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Week of Prayer—May 18-25, 2014

Why Associate?

1. We Accomplish More Together Than Apart

John 17:20-23 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

2. We Stay Kingdom Focused

Revelation 5:9-10 9 “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

3. We Expand our Perspective

Ephesians 3:18-19 18 (That you) may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

4. We Promote Healthy Competition

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

5. We Present Unity to the World

Ephesians 4:3-6 3 (Be) eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

—Pastor Carey C. Snellings
Hunting Creek Baptist Church, Big Island, VA
October 28, 2013, SBA Annual Meeting Message

Click for May Calendar
Focus on Our Family

Beaverdam’s VBS is June 23-27, 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Theme is “Weird Animals.” The VBS Kickoff will be on Sunday, June 22, 4-6 p.m. Food, fun, fellowship!

Saturday, May 31, the Baptist Men’s Ministry and the Deacons of Mentow are sponsoring another Missionary Event. Buddy and Lois Woodson, presently serving as IMB missionaries in London, will be speaking at 5:00 p.m. Following that, there will be smoked BBQ supper. Buddy is the son of former pastor, the Rev. Merrill Woodson, now deceased.

Revival services will be held May 4-7 at Mount Zion, 1074 Circle K Rd,, Montvale. The Sunday, May 4, service will begin at 6:30 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday, services will begin at 7:00 p.m. A different minister will bring the revival message each night—Sunday, Rev Bruce Barrett, evangelistic minister of Mount Zion; Monday, Rev. Dennis Moore, former pastor of Beaverdam and present interim pastor of Flint Hill; Tuesday, Rev. Monroe Baldwin of Diamond Hill; Wednesday, Rev. Roger Roller, local evangelist. Various musical talent will be highlighted each evening.

On May 3, 2014, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Norwood will have a Car Wash and Bake Sale. Donations accepted.

Jeremy Roden was ordained to the Gospel ministry by Trinity on Sunday, March 9, 2014. He has been serving as Youth Pastor at Trinity since August 15, 2012. He and his wife Cydney make their home in Lynchburg.

Don Shire will be at Trinity on Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m. Please come hear Don share his music, his love for Jesus, and his passion for world evangelization.

Trinity has a CR1610 Risograph for sale. It was purchased in 2004 to print newsletters/bulletins, but has not been used since 2009. The copy count is 81,099. Please call 540.586.8010, if interested.

We need a volunteer to head up our CenterFest ministry on September 27, 2014. Please contact the SBA office regarding this opportunity for service in our Jerusalem.

Encounter 2014 will be on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4-8 p.m. Again this year, we hope to use the Falling Creek Gym at the former Bedford County Group Homes. Evangelist Bob Holmes will be God‘s messenger for the evening. Go to to learn about this One-Man Volleyball Team. Our next planning meeting is Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m., in Mentow’s fellowship hall. For additional info, contact Kim Kirby at or 540.330.8071.

Summer Music Camp
( Children/Youth who have completed grades K-8)
Monday, July 28-Friday, August 1, 2014
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church
Musical Program, Friday, August 1, 7 p.m.

Brief Report on the 2014 Leadership Team Meeting

Thanks to Mount Zion for hosting our meeting on Tuesday, April 15. They did an outstanding job preparing for the meeting, making everyone feel welcome, and providing delicious and bountiful refreshments.

Prior to the meeting, Treasurer’s Reports for the 2013 fiscal year as well as for the first quarter of 2014 were distributed. (A copy will be placed in each church’s newsletter packet.)

The following leaders for 2014-2015 were presented by the Nominating Committee and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting in October: Moderator, Rev. Vernon DeLong; Vice-Moderator, Mr. Rick Perkins.

The Finance Committee recommended that we invest the $155,000 from the sale of the Liberty Court building until the Association decides what to do with it. If you have suggestions, please submit them (by the end of July) in signed written form to the SBA office. (Email is fine.)

There were 24 in attendance from 9 churches, with 7 pastors, 9 lay representatives, and 8 guests.


May 3 Woody Elliott (Retired)
May 27 Mark Beck (Thaxton)
May 29 Tim Wilgus (Thaxton)
June 20 Susan Batten-Bell (Bedford)
June 22 Kevin King (Palestine)
June 30 Phil Kelley (Timber Ridge)

Wedding Anniversaries

May 19 Marc & Mindy Reynolds (Mount Olivet)
June 2 Mike & Debbie Jones (35 yrs) (Sedalia)
June 2 Phil & Deb Kelley (Timber Ridge)
June 9 Kevin & Joy King (Palestine)
June 9 Harold & Nancy Lewis (Retired)
June 12 Mike & Surada Watkins (Big Island)
June 13 Woody & Phyllis Elliott (Retired)
June 17 Phil & Lois Ayers (25 yrs) (Glade Creek)
June 20 Harry & Nilah Leland (Shady Grove)
June 23 Daren & Shawna Davis (IMB Missionaries)
June 24 Billy & Betty Leonard (Retired)
June 24 Wade & Sandra Locy (Thaxton)
June 27 Charles & Irene Stinson (55 yrs) (Retired)
June 29 Michael & Connie Cox (Suck Spring)

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

NEWS FLASH! Rebekah Overstreet will lead the Quilting Camp this year— August 4-8.

Strawberry Baptist Association WMU Annual Meeting Minutes

1. The 125 th Annual Meeting was held at Mentow Baptist Church on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:30 a.m. Lois Stevens, Director, welcomed those in attendance and opened the meeting with prayer. Our meeting was primarily to prepare food packs for “Stop Hunger Now.” While the men were unloading the supplies, we had a brief business meeting. A flyer was handed out which included the Treasurer’s Annual Report, Recommendations from the Executive Board, Proposed Budget 2014-2015, and the Proposed Leadership Team for 2014-2015. (These will be published next month.)

2. Lynne Stebbins read the following recommendations from the Executive Board:

a. Apply the offering received at this annual meeting toward the cost of the meal packaging event with the “Stop Hunger Now” organization.

b. Host another Ministers/Spouses Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, October 16, 2014, with churches providing the meal.

These were approved as read.

3. An offering was collected for the “Stop Hunger Now” project, which totaled $326.00.

4. It was mentioned that someone is needed to lead the quilting camp this summer.

5. Lois thanked Mentow Baptist Church for hosting the Annual Meeting. There were ten churches represented, with 42 in attendance. The following churches were represented: Bedford Baptist, Bethlehem, Flint Hill, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Palestine, Quaker, Sedalia, and Timber Ridge. There were three visitors, the men who helped out by carrying the heavy bags and boxes and keeping the “filling stations” well-stocked. Thanks to William Stevens, Chuck Stebbins, and John Woodford for their assistance.

6. When the food was ready for packing, we gathered in the fellowship hall, and received instructions as to how to pack the food bags. There were five stations filling the bags with packets of seasoning, soy, vitamin and spice supplement, and rice. Each item had to be measured and put in the bag in a specific order. There were others who weighed the packets and either added or took away rice to make each packet weigh the same. Others sealed the packets, and others packed them in boxes. A couple of runners transferred packages from filling stations to weighing stations to sealing stations. It took us less than two hours to package 10,000 meals!

7. After this event, Carol Brown read about the missionary of the week from the Mission Mosaic Magazine, and also read the list of missionaries who have birthdays this day. She then led in prayer for the missionaries, for the packets we just prepared, and for the lunch to follow.

8. During lunch, we finished business. A motion was made to accept the current officers for the coming year. It was seconded and approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Stebbins, Secretary/Treasurer

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.

“Church is the only society in the world that exists solely for its non-members.”

—Archbishop Temple (1881-1944)

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Items for the next newsletter
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