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Parting Words

We've heard Acts 1:8 countless times before. In fact, most of us have memorized these familiar words that become especially popular during a missions emphasis. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

CenterFest 2003

On September 27, Bedford will once again celebrate CenterFest. Last year, for the first time, Strawberry Baptist Association participated in the event by setting up our own booth. We served nearly 3,000 people as we offered free water and lemonade, a baby changing table, puppet shows, and more. This year we want to do even better. With your help we can!

Bibleman Returns!

Bibleman has unfinished business in the Southwest Virginia area and will be coming to the Roanoke Civic Center on Saturday, September 6, 2003, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will utilize our counselors, ushers, security, and a host of other volunteers. The Festival Children's Committee, who is anxious and ready to go, will be leading in the planning of this exciting event.

Please be praying and planning to bring as many children as possible to the Roanoke Civic Center, Saturday, September 6. We encourage you to implement Operation Andy through your church. Ask children to pray and invite their friends that do not know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Our work is not finished. Let's rock our area for Jesus! n

Have You Considered...

We are in need of more ESL teachers. If the Lord has been speaking to you about becoming part of this important ministry opportunity, please give us a call. We want to help you prepare and get started. You may contact either Winnie Agee at 540-586-3555 or the Association office at 540-586-8345. If you prefer, e-mail Winnie at or the SBA at

We are always looking for brethren interested in supporting our ministries through prayer. If you would like to become one of our Internet prayer warriors, simply send your name to us at

Out of Office

The Administrative Assistant will be on vacation from June 30 through July 3.

YouthFest 2003

Youth who are not attending YEC are invited to participate in YouthFest 2003 at Huddleston Ruritan Field on Saturday, August 2, 2003 . Mentow Church is hosting this event at the Huddleston Ruritan Field on Saturday, August 2.

The objective of YouthFest is to "reach out" to our youth community by providing an opportunity for all youth to come together for an afternoon of games, food, entertainment, music, and testimony. We ask that you pray that we might find ways to reach unsaved youth, and we ask that you pray about your own possible involvement. By giving a few hours of your time on August 2, you could positively influence a young person's life forever.

We're still in the planning stages but will soon be moving into the "recruiting people to help" stage. We will be providing additional details and a meeting date to youth workers in SBA churches in the next few weeks.

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

Women on Mission: Timber Ridge will provide devotionals at Oakwood Manor in July; Rainbow Forest will provide them in August. Radford will host the July birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Morgans will host it in August.

Mentow's GA's recently completed a project to raise money for the Miller Home in Lynchburg. Together with some of the girls from the Home, the GA's drew pictures for note cards. The pictures were then taken to Seckman Printing where the note cards were produced. The GA's spent several months selling packages of cards. On June 1, the girls of the Miller Home were invited to Mentow to join the GA's for a celebratory party, during which a representative of the Home was presented with a check for $1,225-an amazing accomplishment for a group of outstanding girls!

Contact Rebekah Overstreet if you would be willing to serve as an Ambassador for CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center.

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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Focus on Our Family

In observance of Memorial Day, Bethlehem collected a $110.00 love offering to be given to the D-Day Memorial.

Baptist Men on Mission
Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523 v 540-587-8962

Carpenters On Mission...Bluefield College needs mission teams to help in the renovation of the old presidents home to be used for missionary housing when repaired. Work includes: Removing kitchen cabinets, old carpet, radiators, and some piping. Put OSB board on upstairs floors, repair walls, and paint. Replace fascia and soffit boards, scrape, and paint trim. Mission teams of all ages can be used. For housing and meal information, phone Bluefield College at 276-326-3682. For questions concerning construction phone Paul McDaniel at 540-977-2168.

Park Slope Community Church in Brooklyn, NY, is constructing a building to serve as housing for missions volunteers who partner with the church members in ministry. Contact person is David White, 718-768-0078. Address is Park Slope Community Church Corner of 5th Ave. and 21st St., Brooklyn, NY 11220 Persons interested may contact Linda Terry, Glocal Missions and Evangelism Team, 800-255-2428, ext. 327, at the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.

Wedding Anniversaries

August 4 Tim & Ruby Dooley (Bethlehem)
August 9 Steve & Barbara Manuel (SBA)
August 12 Rick & Laura Mallory (Morgans)
August 12 Frank & Bobbie Schmitt (Trinity)
August 17 David & Donna Henderson (Bedford)
August 19 Dennis & Mary Moore (Beaverdam)
August 19 Bob & Mary Sherrill (Pecks)
August 20 Gary & Becky Fowler (Flint Hill)
August 20 Ed & Nancy Greer (Retired)
August 22 Grover & Mi Hwa Stevens (Quaker)
August 26 Mike & Edith Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
August 30 J.R. & Vickie Hume (Timber Ridge)

Religious Herald

The association office has a copy of the video, "What Is the Religious Herald?" It provides a fresh, dynamic presentation of Virginia Baptist's state paper and its importance, history, role, content, and future plans. Running time is 9 minutes. Give us a call if you would like to use it in your church.

Don't think you're on the right road just because it's a well-beaten path!   -Unknown

Please have items for the August newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, July 24.

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