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Sedalia Baptist Church

SEDALIA BAPTIST CHURCH had its beginning as early as 1910, with the Rev. J. P. Luck as its founder. The local Baptist people living around Sedalia began to talk of building a church, and Rev. Luck became interested and started to work with the people. A Sunday school was started and met in the school building at Sedalia during the summer months, and Rev. Luck preached there once a month. He did not live to see the completion of building the church.

On July 17, 1911, two acres of land, for $200.00, were purchased from the late C. R. Arrington. A building program began. Mr. Reed Forbes and sons drew the plans and erected the original building, using lumber hewn from timbers donated off the farms of men in the communities and hauled to the site on horse-drawn wagons. The women of the community helped by forming The Ladies Aid and Missionary Society which worked to raise money through entertainment, suppers, and selling quilts—even eggs laid on Sundays were sold. Half of all their money raised went to the building project and half went toward missions.

The church building was completed in early 1914. On July 29, 1914, Rev. A. J. Coon, pastor of Suck Spring Baptist Church, acting as moderator, called a council who at that time voted themselves to be a church named Sedalia Baptist Church with Rev. Coon serving as the first pastor. The charter members were: Mrs. Fon Arrington, Nina Burks, William Foster, Viola Hatcher, Gertie Long, Lafayett Long, R. H. Major, William Ogden, H. A. Parks, Lizzie Parks, Lucy Parks, Charlie Sanderson, Hallie Tomlinson, W. B. Tomlinson, Berta Turpin, T. M. Turpin, Will Turpin, Mary Watson, Martha Watson, Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Wildman, Kate Wildman, and Mr. & Mrs. Sam Witt. The church covenant was read and adopted. They proceeded immediately to elect church officers. Sunday school was organized with 63 members and was in session for only three months the first year. The church was received into the Strawberry Baptist Association in 1914.

The fabulous weather on Saturday, September 27, helped make our 13th year of ministry at CenterFest one of the best years yet. A total of 56 adults, youth, and children from Bedford, Bethlehem, Flint Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Mount Zion, Radford, and Trinity blessed those who visited SBA’s booths or roamed the streets of Bedford. Beaverdam was not able to serve, but provided cups.

The cooperation of all our volunteers added to the success of this ministry, but the efforts of one man stand out. Sam Hardy was available Friday afternoon and helped load all the supplies into his van. At the “break of dawn” (7 a.m.) on Saturday, he was at the site and ready to help set up our two tents and the signs, tables, etc., that would be used throughout the day. At 6 p.m., he showed up to help take down and store everything. Well done, Sam.

We are also grateful to PeaksView Dental for allowing our volunteers to park in their lot. Stop-In Food Stores on Forest Drive in Bedford graciously donated most of the ice we used that day. Last, but not least, Sheila Saunders rounded up all the water we distributed.

After 13 years of use by various groups, our tents have begun to show wear and tear. Recognizing this, a representative of Bedford Baptist recently stopped by the office with enough money to purchase a new tent. Thanks for your thoughtfulness.

SBA’s ministry at CenterFest is a prime example of churches committed to connecting with one another and partnering together to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

Focus on Our Family

Glade Creek is hosting weekly Prayer Awakening Thursdays, from 6-7 a.m., with Bible study by guest speakers. A light breakfast will be served.

Mentow will host Palestine and the Huddleston United Methodist Charge for a community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 23.

As I prepared the PowerPoint to report our recent Nicaragua mission trip to our church, I received “The Spirit of SBA” for October. There was a “Shout Out” to Thaxton, Sedalia, Palestine, and Shady Grove churches for various items given to our team to take with us. The list included 7 pairs of sunglasses. Here’s how the Lord used those sunglasses…

In Nicaragua we encounter many people in the villages but have found the hardest group to reach are the men. The team ministers with medical, food, and various games with the children. We engage the women and children easily, but the teenage and adult men usually stand on the sidelines. We have learned that if we give away items like soccer balls, caps, and sunglasses they will at least listen to what we have to say.

As we ministered in the village of Chaguite, one of the local pastors named Santos asked me for a soccer ball to use for engaging a group of men and teenagers standing at the edge of the village. Unfortunately, we had already given away the balls we brought. Even though he spoke no English I could read his obvious disappointment by his fallen face and body language as my interpreter informed him there were no soccer balls. I had just a few sunglasses in my backpack, but not enough to go around. I thought the door was closed and went about loving on some kids with face painting.

Later, my wife said we needed some more items off the truck for the women and had me digging around in the bags (in the 100+ degree heat!). As I was going through the bags, I came across a small plastic bag with 7 pairs of sunglasses which made up just enough to give out to the men. I was impressed by the Lord to “GO” and share with those men. Needless to say, I was more than a little excited and took my interpreter Roberto and spoke with them. The sunglasses were given to them, and Roberto asked if they would listen to what we had to say. They listened as we presented the gospel, and a man named Hernando accepted Christ.

Beloved brothers and sisters, God’s word says in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” A soul was won into the kingdom when God used something as simple as sunglasses and someone’s willingness to do good and give to another church in their community. We praise the Lord, and thank you again for partnering with us by providing items for our mission to Nicaragua !

—Terry Davidson, Suck Spring’s Nicaragua Mission Team

The Mark Dubbeld Family will be in concert at Trinity’s 5th Sunday Sing on November 30, 11 a.m.

Thank You!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

SBA collected over 25 packs of paper and over 15 packs of pencils to be distributed to the elementary schools of Bedford County.

I thank each of you for contributing to this mission project. We are touching the lives of others in our community.

Kim Kirby

Church Ministry Anniversaries

Oct 25 Marc Reynolds (Pastor/5 yrs/Mount Olivet)
Nov 1 Chuck Williams (Pastor/1 yr/Bethlehem)

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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 : Beaverdam will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in November; Diamond Hill will lead in December. Pecks will host the November birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Mentow will host in December.

WMUV Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Candy Phillips, Speaker

Calling all WMU and Women’s Ministry groups to help with November's Mission Project!

The mission partnership that started in 2009 between WMUV, RVBA, and Pastor Boots Marsh of the Standing Rock Reservation has truly been a hand-in-hand, heart-to-heart effort to bring hope to Native Americans living in the Dakotas.

Standing Rock Reservation which covers an area about the size of Connecticut on the border of North and South Dakota, is home to about 8,500 Sioux Indians who struggle with the issues of unemployment, alcoholism, poverty, and domestic violence. Desolate land and extreme weather conditions make this area a difficult place to live and work.

This fall, WMUV is launching an effort to provide Christmas Friendship Boxes for the Standing Rock children and teens. Suggested items:

Donated items may be taken to the Women’s Get-Away at Eagle Eyrie, November 7-9 or brought to the Strawberry Baptist Association office by November 6, 2014, and I will make sure your items are taken to the Women's Get-Away.

As always I thank you for considering helping with this mission project.

Kim Kirby


Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 7 Mike Watkins (Big Island)
Nov 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 23 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)
Nov 29 Bish Creel (Beaverdam)
Dec 7 Steve Parker (Morgans)
Dec 28 Monroe Baldwin (Diamond Hill)
Dec 31 Charles Stinson (Retired)

Wedding Anniversaries

Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)
Nov 25 Carey & Jennifer Snellings (Hunting Creek)
Dec 5 John & Esther Woodford (50 yrs) (SBA)
Dec 20 Greg & Maryanna Soult (Mentow)

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

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, November 19.

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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