200 West Center Street
P.O. Box 2
Galax, VA 24333

Pastor - Dr. Thomas J. Whartenby
Minister of Music - Mary Elizabeth Whartenby


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8/10/14 Like a Rock
8/17/14 Kyrie Eleison
8/24/14 Who Am I?

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8/3/14 A Mustard Seed Event
8/17/14 Kyrie Eleison
8/24/14 Who Am I?

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One Great Hour of Sharing

How can I make a difference in a broken world?

Stained Glass Cross


Christianity grew out of Judaism but did not participate in the cult of Jewish sacrifice. Jesus' death on the cross was viewed as the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. And yet many of the early Christians were either Jews or Gentiles who had left a religion which was centered on sacrifice.

Men and women offered sacrifices to beg forgiveness for sins or to ask a favor from the God or gods they worshipped. Paul urges these men and women, and us as well, to offer themselves as "living sacrifices." Instead of killing an animal or burning a cereal grain, Paul commands us to live a certain way. To be precise, we are to begin to live as if God's Kingdom were fully established. We are to bear one another's burdens. We are to forgive. We are to be peacemakers. We are to defend the sanctity of life and the dignity of all human beings.

This will often cause us to "sacrifice" our needs, wants, or rights for the sake of another person. This is what cross-bearing is all about which in turn is what the Christian life is all about.


"A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."

Carl Sandburg


August 28th - Tom Whartenby
August 29th - Nina Spengler
August 30th - Jenna Keller
Andy Messner

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Charlotte Greer Memorial Breakfast, Sunday, September 7th, 9 a.m.

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