Current News and Events
Chapel Food Chain Created:
In keeping with the mission of the Outreach Committee, committee member Jo Ann Abell has created and will coordinate a program to help with meal preparation for individuals or families who are experiencing a serious medical issue or crisis. Something as simple as preparing a meal can be important in reducing stress at a time when someone’s day is filled with doctor appointments, physical therapy, home care, insurance issues, filling prescriptions, and taking or administering medication in addition to their regular household duties. Thank you to those who have volunteered to prepare and deliver a home-cooked meal or provide a carry-out meal when day-to-day help is needed. If warranted, we may ask for more volunteers at a later date. To request assistance, please utilize the Chapel's prayer request system or contact us here.
Our Next Sunday Service:
For our Sunday service on June 11, 2023, our speaker will be Reverend Glenn Young. His sermon will be "For God So Loved the World" and the Scripture reading will be John 3:16-21.
If you are looking for a church home in the area, we encourage you to visit us. You do not have to transfer a membership from your home church to be a member of ours. All are welcome!
The Council of Hedges Chapel continues to monitor health related concerns regarding the COVID virus and its variants. Though not mandated, we recommend wearing a mask while in The Chapel. If not vaccinated, or if you prefer to maintain greater social distancing, you may use the adjacent Fellowship Hall which is heated and equipped with an effective audio system. Bibles and Hymnals are available there as well. The use of masks is strongly suggested in the Fellowship Hall. We wish everyone to feel comfortable and welcome while practicing familiar safety protocols.
The speaker schedule for future services may be found on the services page.
Message Update from Beckie (Loya) Campbell:
See message, new address and wedding photos on the Joys and Celebrations page.
Tuesday Bible Study:
A new Bible Study continues on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm facilitated by Doug Hilleboe. The group will be studying Romans and meet in the Fellowship Hall. No preparation is necessary. Romans will be read and discussed, portion by portion from start to finish, until completion and then the group will choose their next study section. The study will continue throughout the summer until the end of August and each meeting will last approximately an hour. All are welcome! Questions? Please contact Doug at email@example.com
New Address for Adrianna:
See her new address on our Joys and Celebrations page.
See Rev. Carl Howard's latest pastor update on Peter on our Special Needs and Concerns page in the Members section.
Message of Joy and Celebration from Beckie Loya:
See Beckie's message on that section of this website.
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Are your special days included on our chapel calendar of events? if not, please send them to us. We don't want to miss anyone!
Past News and Events
Some Easter Sunrise Service Photos:
Easter Food Baskets Distributed:
Three times a year, members of the Outreach Committee distribute food collected from members of the community and the congregation and fresh meat, produce, dairy and other items which are purchased. This Easter we served eight families (49 individuals) in need. These are the families that have been referred to us by Starting Points of Morgan County this year. Thanks to all who participated by sharing your blessings with these families this Easter. Outreach Committee
Building and Grounds (Maintenance) Spring Cleanup Update:
Day one of the Chapel Spring Cleanup was well attended and highly successful and with each succeeding workday, our grounds look even better! Thanks so much for all who participated so far: Penny and Kenny Allen; JoAnn Abell, Sheila and Dale Hampton, Tom Ketchel, Martha and Walt Lewis, David Main, Margie and Dan McCandless, Krista and David O'Brien, Rev. Nancy Page, Rick Powell, and Dan McCandless.
Their most recent project involved the renovation of the walkway at the entrance to the Chapel. Guided by the design and expertise of Rick Powell and led by Penny and Kenny Allen (committee Chair and vice chair, respectively) volunteers helped replace the loose stones and mismatched pavers with a smooth and attractive surface that is much safer to walk on.
Thanks to all who have stepped up to help keep our historic house of Christian worship beautiful and safe for all to use.
Hedges Chapel Council
Passing of Evelyn Collins:
"Our mother, Evelyn Collins, passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 25th. She turned 97 years old in January and had enjoyed a long, happy and loving life surrounded by family and friends in The Woods community. We know the members of Hedges Chapel were supportive, and we appreciate the care they showed to both of our parents over the years. We hope to hold a memorial service for both of our parents (Henry and Evelyn) this summer and will forward details when it is planned." Thank you, Lynn Knazik, Diane Price & Laurie Collins.
A copy of Evelyn's obituary has been placed here.
We Overflowed our Cabinet for Souper Bowl of Caring:
Thanks to all members of the Chapel and community for your donations for our Souper Bowl of Caring project -- collecting non-perishable food items for Loaves and Fishes and Meals on Wheels! We were overwhelmed with your generosity! The Hedgesville Loaves and Fishes, a food bank in Hedgesville, provides a set bag of food items to those in need. Meals on Wheels delivers hot nutritious meals to over 250 homebound Berkeley County recipients each day. We will deliver your donations this week. Congratulations and thanks to Martha Lewis for coordinating this project!
Additional Commitee Members Sought:
Our Building and Grounds Committee is seeking additional members to help with the maintenance and improvements of the Chapel facilities and cemetery. The Outreach Committee would like a few more members who wish to help those in need in our greater community. If you have these interests, please let us know.
Veteran's Day Parade Photos:
It's never too late to celebrate our veterans! See the photos taken by Sheila Hampton on our Joys and Celebrations page. If you are a member and need the passcode for the members' section, please contact us.
Thanks for Helping with our Holiday Food Distribution and Christmas Angels Project
Thanks to all who contributed toward our Thanksgiving and Christmas food collection. We served 54 individuals from 9 families in need from Morgan County.
Hedges Chapel's "Homegrown Holiday"
Many thanks to Steve Warner for putting together a wonderful holiday show Friday evening. This show was Hedges Chapel's Christmas gift to the community. We had a nice turnout, and the folks were treated to a wide variety of holiday music, from religious to hilarious; from thought provoking to heartwarming!
Thanks too, to the cast of entertainers who put in all the time and energy to make the show a rousing success - Steve, of course, and Chris Cubby, Mary Gunderson, Sheila Hampton, Patti and Brian McMahon, Tom Musselman, Nancy Page and Allen Terhaar. We appreciate the folks who came to hear them perform, and those who brought cookies. Yummy! Merry Christmas, everyone!!
Great News about Pete Mulford:
The Berkeley County Distinguished Citizen Award winner this year is our own Pete Mulford! The award is presented by the Shenandoah Area Council’s Potomac District, Boy Scouts of America. Milford is being recognized for his many years of service to Scouting, the Berkeley County community, and notably the provision of healthcare and human services in the Eastern Panhandle, according to the official release. Read the full article in the Journal here.
News of Arlene Ruckle's and Peggy Jones' Moves and New Addresses:
See details on this members only page.