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Core Values

The following Core Values presented by the Self-Study Team were approved by the Executive Board at the meeting on April 20, 2010, and will be presented for adoption at the SBA Annual Meeting on Monday, October 25, 2010, at Bedford Baptist Church. As a Network of Churches, the Strawberry Baptist Association is Committed to Cooperating with fellow Baptist churches on the basis of these Core Values:
1. We believe the Bible is God’s Holy Word inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is our guide, final authority, source of unity, and motivation for service to the honor and glory of God. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
2. Salvation is the gift of God’s grace through faith. It is accomplished once and for all by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross and resurrection from the dead. John 3:16; Romans 1:1-6; Eph 2:8-9.
3. We are commanded by God in the Great Commission to take the gospel message to our neighborhoods, cities, nation, and the world. Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8.
4. The visible result of our obedience to the Great Commission is the growth of our local autonomous Baptist churches distinguished by Believer’s Baptism by immersion and a commitment to the Word of God. Acts 2:38, Ephesians 4:1-6, Hebrews 10:25.
5. Being convicted that Kingdom work is bigger than any single church, we recognize the need to cooperate and fellowship with like-minded Baptist churches in pursuit of a unified witness to our local communities. Acts 2:41-46; 2 Cor. 9:6-8.
In accordance with these Core Values, every church may pursue external relationships that will not impact the ability of our churches to work together.

The Baptist Association:
Each church on the forward edge of the Great Commission; and churches working together for even greater Impact.

Self Study Team

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
  Rev Vernon DeLong, or 540.586.8010

Associational Missions Week Emphasis
May 16-23, 2010
(or anytime your church chooses)
Offering goal: “One Dollar Per Day for Seven Days”

In addition to your prayers, we are asking our churches to
promote this year’s Association Missions Week just as we have in the past, challenging folk to set aside just one dollar a day for seven days. Remind one another how important this offering is to our work and also how easy it is to come up with just one dollar a day. Give up a soft drink, coffee, snack, or a gallon of gasoline a day, and you’re there! The impact on this Association of that one dollar when combined with the dollar
many others will share is tremendous. Thanks for standing together in this challenge.


Care about peace? Where and how does peace begin? Can Baptists be peacebearers? Peace-bearers is the theme of
the annual meeting of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, at Second Baptist Church of Richmond. Addresses will be given on peacebearers in Baptist history and contemporary peace issues. For further information visit

In Sympathy

The Strawberry family of churches extends deepest sympathy to Rev. and Mrs. Mike (Debbie) Jones and their daughter Rebekah of Sedalia at the death of their son/brother, Zachary David, on Sunday, April 11, 2010. A celebration of Zach's life was held on Thursday, April 15, at Sedalia, with the Rev. Mike Jones officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Sympathy is also extended to Rev. Mike Grooms and family of Rainbow Forest at the death of his father, Jessie Odell (J.O.) on Monday, April 5, 2010. A memorial celebration will take place at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. The family will have a private viewing and graveside service.

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Financial Summary through March


Focus on Our Family

Congratulations to Bedford Baptist on being among the top 100 BGAV churches in total Cooperative Missions giving and gifts to Virginia Cooperative Missions in 2009.

Hunting Creek voted on April 18, 2010, to call Rev. Carey Snellings as full time pastor. The church family welcomes Pastor Snellings, his wife Jennifer, and their four year old son and two year old daughter and looks forward to all the Lord has in store as Pastor Snellings leads the congregation.

Beginning Thursday, May 6, Hunting Creek will have a food pantry opened on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month. For more info, call 434.665.3287.

Every fifth Sunday, Hunting Creek, Big Island, Sharon, Reed Creek, and Otterville Baptist gather for a Community Sing. The next service will be May 30 at Sharon.

Norwood is hosting a “GOSPEL CONCERT” featuring The Singing Echoes, the Most Exciting Group in Gospel Music! on Saturday, May 29, 2010, 6 p.m. You can hear them at Everyone is invited! A large crowd is expected, so come early!

Fundraiser Applebee's Breakfast, Bedford, Saturday, May 22, 8-10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Palestine mission team going to Alaska in July.

Help Wanted

Beaverdam is seeking a part-time Youth Director (approx. 10 hours per week). Contact personnel committee chairman, James Mitchell, 540.297.5579.

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

2009 Annual Report

If your church has not picked up copies of the 2009 Annual Report of the Strawberry Baptist Association, you may do so at your convenience. (Please call first.)


May 3 Woody Elliott (Retired)

Wedding Anniversaries
May 19 Marc & Mindy Reynolds (Mount Olivet)
Jun 2 Mike & Debbie Jones (Sedalia)
Jun 13 Woody & Phyllis Elliott (Retired)
Jun 17 Philip & Lois Ayers (Glade Creek)
Jun 20 Harry & Nilah Leland (45 yrs.) (Shady Grove)
Jun 23 Daren & Shawna Davis (20 yrs.) (Missionaries)
Jun 28 Mark & Julia Flores (Mount Hermon)
Jun 29 Michael & Connie Cox (Suck Spring)

Children’s Summer Music Camp
(Children who have completed grades K-6)

Table for Five...Thousand!
The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes
By Tom S. Long and Allen Pote

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: Sedalia will lead 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. Mama Helen’s Mission Group of Hunting Creek hosted an International Dinner on Saturday, April 17, to raise money for mission projects in the community. It was a huge success, with approximately 70 people attending. The group which was established in March of 2009 completed 34 projects this past year. Please remember Mama Helen’s in your prayers.

WMU Budget 2010-2011

Director’s expenses ........................................... $150.00
Women on Mission ........................................... 50.00
Acteens ............................................................ 100.00
Girls in Action .................................................. 175.00
Mission Friends ................................................ 50.00
Associational Leadership Team Training ........... 275.00
Annual Meeting ................................................ 200.00
Miscellaneous ................................................... 50.00
TOTAL ....................................................... $1,050.00

Leadership Team for 2010-2011

Director - Mrs. Rebekah J. Overstreet (Bedford)
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523 - 540.586.2956
Missions Involvement Consultant - Ms. Erma Whorley
(Hunting Creek) 16666 Big Island Hwy., Big Island 24526 - 434.299.5033 email:
Girls in Action Consultant - Mrs. Teresa Waldron (Quaker)
3825 Chestnut Fork Rd., Bedford 24523 - 540.297.4598
Mission Friends Consultant - Mrs. Marie Helvey (Mount Zion) P.O. Box 840, Blue Ridge 24064 - 540.647.2526
Secretary/Treasurer - Mrs. Phyllis McDaniel (Mount Hermon) 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode 24556 - 540.586.1823 email:

SBA WMU Annual Planning
Saturday, June 5, 2010, 9 a.m.
Rebekah’s Overstreet’s home
(Carry in brunch)

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.

When we forget ourselves, we do things that are remembered.


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 Thursday, May 20.

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