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Give forgiveness, even when it is not warranted

We are called to reconciliation. We are called to ask for forgiveness when we are wrong and to give forgiveness when it is asked of ... Read more

6 days ago by Rev. Barry Vassar.

Discovering the harbinger-of-spring

While there are plenty of interesting plants in our area, sometimes I like to go hiking in an entirely different area, one known for having ... Read more

6 days ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Landfill Alert to meet Sunday

The Cumberland County Landfill Alert Committee will host its monthly meeting Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m. at the Cumberland County Community Center located on ... Read more

6 days ago by Annie May Miles.

Blessings can be found in interruptions

How well do you deal with interruptions? You’re engaged in a task at work, maybe you’re up against a deadline, and things are just starting ... Read more

6 days ago by Guest Columnist.

Remembering the real meaning of Easter

If you walk through Walmart and look for Easter, you will find candy — lots and lots of candy. If you read the newspaper ads, ... Read more

6 days ago by Larry Davies.

There is a time for everything.

There is a time for everything. The Bible records this wisdom of Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3, and perhaps you have heard this phrase woven throughout ... Read more

2 weeks ago by John Moxley.

Happy birthday to some special people

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to the following people: David Hawks of Cumberland on Friday, April 2, Nora Atkinson of Dillwyn Wednesday, April ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Annie May Miles.

The hummingbirds are coming

Many people view the approach of April 15 with trepidation as the typical IRS tax deadline looms. Mother Nature has provided a more pleasant association ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Karen Bellenir.

It’s time to get to know our neighbors again

Do you have more “strangers” in your neighborhood? Are you a stranger to more people around you than a year ago? For most of us ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Guest Columnist.

Embracing the unexpected

Every spring, I look forward to participating in several workshops on gardening. If I get one or two new ideas for what to plant or ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

I saw what I saw…

Inspired by what she witnessed on a mission trip, Sara Groves wrote the following song. I saw what I saw, and I can’t forget it ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

Have we made Jesus king for just a moment?

It is estimated there were 2.5 million people in Jerusalem that day. They had returned from all over the world for the Passover Feast. And ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Dale Brown.

Are we working as cathedral builders?

An older man was hiking in the woods with a young friend when they stumbled upon a big, angry bear. Both men took off running, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

Jesus’ Passover is our Passover

More than 540,000 have died from COVID-19. Most of us know someone who has died. For 12 months, we have lived under the cloud of ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Matthew Sorenson.

Area churches plan Easter services

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to the following people: Tiffany Ownby, of Dillwyn, on Friday, March 26; Jamie Covington, of Dillwyn, on Saturday, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Annie May Miles.

Prayer and scripture study can strengthen faith

Like many of you, I took advantage of warmer temperatures last week to enjoy a long walk on the High Bridge Trail. It had been ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Brent Roberts.

Who can you be a servant for today?

Before the pandemic changed everything, there was a once-a-year ritual for United Methodist pastors and leaders called Annual Conference. Several thousand people gather in a ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

Bill Moss will be missed

Everyone needs to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination. You can do this by going to www.vaccinate.virginia.gov. Once you register, it does not take long. Please ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Staff Report.

The value of Lent is universal

If you are not all that familiar with Lent, it is the intentional time leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. As you ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Staff Report.

What will we do with our wild and precious lives?

One of my favorite modern poets is Mary Oliver. She died two years ago, leaving behind a wonderful legacy of poems about the natural world, ... Read more

1 month ago by Guest Columnist.

Loropetalum — a versatile garden shrub

Have you met Loropetalum chinense, better known as the Chinese fringe flower? I first learned about it last fall when I was looking for something ... Read more

1 month ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Jesus was much more than a really nice guy

She was in high school, the same age as my daughter, when I became her pastor. She went out of her way to welcome my ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

Landfill Alert Committee meets Sunday

The Cumberland County Landfill Alert Committee will hosting its regular monthly meeting Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m. Attendees may join the virtual meeting by ... Read more

1 month ago by Annie May Miles.

Share life’s burden with Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, ... Read more

1 month ago by Barry Vassar.

Give up your way, take up a cross and follow Jesus

I read about a helicopter ride for pastors and church leaders. The concept is to fly over the community and gain a new perspective while ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

Praise the Lord who provides refuge from storms

This past week, much of central Virginia was without power, heat and water. We were forced to persevere through cold, dark nights. This nightmare was ... Read more

1 month ago by Guest Columnist.

Reflecting on a year of isolation

When the words “coronavirus” and “COVID” first began appearing in every day vocabulary, my husband and I were visiting relatives on a beach in Florida. ... Read more

1 month ago by Karen Bellenir.

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