...the beginning of the Holy Week in which we commemorate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is the last Sunday in Lent and the Sunday before Resurrection Sunday in which Jesus rode a young donkey into Jerusalem and was greeted by a large crowd with palm branches and people shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” and other expressions of praise (Matthew 21:9).
Pastor Churn gives us a message of “Hosanna”!
Resurrection Sunday's Prayer and Message
Matthew 28:6, “He is not here: FOR HE IS RISEN!"
Women’s Day Weekend ~ March 7-8, 2020 “Let the Women of God in You Stand UP!” (Esther 4:16) Facilitator / Guest Speaker: Rev. Joan Tarpley-Robinson
Reverend Joan Tarpley-Robinson
Rev. Joan Tarpley-Robinson, a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, is the Pastor of the Rosebud Baptist Church in Chatham, VA. She is a Retired Mathematics Professor (Emeritus) of Danville Community College, where she taught Mathematics for 31 years.
Rev. Joan is the Vice Moderator (First female Vice- Moderator) of the Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association and serves on the Ordination Council for Cherrystone. In 2014, she was recognized and received the award for the First Elected Female Pastor of Cherrystone Missionary Association.
Joan accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at the age of 16 and accepted her call to preach in 1997. She was licensed to preach by the Rev. Robert L. Divens, Jr. of Tarpley Chapel Baptist Church. Her Ordination was in 2004 by Pastor Larry Ross of the Rosebud Baptist Church. She accepted Pastoring at Rosebud Baptist in August 2011.
Rev. Joan is a life member of the NAACP where she serves as chairperson of the Treasurer and Education Committee of the local Pittsylvania County branch; is Chaplain of Danville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Inc.; and tutors students at Cherrystone Missionary Center.
Rev. Joan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA, and her Master of Education Degree in Mathematics, with a concentration in Curriculum Development from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Her additional studies are from UVA, Appalachian State University – Boone, NC, and Duke University in Durham, NC.
Rev. Joan facilitated Saturday’s Women’s Ministry Workshop of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving— exploring God’s gift in us (women). Seventy-six women attended the luncheon workshop and participated in individual and group spiritual learning activities—exploring and affirming that Jesus cares for us, that Jesus gives, and that Jesus is the Messiah!
A call was extended for participants to do the work of evangelism—meeting the spiritual needs of our people. Participants were also encouraged to share their testimony of sharing Jesus with others and serving others.
Rev. Joan Tarpley-Robinson was the guest speaker at Sunday Morning’s Worship Service. After the worship service, a banquet was held in the Anchor of Hope Community Center in which all congregants and guests were invited to attend.
Our Youth Recognized
Women's Ministry Supports a Heart-Health Research Project
Women “Got Moving and Got Energized”—a health and wellness workshop and third session of the heart-health research project, sponsored by The Roanoke Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. This workshop was held in the Anchor of Hope Community Center on February 20th. The Women’s Ministry partnered with The Links, Incorporated to bring their Signature Program—the HeartTruth Campaign® and “HeartLinks to Heart Health” project, to our community.
The morning started with free health screenings and a nutritious continental breakfast, followed by two (2) educational and motivational presentations on healthy weight and physical activity.
Link Verna Lewis, M.D., medical advisor for HSBC’s Health Unit and Onawa Allen, health coach of Virtuous Health Today, educated approximately fifty women about the heart-health benefits of moving. Both speakers gave practical suggestions on how to incorporate more physical activity into our daily routines and how to achieve a healthy heart and weight. Then, certified Zumba instructor, Eunice Khetani, got women moving with family-friendly Christian Zumba. Women of all ages had a great time working up a sweat to fun and wholesome music and movement.
To top off a great morning, Pastor Churn and First Lady Karen welcomed attendees, prayed blessings over the delicious, healthy salad bar prepared by Sister Dorothy Chapman, then closed the workshop with blessings on continued health to all.
“The Roanoke Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is one of six (6) chapters throughout the nation that received grant funding to provide “With Every Heartbeat is Life” training here in the Roanoke Valley,” according to Rhonda Poindexter, Research Project Chairperson of The Roanoke Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (pictured right). She continued to inform participants that this program is directed at increasing awareness of heart disease and prevention among African American women because heart disease and stroke remain the #1 cause of death among women, even though these diseases are largely preventable. Ms. Poindexter ended by thanking Pastor and First Lady Churn for promoting communication of this message in the community; thanking the Women’s Ministry and Pam Edwards, chair of the Women’s Ministry for its support of this project; thanking the presenters for communicating the message, and thanking the attendees for their participation!
Many thanks also to our other partners—Kroger, Walmart, and WomenHeart of Roanoke Valley, for making this program a success!