Washington column for March 21 

Loss of a friend

We heard just yesterday the sad news that Daniel Milton Norman of Woodville passed away Tuesday (March 19) at Fauquier Health Rehab and Nursing Center. Daniel, who was 77, was a friend to many and always had a smile and a kind word for all those he met in his long years in Rappahannock with his wife, Bessie, and his family. He was a good man, a devoted disciple of the Lord and will be very much missed.

The family is still making funeral arrangements with Found and Sons in Culpeper.

Greeting sun and spring

The staff of the Rappahannock News would like to formally welcome spring and encourage all residents and visitors to take time out to enjoy Rappahannock County’s rich natural beauty, whether it’s the lingering snow or daffodils blooming. Spring officially began yesterday (Wednesday, March 20).

Trinity Episcopal Church congregants celebrate a sunrise service last spring on Massies Mountain. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.
Trinity Episcopal Church congregants celebrate a sunrise service last spring on Massies Mountain. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

Spring also means the Easter holiday is upon us, and the county’s churches are ready for it.

Amissville United Methodist Church has already placed their well-known silhouettes along U.S. 211 to illustrate the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Several churches in Rappahannock County are holding sunrise services on Easter Sunday (March 31).

Trinity Episcopal Church’s sunrise service is at 6:45 a.m. on the Massies Mountain property of Jane Batchelder. (From Washington, take Harris Hollow Road, Route 654, to a left on Route 652.) Refreshments follow in the parish hall at the church.

Flint Hill United Methodist Church holds a service at 6:30 a.m. on the farm of Richard Settle on Jericho Road. A breakfast is open to the public afterwards at the Flint Hill Fire Department.

The service on Red Oak Mountain begins at 6:15 a.m. and is sponsored by Woodville, Amissville, Reynolds Memorial and Forest Grove Baptist churches. Follow the signs as you enter Woodville (heading south from Sperryville on U.S. 522, turn left on Red Oak Mountain Road).

Washington Baptist news

“Messiah in the Passover,” a vivid and exciting demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, is being held Sunday, March 24, at the Washington Baptist Church following the morning worship service. Rev. Dennis Karp, from Chosen People Ministries, is conducting this ceremonial meal and will speak at the 11 a.m. worship service.

The “Messiah in the Passover” begins with the traditional Passover Seder table, complete with all the articles of this important Jewish celebration. Karp will explain the symbolic meanings of the various items of the Passover feast and highlight their relationship to the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with his disciples, giving special emphasis on the redemptive significance of the crucifixion.

This event is intended to help the Christian community gain insight into Jewish roots. Open to all. For more information, call the church at 540-675-3336.

For Easter week (March 25-29), the Washington Baptist Church Choir presents the mini-musical “Calvary’s Love” on Easter Sunday, March 31, during the morning worship service. This musical reminds the listener that instead of being a place of great tragedy, Calvary became the place where God revealed his redeeming love for us. The worship hour begins at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

Easter Bunny hops over to WVFR

Join the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 for their annual all-you-can-eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny, with an Easter egg hunt to follow. The cost is $8 (kids 12 and younger are free); proceeds benefit the fire company operations.

The Easter egg hunt is open to all children; each child will receive a fire hat with candy. Don’t forget your baskets and your cameras! For more information, call the fire hall at 540-675-3615 and speak with one of the volunteers.

Bluegrass brunch

The third annual Blue State Bluegrass Brunch is 10 to 1 this Saturday (March 23) at the Washington fire hall (10 Firehouse Ln.), featuring music by Smiggy and his Guitars. Special guests include Sen. Mark Herring, Attorney General candidate Justin Fairfax, lieutenant governor candidate Aneesh Chopra and House of Delegates candidate Colin Harris. For more information, call Jed Duvall at 540-937-3780 or visit rappdems.org.

Have a wonderful week!