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"Now Thank We All Our God"

Americans live in a land of abundance. Compared with other areas of the world, we enjoy blessings that few people will ever experience. The message of God’s love and forgiveness is preached from thousands of pulpits every Sunday throughout the land, and people have freedom to own and read their Bibles. Church is a walk or just a short drive away. The shelves in our grocery stores are filled with all kinds of food. Quality education is available for most. Most—including the poorest among us—live in homes that 80 percent of the world’s population would consider luxurious. We have much to be thankful for.

Not everyone in our world is as fortunate. People hunger and thirst for a better life. Many are malnourished, poorly clothed, and poorly housed. Whole people groups are displaced by war and the social ills that accompany the upheaval. Despite the work of Christian missionaries, billions go to bet at night never knowing that they can have peace with God through Jesus Christ.

Many Americans cannot hear the voices of those who hurt and are in need; however Christians are different. We have responded by sending missionaries who bring light and life to thousands of different people groups. God-gifted men and women have been obedient to God’s call, and the lost have responded in increasing numbers to their message of salvation in Jesus Christ.

How can we be a part of what God is doing? How can we meet the needs of a lost, hungry, hurting world?

First, we can pray for the lost and the needy of the world as well as for missionaries who are trying to meet those needs.

Second, we can become more aware of the needs and of our responsibility to pray, give, and go to the lost.

Third, we can share our abundant resources by giving sacrificially to support world missions.

Excerpts from a 1997 letter signed by Jerry Rankin, President, International Mission Board, and Dellanna O’Brien, former Executive Director/Treasurer, Woman’s Missionary Union.

November 29-December 6, 2009
Week of Prayer for International Missions
International Mission Study
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Global Missions Offering

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,


Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 23 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)
Dec 19 Eldridge Cullum (Thaxton)

Wedding Anniversaries

Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)

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Focus on Our Family

Flint Hill Community Center is now open year round and is available for Thanksgiving and Christmas activities. To schedule an event, call 540.297.3709.

On Sunday, November 22, Mentow and Palestine will gather with Huddleston United Methodist Church for the annual Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Huddleston Ruritan Club. Rev. Jackie Carver, Pastor of Palestine, will bring the message.

Sunday, November 8, Morgans will celebrate Veterans' Recognition Sunday honoring members of the church who have served in the military. A plaque will be presented to the church along with special music. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service. All are welcome!

Mount Olivet would like to share our joy with sister SBA churches on God’s leadership in calling a new pastor. Rev. Marc Reynolds and his family will begin their ministry in the Mount Olivet community on November 8, 2009. They are relocating from Hickory, NC, where he was Senior Pastor at the East Hickory Baptist Church. We covet your prayers for him and our church as we serve God and take on the challenges He has for His church in today’s world. Marc and his wife, Mindy, have three children—John (7), Nathan (5), and Ella Grace (3).

Norwood's Wood Ministry Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, December 12, starting around 7:30 a.m. and lasting until after Noon. We plan to have around 5 log splitters running non-stop but anticipate a need for trucks to deliver the wood. If you have a truck and would be willing to deliver wood and share a kind word or Gospel tract with a person in need, please email Pastor Todd at or call him at 540.871.0517.

Quaker’s Baptist Builders recently added a handicap accessible bathroom to the home of a very appreciative local family.

Self Study Team

The following Vision Statement was adopted by the messengers at the Annual Meeting on Monday, October 26. The Team covets your prayers as we continue to reevaluate the ministries and the organization of SBA.

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.

Looking for a local ministry project? Why not consider volunteering with Bedford Ride whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Bedford City/County citizens by providing better access to non-emergency medical services? Volunteer drivers take clients to non-emergency medical services (cars provided). Volunteer Dispatchers match clients with drivers and cars. Car Care Volunteers take cars for routine and scheduled maintenance/cleaning/inspections. Bedford Ride’s office is on the first floor of the Oakwood Manor Nursing Home, with office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For more information, visit their website at or call 540.587.3315.

Two Hundred Thirty-third SBA Annual Meeting

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

Speakers were Rev. Marc Flores, Pastor at Mount Hermon, U.S. Air Force Reserves Chaplain, and Chaplain for Bedford Hospice Care; and Rev. Don Harvey, Consultant with the Center for Congregational Health.

Ministers new to Strawberry were introduced: Rev. Jim Newman, Interim Pastor at Hunting Creek; Rev. John Boyles, Interim Pastor at Mentow; Rev. Bill Ireland, Interim Pastor at Staunton; and Rev. Marc Reynolds, Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet Southern Baptist Church (effective November 8).

On behalf of Pecks, Pastor Bryan Sheehan accepted certificates from the International Mission Board recognizing Pecks as the Top Giving SBA church as well as the Top Per Capita Giving SBA church to the 2008 Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions.

The Self-Study Team reported, and the body approved the following 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.

Heartfelt thanks to Thaxton for their gracious hospitality—their warm welcome, the delicious meal, and the behind-the-scenes preparations that are part of hosting the meeting.

Thanks also to Joyce Hawkins, Ellen Mitchell, Hertha Nichols, Melinda Nichols, and Carolyn Sumner for their invaluable help with registration. Gratitude is also offered to Trinity Church as well as Vernon DeLong and Carolyn Sumner for expediting the production of the Program and Reports booklet.

Messengers registered: 139; Guests/Visitors registered: 42; Total attendance: 181; Churches represented: 23. Churches with full messenger representation: Diamond Hill (4), Flint Hill (10), Hunting Creek (9), Mentow (8), Norwood (7), Palestine (8), Quaker (8), Shady Grove (6), Thaxton (13), and Timber Ridge (8).

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

Women on Mission: Beaverdam is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in November; Diamond Hill will lead them in December. Pecks will host the November birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Mentow will host it in December.

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 following have already sent checks: Beaverdam, Bedford, Big Island, Hunting Creek, Mount Hermon, Norwood, Quaker, Sedalia, Thaxton, and Timber Ridge.

The Women’s Get-Away will be at Eagle Eyrie, November 6-7 or 7-8, 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 at Eagle Eyrie on Saturday, November 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Calling All Youth!

Palestine Church is sponsoring a Roller Skating Party (Middle school & up) on Friday, November 13, 7-9:30 p.m. They have reserved the Skating Rink on Main Street in Altavista for this area wide event. Admission is free, so invite your friends and come for an evening of skating fun and fellowship. For more info, contact Josh Coldren by phone, 540.297.4442, or email He also needs to know how many from your group plan to attend.

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Returning good for good is commendable; returning good for evil is Christlike.
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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, November 18.

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