Pedals for PastorsWe are happy to be partnering with pastor Pandu Maddala of Victory Baptist Association as he works with pastors in India to reach communities for Jesus. Most pastors in India pastor more than one church and they walk wherever they go. They are in need of 100 bicycles to help 100 pastors take the Word of God from village to village. The Catawba River Association is working to meet this need through the gifts of churches and individuals. If you, your Church, or Sunday School class would like to donate a bike (pedals for pastors) please send a check for $80 to CRBA and put on the memo line “Pedals for Pastors”. Every dollar collected will be sent to India and will be used to purchase bicycles. Please send all donations to 1812 US 70 E., Morganton, NC.
We will be hosting a Community Ministry Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Baptist Convention of North Carolina at CRBA August 6 from 6:30-8:30. Many churches in our Association have active ministries that are making a great impact on the people in our community. Others have a desire to do more but may not know where to start and may be wondering how to cast the vision to build an eager coalition to address local needs. The goal of this Community Ministry Roundtables is:
- learn what others are already doing and celebrate God’s blessing
- identify those who share a common passion for specific ministries
- share information learned from successes and failures
- build a local network that can assist churches in their ministries
- dream of what can be and start developing an action plan
Our CRBA churches will again be participating in LoveLoud which will take place August 20-24. This year we will be adopting each of our 26 Burke County Schools where we will be providing lunch for the teachers. We would like for your church to adopt a school and during the week of August 20th deliver lunch to the teachers and stay there and minister to them while they eat. As a resource, CRBA will order all the food but we are asking the churches to deliver the meal and pay for it if possible. If churches need help with funding CRBA is able to help. To “claim a school” (and for more information) please call our CRBA office at
-East Burke High School
-Ray Childers Elementary
OUT of the Box
(Creative Ideas to Reduce Lostness in Burke County, NC)
- Host a hunting season event for men. The start of hunting season is a major event for men from all over. Consider hosting a kickoff event for hunting season with a men’s dinner and have the men in your church invite their friends. You can use this as a catalyst to launching new small groups as well.
- Honor first responders in a worship service. In the US, September 11 is designated as Patriot Day and many communities honor first responders. Your church could invite and provide a breakfast for all first responders then briefly recognize them in the worship service.
- Coordinate a community outreach day through your small groups. Pick a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for all small groups to participate in a community outreach event. If you provide a list of projects to the groups, they can choose the project that fits their group the best.
- Hold a family movie night on the church lawn. Autumn evenings tend to get dark earlier and the weather can be quite nice. Consider having a movie night on the church lawn and encourage families to invite their neighbors and friends. Provide water and popcorn and you’re sure to have a great event that families will enjoy.
- Host an Invite Your One day. We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve seen from churches who’ve hosted Invite Your One days. The fall is a great time to host these events, and they can be great catalysts for creating an atmosphere of inviting in your church.
- Set a gospel conversation goal for your church and provide training. In all of these outreach events, make evangelism a clear focus for the event. The gospel conversations that can result from these intentional outreach events can be a major catalyst for growth and revitalization in your church. But this will only happen if your church members are trained and intentional. So, set a goal, train your members, and provide the opportunities for gospel conversations to happen.
There are two main branches of Tibetan peoples in Tibet, the Amdo and the Kham, with many subgroups. Today, Tibetan society has two basic levels: the family and the social classes (commoners, clergy, and nobility). Polyandry (a woman who has several husbands) is socially accepted and very common. The only exception is among the Amdo, who are usually monogamous. The ability to endure harsh conditions has made the Tibetans one of the most rugged peoples in the world.
Pray for the followers of Christ: There are only a few followers of Christ among the Amdo Buddhists, and they need our prayers. Pray their faith will be protected and nourished, and that they will become mature in the faith. Pray the Lord will help them to be faithful witnesses for himself. Pray for the entire people group: Pray for the hardy Amdo to live in peace with the Chinese authorities, and to be able to properly care for their families.
There are two main branches of Tibetan peoples in Tibet, the Amdo and the Kham, with many subgroups. Today, Tibetan society has two basic levels: the family and the social classes (commoners, clergy, and nobility). Polyandry (a woman who has several husbands) is socially accepted and very common. The only exception is among the Amdo, who are usually monogamous. The ability to endure harsh conditions has made the Tibetans one of the most rugged peoples in the world.Pray for the followers of Christ: There are only a few followers of Christ among the Amdo Buddhists, and they need our prayers. Pray their faith will be protected and nourished, and that they will become mature in the faith. Pray the Lord will help them to be faithful witnesses for himself. Pray for the entire people group: Pray for the hardy Amdo to live in peace with the Chinese authorities, and to be able to properly care for their families.
Gilead Baptist Church-August 12-15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Family cookout on Wednesday night.
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church-August 5-10, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes for Pre K through 6th grade.
Walker Road Baptist Church-August 12-16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner to be served nightly. Classes for all ages through adult.
Zion Baptist Church-August 4, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. @ Burke United Christian Ministries This will be a joint Bible School and volunteers are needed please contact Lori Matthews @ email@example.com or call 828-437-3080 for more information.
- Minister of Music/Associate Pastor (full-time)
- Church Pianist
First Baptist Morganton currently has 55 adult choir robes that they would like to make available to another church. If your church is interested please contact David Thayer
@ 828-437-2544 ext 16.
Gilead Baptist has 8 pews available to a church in need of them. The pews have blue upholstery with golden oak accents and white endcaps. If interested or have questions please contact Pastor Billy Bollinger at 828-448-1774.
Missionary Ridge Baptist Church is currently seeking a Full-time Associate Pastor of Youth. Please send all resumes and references to Scott Walker @ http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Mount Calvary Baptist Church is currently seeking two people to join their staff:
1. Part-time youth Pastor- if interested contact the church @ (828) 879-8831.
2. Part-time Church Secretary-if interested contact Betsy Lambert @ http://email@example.com
For anyone interested, there are World Changer Shirts at the CRBA office that can be purchased for $10 each. We have all adult sizes and all proceeds will go back into the fund for World Changers 2019. If you are interested please stop by or call the office at 828-437-0137.
Thom Hartman)Community Missionary
Mountain View #1
If your church loves a past era more than the current mission, it loves the wrong thing.