February 2007

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Are you one of the millions who welcomed 2007 with a new MP3 or portable video player? Electronic gadgets dominated purchases at the end of 2006, and iPods or other brand MP3/video players were extremely popular. And no wonder. These handy and versatile personal players can stealthily handle hundreds of tunes, videos, pictures, and podcasts that will leave you entertained or instructed for days at a time. What once was science fiction now fits easily into a shirt pocket and opens up a world of communication.

There is no debating the fact that most players are used to listen to music, but as enjoyable and engaging as that may be, have you discovered the wonderful world of podcasts? These are messages, radio dramas, news, or just about any other topic you find interesting that have been recorded and made available across the Internet.

Think of a podcast like a 20th century broadcast over the airwaves, but now it is received via the Internet and becomes portable when you copy it to your personal player. Some podcasts may cost a few pennies to download, but thousands upon thousands are free. Once you subscribe to the podcast, your computer will regularly update the programs each time you connect with your podcast management software. Apple's free iTunes is probably the most recognized portable player software, but most devices come packaged with something that will also get the job done.

Once you install your software you can explore the available titles and authors and then create your playlists. I would point you in the direction of preachers and teachers that you enjoy to listen to. Search them out on their Internet sites, and then see if their Webpage offers a podcast download of some sort. In a matter of minutes you will have it ready to carry with you when you leave the house. It's a great way to take advantage of long commutes or waits throughout the day. Without breaking a sweat you can easily fill your mind with uplifting messages and devotionals, lesson and study aids, Bible readings, audio books and magazines, news and technology, or follow your favorite hobbies. Even many organizations are understanding the potential as they podcast information directly related to their industry and sales.

If you're still a novice, don't be shy! Go to, download the free software, and then explore the iStore to get started. Check out the many categories, and then subscribe (again many are free) so that each day or week or month you receive the latest podcast through iTunes. Then do a Google search of your favorite speakers or Websites to discover if they offer podcasts. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how many do. Once you find some good ones, share them with your friends. When you become more acquainted with the process you can try producing your own podcasts!

Much technology can run us ragged and become a nuisance. When the static is building, just pull out your player and pick a title that will help soothe and encourage your frazzled nerves. For starters, check out LifeWay's ChristianPodder, the Bible in One Year podcast, Northwood Baptist's sermon page, Radio Lovers, Radio Memories, and BoxCars711 for old-time radio, or.... You get the idea, right? Enjoy the blessings some new technology offers!

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True Love Waits Rally
Rock Chocklett of Mentow Church is putting together a True Love Waits rally for Sunday, February 25. All area churches are invited to participate. The rally begins at 5:15 p.m., with guest speakers from the Liberty God Parent Home. After the service there will be fun and food. Rock needs a head count so they can plan accordingly. Please don't neglect to RSVP. You may e-mail him at or call the SBA office.

Beth Moore Live Simulcast
February 24, 2007
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Beaverdam Baptist
The cost of $20 includes lunch provided by Beaverdam. For more program details visit or send an e-mail to

Dr. Philip Ayers, pastor at Glade Creek, teaches classes in both the Old Testament and New Testament at Virginia Western Community College. Both classes offer 3 college credits and will transfer to any college or university.

Lee Kidd, DOM in Wise Association, is available to facilitate a 2-hour workshop on Parliamentary Procedure. He comes highly recommended from Jerry Hall of Clinch Valley. Lee has a brief true/false test that describes situations that often arise in churches and discusses how those issues can be handled. Then, he entertains specific questions from the group. If there is enough interest, please call the office or e-mail us so we may schedule this workshop for churches in our Association. There will be no charge.

Art Murphy of Arrow Ministries, Orlando, Florida, will be leading a children's leadership training conference at North Roanoke Baptist on February 22-23. Art served for 17 years as Children's Pastor of FBC, Orlando. He is now head of Arrow Ministries. This training conference for teachers and workers is called "The Next Level" and is in conjunction with a parenting conference to be held on February 24-25. For more information, visit or refer to the brochure included in last month's newsletter packet.

Benefit for Roger Cheek

Peck's Baptist will host a Benefit Sing on February 17 at 6:30pm to help raise funds for Roger Cheek as he faces overwhelming expenses for the treatment of bone cancer.

For more information, please contact Rev. Bryan Sheehan, pastor of Peck's.

Focus on Our Family

Beaverdam's DVD library now has sixteen titles for checkout. For full descriptions, go to and click on the CCN Library link. To check one out, just give Dennis Moore a call at 540.890.1294.

Big Island is seeking a part-time Youth Minister. Ministerial training/experience desired. Send resume to Youth Committee, Big Island Baptist Church, P.O. Box 348, Big Island, VA 24526.

Morgans was able to prepare and send 112 shoeboxes this year for Operation Christmas Child—a record for the church!

Mount Hermon is seeking a part-time children's minister that can also work with a small group of youth. Interested persons can contact me at 434.841.7022 and

North Bedford's 2006 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering was $14,564.12. North Bedford is looking for a part time Youth Pastor. Resumes should be mailed to P O Box 153, Forest, VA 24551, or emailed to For additional information, telephone 434.525.7442.

Pecks' youth group (17 youth and 3 adults) participated in Winterfest at Liberty University on Sunday, December 31. Pecks' 2006 Lottie Moon Offering was $7,300, exceeding their goal of $6,000.

Suck Spring has been seeking a pastor since August but has been very busy while waiting for God to send their new pastor. Established leaders have continued to work and some new people have stepped forward to take leadership roles.

The annual Soup Supper was held in October and over $2000 was raised to benefit World Hunger. Mission Kids, grades 1-6, served as waiters, using tips they received to send their own donation through MANNA.

Danielle Thompson volunteered as Youth Director after a very large youth class attended VBS. The youth have been very busy—85 shoeboxes were collected and assembled for Samaritan's Purse, with the help of church members and youth fundraisers. The youth presented a beautiful lighting service on Sunday evening, December 4, with scripture, singing and prayers, ending with the lighting of the Chrismon tree, which they had decorated. They assembled 65 boxes of 2 dozen cookies, which were baked by members of the church and were available for a donation of $5 (yes, that is about 1600 cookies). A snow boarding trip is planned in January with the proceeds. A baptismal service was held Sunday morning, December 31, for Ashley Wills, a young lady who attended VBS with a friend, and has been very active in this youth group.

The AWANA children presented a Christmas play on December 17, with refreshments and gift giving following. The AWANA meets each Sunday night and continues to be a vital program, with strong leadership.

The pastor search committee has been very busy, seeking a full time pastor and also filling the pulpit each Sunday. The church has been richly blessed by godly men who have delivered the message each Sunday. Dr. David Wheeler and Dr. Fred Milacci from Liberty University have worked with the church very closely since November and have really been a blessing. Church members have volunteered to lead Sunday night Bible study and Wednesday night prayer meeting. January Bible study, featuring the book of First John, is being held on Sunday nights.

Thaxton has called Josh Knorr as part-time Youth and Children’s Minister, effective January 21, 2007. Both Josh and his wife Syndi are graduates of Cedarville University in Ohio, and Josh is currently a student at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Effective February 1, Trinity will welcome Ms. Carolyn Sumner back to her former role as church secretary.


March 2 Philip Ayers (Glade Creek)
March 4 Daren Davis (IMB Missionary)
March 7 Rick Mallory (Morgans)
March 24 Dennis Moore (Beaverdam)
March 31 Harold Lewis (Walnut Grove)


March 28 Phil & Jean Day (Mountain View)

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

Women on Mission: Radford is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor for January, February, and March. Mount Olivet will host the February birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Diamond Hill will host it in March.

Focus on WMU
February 11-18, 2007

GAs to Virginia Tech
Saturday, February 24, 2007

If you and your GAs would like to participate in this ministry with Mount Olivet’s GAs, contact Christie DeLong, 540.586.1375, right away. Christie is planning to have t-shirts for the girls to wear as they share God’s love on campus, and she needs to know by Wednesday, February 7, the sizes and how many shirts to order. (Estimated cost per t-shirt is $7.50.)

SBA WMU Annual Meeting
Thursday evening, April 26, 2007
Thaxton Baptist Church
A snack supper will be served from around 5:15-6 p.m. and will cost about $5 per person. The mission project will be to collect items for the Bedford Community Christmas Station. Check future newsletters for additional information.

If you are making cross stitch gifts for the Albania House in Athens, Greece, you may bring them to the SBA office by March 26, to be mailed with gifts from other churches in the association.

Weekender for Teenage Girls
CrossRoads Camp & Conference Center
March 30-April 1, 2007
Theme: BLUME in Virginia

Mom and Me 2007
Eagle Eyrie
April 27-28 & April 28-29, 2007
For 1st-5th grade girls & their mothers

Mom and Me at CrossRoads
May 11-12, 2007
4th-8th grade girls & their mothers
(Preview of summer camp)

Brochures and registration forms for the above weekends are available online at You may also call 1.800.255.2428 ext. 8267.

BLUME for Teenage/Collegiate Girls
July 10-13, 2007
Kansas City, Missouri
For transportation and travel arrangements for Virginia folks, visit

3-day Roanoke Regional Youth Evangelism Conference

April 18-20 at Bonsack Baptist Church

The Roanoke Valley Baptist Association in partnership with the Emerging Leaders Team of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board will hold a three-day regional youth evangelism conference set for April 18-20, 2007, at Bonsack Baptist Church. The theme for the three-day event is "yoU-turn" and is based on Romans 12:1-2. Seeking to challenge students to reach their non-Christian friends, the event will include a challenge rally on Wednesday night, special evangelism training for students on Thursday night, and conclude with a "harvest rally" on Friday night.

Special guests include guest speaker, Justin Lookadoo from McKinney, Texas. Those who attended YEC this past August 3-4 will know first-hand the powerful communication skills of this passionate youth speaker. The guest worship leader will be Phil Baquie of Nashville, Tennessee. Phil is well-known to Virginia Baptists who have experienced his worship leadership through events at Junior and Senior Weekends at Eagle Eyrie or at Impact Virginia. The conference is FREE to all students and leaders. A full publicity piece will be mailed in early 2007. For additional information, contact Bob Hetherington at the Roanoke Valley Baptist Association, 540.366.7631, or contact Ken Dibble, Youth Ministry Strategist, at 800.255.2428, ext. 2255. Web address is

Bedford Community Christmas Station

April 18-20, 2007 Bonsack Baptist Church

Bedford Community Christmas Station (BCCS) was formed in 2006 by citizens who sought to combine the many separate Christmas Assistance programs in the area into one centrally located program that can serve all eligible families. The BCCS is a community wide effort to assist needy families at Christmas in a sensitive, dignified manner. Needy families who apply to the BCCS are screened for eligibility based on (1) living in Bedford City/County, (2) having a low income, and (3) having an eligible family member who is either under the age of 18, elderly, or disabled.

Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking. —J. C. Watts, Jr., Politician

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, February 21.

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