150th Church Anniversary
January 17, 2019
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1-6
Calling all cooks and all who love to eat!  As part of our special 150th year celebration we are compiling a cookbook.  It will include pictures of past members who were amazing cooks and their recipes from our last church cookbook.  Please write down your recipes on an index card and make sure to include your name.  There will be a basket in the foyer for you to drop off your recipes.  Also recipes can be emailed to Jeannie Petit at theglengang@gmail.com.
Do you have photos and other documents about HBC’s last 150 years or perhaps memories of our beloved church?  There is a basket in the church parlor and outside the church library to drop off items.  Make sure to include your name and contact info so we can return the items. We plan to use for slide shows on Sunday mornings, memory book and updating our digital archives.
We will begin a month long focus on our Baptist heritage in March.  Please join us on Sunday, March 3 as we welcome guest speaker Dr. Phyllis Rodgerson Pleasants Tessieri.  Dr. Tessieri is a church history professor and has taught in both the United States and Europe.  She completed her career as a professor at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.  She is now a freelance preacher and teaching in local congregations and a regular worship leadership position with Lakewood Retirement Community.  
All Adult Sunday School Classes will gather in the fellowship hall throughout March for a time of celebrating our heritage and learning how it still matters.
And on Tuesday, March 26 we will be taking a field trip to the Culpepper Baptist church where we will learn about Virginia Baptist Pastor John Leland and how he lead the way in our work for religious liberty.  We will leave the church at 8 am and return later in the day.  Contact  Rev. Eli Withers at eli@hbcalive.org or call the church office to sign up for the day trip.
Make plans to join us on Easter Sunday, April 21 as our former senior pastor, Dr. Tom Reynolds, will bring the morning worship message.  In the summer there will be a “Community Appreciation” event.
For the fall we will have a “Homecoming Service” on Sunday, September 29.  Our guest speaker will be Fred Anderson as he portrays 19th century Baptist leader Dr. William Hatcher.  After the service there will be a dinner on the church grounds and old-fashioned time entertainment and games.  A special cookbook with classic HBC recipes will be available for purchase.  Proceeds will benefit HBC mission projects.
Make sure to check back here for more events as they are planned especially field trips to local Baptist sites in Shenandoah Valley.  Trips are being planned to Culpepper (March 26) and Montipelier which are important sites in the battle for freedom of religion in America.
The final event of our yearlong celebration will be a “Service of New Beginnings” in January 2020.