Philippians 1:8-11 (ESV)
8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
First he seeks that their love is characterized by knowledge and discernment. We ought always to love in such a way that is discerning and wise. We don’t just love ‘as is’ but in order to seek what is excellent. And that is to equip us to grow in purity and blamelessness. Love is not a complacent acceptance of things as they are in a sinful world. It is instead a pursuit of holiness and the potential that can only be found in Christ working through us! Our prayers for each other ought to be that we grow—in love, in righteousness, in purity, and in the “fruit of the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God”!
Feb 17 Bill Mitchell (Mount Zion)
Feb 14 Todd & Dana Childers (Norwood)
Mar 1 Bill Mitchell (Pastor/5 yrs./Mount Zion)
Mentow’s Youth and Children’s Ministries are hosting a Valentine Dinner for the church family on Saturday, February 18.
To thank the women of Norwood and throughout the Strawberry Baptist Association for their many ministry efforts in serving the Lord, the men of Norwood will be hosting a Valentine Sweetheart Spaghetti Luncheon on Sunday, February 12, 2012, starting at 12 Noon. All SBA churches are invited. All donations accepted will be divided to help our “local Christian charities” (Daily Bread, Shepherd’s Table, etc.) and nationwide emergency relief efforts by “Gleaning for the World.” Together, we can make a huge impact for the cause of caring for those in need as Jesus himself commanded us to do. May God Bless You Greatly so you can bless many.
Thaxton’s Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions totaled $2800.
Thaxton will host a Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, February 18, 2012, 5:30 p.m. Bring your favorite wild game dish to share! TBC will provide additional meats, vegetables, desserts and beverages. Door prizes & drawings will be held—you must be present to win. For tickets ($7 each), call Wayne Overstreet, 540.874.5591, or the church office, 540.586.8348.
Timber Ridge would like to invite you to “Date Night Challenge,” Saturday, February 11, from 6 until 9 p.m. There will be a special Focus on the Family web cast featuring Dr. Greg Smalley. The program will also feature Comedian Jeff Allen and Musician Michael O’Brien. There is no cost, but because space is limited, registration is required. Please call the church, 540.586.9267, for other details. A nursery will be available.
Representative to the VBMB
As I begin my second year serving on the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, I continue to be amazed at the work that is taking place with Virginia Baptists.
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Women on Mission: Radford is leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in January, February, and March. Mount Olivet will host the February birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Diamond Hill will host it in March. For their January mission project, the Sedalia Stars got together and made 51 quarts of vegetable soup and delivered it to elderly and shut-in folk in the community.
Phyllis McDaniel, associational WMU Secretary/Treasurer, would like to thank the following churches for submitting their Annual Dues for 2011-2012: Bedford, Bethlehem, Big Island, Diamond Hill, Flint Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Mount Zion, Pecks, Sedalia, Shady Grove, Thaxton, and Timber Ridge.
Many of you have heard about the WMUV ministry to Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The 2012 Mission Trip is scheduled for July 29-August 4. Volunteers will engage in construction, medical, VBS, cooking, adult crafts, recreation, and a traveling fair. The first training session for new volunteers will be Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center. To register, call 1.800.255.2428. Items for collection are: NEW shoes, new socks and underwear for all ages, money or gift cards, make pillowcases for boys, girls, teens, and adults.
Shine 2012: April 13-15, especially for teen girls and their adult leaders. See more information. Registration opened January 2. Mission Focus: Pajama pants and pillowcases will be collected for teenage girls living on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and an offering will be taken to provide food for families living on the Reservation. Register online at https://eagleeyrie.wufoo.com/forms/shine-registration/.
Mom & Me 2012: April 27-28 and April 28-29, for girls (1st-5th graders) and their moms. The theme is: Heart/Hand/Hope/Haiti. Mission Focus: Each participant will fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and will have the opportunity to give to support a water purification program for Haiti. Register online at https://eagleeyrie.wufoo.com/forms/mom-me-registration/.
Strawberry WMU Annual
Our mission project for this year will be to collect household items—blankets, sheets (king/queen), towels, pots & pans, and silverware—for Bedford Christian Ministries. We want to provide the best to people who have little or nothing. So, as you donate, please either purchase brand new items or give gently used items (nothing broken/torn/smelly/stained/rusted.)
The Executive Board will recommend that the offering taken at the meeting (plus enough from our treasury to make a total of $500) be sent to the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association to purchase bed linens for their 50 beds.
WMUV is launching a new initiative in partnership with WMU’s Project HELP(SM). During 2012 our focus will be on awareness, education, prayer, and some basic ways to Engage. As we continue to emphasize prayer in 2013, we will target specific areas in which to respond more fully. We encourage you to explore the following issues, and prayerfully consider how you would ‘join Jesus Christ where He is at work in the world.’
Go to http://wmuv.org/resources/human-exploitation/ for a host of resources related to ministry in each of the following areas.
SBA’s Vision Statement: Due to our common faith in Jesus Christ and His body, the Church, we Commit ourselves to Connecting with one another for Coordinating the missions and ministries of our member churches and Communicating opportunities to partner together to fulfil the Great Commission and Great Commandment.
Help us all stay informed. If you have information about what's going on at your church, please share it with us. Items for the next newsletter should be written and in the association office by Wednesday, February 22.
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