Church News for Oct. 2 Edition

Heritage Festival at Camp Bethel

Camp Bethel, just off Nace Road, Fincastle, will hold its 35th Annual Heritage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be food, crafts, train rides and more.

New Beginnings welcomes new pastors, music director

New Beginnings Assembly of God in Buchanan recently welcomed its two new pastors— Jack and Wanda Staggs. Jack, who is originally from Roanoke, has been involved in ministries since 1967. Wanda, who is originally from Winston-Salem, N.C., has been involved in ministries since 1958. They have seven children, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. They plan to live in the church parsonage in Buchanan.

New Beginnings has also welcomed Joshua Mills as its new music director. Mills, who is from Troutville, was previously the praise and worship leader at the Troutville Assembly of God.

Mill Creek yard sale to benefit Dominican Mission Team

The Dominican Republic Mission Team from Mill Creek Baptist Church will host a yard sale on Friday, Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.  Kitchen items, furniture, holiday decorations, antiques and more will be offered for sale.  Food will be available for purchase. The church is located at 11475 Lee Highway, Fincastle. The church continues its support of a Christian preschool for children in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Zion Hill Baptist revival October 6-9

Evangelist Rick Via will be leading revival services at Zion Hill Baptist Church October 6-9. Services begin Sunday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. and continue that night and through Wednesday at 7 p.m. A potluck fellowship dinner will be held after the Sunday morning service.

Special music will be presented nightly by: Route 11, October 6; Botetourt County Chorus, October 7; Revelation Men’s Ensemble, October 8; and Tonya Ballard, October 9.

A nursery will be provided.

Blessing of the Animals October 5

Whether your furry companion is a dog, cat, horse, hamster, or even a favorite stuffed animal, you are invited join the Church of the Transfiguration for a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 5, celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The gathering will be at the picnic shelter just to the left of the parking lot at the church, 7624 Roanoke Road in Fincastle. The blessing will begin at 9 a.m. Animals should be under your control to ensure everyone goes home happy. Stuffed animals do not need to be on a leash. Feel free to bring a picture of your pet if you wish.
Donations for St. Francis Service Dogs will be collected at the event. For a list of needed Supplies, go to

Fall Festival at Eagle Rock Baptist

A Fall Festival will be held at Eagle Rock Baptist Church from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. There will be hot dogs, chips, drinks, baked goods and yard sale items. To rent a yard sale space ($15), call 580-3886.

Pierce Chapel yard sale

Pierce Chapel Church, US 220 and Timber Ridge, Fincastle will have a yard sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. There is no charge to set up and hot dogs are free. The rain date is October 12. For more information, call Leslie, 915-2348; or Lesylie, 520-9647,

Mount Olivet Homecoming October 6

Homecoming at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 26310 Lee Highway, Buchanan, is Sunday, Oct. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. Smokey Wilson will be in concert, followed with a potluck luncheon. All are invited to attend.

Cloverdale Church of the Brethren Thrift Shop

Fall is almost here and the Thrift Shop is stocked with fall clothes for women, men, children and infants. The shop is open each Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring the annual Christmas Bazaar on November 2 and has a limited amount of spaces available. They are six-foot tables for $20. If you are interested call Marjorie Snider, 992-5132.

St. Mark’s annual spaghetti supper October 5

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hold its 24th Annual Italian Night Spaghetti Dinner at the Fincastle Firehouse on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4-7:15 p.m. The Italian theme will be portrayed in table and wall decorations. The cost is $10 for adults and children over 12 years old. There is no charge for children under 12 years of age. The meal includes a full portion of homemade spaghetti, salad, garlic bread sticks, lemonade, ice tea, and a variety of homemade desserts. Meals will be available for take-out.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Ministry Center office at 221 S. Roanoke Street in Fincastle and from church members or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the event go to outreach ministries in the local Fincastle and Botetourt County area. The event is put on by the Episcopal Men’s Fellowship of St. Mark’s. The homemade desserts and spaghetti sauce are prepared by the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Women. Inquiries may be made at 473-2370 or details found at

Free children’s art classes at Fincastle UMC

Fincastle United Methodist Church (FUMC) will host free children’s art classes. Candace Monaghan, local artist and graphic designer, will be teaching children’s art classes on Wednesday nights starting in October. These classes are part of the FUMC Wednesday event, TOW or Together on Wednesdays, which begins with a meal at 6 p.m. and is followed by adult, youth and children’s classes from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The classes are for children ages 3-12 and will be held after the meal on Wednesdays, October 2 through November 20. The church office can be reached at 473-3001 for any questions.

Cedar Bluff Baptist pancake supper

Cedar Bluff Baptist Church will have a pancake supper from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. The supper will be three pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup, coffee or soft drink for $7. Take out will be available. Tickets will be available at the door; or for advance tickets, call Faye Bolt at 798-8142 or Sandra Petty, 254-1891.

Mount Olivet UMC celebrating 190 years

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 26310 Lee Highway, Buchanan will celebrate its 190th year on Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fellowship, luncheon, speakers, and music by Route 11 and have a fun day at Mount Olivet.

First Baptist of Fincastle to celebrate 188th anniversary

The First Baptist Church of Fincastle at 6529 Blue Ridge Turnpike, where the Rev. Montie E. Brown Sr. is pastor, will celebrate its 188th Church Anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m.

The Rev. David Halsey, pastor of Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church and Lapsleys Run Baptist Church, will be delivering God’s message. His choir and congregation will accompany him. Dinner will be served and everyone is welcome.

Bonsack Baptist Craft Expo November 2

Bonsack Baptist Church is holding its third annual Craft Expo on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m-2 p.m. in the Community Life Center, 4945 Cloverdale Road. It is free to the public. More than 50 vendors are participating. Various craft items will be sold and an outside vendor will sell kettle corn. All are invited. For more information, call Marquita Brown at Bonsack Baptist, 977-5701.

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