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Weekly Note from Pastor Allan

March 1, 2024



We continue to grieve with the family of Elsie Crawford following her funeral service this past Sunday, February 25.  It has been a heavy few weeks for our congregation. 


Many of you are aware that Linda Terry passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2025.  Linda and Murphy are dear friends of MBC.  A memorial service for Linda will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at First Baptist Church (406 West Frederick Street) in Staunton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM. The service will also be live-streamed on Facebook Live (First Baptist Church, Staunton). There will be a reception at the church following the service.


A link to an obituary for Linda is here -


As a reminder, we continue to pray for Dave Maddox following the death of his wife, Grace, 2 weeks ago.  While the funeral for Grace will be held at 11:00 AM at St. George Cathoilc Church in Scottsville on Saturday, March 9, there will be a memorial service for Grace at The Independence, where David and Grace lived in Charlottesville, on Sunday, March 3, at 2:00 PM.  The Independence is located in Pantops at 350 Portico Way in Charlottesville. 


Of course, we also look forward to celebrating the marriage of Shirley Gibbs and Baard Grindal at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 2 at MBC.  We rejoice with Shirley and Baard and their union together. 


As we continue in this season of Lent in worship, we continue to reflect on the words of the psalms.  This Sunday, the scripture lesson is Psalm 19, which includes a familiar verse at the end of the psalm, Psalm 19:14:  “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (NIV)


Those words are often offered just before the sermon as an introductory prayer by a preacher.  Thus, the sermon title is “The Preacher’s Pre-Game Prayer”.  How might those words help us to focus as we serve God each and every day in our own lives?


It is also the first Sunday of the month, so it is a Sunday to collect the Relief Offering.  We will also be celebrating communion together, which is shifting to the first Sunday of each month, beginning this month. 


Be reminded that the MBC Spring Fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 23.  Also, we will begin collecting the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering during the month of March.  Thank you for continuing this journey of Lent with MBC.


With grace and peace,


Allan Smith

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