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Vol. 5, Issue 5 — May 2019
 

 
 Boys Home of Virginia Wants to Visit Your Church!
 
Boys Home would love to visit your church to share the Boys Home story. Executive Director Mr. Donnie Wheatley and a few students enjoy traveling to different congregations each Sunday to share the mission of Boys Home with others. 
 
If your church is interested in a visit, please contact Lauren at (540) 965-7714 or email at LHanna@boyshomeofva.org
 
Students Tyler and Jordan on their way to the chapel service 
 

 
Easter Sunday
 
Thank you to Northside Baptist of Mechanicsville, Virginia, for thinking of Boys Home during the Easter season. They graciously donated t-shirts that say "He is Risen," as well as Easter eggs filled with candy. The students were very excited to receive them! 
 
 Students wearing their new shirts
 

 
A Note from Chaplain Anne Grizzle:
Celebrating Easter at Boys Home 
 
 Pastor Anne during the Easter sunrise service
 
Students playing tug of war on Easter
 
Before the sun rose Easter morning, a fire was lit at the campfire site beside the chapel. Students and staff arrived in the chilly predawn hours for the Easter vigil. After a welcoming prayer, the Paschal candle was lit from the fire and others lit their own candles while readings of Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, and Zephaniah were read by various students. The crowd then followed the cross and candle to the outdoor altar where Easter alleluias and bells rang out the good news that Christ is risen! The Gospel reading and homily were followed by Eucharist that began just as the sun rose. Afterwards, a celebratory breakfast in the dining hall warmed everyone up. After breakfast, an Easter egg hunt found the students running excitedly around campus searching for eggs with candy and golden dollars. Tug of war, three legged races, egg on a spoon, and egg toss games followed the egg hunt. 
 
On Monday, April 29, the first chapel service of the Easter season featured stations of the resurrection. Each cottage was given a passage of Scripture about one of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances. After 15 minutes of preparing, everyone went outside and proceeded around the campus to watch each cottage act out their scene. In one particularly memorable scene performed by Greene cottage, senior student James played Jesus coming through the locked door to the disciples by doing a flip into the scene. Whitehead Cottage used a canoe to portray disciples out fishing. The final scene was Jesus on the mountain in Galilee commanding the disciples to go out. Student Braydon was on top of the slide speaking Jesus' powerful words. The students will remember the places and ways Jesus appeared and will be on the lookout for the Holy Spirit showing up in their everyday lives! 
 
 
 
 Students Christian, Aiden, Andrew, Sincere, and Frank acting out part of the resurrection
 

 
Quilt Raffle Underway
 Last chance to purchase your tickets!
Drawing will take place on May 7!
 
Can you imagine this beautiful quilt in your home?
 
Executive Director Donnie Wheatley's sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt for the raffle. This quilt is a modified Around the World pattern. The quilt measures 90.5" x 99" and fits a queen-sized bed. 
 
Your donation helps provide housing, education, and basic living expenses for young men whose lives have been impacted by poverty or family instability. Together, we can give each boy at Boys Home a chance at success! 
 
Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket and $45 for 10 tickets. The drawing will take place on May 7. All proceeds go to Boys Home of Virginia. For tickets or information, please call (540) 965-7703 or visit the link https://go.rallyup.com/boyshomequiltraffle
 
All ticket purchases must be made by Monday, May 6! Help us reach our goal of $5,000! Best of luck winning this wonderful quilt!

Students John, Darren, Joshua, and Jude with the quilt
 
 

 
 How Can I Help?
 
If your congregation would like a visit from Boys Home, please contact Lauren at LHanna@boyshomeofva.org 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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Covington, VA 24426