap form!), worked in our nursery, sang, played the piano, drew a picture, took up the offering and preached! Afterwards, the students and their adopted parents enjoyed lunch in our fellowship hall. We are so thankful for these students who are attending, serving, and leading here at Farmville Baptist!
On Sunday, October 25, we hosted our annual Children's Hayride. Over forty children and adults enjoyed a fun hayride on a beautiful October afternoon. Afterwards, they played games organized by our youth and enjoyed a hot dog supper. Many thanks to Wayne Wallace and Sara Thompson for organizing the hayride and food, and for Julie Gaines and the youth for coming up with games for our children to play.
Ruth Patteson was honored last Sunday, September 20, at Farmville Baptist Church for her service as Chair of Farmville Baptist's Social Committee for the last twenty-five years. A pot-luck luncheon was held in her honor after worship, and she was presented a book of letters of appreciation. Farmville Baptist is so grateful to Ruth for her many years of service!
This evening, we had a wonderful progressive dinner for our college students. We had around 20 college students and around 26 folks from Farmville Baptist. Many thanks to Chuck and Debbie Daniel, Michael and Beth Cheuk, Linda and H.A. Saxtan and Gene and Patsy Watson for hosting this dinner. At the end, our college students were matched with their adoptive families.