|October 2004||Home Page|
The summer of 2004 will long be remembered as the summer of hurricanes. Florida experienced near non-stop winds for over a month, and the loss of life and property has been staggering.
As is common during and after such horrific events, volunteers from states many hours away responded with an intense outpouring of compassion, prayers, money, and on-the-ground support as dozens of relief organizations rushed to their aid.
We are so grateful to the thirteen or so SBA folks and friends who helped make up part of this recovery effort. Especially to be recognized are those men of Mentow Baptist Church who took a lead role in putting together TWO trips to Florida. Tommy Smith, Keith Mitchell, John Woodford, Lynn Morris, and Tim Mathia were outstanding in their willingness to not only take time away from their own families and work but to orchestrate much of what was done. Additionally, Bobby Nichols of Bethlehem, Charles Sheppard of Mt. Zion, Jeff and Sheila Saunders of Flint Hill, and Casey Gillette and Paul Shelton from outside our Association and Steve and Barbara Manuel graciously and sacrificially filled out our team of disaster relief laborers. I wish it were possible for you to hear the testimonies of some of the Floridians who were touched by the kindness of these volunteers. Their's is an example to follow in future emergencies.
We also must not forget the generous churches and individuals who contributed more than $1,700 to this ministry. By their actions we were able to effectively sponsor the volunteers' travel and incidental expenses. "Thank you" goes to missionaries and support people alike. It is when you minister to the hungry, thirsty, homeless, and destitute that you catch a vision of Immanuel, "God with us."
As you prepare for our annual meeting, please keep in mind our theme, "The Church across the Street," and scripture from James 2; "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, 'go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
Whether it be missions on the other side of the world, in the heart of our own downtown, or just around the corner from your church, we must be actively involved in seeking out those places and circumstances where God is at work and join with Him in this great Christ-ordained task. Prayerfully turn your eyes toward Christ to discover with certainty where and how you should be a fisher of men. Be faithful.
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Women on Mission: Beaverdam/Diamond Hill will lead devotionals at Oakwood Manor for October, November, and December. Timber Ridge will host the October birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Pecks will host it in November.
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Thursday, October 21, 10 a.m. (Covered dish luncheon)
Two Hundred Twenty-eighth Annual Meeting
Monday, October 25, 2004
Theme: "The Church Across the Street"
Goode's Country Kitchen & Catering will provide the meal at a total cost of $9.00 per person. Reservations for the meal should be made with Trinity Baptist Church at 540-586-8010 no later than Tuesday, October 19. Payment will be received when the meal is served; checks should be payable to the church.
Messengers should get their registration cards from church clerks or pastors before coming to the meeting. Please fill in your name before arriving-it saves time for everyone. Visitors will register on arrival.
Messengers need to prepare in advance to nominate folks to fill two vacancies on the Nominating Committee.
The following will be presented by the Nominating Committee for election at the meeting:
Hunting Creek is searching for a permanent, part-time Music Director. For more info, contact Brenda Oliver at 434-299-5763.
Mentow is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults. Mentow is affiliated with SBC, CBF, and Virginia Baptist Kingdom Advance. Send resume with recommendations to Mentow Baptist Church, Attn: Search Team, 3282 Mentow Drive, Huddleston, VA 24104
Rev. Rick Mallory, pastor of Morgans, and his son, Andy, served on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in September.
Under the Lordship of Christ, to equip, support, and involve our family of churches in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of a changing community and world.
We deeply appreciate the work of Rita Calhoun and the SBA Evangelism Team. They started last winter planning and praying for our efforts on September 25, and when the big day arrived you could easily see how the preparation paid off.
Once again, estimates are that more than 25,000 people visited CenterFest. Our booth was better manned than any year before and the day went off without a hitch. About 15 of our churches had an active part, and this year more churches were involved in street ministry and prayer walking.
We increased water and lemonade by 20%, and still ran out by the end of the day! More moms brought their babies by for routine maintenance, and many more copies of our Strawberry Sensations Recipe Booklet were handed out.
Our teams worked wonderfully well together and expressed what a blessing it was to serve the community in this special way as they honored Christ. We patiently await more fruit from the seeds that have been planted these past three years at Bedford's CenterFest. Thank you SBA evangelists and servants!
Rev. Philip Ayers, who is on the golf tournament committee for the Virginia Baptist Children's Home, is looking for folks to participate in a tournament to raise funds to help with budget needs at the Home. The tournament will be at Hanging Rock in Salem on October 22. At 12:30pm shotgun starts. Cost is $65 per player or $260 per team. For additional information, contact Hanging Rock at 540-389-7275.
A note of thanks to Pete Kirby and the Baptist Men of Trinity for their willingness to take on a light construction project for an elderly widow in the area who called the association office looking for help. Their response exemplifies one of many ways "The Church Across the Street" can share God's love with a needy world.
The October birth dates included in this newsletter were inadvertently left out last month.
November 15 Bill & Marion Vest (Norwood)
November 1 Vernon DeLong (Pastor/1 yr./Trinity)
We offer sympathy to Dr. David Henderson and family at the passing of his father, Paul, on September 13.
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