October 2002
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Joyful Trials

The pastor shared his heart. He was burdened. “I am so discouraged by what I see,” he sighed. “Our congregation is fractured; there are many who have either left the church or are considering leaving.” He went on to add, “Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear of someone complaining or gossiping about some one or some thing. And the truly sad part of the whole matter, most of the discord is over petty concerns and misunderstandings.”

2003 Proposed Budget

To see an online copy of our 2003 proposed budget, please click here.

Annual Meeting Reminders

Messengers should get their registration cards from church clerks or pastors by the middle of October. Please fill in name before arriving—it saves time for everyone. Visitors will register on arrival.

Cost of the meal is $8.50 per person. Checks should be payable to Morgans Baptist Church.

During the Memorial Service, each pastor or a church representative will give the names of members who have died during the past year. (These will be in the Book of Reports.)

Brotherhood/Men's Ministry
Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523 * 540-587-8962

The 2002 Stand Firm men's event will be held November 15 & 16, in Charlotte, NC. For more information contact Larry Ross or visit the LifeWay or NAMB sites.

For Men and Boys Mission Education resources, see the person in your church who gets the quarterly literature order form from LifeWay or go to, click on links, then click on North American Mission Board.

Prayer Warriors Needed

Would you be willing to become part of an Internet prayer team? The idea is to allow visitors to place a prayer request on our Website that would immediately be sent to This mailbox in turn would automatically and confidentially forward the requests directly to you. You would then add these items to your personal daily prayer time. Please consider the great need of this ministry. If you are willing to commit to prayer, let us know at

ESL Ministry

Since everyone enjoys a holiday celebration, Mexico’s Independence Day gave our ESL Ministry the excuse for a big bash at Bedford Baptist on September 16. Colors from each students’ country were used in the flags, banners, balloons, and streamers. Everyone enjoyed the feast of hot dogs with all the trimmings and big cakes decorated in Mexico’s colors. With a background of Mexican/Spanish music playing, it was truly a delight to see our guests’ faces as they spied a flag of their own country. Some even braved the heat to shoot baskets on the basketball court! What a joy and a blessing it is to be a part of this ministry.

At present, we have seven Spanish speaking students , one student from the Ukraine, and two from Russia.

—Edited version of a report by Mary Ann Johnson

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

Women on Mission: Beaverdam/Diamond Hill is leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in October, November, and December. Timber Ridge will host the October birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Pecks will host it in November. Sedalia is featured in the September issue of Missions Mosaic.

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2002 Annual Meeting

Two Hundred Twenty-Sixth Annual Session
Morgans Baptist Church
Monday, October 28, 2002
Sessions at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m.,
(Evening meal at 5:30)

koinonia \koy-nohn-ee'-ah\ n: partnership, that is, (literally) participation or benefaction:—(to) communicate, communion, distribution, fellowship.

Text: Philippians 2:1-2 NIV

Evening Message by Dr. Wayne Faison

Focus on Our Family

Hunting Creek recently honored their firemen and rescue workers with a special service and presentation of certificates. On Grandparents Day, they recognized the grandparent with the oldest, the youngest, and the most grandchildren present. A reception for grandparents was held following the evening service.

Mentow will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, October 27. The Daren Davis family will be our special guests.


November 1 - Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
November 3 - Gilbert Profitt (Retired)
November 21 - Judy Edwards (Bedford)
November 25 - Meda Hicks (Retired)
November 28 - Elmer Sellers (Retired)

Wedding Anniversaries

November 28 Joe & Willodene Prince (Retired)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

November 11 Philip Day (Pastor/Mountain View/1 yr.)
November 16 Nick Shaffer (Pastor/Radford/5 yrs.)

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.

I take as my guide the hope of a saint:
In crucial things, unity—
In important things, diversity—
In all things, generosity.

—Inaugural Address of President George Bush

Please have items for the November newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, October 24.

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