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"Whatcha Looking At?"

When the children of Israel were fleeing Egypt, they came to the edge of the Red Sea. “Now what?” they asked. Moses responded by saying, “What are you looking at? Are you Looking Back at Pharaoh’s army, looking to the good days? Are you Looking Out over the troubled waters of the Red Sea—the problems that lie ahead of us? Are you Looking Down at what we have done, or can do? Or are you Looking Up, looking to God, looking at who He is and what He can do—through us?”

What are we Looking at, or focusing on, in the Strawberry Association? People, and churches, are asking, “Now What?” “Are we going to get a DOM?” “Do we really Need a DOM?” “Will we have an Association?” “Are we doing Anything?” “Why do we need to continue to give to the Association, since we don’t have a DOM and if we’re not doing any Mission work?”

Lots of questions, and I’m afraid we don’t have all the answers, at this point. But I would like an opportunity to try to answer some of our questions. “Now What?” Since we are in transition, and without a DOM, we keep doing what we have been doing, until God tells us different, reaching out to those around us, ministering to those in need, sharing the gospel every opportunity we have and allowing God to work through us. Let’s give the Self-Study Team an opportunity to complete their work. We have a new Vision. We voted to Follow our new Vision. We just need to “flesh out” the new Vision—to develop Core Values and a Structure based upon our Vision. (Our Core Values are listed elsewhere within this newsletter.)

“Are we going to get a DOM?” “Do we really Need a DOM?” At this point, we really don’t know. Answering that question may be premature, like getting the cart before the horse. We believe we need to get our Core Values in place first—who we are, and what we believe. That determines what we do. The Self-Study Team is currently working on a simpler, less cumbersome Structure that is based upon our new Vision and Core Values. Then determine what type of Leadership we need to lead our Association to carry out this vision, based upon our Core Values and Structure.

Spring 2010
Bible & Ministry Training Classes
Weeks of January 25 through May 10

Spring 2010
Bible & Ministry Training Classes
Weeks of January 25 through May 10

Spring 2010 College/Diploma Classes

Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke
Johannine Literature:
Tues., 1:30-4:20 pm
Christian Theology II:
Tues., 6:30-9:20 pm
Christian Education:
Thurs., 9:30 am-12:20 pm or 6:30-9:20 pm

Henry County Baptist Association building Martinsville
Johannine Literature:
Mon., 6-8:50 pm.
Spiritual Formation:
Thurs., 6-8:50 pm.

Spring 2010 Masters Classes

Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke
Old Testament Introduction I:
Thurs., 6-8 pm.
Biblical Models of Leadership:
Thurs., 8:10-10:10 pm.

College-level class tuition:
Credit: $375/class Audit: $188

Tuition for Masters classes:
Credit: $700/class Audit: $350

(Tuition scholarships for college and Masters classes available for members of Baptist General Association of Virginia churches)

For information and registration
Phone: 540.777.3014 (Roanoke)
866.223.9344 (toll-free)

A partnership of
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies
The Southwest Virginia
Christian Leadership Network,
Gary A. Chapman, Director



Focus on Our Family

Bedford will host Dr. Jeff Bloomer, former president ot the Baptist General Association of Virginia, who will speak during the morning worship time on Baptist Men’s Day, January 31.

Bedford will host a Bloodmobile in the Fellowship Hall on Monday, January 25, 12 Noon-6 p.m.

This year Norwood sent enough money to the Smile Train organization to pay for 12 surgeries for children around the world who were born with cleft palate.

On December 8, the Men & Women on Missions rang bells for the Salvation Army, and on December 12, they split & delivered 33 loads of wood to those in need. Food boxes were filled and sent to those who needed food as well as wood. A special THANK YOU to those who came from other churches in our area and the volunteers who came from other counties to help and make this the success it was!

One hundred shoe boxes were filled and sent to Samaritan’s Purse. Coats and food were donated and delivered to the Salvation Army. Shoes were donated and given to the Sports Outreach Institute which will send them to Africa.

The Norwood WMU wishes to thank the members of Norwood Baptist Church and all the many people who helped us so generously this year to make all of our mission projects such a huge success. God Bless you all and we look forward to seeing where God leads us in 2010!

2010 Tax and Financial Support Planning Seminars

Thursday, January 28,
North Roanoke Baptist Church
Thursday, February 11,
West Lynchburg Baptist Church
9 a.m.–12 Noon (Lunch provided)

These seminars are designed for church staff and lay leaders who handle taxes and compensation. Attendees will get help with financial support planning for church staff (including retirement and insurance), handling minister’s taxes, and federal reporting requirements for churches. Jeff Cranford, Financial Support Planning Specialist, will lead the seminars. For info or to register, call Melody Fowler, GuideStone Administrative Assistant, 800.255.2428, or email

Operation Christmas Child

The following churches reported participation in Operation Christmas Child:

Church............Shoeboxes filled
Flint Hill............68
Mount Hermon............116
Suck Spring............94


Jan 11 Vernon DeLong (Trinity)
Jan 17 Bill Mitchell (Mount Zion)
Feb 16 Marc Jantomaso (River Rock)
Feb 28 Gary Kingery (Mountain View)

Wedding Anniversaries

Feb 14 Todd & Dana Childers (Norwood)

Church Ministry Anniversary

Feb 1 Jackie Carver (Pastor/10 yrs./Palestine)

In Sympathy

Rev. James Archie “Jim” Carroll, 72, loving husband of Lois Burton Carroll for 53 years, passed away Sunday morning December 20, 2009, at his residence in Olive Hill, KY. The Carroll family moved to the Bedford area in 1983 and served five interim pastorates before accepting the full time pastorate of Radford in October 1988. Following the pastorate at Radford, he served as a supply pastor and in numerous leadership positions in Strawberry as well as the Bedford area before returning to Kentucky in 2001.

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Self Study Team

Since our Annual Meeting in October, the SBA Self-Study Team has been meeting twice a month to continue our work for the Association. In order to fulfill our Vision for Strawberry Association, we must first have a set of Core Values upon which to build. Core Values are the basic Beliefs that enable us to work together to build the Kingdom of God in this Association. Core Values fuel our Vision Statement. Core Values are, in reality, what we say and what we do, not only as churches, but as an association of churches.

The Self-Study Team presents the following Core Values for your consideration:

As a Network of Churches, the Strawberry Baptist Association is Committed to Cooperating with fellow Baptist churches on the basis of these Core Values:

1. We believe the Bible is God’s Holy Word inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is our guide, final authority, source of unity, and motivation for service to the honor and glory of God. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21

2. Salvation is the gift of God’s grace through faith. It is accomplished once and for all by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross and resurrection from the dead. John 3:16; Romans 1:1-6; Eph 2:8-9

3. We are commanded by God in the Great Commission to take the gospel message to our neighborhoods, cities, nation, and the world. Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8

4. The visible result of our obedience to the Great Commission is the growth of our local autonomous Baptist churches distinguished by Believer’s Baptism by immersion and a commitment to the Word of God. Acts 2:38, Ephesians 4:1-6, Hebrews 10:25

5. Being convicted that Kingdom work is bigger than any single church, we recognize the need to cooperate and fellowship with like-minded Baptist churches in pursuit of a unified witness to our local communities. Acts 2:41-46; 2 Cor. 9:6-8.

In accordance with these Core Values, every church may pursue external relationships that will not impact the ability of our churches to work together.

For more information, questions or clarity, you may contact any member of the Self-Study Team by email or telephone. Rev. David Timma (co-chair), or 540.297.3715; Rebekah Overstreet (co-chair), or 540.586.2956; Rev. Rick Mallory (secretary), or 540.297.4959; Rev. Dennis Moore, or 540.890.1294; Rita Calhoun, or 540.297.5271; Billy Burnette, 540.586.8087; or Rev Vernon DeLong, or 540.586.8010; Rev. Don Harvey (consultant).

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 leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor 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.

Phyllis McDaniel, associational WMU Secretary/Treasurer, would like to thank the following churches for submitting dues for the 2009-2010 year: Beaverdam, Bedford, Bethlehem, Big Island, Diamond Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Norwood, Pecks, Quaker, Radford, Sedalia, Shady Grove, Suck Spring, Thaxton, and Timber Ridge.

SBA WMU Annual Planning Meeting
Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:15 p.m.
SBA Office

SBA WMU Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10 a.m.
(Covered dish lunch)
Bethlehem Church
Special Guest: Mrs. Ann Brown, WMUV President

Most of us will never do great things, but we can do small things in a great way.

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, January 20.

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