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Two Hundred Thirty-seventh
SBA Annual Meeting
Theme: Family Reunion

Text: The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)

We offer our gratitude to the Timber Ridge Baptist Church family for graciously hosting our 237th Annual Meeting. They couldn’t have done more to meet the needs of their Strawberry Association family.

Registration: 72 messengers; 38 guests/visitors; 110 total attendance; 21 churches represented, with 16 having full messenger representation—Beaverdam (4), Bedford (8), Bethlehem (2), Diamond Hill (2), Flint Hill (6), Glade Creek (2), Hunting Creek (4), Mentow (6), Mount Hermon (4), Mount Zion (2), Nonwood (3), Quaker (2), Shady Grove (2), Suck Spring (4), Thaxton (2), and Trinity (5).

A vote to sell the office building to Dr. Bailey for $155,000 passed. Sixty-seven votes were cast—54 yes (81%); 13 no (19%).

Thanks to Joyce Hawkins, Ellen Mitchell, Hertha Nichols, and Melinda Nichols for registration assistance.

Our next Annual Meeting will be Monday, October 27, 2014, at Sedalia Baptist Church.


Saturday, September 28, 2013, was another successful day of ministry at CenterFest. Under the dedicated leadership of Rita Calhoun, approximately 50 servants from the following Strawberry Association churches: Beaverdam, Bethlehem, Flint Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Mount Zion, Palestine, Timber Ridge, as well as volunteers from Impact church served water, prayer walked, and monitored our Baby Care Station during CenterFest 2013. Our “set-up” team from Hunting Creek was great—again, and our “take-down” team from Palestine was a welcome blessing.

The beautiful day brought out a record number of babies to our Baby Care Station. Following is an email we received on Sunday after CenterFest: My wife and I just wanted to thank you guys on having the baby care station setup in the fair yesterday. It was the most memorable part of the day honestly. As parents of a two year old, if your association had not setup the booth, we would have had to go all the way back to the Bedford Bulletin office to change our son. It was a very nice gesture and we just wanted to make sure you guys knew it was appreciated!

Thanks again.

For 12 years, this ministry has been a tremendous blessing to recipients as well as volunteers. Won’t you join us at CenterFest next year?



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Focus on our Family

Bethlehem has called Charles (Chuck) Williams as pastor, effective November 1, 2013. He and his wife Chonita have two sons—Carson, 16, and Colton, 12. He has been serving as pastor at Shipman Baptist Church in Virginia since 2010. Other pastorates were in North Carolina.


Flint Hill is looking for a part-time, permanent, paid, Youth Minister. For details, please contact Pastor Mark Oblinger at 540.297.6783, or send resume to: Flint Hill Baptist Church, 8997 Dickerson Mill Road, Moneta, VA 24121.


Mentow and Huddleston United Methodist Charge will gather with Palestine for a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m. An offering will be taken by the Huddleston Ruritan Club to help purchase Bibles for 2014 graduates of Huddleston Elementary School.


Norwood Firewood Ministry
Volunteers/Trucks Needed
Saturday, December 14, 8 a.m.
12 Noon: Lunch Break for soup, chili beans, cornbread, etc.

Quitting time depends on delivery to all those on our list or whenever you need to leave.

We usually manage well with the turnout of men and women to help split and load the trucks, but have run short on people with trucks to keep the wood flowing away from the work station.

Norwood is located at 1045 Random Way, Forest (off route 221, directly across from Casaloma sub-division).

For questions, call the church at 540.586.0909.

Thanks, Todd



Except for Six

In honor of patients and their families, Bedford Hospice Care invites you to watch a film about ending life well: “Except for Six” airing on WSET, Channel 13, Sunday, November 24, 2-3 p.m. This hour-long inspirational documentary follows the journey of three families facing challenges at the end of life.


Birthdays

Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 6 Mike Oblinger (Flint Hill)
Nov 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 23 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)
Nov 29 Bish Creel (Beaverdam)
Dec 28 Monroe Baldwin (Diamond Hill)
Dec 31 Charles Stinson (Retired)


Wedding Anniversaries

Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (75 yrs.) (Retired)
Dec 5 John & Esther Woodford (SBA)
Dec 17 Curtis & Louise Nester (Retired)
Dec 20 Greg & Maryanna Soult (Mentow)

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 : Beaverdam will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in November; Diamond Hill will lead them in December. Pecks will host the November birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Mentow will host it in December.


Annual Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2013-2014 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Lynne Stebbins, 5644 Chestnut Fork Rd., Bedford 24523.


Women’s Get-Away, November 1-2 & 2-3, 2013

WMUV Annual Meeting (between sessions) Saturday, November 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m.



A Note of Thanks

October 16, 2013

Dear Ladies,

Please accept our overdue gratitude for the absolutely delicious dinner that you so graciously prepared and served to the ministers and spouses.

We enjoyed a lovely evening. It was wonderful to have some relaxed time to visit with other Strawberry Baptist couples. Thank you for making this opportunity available.

Dinner was fabulous—obviously prepared with a great deal of “TLC” by the talented hands of many experienced cooks. We appreciate your thoughtfulness!

P.S. The homemade loaf of bread was such an enjoyable take home treat!



Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford is a drop-off location for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Collection hours are: Mon., Nov. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.; Tues., Nov. 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Thurs., Nov, 21, 6–8 p.m.; Fri., Nov 22, 2–4 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 23, 9–11 a.m.; and Sun., Nov. 24, 9–11 a.m.



Church Ministry Anniversary

Nov 1 Vernon DeLong (Pastor/10 yrs/Trinity)



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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.


The best remedy for discontent is to count our blessings.


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