Deaconess Sandra Washington (second from left) was recently honored as the Matriarch of Beulah Baptist Church. Here she is with her sisters (left) Deaconess Mildred McCabe and Deaconess Delphine Washington (second from right) and her brother Lewis Washington (right).

Hope, Love & Gershwin

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble will present a free concert, “Hope, Love & Gershwin,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 143 W. Main St. in Orange and again at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 16 at Piedmont Episcopal Church, 214 Church St. in Madison.

Director Bob Burnett leads the choir made of vocalists from the five-county area. The upcoming concerts will feature traditional favorites, madrigals, jazz, and, of course, the music of American composer George Gershwin. Donations are gladly accepted.

Sermon: The Joy of Living in Christ

All are welcome for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. with Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church at Culpeper Christian School, 810 Old Rixeyville Rd. in Culpeper. Dress is always casual.

Guest preacher Joe Magri, of Trinity Presbyterian in Charlottesville, will teach from Philippians this Sunday, Feb. 16 with a message, “The Joy of the Living Christ- Further Exhortations.” See

Coffee with pastor

All are welcome for Coffee with Pastor Mike Evans at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 15 at Richardsville United Methodist Church, 29235 Richard Ferry Rd.

He will be available for meet and greet. Attendees can bring any questions regarding church, God or the pastor. The church looks forward to a time of open discussion.

Movie night

Hopewell United Methodist will show, “Abomindable,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the church, 23518 Lignum Rd. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. This is free for everyone and all are welcome.

Sermon: A Generous Life

Mountain View Community Church holds services at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays with a Feb. 16 sermon topic of, “A Generous Life – An Active Spiritual Blessing.”

The 10 a.m. service is live streamed at 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. For information, contact 540/727-0297.

Methodist Men breakfast

Amissville United Methodist Men will serve breakfast 8 to 10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 14760 Lee Highway. Donations are accepted with all proceeds used in service to others.

The church holds Sunday School at 9 a.m. and worship service at 10 a.m. on Sundays at the church, 14760 Lee Highway in Amissville.

At 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, the church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the fellowship hall. At 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays, the church hosts Al-Anon meetings. For information, contact 540/937-4672.

Shrove Tuesday spaghetti dinner

Reformation Lutheran will host a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the fellowship hall of the church located at Madison Road and Sunset Lane in the town of Culpeper.

Besides the main dish, there will be a wide variety of sauces, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Donations gratefully accepted to benefit the Culpeper Food Closet.

Wayland Blue Ridge Black History Month program

The 43rd Annual Black History Month Celebration sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary of Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association, Inc. will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Center, 15044 Ryland Chapel Rd. in Rixeyville.

The program will feature special musical guests, The Spiritual Harmonizers of Northern VA and vicinity. The Spiritual Harmonizers can be heard on local radio stations including WHUR-FM 96.3, Howard University, Washington, DC. Sunday Morning Gospel with Patrick Ellis.

The Black History Month Celebration has been held each year as a fundraiser for Missions and Scholarships. Tickets in advance are $5/Adults, $7/at the door; school age student tickets, including college students with I.D. are $1/at the door. For information, contact Nan Butler Roberts at or phone 540-661-2013 or Olivette Glascoe, 540-522-6108; Barbara Woo 540-672-3717; Connie Herndon 540-972-7197 or Angela Brooks 540-854-7442; Gail Blaker 540-675-2670.

Spring Bazaar vendors sought

Jeffersonton United Methodist Church will host a Spring Bazaar 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the Jeffersonton Community Center.

The bazaar will feature yard sale items, crafts, baked goods and plants with proceeds to benefit the center and church. Inside tables are available for $20 and outdoor spaces for $10. To reserve a spot, contact Ann at 540/522-9466 or Vicki at 540/812-4114.

Missions revival & banquet

“Fire on Wednesday” Missions Revival Night will be held at 7 p.m. on March 4 at Antioch Baptist Church in Madison, featuring special guests the Rev. Joseph Moore, of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Orange with the Shady Grove Male Chorus And others.

A church banquet will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 in the Madison Fire Hall with guest Preacher, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Baldwin, Dean of the Mount Bethel Baptist Educational Congress, in Washington, D.C. Musical Guests will be the Rev. Isaac Howard and Howard Harmonizers, of Fairfax. Worship Leaders will be Bishop Michael V. Jackson and First Lady Louise Jackson of Emmanuel Christian Center in Ruckersville.

Banquet tickets are $25/each or a table of eight for $175 with all proceeds to benefit missions and outreach. For information, contact Antioch pastor, the Rev Frank D. Lewis, Sr. at 540.661-2071.

Pancake & sausage dinner

Mitchells Presbyterian will hold its Annual Pancake & Sausage Dinner 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the church, 23425 Rapidan Rd.

The all-you-can-eat feast will feature homemade sausage and gravy, apples and more. Cost is $8/adults and $5/children 11 and younger; 5 and younger are free. Extra “take home” sausage will be for sale with proceeds to benefit local missions and youth programs. For information, contact 540/825-1079.

Leap year freewill ham dinner

The Men’s Group at Remington United Methodist will prepare and serve a Freewill Ham Dinner 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 29 in the fellowship hall of the church, 150 W. Bowen St. in Remington.

The meal will consist of spiral ham, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, green beans, rolls, iced tea and lemonade. Featured also will be desserts by the Remington Methodist Women.

Proceeds from the dinner will support the missions and outreach activities of the men’s group. Bring family and friends to enjoy a meal and fellowship. For information, contact 540/439-2579.

Season of Lent

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 when Culpeper Presbyterian Church will hold a Service of Ashes at 7:00 p.m.

The season will be further recognized at 6 p.m. the next five Wednesdays (March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1) starting with a brief devotional and a fellowship dinner at 6:30. The church is located at 215 S Main St. downtown.

Spiritual Care Support Ministries

Various free programs are offered by Spiritual Care Support Ministries at its center, 7179 New Hope Lane in Warrenton.

Sundays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. through April 5, is the Spouse Loss Support Group, a weekly meeting to discuss topics of interest to those whose spouse has died. It is a place to learn valuable information about recovering from grief and renewing hope for the future.

A Bereavement Support Group for those grieving the loss of someone close to them is held 7 to 8:30 p.m. weekly at the Culpeper Library.

At 9 a.m. on March 2 and 9, all are invited to come fellowship with the ministry at Dunkin’ Donuts, 76 W. Shirley Ave. in Warrenton. Enjoy conversation and a free cup of coffee and donut. RSVP 540-349-5814 or see

Pancake supper

St. Stephen’s Episcopal will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 25 at the church, 115 N. East St. in Culpeper. The cost is $5/person or $20 for a family of four or more. Proceeds will be given to the Culpeper Young Life Ministry. All are welcome. For information, contact 540/825-8786 or

Youth ministry Black history program

The Youth Ministry of Beulah Baptist will present a skit, “Hold My Mule,” after the 11 a.m. service Feb. 23 at the church, 9297 Eggbornsville Rd. in Culpeper. Dinner will follow.

Dress attire for the day will be 60’s fashion and Dashiki’s. Guest preacher for the 3 p.m. Black History Program will be the Rev. Harrison Williams, of Shiloh Baptist in Stanardsville.

Mother of Beulah Baptist honored

Beulah Baptist recently celebrated Deaconess Sandra Lee Washington as church matriarch.

A position of notoriety, the Mother of Beulah is also a ministry of serious responsibility as noted by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lee Pitts, pastor at Beulah. Deaconess Washington was recognized for her special gifts and dedication to the ministry.

Most importantly, Deaconess Washington lives her life for Christ always walking in love and witnessing to everyone about the goodness of our Lord, according to a church news release. The Beulah Baptist Church thanks her for accepting this obligation and challenge.

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