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The Communicator

Volume 23, Issue 1         January, 2017

The Pastor’s Corner

Our pastor Cecil Chambers is progressing nicely but still has a way to go for full recovery.  He has been able to come to the office for a few hours this week. He extends his thanks and appreciation to you for the beautiful cards, gifts and especially your prayers during his recuperation from the auto accident.

He is happy with the way you have all worked together to make for a good advent season at the church.   Your fine Christmas spirit is a blessing.

Thanks to the deacons for contacting your families to share news of the advent programs; to Rick, Beth and the choir for presenting the beautiful music of the season that prepares us for celebration of the Christ Child’s birth; to all of you who have given poinsettia and to the flower committee for the lovely decorating of our sanctuary; to the hospitality committee for the delicious Christmas breakfast; to the Sunday School for the generous gifts to the staff.

Together let us look forward to a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Pauline for Cecil

Wonderful Wednesday Dinners

January 4 Roast Beef & Gravy

Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Dessert

January 11 Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Slaw, Rolls, Dessert

January 18   Chili, Corn Bread, Fruit, Dessert  

January 25   Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Rolls, Dessert


Cicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher, wrote the following some 2000 years ago:

The Six Mistakes of Man

The delusion that personal gain is made by crushing others.

  1. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  2. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  3. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
  4. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying.
  5. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.


 3          Harold Taylor

6          Jessica Atkinson

7          Lucille Spencer

9          Lettie Cooke

13        James Poff

13        Jennifer Price

15        Belinda Hendrick

15        Jennifer Gallini

16        Will Silvestre

22        Cheryl Chambers

29        Lynda Gunn

31        Raymond Tyus

31        Carl Smelley

A Reminder:

A new flower calendar will be posted soon. Sign up for the Sunday you would like to give flowers.

Our Church Library is open every Sunday and there are good books and tapes for you to enjoy. Check them out!

The Quarterly Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday January 25th..

The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 10         October, 2016

The Pastor’s Corner

Many of you have heard of the shooting Wednesday in South Carolina. My kids are safe and the situation could have been much worse. A fourteen year old young man had killed his father and then went to the school to kill everyone. When subdued he kept repeating, “I hate my life.” He was tackled three doors from my grandson’s classroom. The need and calling is great for people to live and grow where they are loved, where they can get good counseling when needed. Schools need to be sacred places of safety and learning not targets for the angry and mentally ill.

On October 23 at 3:00 pm The River City Faith Network will hold their annual meeting. This meeting will showcase the great ministry being done in our city through our Association. The meeting will be at Mt. Tabor. Let me know if you have an interest in attending. You will be blessed from this meeting.

It has been nine years since our last pictorial directory for our church. We are working with the well known company Lifetouch to print the directory. I hope you will participate. It will be very helpful to have updated pictures and information for our church. Mark the dates: October 27-29 are the days to come for picture settings. We will soon have sign up times and a link to our website to make appointments for settings for portraits.

In Christian service,


Wonderful Wednesday Dinners

October 5

Pork Loin & Gravy

Scalloped Potatoes

Fried Apples




October 12



Baked Beans

Hamburger rolls



October 19

Chicken Tenders


Green Beans




October 26

Beef Tips over noodles

Lima Beans




After dinner we continue our “Explore God” sessions. The questions to answer in October: Is Christianity Too Narrow?, Is Jesus Really God?, Is the Bible Reliable?, Can I Know God Personally?

Happy Birthday to you


5        Allison Feinmel

7        Debbie Oaster

8        Joe Driver

9        Linda McGuire

11      Thomas Lyons

16      Anna Clay

23      Rachel LaDuke

24      Bobbie Sweat

25      Kim Edwards

28      Jenny Heishman

30      Joanne Taylor


Church Family Tour

Thursday – October 20

Experience a lot of Richmond in a day! We will visit Chimborazo Park, Libby Hill Park, St. John’s Church, and the Confederate Hospital Museum. Lunch will be at a surprise location that you will enjoy. Won’t you join us! We meet at the church at 9 o’clock.

Mission Action for October

We are collecting Thanksgiving non-perishable food – some ideas: (green beans, sweet potatoes, dressing mix, peas, pumpkin, rice, gravy, jello, pudding etc. ) and gift cards for the Church Hill Wellness Center during this month. A box will be in the Sunday School foyer to receive your donations.

Thanks to another Cleaning Angel in our church family

For several weeks there were black greasy footprints on our hallway carpet leading from the back door to the sanctuary. I came in one morning recently and they were all gone. Who do you think came up and shampooed the carpet?

Thanks Cecil for your good work. You not only bring us good messages each Sunday but you help us keep our church building attractive. We appreciate you.

The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 9               September, 2016

The Pastor’s Corner

Hopefully you have noticed a billboard saying Explore in our city. In September numerous churches of different denominations are doing a study on 7 questions about God. Most churches are doing a Sunday small group study on these questions. At Skipwith we are going to look at these 7 questions in our Wednesday night program around the tables in the fellowship hall.

Our meals begin September 7. The schedule of the Explore God looks like this:

September 14               Does Life Have A Purpose?

September 21               Is There a God?

September 28               Why Does God Allow                                                                          Suffering?

October 5                    Is Christianity Too Narrow?

October 12                  Is Jesus Really God?

October 19                  Is the Bible Reliable?

October 26                  Can I Know God Personally?

I look forward to a good time of sharing food, thought and prayer around these important questions in the life of a believer.


Wonderful Wednesday Dinners


September 7

Roast Beef & Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Mixed Vegetables




September 14



Garlic Bread



September 21

Fried Chicken

Potato Salad





September 28

Meat Loaf





Deacon Ordination

September 25

Our pastor is planning a service of ordination for new deacon Bobbie Sweat on Sunday, September 25. Bobbie and other ordained deacons, Beth Andrews, Russ Dalton, Pat McGuire, and Pat Myers begin serving on the deacon committee October 1.


3          Helen Spradlin

4          Irene Hughes

4          Jason Taliaferro

9          Nancy Roberts

12        Jackie Harris

17        Mary Joyner

18        Katie Stuckey

19        Pauline Taylor

21        George Price

21        Kaylynn Hassler

22        Eugene Joyner

27        Zoe Edwards

28        Jean DesJardins

28        Jane Nadeau

29        Lucy Holloman


Alma Hunt – Virginia Missions Offering

On September 18, we will receive a special offering for the work of missionaries throughout our state and the world. Every dollar you give goes directly to support their ministries. When you give – you are sharing the love of Christ with a world in crisis and are helping to further the work of God’s Kingdom.

Look for the prayer guide in your bulletin on September 11 – pray and give – together we can make a difference.


Sunday, September 18

Choir and SS Event

You won’t have to decide where to go for lunch on Sunday the 18th. You can have lunch in our fellowship hall with your church family. There will be barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs. We are asking each family to bring one dish to share. Another great food and fun day!

During the 11 o’clock worship service our choir will bless us with a special music program. The program will be full of good, praise and southern gospel music.

You are welcome to wear your jeans and plaid shirts to church on this Sunday.

Church Family Trip

Thursday, September 22

 Reserve this date for another tour of downtown. One more time we will try to do the Canal Walk with lunch at Bottom’s Up Pizza. We will also visit the Virginia Freedom Center on this tour.



The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 8                                 August, 2016

The Pastor’s Corner

Thank you for the thoughtful consideration concerning sharing our church space with another congregation. It is good for us to stretch in our thinking and searching for ways to share the gospel with our neighbors. The world is changing and our community is a part of the cultural makeup. May God lead us to serve and share Christ with others in our community and around the world.

August looks like a good month for worship:

August 7         Communion

The Symbol of the Cross                  Chi Rho

Galatians 6:14

August 14       God’s Promise            Where 2 or 3

Matthew 18:20

August 21       A Hard Passage

The Lord gave and the Lord takes

Job 1: 21

August 28                   The Christian gift of Hospitality

Romans 12;13; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1: 7-8; 1 Peter 4:9

Thanks to the choir for an inspirational presentation on Sunday to our friends at Lakewood Manor. Well done.


Coming – Church Family Trips

Thursday, September 22

Reserve this date for another tour of downtown. One more time we will try to do the Canal Walk with lunch at Bottom’s Up Pizza. We will also visit the Virginia Freedom Center on this tour.

Thursday, October 20

We will do a walking tour of Chimborazo Park, Libby Hill Park, St. John’s Church, and the Confederate Hospital Museum. Lunch will be at a place to be determined.

Our tour director, Floyd Myers is very knowledgeable about our city and he always makes these trips lots of fun. Plan to go with us! You will have fun and learn some more about the city you live in. We meet in the church parking lot at 9 o’clock a.m.

 A Thank You Note


The Nominating Committee

Emmett Bass and the whole committee extend thanks to our church family for your kind response to our call for church officers, teachers, committee chairpersons and members for the New Year. You made our job easy. Our prayer is that you will pray and give your very best to the job you have taken. It is our hope that each chairperson will meet with your committee at least once a quarter and work together to accomplish your purpose. Have a report ready for the business meeting.

God bless you all.

Emmett Bass, Jean Austin, Kim Edwards, Nancy Roberts, Pauline Taylor, Kat Thompson.


In August

 1          Becky Ballos

5          Robin Gallagher

11        Beverly Taylor

11        Brandi Levine

13        Emmett Bass

16        Sharon Sprouse

22        Douglas Edwards

23        Michael Braun

25        Betty Shelton

26        Christin Chambers

31        Doris Friedhoff

31        Susan Clayton

 New Deacons

We congratulate our new deacons elected at the July business meeting. A special thanks to Emmett Bass and Jo Pennington as they rotate off the team. They have served well for the last three years with Jo as chairperson.

New deacons are Beth Andrews, Russ Dalton, Pat McGuire, Pat Myers, and Bobbie Sweat. Pray for our deacons and our pastor that they will lead us well

down the paths God has planned for us!

School Supplies for the Oregon Hill Center

We still have one week to buy school supplies for the children of the Oregon Hill Center. If you can help us please check the list in your July newsletter and bring your donations to the church; place them in the Sunday School foyer. You will bless a child by giving them good supplies to begin their school year.

Endowment Committee Members!

Chairman, Floyd Myers has set up a meeting for the committee on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 o’clock. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this meeting.

Bits and Pieces

A young man once asked God how long a million years was to Him. God replied, “A million years to me is just like a single second in your time.

Then the young man asked God what a million dollars was to Him. God replied, “A million dollars to me is just like a single penny to you.”

Then the young man got his courage up and asked: “God, could I have one of your pennies?

God smiled and replied, “Certainly, just a second.”

The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 7                                       July 2016


The Pastor’s Corner

Looking forward for our church there are some ideas we need to consider together. In recent weeks a couple of church groups have approached us about the possibility of using the facilities.

The deacons have discussed the idea and think the church should look into the possibility of allowing another to share space with our church. We are gathering information to present to the church at the July business meeting. This is a decision for the church to make. I hope you will join the discussion and that we can build a consensus as to the wisdom of this idea.

Thank you for your faithfulness during the summer. We have enjoyed some good Sundays together. I am pleased with the good people the Nominating Committee is recommending to serve new terms for deacons beginning in October. Thank you for your work.

Remember to pray for the ministry of Camp Alkalana during the summer. The weeks of summer at the Camp can be life changing for these young people.

Have a great summer!


Happy Birthday


1          Marbury Oplinger

1          Kelly Bush

4          Phil Shepherd

6          Pat Myers

9          Maria Henrichs

9          Maxine Beazley

13        Glen Henrichs

15        Freda McCormick

20        Joshua Oaster

22        Virginia Tucker

23        Clinton Oaster

25        Beth Braun

26        Frances Proffitt

27        Beth Andrews

29        Nancy Harver


A Note from the Hospitality and Kitchen Committees

The committees thank Jan and Russ Dalton and Pauline and Harold Taylor for donating the new serving cart for the Kitchen. Also thanks to Harvey and Dennis Wilson for putting the cart together. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

River City Faith Network’s Baptist Center

“Back to School Celebrations”

Needed: Backpacks, school supplies, Underwear, Socks, Toiletries

Backpack (sturdy enough for notebooks and textbooks)

1 three-ring binder and divider tabs

1 or 2 packs loose-leaf paper (wide or standard rule)

4 black and white composition books

1 three or five-subject spiral notebook

5 to 8 No.2 pencils (no mechanical)

5 to 8 black or blue ink pens (erasable/no gel)

A Christian bookmark or something similar, appropriate for children.

Additional items (do not put in backpacks)

2” three-ring binders

Colored pencils


Blank CDs

Elmer’s glue – 4 oz.

Glue stick

Pencil boxes

Red pens

Markers (washers, 8/10 pack.

Pencil sharpeners (small hand held)

Zip lock bags (quart or gallon size)

Rulers (12 inch/metric)

Crayons (pack of 16 or 24)

3X5 lined index cards and file box

Protractors, clear

Water color paint kits

Dictionary, pocket-size

Hand sanitizer, regular size.

Let’s see how much we can do to help the children of our Baptist centers be ready for the new school year!

Dates to remember in July

Monday, July 18

Bible study teachers meet at 7 o’clock.

Church Council (chairpersons of all committees

and church officers ) meet at 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday July 27

Quarterly church business meeting at 6:30 p.m.

There are some big decisions for the church

to make.  Also new deacons and church officers

and teachers will be voted in to serve in the new



The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 5                          May 2016

The Pastor’s Corner

Thanks to the good group who turned out to hear the pastor from Parham Road Baptist Church. We heard good ideas and affirmations. It was helpful to hear how other congregations in similar situations like our own are responding to the challenges of today.

We can look at the issues of community, identity, and how we connect to others in the weeks and months to come. I look forward to discovering what directions the Lord will lead us in the days to come.

May 15, 2016 is Pastor Lead Bible Study day. I will lead the Bible study for all the adults on that Sunday in the fellowship Hall. This Sunday will give our teachers a break from the weekly task of preparation and allow us some time for good fellowship and Bible study. I think we will have a good time.

Some aspects of ministry are changing today. As culture changes so do some aspects of how we do church to reach people. The good news of the gospel does not change. The great story of God’s redeeming love is clear, powerful, and eternal.


Invite your neighbors and friends to come with you to Bible study on May 15. Let’s fill the fellowship hall.




2          Kitty Frostick

5          Harry Hughes

11        Murray LaDuke

17        Cameron Frostick

18        Crystal Kennedy

20        Carol Price

22        Alan Spencer

23        Mary Matthews

26        Louise Belfield

26        Sherry Matthews

27        Hunter Price

31        Sylvia Kirk

31        Patsy Lane

31        Wesley Tutwiler


Wonderful Wednesday Dinner


May 4              Pork Loin & Gravy

Fried Apples,   Peas

Rolls and Dessert


May 11            Beef Stew


Rolls and Dessert


May 18            Chicken Tenders

Potato Salad,    Slaw

Rolls and Dessert


May 25         Hamburgers



Rolls and Dessert

Mission Action for May

We are planning to pack 25 Homeless Snack Bags

for the Oregon Hill Baptist Center. Your help will be greatly appreciated. You may leave your packed bags in the Sunday School foyer. These will be delivered on May 18.

Pack the following or similar items in a gallon zip-lock bag:

Tuna or chicken salad w/crackers ready to eat in the box.                                  Or

Pull-top can of Vienna sausage

Cereal or soft granola bar or small bag of peanuts.

Pack of crackers with cheese or peanut butter

Pull-top fruit bowl/ can or apple sauce.

A large juice box/pouch or a bottle of water.

Plastic fork & spoon with napkin.

A scripture verse, devotion book, tract, etc. and or a handwritten note of encouragement.

Thank You

Have you noticed the pretty arrangements of flowers and wreaths in the two restrooms on the first floor?

They add a very nice touch. I don’t know who put them there (that’s the way angels work) but my guess is that their initials are C.P.


A Mother’s Day poem by Nicholas Gordon


Before I was myself you made me, me

With love and patience, discipline and tears,

Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,


Allowing me to sail upon my sea,

Though well within the headlands of your fears.

Before I was myself you made me, me


With dreams enough of what I was to be

And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,

Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,


Relinquishing your powers gradually

To let me shape myself among my peers.

Before I was myself you made me, me,


And being good and wise, you gracefully

As dancers when the last sweet cadence nears

Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.


For love inspires learning naturally:

The mind assents to what the heart reveres.

And so it was through love you made me, me

By slowly stepping back to set me free.





The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 4                         April 2016

Skipwith Baptist Church

1900 Skipwith Road, Henrico, VA 23229

The Pastor’s Corner

Our church has good resources, great people and fine facilities. These are rich blessings for which we are and should be grateful to God.

Our big problem is that we are an aging church that as of now we are not replacing members who are passing with new members. We are trying to look at the future and be proactive in building a future for the church. Our deacons, finance team and personnel team are aware of the situation and are working on strategies for the future of our congregation. Be in prayer, remain hopeful and trust in God’s leadership for the future.

Please note the give way yard sale for the end of the month. This is a great idea for us to be good stewards of items we no longer want or need. It helps the community in a tangible way, and it also builds important bridges to the community.

Thank you for being a great church.


April – Happy Birthdays


3          Fay Collins

4          Darrell Mauney

7          Harvey Wilson

13        Janet Atkinson

14        Heather Tuck

21        Jessica Clark

22        Wyatt Edwards

29        Anita Bradley


“Give from the Heart Day”

April 30

We appreciate your kind response to our call for help with the Give from the Heart Day that the Young at Heart Class is sponsoring at Skipwith on April 30.

If you have clothing, household items, books, games, toys in good condition to donate for our special day to reach out to the community, please leave them in the youth room.

We will prepare the fellowship hall for this event on April 28 and 29th, so please have your donations in by the 28th.

You are welcome to come and greet our guest with us.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm on April 30.

 Wonderful Wednesday Dinners


April 6             Hot Dogs

Baked Beans




April 13           Roast Beef & Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Mixed Vegetables




April 20           Fried Chicken

Potato Salad





April 27           Chili

Corn Bread




A Note from Your Nominating Committee

Your Skipwith Nominating Committee has begun to work on securing people for officers, teachers, and committee members for our next church year.

We need your help and involvement! If you have any interest or questions about filling one of the many positions, please contact me or any of the Nominating Committee members. We need the help of all who are willing to serve. Thank you.

Emmett Bass, Chairperson

Committee members: Jean Austin, Kim Edwards Nancy Roberts, Pauline Taylor, Kat Thompson.


A Reminder…

..For active and inactive Deacons, members of the Personnel and Finance Committees. You have a meeting on Tuesday, April 5 when you will meet with the pastor here at the church. He has invited the Rev. Dillard to come and share with you some ideas about ways Parham Road Baptist church has connected with their community in ministry to children and families.

Would it not be wonderful if the halls of Skipwith were full of the laughter and the wisdom of children and youth again? Let’s do this!


Church Hill Tour

Our next church tour will be Thursday April 28. We will start in Chimborazo Park and walk to Libbie Hill Park. There is a lot of history in this area as well as some surprising art in a yard. We’ll visit St. John’s Church.

This is not a long walk, but there are steps and hills.

Let’s meet at the church at 9 am and car pool to the park. Lunch will be at Northside Grill.


The Communicator March 2016

Pauline Taylor —  February 26, 2016

The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 3                         March 2016

Skipwith Baptist Church

1900 Skipwith Road, Henrico, VA 23229

The Pastor’s Corner

All glory, Laud and honor to thee, Redeemer King:

To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

Theodulph, ninth century


Skipwith at Holy Week

March 20 Palm Sunday     The Procession and the Promise

Easter Breakfast with your church family 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.

March 24         Maundy Thursday         7:00 pm

The choir presents music reflective of the last supper and the night of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples and commanding them to love one another.

This is a service of prayer, silence, and communion.

March 26         Easter Egg Hunt           2:00 pm

 All children are invited to come and hunt for eggs on the church lawn.

 March 27         Easter             Resurrection Sunday

Following the Worship Hour, we flower the cross on the church lawn.                           Cecil

 Wonderful Wednesday Dinners

 March 2          Hamburgers (trimmings)




March 9          Chicken Tenders





March 16        Salisbury Steak

Mashed Potatoes

Mixed Vegetables



March 30        Ham

Sweet Potatoes

Lima Beans



Our Next Church Family Tour

Tuesday, March 29. Put on your walking shoes and meet in the church parking lot at 9:30 am. We will walk the east end of the Canal Walk and visit the Virginia Freedom Center. The walk will be about 3.5 miles with a break for lunch. And you will be able to stop and rest along the way if need be. Lunch will be at Bottom’s Up Pizza. Sign up on the back hall bulletin board.

Thanks to our Cleaning Angels for a job well done.

I was so happy with the response to my letter in the February newsletter.   Twelve of our church family called and said they wanted to help clean up our church closets and other places to make our church more inviting.

The first group has already met and cleaned the food pantry closet and the Sunday School foyer. Hilda Giannotti, Jean Austin and Diane Tinsley were here on a Thursday morning and went to work.   It was hard work and they were tired when it was done but very pleased with their accomplishment.   Pat McGuire came and cleaned the brass in the sanctuary.

Robin Gallagher came and delivered the food in the pantry to the Lamb’s Basket, took the discards to the trash cans, paper to the recycled bin and the mission action snack bags for the homeless to the Oregon Hill Baptist Center.

Jo Pennington Mauney and Billy Hill began the big task of clearing out the Youth Room. Two trucks of things were hauled away by the Love of Jesus Thrift Store volunteers. We will finish this job in the next week.

Thanks to all who have worked so faithfully to get these jobs done. It is hard work, but it gives a feeling of great satisfaction and accomplishment. It’s kinda fun too!


 Easter Lilies

 The flower committee is decorating with lilies for Easter. If you would like to donate a lily in memory or in honor of a loved one, please fill in the insert which will be in the church bulletin on March 13 and 20 and leave it in the church office The lilies are $13.00.

Our Food Pantry

We are grateful to Rachel LaDuke and others who would help her keep our pantry stocked here at the church. In the last several months we have not had that many requests for food and while cleaning out the closet we had to throw out a box of food that was outdated. After talking with the deacons, we decided to give the good food to the Lamb’s Basket and we would direct people who called for help with food to them. They can provide bread, milk and fresh foods that we are not equipped to store in the church.

The Lamb’s Basket provides food to needy families of Henrico County.   Clients are referred by area churches and organizations such as Central Virginia Food Bank, Catholic Charities, and Henrico County Social Services.

The Lamb’s Basket is located at 8419 Oakview Avenue. This is a couple of blocks off Staples Mill Road. Lamb’s Basket functions totally on volunteer service from supporting churches and from the community at large. If you would like to volunteer or contribute money or food call them at 804-565-8007.

 “Giving From the Heart Day”

 The members of the Young at Heart Bible Study Class are committed to doing something good for our community during the season of lent. We would be happy for you to join in with us.

During the months of March and April, we will look around our homes and seek out clothing, household items and other things that we could share with those in our community who might need them. We will only bring things that are good, clean and in usable condition.

On Saturday, April 30 in our fellowship hall, we will have a yard sale. We will be here to greet our neighbors, serve refreshments and everything will be FREE. The community can come and take what they need.

We are working with Skipwith and Three Chopt Elementary Schools to get flyers sent to the homes of all the students in the schools inviting them to come.

If you would like to help us, please begin saving clothing and other things that you think people would enjoy having. Children’s clothing, games, and books would be good as well as adult clothing and household items

Who celebrates a Birthday in March?

3          Peggy Tienken

5          Lowell Braun

7          Gladys Windham

12        Mae Driver

16        Pat McGuire

17        Jo Pennington Mauney

18        Mildred Privott

19        Alva Stuckey

20        Mary Lee Johnson

23        Stuart Braun

23        Madison Schaaf

28        Jim Heishman

29        Billy Hill

29        Grayson Atkinson

30        Ruby Desper

30        Beverley Lozano

31        Joyce Abbott

21        Jeff Atkinson


Week of Prayer for Annie Armstrong

We collect our special offering for home missions in March. Pray this month for all those who work throughout our homeland to spread the word of God’s love and saving grace. Your offering will make it possible for this good work to continue. Envelopes are in the pew racks and in your offering envelope box.

 Pray Fervently

Give Generously,

Go wherever God puts upon your heart, pray that He will prepare the mission field there and that He will prepare your heart to serve.   Ex. 4:12

The Communicator

Volume 22, Issue 2                                February 2016


Skipwith Baptist Church

1900 Skipwith Road, Henrico, VA 23229

The Pastor’s Corner

What a January! The storm is one to remember for sure. We can be thankful that as far as we know our folks are safe from the cold and snow. It was truly odd to be in Florida enjoying much better weather and times than the snowstorm allowed here in Richmond. While it was nice to be in good weather it was odd thinking of the church folks and so many others struggling with this strategic storm.

We are rescheduling the deacons meeting, the church council, and the business meeting. Please be faithful to these important meetings for the church.

This is an important year for our church. We are blessed in many ways, a good staff, a great spirit in the congregation, some talented and com- mitted members, good church facilities and other strong resources. Our challenges before us are obvious, we are an aging church with a declining membership due to the passing of time. Churches in the life stage will invariable struggle with filling leadership positions and meeting their financial needs for ministry. We are no different from others in similar situations

This is the time to look and see what we can do to be the church of today fulfilling God’s mission for us at Skipwith. We are going to draw on the experience of other leaders in the Baptist family to look and learn how others have made the paths of ministry when faced with similar situations. We are going to have loving but honest conversations about us and the future. We are not going to despair, play the blame, game, or stop being who we are. We are God’s church and we will face the future with confidence in each other and God.

Looking forward to the days and months to come.


Happy Birthday to:

February 2       Elayne Kriezenski

February 7       Donna Cooke

February 8       Faye Silvestre

February 12     Jeffrey Braun

February 13     Ruth Wilson

February 19     Jackie Narron

February 20     Mildred Thompson

February 25     Marvin Thorpe

February 25     Cecil Chambers

February 25     Shannon Andrews

February 27     Marge Perkins

A New Church Directory

We are working on a new directory of members in the church. You can help by providing any changes in name, address, phone numbers, email address, etc. Leave a written copy of your information in the church office.

Thanks for your help.

Flower Calendar

The 2016 calendar has been posted on the bulletin board by the library. If you have a special Sunday when you would like to donate flowers, please sign up now so you can be assured of getting the week you desire.


God’s Work – Our Hands

What did you do while stuck in your home during the snow storm? I cleaned out and cleared out our closets. It was great fun , Harold supervised while I did the work. We weeded out clothes and other things that we never use anymore. Things we had forgotten about, things we don’t really need that might be helpful to others. I would like to see us do that in our church. This is God’s house and we should take better care of it. I will need some help. I would like five or six willing workers who feel the same way as me to come help.

First, there are five closets, plus the choir room which we will let Rick handle, on the upper floor of the building. We will remove everything from each closet – go through it, discard, organize, vacuum and dust the closet. We will put the discards in the hallway for the men to haul away.   Later we can go to the basement. The youth room is an embarrassment and there are closets and rooms down there that need a woman’s touch.

I suggest that each Sunday School class choose someone from your class to clean the clutter from your space and make it attractive and inviting.

After this we will talk to the Building and Grounds Committee about finding a cleaning company who will come in and really clean our building each week. Floors needs to be vacuumed, furniture dusted, restrooms scrubbed, sanitized, and stocked with paper, porches at each entrance swept clean every week.

Are you with me? Who will be the first to say I can help?   We will get together and have a fun clean up party.


 Wonderful Wednesday Dinners

In February

February 3       Beef Tips over noodles

Green Beans



February 10     Chili

Corn Bread



February 17     Meat Loaf

Mashed Potatoes




February 24     Spaghetti


Garlic Bread


The hospitality committee has planned some good meals for February.

Make it your plan to have dinner at church on Wednesday evenings. You can’t go anywhere and find a meal such as these for $6.50.

The Communicator


Volume 21, Issue 8                                  August, 2015


Skipwith Baptist Church

1900 Skipwith Road, Henrico, VA 23229

The Pastor’s Corner

Thank you for the great response to the recent Yard sale and Bake sale. The church family and our community were very engaged in the event. We met new people, worked hard for a good cause, and raised $4000.00 to assist Zoe Edwards in acquiring a motorized chair. Well done Skipwith Church Family!

Work is beginning on upgrading restroom facilities in several parts of the church.  The needed improvements will make our church more inviting and serviceable for years to come. Most of the improvements to the restrooms are being made through the generous gifts made by the family of Barbara Bliley.

Summer is a time of travel, vacation and change of pace for many families. I hope you have some quality time for rest and connecting with nature or special places. If you can remember the church through the summer it will enable us to move into the fall in good shape financially.

August 16 is a special day of worship and celebration. We are recognizing the accomplishments of Pauline Taylor serving Skipwith Baptist Church for fifty years. Pauline has been faithful and efficient in her work for the Lord through our church. Mark your calendar and join us for a good day and a nice lunch.

Thank you for the joy of serving God through the mission of this fine church.


A Poem by Valerie Cox

A woman was waiting at an airport one night with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, ‘if I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye’.

With each cookie she took, he took one too. When only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half. As he ate the other, she snatched it from him and thought … oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he’s so rude. Why he didn’t even show any gratitude.

She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back … at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat. Then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was HER bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were HIS, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that SHE was the rude one… the ingrate…the thief.

This poem has some valuable lessons for me to learn and maybe you too.

  1. Things aren’t always what they seem.

In frustrating situations, I should try always to think, check, double-check, question and confirm before opening my mouth and saying something I’m going to regret.

  1. We don’t always have the facts.

Just because we see things one way, doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re seeing the whole picture, or the picture the other person sees.

  1. It’s very easy to do things in an oblivious manner.

Our minds can only process so many things at once. Sometimes trying to do too many things at once can cause you to do things mindlessly, which may be what happened with this woman.

  1. We should always try to be nice.

Especially when it comes to cookies. Look how nice the guy was to the woman who was eating his cookies. He was smiling and even offered her half of the last one.

August Birthdays

5          Robin Gallagher

7          Arthur Pearson

11        Beverly Taylor

11        Brandi Levine

13        Emmett Bass

16        Sharon Sprouse

21        Don Sprouse

22        Doug Edwards

23        Michael Braun

25        Betty Shelton

26        Christin Chambers

31        Doris Friedhoff

31        Susan Clayton


Sage Saying for August

Everyone wants to live on top of the moutain,

But all the happiness and growth occurs

While you’re climbing it.

Our Appreciation and Thanks

We are so appreciative of the good work done by our Finance committee chaired by Murray LaDuke and our Treasurer, Anita Bradley. They work tireless keeping our bills paid on time and our mission contributions up to date.

Let’s not forget that they can only work as long as we are faithful in giving our tithes and offerings.

Quarterly Business Meeting Held

 Our July business meeting was well attended on Wednesday, July 22. We heard reports from various committees and the Nominating Committee submitted the names of those who will serve as officers and teachers in the New Year, 2016. Jim Heishman was reelected to serve as deacon for a three year term. Congratulations to Jim!

We are short a few deacons. If you feel God’s call to serve in this capacity, please talk with Cecil, our pastor; Jo Pennington, deacon Chair or a member of the nominating committee.


“Serve the Lord with gladness,

Enter His courts with song;

To Our Creator true praises belong.

Great is His mercy,

Wonderful is His name,

We gladly serve Him,

His great name proclaim.”

B.B. McKinney


Take Me out to the Ball Game

Faith Night

August 6

Gates open @ 5:30P Game time @ 7:05P

Along with the game there will be pregame music by “Street called Straight”, Player Testimonials and Post Game Fireworks

Church groups will be recognized!

(see flyer on bulletin board)


Looking Ahead

Church Picnic & Music

Saturday, October 17

6:00 pm

Music by The Richards

Christiansburg, VA

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Barbecue

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us

for a fun, relaxing time with your church family!