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Week of Prayer
May 19-26, 2013

Day One: Sunday

LIFE ON LIFE missional living : Pray for family, friends, neighbors and world to experience the abundant life Jesus offers. Ask the Lord to speak to you through this week’s prayer emphasis on the seven life on life missional living principles.

Day Two: Monday

ACCEPTANCE: Pray for those searching for meaning in their lives. Pray for those whom the Holy Spirit reveals to you by name and/or by face who need God’s love and forgiveness. Pray they accept His plan. Fact : God has a plan for your life.

Day Three: Tuesday

DESIRE: Pray that your heart will crave for the will of God. Pray that others will see Jesus in every way you live your life. Pray that God will create an infectious desire in your heart to share Him with others. Question : What is your passion?

Day Four: Wednesday

GROWTH: Pray for God to remind you to search Scripture for the answers to life’s questions. Pray to become an imitator of Christ. Pray for a genuine return to holiness. Ask God to help you see yourself less. Ask God to help you see Him more. Question : Where is the growth in your life most greatly needed?

Day Five: Thursday

RELATIONSHIPS: Pray for your church as you seek to be the most relevant and meaningful spiritual place where the community gathers each week. Pray for those around you with physical and spiritual needs. Question : Whom can you help?

Day Six: Friday

LEADERSHIP: Pray for God to rise up men and women to communicate His GOOD NEWS. Pray for Christians to use their skills and gifts to share Christ and develop disciples. Question : When is your next “help” opportunity?

Day Seven: Saturday

REPRODUCTION: Pray for God’s people to be spiritually healthy and actively producing good fruit. Pray for healthy local churches to reproduce themselves in North America and abroad. Ask God how He wants you to be involved in what He is doing in spreading the gospel. Question : Why is it important that you reproduce?

Day Eight: Sunday

LEGACY: Pray about your personal involvement to make a positive spiritual difference in the world. Ask God to show you how your Christian values can be passed on to the next generation. Question : How have you prepared to continue sharing your values with others after your earthly life ends?


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

Wedding Anniversaries

Apr 29 Elmer & Tiena Sellers (Retired)
May 12 Skip & Chris Irby (Big Island)
May 19 Marc & Mindy Reynolds (Mount Olivet)
Jun 9 Harold & Nancy Lewis (Retired)
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 24 Wade & Sandra Locy (Thaxton)
Jun 27 Charles & Irene Stinson (Retired)
Jun 29 Michael & Connie Cox (Suck Spring)

Focus on Our Family

Flint Hill is looking for a part time, permanent, paid, Youth Minister. For details, please contact Pastor Mark Oblinger at 540.297.6783, or send resume to: Flint Hill Baptist Church, 8997 Dickerson Mill Road, Moneta, VA 24121.

Quaker will have Vacation Bible School June 24-28, 6-9 p.m. The theme is “Answers in Genesis: Kingdom Chronicles.”

Thaxton will hold Vacation Bible School June 9-14. Kingdom Rock is the theme. We are going back in time to the medieval period and it's going to be a lot of fun! If you have any questions, please contact Tim Wilgus at or 540.586.8190.

Trinity has a Coffee House on the last Friday night of each month, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Join us on Friday, May 31. Lots of good coffee, popcorn & snacks…and music! It’s a great time of Christian Fellowship! Everyone Invited!! If an individual/group from your church would like to sing at the Coffee House, please call the church office at 540.586.8010.

Trinity Baptist Church
Jubilee Celebration
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Guest Speaker for our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service
will be Rev. David Engleman (former Pastor).

The Day will be FILLED with a special Worship Service, Great Music & Lunch. Following lunch, a Concert will be presented by Dee & Randy Simmons.

It will be a special time of Fellowship & Memories!

Summer Music Camp
The Two by Two Zoo Cruise
by Michael & Jill Gallina

( Children/Youth who have completed grades K-8)
Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2013
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church
Musical Program, Friday, July 26, 7 p.m.
Registration fee: $25.00

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 4-8 p.m.
(For young people, ages 11-18)

Falling Creek Park / Gym on Falling Creek Road
(across from PSA)
(Next planning meeting: Thursday, May 16,
Falling Creek Rd. Gym)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

May 10 Rick Mallory (Pastor/15 yrs/Morgans)

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Brief Report on the 2013
Leadership Team Meeting

Thanks to Mentow for hosting our meeting on Tuesday, April 16. They did an outstanding job preparing for the meeting, providing a snack supper, and making everyone feel welcome.

Prior to the meeting, Treasurer’s Reports for the 2012 fiscal year as well as for the first quarter of 2013 were distributed. (A copy will be placed in each church’s newsletter packet.)

The following leaders for 2012-2013 were presented by the Nominating Committee and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting at Timber Ridge on October 28: Moderator, Rev. Vernon DeLong; Vice-Moderator, Mr. Gene Suggs; Regional Representative, Rev. David Timma.

An offer had been made to purchase the association office building. The moderator appointed the Administrative Team and others to research options and report back to a called meeting of the Leadership Team. No action will be taken without a vote of the entire Association. Members of the study team are Vernon DeLong, Richard Goode, Ed Overstreet, Lois Stevens, Gene Suggs, Rev. David Timma, and Esther Woodford.

There were 21 in attendance from 10 churches, with 6 pastors, 10 lay representatives, and 5 guests.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Round Tree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.7409

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.

The One Hundred Twenty–Fourth Annual Meeting of the Women’s Missionary Union of the Strawberry Baptist Association was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM. Twelve churches were represented, with 31 women and 2 pastors in attendance.

The host Church was Glade Creek Baptist Church. The pianist was Ellen Mitchell. The Theme was: “The Story Lives On… Celebrate-Connect-Commit.” The Watchword was: “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

Bluefield College’s
Christian Ministry Studies

Searching for a place to prepare for ministry?
Bluefield College’s Christian Ministry Studies
Degree Completion Program may be just right for you.

· Hybrid Model— Part online/part face-to-face, so you don’t lose that “personal touch.”

· Face-to-face component meets once a week at Bonsack Baptist Church beginning in August 2013. You won’t have to sacrifice family and professional commitments to attend classes.

· Curriculum is integrated so you can move through the program at full-time status. Course format allows you to complete 48 credit hours within two years.

· Financial Aid –As a full-time student, you’re eligible to apply for military and other financial aid.

· Course instruction in Old Testament, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Ministry Formation, Church History, Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Pastoral Care, Leadership, & Writing for Ministry provides a strong foundation for full-time, bivocational, or volunteer ministry leadership.

· Bluefield is fully accredited by the Southern Associa-tion of Colleges & Schools Commission on Accreditation so you can transfer credits, should the need arise.

· You get the benefit of book knowledge and practical experience. The face-to-face component is taught by instructors who are both academically qualified and practicing ministers.

Contact the Christian Leaders Link for more information:

540.977.2652 or 877.977.2652 (toll free)


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.

Wisdom is what’s left after we’ve run out of personal opinions.
—Cullen Hightower

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 22.

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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