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•   Lena Buford  12/12
•   Theodore Jones Jr.  12/28
•   Chanda Cooper  12/29
•   Valerie Meredith (Drumgoole)  1/3



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                         We are not ashamed of the Gospel  Roman 1:16




                                                Sunday School

                                                    9:30 A.M.

                                              Praise & Worship

                                                  10:45 A.M.

                                              Morning Worship  

                                                  11:00 A.M. 

                                                           (There is no 5th Sunday Services)   










 Church Update 2018

Big Bethel Baptist web site is designed to keep you as faithful members informed of what we are doing at the church, in the community, and abroad. Log in often to see what's going on!

10110 Marguerita Ragsdale St - McKenney, VA 23872 

Please address all mail correspondence to P.O. Box 1, Mckenney, VA 23872

(804) 478-4518 - E-mail:



Watch for all new features on our web site - Coming Soon!!


10th Year Pastoral Anniversary Celebration 

October 14, 2018!

Anniversary Worship Service 

Big Bethel Baptist Church

McKenney, Virginia

9:00 am


Anniversary Banquet

Tabernacle Life Center

Petersburg, Virginia

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Banquet tickets still available - (804) 712-2905


 Words of Encouragement

"I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit: for you can do nothing without me. Those who do not remain in me are thrown out like a branch and dry up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it. My Father's glory is shown by you bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples. I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love."

St. John 15:5-9 (Good News Translation)


Women's Ministry

Women helping Women

Submitted by Pam Jones

The BBBC Women’s Ministry mission is to transform and encourage women in their God given role upward, inward, and outward. The vision of transforming women is through commitment  allowing the Spirits enabling power to partner with other women, that desire to advance the kingdom by being the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus. God blessed the Women's Ministry in November 2017, to hold it’s first Mini Conference with the theme being "A Day of Transformation". The ladies truly had an awesome time, in which they are still chatting about. “Did not our hearts burn” with amazing guest speakers.  First Lady Gurley from First Baptist Church, McKenney, Virginia spoke to us on “Confidence in Christ”. First Lady Karen Nicholson from Beautiful Temple Ministries spoke to us on the mind, " What's On Your Mind and What's In Your Mind". We also had an awesome psalmist Mrs. Latonya Cain. The ladies truly had a day of transformation. We are so excited and we are looking  forward to see what 2018 has in store for us.


Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” 


Dates to Remember





Cemetery Rally Approaching

Big Bethel Burial Park

Submitted by: Sister Carol Jones

The Big Bethel Burial Park remains a special part of our church ministry. Some of our responsibility are to keep the grounds maintained as well as the surrounding acres. We would like to thank all members, families and friends for your support. We were blessed to raise over $600.00 during our annual rally in 2017. Expenses payed out for the upkeep in 2017 was $3,750.00. Care for our burial park is a good portion of the budget, however being a small congregation expenses is always at the forefront.

Our 2018 Annual Rally will take place on the 4th Sunday in March. We are asking all members and families who have relatives buried in the burial park, to support our continued effort to properly care for our cemetery.

Thanks to all members and friends for your support. Please check our website for updates. May God’s continued blessing be upon you.


2018 Fund Raiser

Awesome Job ! - “A New Beginning” was our fund raising theme for this past year, which generated over  $13,500.00.  We really did a n awesome job and once again this event was very successful.  The Pastor and the Official Boards are very proud of this accomplishment.

The proceeds from this annual event go toward the upkeep and beautification of the church building and grounds. With your continued financial support and prayers we will be paying our outstanding parking lot project loan down in $10,000.00 increments.  We are pleased to report that we were blessed to have exceeded that amount this past year of hard work and dedication from our members and friends we should prayerful finish that obligation.

The Pastor and the event sponsors would like to thank all those who continue to bless this branch of Zion with your generous support. 

We are thrilled to begin another year of giving and we are looking forward with much excitement as we step out on God’s Promise as we prepare for our 2018 fund raising event. Our theme will be “Grateful”   $1.00 per day from each of you for 365 days is all it takes!  Our goal this year is $15,000.00 .




Submitted by: Minister Jessica Moragn

Broken Crayon still color

Psalm 147: 3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

According to Trent Shelton, we are all a little broken. But Last time I checked, broken crayons still color the same.

Many times, what we see as our biggest regrets, failures and mistakes become what God uses the most in our lives.

God transforms our brokenness into something more beautiful than we can even imagine. He takes our mess and creates a masterpiece.

Our world is filled with brokenness. Every day we encounter the walking wounded, people who have been hurt through the harsh reality of life. The truth that most do not want to face is that every person deals with some type of wound in their lives. The issue is not whether we will deal with brokenness but how we deal with it. We are all part of the walking wounded, even if we refuse to admit it to ourselves.

The word “broken” is defined in many ways, and everyone will relate to it differently. I mean, what is “broken” anyway,. Is it incomplete? Not whole, or in pieces? How about disrupted or disconnected; violated; bankrupt; changing directions: not functioning properly, etc.? 

As we go into 2018, know that God offers hope. God can restore that which was shattered. The hope is that God could do the impossible. See the good news is that Christ came for the broken. Even when we feel broken God has not forsaken us. God extends His grace to those who are broken. He gives strength to those who have nothing left. He gives power to those who have been wounded. He gives courage to those who must face fear. God gives us His undeserved blessing when we need it the most.  He gives us His amazing grace. Thank God for grace and Mercy!!!!



Pastor's Aide Ministry

 1 Timothy 5:17 King James Version (KJV)17 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.

The Pastor’s Aide Committee is a service ministry that provides personal support to our Pastor Alexander Williams. The ministry, working with the congregation duties are to meet the needs of the Pastor with prayer and personal, physical and financial support and/or encouragement. Our goal was accomplished in 2017 by hosting the sixty-six books of the Bible fundraising. We also spearheads the Church in celebrating the Pastor’s anniversary, birthday, and other special occasions. The Duties of the Pastor Aide are: 

· To be in prayer for the needs of the Pastor

· To always be prepared to assist the Pastor

· To his family and to be diligent in the service to aid the Pastor.



Usher Ministry


        Serving the Lord Step  by Step         

Submitted by Carolyn G. Birchette

Once again the BBBC Usher’s Ministry continues to prosper from God’s Blessings under the leadership of our President, Mrs. Nancy D. .Jones and our Vice President, Mr. McKinley Mason. A gratifying year of serving the Lord, fulfilling numerous engagements and accompanying our Pastor, Rev. Alexander Williams as he traveled to various churches in the community and surrounding counties. One of our most memorable trips was that of September 17, 2017 when the entire church accompanied Rev. Williams to Trinity AME Zion Church, New Bern, North Carolina.

On April 23, 2017 the Usher’s Ministry celebrated their 58th Anniversary.  Several members gathered together on April 30th at Joe’s Seafood Restaurant, Dinwiddie, VA. for a scrumptious lunch  to commemorate our Anniversary .

The Usher’s Ministry continues to be financially blessed. Our monetary contributions and donations have totaled over $1,800.00 and have allowed our ministry to up hold our 2016-2017 financial responsibilities to BBBC as well as supporting neighboring churches with contributions to their usher’s ministries and other programs. Some of our other contributions included donations to the BBBC Scholarship Fund, Dinwiddie Food Bank ,paying off the balance towards our bus trip to New Bern, N.C. and a special donation which enabled our ministry the ability to financially sponsor our 2017 Friends and Family Day.  Mr. McKinley Mason, Vice President participated in the Annual Monument 10K Walk/Run Marathon on April 1, 2017. Mr. Mason solicited church members to sponsor him during the marathon and was able to raise $430.00 which was donated to the Big Bethel Youth Ministry. The Usher’s Ministry may be small in number but we are large when it comes to giving back what God has blessed us with.

The BBBC Usher’s Ministry would like to thank Mrs. Katura Jones who graciously assists us with engagements when ever needed.  We would like to thank our Pastor ,Rev. Alexander Williams,  Associate Ministers, Rev. Arlester Newsome, Pastor Emeritus , church members, family and friends for their continual support as we carry out our responsibilities and service to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray that God will continue to direct our steps as we serve him.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighted in his way” Psalm 37:23




A lady was driving along with her father.
They came upon a storm, and the young lady asked her father, What should I do?"

He said "keep driving"..  Cars began to pull over to the side, the storm was getting worse.  

"What should I do." The young lady asked?
"Keep driving," her father replied.

On up a few feet, she noticed that eighteen wheelers were also pulling over.  She told her dad, "I must pull over, I can barely see ahead.  It is terrible, and everyone is pulling over!"  

Her father told her, "Don't give up, just keep driving!"

Now the storm was terrible, but she never stopped driving, and soon she could see a little more clearly. After a couple of miles she was again on dry land, and the sun came out.

Her father said, "Now you can pull over and get out."

She said "But why now?"  

He said "When you get out, look back at all the people that gave up and are still in the storm,
because you never gave up your storm is  now over.

This is a testimony for anyone who is going through "hard times".

Just because everyone else, even the strongest, gives up.
You don't have to...if you keep going,
soon your storm will be over and the sun will shine upon your face again.

Never give up, because GOD will never give up on them!

"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!"