“What’s Up Zak?”
Our SBA churches are invited to minister to the thousands who will attend Bedford’s CenterFest Street Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014. In our Lord’s name we pass out complimentary water to all who visit our booth. We also provide a Baby Care Station which offers moms and dads a convenient and clean place to care for the needs of their small children. Some volunteers prefer prayer walking. If you have other ideas for sharing God’s love in this venue, contact the association office. Our time slots are being filled now—call to reserve your time. (Three to five people are needed for each hour.)
10:00-11:00 a.m. ......... Mt. Zion
NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP
SBA’s VISION: 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 fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment.
MISSION TOGETHER: The week of July 19-26, 2014, members of a couple of churches in our association will be on mission with Because We Care Ministries. We can join Mike Heflin and Davie & Hunter Woodford, Mentow; and Andrea Crawford, Pecks; as they serve the people of Nicaragua. They are asking for help with providing the following items for their ministry: Ball Caps, Flip-flops, T-shirts, Small Stuffed Animals.
Please deliver items to the SBA office by Thursday, July 10, or contact Kim Kirby at 540.330.8071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pick-up at your church. Your help with the project will be greatly appreciated.
Leadership Team Meeting Minutes
Strawberry Baptist Association
1. Rev. Vernon DeLong, Moderator, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
2. Rev. Bill Mitchell, Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, welcomed everyone, delivered a short devotional based on Luke 24, and led in prayer.
3. The Treasurer’s Report for the 2013 fiscal year as well as a report for January 1, 2014 - March 31, 2014, were distributed prior to the meeting. The report is on file in the Association Office. Click for PDF version of Summary Report.
4. There were no reports from the Ministry Area Coordinators or the Regional Representatives.
5. Mrs. Rebecca Jones, Chair of the Finance Committee, presented a recommendation from the Committee that the funds from the sale of the office building be invested until a decision is made as to how to spend the funds. The recommendation passed.
Focus on Our Family
Bethlehem’s VBS is Sunday-Friday, July 13-18. Kick-off is Sunday, 4-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, VBS will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday’s Family Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. The theme is Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind!
In May/June, Big Island celebrated its annual May Day for Stewardship, with a special worship and music service followed by a church family fellowship meal. The church celebrated three special recognition Sundays—mothers, graduates, and fathers; and conducted a Food for Friends mission project. The Vacation Bible School emphasis was Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides. The VBS mission project was to bring items to fill shoeboxes. The youth participated in an Adopt-a-Highway project and held a yard sale for youth missions and activities. God added six new members to the church family.
Mentow’s VBS, F.R.O.G.—Fully Rely on God, is Thursday, July 31-Saturday, August 2.
The Shepherd’s Staff will be in concert for Trinity’sFifth Sunday Sing on June 29, at the 11 a.m. worship service.
Walnut Grove’s VBS is July 13-18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The theme is Weird Animals. A graduation service will be Friday, July 18, with finger foods and fellowship to follow.
Beat the Odds is the theme for the area-wide youth event on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4-8 p.m., at the Falling Creek Gym. Evangelist Bob Holmes will be God‘s messenger for the evening. Go to http://www.meetbob.info/ to learn about this One-Man Volleyball Team. Again this year, the band Pier 19 will lead music worship. Our next planning meeting is Thursday, August 7, 7 p.m., in Mentow’s fellowship hall. For additional info, contact Kim Kirby at email@example.com or 540.330.8071.
A Place for You in WMU!
Women on Mission : Radford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in July; Quaker, in August. Radford will host the July birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Morgans, in August.
Radford has been extremely blessed with folks being involved in missions. Recently, Dennis Bach joined his sisters, Reneé Bach and Eileen Bach, in Uganda where they are involved with Serving His Children, an international mission which Reneé began a few years ago. While Dennis was in Uganda, he traveled with Jonathan Murphy, ministering to the IK People near Kaabong in N. Uganda. He also worked with three groups of pastors in a Bible Training Program near Kasese on the Congolese Border. Dennis and Jonathan worked with people in Kyangwall, a refugee settlement near Holma.
Trish Dillon went to Amman, Jordan, where she ministered to Syrian and Iraqi refugees by sharing the gospel, helping with feeding teams, and conducting mini-conferences at the church for both believers and non-believers.
Scott Rogers is currently serving in Melbourne, Australia, with the World Team Mission Board and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The goal is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. They focus on community development, literacy development, and church partnerships.
We look forward to leading worship services at Oakwood Manor in the month of July.
Beginner Quilting Camp
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Rebekah Overstreet at 540.586.2956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 6 Wade Locy (Thaxton)
July 28 Tim & Amy Wilgus (Thaxton)
Church Ministry Anniversaries
Aug 1 Susan Batten-Bell (Music Min./10 yrs/Bedford)
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