The Witness

Volume 40, Issue 20

May 18, 2022

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Travis is at Duke this week, beginning his summer session of school.

His article should return to next week's Witness.


This Sunday, May 22nd:

Graduate Recognition Sunday

This Sunday we look forward to celebrating our high school and college graduates! The Dr. Charlie J. Lovelace, III Memorial College Scholarship and the Stovall-Page Scholarship will both be awarded. We'll also hear from the Youth Choir before they go on tour. We hope that you will join us. Whitney's sermon is "You are Beloved," and the scripture reference is Matthew 3:13-17.

Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, Vinton Baptist will host the WBHS Baccalaureate.

Attention: Graduates and Parents

If you are (or have) a high school or college graduate and have not yet contacted the church office with details, please do so this week. Even if your graduate cannot attend one of our morning worship services this Sunday, we still want to recognize you in next week's Witness. If you can worship with us this Sunday, please let us know which service you plan to attend and arrive half an hour early to meet Whitney in the library. We ask that you wear your cap and gown.


A Higher Note

Chris Monroe

There will be no Wednesday evening adult choir rehearsals tonight. We encourage everyone to participate in the “Springtime Bash.”

This Sunday, May 22 the Youth Praise Team and Youth Choir will lead in the service. The Youth Choir will leave for their tour on Saturday, June 4 at Noon and return on June 9 in the evening. The youth will rehearse this Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM (not at 7:00 PM as previously announced).

On Sunday, May 29, we will have one combined worship service at 10:30. The Chancel Choir will sing: "Hallelujah! Thine the Glory” and the Praise Team will sing “There is a New Name Written Down in Glory.” The Praise team will meet on Sunday morning at 10:15 AM for a sound check, and the Chancel Choir will meet at 10:23 AM in the choir room.

The following Wednesday, June 1, we will be recording the worship service to broadcast at 10:30 on Sunday, June 5. The Praise Team will be singing “Psalm 150,” “The Blessing” and “New Name.” Plan to arrive at 6:10 PM for a sound check and be ready to record at 6:30 PM.  The Chancel Choir will rehearse after the recording on June, 1 at 7:35 PM. This will be our June rehearsal. The rehearsal for the month of July will be on June 29.


Thrive Student Ministry Summer Schedule

Click here for a list of EVERYTHING going on this summer for youth! Our first scheduled event is a Sunday night Bible study for middle schoolers (at the Russell home) and high schoolers (at the Parrish home) June 12th. We also have a sign-up sheet for parent volunteers for various summer events. Just click here to chaperone.

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Worship Arts Camp at Eagle Eyrie

The forms to register for Worship Arts Camp are available in the church office and can be emailed to those interested. This year there are numerous classes for students to choose from. It is always a great week to learn about Christ through music, arts, and crafts, and grow closer as a group.  See Chris with questions.  June 12th is the deadline to sign up.

JOY Seniors: Upcoming Events

The JOY Seniors Luncheon on May 24th will feature lunch by Bellacino's (your choice of 8" personal pizza, salad, cookie, and water - $10/person) and program by musician Bryan Ratliff. The deadline to sign up and pay is this Sunday, May 22nd.

Catch a round trip ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad to Walker Station on Thursday, June 9th. Experience breathtaking views at the overlook at Bald Knob, West Virginia's third highest point. This JOY Seniors sponsored Abbott trip includes breakfast and boxed lunch for $85. Sign up and pay at the JOY Seniors table by Wednesday, June 1st.

The June JOY Seniors Luncheon will be Friday, June 17th here at VBC so that we can support LET'S GIVE LUNCH for Meals on Wheels. Each boxed lunch will cost $20, which will cover both your lunch and 3 lunches for seniors in need. Lunches include your choice of sandwich, potato salad, fresh strawberries, brownie, and water. Entertainment will be provided by John Tillery, who will be playing various instruments. All orders must be placed and money received by June 2nd. Sign up at the JOY Seniors table.

Plan ahead for our September 20-22 trip to Lancaster, PA! We will enjoy the Sight & Sound production of David, a chalk talk program, visit to the Amish Village (to include a tour of the Amish countryside), admission to Landis Valley Farm & Museum, dinner in an Amish home, and a visit to Hershey Chocolate World. Sign-ups begin now. You can pay for the entire trip in one lump sum or begin making payments. This trip also includes 2 nights' lodging, 2 continental breakfasts, 1 dinner, and round trip Abbott bus transportation. Sign up at the JOY Seniors table.


Children's Corner

Children's Sunday is always a special Sunday of the year, and I wanted to thank all of the children who participated and filled the morning with joy. There are many ways to worship our God, and you each shared your gifts in a meaningful way. From the music, scripture readings, prayers, handing out pinwheels, and sharing your artwork, it was a day that was celebrated in our Vinton Baptist Church family. You are loved!      Peace, Sarah

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5TH Sunday

On May 29th, we will follow our 5th Sunday schedule, with Sunday School at 9:15 AM, one combined morning worship service at 10:30 AM, and a church-wide luncheon following worship. Our menu is hamburgers and hot dogs, sides, desserts, coffee, and tea.  We hope you'll plan to join us!

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Virtual Service Only June 5th

The Carilion Clinic Ironman 70.3 is scheduled to be held Sunday, June 5th. Washington Avenue, as well as numerous side streets, will be blocked off for the triathlon beginning Sunday morning, and thousands of spectators are expected throughout Vinton and surrounding areas. Therefore, there will be no in-person services (or any other VBC events) June 5th. Instead, a pre-recorded virtual service will be broadcast at 10:30 AM. It will be accessible on our website or through Facebook at that time, or you can watch it at a later date or time.

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Please Note: The Ironman triathlon is in need of hundreds of volunteers to help in various aspects of the race, check-in, check-out, etc., and at various times from Friday through Sunday. Youth are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Click here for more info or scan the QR code.

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Can You Help?

We need help in Children's Worship and Nursery each Sunday. Please click here to sign up for June and/or July dates!

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Save the date for


for 3-year-olds through 5th grade (completed)!

July 18-21, 2022

Registration is right around the corner!

VBS Reminders:

Registration for attendees will be coming out NEXT WEEK, so be on the lookout for a link with that information. If you picked up a donation tag, please return your donations to the PreK hallway on the 1st floor of the children's wing, or to the church kitchen if items need to be refrigerated (be sure to label them for "VBS").

Thank you to everyone who has taken an Adopt-a-Prop item from the lobby. Your help even from home truly makes a difference! You can continue to pick up those items through May 29th.

Please note that beginning in June, our Children's Worship "Bible Journey" room will transform into our annual VBS workroom. Our Children's Worship class will meet next door in the 5th grade classroom each Sunday until August.

VBS Volunteers! We have approximately 60 spots that need to be filled for VBS. If you have volunteered in the past, check your email on how to sign up! If you have never volunteered

before, reach out to Sarah so that she can get you connected to do MONUMENTAL things this July!

Joyce Keaton

1536 Gordon Avenue

Roanoke VA 24014-2616


Charity Run/Walk Events

  • Keystone 5K Walk Day - Join us Wednesday, June 8th at 9:00 AM at the Goode Park Greenway lot to walk the Keystone 5K. Sign up here for the virtual race to contribute to Keystone.
  • Four on the Fourth - On Monday, July 4th start your morning off with a race or walk to support the Boys and Girls Club. This race is one of the club's biggest fundraisers, and it begins and ends this year at the Vinton War Memorial. Sign up here and enter "Vinton Baptist Church" under team name!
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Christian sympathy is extended to Wayne & Mary Foster and family in the death of her sister Barbara Skinner of South Carolina; and to the family and friends of Betty Diane Clark, cousin of Kathryn Sowers, Becky Ingram, and Pat Barton, who passed away May 6th.

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Thank you to the Fellowship/Berean Class for their donation to the Youth Mission Trip.

Thank you to the Pete Creasy Class for their donation to Bible School.

Correction: The donation in honor of Jean McGuire that appeared in last week's issue of The Witness was made by the Chestnut Mountain Homeowners Association.

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Boys & Girls Club

This summer, the Boys & Girls Club could use our help providing breakfast and snacks for students attending the summer program.  Financial contributions can be made toward the purchase of these items; simply make checks out to Vinton Baptist Church and mark "Boys & Girls Club Snacks" in the memo line.  If you prefer to purchase individual sized, peanut-free snacks, please drop them in the bin at the Missions Tables.

The Apple Barn is closing, and all remaining Cat's Meow figures of the Vinton Baptist Church sanctuary are available for sale in the church office.  Each figure is $20, and proceeds will be used to purchase breakfast foods for Boys & Girls Club.  These are the only VBC Cat's Meows left, so get yours today!

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Ward Haven Open House/Cookout

You are invited to the Ward Haven Open House/Cookout scheduled for Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  There will be an inflatable, popcorn, snow cones, a band, and lunch at noon.  There will also be an opportunity to tour Ward Haven.  The RVBA invites you to participate in a Q&A and express your input to the Properties Study Committee of RVBA regarding the disposition of Ward Haven.  Please RSVP to 540-366-7631.

Annie Mae Broyles Associational Mission Offering

The WMU invites you to contribute to the Annie Mae Broyles Associational Mission Offering this year (your envelope is marked Associational Missions) and pray for the beneficiaries of this ministry. Our Vinton Baptist goal is $2,200. The Roanoke Valley goal is $20,000. These funds are used for missions specifically in the Roanoke Valley. Click here for a 2022 prayer schedule and more info about the beneficiaries.

Please Note: Due to Kim's vacation schedule, as well as the virtual nature of our June 5th service, all notices for the May 25th and June 1st editions of The Witness, as well as the May 29th and June 5th bulletins, are due to Kim by noon next Monday, May 23rd. Thanks!

May 2022 Calendar