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2013 Annual Report

We would appreciate it if someone from the following churches would pick up their copies of the 2013 Annual Report of the Strawberry Baptist Association : Big Island, Diamond Hill, Mount Hermon, Mount Olivet, Palestine, Rainbow Forest, Sedalia, and Walnut Grove. Please call 540.586.8345 before stopping by. (Remember, we’re now located in the lower level of Trinity Baptist Church.)



300 Years!

Let me share about a once-in-a-lifetime event which will appeal to all ages in your church. In May 1714, English Baptists appointed a “messenger” to Virginia, and this man, Robert Norden, planted the first Baptist church in Virginia. For 300 years there has been a continuous Baptist presence in Virginia. It’s time to celebrate!

Virginia Baptists will gather for a Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of the University of Richmond—the same campus which Virginia Baptists built exactly 100 years ago. It will be a fun time for Baptist adults and children of all ages. There will be tents, booths, exhibits, tours, banners, balloons, flags, music, and entertainment. The doors of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society will be wide open to receive visitors to see special historical exhibits.

The celebration actually begins on Friday evening, May 16, at 7:30, with a special 300 Years! Worship Celebration to be held next to the UR campus at the River Road Baptist Church. It will be a time of remembrance and thanksgiving for all the Lord has done through Virginia Baptists. This celebration is geared to adults .

Both events, the 300 Years! Worship Celebration and the Heritage Festival, are free and open to all. What we need is promotion of the event in your church.

Let me know if company’s coming! Send an email to fred.anderson@vbmb.org and let me know if your women’s group will promote these events and to give me a guess of how many folks might attend from your church. There will be plenty of free parking for the Heritage Festival, and the campus grill spanning the UR lake will be open for lunches.

Fred Anderson
Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies
University of Richmond, VA
804.289.8434
www.baptistheritage.org



God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

—Matthew 21:9


Birthdays

Apr 19 Carey Snellings (Hunting Creek)
May 3 Woody Elliott (Retired)
May 27 Mark Beck (Thaxton)


Wedding Anniversaries

Apr 29 Elmer & Tiena Sellers (Retired)
May 19 Marc & Mindy Reynolds (Mount Olivet)


Church Ministry Anniversary

Apr 14 Kevin King (Pastor/Palestine/1 yr.)

Focus on Our Family

Big Island has called Rev. Michael Watkins as pastor. He and his wife Surada have two grown daughters.

Effective January 1, Nahum O’Brien began serving Big Island as Youth Pastor.


Flint Hill would like to welcome Rev. Dennis Moore as interim pastor.

Flint Hill will host a “Spring Fling” Dinner on Saturday, March 29, beginning at 5 p.m., and featuring music by Smokey Wilson. The dinner will be held in the Flint Hill Community Center. A love offering will be taken.


Mentow and Palestine will gather with Huddleston United Methodist Charge for a community Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 20. An offering will be taken by the Huddleston Ruritan Club to help purchase Bibles for 2014 graduates of Huddleston Elementary School.


On April 13, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Norwood will be hosting a BBQ luncheon to benefit Relay For Life. BBQ with all of the fixings. Eat-in or carry-out available. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Raffle items also will be available.

On May 3, 2014, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Norwood will have a Car Wash and Bake Sale. Donations accepted.




This is my body, which is given for you…. This is my blood. It is poured out for you….

—Luke 22:19 & 20



On March 6, planning continued for our second annual Youth Encounter. The event will be on Saturday, September 13, 4-8 p.m. Again this year, we will have access to the Falling Creek Gym at the former Bedford County Group Homes. Evangelist Bob Holmes will be God‘s messenger for the evening. Go to www.meetbob.info/ to learn about this One-Man Volleyball Team. Our next planning meeting is Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., in Mentow’s fellowship hall. For additional info, contact Kim Kirby at pow8tan@gmail.com or 540.330.8071.




And he carried his cross to a place known as “The Skull.” ... There Jesus was nailed to the cross, and on each side of him a man was also nailed to a cross.

—John 19:17 & 18







SBA Annual Leadership Team Meeting
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7 p.m.
Mount Zion Baptist Church, Montvale


A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Round Tree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.7409
Email: lstevens44@verizon.net

Women on Mission : Thaxton will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in April; Sedalia will lead them in May. Palestine will host the April birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Flint Hill will host it in May.


125th Annual Meeting of Strawberry WMU
Saturday, April 12, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
Mentow Baptist Church

This meeting will be different from those in the past and will be a hands-on project. We will be packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now.

The cost of this project is $2,500.00 of which Virginia Baptists have given $500.00. The offering taken at the meeting will go toward the cost of the meals. If any WMU organization would like to donate toward this prior to the meeting, donations may be sent to our WMU Treasurer, Lynne Stebbins, at 5644 Chestnut Fork Road, Bedford, Virginia 24523.

Following the packaging event, there will be a short business meeting and then lunch. We are asking each church WMU organization to bring one dessert—everything else will be provided.

Please inform all of your members of this meeting so that we will have a good number to help with the mission project. (Yes, there are some sit-down jobs.) If you are not the current WMU Director in your church, please forward this letter on to her.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Lois Stevens.


Timber Ridge Baptist Church
1st Annual Ladies Conference
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Speakers include:
Makaela Suitt
Emily Bass,
Robin Foutz.

Topics include:
Marriage and Family
Spiritual Growth
Forgiveness
Redemption
Learning God’s Grace & Mercy

Call 540.586.9267 to register—$5 ($10 family). Visit www.timberridgebaptist.org.



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Vernon DeLong, Moderator - email: vwdelong@yahoo.com - Cell phone: 540.871.0588
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