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The Highest Price of All

The year was 1943, and our nation was at war with both Japan and Germany in an effort to preserve life and liberty around the world—the type of life and liberty that only comes with a great deal of sacrifice, and often requires the highest price of all.

In a small town in the midwest, a grandfather was preparing to take his grandson out to see the lights and decorations and to stop for a few minutes at a manger scene to reflect on the birth of the Savior. The boy, along with his mom, had been living with his grandfather for more than two years. It became an economic necessity after the boy’s father enlisted in the Army and was shipped overseas. Even more, it helped the whole family emotionally to be able to lean upon each other, drawing both strength and comfort from one another. The grandfather made sure his grandson was warmly dressed and had his winter boots on as they left the warmth of the home and began trudging through the snow. Along the way, they passed several houses. Some of them had a gold star hanging in the window. The boy wondered about them and finally asked his grandfather the question: “Grandpa, what do the gold stars hanging in the windows of some of the houses we have passed stand for?”

The grandfather gently told him, not wanting to cause undue fear or worry to fall upon the boy: “The stars were given by our nation to the families in those homes in memory and recognition that they have given a son in the effort to bring peace to this world.”

The boy was silent for a long time as they made their way past houses and shops on their way to the churchyard. As they reached the manger scene, the boy gazed at it silently for several minutes. Then, he grabbed his grandfather’s hand to get the old man’s attention, and with his small finger he pointed to the top of the manger scene and said, “Look grandpa, a star! God gave a son to bring peace to this earth, too! With that, the grandfather picked up the boy in his arms and said, “That He did, my boy, that He did!”

May the God who gave His only begotten Son so that we might have life, liberty, and that perfect peace which passes all understanding, bless you with your most joyous Christmas ever, as you strive to live sacrificially for Him.


Dec 28 Monroe Baldwin (Diamond Hill)
Dec 31 Charles Stinson (Retired)
Jan 11 Vernon DeLong (Trinity)
Jan 17 Bill Mitchell (Mount Zion)

Wedding Anniversaries

Dec 5 John & Esther Woodford (SBA)
Dec 17 Curtis & Louise Nester (Retired)
Dec 20 Greg & Maryanna Soult (Mentow)

Focus on our Family

On Saturday, December 14, 6-8 p.m., there will be a Live Nativity on the front lawn of Bedford Baptist.

On Sunday, December 22, 10:55 a.m., the Sanctuary Choir will present “Carols from Around the World.”

On Tuesday, December 24, 7 p.m., there will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a pre-service concert.

Diamond Hill will have a float in the Moneta Christmas parade.

On Friday, December 13, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., there will be a Living Nativity at the church. Please stop or drive by to see the Christmas miracle.

On Friday, December 15, 6 p.m., the church will present its annual Christmas program “One Person Can Make a Difference.” All invited.

Kyle Dooley has accepted the pastorate of Coopers Cove Baptist Church in Hardy, VA. He was ordained to the gospel ministry by Flint Hill on May 16, 2004, and has supplied pulpits for many congregations in Strawberry Association.

Rev. Mark Oblinger has announced his resignation as pastor of Flint Hill effective November 17.

Mount Olivet’s children will be presenting a Christmas program on Sunday, December 15, 7 p.m.

Norwood Firewood Ministry
Volunteers/Trucks Needed
Saturday, December 14, 8 a.m.
12 Noon: Lunch break—soup, chili beans, cornbread, etc.

Quitting time depends on delivery to all those on our list or whenever you need to leave.

We usually manage well with the turnout of men and women to help split and load the trucks, but have run short on people with trucks to keep the wood flowing away from the work station.

Norwood is located at 1045 Random Way, Forest (off route 221, directly across from Casaloma sub-division).

For questions, call the church at 540.586.0909.

Thanks, Todd

An eleven member mission team from Quaker served November 17-23, in Staten Island, NY, preparing facilities for college students to stay in while repairing homes damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Trinity will present “Behold the Star” on Sunday, December 15, 11 a.m.

There will be a special Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m.

The SBA Office Is Moving

Trinity Church has voted to allow the association to rent two rooms and a walk-in closet for office space and storage. Our phone number will remain the same, but we will be dropping the street address, so future mail should be addressed to Strawberry Baptist Association, P.O. Box 91, Bedford. We’ll let you know when the move is completed.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Round Tree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.7409

Women on Mission : Diamond Hill will lead weekly 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. The Women on Mission from Mentow, Mount Hermon, and Timber Ridge put together 28 hygiene kits for the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. They also provided pencils, note pads, and numerous greeting cards for the inmates to send to family and friends. These were taken to Eagle Eyrie during the Women’s Get Away to be picked up by Fluvanna Christmas Gift Ministry volunteers. (Total given from across Virginia was $6000 and almost 500 hygiene kits.)

Annual Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2013-2014 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Lynne Stebbins, 5644 Chestnut Fork Rd., Bedford 24523.

WMU Planning Meeting

(Church WMU Directors/SBA WMU Leadership Team)

Tuesday, January 15, 2014, 5:15 p.m.

SBA Office (lower level of Trinity Baptist Church)

Christmas Is...

Christmas Child Shoe Box Participation

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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.

How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! O! ’Tis easier to keep holidays than commandments!

—Benjamin Franklin

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, December 18.

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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