The Witness

Volume 40, Issue 22

June 1, 2022

"For Such A Time As This"

As I think about the recent events in Laguna Woods, CA, Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, TX, I cannot help but consider the hard realities and easy responses that come with such tragedies. It is hard to witness such violence. It is hard to make sense of it. It is hard to see the excruciating pain of others, and wrestle with the reality that what happened to them could happen to us. As a result, it is easy to get angry about what could have been done differently to prevent such tragedies. It is easy to feel afraid about the possibility of this happening in our church, at one of our grocery stores, or in one of our schools. It easy to become cynical and judgmental, placing blame in a number of places—people, policies, politicians, and parties. It is also easy to direct our fear, confusion, and sadness toward God, asking: Why would you allow something like this to happen?

           As I was considering these realities and wrestling with these emotions one morning while driving to the office, I heard a familiar song on the radio. It was a song by Matthew West that I had not heard in a while. In the midst of my sadness, anger, fear, judgment, and blame, it was a song I needed to hear. Through these words, I felt God speaking directly to me. Maybe you will too. Below is a portion of West’s song “Do Something.”  


I woke up this morning

Saw a world full of trouble now, thought

How'd we ever get so far down, and

How's it ever gonna turn around

So I turned my eyes to Heaven

I thought, "God, why don't You do something?"

Well, I just couldn't bear the thought of

People living in poverty

Children sold into slavery

The thought disgusted me

So, I shook my fist at Heaven

Said, "God, why don't You do something?"

He said, "I did, yeah, I created you" (now listen)

If not us, then who

If not me and you

Right now, it's time for us to do something, yeah

If not now, then when

Will we see an end

To all this pain

Oh, it's not enough to do nothing

It's time for us to do something

           In the Book of Esther, after having heard the news that the Jews were facing the tragedy of annihilation at the hands of the Persian King, Ahasuerus, Mordecai tore his clothes and began to grieve. He too was filled with sadness, anger, and fear. In response, he chose to do something. He devised a plan wherein his niece, Queen Esther, would stand before King Ahasuerus, show him evidence of the plot against her people and ask him to intervene. Fearing her own safety, Esther pleaded with Mordecai: “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that, if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law: to be put to death (Esther 4:11a).” In response to Esther, Mordecai replied: “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this (4:14b).” Through Mordecai’s insistence that Esther do something in response to the tragedy that awaited the Jews, Esther found the strength to stand before the Persian king, reveal the plot against her people and plead for his help. As a result, the king listened to Esther, seized Haman, and the nation of Israel was saved.

           Though most of us are not royalty, or have the ability to stand before royalty, we all have a sphere of influence. Wherever we find ourselves during this season of our lives, “Who knows? Perhaps you [and I] have come to [this place] for such a time as this.” In the wake of these recent tragedies, how can God use us? What is something that we can do to bring hope, healing, and comfort in the lives of the people around us? May we follow in the footsteps of Esther, and find our courage to go and do likewise. 

-- Travis

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This Sunday, June 5th: Virtual Service Only

Due to the Ironman triathlon and resulting road closures this Sunday, we will only be meeting online at 10:30 AM.  There will be no in-person worship or activities this Sunday.  The worship service will be pre-recorded.  Please access the service through our website (from the landing page, simply scroll down to "Livestream" and click the gold button underneath) or our Facebook group page.  You can also watch it at a later date and time.

Please also note that we will be having communion this Sunday, so take time to prepare your communion elements prior to the service.  You may use water or any type of juice you like, and any type of cracker, wafer, or bread.

On Sunday, June 12th, we plan to return to our regular, in-person schedule.

Adult Choirs

Praise Team, please plan to arrive in the sanctuary tonight at 6:10 PM for a sound check so that we can begin recording the June 5th service at 6:30 PM. Chancel Choir will rehearse at 7:30 PM tonight.

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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.


Please pray for the following youth and adults as we embark on our 2022 Youth Choir Mission Trip. We leave Saturday, June 4th and will return on Thursday, June 9th. We will be making stops at Oakmont Retirement Village- Bristol, VA, First Presbyterian Church- Sweetwater TN, Fellowship Home- Cordele GA, Willow Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care- Lake City FL, The Rescue Mission-Orlando FL. We hope to make our way to Kennedy Space Center on the last day of our tour.

Randy Whitmer                              Fallon Davis                         Mark Hough

Christian Barrette                           Ashleigh Pinion                    Ken Williamson

Kevin McCaskill                              Miley Moses                         Wanda Melchers

Tanner Hough                                Sarah Lang                          Belinda Williams

Ben Sink                                       Autumn Bryant                     Chris Monroe

Collin Young                                  Angela Peterson                   Mary Beth Monroe

Dawson Young                              Taylor Davis                          Ginger Davis

MaKenna Foster                             Madison Montgomery            Emilie McCaskill


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.

Save your spot for our June 22nd trip to Faith Night at Salem Red Sox by clicking here.

You can also sign up for our July 27th trip to King's Dominion by clicking here.

JOY Seniors: Upcoming Events

Catch a round trip ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad to Walker Station 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. We will depart VBC at 7:00 AM. TODAY is the deadline to sign up and pay!

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 TOMORROW, June 2nd. 

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.

Ministry Report

In lieu of a Ministry Matters meeting this month, we will instead simply offer a ministry packet/report available by Sunday, June 12th.  If any committee members would like to include information in that ministry packet, please submit it to Kim Yonce ( no later than next Wednesday, June 8th.  Thank you.

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Save the date for


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

July 18-21, 2022

Register NOW at!

VBS Reminders:

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").

Please note that beginning this month, 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, beginning June 12th, until August.

VBS Volunteers! We have numerous positions 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 Kidd

The Village on Pheasant Ridge #47

4428 Pheasant Ridge Road

Roanoke VA 24014-5219

May 29, 2022

10:30 AM Worship (in-person): 218

10:30 AM Worship (online): 254

Sunday School: 183

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Thank you to the LOA Sunday School class for their donation to Vacation Bible School.

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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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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.

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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 (we have approximately 10), so get yours today!


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 Mike & Susan Crowder and family in the death of her mother, Freda Guill.

Christian sympathy is extended to Robbie Robinson, Larry & Lana Bowles and family in the death of wife and mother,  Margaret Robinson on May 29th.

        Christian Sympathy is extended to Jeff & Joyce Young and  family in the death of his mother, Barbara Young (Mrs. Norman) on May 31st.

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"Check out" these new books in the Library!

  • If the Tomb is Empty by Pastor Joby Martin
  • "Jerusalem Road" series by Angela Hunt
  • Sea Glass Cottage by Irene Hannon (#8 in the "Hope Harbor" series)
June 2022 Calendar