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Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35 NLT

What Would Jesus Do?

In Charles Sheldon’s book “In His Steps” we find ourselves in the town of Raymond where life is much like it is in other towns around the country. People have responsibilities and go about their busy affairs day in and day out. Sheldon introduces us to many of the upstanding and church-going citizens of the community, and we get a peek into who they are, what they think, and the role religion has on their experience.

Before too many pages, though, we notice a haunting theme. In spite of all of their religious activity and good-sounding words they have completely missed the heart of what it means to follow Jesus. They are a modern example of the busy men in the Samaritan story who see the hurting man lying by the side of the road bleeding and unconscious from his wounds. “Poor man, something should be done for him,” they think as they cross over to the opposite side of the highway to hurry on to their next important appointment.

A few of the folks in Raymond are challenged by their own inconsistencies. “How is it that we say one thing, yet do quite another?” They begin to ask themselves a very simple question when faced with choices and challenges in their daily lives. “What would Jesus do?” It becomes a useful tool that transforms religious people who enjoy pursuing good things into godly people who hunger to allow Christ to live through them.

“I have been mistreated by someone.” How would Jesus react ?

“I just don’t get along with certain folks.” How would Jesus relate to them?

“Some very ugly things have been said in our business sessions and church gatherings.” What would Jesus say?

“People from far away places move into my community and seek out help and friendship.” What would Jesus do?

“The fields are white unto harvest, but I am unwilling to step into the fields.” Where would we find Jesus?

“I am critical of my brothers and sisters and don’t mind telling others how I feel.” What would Jesus think of such attitudes and words?

“I see hurting people everyday, and I do hope someone helps them, but I am very busy taking care of my own needs.” What would be Jesus’ command?

To be hearers of the Word only and fail to flesh out the love of Christ by our deeds pitifully misses God’s design and purpose. All of our thoughts, words, and actions should be carefully measured by the standards the Lord has set before us. We will be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Love is always patient, love is always kind, love is never envious or vaunted up with pride. Nor is she conceited, and never is she rude, never does she think of self or ever get annoyed. She never is resentful, is never glad with sin, but always glad to side with truth, whene’er the truth should win. She bears up under everything, believes the best in all, there is no limit to her hope, and never will she fall.

What would Jesus do? He would love!

Steve Manuel
The Spirit of SBA, September 2002

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.

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.

Wedding Anniversaries

Oct 7 Bish & Donna Creel (Beaverdam)
Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)
Oct 9 Monroe & Tammy Baldwin (Diamond

Focus on Our Family

Flint Hill’s pastor, Rev. Mark Oblinger, recently returned from a mission trip to Nicaragua.

Hunting Creek is planning a luncheon to celebrate 50 years of Library Ministry which was started in September 1962 by Bernice Tanner Yoder. Gratitude is offered to all those who have served faithfully to help make this ministry the success it has grown to be.

In July, Hunting Creek’s food pantry served 72 people.

Quinn Day, Hunting Creek’s Youth Pastor reports that five students, three adults, and one child attended Camp Snowbird in Andrews, NC. Although we reveled in the thrills of whitewater rafting, giant zip-lines, horseback riding, and skeet shooting, the greatest marvel, the most joyous thrill came through the messages and testimonies of the Snowbird staff. Their teaching was biblically sound and Holy Spirit led—a time of true spiritual refreshment for the group.

A Women’s Day Retreat, “Seasoned to Serve,” will be held at the Glenwood Center, Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Janet Rose Campbell, Teakwood Women’s Ministry. Donations will be taken for Mentow’s youth project, a meal packaging event for Stop Hunger Now.

There will be a Youth Tent Revival at Mentow on Saturday, October 10, 5:30-8:00 p.m. The evening will kick off with a weenie roast followed with praise & worship featuring Pier 19. The keynote speaker will be Christopher Haymes, evangelist from Boiling Springs, NC.

Mentow will have Homecoming on Sunday, October 21. The speaker will be Dr. Bert Browning, who served as pastor from 1979-1984. Revival services will be held each evening, Sunday-Wednesday, October 21-24. Dr. Browning will be the speaker.

Mount Hermon will complete its year-long 225th anniversary celebration with homecoming on Sunday, October 7. Fred Anderson of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society will be the guest speaker for worship service; special music will include the Little Mountain Boys and others; and a fellowship luncheon will be served.

Palestine’sHearts for the Harvest presents “ Tex-Mex Night” on Saturday, October 13. A silent auction will start at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6, and a live auction at 7. Call the church office (540.297.4442) for advance tickets of $15 single and $25 couple. Proceeds used for mission projects.

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 be served.

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

Emergency Generator Class

On Saturday, September 8, 8 a.m.-12 Noon, the Baptist Builders of Quaker will be conducting a class on emergency and standby generator systems. Presenters will be Paul DeCicco, recently retired from GE, and Charles Stebbins, certified OSHA 1926 Outreach Trainer. An Information/Registration form is included in September newsletter packets & is available on SBA‘s website. For more info, call 540.297.5151 or email Registration is requested but not required. A light breakfast will be served from 7:00-7:45.


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)
Oct 27 Greg Soult (Mentow)
Oct 29 Todd Childers (Norwood)

Church Ministry Anniversary

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 : Bedford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in September; Thaxton will lead them in October. Thaxton will host the September birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Timber Ridge will host it in October.

3rd Annual Ministers/Spouses Dinner
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Trinity Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Child care & snack supper provided
for children up to 12 years of age

RSVP with names (& ages of children) of those attending to 540.586.8345 or by Thursday, October 4.

Correctional Center Christmas Gift Ministry, a ministry that’s been operating almost every year since the Correctional Center opened in 1998. Your faithful support allows us to continue providing practical and much-needed gifts each Christmas. We thank you on behalf of more than 1200 inmates.

Below are gift items approved for our ministry for 2012. With regard to hygiene items, please note that (1) alcohol content is not a problem; (2) substitute products are not permitted; and (3) size limitations cannot be exceeded.

Hygiene Item Packets (please place in a gallon sized zip lock bag)
One individually wrapped toothbrush
One tube of toothpaste not to exceed 6 oz.
One deodorant stick ( no spray or roll-on) not to exceed 2.4 oz
One bottle of lotion not to exceed 15 oz.
One bottle of shampoo not to exceed 15 oz.

Greeting Cards and Stationery Items
Greeting cards for all occasions, including Christmas and Hanukkah
Stationery items (envelopes, writing paper)
Postage stamps (please donate the Forever type)
One wooden pencil (unsharpened)

Money Contributions
For donors who wish to contribute money, please make your checks payable to Chaplain Julie Perry, write “Christmas Gift Program” in the memo section, and mail it to her at the Correctional Center.

Delivery of Gift Items
Please mail or deliver items to either the Correctional Center or Effort Baptist Church for arrival no later than November 30. For deliveries, please give advance notification to Chaplain Perry or the Effort Church Office (434.589.8962) as appropriate.

Mailing addresses:
Chaplain Perry, Christmas Gift Program
Fluvanna County Correctional Center for Women
PO Box 1000
Troy, VA 22974

Nancy & Ron Switzer, Inmate Christmas Gift Program
Effort Baptist Church
7820 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Palmyra, VA 22963

Shipping address:
Chaplain Perry, Christmas Gift Program
Fluvanna County Correctional Center for Women
Route 250 West, 144 Prison Lane
Troy, VA 22974

In His Name,
Ron & Nancy Switzer

Willie Mae Byram

Chaplain Julie Perry
434.984.3700 ext. 4079

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, SBA churches will begin their second decade of ministry to the thousands who attend Bedford City’s CenterFest Street Festival. It’s not too late to volunteer to pass out complimentary water or lemonade, monitor the Baby Care Station, or prayer walk. Three to five people are needed to man the booth for each hour—there‘s no limit on prayerwalkers. 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.

10:00 -11:00 a.m. .... Mt. Zion
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon .. Flint Hill
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. ....... Bethlehem
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. ............. Beaverdam
5:00-6:00 p.m. ............. Morgans


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.

"Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others." —William Allen White (1868-1944)

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