May 2002
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Your support is so appreciated!

Our wonderful 2002 Brazil experience is behind us, and God used many of our folks in SBA to help bring it all together. What a blessing for all those involved!

Now our sights are set on our next cooperative mission effort. On July 26 another SBA team goes to the Czech Republic for about nine days of intense evangelistic ministry. The teamís primary responsibility will be to teach English to students of all ages and help build bridges and open doors in order to share Christ. They will return to the United States on August 4.

How to Develop A Youth Ministry (Part 7)

Planning the ministry
Ministry planning mustnít be overlooked. Like any other ministry or church program, careful planning is a must if we expect to reach prescribed goals.

Work through the youth council
The youth minister should not attempt to do all of the work by himself. There are several reasons for this. In the first place, the work is too much for one person, and unless others are enlisted to share in the ministry it will not enjoy long term results. A second important reason is that in all ministry we look for fellow laborers who can learn from our example. We want to disciple these brethren, because the minister who learns to involve others learns how to multiply his resources.

New Church Update

Thank you, thank you Strawberry Association for your Kingdom investment in the new church which now has a nameóRiver Rock Church. And Jesus said: "Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."

We are currently in the process of praying for and gathering a group of mission-minded people/families who will help us over the summer with the three preview services that are planned. The purpose of the preview services is to provide the community with an opportunity to "preview" what the new church will be like and also be used as a means to form a group that will become the core of the church when it launches on September 15.

River Rock Church schedule:
May 19 - Baby shower for the birth of the new church
June 16 - 1st preview service on Father's Day
July 14 - 2nd preview service
Aug. 18 - 3rd preview service
Sept. 15 - Launch of River Rock Church

OMC Report

We have pictures and a report of our successful On Mission Celebration. Click here to read all about it!

Financial Report

Click here for a complete treasurer's report for the association for the first quarter of this fiscal year.

To meet budget needs, $6,000 was transferred from reserve funds that had accumulated since 2000.

As our involvement in missions and ministries increases, so does our need for financial support.

Associational Missions Week
May 19-26, 2002

They went out and preached everywhere.... Mark 16:20 (NASB)

Together we are making a difference in the lives of folks in our area who need to learn English as a second language.

Together we are helping to heal the broken-hearted as we support the work of Bedford Domestic Violence Services and the Bedford Jail Ministry.

Together we are changing our world through the new church start in Forest, through partnership missions in Brazil and the Czech Republic, and through Internet Evangelism.

This yearís Associational Missions Offering will be used to support the ongoing ministries of Strawberry Baptist Association.

Promotional materials and offering envelopes will be distributed to our churches the first week of May,

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

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

Brotherhood/Men's Ministry

Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St.
Bedford, VA 24523

Our Association Baptist Men's meeting at Bedford Baptist was good. Attending were John Woodford, Holmes Updike, D.J. Ashwell, Bill Huffman, Larry Craig, Allen Stevens and myself. John Gordon, Director of Missions for Piedmont Baptist Association, gave an interesting presentation about Virginia Baptist Disaster Relief, focusing on the feeding unit operation and showing video clips of the efforts in New York after 9/11. Following discussion, a decision was reached to plan a training event for Strawberry Association for those who would like to work with the feeding units or would simply like to know more about how that operation works. (If you attended the training in Lynchburg recently, please let Larry Ross know.)

Click for May's Calendar
SBA Board Meeting

We are grateful to the 53 messengers who participated in the Executive Board Meeting at Suck Spring Baptist on Tuesday, April 16. Many participants commented on the worshipful and sweet spirit and were impressed to learn how much is going on in our Association.

Focus on Our Family

Bethlehem is participating in a Backpack for Armenia project which involves purchasing backpacks and school related supplies.

Big Islandís web page address is
. Drop by for info about regular services and a picture of the church.

Mentow was open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 2, 2002, for the National Day of Prayer. A 30-minute Prayer and Praise Service concluded the day.

Seeds of Hope in Liberia!

Bedford contributed 71 packets. Big Island contributed 324 packets. Hunting Creek contributed 352 packets. Mentow contributed 123 packets. Timber Ridge contributed 11 pounds.


June 6 - Tim Dooley (Bethlehem)
June 8 - Charles Edmonds (Big Island)
June 19 - Frank Schmitt (Staunton)
June 27 - Bruce Barrett (Suck Spring)
June 27 - Randy Hatcher (Mentow)
June 30 - Joe Prince (Retired)

Wedding Anniversaries

June 2 - Mike & Debbie Jones (Sedalia)
June 13 - Woody & Phyllis Elliott (Bethel)
June 17 - Philip & Lois Ayers (Glade Creek)
June 23 - Daren & Shawna Davis (IMB missionaries)
June 24 - Billy & Betty Leonard (40 yrs./Retired)
June 27 - Charles & Irene Stinson (North Bedford)
June 28 - Larry & Janet Ross (Mount Zion)

Ministry Anniversaries

June 22 - Rev. Ken Butterworth (Pastor/Diamond Hill/5 yrs.)
June 25 - Steve Manuel (Director of Missions/SBA/1 yr.)

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.

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.
óEdwin Markham

Please have items for the June newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, May 23.

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