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"We hold these truths to be self evident"

May freedom be seen, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to please to do what is right. May it ever be understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else.

May our faith be something that is not merely stamped upon our coins, but expressed in our lives…. To the extent that America honors thee, wilt thou bless America, and keep her true as thou hast kept her free, and make her good as thou hast made her rich. Amen.

From The Prayers of Peter Marshall in the U.S. Senate


234th Annual Session

The 234th Annual Session of the Strawberry Baptist Association will be held on Monday, October 25, at Bedford Baptist Church. We would like to have an Associational Choir to sing in the evening session. Susan C. Batten-Bell (Minister of Music at Bedford Baptist) will be conducting the choir and Carol B. Spencer (accompanist at Hunting Creek) will be the accompanist. We will be singing three selections: I Must Tell Jesus with Blessed Assurance arranged by Mary McDonald, I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (a worship medley which includes I Could Sing of Your Love Forever and Can It Be?, No Greater Love, The Power of Your Love, and Think About His Love) arranged by John E. Coates, and Amazing Grace, arranged by Lee Turner.

Two rehearsals are scheduled—Sunday, September 19, and Sunday, October 17, both beginning at 3 p.m. and held in the sanctuary of Bedford Baptist Church. Contact Susan C. Batten-Bell at 540-586-9564 if you would like to participate. She has copies of the music that you can borrow OR if you would like to order this music for your church, she has that information also. We would like for the choir to OVERFLOW the choir loft at Bedford Baptist, so please pray about how you can help us do that. Music packets will be available from Bedford Baptist Church on July 1.


FALL 2010
COLLEGE/DIPLOMA CLASSES


Classes begin week of August 23 and conclude week of December 13

Please click here for a full schedule




Click for July Calendar


Focus on Our Family

Bedford Baptist will have Vacation Bible School the evenings of Friday, July 16 through Monday, July 19.



Mentow’s Vacation Bible School will be July 9-11. On Friday and Sunday, the time is 6:30-8:45 p.m., and on Saturday, the time is 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with lunch provided. The theme is High Seas Expedition...Exploring the Mighty Love of God.



Quaker will have Vacation Bible School the week of August 2-6, 5:45-8:30 p.m. The theme for the week is “The Armor of God.”



Help Wanted

Beaverdam is seeking a part-time Youth Director (approx. 10 hours per week). Contact personnel committee chairman, James Mitchell, 540.297.5579.



Shady Grove is seeking a part-time music director. If interested, please call Karen Foutz at 540.890.5636.



Birthdays

Jul 8 Ed Greer (Retired)
Jul 11 Bryon LePere (Big Island)
Jul 23 Harry Leland (Shady Grove)
Jul 31 Esther Woodford (SBA)
Aug 29 Marc Reynolds (Mt. Olivet)


Wedding Anniversaries

Jul 1 Ken & Evelyn Butterworth (Diamond Hill)
Jul 18 Eldridge & Jennie Cullum (Thaxton)
Jul 19 Bryon & Annie LePere (Big Island)
Jul 31 Marc & Cari Jantomaso (River Rock)
Jul 31 Jackie & Glynda Carver (Palestine)
Aug 7 Vernon & Wanda Delong (Trinity)
Aug 7 David & Suzann Timma (Quaker)
Aug 12 Rick & Laura Mallory (Morgans)
Aug 17
David & Donna Henderson (Bedford)
Aug 19 Dennis & Mary Moore (Retired)
Aug 20
Gary & Becky Fowler (50 yrs.) (Flint Hill)
Aug 20
Ed & Nancy Greer (55 yrs.) (Retired)
Aug 26
Mike & Edith Grooms (Rainbow Forest)


Church Ministry Anniversary

Jul 17 Mark Flores (Pastor/Mount Hermon/5 yrs.)

CenterFest

Our SBA churches are invited to minister to the thousands who will attend Bedford City’s CenterFest Street Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2010. In our Lord’s name we pass out water or lemonade to all who visit our booth. We also provide a Baby Care Station which offers moms and dads a convenient and clean place to care for the needs of their small children. Some volunteers prefer prayer walking. If you have other ideas for sharing God’s love in this venue, contact Rita Calhoun at 540.2297.5271 or email acvaowlsnest@aol.com. Three to five people are needed for each hour. Our time slots are being filled now—call to reserve your time.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Mt. Zion
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Flint Hill
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Open
1:00-2:00 p.m. Open
2:00-3:00 p.m. Open
3:00-4:00 p.m. Open
4:00-5:00 p.m. Open
5:00-6:00 p.m. Open

We also need several men who are willing to help set up our two tents around 8 a.m.


A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.2956
Email: rjoverstreet@jetbroadband.com

Women on Mission: Radford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in July; Rainbow Forest will lead them in August. Radford will host the July birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Morgans will host it in August.

2010 CrossRoads Wish List
(Please Click for a PDF file)



Self-Study Team

Strawberry Association’s Self-Study Team continues to work out the details of the proposed structure for the Association. For input or questions, contact any member of the team by email or telephone:

  Rev. David Timma, timmaone@hotmail.com or 540.297.3715
  Rebekah Overstreet, rjoverstreet@jetbroadband.com or 540.586.2956
  Rev. Rick Mallory, revmal@msn.com or 540.297.4959
  Rev. Dennis Moore, Kadessong@hotmail.com or 540.947.2091
  Rita Calhoun, acvaowlsnest@aol.com or 540.297.5271
  Billy Burnette, 540.586.8087
  Rev Vernon DeLong, trinitybc@verizon.net or 540.586.8010



Looking for a Local Mission Project?

Why not consider gleaning with the Society of St. Andrew? For info about all the ways you can become involved in feeding the hungry through this organization, visit www.endhunger.org, call 800.333.4597, or email vaglean@endhunger.org.


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.


Liberty is dearly bought, continually paid for, and difficult to keep.


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, July 21.


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