April 2003

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The Countdown Is On

Less than a month away! Are your Southwest Virginia Graham Festival preparations on target? The promo pickup day was March 29, but you can stop by the offices on Municipal Drive in Roanoke anytime to pick up material.

We are currently working on this Website where people can learn more about prayer and also submit requests for prayer…which brings up another opportunity for ministry—people who will become "Prayer Evangelists". I suspect that many people who will submit prayer requests will be people who don't know God, don't have friends who know God, and don't attend church. My prayer is that God will supernaturally answer these prayers…revealing Himself and His Power to these people who may not yet know Him personally.

2002 Annual Report

Copies of the 2002 Annual Report of the Strawberry Association have been distributed to most of our churches. We need someone from the following churches to pick up copies: Bethel, Mountain View, North Bedford, Norwood, Rainbow Forest, and Shady Grove.

It is also available online by clicking here.

Living with Grief:
Coping with Public Tragedy

Wednesday, April 30, 2003
1:15-4:00 p.m.
Lynchburg General Hospital Auditorium

HFA's live-via-satellite televised broadcast will examine factors that define a public tragedy and offer insight and advice to organizations and professionals as they support their communities and help those coping with loss. For additional info, contact Polly Starnes, 434-929-5712

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.


A number of individuals and churches have asked me how they could help our mission church, River Rock Family Church. Besides praying for us, we would like to invite you to pray with us. On Saturday, May 17, we are planning a PRAYER WALK and TALK in the neighborhoods surrounding our church.

We plan to simply walk through the neighborhoods, knock on doors, and ask people if there is anything we could be praying about for them. Our desire is that our church become known in the community as a church that cares for and prays for people—truly a House of Prayer. For those who would prefer not to walk or talk with people, we have a need for volunteers to go throughout the city and put up posters, bumper stickers, and small yard signs that simply say:

Need prayer?

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-2956

Women on Mission: Thaxton is providing devotionals at Oakwood Manor in April; Sedalia will provide them in May. Palestine will host the April birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Flint Hill will host it in May.

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

Bedford Community Orchestra Concert

Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
Free Admission

Music includes "An Evening at Pops," soundtrack highlights from "The Lord of the Rings, Handel, Wagner, Carmen, Bach, and more.


May 3 Woody Elliott (Bethel)
May 5 Larry Ross (Mount Zion)
May 24 Paul Blevins (In Memoriam)
May 25 Jack Deans (Terrace View)

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.

SBA Executive Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 15, 2003, 7 p.m.
Staunton Baptist Church

Focus on Our Family

The Bluefield College Choral Ensemble "Variations" will be in concert in the sanctuary of Bedford Baptist Church, Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Transformers 2003

Virginia Baptist Transformers 2003, June 4-7, is a missions opportunity for Virginia Baptists to join together from around the state to renovate low-income housing in Martinsville/Henry County, VA. Volunteers will spend each day working on mission project sites in the community. Evenings will include worship and fellowship. This will be a great opportunity for mission service, spiritual growth and Christian fellowship. Registration deadline is May 2. Cost is $160. Deposit is $60 per person. (Cost for commuters is $45). Download the brochure/registration form from VBMB Website. (File is large; please be patient!)

Seeds of Hope for Liberia


Big Island-----------------------------360
Flint Hill-----------------------------170
Mount Olivet-----------------------------350
Mount Zion-----------------------------242


Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 27, 2003. We plan to participate in CENTERFEST in Bedford City. This is a great opportunity to share Christ and provide a service at our "Baby Changing Station."

Rita Calhoun
Evangelism Chairperson, 540-297-5271

Wedding Anniversary

May 25 Daniel & Valerie Wheeler (Radford)

Church Ministry

May 10 Rick Mallory (Pastor/Morgans/5 yrs.)

SBA Children's
Music Day Camp

(for children who've completed grades 1-6
June 23-27
Program for parents/friends on June 27, 7:00pm

Please have items for the May newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, April 24.

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Strawberry Baptist Association
163 West Main, Bedford, VA 24523
FAX: (540) 586-4246

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