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Fall Revival

Dear Fellow Servants in Christ,

A. W. Tozer wrote some 75 years ago, “Revivals come only to those who want them badly enough. The problem is not to persuade God to fill us, but to want God sufficiently to permit him to do so. The average Christian is so cold and so contented with his wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness.” Those words are still applicable today.

We are seeking to have a fall revival with as many of our Strawberry Association churches involved as possible. We plan to divide up into groups of four the first three weeks of October 2013 for revival meetings. Churches in every area of Bedford County will be having revival meetings at the same time. We are not hoping God will bless our efforts, but we are confident that God will bless our efforts as we focus on His Great Commission.

As of now, fourteen churches have shared their desire to be part of this community revival. At our planning meeting in February, we discussed times, goals, questions, and how we would accomplish our vision. We have not yet divided up areas, as we know that there are other churches that would be involved.

There will be another meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. at Timber Ridge Baptist Church. Please be praying in advance that God’s Spirit will move in a powerful way. If you have any questions, please call 540.586.9267. Thank you again for your time and prayer.

Pastor Phil, Timber Ridge Baptist Church

2012 Annual Report

Copies of the 2012 Annual Report of the Strawberry Baptist Association are ready to be picked up at the office. Please call 540.586.8345 before stopping by.

Focus on Our Family

Please join us in the viewing of
“Finding Faith”
Mentow Baptist Church
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 7 p.m.

The Garretts are the envy of most families in their small town. Mom and dad are financially well-off and love their jobs. Their picturesque family has solid values. The two children are attractive and excel academically, socially, athletically, and spiritually.

The strength of the family is plain for all to see, and they spread a contagious kindness throughout their community. But when 14-year-old Faith Garrett is abducted, how will their faith and family hold together?

“Finding Faith” shows how a model family can be torn apart by tragedy, but built back together by faith. Faith turns into uncertainty; kindness turns into indifference; optimism turns into despair. The film shows how an apathetic community and spiritual warfare can tear down even the strongest of believers.

“Finding Faith” highlights the edge of your seat efforts of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force to rescue children from predators, often right before these children come to great harm. Even the tightest families and most guarded parents often cannot stop predators who have perfected their evil trade. The film is based on a compilation of actual events as well as observations from experts. It will wake parents, educators, and concerned citizens to how our children are being targeted!

Focus on Our Family (con't)

Dr. Daren Davis, his wife Shawna, and their three children will be at Mentow on Sunday, March 17, 5 p.m., to share about their ministry through the International Mission Board. Since 1997, they have served in southern Africa. The first ten years they were church planters among the Lozi of western Zambia. They now serve the people groups and missionaries of the K2 Cluster which consists of Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, northern & northwestern South Africa, and western Zambia.

is partnering with Palestine and other churches in the Huddleston Community to host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Glenwood Center. (Rain date is March 30.)

will host Palestine and the Huddleston United Methodist Charge for a Community Sunrise Service on Sunday, March 31.

Sanity & Serenity...
Steeped in God’s Peace

Sisters of Grace, the Sedalia Baptist Women’s Ministry, is pleased to present its sixth annual Women’s Conference, Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The women of your congregation are invited to be part of this very special opportunity with Dawn Dunn sharing from the word of God and Shana Canada ministering with music. Registration fee is $15 ($20 w/lunch)—deadline is March 4. For more info call 434.299.5039.

Everyone is invited to the following events at Trinity during March:

  • Sunday evening, March 3rd, at 6:00 p.m., Beckon Call will be in concert.
  • Friday, March 29th, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., we will have open Communion.
  • Friday, March 29th, from 7 to 9 p.m., we will have our Coffee House with special music.
  • Easter Sunday, March 31st, Sunrise Service at 7:00 am; Breakfast at 7:30 am; Sunday School at 8:45 am; and Worship Service at 10:00 am.

There will be no evening services.

Rev. Harold Lewis
has retired as Co-Pastor of Walnut Grove, effective January 31, 2013. His ministry there began on May 1, 2001. The church has voted to call Rev. Robert Auxier as Bi-vocational Pastor. He has served as Co-Pastor since March 1, 2012.

Encounter, 2013
Saturday, September 21
4-8 p.m.

The main focus will be to reach out to young people (ages 11-18) in our area, especially those who don‘t have a relationship with our Lord and Savior.

Schedule(subject to change):
Fun, Food, Door prizes
Testimonies & Band
Eternal Collision
Wrapping up

Currently, our planning team has representatives from Bethlehem, Mentow, Morgans, Pecks, Timber Ridge, Strawberry Association, Averett University, and Huddleston Church of God of Prophecy. We would value input and involvement from other area churches and invite you to our next planning meeting on Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., in Mentow’s fellowship hall. For additional info, contact Kim Kirby at or 540.330.8071.

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 weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor for January, February, and March; Thaxton will lead them in April. Diamond Hill will host the March birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Palestine will host it in April.

Strawberry WMU Annual Meeting

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10 a.m.
Glade Creek Baptist Church
(Covered dish lunch)
Theme: “The Story Lives On”
Mission Project: Items for Bedford Community Christmas Station
Speaker: Spencer Merricks,
Assistant Program Manager,
Stop Hunger Now!

This year, 2013, Woman’s
Missionary Union turns 125

Origins: In 1868 when the SBC convened in Baltimore, Ann Baker Graves suggested that the women who had accompanied their husbands meet to discuss missions. Some called the gathering “the first general meeting of Southern Baptist women in history.” In 1871, Baptist women in Baltimore founded Woman's Mission to Woman for the purpose of prayer and dissemination of information about missionaries. Soon afterwards there was organized in Baltimore a group called “Woman’s Mission to Women,” and other meetings were subsequently held in connection with the SBC.. Although many southern states had a missions organization for women, there was no central body to provide unity or coordinate efforts. The time had come for the women to organize

During the meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Richmond, Virginia, in May 1888, a group of women delegates from 12 states gathered at the Broad Street United Methodist Church and organized the Executive Committee of the Woman's Mission Societies, Auxiliary to Southern Baptist Convention. During this meeting, a constitution was adopted and the first officers were elected. Baltimore, Maryland, was chosen as headquarters. The founding mothers of WMU established an organization that has been supporting Baptist missions for 125 years.


Mar 2 Philip Ayers (Glade Creek)
Mar 4 Daren Davis (IMB Missionary)
Mar 7 Rick Mallory (Morgans)
Mar 24 Dennis Moore (Retired)
Mar 31 Harold Lewis (Walnut Grove)
Apr 19 Carey Snellings (Hunting Creek)

Wedding Anniversary

Apr 29 Elmer & Tiena Sellers (Retired)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

Mar 1 Robert Auxier (Co-Pastor/1 yr/Walnut Grove)
Apr 6 Mike Smith (Pastor/5 yrs/Bethel)

Click for March Calendar

SBA’s Vision Statement: 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 fulfil the Great Commission and Great Commandment.


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Items for the next newsletter
submitted by Wednesday, March 20.

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