Passing of Charlie Simms
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we have to inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Chapel member, Charlie Simms. His sons Brian and Eric were with him as he joined his dear wife Linda in the Lord's sheltering arms. Arrangements are yet to be announced and we will let you know as soon as they are. Please keep Brian, Eric, and the rest of Charlie's family in your prayers.
New 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 new 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.
Chapel Has Re-opened!
Hedges Chapel re-opened for in-person worship on May 30. Beginning Sunday July 4, we will no longer require masks to be worn and social distancing will be left to personal preference. Outdoor covered seating is also available, as well as in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall for folks still wanting to keep their distance. Our new sound system works in those locations as well. In the near future we will also resume fellowship hour following worship service, beginning with a pot luck for members who have recently moved away. For the safety of all, the council and the worship committee will continue to monitor local COVID-19 indicators to respond to current conditions. (Thanks to Penny for these photos of our May 30 service.)
Our Next Sunday Service:
On Sunday, July 25, Reverend Nancy Page will be our speaker for our in-person service. Her sermon will be “Are You a Super Fan?” with the scripture reading of Luke 19: 1-10. We look forward to sharing Nancy's message with you. If you are looking for a church home in the area, we encourage you to visit us. All are welcome!
Please note that we no longer require masks to be worn and social distancing will be left to personal preference.
The speaker schedule for future services may be found on the services page.
Thanks to the Gois family -- Carl Howard's son-in-law Orlando, daughter Lita, and granddaughters Abigail and Alison -- who did some volunteer gardening at the Chapel. You will notice and appreciate the much neater look, when you arrive for service or visit the chapel.
Donations of School Supplies Sought for Local Elementary School:
The outreach committee is hosting its annual collection of much-needed school supplies for Pleasant View Elementary School located on Route 9 just over the Morgan County border. These will be given to children whose parents cannot supply them or used to replenish the teachers’ supplies. We will collect your donated items through Sunday, August 15 to deliver by the start of school. If you can remember the thrill of a new pencil case or box of Crayola’s, please consider participating.
Here is the list of items requested by the PVES teachers this year. Please purchase only from among these items as school storage space is limited.
Please note that it is difficult for the committee to handle cash donations since we cannot give them to the school, so we request that anyone interested should arrange to purchase supplies rather than donate cash if at all possible. Grocery stores, Target, Walmart, Michaels etc. all have summer school supply sales and one can order online for quick and easy pick-up at their door or home delivery.
You may drop off your items at the Fellowship Hall at the following times or make other arrangements.
Sunday, August 8- noon - 1:00 pm
Saturday, August 14 - 10:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday, August 15 - noon - 1:00 pm
To schedule an alternate time or for pick-up: phone Laura Powell @304-754-3553 or Sheila Joy @240-446-3486.
Memorial Service for Henry Collins:
The family of Henry Collins is hosting a "Celebration of Life" service at the chapel on Saturday, August 14 at 2:30 pm with a small reception to follow. The following invitation was received from Diane, Henry's and Evelyn's middle daughter.
"It's hard to believe that it's been almost 6 months since my Dad's passing in January. I miss him every day and feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful father. Now that the covid issues are hopefully settling down a bit and life is returning to a more normal state, we have set up a "Celebration of Life" service ....
We want to extend an invitation to the Chapel members to please join us in our celebration.... Because Dad was such a great story teller himself, we are also asking that people come ready to reminisce with a story or special memory of him to share (if they like to). Thank you! Diane Price"
Chapel Council Minutes
The latest council minutes from July 13 are now available in the members only section. If you are in need of the password for this section, please contact us.
Minute for Mission: Pleasant View Elementary School
While the Chapel does not make a direct monetary contribution to Pleasant View Elementary School (PVES), we are involved with parents, teachers, and children there in various ways throughout the year.
The school is located close by on Route 9, just inside the Morgan County line. It prides itself as “The Home of the Roadrunners.” PVES serves about 125 students in grades K through 5 and is a Title I school. Title I is a federal education program that supports low-income students throughout the US. Funds are distributed to high poverty schools, as determined by the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
During the school year, the chapel assists 10-12 families by providing them with fresh meat, produce and other perishable and non-perishable food through our Holiday Food Basket program at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Twelve hundred dollars annually is budgeted from the chapel budget to purchase the fresh food and meat. Congregation members are always generous in supplying the non-perishable items which help to stock the family’s pantry. School-aged children from these families are adopted by members of the congregation and the Woods community and provided with clothing through our Christmas Angels activity. Last year, we adopted 21 children for this program.
In the summer, the outreach committee hosts a donation program for school supplies. The donation drive goes from mid-July to the start of the school year in mid-August. Here is the list of items requested by the PVES teachers this year.
Sunday Sermon Archives Available:
Information about all past speakers and sermons for 2021 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.
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!
Keeping in Touch:
A revised digital Member Directory is available, thanks to the work of Steve Rudolph and the Worship Committee. It can be found in the "members only" section of this website. Please send any corrections or additions to us via the contact page.
New Website Section:
If you missed descriptions and photos from recent news everts, you can now find most in our past news highlights section.
Easter Food Baskets:
Thanks to those who donated non-perishables and cash for our fresh food purchases, we were able to give over 3 full bags and a box of grocery items plus a ham, pie, eggs and a bag of refrigerated food to each of our 11 families (52 individuals). Congregation members as well as friends from The Woods community were generous in donating food and cash so we could give out even more food this year. Also, the Chapel continues to benefit from our partnership with Martin's on Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg. Mike Sword, store manager, and his staff are the best to work with!
Thank you all for your role in making Easter a little brighter this year for 11 families in need!
Laura and John taking inventory of items you donated.
Lots of fresh produce and other food pre-ordered from Martin's.
We could give more to each family this year, thanks to your generosity!
Gayle, Lisa, and John -- just a part of our team who makes this possible.
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.