CRBA Update                             August 2, 2018
Ministers Wives GraphicAll ministers’ wives are invited to Abele’s for our monthly time of fellowship. We will meet tonight, Thursday August 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the back room. Cheryl Thomas, wife of Shawn Thomas, will be sharing her testimony with us. We look forward to a great time together and hope that everyone can join us.

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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.

Coats for the City
We will be collecting coats this year to be distributed to those in need in New York City. Please bring new or gently used coats (no holes, tears or stains) to our CRBA office in Morganton. We will collect coats during the months of September and October and will deliver them to a drop off location in North Carolina (Fruitland Baptist Bible College) who will then deliver (and distribute) them in New York. Again, if you bring used coats please make sure they are in great shape.

RoundtableCommunity Ministry Roundtable
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
Anyone who is involved or wants to be involved in community ministry in his/her area is encourage to join us.  It will be particularly helpful for pastors, ministry leaders (lay leaders and clergy).  We will learn from each other, teach each other, and by God’s leadership build an eager coalition to impact our communities.  Invite people from your church, and surrounding Associations who have a passion to reach our community for Jesus. Our leaders for the evening will be Paul Langston and Dollie Noa from our Baptist State Convention.

Love Loud

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
828-437-0137.

Schools Available

-East Burke High School
-Hildebran Elementary
-Icard Elementary
-Ray Childers Elementary


Outside the Box
OUT of the Box
(Creative Ideas to Reduce Lostness in Burke County, NC)

Fall Ideas from Thom Rainer
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

 

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Unreached People of the day

Amdo, Rongba in China
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.

Amdo 2Pray 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.


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Unreached People of the day
Amdo, Rongba in China
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.Amdo 2Pray 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.
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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 @ zionbc.secretary@gmail.com or call 828-437-3080 for more information.


Ministry Partner News
Catawba Valley Baptist Church is currently seeking two people to join their staff. The positions are:
  1. Minister of Music/Associate Pastor (full-time)
  2. Church Pianist

If interested please contact pastor Dean Hart @ 828-850-0402 or pastordeancvbc@gmail.com


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://mscottw@charter.net


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://bclambert@bellsouth.net

World Changers Shirts 2018For 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.

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Please be in prayer for this week’s Churches of the Week:

​Brown Mountain
(Pastor
Luke Gwynn)
Burkemont
(Interim Pastor
David Orders)
Catawba Valley
(Pastor
Dean Hart)
Central 
(Pastor
Thom Hartman)Community Missionary
(Pastor
Tony Land)

Churches without Senior Pastors:
Amherst
Antioch
Bethel
Burkemont
El Bethel
Mountain View #1
​North Morganton

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If your church loves a past era more than the current mission, it loves the wrong thing.

–Ed Stetzer


Financial Statement
July 2018

Income: $17,610.42
Spending: $13,591.93
Difference: +$4,018.49