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power outage2On Sunday, October 11, there was a power outage in the Prices Fork area which also impacted Blacksburg Middle School. As a result, we were unable to get into BMS for church that day.

What do you do to notify a lot of people in a short amount of time that church is canceled?

We were able to get out the word to most people through email and social media. However, the incident is a great encouragement to us to be better prepared for inclement weather notifications and other alerts.

We want to urge you to visit our connections website at and enable text notifications. MyNorthstar is our behind-the-scenes communication site. In addition to keeping up with your small group, tracking your giving and discovering ways to respond to needs, you can also have texting features set up for alerts and inclement weather notices over the upcoming winter.

Here are instructions:

  1. Set up your account at
  2. Log in to your site and click My Settings > Communication Settings at the top right side of the page.
  3. In the “Send me text messages from group leaders” column, select your carrier from the pulldown menu and verify or add your mobile number to the field available.
  4. Finally, select the Groups from which you wish to receive text messages. Make sure the Blacksburg Members and Attenders group is enabled.
  5. Once you have selected all your Groups, click Save Settings at the bottom.