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Two Hundred Thirty-sixth SBA Annual Meeting
Theme: For Your Name's Sake
Text: “For your name‘s sake, O Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.”
—Psalm 143:10

We offer our gratitude to the Rev. Mark Oblinger and the congregation of Flint Hill Baptist Church for graciously hosting our 236th Annual Meeting. They couldn’t have done more to make their extended SBA family feel welcome.

Certificates from the International Board were presented to Thaxton for giving the most and to Morgans for highest per capita giving to the 2011 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering among Strawberry churches. Two churches were recognized for milestone ministry anniversaries—Mount Hermon for 225 years and Trinity for 50 years.

Registration: 73 messengers; 54 guests/visitors; 127 total attendance; 20 churches represented, with 14 having full messenger representation—Beaverdam (3); Bedford (8); Bethlehem (2); Flint Hill (6); Mount Olivet (4); Mount Zion (2); Norwood (3); Shady Grove (2); Thaxton (2); Timber Ridge (4); and Trinity (5). Thanks to Ellen Mitchell, Hertha Nichols, and Melinda Nichols for assistance with registration.

Our music leader writes the following to SBA choir members: I realize how busy life can get, and I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and everyone of you who gave of yourself to participate in the SBA Associational Choir. God has truly blessed you with a love of music and the gift of voice, and it was a joy to unite with so many to become ONE choir, to represent HIS church, and glorify His name! Thank you again!

—Valerie Holdren

Note To: Pastors, youth ministers, or lay leaders who would like to explore a connection with Averett University in Danville

Averett is very excited about its partnership with the BGAV and very interested in exploring ways to connect with local congregations. Whether through pulpit supply, worship leadership, or information to aid parents and youth in the college search process, we are here to be a resource in any way that we can.

We will be present at the BGAV Annual Meeting in November, and would love to meet members of the Strawberry Baptist Association in person!

In Christ,
Kendall Ratliffe, M.Div.
Admissions BGAV Ambassador
Averett University
420 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541

Wedding Anniversaries

Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)
Dec 5 John & Esther Woodford (SBA)
Dec 20 Greg & Maryanna Soult (Mentow)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

Nov 1 Harry Leland (Pastor/10 yrs/Shady Grove)

Focus on Our Family

Variations and Praise Singers, the touring ensembles of Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA, will be in concert at Bedford Baptist on Sunday, November 11, at 7 p.m. Bluefield College is a private, Christ-centered, liberal arts college located in the beautiful mountains of southwestern Virginia. Variations will perform a wide variety of sacred choral music including spirituals, hymn arrangements, and classical selections. Praise Singers, six vocalists and a band, specializes in contemporary Christian music including praise and worship, contemporary Christian, and other styles. For more information please call 540.586.9564.

50 Year Celebration of
Hunting Creek Baptist Church Media Library
September 1962–September 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Hunting Creek Baptist Church Media Library has extended Christian service to its patrons for fifty years this month. Bernice Yoder had a vision, as a librarian, to start a library in our church. As the founder of our church library, in September 1962, Mrs. Yoder catalogued the first books, donating from an overflow of her own books from her home. She started the library alone, but within a year, in 1963, she added Miss Mickey Douglas and Miss Diane Tomlin to help. Mrs. Yoder served as Library Director for six years. In 1968, Jean Hughes became the Director and served for 25 years. In 1993, Carolyn B. Morehead became the Director and has served in this position for 19 years. Our library began in the room where the Sunday School office is today. Then on September 5, 1994, the move to the location the library maintains today took place. This gave the library about three times more space to greatly expand the amount of materials offered to its patrons. One of the highlights of the library is the Summer Reading Program that has been held for many years.

In 2008 the library committee decided to venture into a year-long project of computerizing the materials in the library. Many hours were spent weeding out damaged and outdated books, bar coding and typing the titles of all the materials into the computer. On May 3, 2009, the library celebrated the completion of this project with an open house.

In 50 years there have been only three Directors, but there have been many committee members and many others who helped to make our library successful enough to continue. It would be impossible to mention all the people who have helped in various ways, so I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in any way with this success. Our current committee consists of Carolyn B. Morehead as Director, and the committee members are Mickey Rusher, Darnell Byers, Vicki Wright, Eva Yoder, and Sheila Turpin. —Carolyn Morehead

Approximately 40 youth and 35 adults from Flint Hill Baptist, Huddleston Church of God, Huddleston Community Church, Suck Spring Baptist, and Pecks Baptist attended the youth tent revival sponsored by Mentow on October 20. Both, the band, Pier 19, and the speaker, Christopher Haymes, were great.

In conversation with the youth leaders, all are very interested in being involved with a Youth Encounter event in September 2013. A planning meeting will be held in early 2013 . Youth leaders are encouraged to contact Kim Kirby,, or the SBA office, if your youth group would like to participate.

Mentow and Palestine will gather with Huddleston United Methodist church for a community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18, 7 p.m.

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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.

A Note of Thanks

My wife Maryanna, son Josiah, and I would like to say thank you to the Strawberry Association WMU for the Annual Ministers and Spouses dinner hosted at Trinity Baptist. Both years my family has been able to attend have been wonderful. The food was great, the fellowship sweet, the entertainment enjoyable, and the WMU were gracious. Thank you again for your willingness to show your appreciation for your ministers during this month of appreciation. We are truly blessed.

Grace & Peace,
Rev. Greg Soult, Pastor, Mentow Baptist Church

Annual Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2012-2013 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Phyllis McDaniel, 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode, VA 24556.

Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford is a drop-off location for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week is November 12-19, 2012, 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, 2-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9-11 a.m.; Sunday, 9-11 a.m.; Monday, November 19, no collection.

Singleside in Concert

The musical group, Singleside, will be performing at Trinity on Saturday, November 3, 6-8 p.m.


The overcast day did not prevent the Son from shining through our Strawberry Association volunteers, as they began a second decade of ministry at CenterFest. Under the dedicated leadership of Rita Calhoun, approximately 40 servants from Beaverdam, Bethlehem, Flint Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Zion, and Palestine served water; prayer walked; and monitored our Baby Care Station during CenterFest 2012. Our “set-up” team from Hunting Creek was great—again! There must have been a “Baby Boom” in the county, as our Baby Care Station earned the praise of numerous Moms and Dads who were grateful for the changing/feeding area. For 11 years, this ministry has been a tremendous blessing for recipients as well as volunteers. Won’t you join us at CenterFest next year?


Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 6 Mark Oblinger (Flint Hill)
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)

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.

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us,
and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. " —Theodore Roosevelt

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