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"Looking Ahead"
Vernon DeLong, Moderator

Sing with me—“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….” (Heb 12:2) Where are we Looking?

Looking Back
The Options Study Committee was formed in June 2008 to study all the options available to the Strawberry Association. The Options Study Committee concluded our Best Option was to do a Self-Study of the Association. A Self-Study Team was formed in October of 2008 and presented a New Vision in October of 2009—“Because of 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 fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment..” We desire to become a Network of Churches committed to Connecting, Coordinating and Communicating with each other in order to Love people and reach the lost. Keep Looking Ahead!

Looking Within
Last month, the Self-Study Team presented five Core Values to the association. The Bible is God’s Holy Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is our guide and final authority for faith and practice. Salvation is the gift of God’s grace through faith and is accomplished once and for all by Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded us to take the gospel to our neighborhoods and cities. Obedience to the Great Commission results in the growth of local churches that are committed to God’s Word. Kingdom Work is bigger than any one church, so we need to cooperate together to present a unified witness to our communities.

Haitian Earthquake

On Tuesday, January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Haiti. The center of the quake hit about 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. According to the Red Cross, it is estimated that nearly one-third of Haiti’s population was affected by the quake.

Currently, volunteers are not needed but we anticipate teams being requested in the future. Our partners are on the field making assessments of the situation. At this time the best way to respond continues to be with prayers and financial contributions. You may contribute to “Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief” through your local church or directly to your state convention, the North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, or the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Online donations may be made at the websites for many of these organizations.

According to the IRS website, taxpayers who itemize deductions on Schedule A will be able to write off charitable donations to Haiti earthquake relief efforts when they file their 2009 taxes this spring under a bill President Barack Obama signed Friday, January 22. Under current law, donors would have to wait until they file their 2010 returns next year to take the deductions. The bill allows donations made by the end of February to be deducted from 2009 returns. The hope is to encourage more donations. The White House announced that the president and first lady Michelle Obama donated $15,000 from their personal bank account to the Haiti relief effort.

Focus on Our Family

On February 28, 2010, Rev. Dennis Moore is retiring after 34 years as pastor at Beaverdam. He has held many leadership roles in Strawberry Association, including two terms as moderator. Dennis will be available for supply/interim ministry in March. The Moores’ new address is 1026 Thaxton Mountain. Rd., Thaxton, VA 24174.

Tommy Bolling has resigned as Youth Director at Beaverdam, effective February 28, 2010. In March, he will begin serving in Danville as a Community Center Director with the Salvation Army.

Beaverdam is seeking a part-time Youth Director (approx. 10 hours per week). Contact personnel committee chairman, James Mitchell, 540.297.5579.

The Easter Brothers will be in concert at Diamond Hill on Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m. Everyone invited. A love offering will be taken and the group will also be selling their CDs.

Spaghetti Dinner and Movie
Saturday, February 6, 5:30 p.m.
Family Life Center, Palestine Baptist Church

The movie “Flywheel” will be shown at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the dinner, and proceeds will be used to cover expenses of Palestine’s Alaska Mission Team.

Spaghetti Dinner

Precept Schools of Virginia will host a Spaghetti Dinner at the Bedford Moose Lodge, Friday, February 12, 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For the program, Shelley Hendry will portray Fannie Crosby. For more info, call Mark Martin, 540.871.0990.


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

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

Wedding Anniversaries

Feb 14 Todd & Dana Childers (Norwood)

Church Ministry Anniversary

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

Self Study Team Update

The Self Study Team (SST) met January 15, with all members present. The main focus of discussion was to get a picture of what the Association will look like with the new structure. Since there are several options, this will take much prayer, deep thought, and wisdom beyond our capabilities at the moment. Before anything can be presented to the Association, the SST needs to discuss all of the possibilities and take into consideration what would be most suitable for all churches. Please be patient with us, because this is a very responsible task and we don't want to rush into anything. We are honored that you have entrusted this to us and we want to do what would bring glory to God. Our next meeting is January 29. rjo

For input or questions, 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 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.

SBA WMU Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10 a.m.
Bethlehem Church
Theme: “Called to Love
Special Guest: Ann Brown, WMUV President
(Covered dish lunch)
(Beverages/plates/napkins/plasticware provided)

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The association office now has a color printer and would like to offer our churches the opportunity to use it to produce bulletins, brochures, etc. Contact us for details.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."
—Abraham Lincoln

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 18.

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