Associational Missions Emphasis
One of the oldest Statements of Purpose of the Association is contained in the Philadelphia Confession which states, “The churches, when planted by the
providence of God, so as they may enjoy opportunity and advantages for it, are to
hold communion among themselves for their peace, increase of love, and mutual
The meeting in Lynchburg last week of the Strawberry Association was one of the best sessions of that body for many years. Important business pertaining to the welfare of the churches was transacted and the attendance of the delegates was large, there being over 100 present. The Association met with Rivermont Avenue church and the delegates were highly pleased with the cordiality of their reception. (Three day meeting—July 30-31 & August 1)
The pastor of the church, Rev. O. E. Sams, was away on account of sickness, but under the supervision of Messrs. Thos. W. Miller, E. J. Wright, and others, everything passed off most agreeably and without any hitch or disturbance.
The program of the Association was a little out of the ordinary, having on it such topics as pastoral support, business methods for the country church, happenings significant to Baptists, etc. These were all very interestingly and profitably discussed. Much time also was given to reports from pastors on the condition of their churches. Some important steps were taken by the Association looking to the general welfare of the work in all the churches. For instance, a resolution was passed requesting the churches to use the envelope system of collecting money for pastor’s salary and for missions. The most of our country churches have no financial system, and it is thought that the adoption by the churches of the above system will mean that more members will give and that more money will be raised both for the pastor’s salary and for the boards. The necessity of better pastoral support was very strongly emphasized.
Oakdale Baptist church of Amherst county, which has recently been organized, was admitted into the body, making fifty-four churches in the Association.
Three of the pastors of the Association, Rev. O. E. Sams, J. P. Luck, and C. W. Collier being absent on account of sickness, on motion the moderator was instructed to write to each of them a letter of sympathy.
The Association adjourned to meet next with Mt. Ivey church in Franklin county.
Messrs. J. C. Moss, Geo. Turner, E. W. Luck, W. B. Watts. W. A .Parker, W. H. Wranek, Hunter Miller, and Horace Wilkinson, members of the Executive Committee of the Association, met in Bedford City yesterday and transacted important business in reference to the work of the Association among the churches.
Messrs. Hunter Miller, E. W. Luck, and J. C. Moss were appointed to serve as a committee to co-operate with churches in securing pastors, compacting fields, and in bringing about a more liberal pastoral support.
A committee was appointed to arrange for the envelope system on collecting money for pastor’s salary and missions and to endeavor to get the different churches to adopt said system.
It was also decided to bring before the next Association the question of the annual call of pastors and to recommend to the churches that they extend to their pastors an indefinite call, with the understanding that when either party becomes dissatisfied he was to give the other three months notice before dissolving the relationship. It was decided by the committee to try to get the churches to have the pastoral year end with the Association year.
The committee decided to hold two ministers and laymen’s meetings each year, one in the fall, and one in the spring, and appointed Messrs. W. A. Parker, E. W. Luck, and Horace Wilkinson a committee to arrange for time, place, and program.
Beaverdam will have revival services May 20-23 at 7:00 each evening. Guest preacher will be Burne Enzor, and guest music leader will be Frank Jones.
Bethlehem will have Homecoming on Sunday, May 20. Pastor Grant Harbridge will bring the message. A covered-dish lunch will be served.
Our heavenly father provides as a need arises. Margie, Jill, and Martha Fainter contributed funds to purchase Hunting Creek’s new recording equipment and projector system. The funds were given in memory of their parents Curtis and Margaret Fainter. Hunting Creek will host a yard sale on Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.-12 Noon. Two parking spaces can be rented for $10.00. The money will go toward the mission trip to Haiti. The youth will have food items for sale. Under the leadership of youth pastor Quinn Day and his wife Rachel, Hunting Creek’s youth are having fun working and learning scripture. They are busy preparing for camp July 30-August 4. Each youth has been encouraged to work and earn some of the money they need.
Thaxton’s VBS is scheduled for Sunday, June 24,-Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 each evening.
Trinity has a Coffee House Ministry at the church on the last Friday of every month, 7-9 p.m. If you know of someone who has some used 30-36” round tables, call the church office at 540.586.8010.
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8 a.m., Bedford
Hospice Care will host its annual 5K Run/Walk.
This year we want to make it a family-friendly event.
Therefore, this year’s race will be a Halloween
themed event. In addition to the run/walk, there
will be a children/family “monster march.” This
will allow participants to dress up in their favorite
Halloween costume while they “march” (walk)
around the Bedford Memorial Hospital. During
this time participants will “trick or treat” at the
various vendors set up along the route who will
hand out candy, literature, mementos, etc.
Children’s Summer Music Camp
May 3 Woody Elliott (Retired)
May 12 Skip & Chris Irby (Big Island)
May 19 Marc & Mindy Reynolds (Mount Olivet)
Jun 2 Mike & Debbie Jones (Sedalia)
Jun 2 Phillip & Deborah Kelley (Timber Ridge)
Jun 9 Harold & Nancy Lewis (Walnut Grove)
Jun 12 Grant & Sheila Harbridge (Bethlehem)
Jun 13 Woody & Phyllis Elliott (Retired)
Jun 17 Philip & Lois Ayers (Glade Creek)
Jun 20 Harry & Nilah Leland (Shady Grove)
Jun 23 Daren & Shawna Davis (IMB missionaries)
Jun 24 Billy & Betty Leonard (Retired)
Jun 27 Charles & Irene Stinson (Retired)
Jun 28 Mark & Julia Flores (Mount Hermon)
Jun 29 Michael & Connie Cox (Suck Spring)
Thanks to Quaker for hosting our 2011 Leadership Team meeting on Tuesday, April 17. They
did an outstanding job preparing for the meeting and making everyone feel welcome.
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
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.
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9 a.m. Flint Hill
There were 44 in attendance representing 14 churches. Our mission project was to collect household items for Bedford Christian Ministries. The offering of $310.00 was supplemented from our treasury to make a total of $500 which was sent to the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association to purchase bed linens for their 50 beds.
Mrs. Rebekah J. Overstreet (Bedford)
540.586.2956 - 1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Missions Involvement Consultant
Ms. Erma Whorley (Hunting Creek)
434.299.5033 - 16666 Big Island Hwy., Big Island 24526 - email: email@example.com
Girls in Action Consultant
Mrs. Teresa Waldron (Quaker)
540.297.4598 - 3825 Chestnut Fork Rd., Bedford 24523 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Phyllis McDaniel (Mount Hermon)
540.586.1823 - 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode 24556 - email: email@example.com
(Church WMU Directors/SBA WMU Leadership Team)
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9 a.m.
Rebekah Overstreet’s home (Covered-dish brunch)
Mark your calendars!
(Ages 8 & up)
Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 1-4 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church
Bullying is a focus of Human Exploitation: Project Help in WMU this year. The following link will provide a Bible Study and Scriptures to use with youth and adults: http://wmuv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Bullying.pdf.
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.
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