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Gloria in excelcis Deo!

How would you describe this past year? Some Americans might say “turbulent, tragic, or unstable.” For sure, we cannot deny that these last 365 days have been full of great trial and difficulty for tens of thousands of families across our nation.

Thank You

Dear Strawberry Baptist Association, God bless you and supporting churches for your continued financial support of the Bedford Jail Ministry. We continue to bring hope and peace to officers, inmates, and their families. Continue to pray for us that God will provide answers to the problems of crime as well as solutions for them. Jesus Christ has the answers; making Him live through us is the task!

God bless,
Chaplain Travis

"Journey to Bethlehem" Delayed

Our December 21 "Journey to Bethlehem" has been delayed. With the very busy Christmas schedules of our churches and people we were unable to find a group to coordinate the planning and travel for the three "caravans" to make their way to "Bethlehem". There has also been little response to sign up since we first announced it on October 28.

We are hopeful that this will become a reality for December 2003 if we can get our churches to include it on next year's calendar as part of their Christmas celebration.

2003 Music Events

Feb 28-Mar 1 Handbell Workshop,
Bedford Baptist
April 04-05 Adult Choir Workshop
with Rev. Tom Ingram
Bedford Baptist
June 23-27 Children’s Music Day Camp
(completed grades 1-6),
Bedford Baptist
9 a.m.-12 noon
October 12 SBA Praise & Worship
Service, Bedford Baptist

Please note: As churches plan their calendars for 2003, please include these dates. We ask that you especially try to schedule your Vacation Bible Schools around the first ever Children’s Music Day Camp in Strawberry. For further information, please contact Judy Edwards at Bedford Baptist, 586-9564.

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.

Have You Considered...

We are in need of more ESL teachers. If the Lord has been speaking to you about becoming part of this important ministry opportunity, please give us a call. We want to help you prepare and get started. You may contact either Winnie Agee at 540-586-3555 or the Association office at 540-586-8345. If you prefer, e-mail Winnie at or the SBA at

We are always looking for brethren interested in supporting our ministries through prayer. If you would like to become one of our Internet prayer warriors, simply send your name to us at

Memorial Gifts

The following have sent memorial contributions to Strawberry Association missions in memory of our former Director of Missions and Ministries, Seaburn Daniel:
Beaverdam Baptist Church
Bill and Mary Carson
Fellowship of Associational Workers
Paul and Goldie Kirkpatrick
Edward H. Lane, Jr.
Mentow Baptist Church
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Cary and Estelle Ogden
Mike and Donna Rorer
Jeanette and Horton Southall
Southview Baptist Church, Galion, Ohio
Paul & Eleanor Swain
Harvey and Phyllis Wray

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

Women on Mission: Beaverdam/Diamond Hill will finish a full quarter of leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in December. Radford will provide devotionals in January, February, and March. Mentow will host the December birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Bethlehem will host it in January.

Merry Christmas
& Happy New Year!

Focus on Our Family

Bedford’s Senior Choir will present “And It Came to Pass,” a musical drama on Sunday, December 8. There will be a live nativity on Saturday, December 14, 6-8:30 p.m. The following Sunday, December 15, the Sanctuary Choir will lead the morning worship in a service of Lessons and Carols. At 5 p.m. that afternoon, there will be a churchwide covered dish Christmas Dinner, with presentations by the children and youth choirs and the adult handbell choir. On Sunday, December 22, the young adult ensemble, “Celebration Singers,” will provide music for the morning worship service. The church will have a Candlelight Carol and Communion service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


January 12 Mike Jones (Mount Olivet)
January 17Jack Miller (In Memoriam)

Wedding Anniversary

January 1 Norman & Virginia Gooding (65 years)(Retired))

Church Ministry Anniversaries

January 4 Mike Jones (Pastor/Sedalia/10 yrs.)
January 27 Grover Stevens (Pastor/Quaker/1 yr.)


The Family of Seaburn Daniel acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. Dear Friends, Thank you for remembering my father with the lovely basket of flowers. Thank you also for the printing of Dad’s last article in your newsletter.
Lisa Swain and Fran, John, & Keith Daniel

Experiencing God

Dr. Henry Blackaby; will lead a conference entitled "Experiencing God Together In Your Church"; on Sunday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Roanoke. For more information call 540-224-3300.

Mission Opportunities for 2003

Encouragement Walk Among Russian Romany People in Russia;; Spring, 9 days to 2 weeks, 3-5 adults
Sports in Washington, DC;; 1 week, adults and youth
Prayerwalking Team to France; April, May, or June, 7-10 days, 4-8 adults, $1,600 per person
For additional information, contact Mrs. Kathy L. Smith at 540-297-9283.

Please have items for the January newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, December 19.

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Strawberry Baptist Association
163 West Main, Bedford, VA 24523
FAX: (540) 586-4246

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