January 2003

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A New Year and a Fresh Start

This year's January Bible study is on 1 Corinthians and is titled "Helping Your Church Stay on Course." It will challenge all of us to examine our present direction in light of God's word and will. Just a cursory reading of Paul's words to the Corinthian brethren in verses 10-17 of the first chapter immediately speaks to our hearts about our level of commitment and honesty before the Lord and other believers, for if we are unwillingly to accept these instructions we are certainly unworthy to speak of others. These become the very foundation that establishes our credibility.

Mission Opportunities for 2003

Encouragement Walk Among Russian Romany People in Russia;; Spring, 9 days to 2 weeks, 3-5 adults
Sports in Washington, DC;; 1 week, adults and youth
Prayerwalking Team to France; April, May, or June, 7-10 days, 4-8 adults, $1,600 per person
For additional information, contact Mrs. Kathy L. Smith at 540-297-9283.

Southwest Virginia Festival 2003
with Franklin Graham
May 2-4, 2003
Salem Stadium

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announces that Franklin Graham, along with local church and civic leaders, will hold the Southwest Virginia Festival 2003 with Franklin Graham in Salem Stadium, May 2-4, 2003.

"I look forward to bringing God's message of hope to the people of Southwest Virginia," said Graham, who recently accepted local church leaders' invitation to lead the Festival. "People will hear a lot of music from award-winning artists, personal testimony, and most importantly, an opportunity to change their life."

For more information, click here.

2003 Music Events

Feb 28-Mar 1 Handbell Workshop,
Bedford Baptist
April 04-05 Adult Choir Workshop
with Rev. Tom Ingram
Bedford Baptist
June 23-27 Children’s Music Day Camp
(completed grades 1-6),
Bedford Baptist
9 a.m.-12 noon
October 12 SBA Praise & Worship
Service, Bedford Baptist

Please note: As churches plan their calendars for 2003, please include these dates. We ask that you especially try to schedule your Vacation Bible Schools around the first ever Children’s Music Day Camp in Strawberry. For further information, please contact Judy Edwards at Bedford Baptist, 586-9564.

Have You Considered...

We are in need of more ESL teachers. If the Lord has been speaking to you about becoming part of this important ministry opportunity, please give us a call. We want to help you prepare and get started. You may contact either Winnie Agee at 540-586-3555 or the Association office at 540-586-8345. If you prefer, e-mail Winnie at or the SBA at

We are always looking for brethren interested in supporting our ministries through prayer. If you would like to become one of our Internet prayer warriors, simply send your name to us at

Experiencing God

Dr. Henry Blackaby will lead a conference entitled "Experiencing God Together In Your Church" on Sunday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Roanoke. For more information call 540-224-3300.

VBMB Assistance

On Monday, February 24, the VBMB will offer a support conference entitled "Conquering the Crisis of Termination". The presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond. There is no cost, but participants are responsible for their own lodging and meals.

On Monday, March 10, the VBMB will offer a LEVEL 1 Peacemaker Seminar from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond. Contact the Minister Support Ministries Department at 800-255-2428 for more information.

A Tax and Compensation Seminar sponsored by the Empowering Leaders Ministry of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board will be held January 23, 8:45 a.m. until Noon, at North Roanoke Baptist Church.. The seminar is designed for clergy, church staff, and lay leaders who handle taxes and compensation for churches. Attenders will get help with developing financial support for church staff, handling ministers taxes, and federal reporting requirements for churches. Jeff Cranford, VBMB staff, and Pete Wills, C.P.A., will lead the seminars.

For more information or to register, contact Jeff Cranford, 1-800-255-2428, or email Registration is not required but will be appreciated for planning purposes.

SBA's Mission

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.

Click for February's Calendar

Focus on Our Family

Big Island Baptist Church is seeking a part-time youth director/minister—must relate well to youth and have a heart for their spiritual growth and outreach.

Please send resumes to:
Big Island Baptist Church
% Personnel Committee
P.O. Box 348
Big Island, VA 24526


February 12 Bob Sherrill (Pecks)
February 17 Billy Leonard (Retired)
February 19 Philip Day (Mountain View)

Wedding Anniversaries

February 3 Gilbert & Ella Profitt (Retired)
February 15 Tom & Meda Hicks (Retired, SBA)

Home Field Advantage
January 10-11, 2003
Hyland Heights Baptist Church, Lynchburg

Home Field Advantage is an event specially designed to address the diverse aspects of dealing with teenagers in today's world. In a series of highly motivational and enlightening messages, Dr. Jay Strack speaks personally from his "daddy heart" directly to the heart of every parent who sincerely wants to cover all the bases when it comes to raising their youth for Christ. Home Field Advantage will help arm you with the Word of God and Jay's insight into:

  • Why good kids do bad things
  • How to help drug-and-alcohol-proof your kids
  • How to motivate your children to reach for the stars
  • How to help your kids deal with the eight issues they struggle with most
  • What to do when your kids are already in trouble
Make plans now to attend this potentially life-changing, family-changing event! Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to help your precious child become the champion God intends.

Visit the LifeWay website for more information. You may register by calling (800) 254-2022 or by email:

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-2956

Women on Mission: Radford is providing devotionals in January, February, and March. Bethlehem will host the January birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Mount Olivet will host it in February.

As a nation, family, church, or individual, so much depends on the direction we take. Start here: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” —Bible Digest Treasures

“The gestures of worship are meaningless if the heart isn't right.” —Delray Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA

Please have items for the February newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, January 23.

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