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)


November 5    170
November 12  181
November 19  183
November 26  190
                     4)724(181 average


Junior Hagley 83, Dec. 22
Irene Clagg, 97, Dec. 25
Lois Rimmer, 86, Dec. 26
Elsie Linville, 96, Dec. 29
Gene Caldwell, 95, Jan. 19
Viola Adkins, 86, Jan. 19


Jim & Shirley Jarvis 53 yrs., Jan 3.


Dewey Jordan                $25.00
Mr. Anonymous             $50.00
Shirley Rose, in memory of my sister, Caroline Meadows          $25.00

Thank you so much for the newsletter I receive each month. Also thank you for keeping my name on your prayer list. I love and appreciate all that Beulah Ann did during the hospital stay and passing of my dear sister, Caroline! Love, thoughts and prayers continue always to my family and Beulah Ann friends.
In Christ’s Love, Shirley Rose

THANK YOU to the Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class for once again paying the newsletter annual mailing permit fee, $225.


In November, we needed funds to buy the fresh items for the Christmas Baskets, such as turkey, rolls, and pie. A total of $315 was given. Also, we needed non-perishable items and goodies, which members were asked to bring. An abundance of food was brought in, and we were able to give out 21 full holiday meal boxes, as well as 80 more fruit baskets and goodie trays. We try to recognize folks from our church and community who have financial need, health needs, are in long-term care facilities, are widowed, or who are age 80 or over. We try not to miss anyone, sorry if we did. A big thank you to all who gave and helped assemble and deliver them all. Also thanks to Halfway Market for donating all the fresh fruit, it was wonderful! And thanks to the Barboursville McDonald’s for donating the trays we used for the goodies. Many notes of thanks were received, including from Naomi Henry, Ed & Chris Watson, Phil & Ruby Young, and this one from Peggy Neal: “Dear Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church, I would like to say a thank you to the church and those who took their time to assemble and deliver the fruit baskets. I am so blessed to have such a loving and caring church family. Merry Christmas to all.”

Our December Mission Project is Lily’s Place, where they care for tiny newborns who are born addicted to drugs. This year, the Mission Committee proposed an optional way to send Christmas greetings to our fellow faithful church members. Instead of individual cards, we have a giant Christmas card on the back wall of the church, which we are signing as a Christmas greeting to all who see it. And in gratitude for the fact that we did not have to buy so many cards this year, or spend so much time addressing each one, we are placing an offering in a gift box near the big card, for Lily's Place.


Dear Ladies of the Sew Blest group, thank you for your donation of beautiful blankets and burp cloths to Lily’s Place. We appreciate your helping us to achieve our mission.
 Rebecca Crowder, Executive Director
(Sew Blest sent 11 blankets and 21 burp cloths to Lily’s Place.)

Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers over the past five years. Our church family means so much to us. We greatly appreciated the dinner for family and friends after the service.  The family of Mike Holland - Amy, Kaitlyn, Luke, Michael Audrey, Barbara and Mike.


After the retirement of Dennis Childers as Deacon, the church elected Ed Braley to fill this vacancy, bringing our Deacon Board back to seven Deacons. Keep him in your prayers as he prepares for ordination and service.


On Nov. 26, Pastor Greg baptized Lilly Santmyer and Erin Floyd, daughters of Jerry and Amy Floyd, and Jerica Noe, daughter of Jared and Jessica Noe, granddaughter of Eddie and Debbie Dillon, Ethan France, son of Amanda France, grandson of Gina Flora, and Isaac and Jeremiah Wiseman, sons of Chad and Angie Chapman. Also on that day, Angie Chapman and her sons Garrett & Levi Wiseman joined the church based on their Christian Experience. Welcome to all these beautiful people!


Wow! What a blessing November brought to our Ministry. Five children followed the example of Jesus by being baptized on November 26,
Jerica Noe, Ethan France, Erin Floyd and Isaac & Jeremiah Wiseman. Praise the Lord! We are so very proud of them. In January 2018 Stella Bartram will be teaching a series of lesson from the Billy Graham ministries on Salvation, Baptism, Communion and lessons on how Christians should live their life every day for Christ. This will be for all children from 1st grade through 5th Grade.

November was our Thankful Month – 1st Sunday Thankful for Veterans, 2nd Sunday – Thankful for our Prayer Buddies, 3rd Sunday – Thankful for Pastor Greg and the 4th Sunday – Thankful for our Sunday School and Children’s Church Teachers. That Sunday we also welcomed a visit from one of our Dads, Chip Floyd, who is in the Army National Guard in Kansas.

Now December will be even busier. Butch Vititoe will be taking the kids to “Walk Thru Bethlehem” on Friday December 15 in Eleanor, WV. Then Saturday December 16, from 10AM – 2PM we will be having our Christmas Play Practice and Party. Then Sunday December 17 will be our Christmas Plays at 7 pm. The children have been working really, really hard on this so hope you can attend.

Merry Christmas from the Children’s Ministry Team

“Let every heart prepare Him room.”


Wow! December has been a busy month for the Jesus Kids. December 7, we were in the Barboursville Christmas Parade. Special Thank you to Rick Meadows and family for the construction of the Parade Float and inviting the Jesus Kids to be a part of the parade. Thanks to Chris Wallace for driving us on Thursday.
On December 9, Jesus Kids were in the Huntington Parade. It was just beautiful – right at parade time it began snowing. Special thanks to the former Jesus Kids who are 6th graders now who along with Haylee Chapman were walking presents. Even our own Sarah Weekley made the Herald Dispatch front page. On December 10, Jesus Kids sang at Midland Meadows. It was sooo good to see everyone and sing Christmas Carols and with them. We then Christmas Caroled to our own Mr. Grass. Prayers for him! Back at church we were treated with special Christmas cookie decorating and a movie provided by our mom’s Samantha Childers and Ashley Jenkins. Thanks to Jared Noe for driving us Saturday to Huntington and to Jason Jenkins for driving us on Sunday.
We will be singing at the Fireside Service also.
Also, one of our Jesus Kids will be baptized on Christmas Eve - Addy Bartram- Praise the Lord!!

Jesus Kids want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

NOTICE: If you ordered a cook book commemorating the Guyandotte Baptist Association’ 150th Anniversary, and have not received it yet, please let Nellie Gillispie know. (Aren’t they great books to have?)

FRED AND BARBARA FINDLEY, retired New Tribes missionaries, send Christmas greetings from Indianapolis, where they live near their children and grandchildren. They are thankful that everyone in their family is involved in ministries in their local churches. Fred is still active working with Hispanic churches and pastors, and Barbara is in the final stages of writing a book about their 45-year ministry with the Piaroa tribe in Venezuela. We wish them a Merry Christmas as well!

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Ebenezer Scrooge
(Charles Dickens)

Have you noticed the new attractive and reflective sign at the Ona Volunteer Fire Department? On the side facing the school, you will find a plaque that reads, “Dedicated to MURRILL CHAPMAN, For a Life of Service to the Ona, West Virginia Community.” So true.

Fifty-some of us stayed after service on Nov. 19 to be “extras” in the movie “The Follower,” which will be released around Father’s Day in 2018. Three scenes were filmed, including Pastor Greg baptizing someone, and a baby dedication service. Dean Cain will appear in the film. It was an interesting experience.

Our own Tyler Sansom, who is now an ordained minister serving in Indiana, brought our special music and the sermon at the evening service on Nov. 19. He did a wonderful job, we are proud of him, as are his parents, Ricky and Debbie Sansom.

On Nov. 26, we were visited by our missionaries to Israel, Simcha and Bella Davidov. We heard the good news that the Prayer Tower on the roof of their building has been completed. We always enjoy learning of their progress in witnessing to Jews in Ashdod, the fifth largest city in Israel, population ¼ million, which is a very challenging job.
Thanks, Butch Vititoe, for driving a bus full of people to look at the Christmas lights in Elkview, WV on Dec. 7. Mr. Tyree, who owns a large farm there, has a display that rivals any city or state park, and he has many antique cars on display also. They had a great time! (Check out Susan McComas and Jim Morrison’s photos on Facebook.)

Did you know you could present a beautiful Christmas program using sticks? Youth Ministries did just that on Sunday, Dec. 10, when they illustrated the song, “Mary Did You Know?” with sticks, while it was being sung beautifully by Jessica Jarvis and Rianna Kingery. All dressed in black, they transformed their sticks into baby Jesus, the Bethlehem Star and many other shapes, with the climax being the Great I AM! It was very moving.


The annual church Christmas Dinner was very well attended on Dec. 6, and the tables were so beautiful. Thank you to Pauletta Wallace and her whole crew! And a special thank you to Santa and Mrs. Claus, who made a surprise visit and so many wonderful photos were made with them. (Thank you, Jimmy and Mitzi Beckett. Mitzi’s beautiful dress with all it’s delicate details was her Aunt’s, who played Mrs. Claus for years.)

Sunday School Class Christmas dinners are always fun, where you get to talk and visits with your fellow classmates in a way you can’t in class. The Faithful Servants held their dinner in our Family Center on Dec. 8, and The Caldwell Class went all the way to the South Point Ponderosa for their dinner the same day. The next day, the Willing Workers Class met at Fratelli’s in Barboursville, where their special guests were Fred and Mary Lunsford. Fred retired from teaching after being the class teacher many years.


As we approach this season of the year, we
     have no reason to fret or fear
For the story of the Christ child that began in a
     manger, still reaches our closest friends,
     but also the farthest stranger
We are grateful to the Father for sending His
     son, who said, not My will but Thine be done
For in this world of turmoil and strife He gave us
     his example, His Love and His Life
With a heart so full of compassion and pity it
     extends to the smallest farm, but also the
     largest city
And now as we take time to remember and to
     pause, for the exchanging of gifts and for
     Santa Claus
Let us lift up our eyes once again to the sky, as
     the wise men did in days gone by
For the meaning of Christmas will never grow
    dim, if we’re guided by the Star of Bethlehem
               C. Fred Beaver

(This poem was shared with us by our Ona Postmaster, Chrissy, who is the step-granddaughter of the late Freddy Beaver.)


MARY BILLER, 71, of Elkins, WV, whose funeral arrangements were incomplete. She was the wife of Randall Biller, and a very close friend of Dennie and Patty Dailey.

JOSHUA STEPHEN FIFE, 39, of Huntington, who died in a car crash Nov. 29. He was a 1997 graduate of CMHS and friend to several in our church.

HAROLD EUGENE FINLEY, 68, of Milton, whose funeral service was Wed., Nov. 22. He was an uncle of Greg Wallace.

DELORIS HELEN FRYE, 78, of Barboursville, whose funeral was Dec. 12. She was a sister of Gerald Payton.

MICHAEL STEVEN HOLLAND, 46, of Ona, whose funeral service was Sat., Nov. 25. He is survived by his wife Amy, and children Michael, Kaitlyn and Luke. He was a retired electrician from IBEW Local 317, former Scout Master of Troop 701, and a member of our church.

CAROLE DIANE LITTLE, 50, of Huntington, whose graveside service was Fri., Dec. 8. She was a sister of Susan Belcher.

MARY NEAL, who passed away Nov. 16. A Celebration of Life will be held Dec. 16 in Indiana. She was the wife of Linda Chapman’s cousin, Rick Neal.

CLARENCE ASHBY WISEMAN, 90, of Hilldale, WV, whose funeral service was Dec. 13 in Hinton. He was the brother of Ruby Young.

PHYLLIS “LORETTA” WOOD, 83, of Hurricane, WV, whose funeral was Fri., Dec. 6. She was a cousin of Phil Young.

CAROLYN WOODALL, 52, of Hamlin, passed away Nov. 10. She was an aunt of Tyler Smith.


After the retirement of Rev. David Carrico, Dr. Michael B. Sisson has been named Executive Minister of the WV Baptist Convention. He currently is the senior pastor at Crab Orchard Baptist Church in Raleigh County, He will begin his duties effective April 1, 2018. Until that time, Dr. Michael Stephens will continue to serve as interim.

In 1914, during World War I, British and German troops observed an unofficial truce and even play soccer together on the Western Front.

Sun., Dec. 17, 11:00 am – Christmas Cantata by Sanctuary Choir, “Mary Did You Know?”

Sun., Dec. 17, 3:00 pm – Ministry at Cabell Health Care, Culloden.

Sun., Dec. 17, 7:00 pm – Children’s Ministry Christmas Plays. Bible Bees present “An ABC Christmas,” and Word Warriors present, “It All Happened in the Country.”

Tues., Dec., 19, 10:00 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Wed., Dec. 20, 7:00 pm – Fireside Christmas, Family Center. Come prepared to share a memory, song, or poem about Christmas.

Thurs., Dec.21, 6:00 pm – Christmas Caroling. A time of Fellowship will follow in the Family Center.

Sun., Dec. 24, 11 am – Ordinance of Baptism.

Tues., Dec. 26 – Beulah Ann’s 143rd Anniversary.

Thurs., Dec. 28, 6:00 pm – Celebration of Jerry and Clara Zerkle’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, hosted by their children, in the Family Center.

Sat., Dec. 30 – Pastor Greg’s birthday.

Sun., Dec. 31 –After morning service, Children’s Ministries will travel to the mall to see the movie, “Star.” See Boo for more information.

Sun., Dec. 31 – Fifth Sunday Night Sing. Please bring finger foods for the after service. We will have a movie, “All Saints,” and board
games, and stay to pray in the new year.

Wed., Jan. 3, 5:45 pm – Fellowship Supper, Family Center.

Sun., Jan. 7 – 10:15 am – Willing Workers and Faithful Servants Classes meet together in the Family Center for coffee and doughnuts.
Tues., Jan. 2, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Sun., Jan. 7, 11 am – Ordinance of Communion.

Mon., Jan. 8, 7 pm – Combined Board Meeting, Family Center. (Boards of Deacons, Trustees, Christian Education, and Finance.)

Wed., Jan. 17, 7 pm – Quarterly Business Meeting.

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.”    ~Augustine

CONGRATUALTIONS to Michael and Caitlin Brumfield on the birth of a son, Maddox James, on Dec. 7. He is the brother of Zander, and grandson of Steve and Julie Brumfield, and great-grandson of Joe and Phyllis Nobel.


Daily Reading Schedule:
December – I Cor. 6 – Revelation 22
January – Genesis 1 – Exodus 40
WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
December – John
January - Proverbs
(2018 Bible reading calendars will soon be on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.) Bible Readers: When you have completed your 2017 reading, let Jo Ross or Debbie Sansom know.

ABC Missionary from West Virginia, Debbie Mulneix, has begun her new assignment as Regional Missionary for Asian Partners. She has previously be assigned to North East India and in the Philippines. Now she will work with church leaders in these countries, plus Nepal and a dozen others all over Central and South Asia. She will be traveling a lot, and invites you to join her on these “Friendship Mission Trips.” Jo Ross has her itinerary if you are interested, or check, or call her at 304-203-4404. She sends her Christmas greetings!

ABC Missionaries from West Virginia, JD and Rhonda Reed, who serve in Bolivia, send Christmas greetings as well. Their daughter Grace graduated from high school this year in Bolivia, and was accepted at Marshall University as a Yeager Scholar. They are adjusting to her living on another continent! They have two younger children, and everyone is in school. JD is half-way through his D. Min. studies, and Rhonda is in the last year of her Masters in Global Public Health Nursing. All this while ministering to the people of Bolivia! Pray for them and all our wonderful missionaries.

(an archive of the November 2017 newsletter follows)


“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (PSALMS 95:2).
I thank God for His mercy and grace.  I thank God that He prepared a plan for our salvation in eternity past, and that Jesus Christ carried out that plan by the shedding of His own precious blood on Calvary and His resurrection from the dead. I thank God for that blessed hope that even if I go the way of man and leave this realm through natural death, I, like Job, will see Him in my flesh.
Do you have something for which to thank God? Life is precious. It is tender and fragile apart from faith in Christ. However, once the blood of Christ has been applied, you have something for which to be thankful. Your sins are forgiven. Are you truly thankful for that? Many people carry their guilt with them like a flashing scarlet letter, drawing attention to themselves. My friends, because of Christ’s sacrifice, we should desire with all our hearts to train all attention on Jesus. The power is in Jesus. Give thanks to the One who paid to redeem and reconcile you to God.
Many people spend Thanksgiving Day preparing for Black Friday, a day of lunacy and questionable shopping tactics which turns even the most patient and humble of Christians into vicious shopaholics who lose their identity in Christ in order to score a great deal on a product they do not need. Toys, televisions, game stations, it’s all on sale! I thank God that His salvation isn’t on sale. It’ll never be discounted, marked down, or on clearance. It is free, totally, completely, forever free! Your bank account may run out. Your credit card may reach its limit. But the mercy and grace of God through Jesus Christ will never run out, expire or diminish. Thanks be to God for His mercy and grace in Christ!                                                                                                ~~Greg Lunsford, Pastor


October 1    175
October 8    176
October 15  186
October 22  155
October 29  175
                  5)867(173 average


Bob Rider, 88, Nov. 17


Gerald & Verna Payton, 50 yrs., Nov. 2
Ray & Peggy Scarberry, 60 yrs., Nov. 27
Gene & Mildred Caldwell, 73 yrs., Dec. 14


Willing Workers Class    $20.00


Daily Reading Schedule:
November – Luke 14 – I Cor. 5
December – I Cor. 6 – Revelation 22
WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
November – Habakkuk
December - John
(2017 Bible reading calendars are on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.)


In September and October, we gave offerings to cover the shipping of our Operation Christmas Child Love in a Shoe box program. On Sunday, Nov. 12, we had a dedication service for 413 boxes! With $1,085 collected those two designated months, and earlier generous donations, we have enough to send these beautiful boxes on their way! Our prayer is that these little gifts along with the literature that is enclosed in each one in the child’s language will make a difference in lives.

In November, we need funds to buy the fresh items for the Christmas Baskets, such as turkey, rolls, and pie. Also, we need non-perishable items, which are on post-its on the back wall of the church. Please bring these items by the Horn of Plenty Service Nov. 22.


  To Winfield Middle School science teacher Erika Klose, who was awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award on October 30, one of only 45 awarded nationally by the Milken Foundation. The $25,000 award came as a complete surprise to her. Congrats, Erika!
  To Mitzi Beckett, BSN, SCRN, and Stroke Program Coordinator at Cabell-Huntington Hospital. The National Stroke Association presented her with the Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Award for creativity. She was one of only eight recipients in the United States to receive this prestigious honor. She received the award for the creation of FASTman, a superhero character used to help educate children about stroke.
  To the Cabell Midland Marching Knights who were named State Grand Champions in October. Garret Wiseman, son of Marc and Angie Chapman, plays the mellowphone in the band, and Alex Morrison, grandson of Jim and Pat Morrison, is a percussionist.
  To the Cabell Midland Girl’s Soccer Team, who won the Class AAA state championship on Nov. 4 in Beckley. Isabelle Litteral plays on the team.
  To Gracie Brumfield, named to the First Team of the 2017 All-MSAC Prep Volleyball Team.
  To Josh Jackson, for being chosen by Milton to help oversee the development of the Morris Memorial Property into the “Grand Patrician Resort,” a hotel/sports complex.


Chloe McComas, daughter of Melissa McComas and granddaughter of Ted and Karen Caldwell, was baptized on Oct. 29. Welcome, Chloe! She was saved at Camp Ona during the recent Youth Fall Retreat!

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. Proverbs 15:13b


The kids were busy the month of October practicing for their Christmas Play and having a mini-VBS during the church’s Revival. From Sunday Oct. 22–25 we had our FUN RUN Bible school. One of our Dads, Josh Holley, whose children are in our children’s ministry is a two-time Boston Marathon Runner, and he was in our mini-VBS each night teaching the kids the right way to warm up and how running a race applies to our daily life. He said you have to have a plan. Our Bible verse for the week was II Timothy 4:7-8A – “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…”

Our Bible Teachers for the week were Meredith Crawford, Mitzi Beckett, Jessica Noe and Stella Bartram. Thanks to you for sharing the Bible truths with the kids. Meredith Crawford did our Fun Run Emblems on the kids shirts & backpacks, with special help from Sharon Hayes and Brooke Chapman. The kids took Fun Run pledge sheets home with them to raise money for our mission project, which was the churches and the families in the flood relief areas in Texas and in Florida. Then at the Fun Run Race on Saturday Oct. 28, they brought their pledge sheets back with the money they raised. A total of $1,270.43 was raised by these children. Praise the Lord! Thanks to all who donated.

Special note - How do you like the children ministry Greeters in the evening services? Thanks to Sharon Hayes for leading them.
On November 1, the kids enjoyed the Circle of Treats the adults have for them in our gym. Thank you so much for all the treats you brought. The kids look forward to this every year.                         ~~Boo Meadows

Children’s Ministries received this card Nov. 15:
Dear Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church,
We received a check from you for our Harvey victims. Thank you! You have impressed our entire staff with all of your hard efforts! Your love for Christ shows in your actions & it is going to bless people who are really hurting right now. Continue to hold the banner of Christ high! All of you kids are an inspiration! In Christ, Bay Area First Baptist Church, League City, TX.


What a service we had at Midland Meadows on Sunday Nov. 12. The Children honored our Veterans and celebrated the meaning of Thanksgiving. They talked about things they were thankful for. The kids gave their testimonies, too. What a Blessing! Two kids have just accepted Jesus as their Savior this last week. Praise the Lord. We also have three kids that want to get baptized very soon. Praise the Lord.

The children were asked to sing to a family and their dear loved one who was passing. The family knew where she was going and was very appreciative of the kids singing. Prayers for this family.
We want to thank Mark and Angie Chapman for traveling with us that day. They are the parents of two of our Jesus Kids – Jeremiah & Isaac Wiseman. Special Thank You to Loretta (Chunky Chapman) for always volunteering to help us.
The kids have exciting things coming up. Chip Floyd, Dad of two of our Jesus Kids, Anna & Erin Floyd, will be returning home from military assignment for a Thanksgiving break. Erin & her sister Lilly will be baptized on Sunday November 26. Praise the Lord.

Then on Thursday night December 7, the Jesus Kids will be in the Barboursville Christmas Parade. Pray for the Jesus Kids ministry.
                                          ~~Boo Meadows


The Cook Books commemorating the Guyandotte Baptist Association’s 150th Anniversary were a sell-out! So many more folks wanted one that a second order had to be made, and they are in! If you didn’t get one yet, please see Nellie Gillispie. Cookbooks are $10. They have already raised over $1,500 for Camp Ona.

Note: Please make the following correction to the Grape Salad recipe on page 31 – add 8 oz. of sour cream.


“Sock”tober and “Undie” Sunday: Socks and underwear are the most requested and least donated items in missions across the country. The same goes for the Huntington city Mission. In order to help provide these items for those less fortunate, including the residents of HCM and the homeless, Youth Ministries sponsored a sock drive throughout the month of October. Once it was made known to the church, the donations began coming in and continued throughout the month. As a result of our church’s generous donations, the teens were able to deliver over 1,100 pairs of socks to HCM and approximately 150 pieces of under garments!!!!!  What made it more special, was that they got to distribute many of them to the residents and homeless. To see the gratitude in their hearts was a blessing to all of them.

Fall Fest at HCM: On November 11, Youth Ministries sponsored a fun filled day for the kids at the Huntington City Mission. Fourteen teens spent the day with 24 kids doing crafts, making bird feeders, playing games and enjoying snacks. I am not sure who had the most fun, our teens or the kids. The highlight of the day was at the very end of the party. If you remember, during our VBS, the teens made over 45 blankets to take to the mission. We have kept them until cold weather and at the end of the party, the teens helped every one of the children pick a blanket to take with them. They were beyond thrilled! They also let them choose a package of socks each. The looks on the kids’ faces when they received their gift was priceless.

We ended the day by spending some time sprucing up the dining hall with fall decorations and then having a circle prayer with the Director of Volunteers.

Shoeboxes: Youth Ministries shopped for and filled 52 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.                                  ~~Mitzi Beckett

A day without sunshine is like night.


As you know, after 34 years of faithful service, our beloved Pastor Paul retired Dec. 31, 2016. Continue to pray for him and his health needs.

Greg Lunsford was hired as Associate Pastor in September 2016, then as Interim Pastor on Jan. 18, 2017. A Pulpit Committee was then formed, and did an exhaustive search for a new pastor. When all was said and done, they presented the church with one name: Greg Lunsford. He was duly elected on Oct. 15, and began as our full-time pastor Nov. 1. Conveniently, Pastor Appreciation Month was October, and we held a Pastor Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 29, which also served as a welcome. Please keep him in your prayers, as well as his wife Jeanne and son Luke.


  Apple Butter makin’ took place on Oct. 21, and once again, it was enjoyed by many, some of whom took their first turn stirrin’. The ABMM sponsor this, and made 85 quarts (86 really, but one hit the floor), selling for $7 each. The  proceeds of $630 will be used by the ABMM to support their various projects, such as building ramps and sending kids to camp.
  The Tanner Boys furnished the talent for our Fifth Sunday Night Sing on Oct. 29 and did a wonderful job.
  The Sanctuary Choir sang at the revival for Glory Way Baptist Church in Salt Rock on Nov. 6. Pastor Greg’s brother Brooke is Pastor there, so it runs in the family! We had at least 25 in the choir, and many more in the congregation, some getting to see old friends, and all having a very blessed time in the Lord.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: The Mission Committee has proposed an optional way to send Christmas greetings to your fellow faithful church members. Instead of individual cards, we will have Christmas art on the back wall of the church starting Nov. 26, where you may write your name as a Christmas greeting to all who see it. Since you will not have to buy so many cards this year, or spend so much time addressing each one, you may wish to place an offering in a gift box near the artwork, which will be given to Lily's Place, where infants who are born addicted to drugs are cared for.
Of course, you may opt to send your cards the traditional way. Thanks!


CARL THOMAS “TOM” BROSE, of Milton, whose funeral was Nov. 12. He was the step-father of JB Caldwell and Amy Neal.

HARRY ALONZO BURKS, who died Oct. 16.  He was a retired locomotive engineer with C& O Railroad and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, having served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a long-time member of Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Libby” Adkins Burks; three daughters, Dianna Adkins, Linda (David) Brown, and Terri (Greg) Priddy; two sisters, Eva Watson and Jean Casey; one brother, Norman “Shorty” (Jean) Burks; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

THURMAN EUGENE “GENE” CLAGG, 98, of Ona, whose funeral service was at Beulah Ann on Oct. 29. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Irene; four children, James (Ellen) Clagg, Reba (Bill) Anderson, Kenneth (Paula) Clagg, and Rodney (Susan) Clagg; nine grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; and seventeen great grandchildren. He was a member of Beulah Ann and Gideon’s International, and a highly decorated Army veteran of World War II.

DONALD LELAND ELKINS, 78, of Ona, who died Oct. 18. He was preceded by his wife, Helen Ruth Rimmer Elkins, and a brother, James, a sister Shelva Jean Elkins and a half-sister, Pamela Markum. He is survived by three children, Kathy (Robert) Jackson, Kevin (Karen) Elkins, and Karen Holley; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Moving from Logan at an early age, he was very active in Ona/Milton businesses and the recovery community.

MARY FRANCES DENNISON LEWIS, 96, of Ona, who died Oct. 31.  She is survived by her daughter, Wanda (Emil) Porter of Ona.  She worked for more than 50 years in her own shop, Fran’s Beauty Shop, in Ona

JANET MCCOMAS, 56, of Mabscott, WV, whose funeral was Nov. 11. She was the wife of Bob McComas, brother of Tom McComas and Tammy Garvin.

THOMAS HOWARD MCCOMRICK, 59, of Prichard, whose funeral was Nov. 11, He was the father of Melissa Bolton.

PERCY DEWAIN ROSS, 70, of Arbovale, WV, whose died Oct. 16. Military Honors were held Oct. 19. He was the brother of Jim Ross.


Take nothing for granted,
For whatever you do
The “joy of enjoying”
Is lessened for you –
For we rob our own lives
Much more than we know
When we fail to respond
Or in any way show
Our thanks for the blessings
That DAILY are ours,
The warmth of the sun,
The fragrance of flowers,
The beauty of twilight,
The freshness of dawn,
The coolness of dew
On a green velvet lawn,
The kind little deeds
So thoughtfully done,
The favors of friends
And the love that someone
Unselfishly give us
In myriads of ways,
Expecting no payment
And no words of praise,
Oh great is our loss
When we no longer find
A thankful response
To things of this kind,
Are found in the heart
That is filled with THANKSGIVING.


Rev. Max Hill was our evangelist for our Fall Revival Oct. 22-27, and what a great job he did!
Special singing from Almost There, the Antioch Baptist Church Choir, Nick Dailey, the 26th Street Baptist Church Choir, the Lighthouse Baptist Church Choir, and the Union Baptist Church Choir.

Rev. Hill, who has been our Area Minister for many years, informed us that WV has a population of 1.8 million, and that 61% of us have no religion at all. Some of the topics he preached on were “Stewardship,” the “Word of God”, “Who is Jesus,” and “Special Gift.” Each sermon was enlightening. Rev. Hill will soon retire from his position at the WVBC, and we wish him a very happy retirement.


Tues., Nov. 21, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Wed., Nov. 22, 7 pm – Horn-of-Plenty Service, Sanctuary. We will be dedicating the non-perishable items for the Christmas Baskets at this service. (No Children’s Church tonight.)

Sun., Nov. 26, 11 am – Simcha and Bella Davidov will be sharing the news of their ministry in Israel.

Fri., Dec.1, 9:00 am – Christmas Baskets, Beaver Building. Volunteers needed to assemble and deliver baskets, and lots of homemade goodies needed, and some sugar-free ones too.

Sat., Dec. 2, 6:00 pm – Church Christmas Dinner, Family Center.

Sun., Dec. 3, 11:00 am – Election of Deacon.

Sun., Dec. 3, 5:45 pm - ABWM, Joseph & Mary Classroom, and 6:00 pm – ABMM, Caldwell Classroom.

Mon., Dec. 4, 7:00 pm – Board of Deacons Meeting, Family Center.

Tues., Dec. 5, 10:00 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Wed., Dec. 6, 5:45 pm – Fellowship Supper, Family Center.

Thurs. Dec. 7, Christmas Lights tour in Elkview, WV. A sign-up sheet for the bus will be on the foyer table.

Thurs., Dec. 7 – Jesus Kids will ride in the Barboursville Christmas Parade.

Fri., Dec. 8, 6:00 pm – Faithful Servants Christmas Dinner, Family Center.

Sat., Dec. 9, 3 pm – Willing Workers Christmas Dinner at Fratelli’s.

Mon., Dec. 11, 1:00 pm – Bible Study at Shonet’s, Milton.

Mon., Dec. 11, 7:00 pm – Christian Board Meeting, Family Center.

Tues., Dec. 12, Pastor Paul’s birthday.

Thurs., Dec. 14, Adult Ministries will travel to Eleanor, WV for “Walk Thru Bethlehem.” Bus will leave at 5:30 pm.

Fri., Dec. 15, Children’s Ministry will travel to Eleanor, WV for “Walk Thru Bethlehem.” Bus will leave at 5:30 pm.

Sat., Dec. 16, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Children’s Ministry Christmas Play practice and party.

Sat., Dec. 16, 2:00 pm - Children’s Ministry’s Word Warriors Christmas Party at Billy Bobs, Barboursville.

Sat., Dec. 16, 6 pm – Widows, Widowers and Singles, “Murder Merriment” at the Huntington Women’s Club.

Sun., Dec. 17, 11:00 am – Christmas Cantata by Sanctuary Choir.

Sun., Dec. 17, 3:00 pm – Ministry at Cabell Health Care, Culloden.

Sun., Dec. 17, 7:00 pm – Children’s Ministry Christmas Play.

Tues., Dec., 19, 10:00 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Wed., Dec. 20, 7:00 pm – Fireside Christmas.

Thurs., Dec.21, 6:00 pm – Christmas Caroling.


On October 26, we took a day trip to the Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV. This is a men’s monastery under the jurisdiction of Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The monks at Hermitage of the Holy Cross live a diligent life of prayer and this life consists in a heavy work schedule during the day. The monks support themselves by making incense, homemade hand soap, lotions, candles and selling honey to the community. Brother Edward met us on a very cold morning, and shared information about the monastery and took us on a tour of their farm. They have about 24 men who live and work there. There is one employee, a woman who makes the soap to sell in the gift shop. We met Fr. David in the candle shop where the candles are made and shipped to various companies. We saw their church where they pray and attend. The grounds are beautiful with flowers and plants. They have goats and bee hives on their farm. They have plans to open a bakery next summer. Our group enjoyed are visit at the Holy Cross Monastery very much and hope to go back and visit the bakery. We did wear long skirts, long sleeves and covered our heads during our tour. We had our Thanksgiving lunch at Cracker Barrel on Nov 9, and enjoy great food and fellowship.
                                 ~~Connie Chapman

Old friends are the best – they know everything about you but can’t remember any of it!


(Given by her granddaughter, Christabel Peyton. Edited because of space limitation.
Other notable government and church officials also spoke in praise of Miss Peyton).

Our Grandmother should be recognized for bringing the good education, the Word of God, to our land and most important for raising our mothers and fathers who are now holding high and important jobs and positions in the Government.

Let us follow our grandmother’s footsteps, especially loving one another, because during her 54 years from 1930 to 1984 she had no segregation or discrimination of a black, yellow and white person, she love all under God’s creation as one.

In the 1930’s it was hard and difficult for a single white lady without support of a mission board who was only depending on overseas family support to walk on foot in Bbililli area where Tsetse flies that were dangerous to human life, giving health care, educating people and spreading the word of God. And we are told that our present Chief Siachitema is one of her former students.

May I urge all the orphan children and grandchildren to imitate and carry forward the remaining work of our grandmother Peyton. Let us unite and rebuild her house as a memorial home and in future put a memorial statue. May I take this opportunity to thank his excellence the first president of the republic of Zambia, Dr. D. Kaunda for honoring our grandmother, Miss Peyton second division in 1983. And my other thanks goes to his royal Highness Senior Chief Siachitema for giving Miss Peyton this land to build a mission station in 1938 and for working hand in hand with her from 1930.

Yes, our grandmother went through trials and troubles starting this mission station and raising the 18 orphaned children she assumed personal responsibilities for, but let me give credit to my Dad, David Peyton who has spent 33 years sweeping and clearing the grave site. May he be rewarded by the almighty God in Heaven.
Claudie Peyton, rest well. We will meet you on the judgment day where you will get your greatest Honor and Crowns for your good deeds.

(She goes on to request that her father, David, be granted privilege to be buried beside his mother in recognition of the care he has given to her beautiful gravesite and monument.)

(Claudie Peyton lived on Cyrus Creek, Barboursville, WV and dreamed of going to Africa. She trained at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati. She took care of her parents until they passed away, then headed for Rhodesia (now Zambia). The Mission Board had said she was too frail to last in that climate for more than a year or two, so she went on her own, with family and local church support, and spent 59 years there, doing a remarkable work. Her son David, would love to come here for a visit if he had support.)



On Sunday, Nov. 5, we once again honored our Veteran’s, both those in attendance and by remembering all those who have gone before. Sadly, we lost two of our oldest Veterans in October, Gene Clagg and Harry Burks. We proudly recited our pledges to the American Flag, the Christian Flag, and to the Bible, and John Rimmer did a wonderful job singing “Let Freedom Ring.”
"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."           Norman Schwarzkopf


Various circumstances kept our delegates from attending much of the WV Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting Oct. 19-20 at the New Baptist Church in Huntington. Pastor Greg Lunsford and Sunday School Superintendent Tom McComas each attended portions, and Jim and Jo Ross attended part of the day Friday. We all would have liked to have been there for all of it, but could not.

Jim and Jo Ross are members of the WV Baptist Historical Society, and attended their workshop, with special guest, George Hancock-Stefan, who spoke on the “Are Baptists Children of the Reformation?” 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The professor was a great speaker, giving us insight into the life of Martin Luther. Luther was a Catholic monk who was displeased with the practices of the Catholic church in the 1500’s. They were not really preaching the gospel, and were even selling “indulgences” for profit, in exchange for forgiveness of sin. Luther only wanted the Catholic Church to reform, but inadvertently gave rise to Protestantism. By following his teachings, Catholics formed other groups which ultimately became Baptists and other denominations. This is a fascinating topic, and there is much material to read about it at your local library or internet resources.

Samuel Adams, First Official Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1777

"It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor."


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.)