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Susan shares ...Our 2014 Summer Music Camp was entitled What's Up Zak? A Musical Encounter with Jesus. We learned several lessons from Zacchaeus and Bartimaeus when they encountered Jesus such as:

  • When Jesus comes into our lives—He changes everything.
  • Through our actions we can show others how Jesus changes us.
  • We should love one another as Jesus loves us.
  • If we remain in Jesus, we will be able to accomplish great things for God.

One dialogue near the end of the program contains some great insight from Bartimaeus and the Yes Men—“We should do whatever it takes to see Him! We should call His name, no matter how many people tell us to be quiet! We should climb a tree, if that’s what it takes! Maybe we can see Jesus everywhere, in every place and every person, if we just open our eyes!”

These are lessons we can ALL learn if we haven’t already! They are good reminders of how we can keep our eyes focused on Jesus in our journey through life.

There were 12 different churches represented from our area, and 23 campers participating in the musical. Many thanks to the following folks who gave of their time and talents to lead in our camp: Connie Dixon, Pete Kirby, Sandra Locy, Julia Manley, Eric Mansfield, Judy Mansfield, Barbara Peterson, Rachel Purdue, Betty Smith, Lois Stevens, David Thomas, Evelyn Wade, Martha Williams, and Connie Woodroof. Bob Humphreys and Rev. Tim Wilgus graciously agreed to play adult roles in the presentation. Many others made food donations for our reception after the musical presentation or helped with the production in some way. All efforts were greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Esther Woodford for everything she does each year to ensure the success of the music camp. Also, many thanks to Bedford Baptist Church for hosting the camp once again.

Esther’s turn... For 10 years—a whole decade—1/10th of a century, Susan Batten-Bell has directed SBA’s Summer Music Camp! Her musical ability, creativity, enthusiasm, and boundless energy combine to provide a fun-filled and exciting week of camp . We are blessed by her willingness to share her gifts and by Bedford Baptist’s willingness to share her with us each year.

Click here for more Music Camp pics.

   Saturday, September 27, 2014

Last call for servants for CenterFest. We still have openings from 4-5 p.m. and from 5-6 p.m. (Three to five people are needed for each hour.)

Focus on Our Family

In August, Big Island had one baptism and two new members join our church family...Deacon Ordination Service...monthly Church Fellowship Meal...Food for Friends delivered boxes to area residents...Youth sponsored a “Back-to-School Bash” and invited other youth groups in the community for a night of fellowship, games, food, and a movie!

Upcoming events for September: The Annual Church Picnic will be on Saturday, September 6, at the pavilion next door to the church—music by Lynch Station's Men Choir at 3 p.m. and meal served at 5 p.m.—a great time of fellowship. On Saturday, September 13, at 7 p.m., Gail Mabe will share about her mission trip to Guatemala at our church. Everyone's invited!

Flint Hill voted recently to call Dr. Wayne Sellers as pastor, effective October 1, 2014. A native of Covington, Virginia, Wayne earned a Doctor of Ministry degree, with a concentration in pastoral ministry, from Bethany Bible College and Theological Seminary in Alabama. He has pastored churches in the Natural Bridge, Highlands, Roanoke Valley, and Strawberry associations. He and his wife Joy reared two sons, Thomas (deceased) and Troy. They have lived in the Roanoke Valley since 1990.

The children at Radford’s Bible School this summer collected $677 for the Serving His Children mission in Uganda. The money was used to purchase food as well as 27 Bibles on MP3 players to be used at the mission so that natives can hear the gospel in their own language as many of the ladies cannot read. The children also collected 325 cans of food for the Agape Center.

Eileen Bach just returned from Uganda after spending eight months there assisting her sister, Rene, with the Serving His Children ministry

Beginning in September, a team of six will be conducting a Good News Club at Dudley Elementary School in Franklin County for six weeks.

Shady Grove will be celebrating their 155 year Homecoming on September 28. Rev. Bill Mitchell will bring the morning sermon with special music and special guest soloist Charlotte Creasy. An afternoon potluck lunch at the Pavilion will follow. Paper products and drinks will be provided. We will return to the sanctuary at 2:30 p.m. for a spirit filled concert performed by the gospel group Revelation. A wonderful day of Christian fellowship—seeing old friends and recognizing various groups and people who have faithfully served Shady Grove. So come and plan on spending the day.

September 2014 SBCV & SBA Mission Project

Help collect No. 2 pencils and notebook paper to be divided equally among the 14 elementary schools in Bedford County—Bedford, Big Island, Body Camp, Boonsboro, Forest, Goodview, Huddleston, Moneta, Montvale, New London Academy, Otter River, Stewartsville, Thaxton, Thomas Jefferson.

Please have items at the SBA office by Tuesday, September 30, 2014, or you may call Kim Kirby at 540-330-8071 or email to pick up at your church.

SBA’s 238th Annual Meeting

Sedalia Baptist Church
Monday, October 27, 2014
(Sessions at 4 & 7 p.m.)

The 5:30 p.m. catered meal will be served in the fellowship hall of the church. As soon as it’s available we will email Pastors/Leadership Team Representatives information on the cost of the meal and the reservation deadline.

Annual Church Profile (ACP) material is now being distributed and is due back in the SBA office by Thursday, October 9. Also, clerks are asked to provide names of messengers to the 2013 SBA Annual Meeting with ACP info or enter them at the church’s SBDS website by Thursday, October 9. (These names will be used to create registration lists as well as name tags for messengers to pick up when they register at the meeting.)

If your church has not submitted the name of its 2014/2015 lay Regional Representative who will also serve as the Representative to the Leadership Team, please do so as soon as possible. The Nominating Committee would like to have this info in order to coordinate ministry assignments for publication and election at the annual meeting.


Sep 1 Mike Jones (Sedalia)
Sep 12 Michael Cox (Suck Spring)
Sep 12 David Henderson (Bedford)
Sep 25 David Timma (Quaker)
Oct 15 Chuck Williams (Bethlehem)
Oct 18 Robert Auxier (Walnut Grove)
Oct 27 Greg Soult (Mentow)
Oct 29 Todd Childers (Norwood)

Wedding Anniversaries

Sep 24 Mark & Debbie Beck (Thaxton)
Oct 7 Bish & Donna Creel (Beaverdam)
Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)
Oct 9 Monroe & Tammy Baldwin (Diamond Hill)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

Sep 1 Philip Ayers (Pastor/30 yrs/Glade Creek)
Oct 25 Marc Reynolds (Pastor/5 yrs/Mount Olivet)

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A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Round Tree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.7409

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.

Church WMU Directors: To access the Church Missions Mailing List as well as the Annual Report of the Church Director to the Associational WMU Director (due by September 1 or at church year end), go to (For the Church Missions Mailing List form just mark through 2013-2014 and replace it with 2014-2015.) If you don’t have computer access, you may pick up copies of both forms at the SBA Office.

5th Annual Ministers/Spouses Dinner
Thursday, October 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m.,
Trinity Baptist Church
Care provided for children up to 12 years of age.

Women’s Get-Away
November 7-8 or 8-9, 2014
Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Keynote Speaker
Chris Patch, Worship Leader
Eagle Eyrie Conference Center

WMUV Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
(between Get-Away sessions)
Candy Phillips, Speaker

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.

Discontent is the penalty we must pay for being ungrateful for what we have.

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 Monday, September 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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