CRBA Update December 2, 2021

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Please be in prayer as our churches partner together to provide the annual CRBA Toy Store ministry for our community next week. Over 1,000 new toys will be distributed, and the Gospel will be presented. Thank you to all who bought a toy and/or plans to volunteer this year. May God use it greatly for His praise and honor.

Out of the Box (1)

Interactive Nativity (from Outreach Magazine)
This is a creative idea! A church in Colorado Springs, Harvest Downtown, is putting on an interactive nativity where people can pet the animals, talk to the shepherds, and hold the baby Jesus. There will also be an art show called “Perspectives on the Incarnation” with drinks and snacks for those who attend.

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We are excited to announce the start of the Catawba River Baptist Association Bible Institute.

Our first course will be New Testament Survey 1: Harmony of the Gospels taught by Dr. Steve Mathews, pastor of United Baptist Church. The course will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11th, at our CRBA office in Morganton. The cost will be $50 per person per course which will be used to bless the instructors.

To register please call 828-437-0137 or email

Kenya thanks you

Praise the Lord for our churches who participated in providing bicycles and suits for students graduating from seminary in Kenya this year. As you can tell, these students were happy to receive the gifts you provided. May God bless each of you as you partner together to reach communities (here, there, and yonder) for Jesus. If you would like to personally go with us on our next mission to Kenya, I have good news. Our next planned trip to Kenya will be November 1-11, 2022.

For more information, please call our CRBA office.

EQUIP Conference (1)

EQUIP 2022/Spring Meeting is going to be a great event/conference where you can choose to be equipped for ministry. Please put March 15th, 2022, on your calendar and make plans to be there.
Some of the classes we will be offering in the evening include (but are not limited to):

  • Saturate Burke (Evangelism)/Assimilating Guests
  • Helping your church with technology
  • Starting (and Re-starting) Small Groups
  • Nuts and Bolts of Deacon Ministry
  • Raising Funds for Missions and Ministry
  • Leading in Worship
  • Better Together (Mergers and Church Fostering)
  • Help, I am the Church Treasurer
  • Developing Disciple-Making Disciples
  • Leading your Church to become an Acts 1:8 Church
  • Mission opportunities in Cincinnati  

Prayer Conference Call 2021

Join us this Wednesday for our CRBA week prayer conference call. This time of prayer will be a blessing to you, your family, and your church. Please take note of the new phone #.

Church News

Amherst Baptist is seeking a Pastor.
Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a part-time Worship Pastor/Leader.

Rutherford College First Baptist is excited to welcome their new Senior Pastor, Stanley Congers.

Southside is seeking a Church Secretary. All questions and resumes should be sent to

Wilkies Grove is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor. Please send resumes and questions to:

Mr. Chris Bortnick
(WGBC Pastor Church Committee, Chair)
5780 Wilkies Grove Church Rd.
Hickory, NC 28602

Partner News

Eddy Bunton is on the lookout for the “Experiencing God” adult student workbooks. If you have any extra, please contact him at or call (828) 443-1047.

Stantonsburg FBC is seeking a pastor and is located 50 miles east of Raleigh. If interested, please send resumes to:
SFBC Pastor Search Team
PO Box 356
Stantonsburg, NC   27883

Friendship Baptist Church, Hudson NC is seeking an energetic Interim Children/Youth Leader with potential for a permanent position.  (15-20 hours per week).  Please email resumes on or before September 20th to

FBC Hildebrand is seeking a Pianist, Organist & Part-time Music Director for our church. This is a paid position. This will require you to be here for Sunday & Wednesday services and any special services; revival, cantata, dramas, etc. Please submit your resume to the church office by mail at PO Box 220, Hildebran NC 28637 or you can email your resume to Kendra Arrowood
First Baptist Hildebran is also prayerfully seeking a full-time pastor. First Baptist Hildebran is in the Foothills of North Carolina in the town of Hildebran. Our church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catawba Valley Baptist Association. We are seeking a Pastor that adheres to the Baptist faith and has a Master of Divinity degree (or equivalent) or in pursuit of a degree with a conservative evangelical faith. To learn more about our church and see a full list of qualifications, please visit our website

Resumes may be sent to:
First Baptist Hildebran
Senior Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 220
Hildebran, NC 28637 or

Middle Fork Baptist Church is seeking a pastor with vision and outreach leadership, possibly a recent seminary graduate motivated to reach unchurched people. Middle Fork Baptist Church is a small (less than 50 members) Baptist congregation between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC. Traditional in worship and located between a college town and a resort area, next door to Tweetsie Railroad theme park. Seminary degree expected. Send resumes and/or questions to interim pastor by Jan 15, 2022. 

2021 Week of Prayer for
International Missions & Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 

November 28 – December 5, 2021

Lottie Moon

Printable Resources


Lottie Moon 1

Zion Christmas Nativity 2021

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