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Current News and Events
 

Souper Bowl of Caring: 

Once again, we will participate in the national "Souper Bowl of Caring" project by collecting non-perishable food items for Loaves and Fishes and Meals on Wheels.  The collection period will run from January 29th to February 12, the day of the Super Bowl.  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.  For a list of non-perishables needed and the drop-off schedule, see here.  

Building and Grounds (Maintenance) Spring Cleanup:

Penny Allen, Chair of the Building and Grounds (Maintenance) Committee, has announced the Saturday dates of March 18 and March 25 for the annual spring cleanup. If you are available to help, please mark these dates on your calendar. More information regarding work to be done will follow as the dates near. In April, Rick Powell will lead a separate effort to renovate part of the entrance to the Chapel. Once Rick has located needed material and selected a date, we will call for volunteers to help with that project too. Thanks to all who have stepped up to help keep our historic house of Christian worship beautiful and safe for all to use. 

Our Next Sunday Service: 

For our Sunday service on January 29, 2023, our speaker will be Reverend Nancy Page.  Her sermon will be "Father, Hear My Prayer" and the Scripture reading will be Philippians 2:3-11. 

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 ChapelIf 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.

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

 

The Passing of Paul Price

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Paul Price.  Paul was a big supporter of Hedges Chapel, and whenever he visited his family in The Woods, he would attend Sunday service with us. Please keep Paul's family in your prayers.  More details on the special needs and concerns page.  

A Winter Bible Study:

A Conversation with the Book of Revelation will begin on January 31st,  led by Reverend Penny Gladwell.  Participants will engage the text on their own, explore the ancient symbols and visions, and find its relevance in 2023. It is open to Hedges Chapel worshippers and members of the community.

 

Sign up by emailing penny.gladwell@gmail.com by January 24th.  More details on the Bible Study page.

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

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.

Chapel Council Minutes Available:

The minutes from the November 15 meeting of the Chapel Council of Directors in now available online in the Council section.  

 

New Roofing Project Completed:

The roofing project is complete, and both the Chapel and the Fellowship Hall are sporting new roofs. The Fellowship Hall also got new gutters and leaf guards, and the roofers also repaired the cupola. Check them out! The roofs were paid for out of Chapel reserve funds, and gifts to help restore our reserves and to plan for future projects will be much appreciated. 

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

Annual Congregational Meeting Minutes of September 18 Posted:  

Results of the Election of Officers, standing committee annual reports, and other congregational business can be found in the meeting minutes posted in the members only section. 

School Supplies Collection Results 

The Outreach Committee wishes to thank all those who donated school supplies for student and teacher use at Pleasant View Elementary School in nearby Morgan County.  These will be given to children whose parents cannot supply them or used to replenish the teachers’ supplies.  Here are some great photos, taken by project coordinator Kris O'Brien, which capture the extent of what was collected as well as the joy of giving and receiving.  

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New Photo in Joys and Celebrations Section under Members Pages:

See Adrianna's latest photo and information about keeping in contact with her under the Members Only section on the new Joys and Celebrations page.  

Thank You for your Contributions Toward West Virginia and Kentucky Flood Relief:

In response to the devastation caused by flooding in southern West Virginia and Kentucky, Hedges Chapel served as a collection point for donations from Chapel members and the community at large, to aid in the recovery effort of the affected areas. Monies we collected were directed through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCR), specifying West Virginia and Kentucky Flood Relief.  As in the past, we have chosen the UMCR because the entire amount donated will go toward providing relief to the impacted people, as no overhead costs are taken from it.

Thanks to all those who contributed.  We ask you to join us in keeping all those affected by this terrible natural disaster in our thoughts and prayers.

Chapel Council Minutes Available:

The most recent minutes of the Hedges Chapel Council is now posted in the Council Minutes section of the members only part of this site.  Please contact us if you are a member who needs the password.  As you review them, if you find areas where the Chapel might benefit from your skills and talents, please contact one of the council members and we'll be happy to direct you to the appropriate committee chair(s). Committees where new members are always welcome are:  Worship (including music), Outreach, Fellowship, and Buildings and Grounds. 

Search Function Added to Website:

Since our site is getting filled with lots of good information, we've added a site search function so details are easier to find.  It's located at the top of each page.  Like any search engine, it's not perfect but it will get you started.  Why not try it out by searching on "speakers?"  You will find several different ways to learn more about who is sharing their message with us each week, for example. 

 

 

Special Needs or Concerns Page in the Members Only Section:

From time to time, individuals or families in the congregation or immediate community may need help in some way beyond our prayers.  A page has been started to share these concerns for as long as our involvement would be helpful.  For privacy reasons, this is a password protected page. The password is the same for all members only sections.  If, in the future, you know of someone who should be added to the Concerns page, please share the details by contacting us.

Augmented Website: 

As we continue to develop this website, we are seeking contributions of chapel memories, photos and/or favorite Bible verses to include in those sections.  Please contact us if you have items for inclusion, ideas for new sections or information to be added that would be helpful to you.  

Thanks for School Supplies from Pleasant View Elementary School:

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Sunday Sermon Archives Available:

Information about all past speakers and sermons for 2021 and 2022 are available in a special section under the services menu tab.  Thanks to Kat for this idea!

Fellowship Hall Open for Groups and Event Rentals:

The Council of Hedges Chapel is pleased to announce the opening of our Fellowship Hall for group meetings and events.  Please contact Sheila Joy to reserve a date and time for your club, group or business meeting; wedding; birthday or anniversary celebration; family reunion, etc.  

Our rental fee remains $25 for standing groups (weekly/monthly repeat).  The fee for a one time event is either $50 or $100+ as indicated on the rental agreement.  Once a date and time have been confirmed by Sheila, you will need to complete the agreement and return it to her along with the rental fee check.  

We are pleased to announce the lifting of face mask and social distancing restrictions for groups.  Should a COVID virus or other community health concern arise in the future the Council will respond appropriately and provide notice accordingly.  As has always been our practice, we ask that you wipe down surfaces prior to your departure leaving the premises clean and tidy for the next group.  A copy of the rental agreement is available for your review in the facilities section of this website.  

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