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Teacher/Worker Training

Saturday, February 22
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thaxton Baptist Church

(Lunch will be provided.)

The purpose of the event is to:

  • Encourage teachers/workers in the local church
  • Learn how to study and prepare a Bible lesson
  • Sharpen skills on how to present the study to a small group
  • Share creative ideas for outreach and growth

Conference Leaders:

  1. Adults-Steve Manuel, Director of Missions and Ministries, Strawberry Association
  2. Youth-Rocky Chocklett, Youth Minister, Hunting Creek Baptist Church
  3. Children-Sue Lipscomb, Children’s Minister, Radford Baptist Church
Topics will be broad enough to help not only Sunday School teachers but those who are involved with mission organizations, and other youth and children's programs. The concepts can be applied by anyone interested in leading, teaching, and reaching out to others in the name of Christ. There will be some hands on learning involved, so bring your Bibles!

Please call or e-mail the Association office by February 17 to make your reservations.

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.

Handbell Workshop

Handbell Workshop, Bedford Baptist, Friday, February 28, 7-9 p.m. & Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m.-12 noon. Designed for those who already have a handbell ministry in their church and for those who are interested in beginning one.

Network For Women In Crisis

Network For Women In Crisis is a Christian transitional home for women and children experiencing a crisis in their lives. In over ten years of existence through the Lord's strength the Network House has been used to help change the lives of hundred of women and children. Most of Network residents have been victims of domestic violence.

Being User Friendly

Is your church user friendly? Does the congregation have the personality to attract unchurched people, make them feel welcome, and keep them there?

The latest figures put the Bedford County population at about 62,000. The combined membership of our Association churches is just over 12,000, with less than 10,000 listed as resident members, and as you know, about 6,000 of these do not attend church on a regular basis. Of those that do attend, a percentage of them actually live outside of Bedford County.

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.

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

Jeremiah People

The Staunton River Baptist Association will host the Jeremiah People on February 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Gretna High School. For additional details, e-mail Rev. Jim Manuel.

This outstanding troupe presents the best in contemporary Christian drama, having wowed audiences for over 27 years with their unique style of music, laughter, and drama. With a tradition of addressing family issues, Jeremiah People has brought healing to families all across the United States and Canada. JP's mission is to inspire the church, energize the family, and challenge believers and non-believers alike with the message of Hope found in Jesus Christ. The group is comprised of eight talented actors and actresses who, in addition to surviving a selective auditioning process, have committed nine months of their lives to taking this message on the road.

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 our Calendar

Click for 2002 Financial Report

Focus on Our Family

Bedford Baptist is hosting a Single Adult Bible Study on Thursdays at 7:30 in the lower level of the church. Currently, they are using a video/discussion format based on Henry Blackaby’s “Abraham, Friend of God.” Area single adults are invited to join in the study.

Bedford will also be offering a "Growing Through Divorce" seminar on Sundays, March 2-June 1, 4-6 p.m. For more information or to register, call Judy Edwards at 586-9564 by February 15.

Brotherhood/Men's Ministry
Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523 * 540-587-8962

The order form for materials for Baptist Men on Mission and RA's will no longer come in the Sunday School Director's packet. A separate packet for ordering these materials will come to the church. To order by phone, the toll free number is 1 866 407-NAMB (6262); order on-line at our new internet catalog site,; mail orders to North American Mission Board, PO Box 932650, Atlanta, GA 31193-2650; fax orders to 770 442 9742.

Disaster Relief Training
Red Cross, Tuesday
February 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
Roanoke Valley Baptist Association Office
3926 Plantation Road

Virginia Baptist Feeding Unit
Saturday, March 8
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Oakland Baptist, Roanoke
(Cost $10.00 per person)

To register, call Martha Washington at 1-800-255-2428.


March 2 Philip Ayers (Glade Creek)
March 4 Daren Davis (IMB)
March 7 Rick Mallory (Morgans)
March 19 J.R. Hume (Timber Ridge)
March 24 Dennis Moore (Beaverdam)
March 31 Harold Lewis (Walnut Grove)

Wedding Anniversaries

March 28 Philip & Jean Day (Mountain View)

"Kingdom Caper—Cracking the Character Code"

Vacation Bible Schools still remain one of the best evangelistic tools our churches use to reach people for Christ. Across the Southern Baptist Convention in 2001, our total enrollment for VBS was 3,230,493, an increase of 400,000. Out of this number, 109,045 people accepted Christ as Savior. Praise the Lord for these wonderful results. But more importantly, what is your church planning to do this year to reach families in your community? Consider VBS!

LifeWay’s curriculum this year is entitled "Kingdom Caper—Cracking the Character Code." The setting is jolly old Great Britain for a brilliant VBS detective adventure centered around Colossians 3:12-14. Training for teachers will be offered Thursday, March 27, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Green Ridge Baptist Church, Roanoke. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a jump start on planning your VBS this year.

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

Please have items for the March newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, February 20.

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Strawberry Baptist Association
163 West Main, Bedford, VA 24523
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