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Lent, Bank Street, and Other Matters

This week we turned the corner past the midpoint of Lent and are moving closer to meeting Jesus in Jerusalem for his walk to the cross. The scandal of the cross and a suffering God means hope for the world for there is no experience and no place where God, “Who is sometimes silent, but always near,” will not go for you and me and the whole world, too, for our salvation and our growth in wholeness. Each year, one of my Lenten prayers is to grow in this awareness, to trust in its truth, and to live into its reality. Suffering is the stumbling block for faith for many people. There are times when I have wandered that road. God responds by saying, “I am with you. You are never alone. Through the cross and resurrection, I have already redeemed every circumstance. Trust and follow me.” That journey begins with one step, which will lead to others. Perhaps your Lenten prayer could be simply, “O Lord, help me take one step in faith.” I promise you will have good companions for the journey.

*Last Sunday morning, the congregation engaged in an inspiring conversation over breakfast about the church’s disposition regarding the now vacant property Freemason Street owns on Bank Street. The conversation, and suggestions offered since the meeting, included options for the land, including selling it, creating a greenspace, engaging community partners in ministry and missions, providing a playground or other space for young families, and more. We are thankful for the work of the Trustees in lining out options and providing leadership. During their meeting last night, the Church Council continued the conversation and expects to offer more information and suggestions for next steps for the church’s deliberations by at the quarterly congregational meeting on Sunday, March 18. What would God have us do to fulfill the calling of the church is meta-question. The spirit of Sunday’s meeting was one of unity in discernment. Your prayers and presence in these conversations make a difference. Thank you for taking part.

*Your Church Council is fully into its work for this year. You can see who is doing what by visiting our web site (or click here: Freemason Street is blessed with gifted and talented people – and you are one! Consider where you would serve and contact a member of the Council or the Church Staff. Service in Christ’s name brings joy and enriches life with God’s purposes.

*This Saturday, March 10, a small group will take the day away at Eastover Retreat Center to pray for God’s presence and will to be known in the life of our church and in our world. If you would like to join us, just let me know. On April 6-7, our Prayer Team is offering an overnight retreat at the lovely Roslyn Retreat Center near Richmond. Roslyn has a strict advance reservation policy. Our deadline for reservations is March 21. We are on another journey this year and that is into the life of prayer that can make a difference and bring peace to life. Come as you can and feel the Spirit’s nudging.



Join us this Sunday
for Sunday School at 9:45 am and 
Worship at 11 am.

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Please contact Stephanie with questions.
Called Business Meeting on Sunday

As announced in worship on Sunday, February 25, the Trustees have called a business meeting for this Sunday, March 11, 2018, immediately after worship.

The purpose of the meeting is (1) to act on a nomination from the Trustees regarding the election of Cheryl Benn to serve as a trustee and (2) to present a recommendation regarding the sale of the Whisper Hollow property.
There was a Congregational Meeting and Breakfast to discuss the future of our Bank Street property this past Sunday, March 5th.  Thank you to all who attended and offered their thoughts and dreams, as well as a big thank you to the Fellowship and Joy Team for providing a delicious breakfast.
Above, you will find a picture of the ideas generated at the meeting. 
Join Us

Congregational Meeting & Potluck Lunch
Sunday, March 18th
Interested in becoming a part of the Missions team? 
Join us for a meeting with our new chair, Jodi Litten Townsend.
 Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 pm
Free Friday Breakfast
This Friday is Freemason Street's time to serve our Free Friday Breakfast!  We need volunteers to come greet, serve, and converse with our guests.
All volunteers should be in the kitchen by 8 am.
If you are interested in helping,
please contact Jodi Litten Townsend.
Ghent Area Church Blood Drive
March 14th from 1 pm to 7 pm
First Lutheran
1301 Colley Avenue
White Sock Drive
Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to provide hundreds of pairs of socks to our homeless community during Community Meals, breakfasts, and NEST.  Now, we need to replenish this necessity for our homeless friends.  You can bring them in at any time and place them in the Fellowship Hall.  We will collect them all year long.
If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Litten Townsend or Stephanie
An Update from the Normans in Spain
In Spain, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel Michelle and Matt Norman have learned to navigate the complex political and theological climates of a region clamoring for independence. After nearly five years, the family of four continues to learn from local and international community partners.

Our Updated Church Calendar can be found at:

If you have an event or meeting that needs to be added to the calendar, please email

If your child or someone you know is interested in knowing more about this amazing opportunity for children, please contact Stephanie.
Coffee Hour
When it's your birthday month, it's your turn to help by bringing in refreshments for coffee hour and helping set up and clean up. Thank you so much to all of our hosts and coordinators who provide for this mission each Sunday morning.

March 11th:   November Birthdays

Children's Volunteers
We appreciate all of our volunteers, but especially those that help out in our children's area.  Because of their help, our parents and guardians are able to attend Sunday School and Worship services.  If you are willing to help serve in this way, please let us know!
 A background check is necessary.

Sunday School:  Robin Daughtrey
Worship: Brandon Brewer
Serving in Worship
Offering Team 
David Davis
Katherine Beale
Cheryl Benn
Madeline Brewer

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Freemason Street Baptist Church
Phone: 757 625 7579  |  Email:
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 4 pm; Friday 8 am to 3 pm
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