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Pray for Japan

As both Baptist Conventions in Virginia seek ways to respond to the DISASTER in JAPAN we ask that you and your church continue to keep the people their in prayer.

» Pray that during these days of disaster, doors may open for a clear presentation of the gospel and spiritual awakening to occur. Buddhism and Shintoism are the dominant religions in Japan. Less than 2% of the nation is Christian. Pray that God would grant favor to Christian leaders and response teams as they work with government officials.
» Ask God to give wisdom and direction to Baptist bodies of Japan. There are approximately 450 Baptist churches in Japan related to four different bodies: Japan Baptist Union, Japan Baptist Conference, Japan Baptist Convention, and Okinawa Baptist Convention. Each is seeking to minister.
» Pray for Eiji Osato who is diligently keeping us informed of the happenings as a missionary from the Japan Baptist Union who has served in Indonesia and is currently studying in California.
» Pray for safety in travel and discernment for those with Pastor Makoto Kato, the leader of the Japan Baptist Convention, who is currently making his way to the disaster area with needed supplies.
» Pray for the 14 pastors and congregations with the Japan Baptist Convention in the disaster area. Seven have been either damaged or destroyed.
» Pray for the six pastors and their families related to the Japan Baptist Union who have not been heard from since the earthquake and tsunami.
» Pray that physical needs can be met quickly in the cold of northern Japan where basic necessities are needed, including heating oil, heaters, water, food, batteries, and safe shelter.
» Ask God to provide comfort and peace for those traumatized by this disaster who continue to live in constant fear of more tremors and tsunamis.
» Pray for all missionaries serving in Japan that God will use them to reach out to a nation in crisis. The International Mission Board has affirmed that the 31 families serving in Japan are safe and accounted for.
» Praise God for His continued protection of the people of Japan.

Lastly, we ask that you pray for how you might respond as an individual or a church. For now, our best avenue of response is prayer and financial contributions. Should you choose to make a financial contribution, please keep in mind that this gift should not be in lieu of your tithe to your local church, but in addition to it.


Apr 9 Jackie Carver (Palestine)
May 3 Woody Elliott (Bethel)

Wedding Anniversary

Apr 29 Elmer & Tiena Sellers (Retired)
May 19 Marc & Mindy Reynolds (Mount Olivet)

Church Ministry Anniversary

May 1 Harold Lewis (Pastor/10 yrs./Walnut Grove)

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Focus on Our Family

Big Island is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. To begin the celebration, the church was honored with three speakers on three consecutive Sundays in February. The speakers were Rev. Eugene Campbell, a former pastor; Jon Mendez, the youth director; and Miles Quebedeaux, church member/Liberty University student. The church will continue to celebrate throughout the year.

The missions committee delivered 58 chili meals in February and 58 chicken meals in March.

There was a senior/community covered dish luncheon on March 2. It was enjoyed by all with laughter, fellowship, and door prizes. The next luncheon is planned for April 6, 2011, at noon, at Big Island Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome.

The Big Island Baptist Church Firewood ministry continues to deliver firewood in the area.

The church is actively working on summer mission trips. The first trip is planned for Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, in July 2011.

On Saturday, April 23, 11:30 a.m., Mentow will join with other churches and Mariner’s Landing for a community Easter Celebration and Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt. In addition to inspirational music, praise, and fellowship, children will have the opportunity to hear the Easter story, enjoy face painting, and participate in other activities to celebrate Easter. Last year, this event reached over 500 children! We are excited to be involved in this outreach ministry.

Palestine and Mentow will gather with Huddleston United Methodist churches for an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m.

Suck Spring is planning another mission trip to Nicaragua on October 8-15, 2011. If you and your church have thought about doing a mission trip, but don't know where to go or what to do, consider joining in with our team. We would welcome extra folks with any kind of skill (construction, children's activities, medical,) or just a willing heart to be used by the Lord in a magnificent, faith-stretching way. We would love for our churches to work together. To receive more information, contact Pastor Michael Cox at 540.586.4502.

Help Wanted

Hunting Creek Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in the reformed tradition, is looking for someone to lead our Music and Youth Ministries.

In terms of the Music Ministry, this will primarily include preparation for and leading of music for Sunday AM & PM & Wednesday PM; and seasonal services. The music style of the church is “blended,” and the Music Minister must be able to lead and excited about leading the congregation in both older and newer songs. The Music Minister will also be charged with leading the choir(s), either directly or indirectly.

In terms of the Youth Ministry, this will primarily include preparation for and leading of weekly youth gatherings and special activities. The goal will be to build a vibrant Youth Ministry that reaches youth in the church, their friends, and youth in the community without a home church youth group.

In accomplishing the work of the ministry, the Associate Pastor of Music and Youth will work with the Senior Pastor and other church leaders, and their family will be expected to be involved in the church. Salary: $25,000. Contact Person: Brenda Oliver, Personnel Committee Chair. Contact Address:

Timber Ridge is searching for a pastor. For more info or to submit a resume, contact the church office at 540.586.9267.

2010 Annual Report

The SBA office would appreciate it if someone from the following churches would pick up their copies of the 2010 Annual Report of the Strawberry Baptist Association: Glade Creek, Mount Hermon, Mount Olivet, Palestine, Rainbow Forest, and Walnut Grove. Please call before coming by.

Strawberry Executive
Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
7 p.m.
Norwood Baptist Church

Transition Team Update

The Nominating Committee has been working on a Transition Team to implement our new Structure. We already have nominees for the following areas: three Regional Representatives—Rev. Rev. Jackie Carver, Rev. Todd Childers, and Rev. Michael Cox; a Missions and Ministry Coordinator—Donnie Slusher; and a Pastoral Development Coordinator—Dr. David Henderson. We are still praying for someone to serve as Church Development Coordinator.

The Church Development Coordinator will work with the churches in the Association, helping them to grow and become healthy; will coordinate a network of supply and interim pastors as well as pastors available for retreats/ revivals; and will provide resources for training in various ministries and for leadership development. The Church Development Coordinator also needs to be involved in the Association—Connecting, Communicating, and Coordinating with the churches in the Association.

The Nominating Committee will present nominations for the Transition Team to the Association at the Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

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

Women on Mission: 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. The WMU of Timber Ridge visited Campbell Rest Home on February 9 and March 23, sharing songs, devotions, and a short Bible story.

Quilting Class Planning Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 5:15 p.m., SBA Office

Prior to the Quilting Class planning, Budget Proposals for 2011-2012 will be discussed. These need to be finalized so they may be presented for a vote at the WMU Annual Meeting in May. (Those attending just for the budget discussion are free to leave after that is finalized.)

Mom & Me 2011
To Spain with Love
April 29-30 or April 30-May 1, Eagle Eyrie

This is 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! For more info or to register, go to

WMU Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10 a.m., Diamond Hill
Guest speakers: Chuck & Lynne Stebbins
(Disaster Relief volunteers)

The offering will go to the Bedford Pregnancy Center. Our special project will be to bring “baby shower” gifts for the Pregnancy Center. Girls in Action, Mission Friends, RAs, and any other groups are invited to raise money for this project by filling baby bottles (available at Wal Mart & Dollar Tree) with loose change. The bottles will be presented at the Annual Meeting.

WMU Planning Meeting
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 9 a.m.
Rebekah Overstreet’s home (Carry-in brunch)

If you lead Mission Friends at your church, Rebekah Overstreet would like to hear from you either through a phone call or email.


Make Your Plans!

Children’s Summer Music Camp - (Children who have completed grades K-6) - Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29, 2011
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bedford Baptist Church

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

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.

Alleluia! He is alive!

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, April 20.

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