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Associational Missions Week is an emphasis to specifically consider the ministries of the local Baptist Association and our part in cooperatively supporting ministry efforts. We do not emphasize so much a particular week but rather a season during which the special financial contributions we receive go toward the fulfillment of our accepted tasks, some of which are described below.

2002 Annual Report

By now most of our churches have copies of the 2002 Annual Report of the Strawberry Association, and we hope folks are enjoying the new format. Special thanks to Barbara and Jeremy Manuel, Alma Blankenship, and John Woodford for volunteering their time to help as we produced the entire annual in house for the first time in many years.

It is also available online by clicking here (requires Acrobat Reader).

Current financial table and summary are available by clicking here (requires Acrobat Reader).

A Word from Travis Witt

A Word from Travis Witt: The Jail Ministry's Auction and Yard Sale will be May 17 at the Bedford Lion's Club on 460, one mile east of Bedford. The Yard Sale begins at 9 a.m., and the Auction begins at 10 a.m. To donate items for either the Yard Sale or Auction, call 540 587-8990 ext. 107 and leave a message. Someone can pick up items and also give a receipt for them.

SBA Children’s Music Day Camp
(for children who have completed grades 1-6)

June 23-27, 9 a.m.-12 Noon

The $20 fee per child covers the cost of music and a T-shirt.

Program for parents/friends on June 27, 7 p.m.

Special SBA Concerts!

On May 17 & 18, Nashville artist Timothy Mark will be in concert in Strawberry Baptist Association. The first concert is a benefit sponsored by Because We Care Ministries to raise money for mission work in Nicaragua. This will be held at Trinity Baptist Church on Saturday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. On Sunday, May 18, Timothy will be at Thaxton Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m., and on Sunday evening, he will be at Shady Grove Baptist Church at 6:30. Admission is free; love offerings will be taken. For a wonderful time of worship, fellowship, and praise, come join us!

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 providing devotionals at Oakwood Manor in May; Palestine will provide them in June. Flint Hill will host the May birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Beaverdam will host it in June.

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


June 6 Tim Dooley (Bethlehem)
June 19 Frank Schmitt (Interim/Trinity)
June 27 Bruce Barrett (Suck Spring)
June 30 Joe Prince (Retired)

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.

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Focus on Our Family

Beaverdam is celebrating its 200th birthday with a party for the community. So bring a chair and invite your friends and neighbors to join us for a fun filled day on May 17, 1-6 p.m. Piano Concert at 2:00. Blue Grass/Gospel Concert at 5:00. Food! Live Music! Door Prizes! Pony Rides! Bounce House! “Bear” the Juggling Clown. FREE!

Missions Involvement

2003 Seeds of Hope for Liberia...Virginia Baptists sent 196,168 small packets; 3,193 pounds of bulk seeds; for a total of 4,448 pounds of seeds.

Additionally, furniture, office equipment, sports equipment, medical equipment/supplies, books, gardening supplies/tools, choir robes, auto parts, children's clothing, games, and toys were sent.


SBA’s Evangelism Committee invites you to join us on a mission trip. Low cost with eternal rewards. You can travel by car—one day adventure. The only cost is for gas and food. Your time involvement will vary, based on your preference.

Wedding Anniversaries

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

2003 Association Missions Emphasis/Week of Prayer
The Baptist Association—Changed Lives, Caring People
...unto the least of these
SBA churches transforming their community together

Please have items for the June newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, May 22.

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January 2002 - February 2002 - March 2002 - April 2002 - May 2002 - June 2002
July 2002 - August 2002 - September 2002 - October 2002 - November 2002 - December 2002
January 2003 - February 2003 - March 2003 - April 2003

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

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