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Religion

  • Churches unite for family fun day

    HILLSVILLE  — Around 50 churches hope to welcome more than 1,500 participants to Christian Family Fun Day Sept. 22.
    The majority of activities will take place at the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 after a 10:30 a.m. kick-off parade on Main Street travels to the post grounds.

  • Oracle breaks ground for Peace Pentagon

     

  • Singing King's Praises — with video

     

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial and social equality continues to inspire decades after his passing.
    Local church congregations came together on Jan. 15 to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's lasting influence.
    The theme of the annual event — held this year at Gospel Temple in the Oldtown community in  West Galax — was "Born To Inspire."

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  • Galax events join forces to spread the word

     

  • Carrying on the Mission

     

  • Churches celebrate King's legacy

    With a theme of “Expect a Miracle,” the message to the congregation was to keep on dreaming, as churches in the community united on Jan. 17 at Gospel Temple #2 in Galax to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Galax Vice Mayor Willie Greene told the congregation to use their freedom to be great.
    “Martin Luther King said it doesn't matter what job you get,” he said. “Get a job, and be the best you can be at it... We have the freedom to be great, and anything less is to be a slave again.

  • Highway to heaven

    WOODLAWN — Stereo speakers of 18-wheelers rolling down the interstates reverberate with the evangelistic message of a 47-year-old Woodlawn woman.
    To reach out to strangers on the road, Wilma Foreman first speaks the words that the Lord gives to her into a cassette recorder.
    The audience presumably consists of commercial drivers, transporting goods mostly over the East Coast,  but it could be any motorists who find the sermons on CDs at truck stops, free for the taking.

  • Feeding the needy

    INDEPENDENCE — Bona Dee Murray remembers going hungry when she and her mom ran out of food when she was just a young girl. 

    When their shelves were bare, churches helped to feed them. 

    About 10 years ago, it became Murray's dream for First United Methodist Church of Independence to collect food and donate it to those in need through Social Services. 

  • Pastor retires after 32 years (WITH VIDEO)

    LAUREL FORK — A long-time pastor at Gladesboro Lutheran Church will establish a ministry in new pastures — specifically, to use his insights to make places of worship more welcoming to the visually impaired.

    Pastor Duane Steele, who is legally blind, has prepared for this his final sermon this Sunday after preaching from the piano and the pulpit there for 32 years.
    In that time, he's delivered more than 1,500 sermons.
    His last message is called "Mustard Seed Faith."