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What’s so important about the local church?

The local church is the place people regularly meet the living God. God, of course, is not confined to Georgian buildings, the kept mascot a private elite trots out once a week for purposes of obeisance. But God, like you or me, shows up where he is invited and welcomed. That is more likely to happen at your church than at a soccer match or on your deck with the Sunday morning paper in your mitts.

The local church is a place where some pretty basic human needs are met. Abraham Maslow placed food and water near the top of our hierarchy of needs, and I don’t know of a Baptist church that doesn’t make eating their third ordinance. But other human hungers are fed through your church—the yearning for friendship, encouragement, a helping hand in a crisis, a listening ear. Churches are communities of caring. Before substituting the golf course for Sunday morning worship you may want to ask the golf pro if he is willing to perform your funeral or officiate at your daughter’s wedding.

The local church is a place where discipleship is modeled. Not everyone at your church or mine gives you an idea what a Christian looks like, but watch folks closely and you will see more than one whose walk and talk bears some resemblance to Jesus. When it comes to following Jesus no one is perfect, but churches have a few folks who seem to be taking discipleship seriously. These role models hang around church more than the mall.


Aug 29 Marc Reynolds (Mt. Olivet)
Sep 01 Mike Jones (Sedalia)
Sep 11 Seaburn Daniel (In Memoriam)
Sep 12 Michael Cox (Suck Spring)
Sep 12 David Henderson (Bedford)
Sep 21 Mark Flores (Mt. Hermon)
Sep 25 David Timma (Quaker)
Sep 26 Grant Harbridge (Bethlehem)

Wedding Anniversaries

Aug 07 Vernon & Wanda DeLong (Trinity)
Aug 07 David & Suzann Timma (Quaker)
Aug 12 Rick & Laura Mallory (Morgans)
Aug 17
David & Donna Henderson (Bedford)
Aug 19
Dennis & Mary Moore (Retired)
Aug 20
Gary & Becky Fowler (Retired)
Aug 20 Ed & Nancy Greer (Retired)
Aug 26 Mike & Edith Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Sep 11 Rick & Cheri Dellinger (Music Evangelist)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

Aug 1 Grant Harbridge (Pastor/1 yr./Bethlehem)
Sep 18 David Timma (Pastor/5 yrs./Quaker)

CenterFest 2011

Our SBA churches are invited to minister to the thousands who will attend Bedford City’s CenterFest Street Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2011. In our Lord’s name we pass out complimentary water or lemonade 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 Rita Calhoun at 540.297.5271 or email Three to five people are needed for each hour. Our time slots are being filled now—call to reserve your time.

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

Etc., Etc., Etc.

With the Fall 2011 semester, the Christian Leadership Network will offer Bible and ministry training classes at eight different sites in the region. College classes will be offered at Appomattox, Jonesville, Madison Heights, Martinsville, Nickelsville, Staunton, Roanoke, and Wise, while Masters classes will be offered in Roanoke. (Classes begin the week of August 22, 2011, and conclude the week of December 12. Fall Break is October 10-14.)

The courses offered in partnership with the John Leland Center, one of our Virginia Baptist education partners, allow persons to pursue 48 hours of undergraduate credit or 20 hours of Masters academic credit. Then, for students who wish to pursue a full Bachelors or Masters degree, agreements with other colleges and seminaries are in place to transfer Leland credits. All the while, students have the option of taking many of their classes closer to home. Students can also take individual classes and even audit a class.

For information/registration, simply contact the Christian Leadership Network at 540.977.2652 or 877.977.2652 (toll-free) or visit

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Focus on Our Family

Bethlehem will host the Staunton River Boys for a special song service on Sunday, August 14, 7 p.m. Everyone welcome!

Rev. Bryon LePere has resigned as pastor of Big Island church, effective July 20. He is now pastoring Buena Vista Baptist Church.

On Sunday, August 28, 5:30 p.m., Mentow will have a gospel sing followed by a hamburger cook out and ice cream with lots of yummy toppings—calories have NOT been removed!

Mount Olivet recently commissioned 4 adults and 12 youth to partner with World Changers in ministering and helping with house renovation in Portsmouth, Virginia. Grateful for the opportunity to be servants, they were excellent representatives of Christ and the church. The group experienced wonderful blessings and enjoyed being in the presence of God daily, with service, worship, praise, and prayer. Participants were Chloe, Jacob, & Megan Beisser; John & Johnny Delong; Ryan Martin, Caitlin Masterson, Madison, Morgan, & Tammy Meador; Keifer, Michelle, Olivia, Scott, & Spencer Pittman; and Cymber Stanley.

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

Women on Mission: Rainbow Forest will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in August. Bedford will lead them in September. Morgans will host the August birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Thaxton will host it in September. In July, the Sedalia Stars WMU group put together 18 backpacks filled with school supplies for “DC Children”—elementary, middle and high school students.

GA Leaders, please contact Teresa Waldron, 540.204.2298, our associational GA Consultant, about planning a GA event before school starts.

Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions
free to live
Offering goal: $1,167,500
Week of emphasis: September 11-18, 2011

The Alma Hunt Emphasis materials (prayer guides, offering envelopes, and posters) will be coming to you soon. This year the DVD will be in the pastor’s packet only. If you need an additional copy, please call the WMU office at 1-800-255-2428 or email WMU Directors should receive the packet by the first of August.

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 opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.”
—Jane Wyman, Actor

Help us all stay informed. If you have information about what's going on at your church, please share it with us. Items for the next newsletter should be written and in the association office by Wednesday, August 24.

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