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      Church Update 2024

 We are not ashamed of the Gospel  Roman 1:16


  Sunday School Suspended

   Praise & Worship - 11:45 A.M.

    Morning Worship - 12:00 P.M. 

      (There are no 5th Sunday Services)   

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10110 Marguerita Ragsdale St - McKenney, VA 23872 

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

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BBBC July 14, 2024


Big Bethel Baptist Church

         Prayer Warriors Schedule 2024           

Jan       Clarence Roberts & Wanda Roberts
Feb       George Chamblee & Alma Roberts
Mar       Reginald Drumgoole & Valerie Drumgoole
Apr       Joseph Johnson, Jr. & Mary Johnson
May      Clarence Roberts & Wanda Roberts
Jun      George Chamblee & Alma Roberts
Jul       Reginald Drumgoole & Valerie Drumgoole
Aug     Joseph Johnson, Jr. & Mary Johnson
Sept    Clarence Roberts & Wanda Roberts
Oct      George Chamblee & Alma Roberts
Nov     Reginald Drumgoole & Valerie Drumgoole
Dec     Joseph Johnson, Jr. & Mary Johnson

 If you are unable to render service for your month, please locate a substitute and advise the Church Clerk of the change. 






 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)


Trustee Ministry 

(submitted by Trustee Larry Goodwyn)

 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?   James 2:14

What a pleasure it is to greet you in the name of our Father and Lord, Jesus Christ. I must say, the year has really flown by quickly and here we are being given yet another opportunity to grow closer to our Heavenly Father.

The Trustee Ministry has been extremely busy this past year with the general upkeep of the church property. As with anything made by man and it being 158 years old, many challenges come with that upkeep. Structural issues have been addressed, electrical upgrades have been made, and external beatification improvements completed. As we look ahead into the coming year it is our hope to have the HVAC system completely replaced. The aging system has done well, but problems are beginning to frequently occur.  As always, with everyone’s generous support, we will realize the completion of this endeavor by the end of the first quarter coming.

We were very excited when sister Alice Goodwyn expressed a desire to become a trustee. She loves serving the Lord and is a faithful member who does not mind helping wherever there is a need. As a ministry, we are honored to have her stand with this body of Christ as we continue doing the work.

Lastly, on behalf of Trustees Harry Smith, Tawanda Jefferson, Demetria Green, Alice Goodwyn, Ricky Coleman and respectfully yours Larry Goodwyn . . . we wish you all the best in the coming New Year.


Small Straws In A Soft Wind

by Marsha Burns

Stay current. You might need to run to catch up, but it will be worth the effort. Trying to live in the past never works. Live today by paying attention to what is and what needs to be done now so that you can be obedient to My leading, says the Lord. Do your best to live and walk in the Spirit.

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


Black Lives Matter



BBBC In-Person-Worship

Big Bethel Baptist will continue in-person-worship as we begin the 2024 calendar year at 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Sunday. We will be following all church protocols to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. 

Mark your calendars and come worship with us as we honor our Lord and Savior.

Live Streaming is also available



Cemetery Rally 

Big Bethel Burial Park

The Cemetery is a particular part of our church ministry. Upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and surrounding acres are a significant part of our budget. We want to thank all members and families who contributed to our cemetery rally. Our rally will take place on the 4th Sunday in April.

Anyone with a loved one buried in the Cemetery, we are asking that you, please be a blessing to this rally with a donation of your choice. We will continue to take care of our Cemetery correctly, and we pray God’s continued blessings on all of you.


Sunday Worship Services

Worship with us each and every Sunday at

12 Noon on our

Teleconference Phone Line

Worship with us every chance you get!!  


Big Bethel 50 States Rally 

Greetings Members of BBBC:

As we prepare for the upcoming year, please take a few minutes to think about the financial obligations that are required for the continual upkeep of our beloved Big Bethel Baptist Church. Fundraising is a major means of supporting the church and our grandparents, as well as parents, were diligent in playing their part. It is important that we now carry on their legacies and responsibilities with Big Bethel.  They were always there for the church, and we can do the same.

This year, we have decided to forego our previous Annual Fundraiser ($1.00 a day/365 days a year) and try something more involved with the Big Bethel Baptist Church 50 States Rally Fundraiser. We are asking that each member support this fund-raising project by assigning themselves a state, becoming the captain of assigned state, and aiming for the goal amount of $250.00 or more.

The BBBC 50 States Rally will start January 28, 2024 and conclude October 6, 2024. A roll call of each state with the amount raised will be announced on October 13, 2024 during our 159th Church Anniversary.

For Out-of-State Members, please contact BBBC via telephone, website, or email to inform the committee of the desired state, questions, or concerns. Address all concerns to Carolyn Birchette, Fundraiser Chairman. When submitting checks, please make them payable to: Big Bethel Baptist Church and in the note section please write "50 States Rally".

As I bring closure to this letter, I once again would like to acknowledge that your generous support for this fundraiser will continue to glorify the mission of Big Bethel Baptist Church.

"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."           Proverbs 11:25






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 you!

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