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Religion

  • Ministerial Association observes National Day of Prayer

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens and members of the Carroll County Ministerial Association gathered on the historic courthouse lawn in Hillsville on May 3 in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

  • Pastor leaves to continue son's mission

    Inspiration sometimes leads people in unexpected directions: Pastor Sam Bartlett of First Baptist Church of Galax announced recently that he will be leaving his position in order to promote his late son’s legacy, Police Fitness; and a career in public speaking to support that work.

    “Police Fitness, the nonprofit that we have started, has been very demanding of my time,” said Bartlett, “because there has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and interest about our mission, that the first responders be fit to serve.”

  • Local churches unite for Easter play

    UPDATE: The March 24 performance has been cancelled due to snow. A decision about the March 25 performance will be made Sunday.

    Rehearsal for “Believe,” the Easter musical hosted by First Baptist Church of Galax, is rolling right along: Pontius Pilate (aka Pastor Sam Bartlett) is onstage wearing a stately toga with sneakers, the disciples are hanging out and chatting in the pews and tech crew members are running around talking into headsets and adjusting equipment.

  • Galax church celebrates Black History Month

    Members of the community congregated last Saturday evening at Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God on Calloway Street in Galax to celebrate Black History Month and hold a time of reflection to honor the many achievements of African-American society throughout the nation’s history.

    Dionne Tucker opened the Feb. 17 event with an inspirational celebration of religious and cultural background, expressed in song and dance by the Daughters of Zion. She described it as “something one may have been likely to hear during the slave era dating up to the Civil War.”

  • Churches strive to heal hate

    HILLSVILLE — Churches in Carroll County united last week to speak out against racism and the rise of white supremacist groups, in the wake of a rally in Charlottesville that broke into violence, leaving one woman dead.

    Hillsville Christian Church hosted a “Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Aug. 17, led by the Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore.

  • Local church taking stand against racism

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.

  • 10th annual 'Praisin' In The Park' underway

    Staff Report

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Praisin’ In the Park,” which started Sunday night and continues through Wednesday, 6-8:30 each night in Felts Park.

    The event, put on by Cornerstone Community Church and other local churches and businesses, creates a family-friendly, Christian environment for fun and worship.

  • Inmate art inspires church to fight addiction

    Editor’s note: This article by Annette Spence first appeared in “The Call,” the online publication for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is reprinted with permission.

    HILLSVILLE — When the letters started coming from the jail, the Rev. Ronnie Collins was amazed by the artwork decorating the envelopes and pages. The first was a sketch of Jesus.

    As more and more mail arrived from the inmates, the drawings became elaborate, including scripture or professions of faith.

  • Community fills need when church sinks money into hole repair

    Camp Zion Church of Galax will host a multi-church dinner and bake sale fundraiser on Friday at the Fairview Ruritan building, but not for themselves.

    In true Twin Counties fashion, they’re doing it to help out a neighbor.

  • Churches celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    The annual multi-church celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held at McMillian Ministries on Sunday, with music and talks on the theme, “I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear,” as said by King himself.

    McMillian Ministries’ Pastor Sue Greene presided over the service with her characteristic verve and openheartedness.