Monterey Presbyterian News

Worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m. We also join in the 5th Sunday Hymn Sing, which rotates among the three churches.

Please check the “Calendar of Events” menu for parish-wide happenings.



  • Any group or person who would like to use Monterey PC’s Fellowship Hall, please contact Donna Bedwell for building use and guidelines.
  • AA meets on Tuesday @ 8 pm
  • Al-Anon meets 3rd Tuesday @ 8 pm
  • Lectionary Group meets on Friday @ 9:30 pm

Monthly Meetings and Offerings:

  • 4 cents a meal offering is collected on the 4th Sunday of each month.
  • Remember The Word of Faith Food Pantry. Send checks to P O Box 276/Monterey, VA 24465. Contact is Jeff Grant.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 11:00 am: We are pleased to welcome the Reverend Anne M. Ross as our supply minister this summer. Thereafter, Rev. Ross will preach each Sunday at 11:00 am at Monterey PC. Please attend and make her feel welcome!

Recent Events

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-8 p.m: At Monterey Presbyterian Church,             Highland Homemakers hosted an Ukrainian Easter egg decorating workshop. Elizabeth McClung did a stellar job of directing the activity for the group of aspiring artists! Many thanks to Betty Cockerham, Thelma Chestnut and others for organizing.IMG_2922 IMG_2921 IMG_2920 IMG_2917 IMG_2912 IMG_2911 IMG_2910


Sunday, Oct.19, 2014: Following the 11:00 am service and a free will donation luncheon, we held another workshop for the Handmade in Highland event, including youth activities:

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 : Here are pictures from the delicious luncheon and a craft-making session for adults and  children. The crafts will be sold at the Handmade in Highland event (see Nov. 7-8, below). Thanks to all who participated!

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Other Reminders and Announcements

  • The sanctuary is equipped with a hearing amplification system. Please ask elder or usher for assistance.
  • Building Fund donations can be put in the collection plate or mailed directly to Treasurer Bill Ellenburg, P O Box 618, Monterey, VA 24465. Please add “MPC Building Fund” to the memo line of the check.
  • Remember Word of Faith Food Pantry. Federal funding has been cut and the need for private donations is greater than ever. Send checks to Food Pantry, P O Box 276, Monterey, VA 24465.



Sunday, May 8, 2016: Covered dish brunch in honor of Mother’s Day following the service.

The March schedule of speakers and programs at the Monterey Presbyterian Church is as follows:

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 11 am: Sandie Stinnett

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 10 am: “A Time of Prayer and Meditation”

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 11 am: Tate Dunn (PALM SUNDAY)

Sunday, March 27, 2016, 11 am: Bill Cox (EASTER SUNDAY). This is a united service for all three churches in the Parish. There will be a combined choir.

Thursday, March 3, 2016,  6-8 p.m.:  The Highland Homemakers Club is sponsoring our annual Ukrainian Easter Egg Dyeing Workshop at the Monterey Presbyterian Church social hall. (Snow date is Wednesday, March 9.) Supplies, dyes, tools and instruction will all be provided for this beautiful, traditional Ukrainian art form.  

 Sunday, January 3, 2016: Please join Monterey PC in the Fellowship Hall immediately  following the church service for a CELEBRATION of the retirement of our building fund loans. We plan to thank and praise God, enjoy some wonderful food (catered by Evelyn’s Pantry), toast ourselves, and celebrate with friends. Please come and share our joy!

Church members are “filling in” while we wait for a new pastor. This is the January schedule of speakers and programs at Monterey Presbyterian Church. Sunday School at 10, followed by service at 11:00 a.m.:

January 3:    Beverly Bradley

January 10: Bucky Reynolds: “Humor and Love”

January 17: Sandie Stinnett

January 24:  Sandie Stinnett

January 31, 2016, 11:15 am: Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing, held at Beulah PC.  Covered dish dinner follows.  



Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Monterey PC: Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Handmade in Highland marketplace event. This a quality art and craft marketplace with vendors, food and silent auction. All profits go toward the building fund. More information and pictures will be coming soon.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Monterey PC: Our Second Creative Workshop will begin after worship. For details, please call Tate Swecker.

Sunday, October 11, 2015, Beulah PC, 12:30 p.m.:   A Parish Farewell Covered Dish Dinner will be held at Beulah Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 11, at 12:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish and spend time with Rev. Melissa and her family.

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 5:00 pm at Monterey PC: There will be a called congregational meeting held  to discuss results of a meeting held Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, when the sessions of Monterey, Beulah and Pisgah met with Rev. Dr. Roy Martin and teaching elder Lisa Webb. If you have any questions, please call Mike Bedwell.

Sunday, September 27, 2015, at Monterey PC: Our first Creative Fellowship. Immediately after church there will be a covered dish lunch with the church providing maple glazed chicken. Please bring a dish and plan on staying to help us make wreaths and other items for Handmade in Highland. All are welcome. All proceeds from Handmade in Highland go to benefit our Building Fund.

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:00 pm: Ice Cream Social at Monterey PC. Bring a covered dish and bee prepared to eat some amazing ice cream! Invite your friends and neighbors.

Friday, June 19, 2015 at Monterey Presbyterian Church. Grilled, maple-glazed chicken available for $5.50 each half, or 2 or more for $5.00 apiece. Chicken should be ready by 2:00 pm and will be for sale until we run out. Call 540,280.0123 to pre-order. If there is no answer, leave a message. Monterey Presbyterian is on Spruce Street in Monterey, VA. Please enter through the side door. Tell your friends! All proceeds go to benefit the building fund.

Sunday, May 31 – 11:15 am: The Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing and Picnic will be held at Pisgah PC. For picnic related assignments and questions, contact Crystal Stephenson. NOTE that the hymn sing and picnic will be held at Pisgah PC rain or shine! Bring a dish or two of your favorite food to share during the picnic. The following items will be furnished by Pisgah: plates (dinner & dessert), bowls (for salads, desserts, etc.), cups (hot & cold), cutlery (knives, forks, & spoons), napkins, drinks (iced tea— sweet & unsweetened, lemonade, water, & coffee—with creamer & sugar/Splenda), a few meat dishes, and a few serving spoons. o Special Offering: The Fifth Sunday offering will be collected during the hymn sing. Fifty percent of this offering will go to the Local Emergency Fund and the other 50% will go to help with the Pastor’s Benefits.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 8:30 am to 1:30 pm: Hot Deals are Back – finally after a long winter, Monterey Presbyterian will repeat their yard sale to benefit the Building Fund. The sale will be in the Mill Alley Building, behind Evelyn’s Pantry on Main Street, Monterey. These are nice, clean items; kitchenware, vintage bric-a-brac, cookbooks, furniture, books, men’s and women’s clothing, glassware, office supplies, art, craft supplies, including beads. 32 piece set of Mikasa china, Mikasa stemware, and general household. Accessories, including, jewelry, hats and scarves. Many more items added since February sale. Everything priced to sell – several tables of .25 items.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 1 pm – Beulah PC. Parish Presbyterian Women’s  Bible Study (2 Corinthians)

Sunday, April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday . No services at Pisgah PC.  9:30 am – worship service at Beulah PC, 11:00 am – worship service at Monterey PC.

Sunday, March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday. 11:15 am – Fifth Sunday Service @ Monterey PC,  followed by a pot luck lunch. All are welcome. Vegan and vegetarian dishes will be provided in addition to other delicious entrees. Please join us!

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-8 p.m: At Monterey Presbyterian Church,             Highland Homemakers will host an Ukrainian Easter egg decorating workshop. Bring some raw eggs; all other materials provided. Donation requested. To register or for information, contact Betty Cockerham.

March Maple Sundays for the Parish of the Maples will not be regular services, but rather workshop rotations on John 3.1-21. Both Sundays will have the same activities, so only attend once – unless you really like it the first time.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 – 9:30 am: Maple Sunday at Beulah.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 9:45 am: Maple Sunday at Pisgah.

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm: Ash Wednesday service at Monterey PC is cancelled due to weather.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 3:00 pm:    There will be a Parish Session Meeting (for elders from Beulah, Monterey & Pisgah PC)  at Monterey PC.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm: In the Mill Alley building behind Evelyn’s Pantry: Yard sale to benefit Monterey PC’s building fund  – lots of interesting things! See Parish of the Maples’ FB page for some examples!

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 5:30 pm: Parish of the Maples and community “Going Stir Crazy” Party at Beulah PC. The event will begin with a soup and sandwich supper followed by a stirring party. All are welcome!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – 6:00 pm: A Parish-wide Christmas Eve Program will be held at Pisgah PC. Dorothy Stephenson is responsible for organizing the program.

Cancelled! Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm: Parish-wide Christmas Service at Monterey PC. Communion will be served.

Sunday, December 14,  12:30 PM,  Monterey PC: Come join a “make and take” Christmas Wreath workshop. Talented Donna Bedwell will teach you the simple techniques needed to make a gorgeous 24” Christmas wreath to decorate your home. Material Cost: $10.00. Any donation of mixed evergreens and Christmas ribbon would be appreciated!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:00 pm: Presbyterian women from Beulah, Monterey and Pisgah churches continue our combined Bible Study for 2014-15, focusing on 2 Corinthians. The next meeting will be held at the home of Norma Reynolds. All interested women are welcome!

Friday, December 5, 2014 – 7 pm: Highland Community Choir Christmas Program, Beulah PC.

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:15 am – Beulah PC: The Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing and covered-dish dinner for all three churches will be held at Beulah, beginning at 11:15 am. Since this is the first Sunday of Advent, the hymn sing will have a Christmas theme. Come join the worship, singing and fellowship. Please bring a favorite dish to share at the lunch following the service.

Fri and Sat, November 7-8, 2014:  Handmade in Highland will be Friday, November 7 (5 pm-7 pm) and Saturday, November 8 (9 am-4 pm) at Monterey Presbyterian Church. Don’t forget to pick up your delicious BBQ chicken on Friday evening!

Saturday, November 1, 2014: The Spaghetti Supper at Monterey PC.

Sundays in November, 2014: The Zacchaeus’ Kitchen Program for 2014 begins. With the coming of cold, wintery days and nights, we remember especially those who are homeless and who do not have a warm, safe place to live. The Zacchaeus’ Kitchen program receives donated hats, socks, gloves, and mittens for delivery to a homeless shelter in Washington, DC in early December. Please bring new hats, socks, gloves, and mittens to Pisgah or Monterey PC each Sunday throughout November. New or gently used coats, sweaters and other warm clothing are also accepted. More information is available at .

Sunday, Oct.19, 2014: Following the 11:00 am service and a free will donation luncheon, we will hold another workshop for the Handmade in Highland event, including activities for children.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 : Following the 11:00 am service, please join us as we make crafts for the Handmade in Highland event (see Nov. 7-8, below). Wreathmaking and activities for children will be offered, together with a free will donation luncheon.

Friday, Sept 12, 2014 – 2 pm: Monterey Presbyterian Women will meet. Call for details, 540-468-2446, or email

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 11:15 am: 5th Sunday Hymn Sing Service at Monterey Presbyterian. Come and learn about the hymns and music behind the movie, True Grit, including “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”  and “Holding Onto God’s Unchanging Hand.”  Our hymn sing will be followed by the rescheduled Ice Cream Social.  Hot dogs and homemade ice cream will be furnished.  Please bring a covered dish to go along with the hot dogs/ice cream.  Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, August 26, 2014 – 7 pm: Session meets at Monterey PC.

August 23, Sept 6 and 13, 2014 – 6:30 pm: Bells will practice at Beulah and will play at Beulah on September 16.

Monday, July 14-Friday, July 18, 2014: Vacation Bible School at Monterey PC

Sunday, August 10, 2014 – 4:00 pm: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 31, FOLLOWING THE 5TH SUNDAY HYMN SING SERVICE. The members of Monterey Presbyterian Church will be hosting their annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 10, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the church.  Hot dogs and homemade ice cream will be furnished.  Participants are asked to bring a covered dish to go along with the hot dogs/ice cream.  Everyone is welcome.