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"Now What?"

In the first chapter of Acts, the disciples gathered together after Jesus ascended back to Heaven. He had been crucified, buried, then arose from the grave. They had spent the last 40 days with Him, then He was gone! Now What?

We are in transition in the Strawberry Association. At this time, we do not have a DOM, most of the committees aren’t functioning properly, and finances are tight. Everybody’s wondering “Now What?

As churches, or as an association of churches, we can’t keep doing the same old thing in the same old way and expect different results. What we are doing and the way we have been doing it is not working—we are not reaching the people of Bedford County with the gospel.

Over the past nine months, the Self-Study Team has interviewed pastors and held a “Dessert & Dialogue” meeting with the Executive Board. Currently, we are holding regional meetings throughout the association in order to inform the people about what we have discovered so far and receive feedback from them. In response to “What’s important enough to keep?” we discovered several “Values.”

Annual Preach It! Teach It!

Monday, November 9, 10 a.m. to Noon
Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke
(Corner of US 220 and US 460. Phone: 540.977.5701)

If you are a minister looking for sermon ideas, or a Bible teacher who wants fresh insights, or if you simply want the refreshment of study in God’s Word, “Preach It! Teach It!” is the answer!

As in past years, the study is based on the upcoming January Bible Study material The 2010 study, Stories for Life: Parables of the Kingdom in Matthew, will lead to a better understanding of the kingdom of God as well as the parables in Matthew’s Gospel that focus on the kingdom. In addition, adults will discover how to enter and live in the kingdom as well as how to await its consummation.

Preach It! Teach It! will be facilitated by Dr. Bob Moore, pastor of Bonsack Baptist Church and one of the finest preacher/teachers among Virginia Baptists. There is no charge for the event. In addition, those who attend will receive Bob’s “special edition” study notes absolutely free! Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated. (Doing so, will aid Dr. Moore in providing the needed number of study notes.)

To register, contact the Christian Leadership Network, phone, 540.777.3014 or 866.223.9344 (toll-free), or email,

CenterFest 2009

Our Evangelism Team, along with servants from Flint Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Mt. Zion, Palestine, Quaker, and Thaxton, participated at our booths at CenterFest. Our spirit was not dampened by the rain—instead, we did what we could to show our Savior's love through the Child Care tent, handing out toys to the kids, and serving lemonade and water.

Special thanks to Flint Hill for the lemonade and to Stop In Food Store (Longwood Ave.) for the donation of ice.

—Rita & Julie, Co-Chairs of SBA’s CenterFest Team


Oct 11 Rick Dellinger (Music Evangelist)
Oct 24 Ken Butterworth (Diamond Hill)
Oct 28 Rick Foster (Timber Ridge)
Oct 29 Todd Childers (Norwood)
Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 23 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)

Wedding Anniversaries

Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)
Oct 29 Gary & Patricia Kingery (Mountain View)
Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)
Focus on Our Family

Mentow will have “Fellowship Sunday” on October 25. The Mentow Quartet will lead the worship time at 10:30 a.m., after which a covered dish meal will be served.

Staunton will hold an International Mission Conference, October 16-18.

Thaxton has a mission team serving in Kenya, September 18 through October 2.

Celebrate the Glory 2009
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 9 a.m.)
The Sedalia Center, Big Island

The goal of this free outdoor event for families is to inspire families to love God’s Word so much that they desire to read it everyday!

*Exalt God’s Word
*Encourage God’s Family
*Extol God’s Beauty

*Inspirational Speakers*Great Music from Families*Photo Contest*Scripture Art Gallery

For more information and to register (required by Wednesday, October 14), go to, email, or call 434.660.PRAY.

Sponsored by Simply Devoted Ministries, The Institute for Uniting Church & Home, and Franklin Springs Family Media.

Self Study Team

The following Vision Statement, derived from the “Values” statements shared at the “Dessert & Dialogue” meetings, will be presented by the Self-Study Team for approval at the Annual Meeting on October 26.

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 fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment.

Self-Study Team contact info: Billy Burnette, 540.586.8087; Rita Calhoun, 540.297.5271 or; Hoyt Dellis, 540.297.5622 or; Rev. Vernon DeLong, 540.586.8010 or; Rev. Rick Mallory (secretary), 540.297.4959 or; Rev. Dennis Moore, 540.890.1294 or; Rebekah Overstreet (co-chair), 540.586.2956 or; Rev. David Timma (co-chair), 540.297.3715 or; Rev. Don Harvey (consultant)

Etc., Etc., Etc.

Bedford Hospice Care is sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 10, at 8 a.m., beginning and ending at Bedford Memorial Hospital. All proceeds go to the patient care fund. For more info, visit

Are you looking for an opportunity to help your community? Crisis Line of Central Virginia needs volunteers who are dependable and caring individuals. You may choose from several volunteer opportunities such as Crisis Line/Teen Talk, Telecare, Teen Intern, or the Sexual Assault Response Program. Training starts soon, so please call Vicki Leary at 434.947.5921 for information. No prior experience is needed.

Stand Up for Life! The 2009 Life Chain will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2009, from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will meet in front of the Bedford County Court House on Main Street. This is an hour of silent prayer for an end to the tragedy of abortion. Signs will be provided. For more information, please call Greg Thompson at 540.586.9417.

Two Hundred Thirty-third SBA Annual Meeting

Monday, October 26, 2009
Sessions at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m
Thaxton Baptist Church

Theme: Same Mission...New Method
Text: 2 Timothy 4:5

The meal to be served at 5:30 will be catered by Thaxton Community Center at a cost of $10.00 per person. The menu is: fried chicken, beef barbecue, coleslaw, green beans, potato salad, buns, assorted desserts, sweetened and unsweetened tea, lemonade, and coffee. As a matter of courtesy, the clerk (or another individual) from each church should call a meal count in to Thaxton, 540.586.8348, no later than Monday, October 12.

Annual Church Profile material has been distributed and is due back by Thursday, October 8. Please contact the association office with questions or if you need assistance.

Please submit names of representatives to SBA’s Executive Board for 2009-2010 by Monday, October 12. Names of messengers to the 2009 Annual Meeting may be submitted with ACP info or entered at your church’s SBDS website by Thursday, October 8.

Copies of the 2010 Proposed Budget have been included in each church’s October newsletter packet. Messengers may want to get a copy from their pastor.

Please check your church’s October newsletter packet for information regarding the Memorial Service that will take place during the afternoon session of the Annual Meeting. This year we’re asking that a representative (pastor or member) from each church read the names of members who passed away between September 31, 2008, and October 1, 2009.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523

Women on Mission: Thaxton is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in October; Beaverdam will lead them in November. Timber Ridge will host the October birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Pecks will host it in November.

Annie Mae Broyles Group Meeting
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 10 a.m.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Covered dish lunch

Rebekah Overstreet will share her experiences as an English as a Second Language minister in Peru.

WMU Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2009-2010 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Phyllis McDaniel, 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode, VA 24556.

The Women’s Get-Away will be at Eagle Eyrie, November 6-7 or 8-9, 2009. The theme is Masterpiece in the Making, with Debbie H. Skinner. As a Bible teacher with a paintbrush, Debbie teaches as transparently as her watercolors and incorporates art into her “art to heart talks.” For further info, visit

The WMUV Annual Meeting, featuring Nomie Derani, missionary to Muslim women, will be held Saturday, November 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Click for October Calendar

In Gratitude

Thanks to several guys from Bedford Baptist who completely renovated the rickety landing and steps at the back of the Strawberry Association office building. Great job!

If you know all the answers, you haven’t asked all the questions!
—Author Unknown

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 should be written and in the association office by Wednesday, October 21.

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