P 0 BOX 247
ONA, WV 25545

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)


Have you questioned God lately? I have, and do, multiple times a day, every day. I questioned Him about His Word, His Will, His plans for my life, my family, our church and church family. If I don’t ask I don’t get answers. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t await a phone call or expect to hear His voice booming out of the heavens with answers. I find them in the Bible, His precious Word. You can do the same. We are not left in darkness to struggle along.  We have the light as guide.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:6 - For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
When we question God, what are we truly questioning? We are questioning the closeness of our relationship to Him. There are questions I ask my closest friends, that I would not ask mere acquaintances. If we are just casual friends with Him, we cannot expect to ask and have answered clearly our most difficult questions. Therefore, in questioning God, we learn more about Him and ourselves and begin to establish more than a creator/creation relationship, we develop a Father and son or daughter relationship in which we can pour out our hopes and dreams, our hurts and heartaches and know that God’s promises never, ever, fail.
The Bible contains the greatest source of wisdom, instruction and education ever written and yet, when we fail to fully embrace it as God’s revealed Word to us, we acknowledge that our relationship with God isn’t as close as it should be, and therefore we do not fully grasp the wisdom contained within. That is when we question God through gritted teeth and shaking fist revealing to ourselves, and often the world around us, just how far we are from God.       Pastor Greg Lunsford


Special Singing Nightly
VBS for children Oct. 14-17
Nursery provided nightly
Elevator available
Ample Parking
You will be warmly welcomed. Come and bring a friend.


August 5    182
August 12  148
August 19  157
August 26  177
                4)664(166 average


Mary Lunsford, Sept. 21, 84
Patty Dailey, Sept. 29, 80
Bill Ryder, Oct. 1, 82
Gladys Burns, Oct. 2, 82
Fred Lunsford, Oct. 10, 84


Garry & Carol Woody, Oct. 8, 53 yrs.
Keith & Diana Cooper, Oct. 14, 52 yrs.
Russell & Barbara Blake, Oct. 14, 56 yrs.


Willing Workers SS Class        $40.00
Mr. Anonymous (O.S.)            $100.00

THANK YOU for your generous support.


WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
September – Obadiah
October – I Corinthians

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

I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.                  ~~Billy Graham

Thank you: The day of Aug. 10th was very sad indeed but the day of Aug. 19th was a sad and joyful day as Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church helped us to grieve and remember the kind and compassionate woman we had. The service was done very well. The burial also. Thank you for it all and the fellowship and food. So many great cooks! You helped us a great deal.
Kenny & Paula Clagg, for the family of Irene Clagg. (They enclosed a donation to the church in honor and in memory of her.)

Thank you: Mom loved her church family at Beulah Ann. She also wanted to share the Gospel, so your donation of Gideon Bibles in her memory was so appropriate. Thank you also for the delicious family meal provided to us.
Reba Clagg Anderson (Irene Clagg)

Thank you for all the calls, cards, letters and texts during Mom’s illness and passing, and to all who brought food and the wonderful dinner and fellowship after the funeral.
Love and Prayers for you all.
Bruce, Peggy, Brent, Terri, and Brian,
the family of Ann Chapman.

Thank you for all that attended, helped, donated to, and prayed for our auction. God blessed us with the funds to finish our Fellowship Hall so we can use it to help and reach the people of our community.
Love and prayers, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Pastor Tim and Kandi Messinger

Thank you, Beulah Ann Members, so much for the generous donations this summer to our food pantry. As we begin another school year, we’re blessed to have your continued support. Thanks again!
Sincerely, Tracy Urian,
CMHS Counselor

Thank you: First of all, I want to thank the Lord for giving me 85 years on this beautiful earth.  A big thank you to my children and grandchildren for making my birthday so special; I love you. To my church family, friends and neighbors, thank you!  Thank you for the cards and gifts and for helping to make this a birthday I will always remember. I love all of you!                                         Peggy Neal

PS: Mitzi would like to thank everyone for helping keep the secret!

Thank you: How can I say thank you to all those family and friends who have helped me through the devastating disease called myasthenia Gravis! It has taken over my life as I knew it. It affects every muscle in my body and especially affects my eyesight. Thank you for your prayers, cards, flowers and the plentiful food you have brought, and especially your visits. Things get boring at times.
                                    Mildred Caldwell


ANTHONY BARKER, 46, of Proctorville, OH, whose funeral was Sept. 7. He was a co-worker of Danny Morrison.

AUDREY LEE CLAGG BLAKE, 88, of Columbus, who died Sept. 9. She was a sister of Tommy Clagg.

MARK ALAN BRUNER, 52, of Huntington, whose funeral was Sept. 5. He was a stepson of Steve Wooten, and friend of Ray Scarberry.

JULIA ANNA “ANN” DALY CHAPMAN, 78, of Ona, whose funeral was Aug. 20. She was the mother of Bruce (Peggy) Chapman, Brent (Terri) Chapman, and Brian Chapman, and sister of Edna Booten. She was a faithful member of the church and a lifetime member and on the Board of Directors of the Ona Volunteer Fire Department.

CAROL CONRAD, 63, of Linden, Michigan, who died Sept. 9. She was the sister of Patricia Hammar, and aunt of Erika Klose.

ROGER CHARLES FETTY, 66, of Milton, whose memorial service was Aug. 28. He was a son of Earl Fetty, and brother of Ronnie and Randy Fetty, and Nona Rimmer. He was a US Army Veteran, and boarded and trained show horses.

LEONARD ODELL KIRK, 72, of Syracuse, Utah, who died Oct. 23. (We have just learned of his passing.) He was the brother of the late Sandy Kirk Booton, and uncle of Eddy Booton. He was a US Air Force Veteran, and was inducted into the Utah Softball Hall of Fame.

RONALD WATTS, 76, of Lesage, who died Aug. 18. He was a cousin of Roger Kingery.

RICHARD “BUD” WISEMAN, 82, of Zion Mountain, WV, whose funeral was Sept. 8. He was a brother of Ruby Young.


Gail Wetherholt presented herself for membership on Aug. 19, by transfer of letter. Michelle Radcliff came forward for membership on Aug. 26, on Christian Experience. We welcome these lovely ladies!


Sun., Sept. 16 – JESUS KIDS 2018 season resumes with a practice at 6 pm. Open to 1st thru 5th graders.

Tues., Sept. 18, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Tues., Sept. 18, 6:30 pm – Lessons of Love Series, “Financial Peace”,1st session, Family Center. It is a nine-week program, facilitated by Duane Adkins.

Sat., Sept. 22, 6:30 pm – Children’s Ministries will go to the races.
Sun., Sept. 23, 7 pm – Children’s Ministry Awards.

Tues., Sept. 25, 6:30 pm – Lessons of Love Series, “Financial Peace,” 2nd session, Family Center.

Thurs., Sept. 27, - Guyandotte Baptist Association Annual Meeting, 5th Ave. Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (in the back). Light dinner at 6 pm, followed by the meeting around 7 pm. Our voting delegates are Pastor Greg Lunsford, Sunday School Superintendent Tom McComas, Duane Adkins, Jim Ross, Jo Ross, and alternates Jeanne Lunsford and Connie Chapman. Everyone is welcome. It is a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with friends from our sister churches.

Fri., - Sun., Sept.  28 - Sept. 30 – Fall Camp–a–Rama at Beech Fork State Park. Even if you are not camping, you are welcome to dinner on Saturday night. See Erin Carter for more information.

Sat., Sept 29, 4 pm - Premiere of “Restore: A movie About Faith, Family, and Relationships.” This movie was produced by First Capital Christian Church in Corydon, Indiana. It was directed and filmed by Tyler Sansom. This movie is a free event at Missio Dei Church in Pullman Square in Huntington.

Sun., Sept. 30, 7 pm – 5th Sunday Sing and Fellowship with “Forgiven.”

Sun., Sept. 30, 7 pm – Children’s Ministries Quarterly Birthday Party.

Sat., Oct. 6, 10 am – 10 pm – Teen Retreat at Camp Ona, for 6th grade and up. All are welcome, and bring a friend!

Sun.-Fri., Oct. 14-19, 7 pm – Fall Revival, with Pastor C.J. Adkins.

Sun.-Wed., Oct. 14-17, 7 pm – Mini-VBS “Rescue Zone.”

Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-20 – WVBC Annual Meeting at South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Wed., Oct. 30, 8:15 pm – Circle of Treats, in the Family Center.


We reported earlier that our July project to help buy school supplies for children who needed them at Ona Elementary School had raised $285. Well, even though that project was over, in August we received another $250 for them!

Our project for August was the Salvation Army, and we contributed $235 to them.

Our September project is for funds to ship our Love in a Shoebox this fall. It costs $9.00 to ship a box, and we like to send lots of boxes, so we hope you can give generously to this cause. Just write LS on the memo line of your check.

ABWM Community Outreach Project from now through Oct. 7: We are collecting 13-gallon kitchen trash bags, UNSCENTED, preferably drawstring, for Lily’s Place in Huntington. They care for newborn babies that are born addicted to drugs because of their mother’s drug abuse. If you would like to participate, a collection basket is in the foyer.


It’s Back to School Time for our children. Please pray for them. We had a Back to School Bash on Sunday night August 26 for the kids. We ate and then had a cool devotion from Kara on how our lives can spin out of control like a fidget spinner. We need to let God take control in our lives. Of course, they all received fidget spinners to take home to remind them of this. They also received small backpacks with several school/lunch related items. We had our monthly awards upstairs honoring those who have said this month’s Bible verse. Then it was outside for fun and games and WATER. Lots of WATER!! Kids and adults had fun and a special thank you to Napier’s for the use of their yard.

On September 9, we honored our Grandparents with a special power point and special gift. We love our Mama’s and Papa’s. Then at 6 pm we began our Jesus Kids fall/winter season. We invite all kids 1st – 5th grade who like to sing to attend.

Bring your child, grandchild, niece or nephew to our Children’s Ministry. We will love them and teach them about our JESUS.
                            Children’s Ministry Team


July 9 – July 13, 2018

We praise God for his many blessings. This year was a year of firsts. The music portion for Day Camp was provided by several young ladies from Susannah Baptist Church Youth group.  The Huntington City Mission Day Camp group under the direction of Chad Clark joined us for the week. We made changes to the Staff positions. All of these changes presented their own challenges but God was in control. He certainly poured his blessings on the Camp.

We started on Monday with 117 in attendance.
The Campers enjoyed the Bible lessons and visits from different Bible characters, Music, Crafts, Hikes and recreation activities.
A special Thank You to Milton Baptist, New Baptist, Good Hope, and Union Baptist who have provided the lunches for the last 20 years of camp. We Praise God for their support.

Honored on the last day of Camp were the fifth-grade group with ribbons for attendance.  Special trophies were given to Abigail Childers and Cameron Jackson for faithful attendance for 5 years.

We planted the seed. Several made decisions of Faith when they went to their home churches.   God is so GOOD.
                                        Becky Childers


ECCHO, the food and clothing pantry for Eastern Cabell County, is having to update their fire alarm system with modern safety equipment to meet Fire Marshall requirements. The project will cost around $5,000, and they are reaching out to all their supporters for donations. If you can help, please make your check to Beulah Ann and mark it for ECCHO Fire Alarm System. Or you can send your donation directly to them at ECCHO, 1038 Smith Street, Milton, WV 25541. Let them know if you want a tax receipt. Thank you.

They tell me to get in shape. Round is a shape.

The main function of the little toe on your foot is to make sure all the furniture in the house is in place.

Today I smiled, and all at once
Things didn’t look so bad.
Today I shared with someone else
A bit of hope I had.
Today I sang a little song
And felt my heart grow light,
And walked a happy little mile,
With not a cloud in sight.
Today I worked with what I had,
Nor longed for any more,
And what had seemed like only weeds,
Were flowers at my door.
Today I lived a little more,
Complained a little less,
And in the giving of myself,
Forgot my weariness.
(Author unknown)


To P. J. Noble and Stephanie Lunsford on their Sept. 15th wedding here at the church.
P. J. is the son of Joe and Phyllis Noble.

To Pastor Greg Lunsford for earning his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University on August 6. His hard work paid off!


Our quarterly ABWM Love Gift Devotion that we share with the church on a Wednesday night was on Aug. 22. Love Gift Chairperson Erika Klose taught us that the act of putting our coins in our boxes helps us remember the blessings of God, just as the fringes on the clothing of the Israelites were to remind them of God’s commandments (Numbers 15:38-40). Thank you for your offering of $346.48. Every penny will help advance God’s kingdom.

Our new praise choir, “Blessings,” sang for us the morning of Aug. 26. They began with “Welcome to the House of the Lord,” which was written by John Darin Rowsey. All their song selections were wonderful, and we enjoyed a duet between grandmother and granddaughter Judy Lawson and Jessica Jarvis, as well as solos by Erin Carter, Amanda France, and Marc Chapman. Well done!

The bulletin said Kim Miller and Erika Klose would bring the special music in the evening on Aug. 26. But we were surprised when they brought their little neighbor, Sammy, 4 yrs. old, and stood him on a chair to sing along. He did so good, enthusiastically singing “Just Give Me Jesus!”

We enjoyed more good singing throughout the next weeks, with young Ethan France surprising us with his poise and his great voice Sept. 2, singing “Jesus is Calling,” followed by Bethany Beckett, who always does a wonderful job. She really touched hearts with her rendition of “Don’t that Sound Like Heaven?” Then on Wednesday night, Jim O’Lynn, who hadn’t sung for us since he suddenly lost his hearing in the summer, stepped out on faith and sang beautifully, “I Will Never Walk Alone.” Right on pitch, Jim.

What a blessing that everyone can see and hear our special music after every service on Facebook, courtesy of Jim Morrison. He seldom misses anything! Thank you, Jim, you are very much appreciated.


Bobby Bowen, missionary to Uganda with Global Outreach, has been welcomed to join the outreach endeavors of HOCDA (Hope Orphans Community Development Association), which is a faith-based organization in Jinja that reaches out to the most vulnerable, neglected members of the Ugandan culture. It began as an outreach to orphans, but now also includes elderly, widowed, disabled and handicapped. They hope to improve their quality of life and give them opportunities to become self-sufficient to be able to provide for their families. Working with 45 village groups, they give training and create income-generating projects. HOCDA also provides school supplies to 200 orphans in ten local primary schools in the Jinja district, relieving financial burdens on extended family members to provide for children that have been incorporated into their homes due to the death or desertion of parents.

Bobby feels blessed to be a small part of this wonderful work to show the love of Christ to people in remote rural areas that do not have access to the most basic needs. You can contact her at

For those in the path of Hurricane Florence:

“Till the storm passes over
Till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the skies
Hold me fast, let me stand
In the hollow of thy hand
Keep me safe
Till the storm passes by.”
                                     ~~ Mosie Lister

(An archive of the August, 2018 Newsletter follows)


“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” PROVERBS 2:1-5
School is back in session! Busses will be returning to our roads and traffic around the schools will be picking up. Be safe and watch out for others, especially the little ones as they cross the roads and streets. This brings me to the question of this article: when is school out? When are we all free from learning?
This proverb instructs men and women to engage in learning but it never instructs us to stop. We are to continually search God’s Word for his nuggets of wisdom and ways of life. There are lessons contained within the covers of the Bible which we all need to learn yet too often we fail to dig deep enough to properly mine them. It is important that we take the time to read our Bible. It is filled with Spiritual truth, scientific and historical fact and no better true-to-life adventure has ever been penned. It is the most complete book of wisdom and knowledge ever conceived, written and available to mankind. With so much going for it and such tremendous wealth contained inside, it’s surprising how few people really take the time to engage with it. There’s a difference between reading your Bible and engaging. You can read the text on the page but to engage means to not only read it but to study, meditate and pray about it. School is back in session. Are you seeking the knowledge of God?
                  Pastor Greg Lunsford


July 1    151
July 8    142
July 15  158
July 22  137
July 29  142
           5)730(146 average


Irene Chapman, Sept. 3, 97
Peggy Neal, Sept. 4, 85
Ray Scarberry, Sept. 7, 81


Charles & Pat Markin, Sept. 3, 53 yrs.
Jim & Marcella O’Lynn, Sept. 6, 64 yrs.
Bill & Joyce Ryder, Sept. 9, 63 yrs.


Willing Workers SS Class                 $20.00
Anonymous thru church treasury    $25.00
Anonymous writes, “In memory of Bobby Wheeler, who would have been 86 on August 13. Bobby always looked forward to helping get the newsletters mailed each month.”
Vivian Collins                                     $25.00
Vivian writes, “Thank you so much for sending me the church letter down here (Wilmington, NC). I am living with my grandson Stephen and his 3½ yr. old twins. I love it down here but I do miss everyone at Ona. Tell everyone I said hello and keep me in their prayers.”

THANK YOU for your generous support.


WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
August – II Kings
September - Obadiah

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


To Greg and Joleen Kirby on their Sept. 16, 2016 wedding in Jamaica. Welcome Joleen to the USA, and welcome to Joleen’s son and Cameron’s new step-brother, Jay, who will be entering Cabell Midland High School.


In July, we raised $285 to help buy school supplies for children who need them at Ona Elementary. We love our community school!

Our project for August is the Salvation Army, who help in so many ways, and who are always among first on the scene during disasters. Just write “SA” on the memo line of your check.

THANK YOU to my Church Family,
Thank you for all your sympathy and caring.
                           JoAnn Jordan and Family

THANK YOU NEWSLETTER VOLULNTEERS - Normally, this letter is printed on a Thursday and assembled, labeled, counted and mailed on a Friday. Last month, on July 12, I had printed all but two pages when I received the news my sister Susan had taken my Mom (Mildred Caldwell) to the ER. They assured me she was ok and they were just in the usual waiting pattern in the ER and Mom would want me to finish the letter. I frantically finished the printing before heading to the hospital.

In the meantime, I learned that my uncle, Junior Rider, was also in the hospital. His daughter Kim graciously prints our mailing labels each month, but she was at his bedside.

So, when the “newsletter work party,” a faithful group of volunteers who do the work on Friday met, we had no labels, so we could only do the folding. As soon as that was done, I returned to the hospital.

Thankfully, both Junior and Mom began to get better, and Kim was able to print the labels the following week. (Thank you, Kim.) Also, many thanks to Ruth Caldwell, Clara Zerkle and others who got the work party back together a week later without me and finished the labeling and counting job. Then Church Secretary Debbie Sansom, with only telephone instructions from me from the hospital, completed the somewhat difficult US Post Office mailing form on the computer, and took the letters to the Post Office. So, sorry your letter was late last month, but we really did have a pretty good excuse. MANY THANKS TO ALL THESE WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS.  MANY THANKS FOR ALL THE PRAYERS FOR MOM.          Jo Ross, Editor


SADIE CLAUDINE CLAGG, 76, of Milton, whose funeral was July 24. She was a friend of Ray Scarberry.

RUBY HELEN JOHNSON, 87, of Culloden, whose funeral was July 26. She was a sister of Phil Young.

DEWEY ANDREY JORDAN, 76, of Milton, whose funeral was July 25. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jo Ann, three daughters and eight grandchildren. He worked at ACF Industries 34 years. He was a faithful member of our church, and friend to all.

MARK CARTER, JR., 99, of Lesage, whose funeral was Aug. 3. He was the husband of Ray Scarberry’s cousin, the late Jewel Carter.

JACKIE JOBE, 67, who died August 3. He was a cousin of Rick Sansom.

IRENE CLAGG, 87, of Ona, who passed away Aug. 8. She was a long-time member of the church and the widow of Gene Clagg. She is survived by her daughter Reba Anderson, and sons James, Rodney and Kenneth Clagg, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sister Juanita Nance.  She was a “Rosie the Riveter” and a member of Gideon’s International Auxiliary.

PAUL DAVIS 48, of Barboursville, WV, whose funeral was Sat., Aug.11. He was a son of Shirley Cyrus Davis, and a friend to many of our church.


Chris Watson has brought a project to our attention that will enable us to help our Veterans, and it won’t cost us anything!

In 130 VA Hospitals and convalescent centers across the USA, Veterans of war from WW II through current trouble spots in the world, there are men and women who face a problem we may not have considered – idleness, which leads to boredom, loneliness and depression.

Stamps for the Wounded, sponsored by the Lion’s Club, provides cancelled stamps for the Veterans to work with. Even bed-ridden or withdrawn patients find interest in soaking and mounting stamps in albums, or making greeting cards from them, or decorating boxes.

Please save cancelled stamps you receive in your mail, US or foreign. Cut them out with a ½ inch border to make them easier to work with. No torn or damaged stamps, please.

Chris has provided a collection box in the front foyer. Please help if you can.


Tues., Aug. 21, 10 am – Sew Blest in Family Center.

Wed., Aug. 22, 6 pm - Blessings Practice (Praise choir).

Wed., Aug. 22, 7 pm – Love Gift Program. Please bring your offering. Thanks.

Thurs., Aug. 23, 7 pm – Lessons of Love #2 Estate Planning, follow-up, Family Center.

Sun., Aug. 26, 12 to 4 pm - Weirton Christian Center invites us to Open House at their newly completed building on Ivy Street in Weirton. Dedication service at 2:30 pm. (This is the building we helped make possible!)

Sun., Aug. 26, 5 pm - Blessings Practice (Praise choir).

Sun., Aug. 26, 6 pm – Children’s Ministries will have their annual “Back to School Party” in the Family Center.

Wed., Sept. 5, 5:45 pm – Wednesday Night Fellowship Suppers resume with a BBQ dinner.

Mon. – Wed., Sept. 10- Sept. 12: Fall Golden’eers Retreat at Parchment Valley.

Tues., Sept.18, 6 pm: GBA ABWM Fall Rally at Barboursville Baptist Church.

Sun., Sept. 19 – JESUS KIDS 2018 season resumes with a practice at 6 pm. Open to 1st thru 5th graders.

THANK YOU, trustees, for the new air conditioning in the back of the church. For years, the front of the church has benefited from air conditioning, but it did not quite reach the back rows. Now, everybody is equally cool! It is impossible to get the temperature right for everyone, so we are seeing a few more shawls and sweaters, but that’s ok!

If you watch a game, it’s fun.
If you play it, it’s recreation.
If you work at it, it’s golf.
                                Bob Hope?


We were Shipwrecked, alone on a deserted island July 15-20, but we learned that Jesus rescues in every situation!

Ok, we weren't really shipwrecked, just pretending for Vacation Bible School. But through lessons, songs and games, we really did learn that Jesus rescues. We averaged 62 kids, 30 teens and 40 adult helpers each night. The kids played games, ate snacks, sang songs, created art and, most importantly, learned about Jesus. Our regular kids plus a lot of new ones attended. We even have our friends who come to our VBS every year from other churches. They said they would not miss a Beulah Ann VBS. Several of them have moved to the Teen VBS, and they love it, too.

Many volunteered each night, and some helped so much before VBS even began. From decorating to preparing crafts to preparing the snacks to getting the outside games ready, so many people helped we would be afraid to mention all of them for fear of forgetting someone. We say "Thank you!" to them. But five people we definitely want to thank are the Bible lesson teachers. Sunday night was Jeanne Lunsford; Monday night was our own Pastor Greg Lunsford; Tuesday night was Angie Chapman; Wednesday night was Kim Miller; and our last lesson was taught by April Holley. They all did an outstanding job presenting the Bible story.

During Wednesday night's closing, everyone held up glow sticks to signal that we all need rescued. Pastor Greg told all the kids how Jesus could rescue them from their sins, and several children came forward during the invitation. We had 2 confirmed salvation decisions during VBS! Thank you, Lord!

Throughout the week, children and adults shared their God sightings and patched our torn sail to get us off the island. We also worked together all week to bring in money to plant seeds in Haiti through Operation Kid-to-Kid. Together we gathered $233, enough to send seeds to Haiti that will feed 23 kids for a year. Those seeds will be sent with the Gospel message, so those same kids will know that their true hope and rescue comes from Jesus Christ.

Then Friday evening was our Family Carnival Day. The kids practiced their songs for the VBS program. Then our snack team prepared carnival type food for everyone. Delicious!! The inflatables were up, and we had a Slip n Slide but the rain postponed that event. Everyone still had fun.

During the VBS program July 22, children sang songs they learned, so our whole church and visiting families would know that Jesus rescues. Then we all watched a slide show created by John Hagley of pictures that he and Pauletta Wallace had taken throughout the week. Wow! We had some messy fun!

Thanks again very much to all who helped to make this Vacation Bible School one of the best ever!                      Children’s Ministry Team


We had a wonderful turnout in both sessions for our Estate Planning LESSONS of LOVE. While several had already taken the steps necessary to prepare Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Wills, there was lively discussion and a great sense of just how important these matters are to insure one’s wishes are carried out if and when the time comes that one is unable to make those decisions for themselves.

We want to thank Milton attorney, Ron Flora, for graciously providing our evening session with an excellent presentation. We also want to thank Gina Flora for her hand in making the arrangement. We are blessed and thankful for your assistance.

Finally, there will be a follow-up class August 23 to insure those who’ve begun the process of preparing these important documents do not get bogged down or just put them aside and forget about them. If you haven’t prepared please feel free to attend this follow-up class.  It is too important a matter to leave undone. May God bless you and keep you!

LESSONS of LOVE #3 - Dave Ramsey’s FINANCIAL PEACE will be in September, date to be announced.
                               Pastor Greg

I dusted once. It came back. I’m not falling for that again.


Several members of the church journeyed to Lancaster, PA, in July to witness the stage production of “JESUS.” In a word: PHENOMENAL! The action was non-stop (except for the brief intermission) and the actors were great. It was a moving experience for the group and some found their eyes leaking on multiple occasions.

Of course, the group enjoyed some great fellowship around the dinner table and then had another tremendous experience during a Chalk Talk presentation at Elva’s Barnyard Studio. The amazing artistic demonstration concluded with a finished chalk drawing, A Glimpse of Heaven, which will be framed and put on display in the church.

We would especially like to thank Jared Childers for obtaining the use of the bus from Christ Temple Church in Huntington, as well as driving us up, back and all around Lancaster.
Those who went had a great time and we look forward to another trip in the future with an even bigger cast. As the PowerPoint often points out - you don’t know what you’ll miss when you’re not here! You missed a real blessing.  If you have the opportunity to go to the Sight & Sound Theater - Go!  “JESUS” is awesome, and so is the play!
              Pastor Greg


VBS week is one of the best weeks of the year! It is always filled with fun, fellowship and most importantly, Bible teachings from God’s Word. This year was no exception as the teens learned of “Super-Heroes” of the Bible.  There were so many heroes to choose from! Our lessons focused on Daniel, who did not conform to the world but stayed true to his God; Esther, who put her life on the line for her people; David, who faced a giant that everyone else ran from and did it because of his faith in God; Paul, a persecutor of Christians who was converted and after proving himself as a Christian, never let his faith falter as he led many to Christ and the Most Important one -JESUS, the only Super- hero the world needs! Luke 19:10 tells us, “The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost,” and that promise still rings true today!!

We averaged 31 teens and 4 adults each night! Thanks so much to the parents who helped provide the meals for the teens and to those who helped in any way! A special thanks to Karen Caldwell for help in the kitchen and with the craft projects and to Chris Black for overseeing the games and keeping them fun and messy!

Thursday night, we stepped back from our craft projects and made 52 Blessing Bags for the homeless. Each backpack was filled with a towel, washcloth, soap, deodorant, tissues, a comb, socks, chap stick, toothbrush, toothpaste, travel size shampoo and conditioner, and most importantly a tract with the Plan of Salvation. During our Sunday night VBS program, it was such a blessing to see the bags line the aisle of the church and piled at the altar to be prayed over by our Pastor and church members. I probably received the biggest blessing when I got to deliver them the next day. The Huntington City Mission was thrilled to receive them and very thankful.
Thanks so much to the church who helped supply the items for the bags as well as the backpacks! This was truly an act of love from our teens and our church.  We also began the process of making fleece blankets for the mission and will deliver them in the fall.

We can’t leave out our post VBS outing of bowling! About 18 teens joined us at Strike
Zone for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, bowling and pizza.
                                     Mitzi Beckett


On July 22, Pricilla Gray, friend of Ruben and Saundra Adkins, and Kevin Knick, friend of the Jerry Johnson family, and Ellie Foster, 7 yr.-old daughter of Jason and Mary Foster, were baptized by Pastor Greg. Then on July 29, Bryce Chapman, 7 yr.-old son of Chad and Jennifer Chapman and grandson of David and Linda Chapman was baptized, and Beckett Wallace, 10 yr.-old son of Jon and Heather Wallace, grandson of Marty and LeeAnn Beckett, great-grandson of Dick and Pat Grass, was baptized also. Welcome to all these wonderful folks!

There’s a new name written down in glory, and it’s mine! Oh yes, it’s mine!


In 1923, a wealthy citizen of Huntington, Fred C. Prichard, having no children of his own, established the Prichard School in Ona, where “helpless and underprivileged children could receive suitable protection, education and training where they might be able to cope in their future years.”  Mr. Prichard built and equipped the majestic building that still stands at the top of the hill on Prichard Road in Ona.

Mr. Prichard had equipped the farm to be self-sustaining to the best of his ability. The wooden dam at Howell’s Mill was replaced with a concrete dam from 8 to 10 feet thick to furnish electricity for his buildings and a few homes in the area. During dry times, a generator would provide power. The mill was moved back toward the hill and farmers still took their corn and wheat for processing.

Two young ladies, Miss Kathleen Kennedy and Miss Louise Ash, from the south, had been hired by Mr. Prichard to be Matrons to oversee all the 22 (eventually 50) children’s needs and business concerns.

But the Great Depression wiped out Mr. Prichard’s income from coal mines, his hotel (the Prichard Hotel in Huntington) and other investments. He wept as he told “Ma Kathleen and Ma Louise” that news. This left them without a penny of support, yet they stayed on the job because of their faith in “Divine approval.” Dr. Carl Prichard, Fred’s brother, stepped in with assistance, and Presbyterian Churches of the area, The Pilot Club, other civic groups and individuals brought in money, clothing and other necessities.

Miss Kennedy and Miss Ash welcomed the community to their spacious building for Sunday School on Sunday afternoons. It was well attended, and I remember that every Sunday we sang, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” At times there were parties and dinners. Gene and I and others from the community were in plays that were well attended. I was privileged to take piano lessons for a while from “Miss Ruth” on the Grand Piano in the auditorium. I also remember walking with my cousins to Sunday School there. Precious memories!

Still standing, just around the bend from Pastor Paul’s parsonage, is a stone house with a red roof, which used to be the milk house, which was built with 19-inch blocks. In winter, ice was cut from Mud River and placed in a section of the building to keep the milk cold. Gene loved to go there in the summer and drink ice-cold, rich milk. When the ice melted, they had to buy 100# blocks from the ice house at Milton or Barboursville. Other farm buildings and pasture land completed the farm.

Many years later, new owners raised the rent, so Prichard School had to move to smaller quarters, first to a large farm on Newman’s Branch near Milton, then to the big house they called “Twill Do” on top of Burdette Hill on Howell’s Mill Road, now owned by Jerry Rose.
     Mildred Caldwell


Simcha and Bella Davidov paid their annual visit on Sunday, July 29. They had a new Power Point which provided a wealth of information about Israel. They reported they have some new believers, and they sang for us as well. It is our privilege to support their difficult work on a monthly basis. We also gave them a generous love offering for their US travels.

That same evening, we enjoyed our 5th Sunday Night Sing, welcoming Reclaim Worship, a band of young people who brought wonderful songs. Scotty Holley’s brother-in-law Mike Holley is the drummer for the group.

Homecoming was wonderful, with Pastor Greg bringing the message, with some of his Milton High School 30th Reunion classmates in attendance. Grace Abounds brought blessings in the form of beautiful songs. Well done, ladies. And we had a good crowd for dinner.

The Willing Workers Sunday School Class is always willing to help. Among other things, within the last few weeks, they have given $100 for Ona school supplies, bought two new top-of-the-line highchairs for the Family Center, and given $100 to Youth Ministries for their project to buy new toys for children at the Hoops Children’s Hospital at Cabell-Huntington. We thank you for your generous spirit.

Our own Tyler Sansom, son of Rick and Debbie Sansom, came back home on vacation from his ministry in Indiana, and preached and sang for us Aug. 12. Great job, we are proud of you! You gave us a lot to think about “scars.”


We have received an invitation to attend the dedication and open house of the new Weirton Christian Center building on Ivy Street in Weirton on August 29, 2018.

Director Kim Weaver writes:
“We are so blessed to have so many people over the last three years contribute to the Build-A-Building Project! Our vision has become reality and we could not have done it without the support and prayers of so many of you receiving this email! Whether you are part of church that donated financially, or a small ABW Group that prayed for us on a regular basis, we truly appreciate you! This ministry is only possible and has only survived the last Century because of the faithfulness of our WV Baptist Family. THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!!

As we go into our second century, we are looking for some increases in operating expenses as we have a much larger - but energy-efficient building. Until we are able to sell our existing property downtown, we will have double utilities to cover. Please be in prayer that a local group of churches will be able to purchase the property and continue ministry to our downtown community - with bible studies, recovery meetings, food services, resources and more. The plan is in the works but we need your prayers.”

Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. “You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.” “Why? Who’s going to stop me?” Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, “See those two men standing by the door? They’re hushers.”


Children’s Ministries needs more helpers. If you can help in the baby nursery one Sunday morning or evening service each month, please see Meredith Crawford or Boo Meadows. If you are interested in being a teacher for the grade-school-age children one Sunday/Wednesday service each month, please see Kara Litteral or Boo Meadows.

Anyone interested in helping with the Sound System, please see Jim Ross. We need to have a few more people trained to use the system in order to have all services covered in case of illness or other appointments. Thank you.


The Guyandotte Baptist Association Day Camp celebrated 20 years on July 12, 2018 with a Cookout for the campers and their families.
Four of the first day camp staff were in attendance, three of which have served on all 20 Day Camps. What a Blessing to work with these servants of the Lord. Memories and stories were shared from the past Day Camps.
Thank You to all the volunteers and Jared & Mark Childers for their help to make the Celebration a success.        Becky Childers


I don’t let the troubles
Of life get me down,
For I know that my Lord
Will soon turn things around.
I’ve learned to be patient
And hold to His hand.
I know through it all
My God has a plan.
I’ve learned not to lean
To my own thought and ways,
For He is the Author
Of all my days.
(Author unknown,
contributed by Mary Reed)

One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.                                        G. Welcher?


Dr. Mike Sisson Installed as Executive Minister: The installation service was in Gassaway, WV, on July 14. Dr. Lee Spitzer, General secretary of the American Baptist Churches, USA, led the service. Dr. Sisson shared that he has a desire to serve and a passion for helping churches reach the lost for Christ. He said, “We stand on the precipice of a great movement of God. Pray! Dream! Expect to see God at work!”

After the retirement of Dr. David Carrico, Dr. Sisson began his tenure April 1, having served previously as Senior Pastor of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church and Sutton Baptist Church, and has an Adjunct Professor for Palmer Theological Seminary.

Arkell Called to Serve as Southwest Area Minister: Rev. Evan Arkell was called to be Southwest Area Minister, beginning July 1. His area includes these Associations: Coal River, Guyandotte, Kanawha Valley, Logan-Mingo, Teays Valley and Twelve Pole. Evan is the son of Carol Arkell and step-son of Howard Meadows. He formerly served as Pastor of Barboursville Baptist Church.

Southwest Area News: Lunsford Ordained at Beulah Ann Missionary: Greg Lunsford, Pastor, BAMBC (Guyandotte) was ordained to the Gospel Ministry on Feb. 25. Two new deacons were also ordained at this time, Phil Bartram and Ed Braley. He is married to Jeanne Nobel Lunsford, and they have a 12-year-old son, Luke. Greg is working on attaining his Master’s Degree in Theological from Liberty University.

To subscribe to the WV Baptist Newsletter, see Debbie Sansom or Jo Ross.


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.)