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I Can Hardly Wait!

We are less than four weeks away from Bedford's CenterFest 2003! Have all the arrangements been made for your church to join us for this extraordinary day of fun, fellowship, and ministry? Just imagine, on the last Saturday of September over 15,000 people will descend upon Centertown from all over the region! Our residents get to shine and show off their very best to the interested visitors.

Mission Trip to France

Interested in participating on a Mission Trip to France September 20-29? During the day the team will prayer walk and distribute gospel material in mailboxes. At night the team will participate in evangelistic services at Le Chesnay Baptist Church in the suburb of Versailles (southwest of Paris). Approximate cost per person of $1,600 includes airfare, hotel, meals, travel in country, and insurance. If interested, contact Kathy L. Smith, 540-297-9283, as soon as possible. Additional participation is dependent on airline seats available and a valid passport. Those signed on are: Daisy Ferguson, Allison Carver, Eve Goode, Kathy Smith (Palestine), and Kathy Wheeler (Mineral Springs).

If you could help support the team financially, send your contribution to the Strawberry Association Office and mark it "France Mission Trip." Your financial and prayer support is greatly appreciated.

Bibleman Returns!

Bibleman has unfinished business in the Southwest Virginia area and will be coming to the Roanoke Civic Center on Saturday, September 6, 2003, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will utilize our counselors, ushers, security, and a host of other volunteers. The Festival Children's Committee, who is anxious and ready to go, will be leading in the planning of this exciting event.

Please be praying and planning to bring as many children as possible to the Roanoke Civic Center, Saturday, September 6. We encourage you to implement Operation Andy through your church. Ask children to pray and invite their friends that do not know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Our work is not finished. Let's rock our area for Jesus! n

Have You Considered...

We are in need of more ESL teachers. If the Lord has been speaking to you about becoming part of this important ministry opportunity, please give us a call. We want to help you prepare and get started. You may contact either Winnie Agee at 540-586-3555 or the Association office at 540-586-8345. If you prefer, e-mail Winnie at or the SBA at

Notes from Judy

Music Leaders Luncheon
(Directors, accompanists, leaders of children's choirs, etc.)
Monday, September 8, 2003, 12:30 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church

Bring a bag lunch and drink and join us. This will be a time of fellowship and sharing of ideas and support.

Etc., Etc., Etc.

In early August, Mentow Baptist Church sponsored the first annual Youth Fest at the Huddleston Ruritan Center. Even though the forecast called for rain and the skies threatened us the entire day, we didn't get chased indoors until the last hour or so of the program. Despite the rain, we had representation from 7 churches and approximately 100 people attending.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-2956

Women on Mission: Bedford will provide devotionals at Oakwood Manor in September; Beaverdam/Diamond Hill will provide them in October, November, and December. Thaxton will host the September birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Timber Ridge will host it in October.

WMU Church Leader Training
Saturday morning, September 6
Bedford Baptist Church
Registration: 9:30-10:00
Workshops: 10:00-11:30
Wrap-up: 11:30-Noon
Informational workshops will be offered in the following areas:
CASA, led by Judy Burnette and Hollie Jennings
Dorcas, led by Janice Monroe
English as a Second Language, led by Winnie Agee
Parish Nursing/At Home Ministries, led by Linda Lee

Women on Mission Getaway
Identical sessions, November 7 & 8
and November 8 & 9, 2003
Esther Burroughs is the keynote speaker, and her husband, Bob, is leading the music. The theme: Imagine...A Fresh Wind in My Sails. Registration at Eagle Eyrie opens on August 1.

Baptist Women's World Day of Prayer
Sedalia Baptist Church
Monday, November 3, 2003
10 a.m.-12 Noon
(Lunch provided)
RSVP to Rachel Hudson at 434-299-5325

SBA's Mission

Under the Lordship of Christ, to equip, support, and involve our family of churches in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of a changing community and world.

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Focus on Our Family

Bedford, affiliated with the SBC and CBF, is seeking a part-time Minister to Youth and Children. Send résumés to the church at 1516 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523.

Diamond Hill held a memorial service on May 26 in which they honored all veterans present and remembered those who are no longer with us. In memory of all veterans, the church took a love offering of $1,035 which was donated to the D-Day Memorial Fund. The veterans of Diamond Hill did a great job putting the program together!

Baptist Men on Mission
Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523 v 540-587-8962

CANCELLED: Men's Ministry Training at Bedford Baptist on Saturday, September 6.

SBCV Disaster Relief Training Event
Friday, October 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cave Spring Baptist Church
4873 Brambleton Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24018

Introduction to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Introduction to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Unit Training (Shower)

Cost is $10 per person. To register or receive more information, contact Cave Spring Church or the SBCV office at 888.234.7716.

This training is one part of the October 10-11 SBCV

Wedding Anniversary

October 15 Bruce & Dodie Barrett (Suck Spring)


October 8 Norman Gooding (Retired)
October 11 Rick Dellinger (Music Evangelist)
October 16 Grover Stevens (Quaker)
October 21 Daniel Wheeler (Radford)
October 24 Ken Butterworth (Diamond Hill)


We express our sympathy to the family, friends, and students of Mary Ann Johnson, one of our ESL teachers, who went to be with the Lord on August 16.

Have You Considered...

We are always looking for brethren interested in supporting our ministries through prayer. If you would like to become one of our Internet prayer warriors, simply send your name to us at

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.   --Stephen R. Covey "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

Please have items for the October newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, September 21.

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