P 0 BOX 247
ONA, WV 25545
APRIL, 2018

Flags outside our Sanctuary on a windy Sunday afternoon.

New website: The Guyandotte Baptist Association
(note: this will take you away from the Beulah Ann Website)


“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” ROMANS 8:28.
I’m sure it’s no surprise to you, but we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes, even when we believe that we are in the will of God, we fall short. How are we to maintain our faith in God when He doesn’t give us what we want? Let’s consider someone who had it worse than you: JOB.
Job “was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil (JOB 1:1). However, Job lost everything but his life and his wife. His friends also turned out to be less than friendly. Through it all, Job was able to make this claim: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: …” JOB 13:15. Job recognized that everything good in his life came from God and therefore it had a purpose in his life, even though he was not able to see it at the time. Perhaps that’s where you are right now. God has something planned for you, and He’s testing you with adversity to see how or if you will persevere and continue to give Him praise, honor and glory. Job persevered and God restored him. “…also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” (JOB 42:10b).
Why does God allow this, though? It just seems unfair. God’s goal through all this is found in ROMANS 8:29. He desires that we “be conformed to the image of his Son…” God’s will isn’t wishful thinking or luck. His will is deliberate and purposeful and for our ultimate good. It is up to us to remain faithful, as God is faithful and to give thanks even when the storm rages directly overhead. “… I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (HEBREWS 13:5). God is faithful, always.
                                   Pastor Greg Lunsford


March 4    185
March 11  162
March 18  171
March 25  178
               4)696(174 average


Della Blake, April 18, 86.
Mildred Caldwell, May 6, 94.
Ed Watson, May 10, 87.


Jerry and Barbara Johnson, April 1, 52 yrs.
Dewey and JoAnn Jordan, April 17, 53 yrs.
Richard and Peggy Chapman, April 28, 67 yrs.
Jerry and Clara Zerkle, May 2, 51 yrs.


Willing Workers SS Class      $20.00
Mrs. Anonymous                   $100.00
Bethany Ross                           $65.00
Betty Lou Clagg                      $50.00
Sandra Winters                       $20.00
 Sandy writes, “Thank you for sending your newsletter to my mother (Coleen Scarberry) each month. She really enjoys reading it. I have enclosed a check to help with the postage.”

THANK YOU for your generous support.


WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
April – Jeremiah
May - Lamentations

Daily Bible Reading Calendars for 2018 are on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.


On Sunday, April 8, we held an election for a new deacon. Nominees were Tom McComas and Brian Bellomy, and Brian was the one elected. Please pray for him and his wife Leigh as Brian undertakes this great responsibility.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.           C. S. Lewis

Dear Church Family,
We want to thank each of you for your thoughts and prayers for Charlie and our family. We love the cards we have received, they overflow with love and are greatly appreciated. We miss attending Sunday School and church. Charlie keeps his Bible by the bed and reads often the comforting words from God. Just wanted to let you all know how much you, each and every one mean to us. ?
              Love in Christ,
     Jayne and Charlie Stamper

I want to thank all of the church for their compassion during the death of our mom. She loved all of you. Thank you to the ladies who prepared our dinner. It was so nice.
Your sisters in Christ, Mona Jordan and Joy Miller (Family of Imogene Cooper Richardson)

To the wonderful chefs,
Thank you for the delicious meal you prepared for our family after the passing of our dad (Bobby Wheeler). The hospitality you showed is very appreciated, Love, Rhonda, Mike and Pam (children of the late Bobby Wheeler)

Pastor Greg,
Thanks so much to your congregation for their generous donation to our food pantry. We truly couldn’t help our community without your support. We appreciate you guys and thanks again!  Sincerely, Tracy Urian, CMHS Counselor


When the children were practicing for their Christmas program, 6-year-old Cameron Kirby, son of Greg Kirby and the late Saundra Kirby, noticed the nameplates on several of the front pews, and asked one of his teachers what they meant. When the teacher explained the pews were dedicated to church members who had passed on, Cameron said he wanted one for his mother, on the pew where she always sat. Well, we had to make that happen. On April 1, a nameplate was attached to her pew, and Pastor Greg prayed a beautiful prayer of dedication. Saundra was very loved, and lost her battle with cancer in 2015, but we will never forget her.

Some pursue happiness – others create it.


MARGARET LOUISE SOWASH ASHWORTH, 93, of Milton, whose funeral was April 7. She was an aunt of Dennie Dailey.
MISTY BENNET, 43, of Milton, who passed away Mar. 14. She was a friend of LeAnn Beckett and others in the church. She was a young mother of a special needs child.
CHARLES CHAPMAN, 71, of Milton, who on Mar. 29. He was a brother of Serena Hibner.
LEO DAVIS, 76, of Milton, who passed away Mar. 14. He was the brother of Donna Clagg.
REV. MELVIN LEE “JACK” GRIMES, 91, of Milton, who passed away April 8. Survivors include his daughter Kay (Danny) Ford.
ORMAN RAY HALL, 75, of Barboursville, whose funeral was Mar. 28. He was a former Cabell County teacher, coach, and principal, and a friend to many in the church.
WALTER LLOYD MAYS, 57, of Ona, whose funeral was Sat. April 7. He was the husband of Vicky Shull Mayes, a former Little League coach, and a friend to many in the church.
ROGER SCARBERRY, 75, of Milton, who passed away Mar. 12. He was a friend of Tim Rider.
GEORGE SHY, 75, of Ona, whose memorial service was March 24. He was the husband of Theresa Yoho Shy and a friend to many in the church.
ERNEST “ERNIE” SPARKS, 59, of Barboursville, whose funeral service was Mar. 24. He was a former coach and teacher at Cabell Midland Highschool.
DAVID TOLER, 72, of DeKalb, Texas, formerly of Milton, passed away Mar. 12. Among his survivors is his daughter, Wendy Toler Buono of Eden, Georgia.
CLAYBORN RAY WHEELER, 88, of Barboursville, whose funeral was April 9. He was the father of Randy (Joy) Wheeler, and brother of the late Bobby Wheeler.


 Rick Webb reported that 14 men were saved during the jail ministry Tues., April 3 at the Western Regional Jail!

When Pastor Greg and his family took a short vacation during school spring break, we needed someone to preach on Wed., April 4. George and Linda Leese have been attending faithfully for several months, and it was learned that he is a retired pastor, serving many years in Logan County and other locations. We found out he is an old-fashioned preacher, who urged us to “occupy till I come,” from Luke 19:10-19. Thank you, sir, for your willingness to serve.

A trip is being planned for July 19-21 to visit the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA, to see the play, “Jesus.” To help offset the cost of the bus, Adult Ministries provided a spaghetti dinner on April 8, which raised $648. If you have not yet signed up to go, there is still time. See Jeanne Lunsford for more information.


In March, we are giving to the Bowen Village Project, which will be a building in the ghetto at Jinja, Uganda, which will be a day care and training facility for young mothers. Our own Bobby Bowen is a missionary there with Global Outreach, and visited us on Mar. 4 to inform us of this vitally needed mission. We raised $2,236 towards this goal. Way to go!

In April we are focusing on the Knight’s Great Hall at Cabell Midland Highschool. We support them monthly through the church budget, and we collect food, school supplies, and personal items for them all year also. But we would really like to give them a boost this month. It helps them a lot to have funds on hand when the need is greater than they can supply, or there is a special need that pops up. Also, they need book bags all the time. (When a child carries groceries home on the bus in a back-pack, no one is the wiser.) Make checks payable to the church, and put KGH on the memo line. Thanks!


Youth Ministries once again provided a wonderful program for all who came out early for Sonrise Service. Beautiful singing and an expressive drama done entirely with sticks! How do they do that? Then a nice breakfast was provided by Adult Ministries. At our morning worship service, the Sanctuary Choir sang two songs from previous cantatas, which were well received, then we observed Communion, which always seems more special on Easter Day. The sanctuary was overflowing, with lots of extra chairs brought out, and some in the balcony with the sound crew.  And right there on the front pew was Pastor Paul Meadows! Thank you Joan Morrison, for bring him to worship with us on Easter.


Sat., April 14, 4 pm - Family Night of Art, Family Center. See Erin Carter for details.

Sun-Fri., April 15-20, 7 pm nightly - Spring Revival, with evangelist Rev. Dan Londeree, Pastor of Pea Ridge Baptist Church.

Sun.-Wed., April 15-18, 7 pm - Mini VBS during revival services.

Tues., April 17, 10:00 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Sat., April 21 – Omega at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Charleston. See Youth Ministries leaders for more information.

Sun., April 22, immediately after 11 am service (shortly after noon) – VBS Planning Meeting, downstairs in the children’s pews. All people interested in helping, please attend.

Sun., April 22, 6:00 pm – Jesus Kids Practice.

Mon., April 23, 7:00 pm -  Wycliffe Banquet, Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington. See Jim or Jo Ross for more info.

Fri., April 27 – Sat., April 28 – AB Men’s Work Weekend at Camp Cowen.

Sun., April 29, 6:00 pm – Jesus Kids Practice.

Sun., April 29, 7:00 pm – 5th Sunday Night Sing and Fellowship. Special guest are the Perry Sisters.

Mon-Wed., April 30 – May 2 – Golden’eers Spring Retreat at Parchment Valley. See Debbie or Jo for registration forms.

Tues., May 1, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Wed., May 2, 5:45 pm – Fellowship Supper, Family Center. Menu: Mexican. Proceeds go towards the Sight and Sound bus trip in July.

Thurs., May 3: National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is “Unity.”

Fri.-Sun., May 4-6 – Camp-o-rama at Beech Fork State Park. See Erin Carter for details.

Sat., May 5, 7 pm – Sanctuary Choir will sing in revival at Susannah Baptist Church.

Sun., May 6, 5:45 – ABWM Meeting, Joseph & Mary Classroom.

Sun., May 6, 6 pm – ABMM Meeting, Caldwell Classroom.

Mon., May 7, 7 pm – Board of Deacon’s meeting, Family Center.

Sat., May 12, 6 pm – Community Dinner, Family Center.

Mon., May 14, 7 pm – Board of Christian Education meeting, Family Center.

Tues., May 15, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Tues., May 15, 6 pm – GBA ABWM Spring Rally, Milton Baptist Church.

THE TRAVELING REVIVAL began on Monday, March 19 at Hope Christian Center, with our own Pastor Greg Lunsford bringing the message. He wanted to know, “Are You Committed?” Using Math. 22:37-38, he urged us to give full commitment to God. We enjoyed the music from the Hope Christian Center Praise Team also, led by Brian Bellomy’s brother, Barry.

On Tuesday night we traveled to Milton to the Lighthouse Baptist Church where Tim Messinger is pastor. We enjoyed the choir singing, and we loved getting to worship with Tim and Kandi again. Pastor Mike Lewis of the Hope Christian Center brought the message on “Grace.” Using Power Point, he taught us about prevenient grace, justifying grace and sanctifying grace.

On Wednesday night, everyone stayed at their home churches for prayer meetings.

Back to Milton on Thursday night, this time to the historic Union Baptist Church, where Tim Messinger preached. The Union Baptist Church choir did an outstanding job. Using Joshua 1:1-18, Tim showed us that “Only the strong in faith will survive.” And praise the Lord, one young woman was saved!

On Friday, the other congregations met with us at Beulah Ann. Our choir, led by Duane Adkins, sang, and after a few numbers, he invited singers from all the other churches to join us. What a joyous sound! We raised the roof! After Rev. Rick Watson of Union Baptist preached on “He’s Coming Again,” from Math. 24:29-39 & 44, we observed the Ordinance of Communion. It was so sweet.

Each church provided refreshments after the services at their church, and we had sweet fellowship. Please don’t miss a service next year!

My ancestry goes all the way back to Alexander the Great,” said one society lady. She then turned to a second woman and asked, “How far does your family go back?” “I don’t know,” was the reply. “All of our records were lost in the flood.”


The Jesus Kids Spring Play on March 25 opened with the Bible Bees singing, “Jump, Shout Jesus is Alive!” What a blessing!! Their Spring Play was called “It all happened in the City,” with Uncle Yule and Granny and the country and city cousins. The play told the life of Christ from the manger to the cross to the grave to the empty tomb. Praise God!! The kids had 10,000 Reasons for their hearts to sing. What a great job all the kids did. If you would like a DVD copy see Boo or a Jesus Kid. Also, we are having more Jesus Kids Down Home CD’s made. If you didn’t get a copy see one of us.
Ohhh, what a blessing April 8 was too. The Kids and Children’s Ministry Team visited Midland Meadows that day. We always sing in the Memory Care Building first. Towards the end of the last song one of the workers told the kids they needed to say a special Thank you to a man visiting his mother way in the back of the room. This gentleman made a generous donation to the Jesus Kids Ministry. He said it was such a blessing for his Mom to hear the wonderful kids sing about their Jesus. Thank
you sir.

Then in the original building they sang and visited some of our dear church members. Connie Chapman made little delicious desserts for them. Then they love to visit Mrs. Clagg. She was soooo excited to see the kids. She said she had just prayed a prayer to have a visitor (she was lonely). And the Lord answered her prayer with 12 beautiful kids. We asked what song she would like for the kids to sing and she said “How Great Thou Art”. Well, kids sang so well and Mrs. Clagg praised the Lord and cried. Needless to say the Children’s Ministry Team and several kids cried along with her. What a blessing of tears we all shared.

The kids will be singing upstairs in church at 11 am on April 15, and then again on Mother’s Day. Please pray for their ministry.
                                         Boo Meadows


Easter Sunday was very special to four of our
children. Mason & Emma Jenkins, Elijah Foster, and a visitor were saved during our children’s worship time that Sunday morning.

After speaking with their parents, three of the children want to be baptized soon. We will be speaking with the family of the visiting child soon. Pray for these new believers.  PRAISE THE LORD!!              Boo Meadows


It was very cold March 24 at Camp Ona for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, but God held the snow off till after the big event. For that, we are SO thankful! The weather didn't keep the kids away either. We had 65 children (plus too many adults to count) who came to eat lunch, sing songs and hunt eggs.

Our theme and songs this year centered around Peeps, the colorful marshmallow chicks and bunnies that show up each spring. So we had Peeps to eat, Peeps decorating crosses and wreaths and Peeps on the shirts of the Children's Ministry Team. We also had LOTS of yummy desserts adorned with Peeps, thanks to Debbie Dillon.

We invited all the students at Ona Elementary and their families, so there were many new faces. And Pastor Greg Lunsford made sure everyone there, young and old, heard the true meaning of Easter, that Jesus died and rose from the dead so that we could have life eternal with Him.

The Children's Ministry Team wants to thank everyone who donated candy or helped in some way to make this event possible. We also truly appreciate Debbie Dillon for making so many desserts and the Faithful Servants Sunday school class for stuffing all the candy into plastic eggs for us.                              Kara Litteral


Youth Ministries has begun a series called, "The Seven Checkpoints."  We have just completed the first Checkpoint of Faith, where we discussed Circumstantial Faith, Authentic Faith and more. After the seven Bible lessons, we wrapped up by watching "A Question of Faith."  Following revival, we will begin our second Checkpoint study, focusing on Spiritual Disciplines.                             ~~Mitzi Beckett

If money doesn’t grow on trees, then why do banks have branches?


Our Trustees have been doing a wonderful job of upgrading safety and security around the church. We have additional cameras in place, and improved doors in the children and youth areas, and other important changes. In addition, procedures have been put in place to improve the safety of our children. Parents and grandparents and others bringing children to church, please be aware of the policy listed below.

Children's safety protocol: The Children's Ministry Team arrives 15 minutes before each church service begins. The Children's Department opens at that time. There is no adult supervision before then. For Sunday school, children must stay upstairs until dismissed to go to their classes. Even if Children's Ministry workers are downstairs, they are preparing for their lessons and cannot provide supervision. We also are changing dismissal. After Sunday school, children will walk upstairs together with their classes. When church services end (morning and evening), an adult must come downstairs to get each child. Children will no longer be released to go find parents on their own after Sunday school or church services. Also, children and youth cannot be in the gym unsupervised before and after services.


This was the headline of the April-May issue of the West Virginia Baptist. We are so glad to see that our “Build-a-Building” contributions have been well used. The dry wall is going up, and paint colors have been chosen. They hope to be using it by the fall school semester, if not before. The bad news is that, like so many construction projects, unexpected expenses cropped up. Too much leakage caused them to have to extend the roof over one section, which will give them more room for the preschool, but instead of having a debt-free building as was hoped, they need an additional $400,000. They are submitting and praying for two additional grants, but in the meantime, donations would still be appreciated.

To see photos of their progress, go to, click on Build-a-Building, then click on photos.

(An archive of the March 2018 Newsletter follows)


Revival is on! We will be in the midst of the traveling Revival by the time you have this newsletter in your hands. Pray that it was a success and that hearts and minds were revived and souls were saved! And don’t stop praying! Beulah Ann will be hosting its own Spring Revival from April 15 - 20, with Pastor Dan Londeree from Pea Ridge Baptist Church. Pray that Pastor Dan will bring the Word of God with power and clarity and fan the fires of faith in our fellowship and worship of Jesus Christ!
I want to encourage you to take an active role in our revival and your salvation. Being a church member is great, but it won’t save your soul. You must acknowledge your sin, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and confess Him to be your Lord and Savior. It’s simple. He made it that way for our good and His glory. Maybe you were saved as a child but now you’re older and you don’t have time for that “stuff.” Jesus has the best “stuff” you’ll ever experience. Life is hard enough when no one is on your side. It’s drastically worse when you are the enemy of Jesus Christ.
Friend, God loves you! Christ died for you! Have you ever done anything for someone out of the kindness of your heart and they didn’t appreciate it? Now imagine Christ, who gave Himself for you… and you don’t appreciate it. One day, we’ll stand before Him. How will you answer him, “Why did you refuse me?” JOHN 6:37! “Why did you fail to attend church? HEBREWS 10:25!  “Why did you not tell others about me?” Mark 8:38!
Come to Beulah Ann. Come back to Beulah Ann. I believe in the power of Jesus Christ to heal all our wounds, including pride, selfishness, misunderstanding, jealousy, all our wounds. God loves you and so does Pastor Greg.                                                                      ~~Pastor Greg Lunsford


February 4    158
February 11  173
February 18  155
February 25  168
                    4)654(164 average


Teddie Massie, March 25, 91.
Jean Casey, April 7, 86.


WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
March – I & II Peter and Jude
April - Jeremiah

Daily Bible Reading Calendars for 2018 are on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.


On Feb. 18, 7 yr.-old Brody Crawford was baptized. He is the son of D.W. and Meredith Crawford. We were glad his maternal grandparents were able to be in attendance that day. Welcome, Brody!


Pastor Greg Lunsford, we donate this contribution to the church in honor of Bob Wheeler. Bob had a loving, giving heart. He was kind, helpful, hardworking and optimistic. He was thoughtful with the things he said and did for others. In short, he was a blessing to his neighbors and the world. He was part of our extended family. We shall miss him. Deepest sympathy to his pastor and the congregation at Beulah Ann.
Bob’s Grant Gardens neighbors and friends. We all held Bob in high esteem.

Thanks for the beautiful flowers, and for coming to the service.
 Doris and Deloris Peyton (daughters of the late Bernice Peyton)

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6


Willing Workers SS Class    $20.00
Beverly Harshbarger    $20.00
Joyce Caldwell      $50.00
Mr. Anonymous     $50.00
Mr. Anonymous   $50.00
Gail Wetherholt   $20.00
Bob Sansom    $50.00
 (Bob used to live up above the old church. He was a member and attended faithfully until he moved to Huntington. He turned 88 years old on Jan. 3.)
Tim Rider    $20.00, In memory of his father, Oscar Rider.
Deborah Martz   $100.00 In memory of her grandfather, Hooper Nowlin.
Nina Nowlin     $15.00
 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6. In loving memory of Mommy (the late Maye Nowlin), who passed away on Mar. 21, 2010. You will always be in our hearts.
Nellie Harshbarger     $100.00
 She writes, “Dear Mildred and Joyce, I for one enjoy the church newsletter. It keeps me up to date on what’s going on. Earlie and Mac always kept me informed, but I no longer have them. This donation is in memory of both Maxine Hagley and Earlie Massie. I miss them so much. Luther Morrison was such an inspiration to both Gerald and I. I’m sure he had a lot of influence on Gerald’s call to the ministry. Thank God for him. I have given money to our own church in memory of Gerald. Since Mac and Earlie were both lifetime members of Beulah Ann, this needed to be for them. God be with the ministry of Beulah Ann. Love and Prayers, Nellie Harshbarger. P.S. Thanks to both of you for the years of service.
Shirley Rose    $25.00
 She writes, “This is in memory of my dear sister Caroline Meadows. Her birthday was March 1. Thank you all for the newspaper, I have enjoyed it for years! I appreciate keeping on the prayer list. I am in the hospital with a very rare cancer so the prayers are so comforting.”

THANK YOU for this incredible showing of love and support for this ministry. Your contributions have really encouraged us, and we are humbled.


EUSTACE BLAKE, 87, of Ona, who passed away March 12. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Della, and daughters Lois (Page) Burdette, Valerie (Joe) Meadows, and sons Dwight, Brent, and Trent Blake, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was instrumental in building Barboursville City Park and was park supervisor for 17 years. He was a member of Beulah Ann.
MARIE DEAKIN, 83, of Milton, who passed away Feb. 10. She was a friend of Virginia Holley.
GORDAN DALE KESSLER, 58, of Ona, whose funeral was March 12. He was a neighbor of Dewey and JoAnn Jordan.
IMMOGENE COOPER RICHARDSON, 88, of Ona, whose funeral was March 10. She was retired from Sears. She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Richardson, son Gary Cooper, and daughter Renee Jackson, and grandson Billy Jordan. She is survived by daughters Mona (Bob) Jordan and Joy (Bert) Miller, 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  She was a long-standing member of our church.
JEREMY MATTHEW SARVER, 39, of Lesage, whose funeral was Feb. 21. He was a son of Judy Sarver, who formerly attended our church.
BOBBY WHEELER, 86, of Ona, whose funeral was March 3. He is survived by his children Rhonda (Roger) Harsh, Michael (Susan) Wheeler, and Pamela (Robert) Simmons, four grandchildren and a brother. He was the uncle of Randy Wheeler and Tommy Nance. He was a US Navy veteran and a faithful member of our church. Bobby folded many of the church newsletters you have received.


In February, we asked for support for A New Beginning Crisis Pregnancy Center in Huntington, and gave them $150.

In March, we are giving to the Bowen Village Project, which will be a building in the ghetto at Jinja, Uganda, which will be a day care and training facility for young mothers. Our own Bobby Bowen is a missionary there with Global Outreach, and visited us on Mar. 4 to inform us of this vitally needed mission. Make checks payable to the church, and put BVP on the memo line. Thanks.


Mon., March 19 - Fri., March 23, 7 pm – Traveling Revival. Service locations and speakers: Mon. – Hope Christian Center, Pastor Greg Lunsford; Tues. – Lighthouse Baptist, Pastor Mike Lewis; Wed. – Home churches; Thurs., Union Baptist, Pastor Tim Messinger; Fri.,  Beulah Ann Baptist, Pastor Rick Watson.
Refreshments in the Family Center after Friday night’s service.

Tues., Mar. 20, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Sat., March 24, 11 am-1 pm – Children’s Ministries Easter Egg Hunt at Camp Ona. Open to the community. Lunch will be served, and Pastor Greg will bring the lesson.
Sun., March 25, 7 pm – Jesus Kids Spring Program.

Sun., March 25, 11 am – Nominations will be received for the office of Deacon.

Sun., March 25, 7 pm – Jesus Kids Spring Program - “It All Happened in the City.”

Sun., April 1 – Easter Sunday. The youth will present Sonrise Service at 6:30 am, followed by a light breakfast. At 11 am, Ordinance of Communtion, and special singing by the Sanctuary Choir, and the choir will have special music at 7 pm also.

Sat., April 14, 4 pm - Family Night of Art, Family Center. See Erin Carter for details.

Sun-Fri., April 15-20, 7 pm nightly - Spring Revival, with evangelist Rev. Dan Londeree, Pastor of
Pea Ridge Baptist Church.

Sun.-Wed., April 15-18, 7 pm - Mini VBS during revival services.


The Annual GBA Men’s Prayer Breakfast was a success again this year. The Beulah Ann AB Women cooked a big breakfast for the 50+ men in attendance, representing 10 churches. Jeanne Lunsford provided the special music and did a wonderful job, and Rev. Don Londeree, Pastor of Pea Ridge Baptist, was the speaker. Next year, Pea Ridge will host this event. Baptist men all over the nation meet this time of year for this purpose.

There are three kinds of people, those who can count and those who can’t.

There are only three snakes that I don’t like: 1. Snakes. 2. Dead snakes. 3. Sticks that look like snakes.

Jesus Kids went to visit Midland Meadows finally this month of March, after the flu quarantine was lifted. Everyone was well and so excited to see us. Kids were excited to see our old friends, too. There is one staff member in the Memory Care Building that just loves to hear the kids sing. She cheers them on and is very encouraging to the kids. She was so excited when the kids handed her their CD, “Down Home with the Jesus Kids.” She said she would play that over and over again while she worked. (See a Jesus Kid if you haven’t picked yours up yet.) Most of the residents are so thankful that the kids come and sing those old hymns. Most will sing along. And our kids are very nice and respectful to the residents. We are very proud of them. Special thank you to WOW (Connie Chapman and Alliene Caldwell) for fixing our evening meal. The kids loved the tacos!

We have been practicing our Jesus Kids Spring Play, “It all happened in the City.” This will be our Easter play that follows the Christmas play in the Country theme, on Sunday, March 25 at 7 pm. Please pray for the kids as they learn their lines and songs. Thanks to Nellie Gillespie, Brooke Chapman and Chunky Chapman for helping with the play. Special thank you to Garrett Wiseman for making us sound good. Thanks to the parents who are always faithful to have their kids to practice.

Remember to pray for all of our kids. They live in such a totally different world now than what we all grew up in.                   ~~Boo Meadows


February was a "love-ly" month for Children's Ministry as we studied the Parables of Jesus and his love for us. We took a break from lessons Feb. 14 for a Valentine's Day party. During the evening service Sunday, Feb. 25, children received pins at our awards ceremony for memorizing Matthew 7:24. Children are studying events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus this month as we prepare for Easter. Our March memory verse is Matthew 28:5-6: "... I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Our big event this month is the Easter Egg Hunt 11 am-1 pm Saturday, March 24, at Camp Ona. We will have lunch for the whole family and prizes and LOTS of candy-filled eggs for children up through 5th grade. Pastor Greg will give the message to let all those in attendance know the true meaning of Easter. This is not just a church event, but an outreach for the whole community. Everyone is welcome, because "Jesus loves his Peeps!" ~Kara Litteral


On Saturday March 10, we had fifteen kids and seven adults travel to Parchment Valley to attend the Spring Children’s Rally. We gathered together with other churches in the state to praise and worship together. The theme this year was on Emotions: Anger, Disgust, Fear, Sadness and Joy. They had lessons throughout the day with music and a movie, “Inside Out.” along with lunch. Kids were taught that God loves from the inside out! The verse for the day was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5. We would like to thank Boo and Butch for driving us and all that helped.                          ~~Brooke Chapman


On Wed. night, Mar. 7, Adult Ministries sponsored the first official Child-Cookoff. Ten different pots of delicious chili were entered. Small numbered bowls made it possible to try lots of them. Our judges panel declared the winner to be Casey Maynor. Congrats, Cassie. Also, donation jars were numbered for the hungry eaters to judge by placing their donation for their favorite. Erika Klose was the winner in this category. Both winners will be presented with beautiful water jugs made by Blenko, and engraved for the occasion. The proceeds of $639.00 will help to offset the cost of a bus trip to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA planned for July.

We completed our Ladies Bible study on “The Power of a Simple Prayer” by Max Lucado. Good attendance, great fellowship and wonderful food. We have continued to meet for prayer, fellowship, movies and food. March 15th will end this Bible study due to upcoming revival and spring break. We hope to have another Bible study in May.         ~~Connie Chapman


February 17 was a very humbling experience for 16 of our teens who headed to the Huntington City Mission to serve brunch. As many of you know, budget cuts forced the Mission to cut back on one meal per day so they are now serving brunch and dinner only. The teens who participated each took a gallon of juice and Youth Ministries purchased 14 Gallons of milk to share with the residents. This was a treat to them because milk and juice are not routinely donated or purchased so the milk is always limited to children and pregnant women, however, on that morning there was enough milk and juice for everyone and enough left for the next day as well. They were thrilled!! The teens prepared the trays and served each person restaurant style so they did not have to stand in line like normal.

We received such a blessing serving and plan on going back again! Thanks to Sam Litteral and Jessica Dillon for going with me!!!

BAMBY recently joined several area churches in an Association Lock-in. Eleven teens along with Marty and I attended. The night started at 10:30 pm at 5th Avenue Baptist with some fun and fellowship and “getting to know each other games.”  Following the games, we had a wonderful Praise and Worship service. The Praise band was from BCM and the speaker was the Jacob Eastman, Youth Pastor from Fellowship Baptist. He spoke on CONNECTING with friends and with Christ.

Following worship time, we loaded up the vans and headed down 5th Avenue to “The Cook-out” for milkshakes. Needless to say, we filled the restaurant and enjoyed delicious milkshakes!   Our next journey took us to New Baptist church for 3 hours of Fun and Fellowship. The teens played 9 Square in the Air, Can Jam, Basketball, 4 Square and ended up with a HUGE game of glow in the dark Dodge Ball. We got a surprise when we left New Baptist –SNOW! It was pouring the snow on our drive home but God kept the roads free from ice, PTL!!! Thanks to the donation from a church member which helped us to provide the snacks for all the teens attending!!

Also, thanks so much for the 40+ towels and washcloths the church donated to the mission in February!                                ~~Mitzi Beckett


We gathered Sunday afternoon on Feb. 25 to ordain our new pastor, and two new deacons.

Pastor Greg gave his Statement of Faith, telling how he was saved at church camp as a youth, and affirming his beliefs in Bible truths. Pastor Tim Messinger of Lighthouse Baptist Church then gave the Charge to the Candidate, exhorting him to love God, love His Word, and love His people and His Church. Pastor Jason Salmons of Salt Rock Community Church then gave the Charge to the Church. He asked us to love the Lord, love our neighbors as ourselves, be obedient, and to be faithful, available, and teachable.

Deacon Phil Bartram gave his Statement of Faith, emphasizing that he believes the Bible is the infallible Word of God. Roger Pauley, Phil’s former pastor at Cranberry Baptist Church in Beckley, gave the Charge to the Candidate.

Deacon Ed Braley gave his Statement of Faith, recognizing that he was a sinner saved by grace. His former pastor Winford Curry brought the charge to the candidate, speaking on faith, which he said was the Apostle Paul’s favorite subject.

Pastor Greg than brought the Charge to the Church for the Deacons. He said we should recognize that deacons are not apostles, we should not pressure them for information that should be kept confidential, that we should follow and support them, honor them, and protect them from gossip which would tear them down, and love them.

Deacon’s wife Patty Morrison presented advice to the new deacon’s wives, and Deacon Willie Rose presented Greg, Phil, and Ed with new study Bibles. After the laying on of hands prayer, we enjoyed fellowship and refreshments afterwards. A blessed day.

WOW: The Wild Wonderful Sonlighters met at my house Thurs., Mar. 8 to enjoy breakfast together, and then we taught our two new members to play Mexican Train. We had a good visit together laughing and fellowshipping. Widows, widowers and single people are invited to join us. We usually meet on the second Thursday of each month. Please pray for us.
                                       ~~Alliene Caldwell?


Gene’s Mom, a widow, was a good manager of her ten children. She gave them “must do” jobs when they became able to handle them. One of their first jobs was to take care of the ducks. Their feathers were used for pillows and mattresses. Iva Mae remembered she was assigned to wash the globes and shine them for the oil lamps. She also added the kerosene and trimmed the wicks of the lamps. Gene remembers his assignment was to get up at 5 a.m. to feed the chickens, ducks, pigs, horses and cows, then milk six cows and take the milk to the house. He especially remembers one morning when it was 20 degrees below zero! Then he had to get cleaned up, eat breakfast and be ready to catch the school bus at 8:15 to arrive at Milton High at 9 a.m. All the “country kids” who rode the busses, had our “home room” in the auditorium. Attendance was rising and this was before the new gymnasium was built. Gene and I were able to sit side-by-side and visit in home room. We were dismissed at 4 p.m. We bought our lunch at the Tea Room across Rt. 60. A hot-dog was a nickel, a hamburger was ten cents and a small bottle of pop was five cents.

At that time, Carl, his brother who was two years younger, was assigned the task of bringing in coal and wood for the fireplace and wood for the kitchen stove, and pumping enough buckets of water for every need of the household.

We had the privilege of going to high school because the roads had been improved and slag applied so the busses could get through. Prior to that, one young man rode a horse every day to MHS. Young women had to stay with relatives in Huntington or Milton, or rent a house closer to the school.
                                    ~~Mildred Caldwell

I’m glad You are my Shepherd, Lord,
To keep me day by day.
What other hand could guide my feet
From wandering astray?

What other voice could lure me back
If worldly pleasure call?
What other strength could bear me up
When I so often fall?

And there I cannot chart the course,
Wherever I may roam
I trust the Shepherd of my life
To bring me safely home.


1. Study the BIBLE daily.
2. Study the BIBLE with concentration.
3. Study the BIBLE independently.
4. Study the whole BIBLE.
5. Study the BIBLE as the Word of God.
6. Study the BIBLE prayerfully.
7. Study the BIBLE with definite purpose.
From the October 1964 Newsletter.
Contributed by Luther F. Morrison.


Church Mailing Address  P.O. Box 247, Ona, WV 25545
Church Physical Address  3750 Edmonds Branch Rd
Church Telephone   304-743-5854
Church Home Page
Church Office Hours   Tues. - Fri., 9 am – 1 pm
Interim Pastor Greg Lunsford.
Home phone 304 743-9315
Cell phone 304 638-0276
(Greg also has a Facebook page)
Mail: Rt. 2 Box 54, Milton, WV 25541
Newsletter information can be phoned to Church Secretary Jo Ross at the Church Office during office hours, or e-mailed to by Thursday at 1 pm.

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(photo taken after Cantata from balcony by Susan McComas)



I couldn't resist including this picture of the grand finale of the Guyandotte Association Day Camp, 2005.
Besides what you see, there were booths set up for the full length of the Dining Hall porch, and the Barboursville Fire Department
brought their "Smoke House" trailer and taught our children what to do in case of a fire.


(note: Pictures of current activities can often be seen on the weekly bulletin page.
Click here to see the current worship bulletin.)