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He Is Risen!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
—Matthew 21:9

“This is my body which is given for you…. This is my blood. It is poured out for you….”
—Luke 22:19 & 20

He was wounded for our transgressions….
—Isaiah 53:5

Like a lamb that is led to the he opened not his mouth.
—Isaiah 53:7

...He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.
—1 Corinthians 15:4

“I am the resurrection and the life….”
—John 11:25

“I have overcome the world.”
—John 16:33

He Is Risen!

Bedford Community Christmas Station

Bedford Community Christmas Station was established in 2006 to provide compassionate and respectful Christmas assistance to low-income families who reside in Bedford City and Bedford County. The Christmas Station is set up like a department store with sections for infants clothing and toys, girls clothing, boys clothing, teen clothing, gifts, toys, household items, and food. Families who are accepted to shop at the Christmas Station are given an assigned shopping day and time. At the appointed shopping time, volunteer escorts assist the head of household in selecting clothing that includes two outfits, pajamas, underclothes, socks, and one accessory item for each child in the home. The shopper also chooses toys, plus a stocking stuffer, stuffed animal, school supply, and book for each child in the home. Additionally, families select household items and receive a box of food that includes either a turkey or ham. All merchandise in the Christmas Station is new, and is provided free of charge. Gently used coats are also available to any family member who needs one.

The Christmas Station has served more than 4,000 low-income individuals during the past four years. As many as 400 families could be served in 2010. It will cost at least $72,000 to meet the increasing need for Christmas assistance in our community.

In order to continue to serve all eligible families who apply, the Christmas Station needs your help. Please consider making a contribution to Bedford Community Christmas Station. The Christmas Station is a private, non-profit, all-volunteer organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. When you make a donation to the Christmas Station, you can be sure that all funds will go directly to assist low-income families in Bedford City/County. Any support you could give would help ensure that Christmas is a time of joy for all families. Thank you for considering this request. Donations should be made payable to Bedford Community Christmas Station and mailed to Bedford Community Resource Center, 403 Otey Street, Bedford, VA 24523. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, contact Karen Hughes at 540.587.8990, ext. 101.

In Sympathy
Judy Hetherington, 62, died Monday afternoon, March 22. She was a member of Coopers Cove Baptist Church, active in Roanoke Valley Baptist Association, instructor for Leland Theological Seminary, past Director of Woman's Missionary Union, Coordinator for the Powell River and Standing Rock Mission Efforts. She is survived by her husband, Bob Hetherington, Director of Missions for Roanoke Valley Association, a son and his wife, a daughter, two grandchildren, parents, two sisters and their husbands.


Strawberry Executive Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 7 p.m.
Mount Olivet Southern Baptist Church

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.

Mentow will host Palestine Baptist and Huddleston United Methodist churches for an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. The Men’s Ministry will serve breakfast after the service.

Norwood will host a BBQ lunch on April 11, 2010, to raise money for their Relay for Life team. The lunch will be held in the fellowship hall after worship service. Donations will be accepted to support the Relay for Life. All are invited to come.

On Saturday, April 3, 11:30 a.m., at Mariners Landing, Smith Mountain Lake, Palestine will minister with East Lake Community and Radford Baptist churches in an inspirational music and praise celebration of Easter. This free community celebration will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by the Annual Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Mariners Landing.

Joani Tabor will be in concert at Shady Grove on Easter Sunday, April 4, 11 a.m. service. Everyone is invited. A love offering will be taken.

Shady Grove is seeking a part-time music director. If you are interested, please call Karen Foutz at (540) 890-5636.

Recently, Trinity collected 35 R& R kits for soldiers in Iraq. They also purchased and packed 32 Buckets of Hope for earthquake victims in Haiti.

2009 Annual Report

Copies of the 2009 Annual Report of the Strawberry Baptist Association are available. We would appreciate it if someone from each church would come by the SBA office to pick up their copies. (Call before coming.)


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

May 3 Woody Elliott (Retired)

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

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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.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.2956

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

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
Saturday, May 22, 2010

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, ...?

Thousands of people have come through the gates of CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center (or “Camp Little Cross Roads” to many) and have experienced God in a powerful way. On May 22, 2010, we are celebrating 25 years of ministry and also looking to the future!

Celebration Schedule

Friday evening
Summer staff reunion

Lunch-Begins at 12 Noon (Cost: $10)
Celebration: 2-3 p.m.
Other activities: (Sign up on arrival)
Ropes course
Climbing wall
Prayer walk
Visit the Rock
CrossRoads tour

Registration is open now. Check out the website at or call 800.255.2428, ext. 8267. Registration closes May 1, 2010.

SBA WMU Annual Planning
Saturday, June 5, 2010, 9 a.m.
Rebekah’s Overstreet’s home

the baptist association - the greatest IMPACT for the great commission

Self Study Team Update

To the left is a diagram of the proposed new structure for SBA. For input or questions, contact any member of the team by email or telephone: Rev. David Timma, timmaone@ or 540.297.3715; Rebekah Overstreet, or 540.586.2956; Rev. Rick Mallory, or 540.297.4959; Rev. Dennis Moore, or 540.947.2091; Rita Calhoun, acvaowlsnest@ or 540.297.5271; Billy Burnette, 540.586.8087; or Rev Vernon DeLong, or 540.586.8010.

He came to pay a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.


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