Boy Scouts of America Reaching Our Youth

Who hangs out with tigers, bobcats, wolves, and bears? 400 Cub Scouts in the Mannahoac District of the Boy Scouts of America—and they are inviting first- through fifth-grade boys to join the Cub Scouts—where there is fun at every turn.

The Mannahoac District, Shenandoah Area Council, serving Clarke County in VA and Jefferson County in WV, is excited to be spreading the word about Cub Scouting.

Every parent understands the value of spending personal time with his or her children. Yet in our demanding, fast-paced society, we often find ourselves looking back at missed opportunities. More than any other youth program available today, Cub Scouting supports parent and son relationships in ways that result in memories of time well spent together.

The Cub Scout program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents. Cub Scouting meets these needs by offering fun and challenging experiences that boys and parents do together.

Such experiences range from learning how to put up a tent, swim, properly care for animals, or use hand tools to complete small projects. In a recent study by Louis Harris & Associates of New York, at least 90 percent of parents of Cub Scouts say that because of Cub Scouting, they share time with their sons by working on projects together, going places together, and talking together.

These experiences are truly time well spent. If such interactions are not made priorities, valuable avenues for a parent to demonstrate love and commitment are lost. Young boys recognize that the priorities of parents are expressed in how parents spend their time.

While every parent wants his or her son to have fun experiences in their childhood, fun alone is not enough. Young boys need safe environments and activities that promote strong values and character. These are the elements that families strive to provide and that Cub Scouting supports.

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. Make a difference in your son’s life; start him on the right path. “When I stop and think about the impact that I’m having on my son and the lives of his friends, it doesn’t just make me feel good—it makes me feel great,” said Marsha Cady, a Cub Scout parent. Besides, how else can your son be a Tiger Cub (first grade) and then become a Bobcat, a Wolf, and a Bear?

We invite parents with boys in the first through fifth grade to join this great program. Please visit our website at for more details on how to sign up or for more information on Cub Scout packs in your area.




Thank You to “The Curve”

 HSCBA Treasurer Jim Wink presents check to Blue Ridge VFD Treasurer Mike Sprenger with members from both groups present.

This summer, the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association of Pine Grove held their annual fund-raiser for Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company. This was the 20th consecutive year that they have worked hard to raise money for the fire & rescue company.  They do this through auctions, raffles, food sales, and special auctions of items donated by members of our community. This year they raised $6,180.30.

The total over the 20 years of their effort is an amazing amount of $167,026 dollars! The money earned by “The Curve” has a direct and positive impact on our county. Due to their efforts, Blue Ridge Vol. Fire & Rescue has been able to purchase many things which help maintain efficient operations.

Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue expresses our utmost gratitude to “The Curve” for all they have done for our community. Truly, they are an example of our motto: Neighbor Helping Neighbor.


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“Cool Jazz for a Hot Night” Wows Audience at Barns of Rose Hill

by Angela Mitchell

Nestled in a captivating site in beautiful downtown Berryville, just across the Railroad tracks, sits the lovely “Barns of Rose Hill”.  The Barns is an enchanting entertainment venue with a warm and intimate atmosphere.  Last Saturday, August 25th, The Barns were host to “Cool Jazz for a Hot Night“, the gala fundraiser presented for the benefit of The Josephine Community School Museum and Clarke County African-American Cultural Center.  Although the Museum has been serving the community for over ten years, this was their largest fundraiser to date, and what a success it was!  The room was full of happy and excited patrons who had come to help raise money to support the great and worthy causes of the Museum and Cultural Center.  The primary focus of the Museum is to create and manage a living museum dedicated to restoring the original 1882 school house and to share the people, objects, and stories that form the continuing legacy of Clarke County’s African American history and heritage.

Cool Jazz for a Hot Night – Photo Michael Dowling

All elements of this fundraiser were of the highest caliber.  From the Programs and table favors, to the unique and tasty appetizers, to the beautiful music and unique items included in the auction.  No aspect was overlooked.  The delectable appetizers and desserts were catered by Thyme Savor Cateringand each and every selection was delicious!  They thought of everything, and even included appetizers for our friends who prefer more vegan and vegetarian choices. The desserts were also quite scrumptious and just the right size.

The evening’s music was presented by the extraordinary Greg Lamont and his wonderful Trio, with vocalist Dick Smith.  WOW! They were quite the hit!  Greg and his trio provided a wonderful evening of traditional and unique musical stylings for the audience of obvious jazz lovers.  The music was so captivating that a number of couples got up and danced throughout the evening.  The Greg Lamont Trio is one of this area’s most versatile performance groups, and never fails to surprise and delight audiences of any size.  Saturday’s audience was no exception.  Greg and the Trio received rave reviews, and if you weren’t there you missed a glorious evening of exceptional music.

Cool Jazz for a Hot Night – Photo Michael Dowling

A wonderful auction was held mid-evening and was directed by Guss Morrison, the evening’s personable Master of Ceremonies.  Auction items included Dinner for two at Blues Alley in Washington, DC, tickets for the Mose Allison show at Blues Alley, music CDs (by Mose Allison and the Greg Lamont Trio), an original oil painting by a talented local artist, and a stay at the beautiful Monaco Hotel in Old Town Alexandria.  The Josephine School Community Museum Board of Directors, and the Event Committee did a fabulous job on this event.  Museum Founder, Rosetta B. Clay, Board President, Dorothy Davis, Vice President, John Burns, and the other Board Members, Sponsors and Supporters can indeed be proud of their accomplishment of this event.  I, for one, look forward to their upcoming events and hope to see you there next year.

For more information on the Josephine School Community Museum visit them at www.jschoolmuseum.orgor contact them at: P.O. Box 423, Berryville, VA  22611

For information about ‘The Barns of Rose Hill’ contact Cheryl Ash, Executive Director, 540-955-2004, or email them at:

Angela Mitchell is a Free-Lance writer in the Washington Metropolitan area, and can be reached at    

Cool Jazz for a Hot Night – Photo Michael Dowling

Clarke Voices: Why Do We Need Another Church in Clarke County?

By Van Welton

To many, it’s puzzling.  Why would anyone think about planting a new church in Berryville?  After all, Clarke County appears to have enough churches already.  Each major denomination is represented and there are numerous independent congregations to fill in any spiritual gaps.

Another church will only crowd the scene.  It will hurt existing churches, some struggling to survive.  It will build its membership by sheep stealing.  Besides, it’s new and most folks in Clarke County don’t like anything new.

I have heard the gauntlet of reasons why a new church is a bad idea.  Admittedly, it is easy to be discouraged.  At times, it feels like the easiest thing to do would be to toss in the towel.  There are well established churches that need pastors and it is tempting to locate one and fill its pulpit.

But before packing my theological library into the moving truck, I review the statistics for Clarke County.  The fact is that 67% of the population of Clarke County is unchurched.  Other pastors I have spoken to believe the number of those with no church affiliation is actually over 80%.  This means, at a minimum, that 9,402 of the 14,034 residents of Clarke County have no connection with a church whatsoever.

The high percentage of unchurched residents may not alarm some within our community.  It can be easily argued that Clarke County is still a great place to live notwithstanding the weak numbers.  I agree.  Despite its challenges, I would rather live in Clarke County than any other place.  As a Baptist pastor, I have served in various locations and Clarke County is the best place that I have discovered to live and raise my family.

The focus of my concern rests on the detrimental effect that anemic church attendance will have on succeeding generations.  Charles Murray, author of Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980, captured my uneasiness when he wrote; “Secular America remains quite moral, and that’s good.  But a great part of that is a bequeathal, a legacy that we’re spending without replenishing.”

Churches strengthen families by promoting moral virtues which in turn are exhibited throughout the community.   Dwindling church attendance weakens the community through an ever diminishing moral consciousness.

There is much talk today about our national financial debt and the impact that it will have on our children.  Both sides of the political aisle agree it must be addressed.  My anxiety rests with what I perceive as a growing spiritual debt and its impact on the generations to come.

Still, why a church plant?  Wouldn’t it have been easier and wiser to join a local congregation and work to build that congregation up?  There are three reasons why I chose to plant a church as my service to the community.

First, planting a church fulfills the Lord’s instructions.  In the Great Commission, Matthew 28, Jesus instructed his followers to go and make disciples of all people.  Establishing churches to serve those that are impacted by the Gospel message is a natural by-product of going.

Yet, new church starts have not kept up with the population growth.  In 1900, there were 27 churches for every 10,000 people in America, but today there are less than 11 churches for every 10,000 people.  Clarke County, like so many communities across our nation, needs more churches to help fulfill the Great Commission.

Second, a church plant is the best way to reach the unchurched.  Dozens of denominational studies have confirmed that the average new church gains most of its new members (60-80%) from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshipping body.

Out of necessity, new churches depend on an aggressive outreach campaign for survival.  The new church becomes self-sustaining only after a sufficient number of people have been added to the rolls.  Conversely, when a church reaches a sustaining level, the urgency among its members to attract new members often decreases.

Third, a church plant will benefit the larger Body of Christ.  It is a myth that a new church will always hurt existing churches.  On the contrary, new churches often bless an existing faith community.  By exposing the faith community to new church methods and practices, the new church contributes to the local Kingdom.  Its focus on outreach and servanthood encourages existing churches to recapture their missional heart.

Church planting is not for everyone.  Some are called to serve the Kingdom in an existing church.  God’s Kingdom needs all types of churches, different sizes and styles.  I tell everyone that visits my church plant to pray to discover where God is leading them.  If God is leading them to another church, then by all means join that church.  The important thing is that everyone is in His will and attending where he leads.

At the same time, church plants should not be written off.  They may not have all the bells and whistles that an established church may have, but they do fulfill an important role within the Kingdom.  Through its emphasis on outreach and servanthood, it may connect with someone that ordinarily would not darken the doors of a church.  And the more people that attend church, the more our community benefits.

Van Welton is the pastor of Apple Valley Baptist, a Southern Baptist Convention church plant meeting at D.G. Cooley Elementary.  Information about the church may be found at

Veterans Stock FISH Pantry with July Food Drive

Mike Linster unloading some of the food collected during the food drive.

By Bob Ferrebee

The sixth annual Clarke County Veterans’ July Food Drive has just concluded.  The veterans from both American Legion Post 41 and VFW Post 9760, and their auxiliaries, along with the good people of Clarke County, have made this year’s effort another success.  Over 600 pounds of food has been delivered to the FISH Food Pantry in Berryville, along with cash in the amount of $600.

This joint effort between our veterans and citizens to collect both money and food for the benefit of the less fortunate in Clarke County, is one in which we all can take great pride.  We extend special thanks to our friends who provide locations for our collection barrels: Dollar General Store, Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, VFW Post 9760, and American Legion Post 41.

The two veterans organizations thank the citizens of Clarke County for their effort and the generosity. During the past six years, the Veterans’ Food Drive has contributed over three tons of food and over $2,600 to the FISH Food Pantry.

Local Church Offers Outdoor Movie After National Night Out

This Tuesday, Clarke County residents will gather with police and emergency officials to observe the 6th annual National Night Out (read more here) in Rose Hill Park to stand in solidarity against crime in our community. The official event runs from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Rose Hill Park in Berryville, however this year one local church will be screening an outdoor movie in the park after the event concludes.

As a gift to the community during the National Night Out celebration, Tuesday, August 7th Apple Valley Baptist Church will be showing the box-office hit movie “Courageous.”

Courageous is another successful movie from Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.  Just like the ministry’s previous movies, Fireproof and Chasing the Giants, this new movie is filled with action.  Viewers will find themselves laughing and cheering for the main characters to succeed.

According to the movie trailer, Courageous follows the lives of four policemen who are “confident and focused” on the job but struggle with the challenge of fatherhood.  “When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering.”

The movie will begin at approximately 8:15 pm weather permitting.  Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets to use on the grass.  To ensure a great experience, the movie will be projected on a 15×15 foot screen and an enhanced portable audio system will be used.

Although Courageous is rated PG-13, the church feels the movie is a very positive movie for the family.  A full review is available online at

Courageous will challenge and inspire the community through the lives of everyday heroes.  All are encouraged to come and contribute to the spirit of unity within Clarke County.

A Tribute to Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh

Joyful energetic spark for all life around us


BERRYVILLE, July 20 — More than 300 mourners gathered Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville to celebrate and pay tribute to the short life of local news reporter-photographer and horse enthusiast Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh, who was tragically murdered July 9 in a yet unresolved crime.

Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh

Miss Greenhalgh, 48, single and never married, only 10 days before had joined several hundred family members and friends at historic Rosemont Manor here for a wedding ceremony at the former home of family Harry F. Byrd, Sr., who served Virginia as governor and U.S. senator for more than half a century from 1924 to 1966.

Now this lovely outgoing and joyous news professional is sadly gone, the victim of what investigators believe was a hate crime perhaps committed by the enraged boyfriend with whom she had just broken up and was actually seen shortly before her death arguing in a public parking lot outside the man’s apartment building in Gainesville on the evening she apparently told him face-to-face that she no longer wanted to see him.

The man’s Somerset Pointe apartment off U.S. Route 29 Lee Highway in Gainesville and car have been searched, computer equipment confiscated that was used for Internet communications the “person of interest” reportedly had with Miss Greengalgh over an extended period prior to the killing.

The man was interrogated by Fauquier and Prince William County sheriff’s deputies and FBI special agents under court-issued warrant, but no arrest has yet been reported.

Miss Greenhalgh, a Maryland native, graduate of Oldfields Preparatory School in Glencoe and Lynchburg University near Roanoke, Va., well-known area equestrian sports competitor will be remembered by her brilliant work for top-ranked international equine publications including the Chronicle of the Horse magazine in nearby Middleburg, for whom she toiled as a prize-winning writer-photographer for more than a decade. She also served as Frederick County reporter for The Winchester Star, owned and published by Thomas T. Byrd of Berryville, at the time of her murder.

She was a professional colleague who I had come to know in the news business and through mutual friends in the thoroughbred horse world, which was our common background.

Law enforcement investigators have disclosed that her apparent murder occurred at her rented home on Dunvegan Farm between Upperville and Marshall sometime during the night of Sunday, July 8-9.

Authorities say they are still pursuing many leads, but their early conclusion remains probable homicide related to the romantic break-up.

The wedding Miss Greenhalgh had attended at Rosemont on July 7 was between Langdon Byrd Greenhalgh, a global humanitarian relief executive, and Natalie Swope of Winchester, a Frederick County English teacher.

The vivacious lady joyfully mingled and embraced fellow guests, clicking photos as she always did wherever she went with a bag full of cameras and lenses.

Fauquier County firefighters and sheriff’s investigators believe a fire was purposely set by Miss Greenhalgh’s killer at the house on Dungevan Farm in an attempt to cover up the homicide. A reported autopsy has confirmed that she died from gunshot wounds, police authorities disclosed.

My own sorrow on hearing the news was my own recollection of a poignant conversation we had just a few months ago about the solitude of journalism that requires writers and editors for news organizations to maintain a distance and independence from the subjects of their reporting.

All journalists make friends with sources and newsmakers we cover. One of my best friends in government as a newsman myself was Sarah’s great-uncle, retired U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Jr., who was honored newsmaker guest at my own retirement party in September 2005 after 20-plus years as investigative national news reporter for The Washington Times newspaper.

Senator Byrd had granted me an exclusive interview for The Times commemorating his own three decades of public service when he retired from the U.S. Senate in 1986. The full-length recorded interview was published verbatim.

We agreed in our own reminiscences together that journalism and public service are much of the time lonely vocations.

In one of our discussions, we recalled that sainted Mother Teresa of Calcutta was once asked what she believed was the worst disease she had ever seen during her Sisters of Charity humanitarian work throughout the world, and her response had been, “Of all the diseases I have known, loneliness is the worst.”

Mother Teresa wrote in her book, “My Life for the Poor”: “I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody to no one.”

There is no doubt that our fast-paced, morals-free culture produces a plethora of lonely people everywhere –– people who are treated by others as throwaways, those who live alone with no one to care for or about them, with families that are either gone, uninterested, or too busy.

For such people, most days end coming home to an empty home or apartment and spending the evening alone, except perhaps for an occasional friendly visitor or the television.

Like any disease, Mother Teresa was saying, loneliness strikes at any stage in life, afflicting the rich and poor, young and old alike, making no exceptions even for the most celebrated or gifted people on earth.

In our fast-paced society where people are striving to acquire more things, they often find themselves with fewer meaningful relationships.

A recent survey at the University of Chicago revealed that the average urban dweller reaching adulthood can expect to spend 18.5 years of his or her life living in marriage with a spouse, 4.3 years living with someone to whom they are not married, and the rest of their lifetime living alone.

Reasons given include higher divorce rates and growing reluctance of young adults to make a commitment to marriage. Researchers concluded that cohabitation —living together — resulted in more jealousy and physical violence than found among married couples.

Mother Teresa’s testimony in her own lifetime was that our creator understands and offers assistance. She recalled that Jesus Christ spent much of his time with his disciples who rarely communicated on his level. When he became a man, he shared the full range of our feelings and emotions.

While holy scripture teaches that loneliness is not sin, we are told that it is part of our frailty as humans and can lead to bad behavior called sin if we let it get the better of us.

Christ himself taught, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28.) We know from scripture that we need to build and develop good and lasting family relationships.

Believers of all religious faiths who attended the service at Trinity Church to memorialize Sarah Greenhalgh were reminded in the several moving tributes to her energetic life with us that God did not intend for us to be lonely. His intention was that each of us live a life filled with rewarding relationships — the source of true happiness –– wanting us to have loving and appreciative relationships with our family members, encouraging and positive relationships with friends of like mind, and an ever-deepening experience of learning through religious belief and practice.

These are things that “polite society” and our present culture tell us to keep private. But the public outcome and reality of burying these truths are what we tragically bury today in the person of Sara Libbey Greenhalgh.

May the Lord God protect and preserve her loving soul and memory throughout eternity.

George Archibald is a resident of Berryville.

Local Church Sponsors Family Olympics

By Van Welton

The summer months can be a very busy time.  Often sport commitments, work obligations and the added burden of yard work can squeeze a family’s schedule to the limit.  If a family is not careful, its busy schedule will cause its members to drift apart.

For this reason, Clarke County families are invited to gather together and participate in the 2012 Family Olympics, July 22, at the Clarke County Fairgrounds.   Sponsored by Apple Valley Baptist Church, the event is designed to strengthen families with the opportunity to reconnect and have fun with each other.

The fun begins at 4pm with families competing in Olympic styled games.  Together, each family team will race through the “Eagle Relay Race” and tackle the challenging “Berryville Obstacle Course.”  Before an overall winner is declared, the teams will have to survive the “Route 7 Dodge Ball” and the “Bigfoot in Clarke County” game.

You don’t have to be an Olympian to play the games.  Although team members will have to rely on each other to win, the emphasis is on having fun.  Bring as many people as you want to simply cheer your team along.

Like the real Olympics, a closing ceremony will conclude the day.  As competitors enjoy a free hot dog meal, points will be calculated in order to recognize the winners in each event.  The pastor will provide information on what type of person God is looking for to join his team.

Families may register early at  Early check-in at the fairgrounds will begin at 3 pm.  Families may come early and construct their own family flag (materials will be supplied).  For additional information, you may call the Family Olympic Chairman at 703.554.9681.

Whether you are a family of one and would like to join with others for this event or your family is a team already, all are invited to come and have some fun.

Pet Show Results at Christ Church, Millwood’s Country Fair

by Wendy Clatterbuck

Rain stayed away on Saturday, July 14th for the fourth annual Christ Church Country Fair in Millwood, an event chaired by Linda Roberts.  The old fashioned family entertainment went off as scheduled with pony rides on Gypsy (Goshen) and Cadbury (Armbrust, the 17 hand horse), a moon bounce, yard sale and bake sale, grilled lunch, fiddle music by Jane Caspar and Dave Milefsky.

Valley Health had their mobile health van on site and offered free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to all comers.

All proceeds from the Country Fair go to Christ Church Cares Food Pantry and other Clarke County outreach efforts. Roberts reported over $2,000 was raised at this year’s event.

The Food Pantry is open to Clarke County residents during church office hours Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 till noon. On the first Saturday of each month, there is a large distribution that includes fresh vegetables, meat, and dairy products. The Christ Church office number is 837-1112.

A Country Fair high-light, nationally ranked dog agility trainer, Leslie McLean, put two of her competitors, Trouble, a Jack Russell terrier, and Bear, a Labrador Retriever, through their paces on an abbreviated obstacle course.  McLean then invited the audience to try, and coached several dogs.

Christ Church Rev Karin MacPhail’s children Maggie and Peter also scooted around the course.

McLean, assisted by husband Bill and daughter Emily, then served as Pet Show judge.  The pet show morphed into a dog show, as this year there were no cat or chicken entries.

Randy Buckley donated straw bales for ring-side seating.

Candy Kobetz with the Nantucket-Trewarwyn hunting beagle, Jasmine, won the costume class in a walk-over as dressed-alike huntsmen.

Best Groomed was a five-way tie: Shirley Brown’s Bailey, Millie Baker’s Taffy, Fred Meyer’s Lulu, Johnny Crawford’s Sassy and Maisie Maguire’s Bitte.

The Best Behaved blue went to Johnny Crawford’s Sassy, and second to William Fulton’s Todd.  Both dogs also tied for the Best Trick: Sassy balanced a treat on her nose until she heard “OK” and Todd bounced a ball with his nose playing catch.  Bailey and Taffy were second and third.

The Best Decorated Collar was won by Kristen Laise’s Maggie, with the beagle Jasmine second. The miniature schnauzer puppy Bitte was third in her pink harness.

Maggie’s wagging tail also won the Happiest class, with Sassy and Todd second. Third place was a four-way tie between Jasmine, Taffy, Gray Jones’ Lucy and the Smith family’s Oscar.

Dressed Alike winner was Jasmine with handler Kobetz. Second place was a tie between the Bitte-Maguire  and Lucy-Jones pairs.

Crawford’s Labrador, Sassy, was the Best Popcorn Catcher with 5. Labs being Labs, no surprise there. The Australian Shepherd, Todd, caught one.  Other entries, Jasmine, Bitte, Todd, Lucy, and Maggie, were too dignified to bother.

For the most part, Pete Dunning’s Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rommel, stayed in the car while Phyllis Nee and Bob Cullen’s Tito stood around looking handsome.

Unsold items from the yard sale were donated to Blue Ridge Hospice for their thrift shops.

Encourage Clarke Students on Mission

By Pastor Van Welton

No everyone can attend a short-term mission trip.  An overwhelming number of church members, because of economic challenges and physical limitations, never have the opportunity to travel to distance destinations and minister to others in need.  The contribution of those that remain at home is critical however, to the success of the mission trip.  Often, it is prayer and encouragement from those at home that make the trip possible.

This week, Clarke County residents may partner with a group of local students who are on mission in Buffalo, New York.  The CORE Youth Ministry of Apple Valley Baptist Church, made up of students from Johnson-Williams Middle School and Clarke County High School, is participating in a World Changers mission trip sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention.

World Changers, organized through the SBC’s North American Mission Board provides Christian youth and adults with opportunities to meet the physical and spiritual needs of others through practical learning experiences that teach servant-hood and personal commitment to missions.  In 2011, World Changers coordinated over 19,000 participants in mission ministries across North America at 95 locations. These participants volunteered on more than 1,500 work sites and 16 ministry sites.

On Monday in Buffalo, CORE youth members were divided into work crews with kids from throughout the nation.  Crews are painting, reroofing and renovating houses recommended by the local social services agency.  All the work is being performed by the students while adult crew members provide guidance.  Students begin work at 7 am after sleeping on an air-mattress in a local, non air conditioned. high school.  At the end of the day, they are bused to a separate location for cold showers and cafeteria food.  The week is long and challenging.

Your encouraging support from home will help these local Clark County students successfully complete their mission.  By clicking on the World Changers Link, , you may write a short note of encouragement that will be sent directly to the team.  You don’t have to be Southern Baptist to write a note.  You are not becoming a Southern Baptist if you write one.

Team members from Clarke County include Jesse Aycock, Emily Welton, Paige Welton, Samatha Brooks, Faith Coffelt, Becca Carter and Lacey Brooks.

Students that attend a short-term mission trip should be encouraged, no matter what church they attend.  Your kind words will have a tremendous uplifting impact on the spirit of a student that has just completed a long hot day serving others.  On their behalf, thank you for your time in this matter.

Pastor Van Welton is the senior pastor of Apple Valley Baptist Church in Berryville.  A follow-up report will be published after the trip detailing the team accomplishments and victories.