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Producing Pygmies

As you read this article, most certainly sitting in a climate controlled environment enjoying all of the conveniences afforded you in this wealthy, and most often materialistic culture, I invite you to think deeply on what follows.

Somewhere in this world of almost seven billion souls, during these very moments, a follower of Jesus Christ is being physically brutalized by a group of people who want no part of our Lord or His teaching. Many of these believers will die at the hands of their attackers.

For the past hour or more a lone bare-foot messenger has been walking hardened dirt trails deep into secluded mountains in order to share God's indescribable love with a village or community that has never heard the whole story. Some of the villagers, in fact, have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this distant traveler, because they had only heard enough of the story to keep them sitting on the edge of their seats.
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Bedford Hospice Care exists to provide care for terminally ill patients with end stage diseases who desire comfort care. Because of fund raising efforts, services are provided without regard to the patient's ability to pay. Help make living easier for those who are dying by joining Bedford Hospice Care in their 7th Annual Carewalk! The hospice volunteer committee has organized the Hundreds of Feet—Miles of Care Carewalk to be held on Saturday, October 11, 2008, at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will continue from 8:45 to 11:00 a.m. For more info, call 587.6592.


From Al Duncan:
Dear Friends, Well here it is—finally! Some of you have known about my book for a year and to some of you it will be first time news. Either way, I am sending a direct link to where you can see the book, read some of it, and purchase it if you want to. If you order a book it will be printed and sent to you. That means a delay of about 15 days. Many of you have been very encouraging to me over the years as well as in writing this book. I do appreciate that and if you do get the book I sincerely hope that it will be a blessing to you. If you do not want to order the book "on line," it can be ordered by phone as follows: (Toll free) 1.888.795.4274, ext. 7876 or 7479. The title of my book is: "The Fields of Yesterday."

Birthdays

November 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
November 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
November 23 Bill Vest (Retired)
November 25 Calvin Sacra (North Bedford)
November 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)
2008 SBA Annual Meeting

Two Hundred Thirty-second
SBA Annual Meeting

Bedford Baptist Church
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sessions at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Theme: Choosing the Right Path
Text: Psalm 107:4-7
Speakers: Todd Childers
Michael Cox
David Timma


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Focus on Our Family

Sheila and Jeff Saunders of Flint Hill are serving with a Disaster Relief Team in Texas, September 23-October 11.


Mt. Zion has been quite active this summer. On June 21, a one-day Vacation Bible School was held, with a total of 44 children and adults participating. After a day of Bible stories, music, and games, a dinner was served for children and parents. It truly was a blessed day. On July 26, we had Summer Blast. This too was a great day of games, activities, and food. A total of 68 was present. Summer would not be summer without a church picnic, so on August 23, church members, friends, families and guests had a wonderful day. It was good to have former members come back to visit. Our Christmas-In-August project this year was the Bedford Community Christian Station. Many nice coats and toys were collected. We feel blessed that we could be missionaries in our own back yard. We are looking forward to our Fall Revival, October 5-8, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, and 7:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Rev. Todd Childers from Norwood will be the evangelist. Everyone is invited to come hear the Gospel preached and special singing each evening. We praise God for such a blessed summer and the opportunity to serve Him!


The Men's Singing Group from Lynch Station Baptist Church will present a program at Quaker on Sunday, October 12, 6 p.m. Members of Quaker, Suzann Timma and Chuck and Lynne Stebbins, are serving in Disaster Relief Ministry in the wake of hurricane Ike.


Wedding Anniversaries

November 19 Bill & Marion Vest (70 yrs.) (Retired)


Church Ministry Anniversaries

November 1 Vernon DeLong (Pastor/Trinity/5 yrs.)


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Celebrate the Glory

Celebrate the Glory is a FREE outdoor event for families. The goal of CTG is to inspire families to love God's Word so much that they desire to read it everyday.

-Exalting God's Word...Unfolding Drama (www.unfoldingdrama.com) The Rozeboom and Brand families have a passion and gift of sharing the Gospel through drama & Bible stories—A ministry of www.NoGreaterJoy.org
-Encouraging God's Family…The Durocher Family (www.durocherfamilyministries.com) A bluegrass Gospel singing family from Minnesota, filled with the joy of the Lord and a desire to see other families walk in joy and Truth.
-Extolling God's Beauty…Ken Jenkins (www.kenjenkins.com) is a nationally recognized natural history photographer, writer, lecturer, and outdoor adventurer. Ken will use words and photo images to share how God speaks through His creation.

Photo Contest Grand Prize: Limited edition print by Ken Jenkins ($500 value) Other prizes and ribbons awarded.

Scripture Art Gallery All ages bring all types of art that incorporates Scripture.

Location: The Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island, VA 24526. October 18, 2008, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Check-in begins at 9 a.m.) Breakfast & Lunch provided at no cost (Donations accepted).

For more information and to register (required):
www.simplydevoted.com or MarcJantomaso@verizon.net or 434.660.PRAY

Sponsored by: Simply Devoted Ministries and The Institute for Uniting Church & Home www.uchlink.org.


A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Roundtree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-7409
email: LStevens44@netzero.com

Women on Mission: Thaxton is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in October; Beaverdam will lead them in November. Timber Ridge will host the October birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Pecks will host it in November.


SBA Annie Mae Broyles Group Meeting
Bedford Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall)
Thursday, October 16, 2008, 10 a.m.
(Covered dish lunch)

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It is entirely possible for a church to grow in numbers apart from God's blessing. There is a significant difference between drawing a crowd and building a church. —Henry & Richard Blackaby


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