All located in the historic village of Rapidan, the churches of Mt. Calvary, Hopewell, Cedar Grove, Waddell, Lower Rapidan Baptist and Emmanuel Episcopal gathered together for a picnic Oct. 6 near the banks of the river.

Historic churches of Rapidan gather together

Six historic Rapidan churches gathered together on Oct. 6, a cloudy Saturday, near the banks of the river at Emmanuel Episcopal Church for an early fall picnic.

The churches of Mt. Calvary, Hopewell, Cedar Grove, Waddell, Lower Rapidan Baptist and Emmanuel Episcopal had originally planned a mid-Summer Picnic that was postponed because of the heavy rain and flooding early in early summer.

A great time of fellowship was enjoyed during the rescheduled afternoon event and many attendees expressed the hope that the picnic would become an annual occurrence. Having eaten well, the gathering joined together in song. Appropriately enough one of them being “Let’s go down to the river and pray.”

Prayer Breakfast

The Immanuel Christian Women’s Ministry will hold its first Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Dr. in the town of Culpeper. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Yoreel Fraser Trumpet of Agape Tabernacle International Fellowship, Brooklyn, New York. For information, contact 540/829-7849.

Church homecoming

Crooked Run Baptist will celebrate Homecoming for its 246th anniversary at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the church, 7351 James Madison Hwy. in Rapidan.

There will be special music and a meal after the service. Nicholas Luthman is pastor. For information, contact 540/672-2700.

Usher’s Day

Beulah Baptist will host its Annual Usher’s Day at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the church, 9297 Eggbornsville Rd. in Rixeyville. The Rev. Earnest Thompson of Good Hope Baptist Church of Culpeper will be the special speaker. Dinner will be served. For information, contact bbc9297@gmail.com or 540/937-5563.

Pastoral Anniversary

Mount Pisgah Baptist will celebrate the 15th Pastoral Anniversary of the Rev. Walter E Bryant on Sunday with services at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the church, 217 Mount Pisgah Church Dr. in Tanners.

The guest preacher for the morning service will be the Rev. French Bryant of Threshing Floor Deliverance Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland. Guest preacher for the afternoon service will be the Rev. Arnold McLaurin of Shammah Ministries of Washington, D.C. Lunch willing be served following morning service. For information, contact 540/672-9065.

Russian Orthodox choral music concert

St. Stephen’s Episcopal will host a LYRA, a Russian-based a cappella vocal group, for a free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the parish hall of the church, 115 N. East. St. in downtown Culpeper.

The five-member group will perform a one-hour show of sacred Russian Orthodox Church choral music and folk songs. Donations accepted. For information, contact 540/825-8786 or ssec@ststephensculpeper.net

Bake sale and clothing giveaway

Gourdvine Baptist will hold a bake sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church, 7103 Eggbornsville Rd. in Rixeyville. There will also be sausage biscuits for sale with proceeds to benefit children attending Camp Red Arrow next summer. There will also be free sites for people to sell yard sale items.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, there will be a clothing giveaway in the church basement. It will also be held 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Come one, come all. Please, no clothing donations.

Mountain View Community Church

Holds services at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays with an Oct. 14 sermon topic of, “Experiencing God: God Speaks.” The 10 a.m. service is live streamed at mountainviewcc.net. Children’s programs for birth through 5th grade at 16088 Rogers Rd., behind Brusters Ice Cream in Culpeper. Small groups also meeting during the week. 540/727-0297.

Men’s Breakfast & Fish Fry

Amissville United Methodist Men will serve breakfast 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Oct. 20 in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 14760 Lee Highway in Amissville. Donations are accepted with proceeds used in service to others.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 27, the Methodist Men will host a fish fry in the fellowship hall with donations accepted to be used in the service to others. For information, contact 540/987-9001.

Musical performance & cookie concerto

Lake of the Wood Church’s new season of monthly concerts continues at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 with the dynamic music duo of Mary Mancini and Mario Tacca.

Mancini is a world-class artist with vocal versatility and command of all styles of music. Able to sing in eight languages, she consistently brings audiences to their feet with her international favorites, Broadway music, opera arias, classics, pop and sacred music. She had played concert halls, stadiums and with symphonies worldwide.

Tacca, born in Italy, began his musical studies at a young age, imitated songs his mother used to sing, and walked three miles weekly to his teacher with his instrument strapped to his back. His love of the accordion propelled him past many regional and national accordion championships on to become world champion, winning the World Cup of Italy, the Grand Prix of Paris, the US National Competition and the International Accordion Competition held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

There will be a Cookie Concerto reception following the performance. The concert is free and any voluntary donations will support LOW Church Worship Arts Program. For information, contact 540/972-9060.

Clothing Giveaway

Hope Christian Fellowship will host a clothing giveaway 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 27 at the church, 4173 Bludau Dr. in Warrenton (Vint Hill). The public is invited to help themselves to free clothes, linens, shoes, accessories, coats, toys, kids’ books and more. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 22-25. For information, contact giveaway@hopecf.net or 540/222-6643.

Fall for Fashion Show fundraiser

The Fall for Fashion Show will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Center, 15044 Ryland Chapel Rd. in Rixeyville. Women in Worship Ministries is sponsoring the event to raise money for breast cancer research.

Celebrity models will include former Washington Redskin wide receiver Darnerien McCants; Libby Westphal, current Mrs. Leesburg competing for the Mrs. Virginia title, Culpeper Town Councilwoman Jamie Clancey and Adriana Bustamante. Featured outfits will include selections from local shops including The Cameleer, Charlotte’s and N Style Fashion Gallery.

There will be door prizes and refreshments. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults through Oct. 14 and sponsorships are available. Get tickets through EventBrite or by mail to WIW Ministries, 11801 Gardenia Dr., Fredericksburg, Va. 22407 or contact 540/661-2013. For information, see womeninworshipministries.org.

Arts & Craft Bazaar

The Lake of the Woods Church Annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar will be held at the church, in Friendship Hall, 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Nov 10 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov 11.

On Saturday only, there will be a blueberry pancake breakfast, and hot dog, chili, BBQ lunch for sale, as well as a bake sale of homemade goodies. Arts and crafts items for this sale include will quilts, American Girl and Wellie-Wisher doll clothes, aprons, unique jewelry, hand-painted items, baby items, crocheted items, Christmas and Fall items plus the always popular “Scrubbies” and more. Proceeds will benefit the Lake of The Woods Church Youth Missions. All major credit cards accepted. Cash only for breakfast and lunch.

The event is open to the public. Let Security at the LOW Front Gate know that you are attending the Church Bazaar. For information, contact 540/972-9060.

Church anniversary

Mount Zion Baptist will celebrate its 160th anniversary with special events Oct. 20 and 21 at the church, 4288 Governor Almond Rd. in Locust Grove.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 there will be a special concert featuring Faithful Connection and the Silver Brothers, both of Fredericksburg, and The Harmonies of Faith of King George.

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, the Rev. Sanford Reaves, Jr. will preach and there will be dinner served afterwards. At 3 p.m., the Rev. Charles Wormley, Sr. and his church family will join the celebration. For information, contact 540/854-5575.

Bus trip to “Jesus” at Sight & Sound Theater

A bus trip to see “Jesus” at the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is being organized for Dec. 29.

The bus will leave Culpeper at 10 a.m. from the Gold’s Gym parking lot with the show at 3 p.m. The group will have dinner afterwards at the Hershey Farm Market and return to Culpeper later that evening. Tickets for the entire package are $160 with payment due by Nov. 30.

To reserve a seat on the bus, contact Bettie Turner, deaconess at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lignum, at 540/825-6954.

Willing Workers Ministry

Nazareth Baptist will celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Willing Worker’s Ministry on Oct. 28 at the church in Boston, Virginia. The Rev. Howard Frye will deliver the morning message. The Men’s Chorus of New Site Fredericksburg will be the musical guest at the 3 p.m. service. Lunch will follow morning worship. All are welcome.

Car & Truck Show

New Salem Baptist will host a Car and Truck Show noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the church, 8233 Sperryville Pike in Culpeper.

Registration per car or truck is $20 with trophies awarded to top entries. All proceeds will benefit the children of Hope for Appalachia. There will also be a Turkey Shoot, and all guns will be provided. Treats will be given to all kids who come in costumes and there will be lots of games for everyone in addition to live music. Food will be available for purchase. For information, contact Pastor Mike Dodson at 540/718-9675 or Tony Tharpe at 540/825-6878.

Christmas Bazaar

Culpeper United Methodist Women of Culpeper will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Dr. in Culpeper.

This event has been occurring for more than 25 years and usually has about 50 vendors, a bake sale and lunch for sale. Proceeds from the bazaar are donated to local charities. A few vendors spaces are still available. To reserve a spot, contact mahjwh@verizon.net or 540/825-9407.

Fish Fry Fundraiser

The Antioch Baptist Fish Fry Fundraiser will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 on the back lawn of the church, 202 S. West St. in the town of Culpeper. Cost is $10 per dinner to include fried fish, two sides (cole slaw, baked beans, green beans and corn on the cob), cornbread, dessert and a drink.

Proceeds will benefit the Capital Growth Campaign. Orders may be placed in advance only on the day of the event at 540/825-2768.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast

The Men’s Ministry of Mt. Pisgah Baptist will host a Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the church, 217 Mt. Pisgah Church Rd. in Tanners.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dwayne Robinson of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Culpeper. His topic will be, “Step Up; Be a Man,” from 1 Corinthians 13:11-13. For information, contact 540/672-9065.

Call-In Bible Study

Beulah Baptist Church, 9297 Eggbornsville Rd. in Culpeper, hosts a call-in Bible study every Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free Dial-in 302/202-1118; access code 862090. For more information, email bbc9297@gmail.com.

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