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Religion

  • That old-time religion

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

  • Veto likely for student prayer protection bill

    Legislation aimed at ensuring students’ right to pray and engage in other religious expression at school has passed the General Assembly, but not by sufficient margins to overcome a promised veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    State Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill passed the House of Delegates on a 64-34 vote on Feb. 26. It had earlier cleared the Senate, 20-18. Neither vote is enough to override a veto, which requires a two-thirds majority.

  • Meeting planned for non-denominational Christian school

    A local group has formed to research and plan the possibility of a non-denominational Christian school in the Twin County area.
    This was a vision that began just a couple of years ago, explained Lynn Funk of Lincoln Financial in Galax and a member of the group.
    She said that there are a number of parents, grandparents, guardians and homeschoolers who are interested in putting Christianity back into their children’s’ education.

  • Congregation breaks ground for new church

    HILLSVILLE — Dozens of members of Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness joined Pastor Jeff Pickett on his birthday Sunday to break ground on the first phase of the church’s new facility.
    The congregation gathered Feb. 9 on the large, cleared lot near Virginia Street for the ceremony celebrating the 500-seat sanctuary, which will also have Sunday school rooms and a parking lot.
    Along with Pickett and the congregation members, former pastor Ron Fredricks and Bishop Preston Mathena participated in the blessing for the church.

  • Prison ministry growing at River North

    INDEPENDENCE — Approximately 10 percent of offenders at River North Correctional Center in Independence are now regularly attending River North Men’s Fellowship Church, according to the facility’s new chaplain.
    R.B. Anderson is conducting services while also in training at River North, after having recently been hired by the River North Ministry Council (RNMC) to the part-time chaplain position.

  • Ministry to hire prison chaplain

    INDEPENDENCE — The River North Ministry Council voted at its Oct. 31 meeting to advertise for the hiring of a chaplain to serve at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
    Council members voted unanimously to begin advertising the position in area newspapers this week. Applications will be reviewed on Nov. 30, and interviews will begin Dec. 2.

  • Ministry moves to new home

    Aug. 30 marked the beginning of a new chapter for P.U.S.H. Ministries, as it moved from Rooftop of Virginia to Chelsi’s Place in downtown Galax.
    The move is a turning point for the ministry, which has seen fast growth with Rooftop since they joined forces more than a year ago.
    When P.U.S.H. partnered with Rooftop, Pastor Jill Burcham said that the original goal was to start their Surrogate Daughter program, an ongoing estate sale to financially assist the senior population with financial problems.

  • Pastor's studies focus on spiritual healing

    The Rev. Dr. Helen Beasley of the Episcopal/Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax recently received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
    With five years of difficult class work behind her, Beasley said she is excited to utilize what she learned to usher in a new level of spiritual healing within her church.
    Beasley was one of 17 graduates in this summer’s commencement ceremony, the highest number of students to graduate from the program at one time, according to the seminary’s newsletter.

  • Funding needed for prison chaplain

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the recently established River North Ministry Council (RNMC) has made it their mission to install a prison chaplain at River North Correctional Facility by the day the first inmate arrives, but the biggest challenge facing the group is finding individuals and groups to pledge funding for the position.
    RNMC, including pastors and residents of the Twin Counties and surrounding areas, met Aug. 22 at Independence First United Methodist Church to elect an executive council and discuss other new developments.

  • Chaplain chosen, ministry forms at River North prison

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility is anticipated to provide a significant boost to local businesses and increase employment in Independence and Grayson County when it opens this fall, but another significant way it has already impacted the county is by unifying many area churches and religious groups with a common goal of ministering to inmates.