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Two Hundred Thirty-fifth Annual Meeting
of the
Strawberry Baptist Association

Monday, October 24, 2011
Trinity Baptist Church

Sessions at 4 & 7 p.m.
Catered Meal at 5:30 (Reservations required)

Special Music by “Broken” and the Associational Choir
Woman’s Missionary Union Ministry
CenterFest Ministry
Music Camp Ministry
Vote on Proposed Structure and Constitution & Bylaws
Message by Rev. Marc Reynolds, Pastor of Mount Olivet

Etc., Etc., Etc.

Bedford Hospice Care
Hundreds of Feet/Miles of Care
5K Run/Walk

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 8 a.m.
Bedford Memorial Hospital
Pre-registration $20; Day of race $25

Proceeds go to the patient care fund which directly benefits our terminally ill patients when unexpected needs arise. Registration forms, with additional info, are available at

Excerpts from a letter from Lisa Bailey, Client Services Advocate, Bedford Domestic Violence Services. Bedford Domestic Violence Services is located in Bedford and the sole purpose is providing safe shelter to women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.... Many churches in the area have given monetary donations and also clothing and food. We are so thankful for all the help, but there still remains a great need.... We are looking for churches who will add Bedford Domestic Violence Services as a monthly fund. With monthly support, this program will be able to serve the ongoing needs that present themselves each month as a result of domestic violence. Please consider what you and your congregation can do, and feel free to contact our office at 540.587.0970 should you have any questions. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and we hope you will consider Bedford Domestic Violence Services a worthy program for which to contribute.

Bedford Community Christmas Station is asking for your help in providing Christmas gifts for low-income families this Christmas. It is our hope that you will assist us by collecting some items from the following list. These items will be displayed on shelves at the Christmas Station building. On December 8, 9, and 10, 2011, low-income families will have the opportunity to select NEW toys, clothing, household items, and food for their family members. We will also continue to offer clean, gently used coats which can be selected for any member of the client’s household

Laundry/Dish detergent
Peanut butter/Jelly
Canned soups/fruits
Spaghetti sauce
Toilet paper/
Paper towels
Shampoo/Bar soap
Pots/Pans (sets of 3)
Small appliances:
can openers/
crock pots/
coffee makers
Blankets/Sheet sets
Coats (infants-adults)
Child’s socks/
Child’s pajamas
(infant-child 16)
Child’s mittens/
Diapers/Wet wipes

Donations should be delivered to the Bedford Community Christmas Station at 206 Washington Street in Bedford before December 2, 2011.

CenterFest 2011

Thirty-four folk from Beaverdam, Bethlehem, Flint Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Zion, Norwood, Palestine, and Sedalia served lemonade and water; prayer walked; and monitored our Baby Care Station during CenterFest 2011. The threatening clouds did not dampen the spirits of our volunteers as Strawberry Association completed its tenth year of ministry at CenterFest.


Annual Church Profile material is due back in the SBA office by Monday, October 10. Also, clerks are asked to provide names of messengers to the 2011 SBA Annual Meeting with ACP info or enter them at the church’s SBDS website by Monday, October 10. (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.)

We would appreciate it if the form distributed to church pastors/clerks requesting names of representatives to SBA’s Executive Board for 2011-2012 could be completed and returned to the SBA office along with the ACP info.

The meal for the Annual Meeting (to be catered by Liberty Station and served at 5:30 p.m.) will cost $12 per person. Checks for the meal should be payable to Trinity Baptist Church. As a matter of courtesy, the clerk (or another individual) from each church should call a meal count in to Trinity, 540.586.8010, no later than Monday October 10.

Final rehearsal for the Associational Choir is Sunday, October 16, 3 p.m., in Trinity‘s sanctuary. Selections are: All To Us, The Solid Rock, and I Am Redeemed. The choir will sing during the 7 p.m. session of the Annual Meeting. Please join us, even if you missed the first rehearsal.

A copy of the Proposed Budget for 2012 is included in October newsletter packets. Pastors/Clerks, please see that your messengers receive a copy.


Oct 11 Rick Dellinger (Music Evangelist)
Oct 27 Greg Soult (Mentow)
Oct 29 Todd Childers (Norwood)
Nov 1 Todd Childers (Norwood)
Nov 22 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 23 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 28 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 29 Bish Creel (Beaverdam)

Wedding Anniversaries

Oct 7 Edward & Donna Creel (Beaverdam)
Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

Nov 14 Greg Soult (Pastor/1 yr./Mentow)

Click for October Calendar

Focus on Our Family

Dr. Tom Stocks is currently serving as interim pastor at Big Island.

Big Island will have revival services at 11 a.m., Sunday, October 9, and 7 p.m. each evening through Wednesday, October 12. Dr. Rich Sams from Calhoun Baptist Church, Calhoun, KY, will be the guest evangelist. Special music will be provided by the Big island choir, Bonnie and the Boys, and Sharon Baptist Church. There will be a covered dish meal at 5:45 p.m. on the 12th.

Diamond Hill will have Revival Services October 9-12: Sunday, 6 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday, 7 p.m. The church’s new pastor, Rev. Monroe Baldwin, will be the revival speaker.

Diamond Hill will host a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be live music from 1-4 p.m. Games and activities for all ages include: Apple Butter; Hot Dogs; Chili Contest; Popcorn; Snow Cones; Crafts; Fire Truck; Ambulance; Antique Tractor; Holiday Retirement Door prizes; Hay Rides, Welcome Booth and Dream Acres—Alpacas, rabbit, rooster, and dog; Antique & Classic Car Show (register by calling Laura @ 540.871.4792).

Mentow will have Homecoming on October 16. Following the 10:30 a.m. service, a covered dish meal will be served. Revival services will begin that evening at 7 and continue each evening through Wednesday, October 19. Randy Krantz will be the revival speaker.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.2956

Women on Mission: Thaxton will lead weekly 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.

Women’s Get-Away
November 4-5 and 5-6, 2011, Eagle Eyrie

Ordinary Life…
Extraordinary God
It’s a beautiful exchange

WMUV Annual Meeting between sessions
Saturday, November 5, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Strawberry Woman’s Missionary Union
is hosting its
2nd Annual Ministers/Spouses Dinner
(Catered by Liberty Station Restaurant)

Thursday, October 13, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall of
Trinity Baptist Church

Child care and a snack supper provided
for children up to 12 years of age.

RSVP with names of those attending to
540.586.8345 or
by Thursday, September 29.

Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford is a drop-off location for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week is November 14-21, 2011, and collection hours in Bedford are: Monday, 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday, 6-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 9-11 a.m.; Monday, November 21, no collection.

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.

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
—Colin Powell

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 Monday, October 24.

The SBA office has a Risograph 6300 (purchased in 2000) and a Konica 7050 (donated to the association in 2004) to give away. Both were used when acquired and have been in storage for the past two years. If interested, please call the office by Thursday, October 13.

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