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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)


PROVERBS 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Mildred Caldwell was friendly. As a result, she had many friends. When she created the church newsletter sixty-two years ago, she was being friendly to those who could not or would not come to church. Her desire was to provide a link to the goings on in the church. Her friendly gesture of love continues to keep others up-to-date and connected. Her impact on our community may never be fully understood by us. However, on July 22, 2019, I believe her Christian love and service were fully acknowledged by that “friend that sticketh closer than a brother,” our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I’ve heard many “Mildred” stories over the past few weeks and each one demonstrates her love and compassion for others. She was always kind to me. In fact, the very first Sunday school lesson I taught at Beulah Ann was in her class. To say I was nervous to stand before such a well-read, godly group of men and women would be an understatement. On her way out of class, she patted me on the forearm and said, “You did a real good job.” She was a tremendous encouragement to me. I will miss her soft-spoken nuggets of wisdom and advice.
Mildred modeled Christian love, friendliness, and compassion. It would be wise for all who knew her to adopt her model, which embodied the life and teachings of Jesus. She gave of herself to fulfill the Great Commission. She sent the gospel message into the world through the newsletter. She is proof that one doesn’t have to be a traveling missionary, pulpit pounding evangelist, or hard-headed pastor to be obedient to Christ’s commands. She loved the Lord. She loved His people. She loved everyone. She loves you still.                                                                      ~~Pastor Greg Lunsford

Note from the editor: Our July issue was delayed due to the passing of our beloved retired editor. This is a July-August issue, and some of this news is a little old. Thank you for your love and understanding.


June  2  170
June  9  160
June 16 157
June 23 170
June 30 138
           5)795(159 average

July   4  139
July 14  139
July 21  152
July 28  139
         4)569(142 average

Libby Burks, July 18, 91
Alfred Burns, July 19, 87
Jim O’Lynn, July 29, 84
Shirley Perego, August 8, 81
Earl Fetty, August 9, 94
Irene Chapman, Sept. 3, 98
Peggy Neal, Sept. 4, 86
Ray Scarberry, Sept. 7, 82

Charles & Pat Markin, Sept. 3, 54 yrs.
Jim & Marcella O’Lynn, Sept. 6, 65 yrs.
Bill & Joyce Ryder, Sept. 9, 64 yrs.

WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
August – II Chronicles
September - Revelation
Daily Bible reading calendars are on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.

Count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean.
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth.
Count on God instead of yourself.

Willing Workers Class                              $40.00
Beverly Harshbarger                                $20.00
“In remembrance of the fun times we
had visiting relatives in West Virginia.”
Anon. through church treasury              $50.00
In memory of Mildred Caldwell:
        Nina Nowlin                                      $20.00
        Ricky and Debbie Sansom               $25.00
        Christy Adkins, Cynthia Lucas,
            and Lisa Nelson                            $75.00
Maxine Turley family                           $100.00
Mrs. Anonymous                                       $20.00
Mrs. Anonymous                                      $50.00
Linda Lafferre                                          $20.00
Sandy Brown                                            $30.00
Kristina Eddy                                           $10.00
Tanya Lipscomb                                     $100.00
THANK YOU for your generous support.

 To my church family, thank you all so much for the prayers, thoughts, calls, cards and visits, it means more to me than words can say. Hope to see you soon.                      Butch Vititoe
(After a very serious health crisis, we were elated to see Butch back in church. Miracles still happen!)

 Thank you for allowing us to have our Ray Family Reunion in your beautiful fellowship hall. Here is a small donation of thanks from our family in honor of the Jake and Edna Ray family.

 With heartfelt thanks to the Beulah Ann Men’s Ministry for your generosity and kindness in building a ramp for my mom Dorothy Winters. Your compassion for our situation was very much appreciated. You have been a true blessing to our family. Enclosed is a small token of our family’s appreciation. May God continue to use you to bless others as you have blessed us. As Pastor Paul would say, “job well done!” Thanks again for “being there” for us. We love you all!                 Dorey Winters and family

 There are no words to thank you enough for the outpouring of love our family received during the illness and loss of our precious loved one. Thank you for the prayers, visits, calls, cards and food, and the gracious dinner provided after the funeral services. Your love and kindness will never be forgotten.
                   The family of Mildred Caldwell


MILDRED MORRISON CALDWELL, 95, of Ona, entered her eternal home July 22, 2019 at the Emma Jean Dolin Hospice House. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Mary Rimmer Morrison. She was preceded in death by daughter Ann Caldwell. She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Lewis E. “Gene” Caldwell, daughters Mary Gene “Genie” Beheler Burdick (Michael), Joyce “Jo” Ross (James), and Susan McComas (Tom); grandchildren Philip and Thomas Beheler, Benjamin and Bethany Ross, Erin McComas Carter (Chris) and Jenna McComas; great-granddaughter Keeley Carter; brother James Morrison; and sister Maxine Turley, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws, all of which she treasured. She graduated from Milton High School and the Huntington School of Business and was the first woman hired at the Huntington Nickel Plant, working in Orders and Scheduling during World War II. She and Gene were the caretakers of the Guyandotte Baptist Association Camp in Ona for 30 years. Mildred was carried into Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church by her father as a newborn, was saved there at an early age, and was faithful all her life. Over the years, she served as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Leader, Church Clerk and American Baptist Women’s Ministries leader. As a young mother, she began the church’s monthly newsletter, which has now been published continuously for 62 years, with she being the editor for 59 years. She considered this her ministry. She authored a history of the Ona Community and two editions of the history of Beulah Ann Baptist Church. She treasured family history and kept records and scrapbooks which we will always cherish. Funeral Services were conducted July 25 at Beulah Ann Missionary Church, with Pastors Greg Lunsford, Jason Salmons, and Tim Messinger officiating. Burial was at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church for missions or for the Newsletter Fund, or to the National Scleroderma Foundation.

BARBARA LOU ALBRIGHT, 58, of Ona, whose funeral was July 3. She was a friend of Betty Byrd.

BILLY RAY BLACK, 78, of Chapmanville, whose funeral service was July 30. He was the father of Mollie Perry (James).

DONNA JEAN RATCLIFFE COLEMAN, 64, of The Woodlands, TX, whose memorial service was Aug. 3 in Princeton, WV. She was the stepmother of Kattie Walters, daughter of Mona Jordan.

JERRY THOMAS “RADAR” COURTS, 70, of Milton, whose funeral was June 21. He was the husband of Kathy Courts, choir director of Union Baptist Church, and friend of Butch Vititoe.

DELORES FAYE JAMES, 73, of Ona, whose funeral service was June 19. She was the wife of Hugh James, and friend and neighbor to many in our church and community.

FRANCES ARTHUR JOHNSON, 90, of Huntington, whose funeral was July 4. She was an aunt of Debbie Sansom.

EDNA CAROL MANNING KREPPS, 75, of Hurricane, whose funeral was July 23. She was the wife of Charles Krepps, friend of Dennie Dailey and Patty Morrison.

HELEN OWEDA LEGG, 84, of Barboursville, whose funeral was July 3. She was the mother of Gregg Legg, a good friend of many in the church.

JOHN L. LUSHER, 78, of Barboursville, whose funeral was July 21. He was the husband of Helena Lusher, and friend of Pat Grass.

HAZEL MERRIMEE, 83, of Milton, whose graveside service was July 27. She was a former member of our church, and friend to many.

PAUL STALEY, 44, of Barboursville, whose funeral was July 1. He was a friend and co-worker of Greg Wallace.


We hope you did not miss this year’s Homecoming! Thank you, Music Committee, for inviting “Inheritance” to sing for us. This quartet consisting of Koontz family members and friends, did an outstanding job, both in singing and in song selection. They sang a blend of new and old favorites, including “Oh Say But I’m Glad,” “I Am Redeemed,” and “All My Hope is in Jesus.” Pastor Greg brought a good sermon from Romans 8:32-37. The church was almost full, and a good many stayed for fellowship and dinner. Thanks to the deacon’s wives for the beautiful table settings and for organizing everything. Plan to be here next year!

     We went To Mars and Beyond for Vacation Bible School! A nightly average of 115 children, youth and adult volunteers met at church 6-8:30 p.m. June 23-27 for fun, food and Bible lessons.
     Each evening, Station Commander Kara Litteral and her robot friend EP3-20 (Erin Carter) welcomed voyagers, and we heard from the Starship Galaxion what they needed to get back home from their space travels. Star Guides then led kids from station to station. Kids traveled each night through crafts, music, snack, science, Bible story and game stations.
     Sunday, Stella Bartram taught how Daniel trusted God in the lions’ den, and we learned to Go Beyond with Faith! Monday, Jessica Noe taught how Esther took a stand, and we learned to Go Beyond with Boldness! Tuesday, Pastor Greg Lunsford taught how the Good Samaritan helped a fellow traveler, and we learned to Go Beyond with Kindness! Wednesday, Christy Holley taught how Jesus healed the 10 lepers, and we learned to Go Beyond with Thankfulness! Thursday, Nellie Gillespie taught how Jesus comforted friends on the way to Emmaus, and we learned to Go Beyond with Hope! Friday was our family party night with dinner, inflatables and the slip n slide.
     A special “thank you” to all who helped. In addition to the Bible teachers, the following people played key roles during VBS: Lisa Vititoe, registration; Deidra Meadows, Amanda France and Chris Wallace, game team; Jennifer Chapman and Emily Radcliff, science station; Brooke Chapman, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Jenkins and Linda Lafferre, snack team; Leigh Bellomy, Joyce McKinney and Nellie Gillespie, craft team; Samantha Childers and Kaitlyn Blake, music team; Brenda Meadows, Chunky Chapman, Debbie Chapman, Rianna Kingery and Marissa Petrie, preschool team; Casey Morrison and Erin Carter, star guides for kindergarten and 1st grade; Pat Edwards, Christy Black, Christy Holley and Jeanne Lunsford, star guides for 2nd and 3rd grade; Gina Flora, Jason Jenkins, Danny Vititoe and Shelley Radcliff, star guides for 4th and 5th grade; Pauletta Wallace, nursery; Morgan Blake and Jake Lawhon, helpers; and John Hagley, photographer.
     The VBS program was during the June 30 Sunday night service. We started with our May awards. We also recognized the 6th-graders who are moving up to youth: Ethan France, Emma Jenkins, Mason Jenkins, Beckett Wallace, Isaac Wiseman and Blake Zerkle. Kids sang songs they learned during the week. EP3-20 shared the theme, which comes from Ephesians 3:20: “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by His power at work within us.” Then the kids were dismissed to sit with their parents to watch the PowerPoint made by John Hagley.
     For our VBS mission project, kids and adults brought in food, toiletries and other necessities for the Knights Great Hall.
     We thank God and give Him the glory for the fun we had, the new friends we made and the 4 who came forward with decisions of faith during VBS.
     On July 20th Children’s Ministries took the kids who had won the Train Contest for faithful attendance to Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County. Jared Childers and Greg Kirby drove the church bus and church van for us. Different parents also went and drove their vehicles. A total of 48 were there. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a picnic lunch with pizza catered by Brooke and Connie Chapman. The kids’ faces showed their excitement when they heard the train whistle blow. Seeing deer and squirrels along the way was enjoyable too. Congratulations to our faithful kids. Back to school party will begin at 6 on Sunday, August 25.
                        Children’s Ministry Team

In June, we focused on RMMO, the Retired Ministers and Missionary Offering, which helps support retired ministers, missionaries, and their widowed spouses. It shows our appreciation to those who have dedicated their lives to God’s service by providing emergency assistance in times of need and a thank you check at the end of each year. (This would include our own Pastor Paul.) We contributed $195 for this cause.
In July, we collected $110 for teachers to buy school supplies at Ona Elementary School, for students whose family cannot afford them.
In August, we are receiving funds to aid the Salvation Army, one of the first organizations to respond to emergencies, in the name of Christ. To give, just mark your check memo “SA.”

Water is the most essential element of life, because without water, you can’t make coffee.

Welcome to our new 6th graders! We are glad to have you as part our youth group!
VBS 2019 was AMAZING! We had an average attendance of 30 teens and 6 adults. We were truly blessed with a fantastic week of Bible Lessons and Service Projects. The theme this year was “Serving Him by Serving others.” Our Verse was I Peter 4:10, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” The lessons all focused on service and were taught by me, Marty Beckett, Rianna Kingery, Gracie Brumfield and Garrett Wiseman. We are so proud of these three young adults who stepped up to the plate to teach a lesson. They did a great job!!!
Our service projects were providing “Comfort K-9’s” for the Milton Police Department. The teens cut the dogs out, sewed them, stuffed them and decorated them. After they were completed, they were placed in a bag with an activity book teaching the children the Gospel with the use of colors.  They made 70 stuffed dogs and they presented them to Sr. Patrolman Sean Beckett during the VBS program. The police department was very grateful for the donation and will put them to good use! A very special thank you to Karen Caldwell, Shirley Frye and Linda Leese for providing instruction to the girls on how to sew and helping us hand sew after they were stuffed!
Not only did they make the stuffed dogs, but they also made thirty hygiene bags for the ladies at Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. Each bag contained body wash, shampoo, conditioner, razors, socks, lotion, wash cloths, toothbrushes, combs, toothpaste, chap stick and the most important item, a Gospel tract with the plan of salvation. The items were placed in cellophane bags, tied with purple ribbon and a Bible Verse Tag and placed in a reusable tote.  Thanks to all who donated to this cause!!! Special thanks to LeeAnn Beckett and Heather Wallace.
The teens also made 6 blankets and collected 30 boxes of cereal for the Mission!
We can’t forget the project the young men worked on. They constructed three new picnic tables for the picnic shelter! This project was led by Marty and Sam with help from Chris Black and Jimmy Beckett. Thanks men!!!!
As always, games were a blast!  Thanks Chris and Sam for making it super fun for the teens.
Also, thanks to the parents who helped provide dinner and snacks for the teens during the week! If you didn’t know, teens like to eat so having dinner for them prior to the Bible lesson was a HUGE hit!!!
Serving Him by serving at the Mission -BAMBY served dinner at the Huntington City Mission on Wednesday July 10th. Fifteen youth and three adults served and truly received a blessing doing so. As a special treat to those eating, we provided cookies, cakes and brownies for dessert. This was truly a treat for them, and they were so appreciative.  Thanks to the parents, grandparents and others who provided us with enough desserts for them to have more than one if desired AND to leave some for lunch the following day!  THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE!!!
This time, we had six who had never been to the Mission and were unsure what they would see and what to expect. All the teens received a blessing however, the ones who had never been truly warmed my heart! One of them told me, “It makes me so happy to see them happy,” and another one commented “Wow, I did not know there were this many people who needed food, I want to stay until everyone gets to eat.” The kids worked hard and were perfect ladies and gentlemen!!!
Following the dinner, we were able to spend a little time playing with some of the children and they all received a treat bag with various items in it including a Frisbee with the plan of salvation on it!
All the cereal collected during VBS was also distributed along with 2 bags of toiletry items.
We will be going back and will let you know when!!!

Beulah Ann Youth are Growing in Christ and Serving Him! Keep us in your prayers!
         Mitzi Beckett, Marty Beckett and Sam Litteral

After being rained out on our original date, on Friday, June 26, a small number (13) of the original group (51) headed once again to Cincinnati to cheer on the Reds. We left the church at 2 pm and arrived at Great American Ball Park in time for a hotdog or two before game time. Unfortunately, our cheering was not enough to pull out a win for the home team. Colorado Rockies defeated the Reds 12-2. However, after the game we enjoyed a fantastic firework show at the stadium, and then arrived back at Beulah Ann at 2 am. God blessed us with beautiful weather, Christian fellowship, and safe travel. If you still have your original ticket you have a few games left in the season to exchange. Win or lose, always a Reds fan!
                                 Jeanne Lunsford

Mon., Aug. 12, 1 pm – Bible Study at Shonet’s in Milton. Led by Harold Smith. Open to the public.

Tues., Aug. 13, 7 pm – Board of Christian Education meeting, Family Center.

Tues., Aug. 20, 10 am - Sew Blest, Family Center.

Sun., Aug. 25, 6 pm – Children’s Ministries Back to School Party, Family Center.

Sun., Aug. 25, 7 pm – Youth Night and Children’s Awards.

Wed., Aug. 28, 5:30 pm – Ice Cream and Brownie Night, Family Center.

Sat., Sept. 7 – Family Picnic and Fishing at the home of Pastor Greg & Jeanne Lunsford.

Sun., Sept. 8, 5:45 pm – ABWM meetings resume after summer break. Family Center.

Sun., Sept. 8, 6 pm – ABMM meetings resume after summer break. Family Center.

Tues., Sept. 10, 6:00-8:30 pm - Lessons of Love: Beginners Quilting Class. (Repeating every Tues. for 6 weeks, skipping Sept. 24 due to revival). Sign-up sheet on the foyer table. See Karen Caldwell for more information.

Sat., Sept. 14 – Fall Youth Rally, Camp Cowen.

Tues., Sept. 17, 6 pm – GBA ABWM Fall Rally, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church.

Mon.-Fri., Sept. 22-27, 7 pm nightly – Fall Revival with Calvin Ray Evans and Brian Baer.

God speaks to those who take time to listen, and He listens to those who take time to pray.
                                      Church Mouse

Those homemade meals of days gone by,
Mom’s breads and cakes and, Oh the pies!
Meals were started with a prayer,
The entire family gathered there.

My heart recalls the sharing of food and tales and cares.
Whatever we were bearing was always lightened there.

Our mother cooked by “pinch” and “feel,”
No recipe per se.
“From scratch” just meant the real deal,
A labor of love three times a day.

The meals weren’t fancy or gourmet,
But, oh, were they delicious!
Remembering now, though old I be,
They tasted just like love to me.
   ~~Sherry Buettner
(Contributed by Judy Webb)


Adult Ministries treated all men present on Father’s Day with a little cross and some candy, and presented gifts to Gene Caldwell, the oldest father present (96 yrs.-old), and to John Paul Meadows, the newest father present. An all ladies choir directed by Sheila Braley did a great job.

On behalf of the ABWM, Love Gift Chairwoman Erika Klose once again brought a good devotion on Wed. night, June 19. She urged us to life a life of gratitude. An offering of $316.68 was received. Thank you, everyone.

When Pastor Greg and Jeanne took a well-deserved vacation, George Leese was ready willing and able to step in, and brought a good sermon on Sun., June 30 and Wed., July 3. Thanks, George.

Trustee Danny Vititoe completed the remodeling of four pews to make them handicapped accessible, so that worshippers who use wheelchairs or walkers can be seated comfortably. Thank you, Danny, for a very valuable service, professionally done.

NOTICE: We are gathering information for a new church directory. Information sheets are available on both foyer tables. Even if your information in the current directory has not changed, please just put your name and enter, “no change.” Picture sign-ups will begin soon.

The Huntington City Mission rented the GBA Camp Ona for a week of camping July 15–19. This was a first for a lot of children from the Mission. Thirty-one attended the week with Bible lessons, crafts and recreation during the morning with the members from the GBA Day Camp. Each evening different churches provided the meals followed by Evening Worship services. Chad Clark, Pastor at Good Hope was the camp director. On Thursday evening the parents and City Mission Director and staff were invited to attend a cookout. Please pray for the Huntington City Mission and its ministry.
                                         Becky Childers

The theme this year was “Hooked on Jesus” Catch the Beatitude. Matthew 5:3-12.
We had 91 campers to attend the camp with an average attendance of 76 campers. Including the Youth and Staff we had 120.
Morning Activities were Bible lessons, Craft, Music and Recreation. Lunch was provided by several Association churches. In the afternoon we had water games, slides, and inflatable slides. Also, we had a quest speaker, Clarence Nicely who gave his testimony on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the Ona Fire Department came and hosed down the kids.
We praise God for all the volunteers who help with Day Camp.  Members of the Suzanna Baptist Church Youth Group led the Music. Milton Baptist, New Baptist, Good Hope and Union provided the lunches for all the campers.
Each year we experience something new from working with the campers. It is a great experience. Thanking God for another great year.
I was amazed to learn that a young man on the Ona Fire Department and his sister who was with the Suzanna group had all attended Day Camp when they were little. They spoke of the fun they had at the Camp. GOD is good.
                                    Becky Childers for the GBA Day Camp Committee

On Tuesday, July 30, eleven Beulah Ann’ers descended on Keith and Diana Cooper’s residence for another old-fashioned Cottage Prayer Meeting. It was great to fellowship with Keith and Diana and George and Tammy. We did not take songbooks but as the Lord would bless, “Hey Google” provided all the music necessary. Pastor Greg made the comment, “Duane better look out, he might get replaced by Google.” Dennie Dailey piped up, “Google might replace the pastor too!” Pastor Greg isn’t a fan of “Hey Google.”
After some songs and stories, Pastor Greg reminded everyone of Revelation 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Everyone participated in the observance of Communion, and then we enjoyed refreshments, cakes made by Peggy Neal and a strawberry pie made by Sandy Kingery. They were delicious.
It was a great blessing to all who were able to visit with the Coopers. Diana wants to be in church so badly, but her health is working against her at this time. We praise the Lord for George and Tammy and the girls, Casey and Mary who assist Diana and Keith in any way they can.
We are already preparing for our next Cottage Prayer Meeting. Make plans to participate. You’ll be blessed and be a blessing.
                                              Pastor Greg

We had a small, but spirited group attend our June Lesson of Love on Auto Care. We got physical with a jack, and tire iron, and removed the passenger side front tire from Pastor Greg’s pickup truck and replaced it with the spare. Removing the jack and the spare were almost as difficult as removing the tire.
Once the tire was changed and the tools were put away, the group moved over to Jeanne’s car where they learned how to successfully remove and replace the windshield wipers. Everyone took turns removing and replacing the wipers.
The final task was changing the oil. Both vehicles had recently had an oil change so we chose not to waste good oil and instead, walked through the process, even crawling beneath the car to examine the drain plug and oil filter. The oil filter for Jeanne’s KIA is on the bottom of the engine. Finding the oil filter is getting more difficult on newer cars as manufacturers are adding components to the engine compartment as power and data needs increase. Thankfully, we beat the heat, and everyone seemed to enjoy the fellowship and learning opportunity.           Pastor Greg

In the mountains of Chiapas, México a journey of 100 miles begins with the first tope. Tope in México means speed bump. And in Chiapas one can find roads with more than 300 in a 100-mile trip. In the US one can travel 100 miles along the interstate in 90 minutes. Here in Chiapas the trip is more than four hours.
When Juan and Denise Aragon first came to Chiapas, they met with leaders to discuss their needs. The Tseltal leaders requested to be trained and equipped to do Christ’s work. Juan worked with them to develop topics that they desired covered over the next two years.
In the book of Acts there are many obstacles (topes) that must be overcome for the Gospel to spread. Fear, language, prejudice, funding, geography, opposition… and the list goes on.  One can easily make the case that these same obstacles still challenge mission today. But as we learn from Acts, there are no barriers to the movement of God’s Spirit! God’s work, God’s will, will be accomplished. In spite of all the obstacles, challenges, hardship, persecution, and imprisonment, we find in the final verse of Acts Paul preaching the Gospel in Rome “openly and unhindered.” (Acts 28:31)
A missionary’s life is filled with topes. Juan’s recent health issues being one. This was a huge speed bump on the journey as it stopped Juan from traveling to the communities. The churches in the communities made Juan’s health concerns a matter of prayer. It is evident that there is a mutual love and support between the churches and the Aragons. Some of the indigenous churches have voluntarily taken “love offerings” to help with the medical expenses and extra travel. Juan will visit the specialist in Mexico City in August to determine diagnosis and treatment. Please make this a matter of prayer!
Another recent tope is that IM has informed the missionaries that their support goals must increase. Costs have increased and so too, must support. Please pray about your support and do what you can to increase it for next year.  Please share what God is doing with others and invite them to join the Aragon’s work in Chiapas to empower and equip God’s people for God’s mission.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Let the work we do together be unhindered as it is empowered by the Holy Spirit.                     Rev. John Simmons, Former Associate Executive Minister                                                          of Mission and Administration of the WVBC


Song of Solomon 6:3 “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine…”
We like to believe that we have it all figured out, friendship, love, and marriage. Unfortunately, we treat friends like disposable razors, one nick and they’re in the trash. We mistake lust and superficial beauty for love. And we consider marriage as a temporary, renegotiable contract that can be voided as quickly as we change our minds. God doesn’t see it that way.
God designed man that he should, “… leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (GENESIS 2:24). Marriage is complicated in man’s eyes. He’s convinced the world that marriage is simply a contract. Friend, it’s more than a contract. It’s an institution ordained by God to promote the procreation of mankind and provided for the nourishment and protection of the family unit.
Christians, we need to celebrate God’s design for marriage, between one man and one woman. We need to be on guard for our married couples. We need to pray for them and their families. Pray that they’ll grow in their godliness. Pray that they will become great communicators with each other. Pray that they’ll become experts in conflict resolution. Pray that they’ll fertilize their relationship with passion, love, and Jesus Christ.
Americans have become a nation of “give upper’s” when it comes to marriage. The only support many couples get nowadays is from their marriage counselors. We can do better. Jesus gave us the model and the encouragement to succeed.
The Lord invested time with His disciples. Husbands and wives, we must invest precious time together. Communicate your goals and desires often. Help each other to achieve their godly goals. Jesus said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (MATTHEW 24:12, 13).                   ~~Pastor Greg Lunsford

May 5  149
May 12  165
May 19  159
May 26  135
             4)608(152 average

Peggy Scarberry, June 28, 81
Charlotte Johnson, June 28, 87
Richard Chapman, June 29, 88
Phil Young, June 30, 81
Elizabeth “Peaches” Caldwell, July 2, 89
Wilma Smith, July 3, 83
Hazel Kirby, July 6, 93

Willing Workers Class  $20.00
THANK YOU for your generous support.

WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
June – I Chronicles
July – Philippians
Daily Bible reading calendars are on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.
 Thanks so much for your generous donation for our food pantry, the Knight’s Great Hall. We are so appreciative of the support and kindness shown by you all.
                 Tracy Urian, CMHS Counsellor

 Dear Church, your offering to purchase Bibles totaled more that $1,700. Wow! I was overwhelmed! We will be able to purchase 340 Bibles or 1,307 New Testaments. Only God knows how many souls will be saved through the reading of these Bibles/Testaments. May God richly bless each one of you for your generosity. Love in Christ, Don Dierdorff, Gideons International.

There’s no better Karate instructor than a spider web in your face.

Do not accept a friend request from Hormel Foods. It could be spam.

For May, our Mission Project was Bobby Bowen’s ongoing missionary work in Africa. Bobby is with Global Outreach International, and she works with children, street people and refugees in and around Jinja, Uganda. We raised $856 for her support. She sent a note saying, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart! May God bless you in all that you do for Him. Serving Him together! Love, Bobby”

She had a furlough here in the US from mid-March to early June, and we were blessed to have her here with us on May 19. She runs an after-school program, with 75 kids in a 9’ by 18’ room, with three teachers. She and a friend, Nancy Kilpatrick of the American Bible Society, teach trauma healing classes for refugees from war-torn Sudan, where Christians are tortured and killed, there are no jobs, and the land is desolate. She showed us many pictures of beautiful children. They need so much help!

In June, we are focusing on RMMO, the Retired Ministers and Missionary Offering, which helps support retired ministers, missionaries, and their widowed spouses. It shows our appreciation to those who have dedicated their lives to God’s service by providing emergency assistance in times of need and a thank you check at the end of each year. (This would include our own Pastor Paul.) To give, just write RMMO on the memo of your check.

Barboursville Baptist Church was the setting May 21 for the Guyandotte Baptist Association American Baptist Women’s Ministries Spring Rally. After a lovely chicken casserole dinner, we enjoyed two guest speakers! WV ABWM President-Elect Kathy Hudson explained the change from White Cross to WV Hope, and MU student Natalie Riley from New Baptist told of her recent mission trip to Bolivia with BCM. They were both marvelous! We gave the evening’s offering to Love Gift, and a big supply of snacks for Huntington Hospice House. Thirty-nine ladies from five churches attended.

One hundred years ago everyone had a horse and only the rich had cars. Now, everyone has cars and only the rich have horses. How the stables have turned.


DONETTA KAY BLACK, 63, of San Marcos, CA, who passed away May 20. She was a niece of Stella and Phil Bartram.
TROY EDWIN COCHRAN, 64, of Ona, whose funeral was June 1. He was a cousin of Tyler Smith and well known to many in the congregation.
JODI NICOLE DIAMOND, 24, of Ona, whose funeral was June 11. She was the daughter of John and Katie Diamond.
DOROTHY J. “DOT” FLORA, 96, of East Liverpool, OH, who passed away March 26. She was related to the Caldwell family.
EUSTACE “JUNIOR” HAGLEY, 84, of PA, who passed away June 12. He was a brother of Naomi Hagley Massie.
DORIS ELOISE HATFIELD, 94, of Barboursville, whose funeral was May 25. She was an aunt of Marty Beckett.
MICHAEL SHAWN LEE, 42, of Louisville, KY, whose funeral was June 8. He was a cousin of Kara Litteral.
MARY JANET MCDERMITT, 86, of Letart, whose funeral was May 28. She was a sister of Jerry Zerkle.
CHARLES MITCHELL, 73, of Georgia, who passed away May 8. He was a brother of the late Caroline Meadows.
MARGARET CAROLINE “SIS” RIZER, 95, of Letart, WV, whose graveside service was June 12. She was a sister of Jerry Zerkle.

All Aboard our Trip to Cass Railroad. Our Beulah Ann Train has been booked. It will be Saturday July 20th. Our kids’ attendance contest was for April & May. All faithful kids will get to go free. We have 54 people going, which includes kids and their families.
Children celebrated Mother’s Day with a special picture made with Mom and special flower. Then on that Sunday night the Jesus Kids sang some special songs for Mom and thanks to Susan McComas a special PowerPoint of kids’ pictures with their moms.
Jesus Kids end of season party was Saturday May 18th at the church camp. We had lots of fun, food and fellowship. Special thanks to the nice ladies who fixed our meal and to Jason Jenkins and Jared Childers for our campfire for hot dogs and s’mores. Special 5th Grade Jesus Kids Graduates was Mason & Emma Jenkins. Keep on Singing Mason & Emma!!
We had a special Veggie Tale movie on Sunday night May 26th, “Beauty and the Beet.” Thanks to Sharon & Chunky for popcorn and drinks.
We are planning for Vacation Bible School. This will be from June 23–28, 6:00-8:30 pm. We are going to Mars and beyond to discover God’s Love. Carnival games and food on Friday the 28th. VBS program and awards Sun., June 30 at 7 pm. We are still in need of crew leaders. Please see Boo or any of the Children’s Ministry team if you can help. We appreciate all who have signed up to help. Special Thank you to the ones who have brought items in for us. If you have any of the following: CLEAR LIGHTS, GLOW STICKS, ALUMINUM FOIL, LAVA LAMPS, FIBER OPTIC LAMPS OR LIGHTS, STARS & PLANETS DECORATIONS. (These will be borrowed and given back.) Pray the Love of Jesus will be seen and heard and felt.
Also, we welcome Chris and Christy Black and Pat Edwards to our Children’s Church Teacher Team. God bless them.
    Children’s Ministry Team


Tues., June 18, 10:00 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Sat., June 22, 11:00 am – Lessons of Love: “Auto Care.” Changing tires, oil, and wiper blades. On the parking lot by the Beaver Building.

Sun.-Fri., June 23-28, 6:00-8:30 pm – Vacation Bible School for children, “Mission to Mars!” Carnival games and food on Friday. VBS at the same time for youth, Beaver Building, “Serving Him by Serving Others.”

Sat., June 29, 5 pm – Arthur Cemetery Ice Cream Social at the Bond residence.

Sun., June 30, 7 pm – Youth Night, Children’s Awards, and VBS Program.

Mon.-Fri., July 8-12, 9:30 am -2:30 pm, GBA Day Camp at Camp Ona, “Hooked on Jesus.” Registration forms are downstairs in the Children’s Ministries. See Becky Childers for more information.

Fri., July 12, Homeland Southern Gospel Sing, Union Baptist Church, Milton.

Sat., July 20 – Children’s Ministries Summer Train Trip to Cass Scenic Railroad.

We expressed our thanks and gratitude to our Youth Ministries Staff May 19 at our annual Baccalaureate service. Marty Beckett, Sammy Litteral, Scott Dailey, and Mitzi Beckett all do such a great job. Five of our grads in cap and gown marched in a took a seat on the front row and were individually recognized and presented with gifts. Two more present were also recognized in the congregation. Cassie Maynor then sang, “Rebel Heart,” a beautiful and appropriate song for the occasion. Visiting missionary Bobby Bowen then brought remarks to the graduates, citing Ephesians 2:10, that we are God’s workmanship and his masterpiece. She urged them to follow the breadcrumbs that He spreads along the way. She advised them to love, serve, praise, and glorify God. It is all about Him and His Kingdom. Now, meet our graduates:

DANIELLE BLEDSOE graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She was on the Dean’s List from fall 2016 to spring 2019. She graduated cum laude with an overall GPA of 3.46 and finished her last semester with a 4.0. Her career interests are legal studies and forensics. She is the daughter of Jennifer Bledsoe, and granddaughter of Ronnie Bledsoe.
EVAN RENEE BLEDSOE was a December graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She is employed by St. Mary’s Medical Center on the 6th floor Medical/Surgical Unit as an RN. She is the daughter of Jennifer Bledsoe, and granddaughter of Ronnie Bledsoe.
GRACE LEANN BRUMFIELD, daughter of Julie and Steve Brumfield, granddaughter of Phyllis and Joe Noble, and Brenda and Larry Brumfield, graduated from Cabell Midland High School with a 4.6 GPA. She was 19th in a class of 486 students, a member of the National Honor Society, Student Body Secretary, and Teen Summit Member. She received the Cabell Midland Citizenship Award, the Rotary Club Senior Student of the Month, was 1st Team All-Conference in Volleyball in 2016, 2017, and 2018, 2nd Team All-State in Volleyball in 2017, and 1st Team All-State in Volleyball in 2018. She has been awarded the WV Promise Scholarship and the WV Presidential Scholarship. She will attending the MU School of Nursing and has committed to play Volleyball for The Herd. She says, “I’d like to thank God for every opportunity and challenge He’s used to make me the person I am. Thank you to my parents and family for being so supportive in everything I do and always leading me towards Christ. Thank you, Beulah Ann for being the best church family I could ask for. I have faith that the best is yet to come. Go Herd!
JENNIFER KRISTENE BRUMFIELD, daughter of Julie and Steve Brumfield, and granddaughter of Phyllis and Joe Noble and Brenda and Larry Brumfield, graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Accounting. She moved to Cincinnati in March to work in the Budget Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
ALEXIS “LEXI” DILLON, daughter of Jessica and JD Dillon, granddaughter of Eddie and Debbie Dillon and Fred and Libby Painter, graduated from Cabell Midland High School where she was a cheerleader for four years. She graduated with High Honors and received the Promise Scholarship. She plans to attend Marshall University and become an ultrasound technician. She wants to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
ISABELLE LITTERAL, daughter of Sam and Kara Litteral, and granddaughter of Sam and Charlene Litteral and Roma Marcum and Ken & Kimberly Marcum, graduated from Cabell Midland High School with very high honors, with a GPA of 4.45. She played for the Lady Knights soccer team for four years, including the AAA State Championship team in 2017. She won 2nd place in Herpetology at the state Science Olympiad in March, and her team placed 1st overall in the state, qualifying for nationals. She was one of 119 top students in WV chosen to attend Governor’s Honors Academy in July 2018. She has played the flute since middle school, and performed with Flutopia, a holiday flute ensemble, for three years. She will attend Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. She was awarded the Presidential Scholarship, valued at $92,000, and will study pre-veterinary medicine. After obtaining her 4-year degree, Isabelle plans to attend veterinary school at the same university. Her ultimate goal is to specialize in exotic animals, so she can be a veterinarian at a zoo one day. To get a head start on her dream, Isabelle has already completed 75 documented animal care and job shadowing hours at Alpha Energy, Ayers Animal Clinic, and Guyan Animal Hospital. She says, “I want to thank my parents and my rabbit, Elwood, for the support they gave me through many stressful times.” (Continued on page 5.)
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TODD LLOYD, son of Vaughn and Kay Lloyd, graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in design, and was on the Dean’s List. He is a Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol. He flies planes and takes photographs. He is also a certified electrician and journeyman. He is interested in anything in aerospace. He is currently employed at WV Steel Fabricators of Poca, designing buildings, and hopes to eventually get into aerospace design.
KASEY McCALLISTER graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing Dec. 14, 2018. In January 2019, she started her nursing career in the Orthopedic Unit of SMMC. Kasey passed the NCLEX (RN Exam) in February 2019. She is the daughter of Tim and Angela McCallister and granddaughter of Marilyn Scarberry.
STEPHANIE DANIELLE MORRISON, daughter of James Eric & Julie Morrison of Dunkirk, MD, and granddaughter of James and Patricia Morrison, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will be returning in the fall to complete a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, a two-year program, and will graduate as M.B.LLL-SLP.
EASTON NOAH PETITT, son of Ted and Missy Petitt, grandson of Eddie and Debbie Dillon, and Maggi Midkiff, graduated from Cabell Midland High School with very high honors. He was a member of the Student Ambassadors and was awarded the “Most Outstanding Sports Medicine Senior” award. For baseball he made First Team MSAC 2017, Second Team MSAC 2018, and First Team All-State in 2018. He was awarded the WV Promise Scholarship and the WV Scholarship of Distinction and has a baseball scholarship to play baseball with Potomac State in Keyser, WV. He plans to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Easton thanks his family and friends for their love and support.
CAITLYN ROSE, daughter of Billy and Jennifer Rose, and granddaughter of Willie and Pat Rose and Scott Simms, and Mary and Tim Roach, graduated from Cabell Midland High School with very high honors. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Honors College, and received the Promise Scholarship and the Board of Governor’s Scholarship. She will attend Marshall University Nursing School.
KELSIE ELIZABETH WARNOCK graduated May 24, 2019 from Fairland High School Summa Cum Laude with Honors Diploma and with 57 college credits from Ohio University. Kelsie served on Student Council as chief photographer and led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She received All-Conference, All-District, and All-Ohio recognition while playing volleyball and basketball. In the fall she will attend Marietta College and play basketball for the Lady Pioneers. She is the daughter of Bob and Kim Warnock of Proctorville, and granddaughter of Peggy Neal and niece of Mitzi Beckett.
SARAH MAKENZIE WARNOCK graduated May 4, 2019 from the Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University at Athens, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. This fall she will enter Medical School. Sarah is the daughter of Bob and Kim Warnock of Proctorville, and granddaughter of Peggy Neal and niece of Mitzi Beckett.
GARRETT WISEMAN, son of Marc and Angie Chapman, grandson of David and Linda Chapman, graduated from Cabell Midland High School with honors. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and four-year member of the Cabell Midland Marching Knights, was in the Morehead University honor band, Marshall University honor band, and WVU honor band, and was named All-State one year, and All-County three years. His special interests are music, guitar, French horn, trumpet and mellophone. He plans to go to Radford University in Virginia for a degree in Music Business and after college, get an internship, possibly in L. A. He will play French horn in Radford’s band. Garrett wants to thank his Mom for always being there for him and her constant support and encouragement.
MORGAN LEIGH ZERKLE, daughter of Matt and Becky Zerkle, and Tammy and Dwayne Workman, and granddaughter of Jerry and Clara Zerkle and James and Carlie Edmonds. She graduated from Indiana University with a master’s degree in Athletic Administration and Sports Management. She received all A’s and served as the softball graduate assistant. She plans to pursue a career in coaching collegiate softball. This summer will be her third year playing professionally with the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch in Houston, Texas.
SHELBY LYNN ZERKLE graduated from Dawson Bryant High School as a High Honor Graduate with Distinction. She had a GPA of 4.2 and graduated with 33 hours of college credit. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-Music Honor Society, 4 years marching band, 4 years concert
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band, 3 years Winter Guard, including 2018
OIPA State Champions. She medaled at Marshall SCORES contest 2 years. She was 2018 Dawson Bryant Homecoming Queen. Shelby plans to attend Marshall University, majoring in accounting and will be a member of the color guard of the Marching Thunder band. She is the daughter of Tom and Sandy Zerkle, and granddaughter of Jerry and Clara Zerkle.

2nd Lt. Erica Marie Morrison, daughter of James Eric & Julie Morrison of Dunkirk, MD, and granddaughter of James and Patricia Morrison, completed the Medical Services Basic Officer Leader Course at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. She will return to her Reserve Unit at Ft. Belvoir, Va.
Blake Zerkle graduated from fifth grade at Ona Elementary School. He received awards in math improvement, reading improvement, reading quiz and faithful attendance. He is the son of Matt and Becky Zerkle and grandson of Jerry and Clara Zerkle.
Logan Zerkle finished his junior year at Ohio University in Athens with straight A’s. He is a music major and participated in the wind symphony band and symphonic band. Logan received the Presser Foundation Award, certificate and cash award, which is given to one music major junior. The selection of the student is based solely on excellence and merit. Logan is traveling with the Blue Coats Drum and Bugle Corp again this summer and will return to OU for his senior year. He is the son of Tom and Sandy Zerkle and grandson of Jerry and Clara Zerkle.
Tanner Zerkle finished the eighth grade at Milton Middle School and will start high school this fall. Tanner was on the honor roll and received an award in science and was a member of the golf team. He is the son of Matt and Becky Zerkle and grandson of Jerry and Clara Zerkle.

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.)