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Religious news of September 9, 2022 | Recent news

Culpeper PD victorious at BBQ Battle Fest at CUMC

A culinary showdown of emergency service professionals, the first-ever BBQ Battle & Blues Festival turned out to be a scorching occasion last Saturday, September 3 at Culpeper United Methodist Church.

Pit master competitors from Culpeper’s top emergency services, law enforcement, and fire and rescue services competed.

Culpeper Police Department Grill Master Jason Smith and Pit Assistant Ashley Banks had no remains of their ribs, chicken wings and corn on the cob.

The police duo won Overall Champion and People’s Choice awards. Little Fork Volunteer FD was also there, according to a message from event organizer Greg Harpine of CUMC.

The evening ended with some fantastic blues music featuring “Remington Steel” and “The Christian Blues Project,” Harpine said.

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Over 100 people came out for the Labor Day weekend event.

UMC Women’s Christmas Bazaar

Acclaimed as the most popular and best-attended Christmas bazaar in the area, the Culpeper United Methodist Women’s Extravaganza will take place this year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 5 at Brandy Station VFD.

Vendors are encouraged to register for this favorite seasonal event, offering a wide variety of crafts and other items.

The 34-year-old bazaar turned out to be a fun experience for the whole family. Lunch will be available for purchase from the Brandy Station Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

CUMC Women will have a table selling baked goods and other homemade treats. Everyone is welcome to bring baked goods for the bake sale.

Interested in a painting? Contact Mary Alice Hoffman at 540/270-1666 or

Speaker at Christian Fellowship

Chosen People Ministries representative Dennis Karp will return to Culpeper Christian Fellowship to speak at the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Sunday, September 25.

He always brings new insight and understanding regarding what the scriptures say about the Messiah, according to a statement from the church. This service is open to the public and the entire Culpeper community is welcome to attend. The church is located at 15460 Bradford Rd. in Culpeper.

Chosen People Ministries is a 128-year-old missionary initiative founded by Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian rabbi who came to believe that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah, the statement said. From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Chosen People Ministries has grown into a worldwide ministry with outreach centers in Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Ukraine and in the USA.

Throughout its history, Chosen People Ministries has been unwavering in its commitment to bringing the gospel message of salvation in Jesus “to the Jew first and the Gentile” throughout the world, according to the church statement.

By emphasizing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, Chosen People Ministries hopes to make the message of the Messiah more accessible to the Jewish people and also to help Christian believers better appreciate the Jewish basis of their own religious traditions.

Waking up in Shiloh

Shiloh Baptist is presenting homecoming and revival services beginning at 10 a.m. this Sunday, September 11 with Pastor Reese Washington at the church, 15055 Stevensburg Rd. at Brandy Station. Lunch will be served after the morning service.

Revival will be held nightly at 7:45 p.m. September 14-16 at the Culpeper County Church.

Wednesday, September 14 will be Pastor Leteak White, September 15 will be Pastor Jeremy Walker, and September 16 will be Pastor Donnell Comfort.

Sunday in-person services

The Episcopal Christ worships in person at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Church, 14586 Alanthus Rd. at Brandy Station. See Christ Episcopal Church Brandy Station on Facebook.

Reunion in Amissville

Adult Sunday School is at 9 a.m. in the social hall of Amissville United Methodist Church, 14760 Lee Highway. Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Zoom and live streaming services are also available.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays in the social hall. Bible study with Frank Fishback is on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the social room.

A UMC Women business meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on September 7 in the social room. UMC Men will be hosting a Country Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 in the Social Room.

The homecoming service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 with Reverend Danny Kesner as guest speaker. A potluck will follow in the church social hall. Contact Pastor Maxine Crenshaw at 540/937-4978.

Delivery of coats at Open Door

Free winter coats for all sizes will be available at a raffle from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, September 10 at the Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway in Culpeper.

Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, Boston, Va., is sponsoring the event.

Community Choir at CUMC

The Blue Ridge Chorale invites singers of all ages and backgrounds to join them for choir rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Dr.

Former assistant director Mélanie Bolas is the choir’s new director. Register until September 12 for the fall season at or in person.


Trinity Baptist will hold revival services this Sunday, Sept. 11-Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the church, 8803 James Madison Hwy., two miles south of Warrenton.

Evangelist Richard Harper of King, NC will be the guest preacher. Sunday services will be at 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday services will be at 7:30 p.m.

A full-time evangelist, Harper has preached revivals, Bible conferences and youth gatherings across the country and in many foreign countries. Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, North Carolina.

During the revival meeting there will be an exciting special program for children from 4 to 10 years old. Each evening they will enjoy singing, puppets, Bible stories and more in a separate service tailored to their level.

Free bus transportation will be available for Sunday morning services from many parts of Fauquier, Culpeper and Prince William counties. Call 540/347-7640 or visit to request a ride. Crèches will be available up to the age of three.

Trinity pastor Dr. Vinton Williams and the congregation invite everyone to attend the meeting. The church is located at 8803 James Madison Hwy., 2 miles south of Warrenton on US 29.

Wednesday Bible Study

Jeffersonton United Methodist is holding a Wednesday Bible study at 10 a.m. at the church, 5085 Jeffersonton Rd., next to the Jeffersonton Community Center/Post Office.

All members of the community are welcome. Contact 540/522-9466

Ministers’ breakfast, visit to the support center

Spiritual Care Support Ministries runs a variety of free programs for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, divorce, or chronic illness.

Coffee and conversation takes place Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the office, 7179 New Hope Lane in Warrenton. The ministry opens up to the community for fellowship, encouragement and hope through conversation with others.

Porch Music Ministry takes place Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. The community is invited to sit on the porch and dance to a variety of great music! To play an instrument? Bring it and play with you!

A ministerial breakfast and tour of the center will take place at 9 a.m. on September 14. All clergy are invited to a continental breakfast and learn what spiritual care support ministries can offer their ministry and congregation.

Bus trip to see ‘David’

A local group will take a fall bus trip to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to see the play “David.”

The bus will depart at 8.30am from Culpeper on October 22 from the car park near Gold’s Gym in Southgate Shopping Centre. The group will dine at the Hershey Farm restaurant after the show.

Tickets are $170, including game tickets, bus fare and all-you-can-eat meal. Contact Betty Turner at 540/825-6954 as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Payment is due September 20.

Free clothes at the Sharing Closet

Culpeper Baptist Church is back with its free community clothes closet.

Give clothes, coats and personal care products for a gift on Saturday, September 24 at the church.

Sermon: Next Door—When Good Is Good Enough

Mountain View Community Church holds Sunday morning services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Culpeper Campus, 16088 Rogers Road.

The subject of the sermon for this Sunday, September 11 is “Sermon: Next Door – When Good is Good Enough”. Children’s programs for 4th grade babies in both services.

Loop (5th and 6th) and Surge (7th and 8th) programs at 10:30 a.m. Listen at 10:30 a.m. on or Mountain View CC on Facebook.

Court baptism

Join Culpeper Baptist at noon on September 25 in the South West Street Yard as they baptize the faithful and Maranatha.

Want to be baptized? Contact Pastor Dan Carlton at, Hans ( or Jim (

Gospel Festival at Wayland

Benefiting the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association, Gospel Fest 2022 will take place beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at the center of Rixeyville. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Featured performers will be The Loving Sisters of Roxboro, North Carolina, Pastor Tammy Caesar of the Shirley Caesar Singers of Baltimore, Maryland, Evangelist Robin Barbour and the Zion Girls of Fairfax, and Mike and the Guys of Fredericksburg.

Concert tickets $20/advance and $25/door. Dinners will also be sold.

For tickets, contact Sis. Maria Taylor at 540/717-5667, Sis. Alice Smith at 540/825-3146 or Rev. Frank D. Lewis Sr., former moderator, at 540/661-2071. Reverend Bernardo Snipes is Wayland Assoc. Moderator.

Need of the week: personal care items, canned meat

The Food Closet at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church provides food and personal care items to families, individuals and seniors in Culpeper who need assistance.

Food Closet needs for this week are: shampoo, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, canned meat, tuna and chicken.

All donations are gratefully accepted. Drop off items 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday onsite at 120 N. Commerce St. The-Culpeper-Food-Closet on FB and 540/825-1177