Here is Catawba River Baptist Association Update containing the latest information regarding Toy Store 2018, prayer conference calls, celebrating recovery, Ministers’ Wives Fellowship and more.

Ministers’ Wives Fellowship

Our Ministers’ Wives will have a great time as they celebrate the season with fun and fellowship at Abele’s Restaurant at 5:30 PM on Thursday (tonight), December 6, in the back room. This will be a great time to get together to enjoy celebrating the season with a little fun, a good meal, and a special time of sharing. We hope all of the CRBA Ministers’ wives will plan to be there.

Prayer Conference Call

I am excited to announce we are starting a weekly prayer conference call for all who would like to pray together during the week. We will begin next Monday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. and will continue with this weekly ministry each Monday thereafter. The Prayer Conference Call will not last longer than 15 minutes and you can also just call in and listen if you would prefer. Please join us by dialing 515-604-9862 and then put in the code 711285 followed by the # sign. Once done you will then be online with myself and others from our Association who will join together in prayer.

Toy Store 2018

I am excited to announce we are starting a weekly prayer conference call for all who would like to pray together during the week. We will begin next Monday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. and will continue with this weekly ministry each Monday thereafter. The Prayer Conference Call will not last longer than 15 minutes and you can also just call in and listen if you would prefer. Please join us by dialing 515-604-9862 and then put in the code 711285 followed by the # sign. Once done you will then be online with myself and others from our Association who will join together in prayer.

Suodi In China


Suodi worship a host of deities and spirits, hoping their devotion will prevent disaster coming upon their families and villages. They also believe in Yasomu, an all-powerful deity, and they keep ancestral tablets.

Ministry Obstacles: The Suodi people have a long history of violence and darkness.

Outreach Ideas: Workers are needed to carry the good news of Christ to the Suodi people. Pray for workers who can communicate well in the language of the Suodi.

Pray for the followers of Christ: Pray for those who

Celebrate Recovery

The churches of CRBA are concerned with the vast drug abuse present in Burke county and we want to help by beginning a Celebrate Recovery ministry. If God has put this type of burden on your heart and you are willing to help us begin and lead this ministry, please give us a call at 828-437-0137. You may also contact Robby at rsmith@crbanc.org. Your help and prayers are greatly appreciated.

OUT of the Box

(Creative Ideas to Reduce Lostness in Burke County)

One church does a “It Stinks to Work on Christmas Eve” outreach event where they ask persons coming to their Christmas Eve services to sign up to bring baked goods (homemade or store bought). Beforehand they come up with a list of places where people are likely to be working on Christmas Eve- fire station, police station, rescue squad, nursing home, hospital, convenience stores, bars, etc. They then ask persons to bring the baked goods to one of these designated places. They usually put a small tag on the baked goods that says “We know it stinks to work on Christmas Eve, but we hope this small gift lifts your spirit this Christmas Eve and you experience the love of the Christ Child.” Like other servant evangelism events persons receiving the gifts are so thankful and surprised in many cases.

Ministry Partner News

Children’s Home Society of NC

There will be an information meeting in Morganton on December 18th for the Children’s Home Society of NC. We are looking to find great families to provide safe, stable and loving homes for children in foster care in Burke County and surrounding counties. The meeting will take place at CHS Morganton at 6 p.m.
For more information go to https://www.chsnc.org/

Understanding Resilience

Join us on December 13th, 2018 for a two part presentation on Understanding Resilience. Grace Baptist Church will host this event from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” will be the main focus followed by an hour of application through facilitated learning.

For more information or to register go to https://www.chsnc.org/event/resilience/.

Piano

Kathy Hinson in the Morganton area has a piano she is willing to donate.
Please call 403-5580 for more information.

Asheville Street Baptist Church

Is in need of a pianist. Please call Lynn Burnette at 828-439-2421 for more information.

Catawba Valley Baptist Church 

Is currently seeking a 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.

Missionary Ridge Baptist Church

 ​Is currently seeking a Full-Time Associate Pastor of Youth. Please send all resumes and references to

Mount Calvary Baptist Church

Is currently seeking a Part-Time Youth Pastor to join their staff.

If interested contact Pastor Stephen Collins @ http://pastor.mtcalvaryvaldese@gmail.com.

Zion Baptist Church

Is seeking a full time Associate/Youth Pastor. Please send resume to zionbc.secretary@gmail.com or call the church office for more information 828-437-3080.


 

 

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

Morganton First
(Pastor
Tom Bland)

Morganton First Deaf
(Pastor
Tom Lineberger)

Mount Calvary
(Pastor
Stephen Collins)

Mount Home
(Pastor
Jerry Gamble)

Mount Olive
(Pastor
Michael Gantt)

Churches without Senior Pastors:
Antioch
Bethel
El Bethel
​North Morganton
Smyrna
Walker Road
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If you had the cure to cancer wouldn’t you share it? … You have the cure to death … get out there and share it. –Kirk Cameron