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Are you making plans to be a part of CenterFest 2012? For decades Bedford has set aside the last weekend of September to host upwards of 25,000 visitors to our area. This is always a huge event with lots of crafts, art, and local flavor on display. A number of vendors will be on site to take care of the hungry participants, and thankfully, our Association will also have a booth where we will be privileged for the eleventh year to minister to thousands who will walk the streets of our Jerusalem. The parallels to Luke’s history in Acts 2 are amazing. Thousands of visitors to the city center who come into contact with a small group of Christ-followers who lovingly share their lives and message. What follows not only changes thousands of lives locally, but its impact is felt around the world for the next two thousand years.

We have the same Lord, the same Holy Spirit, the same message, and the same instruction from Christ to be His witnesses in Jerusalem. We invite you, your pastor, and your church to stand with us for a few hours on Saturday, September 29, to allow Christ the opportunity to use you to be a blessing to our city and a smiling servant to thousands of folks who will visit our booth and meet us in the streets.

Our volunteers serve up free cold water/lemonade; provide a baby care station for life’s little emergencies; and distribute literature. We also encourage churches to put together teams who will mingle among the crowd to meet neighbors, share who we are and what we are about, and spend time prayer walking the streets of Bedford. Take advantage of the time to promote special events in your own church. Invite these folks to a youth gathering, concert, sporting event, movie, or other unique presentation. Share how you can help families overcome difficulty and grow together.

Think about it! This is a built-in evangelism opportunity that comes to your door. We mustn’t ignore our own town when such a privilege presents itself. This is a wonderful way to meet folks, help them find their way around the booths, and offer to refresh them on a hot fall day. A smile, a kind word, a prayer, and a cup of cold water in the name of Christ will go a long way in building relationships among Christians, churches, and communities.

If you are willing to be a missionary for a day at the SBA booth, pray, or take part in the various street ministries, please contact Rita Calhoun, 540.297.5271 or, or the Association office at 540-586-8345 or Three to five people are needed for each hour at the booths. Our time slots are being filled now—call to reserve your time.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. .... Mt. Zion
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon .. Flint Hill
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. ....... Open
1:00-2:00 p.m. ............. Open
2:00-3:00 p.m. ............. Open
3:00-4:00 p.m. ............. Open
4:00-5:00 p.m. ............. Open
5:00-6:00 p.m. ............. Open

We also need volunteers who will assist with planning, set-up, and take-down.

Our service as witnesses must first begin at home if it is to be genuine and effective on the distant field. Please help us promote this “mission trip,” and come join your brothers and sisters for a fun and eventful day at CenterFest 2012!

The Campus Comes to You!

Partnering with the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, the Christian Leaders Link (formerly, The Christian Leadership Network) offers college-credit and Masters Bible classes in Southwest Virginia. These classes are ideal for ministers, those exploring a call to ministry, volunteer church leaders, or those who simply desire growth in their Christian walk.

Registration for the Fall 2012 semester is now open. For complete details and registration forms, visit Registration for fall 2012 semester classes will close on Friday, August 17.

If you have questions or need assistance with class registration, contact:

Gary Chapman, Director
Christian Leaders Link
877.977.2652 (toll free)
3835 Cundiff Drive
Roanoke, VA 24012

Focus on Our Family

Flint Hill is sponsoring a mission trip to Southwest Virginia the week of August 26-31.

A big THANKS to the churches who took up a special offering during Associational Missions Emphasis.

Messenger Representation at 2012 SBA Annual Meeting

Based on the Constitution that was adopted at last year’s Annual Meeting, the number of voting messengers has changed dramatically. Listed below is the number of elected messengers to which each church is entitled for the meeting: Beaverdam-3; Bedford 8; Bethlehem-2; Big Island-2; Diamond Hill-2; Flint Hill-6; Glade Creek-2; Hunting Creek-4; Mentow-6; Morgans-4; Mount Hermon-5; Mount Olivet-4; Mount Zion-2; Norwood-3; Palestine-5; Pecks-2; Quaker-4; Sedalia-2; Shady Grove-2; Suck Spring-4; Thaxton-2; Timber Ridge-4; Trinity-5; Walnut Grove-2. Please note: Only SBA officers are automatically messengers—all other messengers (including pastors) must be elected by their churches.

While the number of voting messengers has decreased, we want to encourage all who enjoy the fellowship and are interested in the mission and ministry of Strawberry Association to make plans to attend the meeting.

Click for a PDF of VBS Dates/Info


Jul 8 Ed Greer (Retired)
Jul 23 Harry Leland (Shady Grove)
Jul 31 Esther Woodford (SBA)
Aug 29 Mark Reynolds (Mount Olivet)

Wedding Anniversaries

Jul 18 Eldridge & Jennie Cullum (Thaxton)
Jul 31 Jackie & Glynda Carver (Palestine)
Aug 7 David & Suzann Timma (Quaker)
Aug 12 Rick & Laura Mallory (Morgans)
Aug 17 David & Donna Henderson (Bedford)
Aug 19 Dennis & Mary Moore (Retired)
Aug 20 Ed & Nancy Greer (Retired)
Aug 26 Mike & Edith Grooms (Rainbow Forest)

Church Ministry Anniversary

Jul 1 Michael Cox (Pastor/5 yrs/Suck Spring)
Aug 14 Mark Oblinger (Pastor/1 yr/Flint Hill)

Bedford Community Christmas Station

2012 Wish List

A building!
Pajamas in all sizes—infant through size 18 boys/girls
Sleep pants for teens—sizes small through 4XL
Coats—especially sizes 4-20 girls/boys
Hats/scarves/gloves/mittens—all sizes
Small appliances—coffee makers, can openers/hand mixers/etc.
Sets of pots & pans
Towel sets
Dolls of all kinds
Footballs/basketballs/soccer balls
Watches/cameras/Ipod docks/CD players/MP3 players
Lego sets/car sets
Art/drawing supplies
Paper products
Cleaning products
Personal care products—especially toothpaste/toothbrushes

For more information or to drop off a donation, please call 540.492.0382.

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A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.2956

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

Beginner Quilting Classes

(Ages 8 & up)

Monday–Friday, August 6-10, 2012, 1-4 p.m.

Bedford Baptist Church

Registration fee is $15, and deadline to register is Monday, July 9. If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with the classes, contact Rebekah or the SBA office.

3rd Annual Ministers/Spouses Dinner

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Trinity Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Care provided for children up to 12 years of age.

Church WMU Directors:

Each year the WMUV office asks that you submit a mailing list to provide accurate information about the missions leaders at your church. This list is used throughout the year to send information from the state office directly to these individual leaders. This same form also provides a place for you to request your offering supplies for the Alma Hunt, Lottie Moon, and Annie Armstrong Offerings.

To access the Church Missions Mailing List (due by August 1) as well as the Annual Report of the Church Director to the Associational WMU Director (due by September 1 or at church year end), go to (The Church Missions Mailing List can be filled in on your computer, saved as a file, and then attached to an email.) If you don’t have computer access, you may pick up copies of both forms at the Associational Office.

Esther sends a special thank you to the Sedalia Stars for the thoughtful birthday note and generous gift card.


Society of St. Andrew

Gleaning America’s Fields…

Feeding America’s Hungry

A new growing season is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to again be personally involved with providing food for the hungry in your area. In 2011, 1,545,275 pounds of fresh produce were gleaned, salvaged, and distributed by you, your group, and others in Virginia. This was an increase of 118,000 pounds over the 2010 gleaning season for the state of Virginia. Gleaning fresh fruits and vegetables is a shared experience with putting food on the table of those in our communities who are truly hungry.

Come and join us again for one of the most rewarding times of your life. There is a job for all ages and abilities. Visit for information about the gleaning season in Virginia, to register with the Gleaning Network, and to get a Waiver form which must be signed and brought to the field.



Children’s 2012 Summer Music Camp
Registration deadline: Monday, July 9
See your Pastor/Music Leader for registration
materials which were included in
June newsletter packets.
(Click below for the Online June newsletter and downloads.)

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.

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. —Victor Frankl (1905-1997)

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Items for the next newsletter
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