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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10/12/14 Our God, the Extravagant Host
10/19/14 God and Country: Divided Loyalties
10/26/14 Luther & Atheism

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10/12/14 Our God, the Extravagant Host
10/19/14 God and Country: Divided Loyalties
10/26/14 Luther & Atheism

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How can I make a difference in a broken world?

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"In my Father's house there are many abiding places..." These words are read at countless funerals and so are familiar to many, even those who are not regular church attenders. Sometimes the place Jesus is going to prepare is translated "mansions", sometimes "rooms". But the word really means "abiding places". Abide is a favorite word of Jesus in this Gospel. In his parable of the vine and the branches Jesus commands would-be followers to "abide in me".

What Jesus is telling the disciples, anxious about his upcoming death and theirs as well, is not about some form of heavenly carpentry or real estate. Jesus is telling them that he is going back to his Heavenly Father to prepare for their coming, to make sure that they will be welcome. Jesus is always welcome at the throne of grace. If we abide in him, we will be welcome as well.

Since each of our relationships with Jesus is somewhat different if not unique, there are many "abiding places", many ways in which to relate to God and Jesus. Another way of putting this is that there are many ways to love and be loved.


"For all the saints who from their labors rest..."

William How


October 30th - JoAnn Arey
Cindy Whitlock Johnson
November 1st - Jennifer Laws
November 2nd - Toni Fowler
November 3rd - Linda Lastinger
November 4th - Marcus Kuhn
Helen Holshouser
November 5th - Rachel Edwards
November 6th - Lori Luague Lundy
November 8th - Nancy Faddis
Brad Brown
November 9th - Nancy Friend
November 10th - Emily Joines
November 19th - John O'Connor
November 21st - Rebecca Friend
November 24th - Gracie Firgau

Coming Events: 

Annual Congregational Meeting and Stewardship Luncheon, Sunday, November 9th, immediately following worship

The Necessities Closet is in dire need of supplies - Diapers (all sizes), pull-ups, baby wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, dishwashing detergent, etc. Anyone wishing to donate items may bring them by the church Tuesday - Friday, or you may call the church (276-236-3147) to arrange a time to drop off your donated items. Financial donations are also appreciated. Any amount helps!

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