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We the people…” Those are the opening words of one of the greatest documents ever written—the Constitution of the United States. What responsibility do we, the people, have to history? The Bible, that book whose wisdom is endless, puts it to each of us in words that have never been equaled: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy hear, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself” (Luke 10:27). If each of us will just do his or her best to live up to that majestic utterance, our responsibility to history will be fulfilled and our nation will prosper.

—Norman Vincent Peale



Gleaning

Society of St. Andrew
Gleaning America’s Fields...Feeding America’s Hungry

A new growing season is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to again be personally involved with providing food for the hungry in your area. In 2010, 1,321,573 pounds of fresh produce were gleaned, salvaged, and distributed by you, your group, and others in Virginia. This contributed to a new national gleaning record for the Society of St. Andrew, with over 18 million pounds.

Come and join us again for one of the most rewarding times of your life. There is a job for all ages and abilities. Visit www.endhunger.org/default.htm for information about the gleaning season in Virginia and to register with the Gleaning Network.



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 18 Eldridge & Jennie Cullum (30 yrs.) (Thaxton)
Jul 19 Bryon & Annie LePere (Big Island)
Jul 31 Jackie & Glynda Carver (Palestine)
Aug 07 Vernon & Wanda DeLong (Trinity)
Aug 07 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 (Retired)
Aug 20 Ed & Nancy Greer (Retired)
Aug 26 Mike & Edith Grooms (Rainbow Forest)


Church Ministry Anniversaries

Jul 14 Mike Grooms (Pastor/15 yrs../Rainbow Forest)
Aug 1 Grant Harbridge (Pastor/1 yr./Bethlehem)



Treasurer’s Report

A copy of the corrected Treasurer’s Report Summary for the first quarter of 2011 has been included in the July church newsletter packets—it missed the June packets!



CenterFest 2011

Our SBA churches are invited to minister to the thousands who will attend Bedford City’s CenterFest Street Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2011. In our Lord’s name we pass out complimentary 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 540.297.5271 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 volunteers who will assist with planning, set-up, and take-down.


Etc., Etc., Etc.

SBCV Mission Opportunity:
Hygiene Kits for ARM

Central Appalachia has been described as the “poverty pocket of America” and includes 37% of the 100 poorest counties in the US. The Appalachian Regional Ministry (ARM) serves Central Appalachia, a region that spans portions of 10 states, including Virginia. During August and September, join the efforts of ARM in meeting needs by putting together a Hygiene Kit that will meet a great need for a family living there.



On May 7, 2011, the Bedford Christian Free Clinic officially completed its nineteenth year of continuous service to the community. What began that very first year in the badement of Washington Street Baptis Church remains very much a “faith based community missions project” today as many churches in Bedford City and Bedford County continue to provide faithful financial support to the Clinic. Although the physical location of the clinic has changed no less than four times during its history, area churches have remained loyal in their annual, monthly, and quarterly giving to the Clinic, despite several downward turns in the national and regional economies over the years.

In addition to financial giving, a number of these churches and still others, have directed members of their congregations towards the clinic to volunteer in various capacities including being attending physicians, nurses, pharmacists, eligibility screeners, and assisting in data processing. Some have even arranged special “support” events on behalf of the Clinic.

Launching a free clinic project represents a very complicated endeavor for a community, and to sustain viability, free clinics must rely on the entire surrounding area to become involved and continue to stay involved over the ensuing years. The Bedford Christian Free Clinic indeed remains very grateful.

A special “thank you” to all those churches in the Bedford area who remain dedicated to helping fulfill the mission of providing health care assistance to the uninsured residents of Bedford.


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Focus on Our Family

Bethlehem will have VBS July 11-15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The theme is Big Apple Adventure, Where Faith & Life Connect
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Big Island’s VBS is scheduled for July 24-30, 6 p.m.



On Saturday, July 30, 6-8 p.m., Diamond Hill will host a Blue Grass Concert featuring the group Common Ground with Ricky Ellis. Everyone invited. A love offering will be taken.



Congratulations to Flint Hill for being recognized by the North American Mission Board for being the top ranked church by per capita giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering in Strawberry Association in the year 2010.



Suck Spring will have VBS July 10-15, with the theme Big Apple Adventure, Where Faith & Life Connect.



Thaxton’s youth will be ministering with World Changers in Huntington, West Virginia, July 25-30.

Thaxton has scheduled revival services for Sunday through Wednesday, September 18-21, with Dale Riddle as guest evangelist.



Info for Church Nominating Committees
Listed below are the number of elected messengers to which each church is entitled for the 2011 SBA Annual Meeting: Beaverdam-7; Bedford 12; Bethel-4; Bethlehem-4; Big Island-4; Diamond Hill-4; Flint Hill-10; Glade Creek-5; Hunting Creek-9; Mentow-9; Morgans-8; Mount Hermon-9; Mount Olivet-8; Mount Zion-4; Mountain View-4; Norwood-7; Palestine-9; Pecks-4; Quaker-8; Rainbow Forest-6; Sedalia-7; Shady Grove-5; Suck Spring-8; Thaxton-5; Timber Ridge-8; Trinity-9; Walnut Grove-4. Please note: Only SBA officers are automatically messengers—all other messengers (including pastors) must be elected by their churches.


Music Camp
Registration

REMINDER
Children’s 2001 Summer Music Camp
Registration deadline: Monday, July 11

See your Pastor/Music Leader for registration
materials which were included in
June newsletter packets.



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.
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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.


“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”
—E.E. Cummings


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 20.


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