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Second Saturday Free Lunch April 13

Solomon’s Mission on Lowe Street, Buchanan, will have its Second Saturday Free Lunch on April 13, beginning at 11:30 p.m. The meal will be barbecue, chips, dessert and a drink, provided by Valley View Baptist Church. All are welcome.

Cowbell Service at Mt. Joy Saturday

Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren will hold a Cowbell Service on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 2565 Buffalo Road, Buchanan. Everyone is welcome.

Church Encouragement at Solomon’s Mission

Solomon’s Mission is hosting a Church Encouragement evening at 6 p.m. April 11.

The evening will consist of a meal, praise music by Jeff McMeans and Blake Vaughn from Bonsack Baptist Church, and guest speaker Daniel Colston. Colston served as youth pastor for six years and will speak on the importance of financial health to your spiritual well being and leadership in church. The event is at no cost and no RSVP.

Lapsleys Run Baptist celebrating pastor’s anniversary

Lapsleys Run Baptist Church will celebrate the first anniversary of the Rev. David W. Halsey Sr. as pastor on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

Guests for the afternoon service will be Elder Gregory Moore and The Gospel Tabernacle of Covington.
Dinner will be served after morning service.

Easter egg hunt at Forest Grove

Forest Grove Baptist Church invites the community to a light luncheon and Easter egg hunt beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Bring your Easter basket and join the fun. Forest Grove is located at 693 Mt. Moriah Road Eagle Rock.

Special Easter services at Mill Creek  

Mill Creek Baptist Church invites the community to April services as “Easter’s Mercy – Through the Eyes of Forgiveness” is presented through music, drama and spoken word:

• Palm Sunday, April 14, “Judas at the Triumphal Entry”.

• Maundy Thursday, April 18, potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a special service at 7 p.m., follow “Jesus’ Road to Calvary.” Children’s activities will be available during this service.

• Good Friday, April 19, a brief Cross Draping Service on the front lawn of the church at 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, April 21, a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall followed by a breakfast. Then at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., celebrate “The Resurrection!”

• Sunday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., experience “Our Savior’s Love.” The adult and children’s handbell choirs will provide special music that day.

The public is invited to any or all of these special services.

Easter Egg Hunt at Mill Creek

Mill Creek Baptist Church will be holding the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the church, beginning in the sanctuary with the Easter story.  After the egg hunt, there will be hot dogs, chips and cupcakes in the fellowship hall.  Everyone is invited.

Cloverdale Church of the Brethren egg hunt

Cloverdale Church of the Brethren will have an Easter Egg Hunt from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 for toddlers through sixth grade. The Easter bunny will be on hand for pictures. The community is invited.

Galatia welcoming new pastor

Galatia Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites the public to meeting new Transitional Pastor Karyn Cartier on Friday, April 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the church. Refreshments will be provided.

Galatia EPC is located at 78 Gala Loop Road, Eagle Rock.  Attend and help the church welcome the new pastor to the community.

A sunrise service will be held at the church at 7 a.m. on April 21, with a potluck breakfast afterward. The regular worship service will be at 11 a.m.

Springwood Food Pantry open April 17

The Springwood Baptist Food Pantry will be open on April 17 from 10 a.m. until noon. Additionally, Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s produce delivery vehicle, the “Veggie Mobile,” will be onsite on both dates to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to community members in need free of charge. This program is part of the food bank’s Mobile Produce Program. Stop by and take advantage of this valuable opportunity to get fresh, healthy produce.

Springwood Baptist is located at 88 Copps Hill Road, Buchanan. For more information, call and leave a message at 540-520-4585 and someone will return your call, or email

Bingo at Wheatland Lutheran Church

After a break during the winter months, the meeting of Sharing God’s Grace returns in April on Tuesday, April 16 at Wheatland Lutheran Church.  The community is invited to this popular gathering which offers fellowship, good food, an opportunity to make new friends, and the ever-popular game of Bingo. The meeting begins at noon with lunch prepared by the ladies of the church. After dessert, cards are then distributed for Bingo. Modest gifts are awarded to the winning cards. Invite your friends and neighbors to attend this get-together for a very warm welcome by members of Wheatland Lutheran Church. The church is located at 1560 Wheatland Road, Buchanan.  Call 992-5403 to make reservations and to get directions to the church.

Easter events at Springwood Baptist

Springwood Baptist Church invites everyone to Palm Sunday Service on Sunday April 14. During Sunday School from 9:45-10:45 a.m. an Easter egg hunt will be held for the children.

There will be a special Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 19.

A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday; then Sunday School from 9:45-10:45 a.m., and worship at 11 a.m.

The youth will lead the church service on Sunday, April 28.

Everyone is invited to all of these events.

Troutville Brethren Easter events

Troutville Church of the Brethren will have an egg hunt on April 14 starting at 5 p.m.

On Maundy Thursday, April 18, the Love Feast worship service at 7 p.m. and Easter worship at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 21.

Candy Easter eggs available from Ebenezer UMC

Ebenezer United Methodist Church is starting to make peanut butter, butter cream and coconut Easter eggs. The eight-ounce eggs cost $5. If interested call Sharon at 540-797-9978 and leave a message. The eggs will be available for pick up the week before Palm Sunday.

Easter egg hunt at Wheatland Lutheran

Wheatland Lutheran Church will be hosting its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be candy-filled eggs, crafts, games and a hot dog lunch. Bring a basket to collect the eggs in. The church is located at 1560 Wheatland Road, Buchanan.

Cloverdale Church of the Brethren Thrift Shop

The Cloverdale Church of the Brethren Thrift Shop is having a March clearance sale. All winter clothes are only 50 cents each. The shop accepts donations Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and is open each Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fincastle UMC Wednesday services for Lent

Fincastle United Methodist Church will hold weekly Wednesday Lenten Services and Lunch in the Family Life Center, 137 South Church Street, Fincastle. These 20-minute services begin at 12:05 p.m. and will be led by area pastors. A home-cooked lunch will follow each service. The service and meal are designed to last about one hour. Child care will be provided. Takeout meals will be available. The remaining service is:

• April 10 – The Rev. Fr. Stephen McNally, Church of the Transfiguration, Fincastle; Lunch – Chef Salad, Jello Salads, Desserts

The lunch menu is subject to change. Everyone is invited.

Easter services at Colonial Baptist

Colonial Baptist Church in Blue Ridge invites everyone to Easter services on Sunday, April 21, beginning with a sunrise service (outside, weather permitting) at 7 a.m. Then stay and enjoy Easter breakfast at 8 a.m. (bring a dish), and Sunday School and Adult Bible Fellowships for all ages at 9 a.m.

The choirs will present an Easter musical and crama entitled, “Jesus, Only Jesus,” in the 10 a.m. worship service. A nursery is provided, and there will be no evening service.

For more information, call the church office at 977-5683. Colonial Baptist Church is located at 221 Hillcrest Street in Blue Ridge. ( and on Facebook)

Buchanan Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) Lenten service

Buchanan area churches invite the public to attend the final ecumenical worship service during the season of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday morning. The service begins with worship followed by the Word being preached. The service begins at 12 noon will conclude with a free light lunch. Any questions, call 580-6810. The final service is:

• April 16 – Limestone Park Pavilion – 12 noon – The Rev. Dave Mucha

Blue Ridge churches hosting sunrise service

There will be an Easter sunrise service at Glade Creek Cemetery at 7 a.m. for the community. It is hosted by the Blue Ridge participating churches. This year J. Michael Palmer, a renowned former pastor, will bring the message. There will be a breakfast
served after the service, hosted by the Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited.

Ebenezer UMC bake sale April 20

Ebenezer United Methodist Church will have its annual spring bake sale on Saturday, April 20. It will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the pavilion area at the Virginian Markette on Lee Highway, Troutville.

BBQ lunch at Buchanan Baptist

Buchanan Baptist Church will have a take-out BBQ lunch fundraiser on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lunch will consist of a BBQ sandwich, slaw, baked beans, and a drink. Dessert of baked goods will be for sale. The church is located at 19739 Main Street in Buchanan.

Gospel group coming to Troutville Brethren

Wayne & Friends, a bluegrass gospel group, will be at the Troutville Church of the Brethren on Sunday, April 28 during morning worship 11 a.m. Mark your calendars and bring a friend.

Cloverdale Brethren Thrift Shop

The Cloverdale Church of the Brethren Thrift Shop has a great selection of spring and summer clothes for the entire family, just in time to get an Easter outfit. The shop is open each Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ebenezer Easter cantata April 21

Ebenezer United Methodist Church will have an Easter cantata at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 21. The cantata is entitled “Come See the Place. The church is located at 85 Nace Road, Troutvile.

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