MINUTES, Strawberry Baptist Association
Respectfully submitted, Lois S. Stevens, Clerk
Mr. Harold Wright reports that recently he had the opportunity to play the piano during worship at Bedford Baptist while the Minister of Music was on vacation. Don Toms had been approached about playing the organ and invited Mr. Wright to accompany him on the piano. For a number of years, Mr. Wright was a staple at the organ/piano for the Strawberry Association Annual Meeting.
Children’s Summer Music Camp
Strawberry’s tenth Children’s Summer Music Camp, concluded on Friday, July 26. During the week, the children, from Kindergarten through 8th grade, had musical experiences in singing, drama, bells, instruments, and crafts. On Wednesday afternoon, most of the children (along with chaperones) traveled to the Natural Bridge Zoo where we saw many descendents of the animals who sailed on the ark.
For a special project, children brought a new/gently used stuffed animal to be donated to the Bedford Community Christmas Station.
Focus on our Family
Flint Hill observed a Week of Home Missions from July 22-26. Each day members participated in the following mission projects: Roanoke Rescue Mission, Bedford Pregnancy Center, The Agape Center in Moneta, Bedford Christian Ministries, and Lakes Christian Ministries. Members were involved in working in the thrift stores, serving meals, painting, mulching, etc.
Flint Hill provided a community meal on Friday evening, July 12.
Revelation , a gospel quartet and band, will be in concert at Shady Grove on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Upward Sports is coming to Trinity! This flag football program will teach kids football fundamentals in a fun environment that emphasizes sportsmanship, self-esteem, and healthy competition. The family-friendly schedule—calls for one-hour games and one-hour practices each week! This is a no-contact league—tackling, blocking, stiff-arming or physical contact of any kind is not allowed. Practices will begin in August, and games will be played every Saturday for six weeks, beginning in September. The program is for Kindergarten through 3rd grade (girls & boys). There will be two leagues—K-1 and 2-3. Each child will have the chance to learn football skills and basics from positive and fun coaches. There will be evaluation days instead of tryouts. All kids make the team, and we will try to make the teams even. For more info, call Trinity @540.586.810 or go to www.Upward.org.
The Main Reasons People Leave a Church
[This column first appeared at www.ThomRainer.com]
Numbers of gifted persons and organizations have studied the phenomenon of the church “back door,” the metaphorical way we describe people leaving the church. And there will always be the anticipated themes of relocation or personal crises. We should recognize those issues, though we can respond to the latter more than the former.
But all the research studies of which I am aware, including my own, return to one major theme to explain the exodus of church members: a sense of some need not being filled. In other words, these members have ideas of what a local congregation should provide for them, and they leave because those provisions have not bee realized.
Certainly we recognize there are many legitimate claims by church members of unfulfilled expectations. It can undoubtedly be the fault of the local congregation and its leaders.
But many times, probably more than we would like to believe, a church member leaves a local body because he or she has a sense of entitlement. I would therefore suggest that the main reason people leave a church is because they have an entitlement mentality rather than a servant mentality.
Aug 29 Marc Reynolds (Mount Olivet)
A Place for You in WMU!
Women on Mission : Quaker 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. Recently, the WMU of Bethlehem made 26 pillowcases for the children’s area of Duke University Medical Center.
Beginner Quilting Camp
(Ages 8 & up)
Monday–Friday, August 5-9, 2013, 1-4 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church
There are still openings for this class. Registration fee is $15. If you have questions, contact Rebekah Overstreet at 540.586.2956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4th Annual Ministers/Spouses Dinner
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6 p.m.
Care provided for children up to 12 years of age.
T ime slots are being filled now—call to reserve your time. (Three to five people are needed for each hour.)
Aug 7 David & Suzann Timma (Quaker)
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.
To discover your real priorities, check your calendar, your checkbook, and even your trash can. It may be a real eye-opener!
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