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More Good than Harm

In the movie "What about Bob" which was filmed in the Bedford/Moneta area, Bill Murray's character Bob is a man struggling with numerous mental and emotional problems that leave him quite dysfunctional in daily life. His psychiatrist refers him to Dr. Leo Marvin, played by Richard Dreyfus, who seems to hold the key to a breakthrough.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-2956

Women on Mission: Palestine will lead devotionals at Oakwood Manor in June. Beaverdam will host the June birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home.

Earring Found! Following the WMU Annual Meeting at Sedalia, a French wire earring with a silver filigree bead and a black bead was found. Contact the association office if it's yours.

Dates/Events to Remember:
August: Christmas in August
September 11: WMU Annual Training
September 25: CenterFest
October 21: Annie Mae Broyles Group Meeting
October 25: SBA Annual Meeting, Trinity
January 10, 2005: Planning for WMU Annual Meeting-
February 2005: Focus on WMU
March 19, 2005: WMU Annual Meeting, Shady Grove
April 1-3, 2005: Acteen Weekender
April 30, 2005: Christmas in April

Many Thanks!

Many thanks to churches and individuals who faithfully support Strawberry Baptist Association through financial giving. During the month of April, a number of churches who give quarterly sent in their donations, making our receipts $34,362.69 for the first four months of 2004—that's $5,475.03 more than we had received for the same time period in 2003. We have hopes that after the associational missions week offering comes in, we will reach a point where receipts are greater than expenditures! If the last week of May was not convenient for your church to participate in the "One Dollar per Day per Member for Seven Days" emphasis, plan to do it when it better suits your church calendar.

Church Ministry Anniversary

July 20 Bryon LePere (Pastor/Big Island/1 yr.)

Town Meeting

We are grateful for the positive and encouraging participation of the churches and pastors who took part in our May 23 Town Meeting. During the gathering a number of pastors were in agreement that only to the extent that they support Association ministries and cultivate fellowship with one another will we experience the unity and sense of community needed by an association in order to work together in fruitful ministries. There was obvious concern regarding the weak support given by most of the churches over the course of the past number of years, and the broad consensus was that the Strawberry Baptist Association is still a very viable and worthy partnership that serves to encourage and support the local church and direct cooperative evangelism and mission tasks.

In the coming weeks and months it is hoped that those who attended the Town Meeting will help communicate accurate information to others so hearts will be challenged to become better servants and stewards within our mission field. Please make this a matter of prayer. We do not want to miss what God is doing or minimize the priority task we have been given as an Association of sister Baptist Churches.

Children's Music Day Camp
(Completed Kindergarten-Grade 5)

Rainbow Forest Baptist Church
June 21-25, 2004, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

"The Amazing Scripture Memory Maze" will be presented Friday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.

Registration fee includes curriculum, music & CDs, T-shirt, lunch & 2 snacks daily.
Registration by June 7: $30.00
Registration after June 7: $40.00

(For more info, see your church music leader, or call Susan Hunter at 540-977-1789.)

Click here for a full schedule in Word format

Focus on Our Family

Bedford celebrated the 90th birthday of GAs on Sunday, May 23. Former and current GAs were recognized, and Miss Alma Hunt was the guest speaker. Following the morning worship time, a covered dish meal was served in the church fellowship hall.

SBA's Mission

Under the Lordship of Christ, to equip, support, and involve our family of churches in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of a changing community and world.

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Do you have a passion for lost (non-Christian), homeless (no church home), or hurting (physical or financial problems) people??? Do you enjoy fellowship and fun with other Christians?? We need workers, prayerwalkers, and servants for CenterFest on Saturday, September 25, 2004. This is when the streets of Bedford will be crowded with over 25,000 people. Some have never heard of Jesus and how much he loves us. For more info or to volunteer, call Rita Calhoun, 540-297-5271, or email, This is a low cost ministry, but monetary support is greatly appreciated.

The Nominating Committee will meet soon to enlist leaders for the following areas for 2004-2005: Audit, Bible Teaching/Discipleship, Budget, Bylaws, Children/Youth, Christian Life, Evangelism, Mission Development, Mission Partnerships, Music, Personnel, Property and Grounds. If you or someone you know has a desire to serve in one of these areas, call the association office, 540-586-8345, by June 28.

Mission Opportunities

Interlaken, Switzerland, July 2-9, 2004, European Baptist Convention's (English-language churches) Summer Youth Camp. Needed: Nurse, Doctor, Sponsors/Counselors, and Teachers for Small Groups. Estimated cost is $1,500. Contact Kathy Smith, 540-297-9283, or Linda Terry, 800-255-2428, Ext. 327.

A construction team is needed to assist in the reconstruction of the chapel for a Baptist Church in Brno, Czech Republic. Church members will provide lodging and food in their homes. Dates for the trip will be July or August 2004 and team size is 8 to 10 adults. Estimated cost is $1,500.00 per person. (Cost includes airfare, insurance, visa application when necessary, and in-country costs for transportation, room, and board)

Adult Transformers! Williamsburg, VA, June 2-5, 2004. The $160 fee includes hotel lodging, meals, t-shirt, cap, and mission projects. $50.00 deposit per person due May 7. Contact Martha Washington, 800-255-2428, Ext. 274.


July 8 Ed Greer (Retired)
July 11 Bryon LePere (Big Island)
July 23 Harry Leland (Shady Grove)
July 31 Esther Woodford (SBA)

Wedding Anniversaries

July 1 Ken & Evelyn Butterworth (Diamond Hill)
July 10 Mike & Debbie Jones (Mount Olivet)
July 19 Bryon & Annie LePere (Big Island)
July 29 Tim & Rebecca Mathia (Mentow)
July 31 Jackie & Glynda Carver (Palestine)
July 31 Marc & Cari Jantomaso (River Rock)

What's important is not so much where we stand as in what direction we're moving.

Please have items for the July newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, June 23.

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163 West Main, Bedford, VA 24523
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