December 2001
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Thanks from New Mission Pastor, Marc Jantomaso

Dear co-laborers of Strawberry Association, thank you so much for your decision to sponsor us in the new work God has called us to start in the Forest area. I am excited to partner with a group of believers that have a heart to see God's Kingdom increase in both breadth and depth. Although I haven't had the opportunity to meet most of you personally, I sense God's Spirit of unity among you and count it a privilege to be in partnership with you.
The Christmas Promise from Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on Davidís throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

This is Godís most precious promise and gift found in the Scripture, because it points to Jesus, Immanuel, and this season of the year gives us pause to remember in a very special way the depth of Godís love.

How to Develop A Youth Ministry - Part II

Youth ministry options
There are four basic types of youth ministry; voluntary, summer employed, year-round part-time, and year-round full-time.

The volunteer youth minister
For lack of adequate funds, many churches will decide to use volunteers to work with the youth in their community.

Focus on Our Family

Bedford will host a concert of Christmas music presented by the Handbell Choir and the Instrumental Ensemble on Sunday, December 9, 2 p.m..

On November 21, Big Island hosted a community Thanksgiving Service with Rev Bob Merkle, pastor of Big Island and Cove United Methodist churches, as speaker.

ESL Workshop

An ESL Workshop for volunteers interested in teaching English to Hispanics has been scheduled for the weekends of Jan. 25 & 26 and Feb. 8 & 9, 2002, at Bedford Baptist Church.

Dorryce Rudd, an instructor with the Virginia Baptist Resource Center, will lead the 16-hour workshop which will consist of four 4-hour sessions.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-2956

Women on Mission: Radford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor for January. Mentow will host the December birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home.

Wedding Anniversaries

January 1 - Norman & Virginia Gooding (Retired)
January 19 - Jim & Lois Carroll (Retired)

Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year!

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In Appreciation

Dear Friends at the SBA,

The kindness expressed by your memorial gift to the American Cancer Society has been received with heartfelt appreciation. We thank you for your show of support and especially your prayers during the loss of my father. Your contribution means a lot to me and my family.

Love in Christ,
Randy & Chrisy Hatcher


January 12 - Mike Jones (Mount Olivet)
January 17 - Jack Miller (In Memoriam)
January 23 - Jim Carroll (Retired)

SBA's Mission

Under the Lordship of Christ, to equip, support, and involve our family of churches in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of a changing community and world.

Please have items for the January newsletter written and in the Association office by Friday, December 28.

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October 2001 - November 2001

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