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Two Hundred Thirty-seventh
Annual Session of the
Strawberry Baptist Association

Monday, October 28, 2013
Sessions at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Meal at 5:30 ($12 per person; reservations required) Timber Ridge Baptist Church
Bedford, Virginia
Theme: Family Reunion

A copy of the Proposed Budget for 2014 is included in October newsletter packets. Pastors/Clerks, please see that your messengers receive a copy.

The 5:30 p.m. meal will be catered by Olde Liberty Station at a cost of $12.00 per person. (Checks for the meal should be payable to Timber Ridge Baptist Church) The church would appreciate the clerk (or another individual from each church) calling 540.586.9267 with a meal count (messengers as well as others who plan to attend) no later than Monday, October 21. If necessary, leave a message. Again, we encourage all who enjoy the fellowship and are interested in the mission and ministry of Strawberry Association to make plans to attend.

Updates & Reminders

Annual Church Profile material is due back in the SBA office by Thursday, October 10. 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 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.)

Big Island, Flint Hill, and Mentow have submitted the names of their 2013/2014 lay Regional Representative who will also serve as a Representative to the Leadership Team which meets in April. Remaining churches are encouraged to enlist their representative and send the name (and if willing, the area of ministry in which they would serve) to the SBA office as soon as possible.

Saturday, September 21, 2013, was an exciting day as 116 (registered) youth and their leaders (along with numerous volunteers) from eleven churches in the area gathered at the Falling Creek Road gymnasium. The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who came together for fun, food, and fellowship—to listen to the Pier 19 band; to be amazed by the feats of strength performed by Eternal Collision; to hear testimonies of young people who are striving to live out God’s call on their lives; to learn about the More than Nets ministry designed to prevent malaria in Nigeria; and to commit themselves to prayer during the See You at the Pole event at their school on Wednesday, September 25. For many of us, a highlight was the beautiful rainbow that appeared as the band was playing just prior to the message by Eternal Collision. We couldn’t have asked for a more powerful reminder of God’s love and presence in our midst! Special thanks to Kim Kirby who organized the event, to the parents/leaders for their support, to the youth who made it a priority, and to the many volunteers who contributed to its success.

Church Ministry Anniversary

Nov 1 Vernon DeLong (Pastor/10 yrs/Trinity)

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Focus on our Family

Skip Irby completed his Intention al Interim Ministry at Big Island on August 11.

Flint Hill is looking for a part-time, permanent, paid, Youth Minister. For details, please contact Pastor Mark Oblinger at 540.297.6783, or send resume to: Flint Hill Baptist Church, 8997 Dickerson Mill Road, Moneta, VA 24121.

Mentow will have Homecoming services on Sunday, October 6, 10:30 a.m. William E. Hatcher (1834-1912), who was born in Bedford County, will be portrayed by Dr. Fred Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and executive director of the Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies, who will be the speaker for the service. A covered dish lunch will follow.

Mentow and Quaker will share in revival services at 7 each evening, October 6 & 7 at Quaker, and October 8 & 9 at Mentow.

Mount Hermon has called Rev. John Boyles as Bi-vocational pastor, effective August 1, 2013.

In honor of Pastor Appreciation Sunday, Norwood will be picnicking at the Peaks of Otter after the morning worship service on October 13.

Rainbow Forest is hosting a Women’s Conference on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., featuring Joani Tabor who will be presenting “Nothing’s Gonna Steal my Joy”—teaching ladies seven principles necessary to live day-in & day-out in joy. Tickets are $15. Contact Renee Holdren at for more info.

Walnut Grove will have revival services Sunday, October 20, through Wednesday, October 23. Sunday’s service will be at 6 p.m., with the weekday services a 7 p.m. Former pastor, Rev Harold Lewis, will be the revival preacher.

Shock Factor 2013
“Awake Thou That Sleeps”
(Ephesians 5:14)

4 Churches - 4 Nights - 1 Big Revival
Timber Ridge, Sunday, October 13, 7 p.m.
Suck Spring, Monday, October 14, 7 p.m.
Norwood, Tuesday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Hunting Creek, Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m.

Come to One or Come to All, but Get Ready to be “Jolted!”


Oct 27 Greg Soult (Mentow)
Oct 29 Todd Childers (Norwood)
Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 6 Mike Oblinger (Flint Hill)
Nov 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 23 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)
Nov 29 Bish Creel (Beaverdam)

Wedding Anniversaries

Oct 7 Bish & Donna Creel (Beaverdam)
Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)
Oct 9 Monroe & Tammy Baldwin (Diamond Hill)
Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (75 yrs.) (Retired)

Except for Six

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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 : 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.

Adult Quilting Mission Group
Bedford Baptist Church (Adult III room)

The primary goal of the group is to reach out to others of similar interest in Bedford and the surrounding area, but not become a “class” since how-to classes are readily available from local quilting shops.

Beginning in October, the group will meet at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month—October 1 & 15; November 5 & 19, December 3 & 17. We agreed to be quite flexible with our time frame, but to try 2 p.m. in the beginning. On given days, some can come earlier; some may have to leave earlier.

For the meeting on October 1, because of the varied levels of ability and interest, the group decided NOT to bring machines, but to bring examples of a variety of personal quilting projects to share with the group. In the coming months, it was agreed that we could/would work on personal projects as well as community projects in the form of small quilts for nursing homes, hospitals, rehab facilities, etc.

It is anticipated that from time to time the Tuesday morning crafting group of Bedford Baptist and this group could meet for a pot luck as some want to be in both groups. Several of the attendees on Sept. 10 are members of the morning group; others are specifically interested in quilting.

If you have questions, you may contact Pat Muse, 540.586.0248, or Kay Williams, 540.586.4317, or you are welcome to just come to the Adult III classroom for the next meeting on Tuesday, October 1.

SBA’s Woman’s Missionary Union is hosting the 4th Annual Ministers/Spouses Dinner on Thursday, October 10, 6-8 p.m., in the fellowship hall of Trinity Baptist Church. (Care & a snack supper provided for children up to age 12.) Please RSVP to 540.586.8345 or by Thursday, October 3, with names of those attending. (Even if you can’t attend, we need to hear from you.)

Women’s Get-Away
November 1-2 & 2-3, 2013

WMUV Annual Meeting (between sessions)
Saturday, November 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

At the Get-Away, Christmas Gift Ministry items will be collected for the women at the Fluvanna Correctional Center.

Hygiene Items (place in a gallon zip lock bag)
Please note: Correctional Center rules do not permit substitution of products or larger sizes than the ones listed.

  • One individually wrapped toothbrush
  • One tube of toothpaste (not to exceed 6 oz.)
  • One deodorant stick (not to exceed 2.4 oz.)
  • One bottle of shampoo (not to exceed 15 oz.)
  • One bottle of lotion (not to exceed 15 oz.)

Greeting Cards and Stationery Items

  • Greeting cards for all occasions, including Christmas and Hanukkah
    (Please avoid cards/envelopes with aluminum foil. Also, it is not necessary to sort the cards.)
  • Stationery items (envelopes, writing paper)
  • Forever postage stamps (please do not affix the stamps to envelopes; send them separately)
  • Wooden pencils (unsharpened)

Churches may collect and bring the filled Zip-lock bags as well as cards/stationery items to the SBA office no later than Thursday, October 31, and they will be delivered for you.

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.

The wise man is often known by what he doesn’t say.

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 Wednesday, October 23.

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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