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Area obituaries Mildred Long Mildred Long, 80, Castle- several grandnieces and grand- wood, died Saturday, January 24 nephews. in Maple Grove Health Care, Services were conducted at Lebanon. 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 26 in Born in Dickenson County, the Castlewood Funeral Home she was the daughter of the late Chapel, Castlewood with Rev. Vernon R. and Mary Ann Jim Pratt officiating. Committal Hammonds Smith, Sr. She was services were conducted at 11:00 preceded in death by her a.m. Tuesday, January 27 in husband, Andrew "Shrug" Long. Temple Hill Memorial Park, She attended Calvary Baptist Castlewood. Pallbearers were Church, Castlewood: Shannon Long, Nathan Long, Survivors include two sons, Matt Powers, Mark Powers, Denny Long and wife, Brenda, Doug Jessee and Damon Dante and Scott Long, Lebanon; Rasnick. Honorary pallbearers two sisters, Mac Rasnick, Dante were Gilbert Turner, Dave and Judy Conti, Springfield, Powers, Buck Powers, Rick Missouri; two brothers, Franklin Elam, David Riddle, Donald D. Smith, Sherman, Texas and Magin and Maris Mullins. James H. Smith, Forest; three Online condolences may be sent grandchildren, Shannon Long, to the family through our web Nathan Long and wife, Nikki site and a video tribute may be and Traci Jessee and husband, viewed at Doug; four great grandchildren; www castlewoodfuneralhome.co two step grandchildren, Gredel m. Mullins and Cassa Andrew; Castlewood Funeral Home several nieces and nephews; was in charge of arrangements. - -- ..... r --'r-- Life Is A Marathon by Rev. Philip K. Cooper I have heard this question asked so often by those who are unable to be physically active in ministry: "If I Can't Be On the Front Lines for God," how can God use me? Apparently they have never read the Scriptures in the Old Testament book of First Samuel. Allow me to set the scene for you. The Amalekites, enemies of the Jews, had attacked the south of Judah and the town of Ziklag of king David when He and his men of war were away and taken the women and children captive with all the goods and herds and flocks and burned the city. Just as an aside, but an im- portant fact: David asked of the Lord if he should pursue them. And the Lord answered David and told him, "Pursue, for thou shalt sUrely overtake them, and without fail recover all." (Verse 8) So David was truly in the will of God. And here's what God did: From I Samuel chapter 30: Please note carefully here: David had only 600 men with him (verse 9). But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were to faint that they could not go over the brook Besor. (verse 10) Did you get that? David went with only 400 men. And 200 stayed behind, they did not go into the battle with David. Re- member these 200 men who stayed behind. First, David captured one of the enemy, who led them to the place where the enemy was camped. You can read all about that later in your own study of this chapter in verses 11 to 15. Verse 16: "And when he had brought him (the captured ene- my) down, behold, they (the Amalekites) were spread abroad upon all the earth (that tells us this was a huge army of men), eating and drinking and danc- ing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.. 17: And David (who had on- ly 400 men with him) smote them from the twilight even un- to the evening of the next day and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels and fled. 18: And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. 19: And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them. David recovered all. 20: And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drove before those other cattle and said, This is David's spoil. 21: And David came to the , two hundred men which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide (stay behind) at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near the people, he saluted them. 22: Then answered all the wicked men and women of Be- lial, of those that went with Da- not with us, we will not give them ought (any) of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart. 23: Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our land. David~ recognized Who (the Lord) had won the battle and recovered everything for him and his men The Lord! 24: For who will hearken un- to you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that carrieth (stays behind) by the stuffthey shall part alike In other words, the reward shall be equal to those who go to the front lines for God and those whb stay behind with the supplies, i 25: And it was so'from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day. I want to repeat the key verse here: I Samuel 30:24: For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part he that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. In other words, the ones (the 200 left behind) to guard that which David and his men could not take into battle, the supplies, probably the food, the extra arms, the extra clothing they would need, the extra equip- ment. They were what we now call in the military the "Quartermas- ter Corps." The dictionary defines quar- termaster corps as "a branch of the U.S. Army responsible for food, clothing and equipment." In the Navy we called it the "ship's stores" division. So what has all this got to do with today and the question we asked in the beginning: "If I Can't Be On the Front Lines for God," how can God use me? I believe there are at least two things that one can do who cannot go down to the battle, in other words, be on the front lines for God. Is it not reasonable to assume that the ones who stayed behind prayed for the men who went with David, for their victory? Therefore is it not reasonable to assume that one who stays behind because he or she cannot work physically in the Lord's work now can and should pray for those on the front lines for God.- Is it not reasonable to assume that the ones who stayed behind made provision with all they had in their care to help the ones in battle accomplish their objec- tives? Therefore is it not reasonable to assume that one who stays behind he or she cannot work physically in the Lord's work now can and should support (make provision) with whatever they can afford for those on the front lines for God. I write from my own personal experience in Marathon Minis- try. Without the prayers of those who cannot go with us, there would be no protection against the enemies of God for us or for the work to which GOd has Church and related / CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursd~y, January~ , 29, 2009 Page 3 activities calendar APOSTOLIC LIGHTHOUSE-gvor- ship Thursdays 7 p.m., Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Hwy 65 (Mew Road). 276-467- 1700. Pastor, Bryan K. Hall. ARK OF FAITH CHURCH-Sunday School, 10 a.m., Worship, 11 a.m.; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Youth Group.: from Dungannon Rd. (Rt. 65) to Rt. 684, drive 1 1/2 miles. Peggy Porter is pastor. BEAR WALLOW FREEWILL BAP- TIST-Sunday School, 10 &m., Sunday' worship, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Wed. prayer servuce, 7 pm. Pastors are J. T. Hartsock and Joe Bailey. BIBLE BAWrIST CIIURCH-Sunday worship services-10 a.m and 7 p.m.: Pastor, Richard Minton. Youth Minis- ter. Everette Minton. BOND TOWN CHURCH-Coebum. Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday. BRICK BAPTIST CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., morning worship 11 elm., Youth Meeting, 6 p.m. Rev. Lester Ferguson. BUFFALO HOLINESS CHURCH HOUSE OF REDEMPTION-Services Saturday, 7 p.m., Thursday Bible Stud)',. 7 p.m. Pastor, Vernon Scarberrv. BUFFALO HOLINESS CHURCH HOUSE OF REDEMPTION SING- ING-A singing will be at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month. All singers welcome. Pastor, Vernon Scarberry. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH- Gravel Lick. Sunday School 10 &m., Worship 11 a.m., Sunday night 6:30 p.m. Prayer meeting Wednesday, 7 p.m. Pastor, Leonard Ferguson. CASTLE RUN COMMUNITY CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship, I 1 am. and 6 p.m. Bible Study Wednesday, 7 p.m. CASTLEWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH-Worship 9:45 &m., Sunday School, 11 &m. 762-0569 CHERRY GROVE CHURCH-Dry Fork. Sunday School 10 a.m., Services at 11 &m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Rew Marcus Meade. 276-395-3588. CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHE- CY-Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship service 11 a.m., 7 p.m.. Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m. CHURCH OF MOST HIGH GOD St. Paul, Sunday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Pastors Bro. Harold Mullins, Bro. Larry Powers. For information, call 762- 0909_ DELIVERANCE MINISTRY CHUR- CI'I, formerly known as Campbell Chapel, on Moccasin. Sunday School. 11 a.m. Sunday worship 6:15 p.m.; Wednesday worship, 7:15 p.m. Special Prayer Meeting first Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. DRY FORK FREEWILL BAPTIST- Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Sunday worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; Bible Study Wed.. 6:30 p.m. Pastor, D. J. Couch. EMMANUEL CHAPEL-Castlewood. Sun-day services 11 a~m, 7 p.m.; Wed, 7 p.m. The Rev. Myers Vicars.. ERVIN CHAPEL FREEWILL BAP- TIST-Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m. Fred Dingus is pastor. FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD-Dante. Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday wor- ship 11 &m. and 7 p.m., and Wed., 7 p.m. The pastor is Nathaniel Maggard. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH-St. Paul. Sunday School, 9:45, Sunday worship 11 &m., 6:30 p.m. Rev. Mike Moore. FIRST MT. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH-Dante. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m, Wed. worship, 7 p.m. Rev. Leslie Dean, pastor. FORT GIBSON UNITED METHO- DIST CHURCH-SUnday School, 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. The Rev. Harry Layell. FULL GOSPEL REVIVALS-Hanson- ville, services Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH- Huffinan Hollow, Mill Creek Road, Lebanon. Sunday School 10 e.m,, wor- ship, 11 &m. and 6 p.m. Wed. Youth Night 7 p.m. Pastor, Don Bush. HAMLIN BAPTIST CHURCH-Cas- tlewood; Sunday School 10 a.m., Sun- day worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m; Wednes- day Bible Study, 7 p.m. HIGHPOINT COMMUNITY CHURCH-Casflewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. HOUSE OF PRAYER-Sunday 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Rt. 65, Castlewood. Pastor, Lawrence Hoilyfield. HOUSE OF THE LORD-Little Jerusa- lem, Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship il a.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursday worship 7 p.m. Rev. Teddy G. Phillips. MARY MARTIN MEMORIAL CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. 762-0569 MILLS CHAPEL FREEWILL BAP- TIST CHURCH-Castlewood; Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m., Bible Study and Youth League Wed., 7 p.m. Pastor, Mike Patrick. MORNING STAR FULL GOSPEL CHURCH-Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. 276-762-7812. Pastor. Woody Scott. Mr. ZION COMMUNITY APOSTO- LIC- Saturdays, 7:30 p,m. Hazel Mountain. For more information, call 276-495-8611. Pastor, Bryan K. Hall. NEW CASTLEWOOD BAPTIST- Sunday School, 10 &m., Sunday wor- ship l I a.m., 6 p:m,; Wed. Bible study, 7 p.m. OAK GROVE UNITED METHO- DIST CHURCH-2nd & 4th Sundays, morning worship 10; church school ! 1. Hansonville. THE PASSION PLACE-Castlewood. Worship Sunday 10 &m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Family Bible Study (classes for all ages) 7 p.m.; Thursday Passion Heart Youth 7 p.m.; Friday Men's Bible Study 7 p.m. For information, call 276- 762-5483. Life Is A Marathon... (continued) called us. With those prayers, we are protected from the ene- my as God answers. Needs are being met and souls are being saved through this ministry. Without the financial support of those who cannot go with us, there would be no provision for us or the work to which God has PHILLIPS CHAPEL CHURCH-West Dante. Saturday worship, 7 p.m.; Sun- day School 10 a.m.; Sunday worship, 11 a.m.; Wed: Youfh Service 6 p.m. Bible study, 7 p.m. Rev. Ed Slemp, pastor. PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST-Reeds Valley Road, Castlewood. Sunday School l0 a.m,, Sunday Worship 11 a.m, 6 p.m,; Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.. For information or 24 hour prayer, call 276-794-7754. REEDS VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Rev. Konn Edwards. RINGS CHAPEL CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m.,; Sunday worship 11 a.m,; Sunday and Wednesday nights, 7 p.m. Pastor, Tom Anderson. RIVERSIDE BAPTIST-Sunday wor- ship & Children's Church, 11 a.m., All welcome. Pastor, Rev. John Kiser. ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL-St. Paul. Sunday worship 9 a.m.; Bible Study Wednesday, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL ASSEMBLY OF GOD - Sunday School ! 0 a.m,, Sunday worship 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m., Family Night (Adult Bible Study/ Prayer, Missionettes and Royal Ran- gers.) For information, call 762-7748. ST. PAUL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Monday-Ladies' Bible Class 6:30 p.m.; Wed.-Prayer meeting 6:30 p.m., Youth 6 p.m. Whetstone. Rev. Thomas Slemp, pastor. ST. PAUL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH-Sunday School l0 a.m., worship 11 a.m. The Rev. Harry Layell. ST. THERESE CATHOLIC-St. Paul. Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. Father Mike Herbert. STRAIGHT HOLLOW FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH-Dante. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 1 ! a.m, 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer service 7 p.m. WAYSIDE ASSEMBLY-St. Paul. Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 6:15 p.m., Wed., 7 p.m. Pastor, Wallace Sexton. WELLS CHAPEL CHURCH-Vir- ginia City Hollow. Services Thursdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. Call 762-0838 for more information. WEST DANTE COMMUNITY CHURCH-Sunday services 10 a.m., 11 &m., and 6 p.m. The Rev. Danny Meade, pastor. BREAD OF LIFE LIBRARY The Bread of Life Library, a non- denominational Christian Library, is 1.2 miles up the Honey Branch Road. Call 762-9645. FREE CLOTHES Full Gospel Revivals Church, Hansonviile, will give free clothes and food to those who need them following the Wednesday 10 a.m. service. Atten- dance at the service is "mandatory to receive clothes and food. The church is beside Ken's Chrysler on Route 19. Call 889-1275 or 794-7477. AGLOW FELLOWSHIP The Women's Aglow Fellowship chap- ter in Lebanon meets third Mondays at 7 p.m. at Lebanon Community Fellow- ship. For information, call Debbie Woods, 889-1807. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. at the church. All in need of food are welcome. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission at First Ptaptist Church, St. Paul, open a Clothes Closet Tuesdays from 9-11. Anyone in of clothing is welcome. FOOD DISTRIBUTION Morning Star Full Gospel Church will distribute food to the needy at the church from 9-11 a.m. on fourth Saturdays at the church in Castlcwood. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free. 2009 Dog tags/ licenses due The year 2009 Wise County Dog License/Tags are due by January 31, 2009. In order to purchase a dog tag, any individual dog, whether male, female, or unsexed must be four (4) months old or over and verification of vaccination by a currently licensed veterinarian. You may purchase either a one year license at $5.00 each or a three year license at $1200 each. Also available are kennel tags for up to 20 dogs at $2500. For further information, please contact Wise County Treasurer's Office at (276) 328- 3666. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. IN SPHS-CHS GAME...An unidentified Castlewood player is pictured shooting the ball during the second half of the St. Paul-Castlewood girls' game, played at St. Paul on Friday, January 23. Castlewood won the game 77-44. Story on page 6. Photo by Peyton Gregory Dante Museum is open daily The Dante Coal and Railroad Museum, located in the building which years ago was occupied by a bank and later by a beer garden, is now open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum is open the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artifacts through the years are on display as well as the Monday throu~ Frida. The model of Dante circa 1930 January schedule announced by Tacoma Community Center Tacoma Community Center, Lee County Grass located on Stone Mountain Road Cakewalks are held, as well just off Route 58 between as a concession stand featuring Coebum and Norton, presents hot dogs, French fries, soup Bluegrass Music every Saturday beans and cornbread. night between 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The schedule for January For more information, call includes: Roosevelt Stanley, 276-679- -- January__ 31: _Peters B(os &. 1164. _ , Forget your excuses Russell County, Official GED Testing Schedule PARTIAL TEST SCHEDULE: Feb. 2, 16, 23; March 2, 16, 23, 30 at 4:00 pm FULUPARTIAL TEST SCHEDULE: February 11-12; March 11-12 at 5:30 pm All tests will be given at the Russell County Caree: & Technology Center, Building II. Participants must register three business days prior to testing.j Call 889-6507 to register. I Temple Hill Memorial Park Castlewood, VA 276.762.5579 introduces "The Garden of Faithful Companions Pet Section vid, and said, Because they went (Continued in next column) called us. With that financial support, needs are being met and souls are being saved through this ministry to which God has called us. So thequestion is this: Even though you might not be able to be at the forefront of the battle against the enemies of God, are you meeting the re- sponsibility that God has for you by being the quartermaster corps behind the ones who can be and are in the fight for souls? We now have a full-service pet package for your faithful companion. Pre-Arranging Now Call for more information