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Thanksgiving Thought

We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts. How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from him the little things?

If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is too paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.

——Dietrich Bonhoeffer

CenterFest 2010

CenterFest 2010 was a success! Again! This is our ninth year of providing a Baby Care Station and giving water and lemonade to those who come by our tents.

Thank you! Thank you to those on the set-up team, the prayerwalkers, and those who served at the thirst quenching station and the baby care station. Approximately 40 people from the following churches were involved: Beaverdam, Bethlehem, Flint Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Zion, Norwood, Palestine, Quaker, Thaxton, and Trinity.

Approximately 29 gallons of water and 31 gallons of lemonade were given to the thirsty. Our Baby Care Station was used and appreciated by dozens of moms and dads. It is the “nugget”” of our mission to be servants to those attending.

It was apparent that our Lord’’s love and light shown through our teams as they served each hour. We enjoyed the great weather, lots of thirsty people, and dozens of babies. The day was exciting and fun!

God has blessed this mission over the last nine years. “Go ye, therefore….” Join us as we serve in Bedford City on September 24, 2011.


Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 23 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)
Nov 29 Edward “Bish” Creel (Beaverdam)
Dec 19 Eldridge Cullum (Thaxton)
Dec 31 Charles Stinson (Retired)

Wedding Anniversaries

Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)
Dec 5 John & Esther Woodford (SBA)
Dec 22 Rick & Tracy Foster (Timber Ridge)

Church Ministry Anniversary

Nov 6 Todd Childers (Pastor/Norwood/5 yrs.)

In Sympathy

Christian sympathy is extended to Rev. Bill Mitchell, pastor of Mount Zion Church, at the death of his mother, Hortense Miller Mitchell, in Lynchburg on September 28, 2010.

We also offer sympathy to Meda Hicks, SBA secretary from 1965 to 1985, whose husband, Thomas Winston Hicks, 92, died Monday, October 18, 2010.

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Focus on Our Family

Beaverdam has called Kim Stump as part time Youth Minister. She and her husband, Tracy, have three sons—Wesley, married and in the Air Force; Warren, a freshman at Staunton River High School; and Austin, a 5th grader at Body Camp Elementary. The Stumps have lived in Moneta for 14 years.

Bedford will participate in a Community Thanksgiving Service at Main Street United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

In a special service on Sunday, September 12, 2010, Flint Hill ordained Rev. Jimmy Dooley as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mentow voted unanimously on October 10 to call Rev. Greg Soult as pastor. Greg grew up in Madison Heights, Va., and earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Averett University (dual major—Religion and Music) and the Master of Divinity degree at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He and his wife, Maryanna, have a six month old son, Josiah. Greg’s pastorate at Mentow begins November 14.

Palestine will host Mentow and Huddleston United Methodist Church for a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 21, 2010, 7 p.m. Rev. Greg Soult, pastor at Mentow, will bring the message.

Two Hundred Thirty-fourth SBA Annual Meeting
Theme: Forgetting the Past...Focusing on the Future”
Text: Philippians 3:12-14

We offer our gratitude to the Rev. Dr. David Henderson and the congregation of Bedford Baptist Church for graciously hosting our 234th Annual Meeting. The facilities were excellent, and the youth did an outstanding job serving the delicious meal.

Some highlights of the evening included the Music Camp Ministry presentation by Laura Mallory (and helpers); the CenterFest Ministry presentation by Rita Calhoun; special music by Bedford Baptist’s Joyful Singers and by the associational choir (directed by Susan Batten-Bell accompanied by Carol Spencer); and the message by Rev. Jackie Carver.

Ministers new to Strawberry were introduced: Edward “Bish” Creel, Interim Pastor at Beaverdam; Grant Harbridge, Pastor at Bethlehem; Carey Snellings, Pastor at Hunting Creek; Kyle Dooley, bivocational Interim Pastor at Flint Hill; Greg Soult, beginning as Pastor at Mentow on November 14; Rev. Troy Mays, bivocational Pastor at Mountain View.

It was announced that Pecks received certificates from the International Mission Board for being the Top Per Capita Giving Church as well as the Top Giving Church to the 2009 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in Strawberry Association. Rev “Bish” Creel accepted a certificate from the North American Mission Board recognizing Beaverdam as the Top Per Capita Giving Church as well as the Top Giving Church to the 2009 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering in the Association.

Registration: 141 messengers; 22 guests/visitors; 163 total attendance; 22 churches represented, with 10 having full messenger representation—Bedford (12), Diamond Hill (4), Flint Hill (10); Hunting Creek (9); Mentow (8); Morgans (12); Mount Zion (8); Norwood (7); Quaker (7); Shady Grove (5). Thanks to Ellen Mitchell, Hertha Nichols, and Melinda Nichols for assistance with registration.

We thank the associational WMU for donating a video projector which provided visual enhancement to several reports given during the meeting.

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

Women on Mission: Beaverdam will lead weekly 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.

Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford is a drop off location for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week is November 15-22, 2010, and collection hours in Bedford are: Monday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 9-11 a.m.; and Monday, Not Collecting.

On October 27, 2010, at Trinity Church, Strawberry WMU hosted a dinner for ministers (and their spouses) in the Association. The meal was catered by the Liberty Station. Several WMU Directors from the local churches helped to make the evening a success. They decorated the tables with fall arrangements and provided the delicious desserts.

Rod Miller was the Emcee for the evening. He planned some pen and paper games with an ice breaker, word search and prizes. In addition to door prizes, each minister received a loaf of homemade bread.

The entertainment for the evening was when pastors shared some of their most memorable experiences, including bloopers in bulletin or newsletters, funerals or weddings, and hospital or nursing home visits, deacons or committee meetings.

Child Care was provided for those who needed it. This was well organized with a meal, games, and crafts.

The 24 in attendance included several retirees as well as current ministers from nine churches.

Thanks to all who helped to make this such a successful evening.

Bedford Community Christmas Station is in need of volunteers Thursday and Friday, December 9 and 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to accompany clients as they shop for NEW toys, clothing, household items and food for their family members. To volunteer, contact Karen Hughes at 540.875.8854. Your involvement will help make Christmas a joyful time for our low-income neighbors!!

Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2010-2011 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Phyllis McDaniel, 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode, VA 24556.

Proposed New Structure

The Self-Study Team presented a Proposed new Structure as well as a Proposed Constitution and Bylaws to be voted on at the 2011 Annual Meeting. Following a question and answer time, on recommendation of the Self-Study Team, the body authorized the Nominating Committee to form a Transition Team to work alongside our current Structure. The Transition Team will be made up of Regional Representatives and Ministry Coordinators who will work with the Administrative Team to implement the new Structure.

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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.

Give thanks to the Lord, proclaim his greatness; tell the nations what he has done.
Psalm 105:1

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