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Week of Prayer for State Missions & Offering

September 16-23, 2012

2012 Goal: $250,000

The Vision Virginia Week of Prayer for State Missions & Offering is a time to focus on praying for missions across the state. Join us this year in worshiping our Lord through praying and giving for missions. Thank you for giving to Vision Virginia over and above your tithes and Cooperative Program giving through your church.


Bedford Hospice Care Run

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 8 a.m., Bedford Hospice Care will host its annual 5K Run/Walk. This year we want to make it a family-friendly event. Therefore, this year’s race will be a Halloween themed event. In addition to the run/walk, there will be a children/family “monster march.” This will allow participants to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume while they “march” (walk) around the Bedford Memorial Hospital. During this time participants will “trick or treat” at the various vendors set up along the route who will hand out candy, literature, mementos, etc.

This is where you come in. We are asking you to be a vendor and come out and support our 5K by setting up a tent/booth and/or trunk or treat vehicle promoting your organization and partnering with us in our care for terminally ill patients and their families. We are also looking for race day sponsors. Sponsor logos are included in our advertising and race day shirt. Sponsorships start at $250. If interested in becoming a race sponsor please contact Chaplain Mark Flores at 540.587.6592 or Thank you for your support.


Children's Summer Music Camp

In July, we completed our eighth consecutive Children’s Summer Music Camp, directed by Susan Batten-Bell.

We appreciate Susan’s musical ability, creativity, enthusiasm, boundless energy, and willingness to share her gifts. We are also grateful for the many other volunteers who gave of their time and talents to touch lives with the joy and significance of music in sharing the gospel.

Leaders were Carolyn Craig, Michael and Connie Cox, Sandra Locy, Laura Mallory, and Mary Thompson. Helpers included Barbara Peterson, Evelyn Wade, John Woodford, and Laura Zaryczny. Rachel Mallory, Jessica Perkins, and Bailey Quarles served as student helpers; and Sam Hardy and Pete Kirby built the set. Thanks to Bedford Baptist for again allowing us to use their facilities, for sharing Susan with us, and for providing the delicious refreshments after Friday‘s wonderful presentation. We thank God for blessing the commitment and efforts of the children, the volunteers, and the parents/guardians who made the effort to share their children with us for the week.

There were 30 children enrolled, with Bethany Foster graduating this year. Activities included choir, drama, choreography, instruments, crafts, and snacks. Twelve churches were represented—Bedford Baptist, Bedrock Community, Grace Presbyterian, Holy Name of Mary Catholic, Living Water Ministries, Main Street United Methodist, Mentow Baptist, Morgans Baptist, Suck Spring Baptist, Thaxton Baptist, Timber Ridge Baptist, Trinity Baptist

Susan writes the following: ...Our musical this year was entitled “The Lost Boy—Young Jesus in the Temple.” This story is only found in the gospel of Luke. We know the story how after the Passover Feast, Mary and Joseph were returning home to Jerusalem and realized that Jesus was not with them so they return to Jerusalem and find him on the third day.

Even though the title is “The Lost Boy,” when we make modern day applications, we realize that all of us have been LOST at one point in our lives—when we didn’t have God’s love in our hearts. Perhaps as adults we “misplace” Jesus for awhile. When we start looking for Jesus, we find Him right where He’s been all along, and once again we celebrate our life in Christ.

God Moments Everywhere

Week of Prayer/Alma Hunt Offering
Virginia Missions

September 9-16, 2012

Offering Goal:

The annual offering for Virginia missions was named for Alma Hunt (1909-2008), a native Virginian who was known worldwide for her missions service and her unswerving dedication to the cause of Christ. Churches and individuals may contribute at any time.

The offering provides funding for all WMUV missions and ministries and makes possible other special ministries, outreach projects, and initiatives not funded through regular streams of giving (but uniquely connected to Virginia Baptists).

When you give to the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions, you are claiming God’s love for you and acting upon God’s command to give and to serve. Through this offering, you and others are able to do something special—to experience God Moments…Everywhere!

Please visit for more information about “Miss Alma” as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the offering.

Focus on Our Family

On June 24, Beaverdam voted to call Edward “Bish” Creel as their pastor. He has been serving in an interim capacity since June 2010.

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

Three members of Mentow recently returned from a week-long mission team to Nicaragua.

Mentow will host a community gospel sing followed by a hamburger/hot dog cookout on Saturday, August 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Quaker will have Homecoming on Sunday, October 14, 2012. Rev. Rick Schwab, former youth pastor at Quaker and current pastor of the church he planted in Michigan, will bring the message. A covered dish meal will follow the worship service.

Thaxton will host a yard and bake sale on Saturday, August 11, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., to benefit the Children’s Playground Fund.

On Sunday, October 7, Thaxton will host the Children of the World International Children’s Choir presented by World Help.


Aug 29 Mark Reynolds (Mount Olivet)
Sep 1 Mike Jones (Sedalia)
Sep 12 Michael Cox (Suck Spring)
Sep 12 David Henderson (Bedford)
Sep 21 Mark Flores (Mount Hermon)
Sep 25 David Timma (Quaker)
Sep 26 Grant Harbridge (Bethlehem)

Wedding Anniversaries

Aug 7 Vernon & Wanda DeLong (Trinity)
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 Anniversaries

Aug 14 Mark Oblinger (Pastor/1 yr/Flint Hill)
Sep 1 Phillip Kelley (Pastor/1 yr/Timber Ridge)

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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 : 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. Mentow’s Women on Mission is sponsoring their minister’s wife’s attendance at the Minister’s Wives Retreat at CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center, August 17-18.

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.

SBA’s 236th Annual Meeting

Flint Hill Baptist Church

Monday, October 29, 2012, sessions at 4 & 7 p.m.

The 5:30 p.m. meal will be provided by Flint Hill at a cost of $7.00 per person. The church would appreciate the clerk (or another individual from each church) calling 540.297.6783 with a meal count (messengers as well as others who plan to attend) no later than Monday, October 15. If necessary, leave a message.

WE NEED FOLK who are willing to sing in an Associational Choir for the 7 p.m. session of the meeting. Two rehearsals are scheduled—Sunday, September 16, and Sunday, October 21, both beginning at 3 p.m. and held in Flint Hill’s sanctuary. Please contact Valerie Holdren at 540.297.4262 or if you are willing to participate.

Thunder in the Hills Motorcycle Rally

Ride for Children’s Hospital, Roanoke
September 28-30, 2012
Eagle Eyrie, Lynchburg

Events include:
John Sines, Jr., in concert
Barbecue Dinner
Antique/Special Interest Car Show
Professional Riding Demonstrations
...and More

Event Info:
Randy Ashcraft, 804.366.8105 or

Lodging Info:
Eagle Eyrie, 434.384.2211;; or

Our SBA churches are invited to minister to the thousands who will attend Bedford City’s CenterFest Street Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2012. 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 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
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon .. Flint Hill
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. ....... Open
1:00-2:00 p.m. ............. Hunting Creek
2:00-3:00 p.m. ............. Palestine
3:00-4:00 p.m. ............. Open
4:00-5:00 p.m. ............. Open
5:00-6:00 p.m. ............. Open

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.

God’s plan for the world is not that the church will be saved. God’s plan is rather to use the church for the salvation of the world.

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
submitted by Wednesday, August 22.

Occasionally the administrative assistant has to close the SBA office for errands or meetings. Before coming by to drop off or pick up items, please call 540.586.8345 to be sure the office is open.

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