The year 2013 brought a lot of changes to Strawberry Baptist Association and 2014 will bring some new challenges to our Association.
We voted at the Annual meeting in October to sell the SBA office on Main Street where we have been since 1989. Trinity Baptist Church voted in November to lease 3 rooms to the Association, so we moved into the lower level of Trinity Baptist Church on December 10. We hired a moving company to do all the hard work, but that still left us a lot of boxes and “stuff” to go through, including some things to get rid of. We had new carpet installed, the rooms were painted and we put up some shelves for storage. It took a couple of weeks to get the phones and internet hooked up and straightened out and the electrical work done. But we are there, in our new Home!
Stop by and visit us at Trinity Baptist Church. We have our own outside entrance (follow the sidewalk), or you may use Trinity’s office entrance door and come down the steps—we are at the back of the hall. (Look for the SBA sign.) Strawberry Baptist Association’s new location at Trinity means we are still centrally located in the town of Bedford. Our physical address is 947 Lyle Street, on the hill above Kentucky Fried Chicken. (All mail should be sent to P.O. Box 91.)
We now have plenty of parking available, thanks to Trinity, as well as plenty of space for meetings, (The Pastor’s Conference already meets at Trinity on the 1 st Tuesday of every month.) and Trinity has offered to allow us to use other rooms for meetings as needed. Everything is well lit at night at Trinity, so there’s no problem when we leave after night meetings.
New Beginnings (con't)
Thank You, Trinity Baptist Church!
With all the changes, some people may be wondering what God is doing in the Strawberry Baptist Association. How can we meet the challenges that we are going to face in the future?
With God’s help and with God leading us, we can “do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Phil 4:13)
When Jesus called His first disciples, He told them to Listen Up. We have to Listen to God speaking to us, whether Softly and Tenderly or directly to us, and then we have to Trust and Obey, to Trust that it is God speaking to us and then Obey whatever it is God is telling us to do. Jesus told them to Launch Out; to launch their boats away from the land and the shallow water into the deep water where the fish are. How can we expect to catch fish, or bear fruit, if we spend our time in shallow water, where it feels safe, where we have always been? We need to launch out into the deep, where the people are, where the needs are, where we can do Missions and Ministry. We sold the building; does that mean we’ve lost our identity? NO! God is still on His Throne, He is still in Control! We are still Strawberry Baptist Association. Our Core Values remain the same and our Mission has Not changed.
Jesus also told the disciples to Let Down their nets into the water. What good were their nets if they kept them in the boats? What good are our resources if we fail to use them for God’s glory? God has supplied us with more than ample resources of people, places, money and time. If we expect to do what God has called us to do as an association, we have to use our resources. There are more people in Bedford County than ever, more people with needs, and more opportunities to minister,
Let’s Go Fishing, Let’s Go Forward—Facing the Future, Following God! We may be in a new location, but we are still Serving the Lord!
Jan 11 Vernon DeLong (Trinity)
Feb 14 Todd & Dana Childers (Norwood)
Minutes Strawberry Baptist Association
A Place for You in WMU!
Women on Mission : Radford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in January, February, and March. Bethlehem will host the January birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Mount Olivet will host it in February.
Lynne Stebbins, associational WMU secretary/treasurer, would like to thank the following churches for submitting their Annual Dues for 2013-2014: Beaverdam, Bethlehem, Glade Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Pecks, Quaker, Radford, Sedalia, Shady Grove, and Thaxton. If your WMU organization still needs to do this, 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)
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.
Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.
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