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Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is No Vision, the people perish.” (KJV) Translated from the Hebrew, “where there is no vision, prophecy, or revelation from God, the people cast off restraint, wander aimlessly, because they have no leadership.” That means without a vision, or purpose, we, as Christians, Churches, or an association, drift and wander aimlessly, not accomplishing the purpose for which God has called us. What is our Purpose?

Our Purpose has always been to carry out the Great Commission to our Jerusalem’s and the world and live out the Great Commandment in the process. As an association, we can do what individual churches cannot do, such as reach everyone in Bedford County with the gospel.

Our Vision is “Due to 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.” But how do we carry out our Purpose, how do we “flesh out” our New Vision?

The Self-Study Team is working diligently on a new structure for the Association that will enable us to Connect, Coordinate, and Communicate with each other. Whereas the old structure was organized similar to the way a church would be organized, i.e., a committee-based structure, the new structure would be organized around Networks of Churches working together as a Team.


Beth Moore Simulcast:
So Long, Insecurity
Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost is $25.00
$5.00 lunch will be available

Come and worship with other women from our community. Cornerstone is located at the junction of Police Tower Road and 460 west in Appomattox County. Contact Cynthia Spiggle, 434.352.2345, or send money to CCA, P.O. Box 897, Appomattox, VA 24522. Hosted by Cornerstone Christian Academy.

The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies announces its 2010 Roots & Wings Young Scholars Essay Contest. The theme is “Peace-bearers for the World in Which We Live.” The contest is open to all 11th and 12th grade high school students who attend a Baptist church in Virginia. The purpose is to promote a better understanding of Baptist and Christian heritage and to encourage our young people to express their ideas. Our tag line is “remembering the past...imagining the future,” and the essay incorporates both concepts. Three winners may be chosen. Three awards may be presented. A donor has supplied to the Heritage Center the funds to grant awards in the amount of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Go to the Heritage Center’s website,, and click on Essay Contest to all the details. The deadline for submissions is April 15.

Youth Encounter 2010
Friday, April 23, 6-9 p.m.
Christiansburg High School
Ben Glenn “The Chalk Guy”
Virginia Tech Praise Band
Focus on Our Family

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 & Movie
Saturday, March 27, 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 in July.

Sisters of Grace, the Sedalia Baptist Women’s Ministry, is pleased to present its third annual Women’s Conference, “Fully Alive,” on Saturday, March 6, 2010, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. We invite the women of your congregation to be part of this wonderful opportunity to experience the music and ministry of Joani Tabor. Three conference sessions will focus on “Having a Growing Hunger for God,” “Refusing to be Offended,” and “How to be Obedient to the Spirit.”” To reserve a seat, mail a check for $15 (if you want a hot lunch, $20) along with your name, address, and phone number to Sedalia Baptist Church, 1072 Charlemont Rd., Big Island, VA 24526. For additional info, call 434.299.5039

Spaghetti Dinner

Mark Your Calendars!

Children’s Summer Music Camp
(Children who have completed grades K-6)
Monday, July 26 through
Friday, July 30, 2010
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bedford Baptist Church

Musical Program, Friday, 7:00 p.m.


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)

Apr 9 Jackie Carver (Palestine)
Apr 13 Gary Fowler (Flint Hill)

Wedding Anniversaries
Apr 18 John & Bonnie Boyles (Mentow)
Apr 29 Elmer & Tiena Sellers (Retired)

Click for March Calendar

Self Study Team Update

Called "Town Hall" Meeting
Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 7 p.m.
Trinity Baptist Church

The Self-Study Team will be giving a presentation on the direction they're going and hear feedback from association leadership.

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 will complete its three-month ministry of leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in March. Thaxton will lead the them in April. Diamond Hill will host the March birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Palestine will host it in April. The Sedalia Stars have been shining! In recent months, they made and sent 109 Valentine cards to service personnel & shut-ins; prepared 19 Goody Boxes for college students during exams; contributed 10 blankets to Bedford Christian Ministries; contributed 43 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child; and cooked and delivered 33 quarts of soup for shut-ins.

Strawberry WMU Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10 a.m.
Bethlehem Baptist Church

Theme: “Called to Love
Special Guest: Ann Brown, WMUV President

(Covered dish lunch)
(Beverages/plates/napkins/plasticware provided)

SBA’s WMU Executive Board met in February and will recommend that the offering taken at the Annual Meeting be used for Disaster Relief in Haiti. This year, rather than asking individuals to bring items for a special project, we’re concentrating our efforts on the Disaster Relief Offering.

Mom & Me
April 23-24 & April 24-25
Eagle Eyrie
A special time for girls (1st-5th grade) and their moms to be together—visiting with missionaries, enjoying music, making crafts, playing games, and much more! Registration is now open. Go to for more information.

CrossRoads 25th Celebration

Has your life been impacted by the ministry of CrossRoads? Were you part of the last 25 years of CrossRoads as a visionary, a contributor of finances or prayers, a camper, a staffer, a volunteer, a nurse, a missionary, a retreat-goer, ...?

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

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, March 24.

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