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Convention returns focused on education

Baptist General Convention of VA presents Congress of Christian Education Session

TRANSITION: (from left) BGCVA president Steven G. Blunt oversees the installation of Min. Leo Whitaker (center) signing contract to become the organization’s executive minister. Looking on are BGCVA representatives: Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ; Dr. Sylvester Smith; Dr. Gregory M. Howard; outgoing Exec. Min. Rev. David L. Chapman along with Whitaker’s son Yohance and wife Kathy Whitley-Whitaker. – Photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

Despite attendance numbers that continue to decrease nationwide, the Black church has been the spiritual backbone of African Americans for centuries. Regardless to the denomination, of Protestant persuasion, classic ministers of various levels stand front and center–leading the timeless and tireless efforts to lift followers through the gospel.

No group takes this lofty mission more seriously than the Baptist General Convention of Virginia (BGCVA) and its Congress of Christian Education sessions.

This was the organization’s 118th annual session, which was held June 25–28 at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. It featured a comprehensive line-up of activities, vendors, exhibitions and most of all, services–all centered around Christian education. Continue reading Convention returns focused on education

‘Ride for Life’ continues to aid cancer fight

J.C. Taylor (center) addressing riders while Tony Pitzer (left) and Patrick McKee look on. – Photos by Shawn Nowlin

by Shawn Nowlin  

It’s the kind of generosity that makes movies and novels so heartwarming. People of all backgrounds coming together for a common cause. Ride for Life, a motorcycle ride to benefit the goal of eliminating cancer, started at 9:30 a.m. this year in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts in Salem on Saturday, July 1. Continue reading ‘Ride for Life’ continues to aid cancer fight

Links award scholarships to HBCU-bound students

Scholarship Recipients: front row, (from left) Kenai Hunt, Aaryana Webb and Tariana Carter. To their right is Roanoke Chapter President Connie Steele and back row: Links Scholarship Committee members and family members of scholarship recipients.

The Roanoke Chapter of The Links, Inc. has awarded scholarships to three graduating high school seniors— Tariana Carter, a graduate of Patrick Henry High School; Kenai Hunt, and Aaryana Webb, both graduates of William Fleming High School. Continue reading Links award scholarships to HBCU-bound students

VA Coop Extension and Vinton Farmers Market to jointly host Family Fun Day

The Vinton Farmers’ Market invites children to participate in “Shake, Bake & Sprout” on Saturday, July 15.  The Virginia Cooperative Extension will be partnering with the Vinton Farmers Market to host a family fun day featuring “Eat Smart Move More at the Farmers Market.” The event is free and open to all with games and activities beginning at 11:00am until 1:00p.m. Continue reading VA Coop Extension and Vinton Farmers Market to jointly host Family Fun Day

Chick-fil-A Bonsack and Berglund Center partner for ticket giveaway!

The Chick-fil-A Bonsack Big Ticket Giveaway will award one local winner a pair of tickets to each event at Berglund Center for the 2017-2018 season plus a year’s worth of Chick-fil-A meals during that time. This will include season passes to the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs hockey team and the 2017-2018 Broadway in Roanoke season. Berglund Center has already announced shows including Ron White, Black Jacket Symphony, Third Eye Blind, Ronnie Milsap, and Shopkins which will be included in the giveaway. A full-season parking pass is also a perk of the giveaway. Continue reading Chick-fil-A Bonsack and Berglund Center partner for ticket giveaway!

Virginia to become first state to opt-in to FirstNet’s National Public Safety Broadband Network

RICHMOND, VA – Governor McAuliffe on Monday, July 10 signed a letter of intent declaring that the Commonwealth of Virginia will allow the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T to proceed with deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network in Virginia. Following this letter signing, Governor McAuliffe held a ceremonial letter signing on July 11, at FirstNet Headquarters, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA. Continue reading Virginia to become first state to opt-in to FirstNet’s National Public Safety Broadband Network