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Associational Missions Emphasis
May 20-27, 2012

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 edification.”

The Baptist Association is a voluntary organization. Baptist churches willingly seek to join with other Baptist churches for the purpose of prayer, discipleship, fellowship, doctrinal emphasis, and missions. The primary feature of the local Baptist Association is its spiritual life, not its organizational structure.

Further, the local Baptist Association is a support system for the churches. It is not simply a segment of a denominational hierarchy. It is a functional entity that has the local church as its focus. It is a support system for pastors, other ministers, and congregations in general. The local Baptist Association is an expression of mutual concern among congregations. It is a product of the redemptive and loving spirit of God, and is an organized expression of the spiritual relation of kindred congregations, normally of the same geographical area. Since the Association is made up of churches, it is its member churches that define the purpose of their Association.

Regardless of the locale, size, or demogr aphics of one’s association, the purposes are similar. Humans are social beings and we congregate and associate. Nothing is more natural. Churches have and always will voluntarily interact with each other. Collective activity is a powerful force that has the potential of bringing glory to God, encouragement to Christians, and the defeat of evil.

—Rick Robbins, DOM,
Northern Kentucky Baptist Assn.
First Vice President,
Southern Baptist Conference of
Associational Directors of Missions

Historically Speaking
Steve Everett submitted the following article published in The Bedford Democrat on Thursday, August 8, 1912 (100 years ago).

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.

Focus on Our Family

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.

5K Run/Walk

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.

This is where you come in. We are asking you to be a vendor and come out and support our 5K by setting up a tent/booth and/or trunk or treat vehicle promoting your organization and partnering with us in our care for terminally ill patients and their families. We are also looking for race day sponsors. Sponsor logos are included in our advertising and race day shirt. Sponsorships start at $250. If interested in becoming a race sponsor please contact Chaplain Mark Flores at 540.587.6592 or Thank you for your support.

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

Monday-Friday, July 23-July 27, 2012
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Musical Program, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church

The Lost Boy: Young Jesus in the Temple

Registration fee is $25; registration materials will be available in June.



May 3 Woody Elliott (Retired)
May 30 Skip Irby (Big Island)
Jun 20 Susan Batten-Bell (Bedford)
Jun 30 Phillip Kelley (Timber Ridge)

Wedding Anniversaries

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)


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SBA Leadership Team

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.

Prior to the meeting, Treasurer’s Reports for the 2011 fiscal year as well as for the first quarter of 2012 were distributed. (A copy will be placed in each church’s newsletter packet.)

Church Development Coordinator, Dennis Moore, and Pastoral Development Coordinator, David Henderson, spoke regarding their ministry areas; and Regional Representatives, Michael Cox and Todd Childers reported.

The following leaders for 2012-2013 were presented by the Nominating Committee and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting at Flint Hill on October 29: Moderator, Rev. David Timma; Vice- Moderator, Mr. Gene Suggs; Clerk, Mrs. Lois S. Stevens; Treasurer, Mrs. Esther O. Woodford; Personnel Chair, Mrs. Faye Eubank; Property & Grounds Chair, Mr. Richard Goode

Several minor Bylaw changes were approved by the Leadership Team and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting. (These will be published in the minutes of the meeting as well as the October newsletter.)

Barry Tosh was elected to the Nominating Committee to fill an unexpired term. Rev. Vernon DeLong was nominated to the Nominating Committee for election at the Annual Meeting.

There were 31 in attendance from 15 churches, with 9 pastors, 17 lay representatives, and 5 guests.

Rita Calhoun promoted our eleventh year of ministry at CenterFest scheduled for September 29; and Susan Batten-Bell provided information about Children’s Music Camp set for July 23-27, 2012.

The snacks provided by Quaker were enjoyed throughout the meeting and during a time of fellowship afterward.

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.

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 will host a Ladies Tea on Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Snellings or Susan Massie, 434.299.5045.

WMU Annual Meeting/Prayer Retreat
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.

Leadership Team for 2012-2013

Mrs. Rebekah J. Overstreet (Bedford)
540.586.2956 - 1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523 - email:

Missions Involvement Consultant
Ms. Erma Whorley (Hunting Creek)
434.299.5033 - 16666 Big Island Hwy., Big Island 24526 - email:

Girls in Action Consultant
Mrs. Teresa Waldron (Quaker)
540.297.4598 - 3825 Chestnut Fork Rd., Bedford 24523 - email:

Mrs. Phyllis McDaniel (Mount Hermon)
540.586.1823 - 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode 24556 - email:

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

Mark your calendars!
Quilting Camp

(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:

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.

"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."

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
submitted by Wednesday, May 23.

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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