When the children of Israel were fleeing Egypt, they came to the edge of the Red Sea. “Now what?” they asked. Moses responded by saying, “What are you looking at? Are you Looking Back at Pharaoh’s army, looking to the good days? Are you Looking Out over the troubled waters of the Red Sea—the problems that lie ahead of us? Are you Looking Down at what we have done, or can do? Or are you Looking Up, looking to God, looking at who He is and what He can do—through us?”
What are we Looking at, or focusing on, in the Strawberry Association? People, and churches, are asking, “Now What?” “Are we going to get a DOM?” “Do we really Need a DOM?” “Will we have an Association?” “Are we doing Anything?” “Why do we need to continue to give to the Association, since we don’t have a DOM and if we’re not doing any Mission work?”
Lots of questions, and I’m afraid we don’t have all the answers, at this point. But I would like an opportunity to try to answer some of our questions. “Now What?” Since we are in transition, and without a DOM, we keep doing what we have been doing, until God tells us different, reaching out to those around us, ministering to those in need, sharing the gospel every opportunity we have and allowing God to work through us. Let’s give the Self-Study Team an opportunity to complete their work. We have a new Vision. We voted to Follow our new Vision. We just need to “flesh out” the new Vision—to develop Core Values and a Structure based upon our Vision. (Our Core Values are listed elsewhere within this newsletter.)
“Are we going to get a DOM?” “Do we really Need a DOM?” At this point, we really don’t know. Answering that question may be premature, like getting the cart before the horse. We believe we need to get our Core Values in place first—who we are, and what we believe. That determines what we do. The Self-Study Team is currently working on a simpler, less cumbersome Structure that is based upon our new Vision and Core Values. Then determine what type of Leadership we need to lead our Association to carry out this vision, based upon our Core Values and Structure.
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Bedford will host Dr. Jeff Bloomer, former president ot the Baptist General Association of Virginia, who will speak during the morning worship time on Baptist Men’s Day, January 31.
This year Norwood sent enough money to the Smile Train organization to pay for 12 surgeries for children around the world who were born with cleft palate.
On December 8, the Men & Women on Missions rang bells for the Salvation Army, and on December 12, they split & delivered 33 loads of wood to those in need. Food boxes were filled and sent to those who needed food as well as wood. A special THANK YOU to those who came from other churches in our area and the volunteers who came from other counties to help and make this the success it was!
Thursday, January 28,
The following churches reported participation in Operation Christmas Child:
Church............Shoeboxes filled Beaverdam............59 Bedford............107 Flint Hill............68 Mount Hermon............116 Norwood............100 Palestine............49 Quaker............34 Staunton............55 Suck Spring............94
Jan 11 Vernon DeLong (Trinity)
Jan 17 Bill Mitchell (Mount Zion)
Feb 16 Marc Jantomaso (River Rock)
Feb 28 Gary Kingery (Mountain View)
Feb 14 Todd & Dana Childers (Norwood)
Feb 1 Jackie Carver (Pastor/10 yrs./Palestine)
Rev. James Archie “Jim” Carroll, 72, loving husband of Lois Burton Carroll for 53 years, passed away Sunday morning December 20, 2009, at his residence in Olive Hill, KY. The Carroll family moved to the Bedford area in 1983 and served five interim pastorates before accepting the full time pastorate of Radford in October 1988. Following the pastorate at Radford, he served as a supply pastor and in numerous leadership positions in Strawberry as well as the Bedford area before returning to Kentucky in 2001.
Since our Annual Meeting in October, the SBA Self-Study Team has been meeting twice a month to continue our work for the Association. In order to fulfill our Vision for Strawberry Association, we must first have a set of Core Values upon which to build. Core Values are the basic Beliefs that enable us to work together to build the Kingdom of God in this Association. Core Values fuel our Vision Statement. Core Values are, in reality, what we say and what we do, not only as churches, but as an association of churches.
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Women on Mission: Radford is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in January, February, and March. Bethlehem will host the January birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Mount Olivet will host it in February.
Phyllis McDaniel, associational WMU Secretary/Treasurer, would like to thank the following churches for submitting dues for the 2009-2010 year: Beaverdam, Bedford, Bethlehem, Big Island, Diamond Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Norwood, Pecks, Quaker, Radford, Sedalia, Shady Grove, Suck Spring, Thaxton, and Timber Ridge.
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