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What Is Holy Week?

For some Christians, the week preceding Easter is known as Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday and is traditionally a week of somber reflection on the events preceding Jesus’ death: his triumphant entry into Jerusalem; his betrayal by Judas; his Last Supper with his twelve apostles; his arrest, crucifixion and death; and his burial in a tomb.

What Is Palm Sunday?
On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate Jesus procession into Jerusalem, which occurred several days before his death. According to the gospels, the people of Jerusalem spread branches from trees—identified specifically as palm branches in John’s gospel—on the road to welcome Jesus as he rode a donkey into the city. Because of this, many Christian churches today offer congregants palm fronds as they enter the church on Palm Sunday. In some denominations, the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and of his death is read in church on Palm Sunday, juxtaposing the welcome Jesus received on one day with his betrayal and arrest a few days later.

What Is Holy Thursday?
On Holy Thursday (also called Maundy Thursday), Christians commemorate the Last Supper—a Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples the night before his death. During the meal, Jesus broke bread and offered his followers wine, saying “This is my body, given up for you.” Many Christians consider this event to have been the institution of the Eucharist, which is a sacrament in some denominations.

What Is the Passion?
Though today the word “passion” has romantic connotations, it was originally derived from the Latin word passio, meaning suffering. In religious contexts, the Passion (often capitalized) refers to the torture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus.

What Is a Passion Play?
A Passion play is a reenactment of the gospel stories of Jesus’ trial, torture by Roman soldiers, and crucifixion, often with a focus on the carrying of the cross. During Holy Week, Christian groups may stage performances of Passion plays in churches or processions through streets; actors from the congregation play the roles of various characters in the gospels. While many Christians today find Passion plays moving, some interfaith experts consider Passion plays problematic because they have incited anti-Semitic violence in the past by blaming Jews for Jesus’ death.

What Is Good Friday?
Christians observe Good Friday (for English-speaking Eastern Orthodox Christians, “Great and Holy Friday”) as the day Jesus was crucified and died. It is the most somber day on the Christian calendar. On Good Friday, some Christians abstain from meat or refrain from food altogether. They may also attend special church services that might include readings from the gospel stories of Jesus' Passion, Jesus’ last words, and other Bible passages. Catholics often make the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

What Is the Triduum?
For Catholics and some other Christians, the Triduum is the three-day period marking Jesus’ death and burial. It begins on Holy Thursday and concludes as Easter begins. Some Christians observe the Triduum by attending a worship service on each day, including a long Easter Vigil service on the night before Easter.

What Is Pascha?
Pascha is the Greek word for the Jewish feast of Passover. With the coming of Christianity, Pascha became the Greek and Latin word for Easter. Eastern Orthodox Christians today still use the word Pascha in referring to Easter, even in English-speaking countries.

What Is Easter?
Easter is the most important Christian holiday, surpassing even Christmas. As a celebration of the day Jesus rose from the dead, Easter symbolizes forgiveness, rebirth, and God's saving power. Christians view the day as a victory over sin, death, and all destructive forces in people’s lives.

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From: Dennis Moore,
Church Development Coordinator

Since the October 2011 SBA Annual Meeting, we have a new Constitution. After nearly two years of studying SBA, the self-study committee recommended some sweeping changes in our organizational structure. See the 2010 & 2011 Annual Meeting minutes for the recommended and adopted Constitution.

I have been elected as the Church Development Coordinator. In part, my job description reads, “...have a passion for church health and a desire to see churches work together in order to coordinate and communicate opportunities for training and equipping churches for ministry.”

Focus on Our Family

Beaverdam will have revival services May 20-23, at 7:00 each evening.. Guest preacher will be Burney Enzor, and guest music leader will be Frank Jones.

Hunting Creek’s food pantry reached out to 96 families in February…. The AWANA program is thriving under the leadership of Jennifer Snellings, commander, and Heather Morehead, co-commander. Participants include 12 teachers, 44 students, and 12 AWANA listeners.... Hunting Creek has been blessed by a gift of two prayer benches which will be placed in the sanctuary.

Norwood will be having an Easter Egg Hunt for all children on Saturday, April 7, 2:00 p.m. There will be plenty of candy-filled eggs for everyone! Call 540.587.0202 if you have any questions.

Palestine will host Mentow and the Huddleston United Methodist Charge for a Community Easter Sunrise Service on April 8, 2012, 6:30 a.m. Rev. Greg Soult, pastor at Mentow, will bring the message.

Randy Krantz was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Thaxton on November 27, 2011. He has the spiritual gifts of teaching and proclamation. At Thaxton, he serves as a deacon, teaches an Adult Sunday School class, and teaches Bible study on Wednesday nights. On January 28, 2012, he facilitated a Deacons and Church Staff Retreat to prayerfully develop and define a Purpose, Mission, and Vision Statement for Thaxton Baptist Church. He has led many leadership seminars in the secular world as well as churches. Randy grew up in Bedford, graduating from Liberty High School in 1978. He went on to earn an associate’s degree in nursing, working as a critical care nurse in the emergency department until 1987. In addition, he had begun teaching full time at the College of Health Sciences in Roanoke as director of the associate’s degree paramedic program and earned a bachelor’s degree in public management in 1986 from Lynchburg College. In 1987 he entered law school, graduating in 1990 from the University of Richmond. He has served as Bedford’s Commonwealth’s Attorney since 1995. Recently, Randy earned a master of arts degree in religion with an emphasis on Christian leadership from Liberty University. Randy and his wife Dina have two children.

VBS Training Clinic
Timber Ridge
Baptist Church
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A special “Thank You” from Bedford Christian Ministries goes to churches and individuals who have recently donated items. Household items have been collected and donated by Diamond Hill Baptist Church, Sedalia Baptist Church, and Suck Spring Baptist Church. They have donated new and gently-used towels, blankets, bed sheets, rugs, and kitchenware. This is a tremendous help. Also, Mount Hermon Baptist and Norwood Baptist have raised and given monetary donations to help purchase these needed items and it is so appreciated! Thank you for helping BCM meet the needs of people in our communities.

Music Minister - Part Time
Hunting Creek Baptist Church
Big Island, Virginia

Hunting Creek Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Congregation in the reformed tradition. We are looking for someone to lead our Music Ministry. This will primarily include preparation, and the leading of music for three weekly services (Sunday AM, Sunday PM, & Wednesday PM); and seasonal services. The music style of the church is “blended”. The Music Minister must be able to lead, and be excited about leading, the congregation in both older and newer songs. The Music Minister will also be charged with leading the choir, either directly or indirectly. Candidates must also be adept at playing either keyboard or guitar, and be able to lead other musicians, as well as have a basic understanding of audio equipment. In accomplishing the work of the ministry, the Music Minister will work under the direction of the Senior Pastor and with other church leaders. The new Minister and their family will become members of the church and be expected to participate accordingly.

Salary: $15,000
Contact: HCBC Personnel Committee
Contact Address:

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SBA Leadership Team

SBA Leadership Team (formerly Executive Board) Meeting
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7 p.m.
Quaker Baptist Church

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. Diamond Hill will host the April birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Flint Hill will host it in May.

Bedford Baptist’s WMU Faithbooking group would like to invite anyone who enjoys scrapbooking or is interested in learning more about it, to join us for an exciting event. Dates are Friday, May 18, 7 p.m.-12 a.m., and Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. You may leave your project overnight and return the next morning to continue recording the wonderful Christ-centered activities in your life. The $5 cost includes gifts, the preparation of a Spring greeting card, and snacks. Lunch for the two-day session will cost $10. Come and enjoy the company of other Bedford ladies as we preserve our life events for future generations. This is an opportunity for ladies of all ages—currently, members of the group are 8-80. Join us! For more info, contact Leslie Doss, 540.330.6573 or, or Jeanne Willis, 540.586.7345 or

Hunting Creek’s “Mama Helen” mission group is hosting a “Count Your Many Blessings” meal on Thursday evening, April 5. Donations to help those in need are appreciated.

Hunting Creek’s Women's Ministry, about 20 women under the leadership of Jennifer Snellings and Susan Massie, is currently in a weekly discussion of Angela Thomas’ book, “A Beautiful Offering.” The book centers on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and as we read and study we seek to learn more about how to apply the Savior’s instructions in order to live our daily lives in His image. Thursday evenings, 7-8:30.

WMU Annual Meeting/Prayer Retreat
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9 a.m. Flint Hill
(Covered-dish brunch)

Our mission project will be to collect household items—blankets, sheets (king/queen), towels, pots & pans, and silverware—for Bedford Christian Ministries. Please either purchase brand new items or give gently used items (nothing broken/torn/smelly/stained/rusted). The Executive Board will recommend that the offering taken at the meeting (plus enough from our treasury to make a total of $500) be sent to the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association to purchase bed linens for their 50 beds.

Mark your calendars!

Planning Meeting
(Church WMU Directors/SBA WMU Leadership Team)
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9 a.m.,
Rebekah Overstreet’s home
(Covered-dish brunch)

Quilting Camp
(Ages 8 & up)
Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 1-4 p.m.,
Bedford Baptist Church

2011 Annual Report

We would appreciate it if someone from the following churches would pick up their copies of the 2011 Annual Report of the Strawberry Baptist Association: Big Island, Diamond Hill, Mount Hermon, Mount Olivet, Palestine, Sedalia, and Walnut Grove. Please call before coming by.

Make Your Plans!

Children’s Summer Music Camp
(Children who have completed grades K-6)
Monday, July 23, through
Friday, July 27, 2012
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church

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

“The Lost Boy: Young Jesus in the Temple”


Apr 9 Jackie Carver (Palestine)
May 3 Woody Elliott (Retired)
May 30 Skip Irby (Big Island)

Wedding Anniversary

Apr 29 Elmer & Tiena Sellers (65 yrs.) (Retired)
May 12 Skip & Chris Irby (Big Island)
May 19 Marc & Mindy Reynolds (Mount Olivet)

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.

"He's 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 18.

Occasionally the administrative assistant has to close the SBA office for errands or meetings. Before coming by to drop off or pick up items, please call 540.586.8345 to be sure the office is open.

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