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The Christmas Promise from Isaiah 9

This is God’s 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 God’s love.

He is called "Jesus (Savior)" because He will save His people from their sins. He is called "Immanuel (God with us)" because God became flesh and dwelt among us. His Spirit is He who walks beside us to comfort and counsel and is indeed Wonderful. He is no less than Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, Alpha and Omega who was and is and is to come. And all of us who know Him have come to experience first hand why He is called the Prince of Peace, because His unfathomable peace carries us through the most dark valleys and stormy seas in unexpected ways that we cannot understand this side of heaven.

We pray for you God's abundant blessing this Christmas and New Year. As you celebrate with your family, hold them close and see God's love at work.

Written by Rev. Steve Manuel for the December 2001 edition of “The Spirit.”

Spring 2010
Bible & Ministry Training Classes
Weeks of January 25 through May 10

Spring 2010 College/Diploma Classes

Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke
Johannine Literature:
Tues., 1:30-4:20 pm
Christian Theology II:
Tues., 6:30-9:20 pm
Christian Education:
Thurs., 9:30 am-12:20 pm or 6:30-9:20 pm

Henry County Baptist Association building, Martinsville
Johannine Literature:
Mon., 6-8:50 pm.
Spiritual Formation:
Thurs., 6-8:50 pm.

Spring 2010 Masters Classes

Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke
Old Testament Introduction I:
Thurs., 6-8 pm.
Biblical Models of Leadership:
Thurs., 8:10-10:10 pm.

College-level class tuition:
Credit: $375/class Audit: $188
Tuition for Masters classes:
Credit: $700/class Audit: $350
(Tuition scholarships for college and Masters classes available for members of Baptist General Association of Virginia churches)

For information and registration
Phone: 540.777.3014 (Roanoke)
866.223.9344 (toll-free)

A partnership of The John Leland Center for Theological Studies and The Southwest Virginia Christian Leadership Network.
Gary A. Chapman, Director,
Southwest Virginia
Christian Leadership Network


Dec 19 Eldridge Cullum (Thaxton)
Jan 11 Vernon DeLong (Trinity)
Jan 17 Bill Mitchell (Mount Zion)

Wedding Anniversaries

Dec 5 John & Esther Woodford (45 yrs.) (SBA)
Dec 22 Rick & Tracy Foster (Timber Ridge)

Click for December Calendar

Focus on Our Family

Bedford Baptist Youth thanks the Palestine Alaska Mission Team for working with them at a Pancake Breakfast at Applebee's Restaurant. This was a great meal and an excellent opportunity to work with another SBA Church.

Bedford’s special Christmas activities include a Live Nativity on the front lawn on Saturday, December 12, 6-8 p.m.; Churchwide covered dish Christmas Dinner and Preschool/Children’s Christmas Program “Guess Who’’s Coming to Bethlehem?” on Sunday, December 13, 5 p.m.; Christmas Caroling on Sunday, December 20, 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service at 7 p.m.

Flint Hill will present the Christmas cantata, “Emmanuel, Celebrating Heaven‘s Child,” during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 13.

The Flint Hill Community Center is now open year around. To schedule an event, call 540.297.3709.

Hunting Creek will present a Christmas Pageant/Cantata on Sunday, December 20, 6 p.m.

Mentow will be presenting “A Christmas Candlelight Drama” on Sunday, December 20, 7 p.m.

Norwood's Wood Ministry Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, December 12, starting around 7:30 a.m. and lasting until after Noon. We plan to have around 5 log splitters running non-stop but anticipate a need for trucks to deliver the wood. If you have a truck and would be willing to deliver wood and share a kind word or Gospel tract with a person in need, please email Pastor Todd at or call him at 540.871.0517.

The children of Norwood will present a cantata on Sunday, December 13, during the 11 a.m. worship time. The adult choir will present a cantata on Sunday, December 20, during the 11 a.m. worship time.

The Statement Band will be in concert at Palestine on Sunday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. A Christmas Concert and Dessert Fellowship will follow the concert.

Quaker will present the Christmas musical/drama, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” during the 11 a.m. worship service, on Sunday, December 20. A Christmas fellowship lunch will follow the service.

Rainbow Forest’s choir will present the Christmas Cantata, “Come In Peace and Glory,” on Saturday, December 5, 6 p.m., and on Sunday, December 6, 9 & 10:40 a.m. The church will have an all night prayer event, beginning at 8 p.m. on December 5, and concluding at 7 a.m. on December 8.

Suck Spring will present the Christmas cantata, “Hope Has Hands,” on Sunday, December 20, during the morning worship time. The Christmas program, “Good News, Great Joy,” will be presented at 6 that evening.

Trinity will present a Christmas cantata, “Light of the World,” on Sunday, December 20, p.m. The church will also have a Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child

The following churches reported participation in Operation Christmas Child:

Church............Shoeboxes filled
Flint Hill............68
Mount Hermon............116
Suck Spring............94

Self Study Team

The Self Study Team (SST) met Friday, November 20, at Quaker Baptist Church. Our homework assignment from the previous meeting was to define Core Values that could be used in restructuring the Association. Our objective was to come up with values that would bring the local churches together.

Each of us had formulated our version of what we thought would identify us as a network of churches. Integrating the various views was the thrust of the morning. We focused on fellowship, integrity, autonomy, Bible based, Lordship of Christ, evangelism, missions, and Baptist distinctives.

The outcome of this work was Five Core Values that we will finalize at our next meeting on December 11.

Self-Study Team contact info: Billy Burnette, 540.586.8087; Rita Calhoun, 540.297.5271 or; Hoyt Dellis, 540.297.5622 or; Rev. Vernon DeLong, 540.586.8010 or; Rev. Rick Mallory (secretary), 540.297.4959 or revma40.890.1294 or;; Rev. Dennis Moore, 5 Rebekah Overstreet (co-chair), 540.586.2956 or; Rev. David Timma (co-chair), 540.297.3715 or; Rev. Don Harvey (consultant)

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.2956

Women on Mission: Diamond Hill is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in December; Radford will lead them in January. Mentow will host the December birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Bethlehem will host it in January.

WMU Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2009-2010 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Phyllis McDaniel, 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode, VA 24556. The following have already sent checks: Beaverdam, Bedford, Big Island, Diamond Hill, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Mount Hermon, Norwood, Pecks, Quaker, Radford, Sedalia, Suck Spring, Thaxton, and Timber Ridge.

The Annie Mae Broyles group meeting was held at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Thursday, October 15, 2009. Seven churches were represented with 21 present. Reverend James Crewe, pastor of Bethlehem gave a wonderful devotion. A big thank you goes to Charlotte Nichols for playing the organ for us, and to the two wonderful ladies of Bethlehem who lead the singing. Rosie Minter presented the Prayer Calendar and held a prayer time for the Missionaries.

The program was presented by Rebekah Overstreet, SBA Association WMU Director. Rebekah told about her mission trips to Moyobamba, Peru, where she taught ESL classes at the Annie Soper Christian School. It was very evident that Rebekah not only taught her students a lot, she gained much by her interactions with them during her time there. We elected to give the offering to Rebekah to be sent to the school. Rebekah told us that US dollars are worth three times as much in Moyobamba so the $100.00 collected will be worth $300.00 to the school.

We would like to extend our heart-felt thanks to all of the ladies of Bethlehem Baptist Church for making us feel so welcome. Next year's meeting will be at Quaker Baptist Church on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at 10:00 am.

In closing, Wanda Goodrich thanked everyone for the help, support, and Christian influence they had on her life during the years she has worked with the SBA WMU.

NOTE: A leader is needed for the program for 2010. Please contact Esther at the Association Office if you would be willing to help plan and lead the program for next year. A leader will need to be in place before August 2010 in order to get the program planned. The Annie Mae Broyles notebook which has all the necessary information about the program will be at the Association Office.

Wanda Goodrich, 2009 Group Leader

Blessings at Christmas and throughout the New Year!

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 Monday, December 21.

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