Steeles Tavern, Virginia

Rev. Olivia Haney, Stated Supply




“Thank you”



          November is full of so many events.  It can be difficult to center in on one theme which encompasses the month, but I will try.  Gratitude is the theme.  Look at all that goes on in this month:  All Saints Day; Stewardship Pledge Sunday;  Community Day; Election Day; Veterans Day;  Christ the King Sunday; Thanksgiving Day;  and the beginning of Advent. We see all of this happening and all one can say in response is, “Thank You.”


We say Thank You for where we live, grateful for the community around us and how we take care of each other.  We say Thank You as we recognize and celebrate the men and women who have fought for this country, for our freedoms, and we respond in freedom when we cast our votes in elections.  We gather as a country in a National Day of Thanksgiving, not just to eat and watch parades and football, but to give thanks to God for our blessings, freedom, family, friends, health, and the list goes on.


In our faith, we say Thank You to the saints who have influenced our lives of faith; who raised us and taught us of the grace of Jesus Christ.  We say Thank You as we respond to God’s grace as we decide and pledge our tithes and gifts for 2017.  We celebrate our Thank You when we celebrate Christ as our King, Savior and Lord, ushering out the church year and then the next week beginning to await the coming of our Lord as we look not only toward Bethlehem and a manger, but also toward Jerusalem and Golgotha.

            As we enter a time which can be overrun by chaos and the world around us, let us remember, “Give that in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  (1 Thess. 5:18)





Remember in Prayer

Becky Boyd, David Cash, Bill & Millie Earhart, Gabe & Linda Harrah, Matt Koogler, Tracy Koogler, Ruth Layman, Scott Layman, Peggy McCourry, Anthony Nelson, Chris Ott, Alice Patterson, Ann Perry, Waltine Simmers, Mary Ann Stripling, and Marci Wisman

Homebound: Rev. Sandra Rushing & Josh Smith

Special Care Facilities

Pauline Austin & Louise Ramsey-Blue Ridge, Barbara Earhart-Avante,  Jim Earhart-Maple Lawn, Nellie Fitzgerald-Mayflower, Peggy Morrison- Kendal, and Kat Ramsey & Rose Snider-Shenandoah Nursing



1 - Jay Snyder

3 - Helen Chew

4 - Frances Koogler

5 - Grace Shultz

9 - Donald Kyger & Dennis May

10 - Ashton Henley

13 - Glenn Koogler

14 - Jennifer Kennedy & Zachary Brooks

24 - Sandra Patterson

26 - Amy Campbell Crews

27 - Stuart Bishop

28 - David Smith

30 - Janet Mayo


This year on November 24th Mt. Carmel will host the

annual Thanksgiving Day Worship Service at 10:00 AM which includes the

 congregations of Mt. Carmel, Old Providence and New Providence. This

will be the 76th year for the Union Service.  This is a change in the normal rotation because neither Old Providence nor New Providence are currently served by a regular minister. 


Stewardship SUNDAY:

As the 2016 stewardship pledges has been returned to those who pledged, the envelopes and cards will be available to be filled out and given during the offering on November 6.  As we have been blessed by God, let us respond to God’s grace accordingly. 



The Circle will meet at the Church on Tuesday, November 8th.





Veteran Day Breakfast


November 13th 9:00 – 10:30AM

Invite your family and friends. This will be held in place of the First Sunday Luncheon. Contact Taysha Patterson for more information.




Lexington Presbyterian Church

November 13, 2:00 PM


There is hunger throughout the world, both nationally as well as internationally. Stop Hunger Now works to help serve those people in need.  Communities come together to purchase and pack high protein meals which are then sent out where they are needed.  The Maury River Mission Community is having a Stop Hunger Now Event to help get these meals packed and to those in need.  On November 13 we will have a packing event, and volunteers of all ages are needed!  There will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the church so people can car pool to Lexington,  if they wish.  Please sign up!   

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We always have openings for Worship Assistants. If you are willing to

serve as a Greeter,  a Lay Leader, or provide a Children’s Message,

please contact Jim Ramsey (377-2572;


NOVEMBER 6TH         Greeter:  Dale Earhart

Lay Leader: Becky Boyd

Children’s Message: Diann Snyder



NOVEMBER 13TH       Greeter: Nancy May

Lay Leader: Helen Chew

Children’s Message: Becky Boyd



NOVEMBER 20TH       Greeter: Ray Snyder

Lay Leader: Linda Koogler

Children’s Message: Maggie Earhart



NOVEMBER 27TH       Greeter: Bob Holsinger

Lay Leader: Elliott Boyd

Children’s Message: Debbie Shickel


(Why not read one passage each day

 prior to the Sunday’s scripture lessons?)



Psalm 145: 1-5, 17-21  Psalm 17: 1-9

Haggai 1: 15b - 2:9   Job 19: 23- 27

Luke 20: 27- 38   2nd Thessalonians 2: 1-5, 13-17




Psalm 98   Isaiah 12

Isaiah 65: 17 - 25   Malachi 4: 1-2a

Luke 21 : 5-19    2nd Thessalonians 3: 6 – 13




Psalm 46    Jeremiah 23: 1 - 6

Luke 1: 68 – 79   Luke 23: 33-43

Colossians 1: 11-20




Psalm 100   Deuteronomy 26: 1-11

John 6: 25 – 35    Philippians 4: 4 – 9




Psalm 122    Isaiah 2: 1 - 5

Matthew 24: 36 – 4





(Glory to God, # 37)


Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving

To God our Creator triumphantly raise;

Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,

By guiding us on to the end of our days.

God’s banners are o’er us; pure light goes before us,

A pillar of fire shining forth in the night;

Till shadows have vanished, all fearfulness banished,

As forward we travel from light into light.


By law God enforces:  the stars in their courses and

The sun in its orbit obediently shine;

The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,

The depths of the ocean proclaim God divine.

We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;

With glad adoration, a song let us raise,

Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:

To God in the highest, hosanna and praise!

                                                         (Katherine K. Davis, 1939)









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Steeles Tavern, Virginia

Rev. Olivia Haney, Stated Supply







Helping Out


            As we have seen pictures of the flooding in West Virginia and Allegheny County, VA in June, as we have seen the recent pictures from Louisiana, as they have been hit once again with high water and devastation, we wonder what we can do to help.  Two ways to help are through giving money, or going out to help rebuild, and there should be some dates announced soon. 

Another way we can help is by what we are planning for Everyone Together Celebrating #3, (ETC#3).  Again this year, we are packing school kit bags.  School is starting both in West Virginia and in Louisiana, and the school kits that we will pack on September 11, will give students new supplies to begin a new school year.  These kits will offer students security and hope, for they have lost everything this summer.  These kits will show these students and their families that some church, some people whom they don't know, cares.  These kits show God's love for all humanity.  

     So mark your calendar, come to church on September 11, stay for lunch and then we, as a Community of Faith, will pack these school bags, celebrating, as our Lord said,  "Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."  




Remember in Prayer ~ Becky Boyd, David Cash, Bill and Millie Earhart, Gabe & Linda Harrah, Matt Koogler, Tracy Koogler, Ruth Layman, Scott Layman, Peggy McCourry, Anthony Nelson, Chris Ott, Alice Patterson, Ann Perry, Whit Rosen, Waltine Simmers, Mary Ann Stripling, & Marci Wisman

Homebound: Rev. Sandra Rushing, & Josh Smith

Special Care Facilities: Pauline Austin & Louise Ramsey-Blue Ridge; Nellie Fitzgerald-Heritage Hall; Nancy Heintzelman-Sunnyside; Peggy Morrison- Kendal; Lucille Moses–King’s Daughters and, Kat Ramsey & Rose Snider-Shenandoah Nursing


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2 -        Dorothy Buchanan Patterson

5-         Kilee Howell  Amanda Guedes

6 -        Tina George

8 -        Carly Anderson

11 -      Mark Patterson

16 -      Ruffner Patterson

22 -      Olivia Haney James Ramsey

25 -      Kenneth Campbell

29 -      Claire Gates

30 -      Rob Earhart


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2016 Nominating Committee. It is that time of the year to elect our Nominating Committee ~The by-laws call for two members from the Session, four members from the congregation and the minister as ex-officio member. No member may serve more than 3 consecutive years. Please contact Linda Koogler if you feel called to serve.


  E. T. C. #3


Everyone Together, Celebrating


Sunday, September 11, 2016



·      Outdoor Worship featuring

The Blue Ridge Brass


·      Luncheon (chicken provided)


·      Mission Project

         School Bags


The following items are needed for each bag :

Pair blunt scissors; 3 -7-count spiral notebooks; 1 ruler; 1 hand-held pencil sharpener; 6 wooden pencils with erasers; 1 lg. eraser; 1-24count box crayons

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Maggie Earhart.



WRE Praise Night

Raphine Christian Church

Sunday, September 25, 2016

6:00 -8:00 PM


If you would like to share a special in song, please call Raphine Christian at 377-9921.



Maury River Mission Community News


The Maury River Mission Community has been busy planning events for our churches.  Please note the events coming up in October and November, mark them on your calendars and plan on attending them.  They will be fun!


October 16 2:30  Spiritual Steel Drum Band Vespers


The MRMC will host an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and music, at the Young Life Camp, Rockbridge Alum Springs, Goshen.  The camp will be open for exploration and activities for the afternoon, (the time to be announced).  We are planning to eat at 5:00, and soon after that we will be blessed with the music of Spiritual Steel, a steel drum ensemble from Roanoke.  They offer spiritual, reggae, beach music and a little bit more.  They are a wonderful group to listen to, lots of fun!  Hamburgers and Hot dogs will be provided.  We ask for people coming to bring a dish to share for supper and canned food which will be donated to Campus Kitchen at W&L.  More details will follow, but please save the date!


November 13 2:00:  STOP HUNGER NOW

(, is a mission project open to people of all ages to help combat world hunger.  Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime.  MRMC is planning a food packing on November 13, beginning at 2:00 at Lexington Presbyterian church. The goal is a minimum of 10,152 meals.What we need from our mission community: Volunteers (all ages) to help pack the meals, at least 20-25.  Packing the meals will only take 2-3 hours. Volunteers can be all ages, like 5 and up.  If you want to have fun packing food and helping to fight world hunger, let Olivia know. 




(Why not read one passage each day prior

to the Sunday’s scripture lessons?)



Psalm 1                       Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18

Jeremiah 18: 1-11       Deuteronomy 30: 15-20

Luke 14: 25-33            Philemon 1-21



SEPTEMBER 11   ETC #3 Outdoor Worship

Psalm 14                                 Psalm 51:1-10 

Jeremiah 4: 11-12, 22-28       Exodus 32:7-14

Luke 15: 1-10                         1 Timothy 1: 12-17




Psalm 113                   Psalm 79:1-9

Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1   Amos 8: 4-7

Luke 16: 1-13             1 Timothy 2: 1-7




Psalm 146                   Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16

Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15   Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Luke 16: 19-31           1 Timothy 6: 6-19




Psalm 137                   Psalm 37: 1-9

Lamentations 1: 1-6, 3: 19-26   Habbakuk 1: 1-4, 2: 1-4

Luke 17: 5-10             2 Timothy 1: 1-14 









Greeter: Mary Jane Mutispaugh

Lay Leader: Helen Chew

Children’s Message: Diann Snyder



SEPTEMBER 11TH  (Outdoor Worship)

Greeter: Janet and James Mayo

Lay Leader: Elliott Boyd

Children’s Message: Becky Boyd




Greeter: Dale Earhart

Lay Leader: Linda Koogler

Children’s Message: Maggie Earhart




Greeter: Nancy May

Lay Leader: David Smith

Children’s Message: Debbie Shickel




Greeter: Ray Snyder

Lay Leader: Becky Boyd

Children’s Message: Diann Snyder 






This is Hymn # 341 in the Glory to God hymnal, and is from the “New Metrical Version of the Psalms” from 1909


O God, show mercy to us, and bless us with your grace;

And cause to shine upon us the brightness of your face,

So that your way most holy on earth may soon be known,

And unto every people your saving grace be shown.

Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing;

In every land let praises and songs of gladness ring.


For you will judge the peoples in truth and righteousness,

And on the earth all nations will your just rule confess.

Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing.

That earth in rich abundance to us its fruit will bring.

The Lord our God will bless us; our God will blessing send,

And all the earth will worship to its remotest end.


 (Tune from composer Gustav Holst, 1918)




Riverheads WRE Program now has a Building Fund. Donations may be mailed to:


WRE Building Fund

PO Box 352

Greenville, VA 24440