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Vol. 4, Issue 9 — October 2018

Boys Home is Thankful for West Augusta United Methodist Church 
 Boys Home students from Sams Cottage with sponsor coordinator Peggy Beck and Pastor Mark Reuter
Sams Cottage visited West Augusta United Methodist Church in West Augusta, VA one Sunday at the end of September. West Augusta United Methodist Church has been a Boys Home supporter for over 15 years and a sponsor for Sams Cottage for over 10 years! Thank you for continuing to bless Boys Home of Virginia!

St. James Episcopal Church of Roanoke
Visits Boys Home
Members of St. James Episcopal Church of Roanoke, VA and
Executive Director Donnie Wheatley
St. James Episcopal Church of Roanoke, VA made the trek to Boys Home on a beautiful afternoon in September. They came with in-kind donations as well as personal donations. They enjoyed lunch with the students and staff followed by a campus tour. Thank you St. James Episcopal Church! 

A Note from Chaplain Anne Grizzle 
Pastor Anne Grizzle 
Every Monday morning at 9:00 a.m., all of the students, along with various staff members, gather together in the All Saints Chapel at Boys Home to worship. What a wonderful way to begin each week! 
The theme for fall is the fruits of the spirit. The students read about this in Galatians 5. This is fruit that flows from abiding in the vine that is Jesus. To illustrate this point, Pastor Anne brought nine gourds grown in her garden. On each of the gourds she wrote: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self control, gentleness, and faithfulness. The gourds have become the focus of the chapel Scriptures and reflections this fall. Each week, one fruit is highlighted through music, Scripture, prayer, and reflections. The music is led by a new worship team of six students developed by staff member Louis and Sandy, his wife. Reflections by Pastor Anne or other staff discuss the Scriptures and give examples of how the fruit might look in our everyday lives and how it can be cultivated. Scriptures and prayers are led by students from a different cottage each week. 
In addition to chapel every Monday, each of the students are part of a spiritual life group that allows for personal discussion, prayer, Bible study, and growing in God as a community. The groups range from a question/answer discussion at lunch to a "deep dive" discipleship group that digs through Scripture to learn basic principles for Christian living.
 Prayer gourds

Upcoming Trail Ride and Poker Run at Boys Home!
Join us for Boys Home of Virginia's inaugural weekend trail ride and poker run! The weekend will take place on our beautiful 1000+ acre campus, and will feature creek-side camping, self-guided trail rides on Lick Mountain, a poker run, and live music by the campfire, featuring Garnet Ridge Ramblers.
Proceeds will go toward the Boys Home Sturdy Stirrups equine program, where boys learn respect, responsibility, and honesty through caring for and interacting with horses. 
The trail ride and poker run will take place on the weekend of October 13-14, 2018 and is $75 per rider. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the poker run at 10:00 a.m. All participants are asked to check out no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The event will provide snacks, a boxed lunch, dinner and music by the campfire on Saturday, and a continental breakfast on Sunday. Overnight accommodations include primitive creek-side camping, with restrooms and showers available in the gym.
*Please note, this is a challenging ride, and horses should have horseshoes. An up-to-date Coggins is required for all horses. Horses traveling out-of-state must present a 30-day health certificate from a veterinarian. 
For questions, please contact Bonnie Wheatley at (540) 965-7720.
Visit to sign up today!

2018 P. Buckley Moss Print Raffle
For the 27th year, P. Buckley Moss has donated a print for Boys Home of Virginia to raffle. This year's print is titled Spring At The Smithfield Plantation #79 and is valued at over $200 framed. 
Smithfield is a plantation outside Blacksburg, Virginia, built from 1772 to 1774 as a home by Col. William Preston. It was the birthplace of two Virginia governors: James Patton Preston and John B. Floyd. The house remained a family home until 1959 when the home was donated to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. 
James Patton Preston, Virginia Governor, inherited the plantation from his mother. It was also the birthplace and home of his son, William Ballard Preston, who worked with Abraham Lincoln in the 1840s in Congress as part of a group of legislators known as "The Young Indians" and later, reluctantly, authored Virginia's Articles of Secession in 1861. Descendants of William and Susanna Preston included four Virginia governors - James Patton Preston, John Floyd, James McDowell, and John Buchanan Floyd - and numerous other legislators. In addition, descendants were instrumental in the founding and growth of several universities, including Virginia Tech, VMI, and the University of South Carolina.
The print was framed by Loving Frame & Art located in Covington. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 10 for $45. Boys Home will draw a winner on October 31, 2018. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Boys Home Development Office at (540) 965-7715 or email Sandra Scruggs at
All raffle entries must be received by October 29 and all proceeds directly benefit the programs at Boys Home. Best of luck winning this beautiful print!

Boys Home students hold the P. Buckley Moss print to be raffled this year.
 Spring At The Smithfield Plantation #79

Boys Home Announces
Second Annual 5K and Kids Fun Run!
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Intervale Trailhead, Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington, VA
Wear your favorite Halloween costume and join the fun! Boys Home of Virginia is hosting the Howl-O-ween Hustle 5K and Kids Fun Run! This outdoor event is focused on bringing runners, families, and pets together for some fall-themed fun! Attendees can participate in a 5K walk/run, a 1K fun run, costume contests, face painting, games, and more. Come enjoy the beautiful fall scenery of the Alleghany Highlands! 
Race Day Schedule:
  • Packet pickup and race-day registration: 8:00 a.m.
  • Fun Run: 9:30 a.m.
  • 5K: 10:00 a.m.
  • Awards: 11:00 a.m.
This event will be chip timed, USATF sanctioned and certified. Top 3 finishers in each catergory will receive a collectible pint glass and a prize donated by one of our local businesses! All children (14 and under) participating in the Kids Fun Run will receive a participation medal, and all registrants will receive a race T-shirt.
Registration fees are $30/individual or $50/family. Pet charge is $5/pet; pets will receive a race bandana.
Can't make this event? Join us from a distance with our Virtual 5K option! You can run, jog, or walk on roads or trails, or even go the distance on a treadmill. You get to run your race at your own pace! Not quite up for a run? Choose to complete the race "virtually" from the comfort of your own living room! Once you submit your registration, your shirt will be ready for pick-up or shipping, and you can display it proudly on October 20th! 
Click below to register today!

 How Can I Help?
If your congregation would like a visit from Boys Home, please contact Lauren at and we will work to set it up. We look forward to visiting as many parishes as possible to share the Boys Home story.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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