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The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.

Since 1863, Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States.

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The menu is Stuffed Pork Loin, Green Beans, Loaded Potato, Assorted Desserts. Reservation deadline is Friday, November 11.

Thaxton Community Center
Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
Sunday, November 6, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Roll, Dessert
Iced Tea, Lemonade, or Coffee
Adults $7.00 Children $4.00
(All proceeds will be used for maintenance of the Center)

Two Hundred Thirty-fifth SBA Annual Meeting

Text: “I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go.” —Joshua 1:9

We offer our gratitude to the Rev. Vernon DeLong and the congregation of Trinity Baptist Church for graciously hosting our 235th Annual Meeting. They couldn’t have done more to make their extended SBA family feel welcome.

Registration: 128 messengers; 39 guests/visitors; 167 total attendance; 23 churches represented, with 10 having full messenger representation—Bedford (12); Bethlehem (4); Big Island (4); Diamond Hill (4); Flint Hill (10); Mount Zion (4); Norwood (7); Shady Grove (5); Thaxton (5); and Timber Ridge (8). Thanks to Ellen Mitchell, Hertha Nichols, and Melinda Nichols for assistance with registration.

There were 121 ballots cast in the vote on the proposed Structure and Constitution & Bylaws, with 115 in favor and 6 against.

To the Members of the Self-Study Team, David Timma & Rebekah Overstreet, Billy Burnette, Rita Calhoun, Vernon DeLong, Rick Mallory, and Dennis Moore, SBA appreciates all of the hours & hard work put in over the past year & a half. Thank You for a job well Done!

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 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.

Annual Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2011-2012 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Phyllis McDaniel, 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode, VA 24556.


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

Wedding Anniversaries

Oct 7 Edward & Donna Creel (Beaverdam)
Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)
Dec 5 John & Esther Woodford (SBA)
Dec 20 Greg & Maryanna Soult (Mentow)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

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

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Focus on Our Family

The International Mission Board has issued certificates to Big Island Baptist Church for the “top dollar” and the “top per-capita” Lottie Moon Christmas Offering participating church in SBA for 2010.

Diamond Hill will be presenting “Christmas, Why Bother?” on Sunday, December 18, 2011, 6 p.m.

The movie Soul Surfer will be shown at the Flint Hill Community Center, 8997 Dickerson Mill Road, Moneta, on Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. Admission and concessions are free.

Recently, Mount Hermon gave 27 backpacks and school supplies, prepared 33 activity bags for children in the hospital in Lynchburg, gave small duffel bags & back packs to the “Bridges House” in Lynchburg. Each month the church participates in Harvest Sunday, collecting food for Bedford Christian Ministries.

Since June, Mount Zion has been going to Tice’s Corner in Montvale, on the third Saturday of each month, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., participating in an Outreach Day. A total of 402 bags which contained gospel tracks, plan of salvation, directions to the church, etc.; 519 tracts; and 26 Bibles were given out. Each morning of the Outreach, some type of food and beverage was also given out. This has been a blessed time of witnessing in our own community.

Since May, the Lord has blessed Mount Zion with 10 commitments to HIM, followed by baptism.

Revival at Mount Zion will begin Sunday evening, November 6, at 6:30, and will continue through Wednesday, November 9. Week night services will begin at 7. Guest speaker will be Rev. Harold Lewis, pastor of Walnut Grove Union Church. Special music each night. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us. Mount Zion is located east of Montvale. Rev. Bill Mitchell is Pastor.

It’s that time of the year again, and as the temperature drops further and further, Norwood is preparing for another day of ministering to all those we know who need firewood for heating or cooking this winter. When God's people get together, as we have for the last 10+ years, to work for the benefit of others and not our own causes or churches, it really shows the love of God to the world around us. (James 1:27)
So, I’m asking as a brother in Christ, if you would help and share with your church family to prayerfully consider helping out this year in cutting, splitting, and delivering firewood to the needy in our communities. In fact, I personally invite you to attend and participate as I have for the past 5 years as pastor of Norwood.

This year we are running a little low on wood donated as in years past, so if you have or know of some wood that could be delivered to the hill directly behind Norwood Church please feel free to bring it. We usually manage well with the turnout of men and women to help split and load the trucks, but have run short on people with trucks to keep the wood flowing away from the work station. If there are any people who have trucks and wouldn't mind delivering and unloading, then we should be set for another blessed wood ministry on Saturday, December 10.

We start at 8:00 a.m. (some get there earlier), and around 12 Noon, we break for lunch (soup, chili beans, cornbread, etc.—enough to warm us up to keep going for a few more hours). Stopping time depends on delivery to all those on our list or whenever you need to leave. Thanks for ALL those that helped last year, and we hope you enjoyed it so much that we'll see you again.

The whole wood operation is conducted on the hill directly behind Norwood Baptist Church. We are located at 1045 Random Way, Forest, VA 24551 (off route 221, directly across from Casaloma sub-division). Please call Austin Hull at 540.586.1961 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. May the Lord richly bless you for helping others to stay warm this winter! Todd Childers

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.

"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess."
—Martin Luther

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 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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