CRBA Update December 9, 2021

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Thank you to all our churches who worked together to make a big impact in our community through Toy Store 2021. This year, we ministered to over 550 children representing over 300 families. Through your faithfulness and generosity, each family received toys, stockings, Bibles, prayer, and an opportunity to be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 gift card at Ingles Market. We were also able to distribute wrapping paper, Christmas cards, and Christmas trees as supplies lasted. Thank you CRBA churches for partnering together to reach our communities for Christ!

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    Do you desire to know the Word of God better? Would you like to read the Bible more closely, preach or teach it with more insight, and discover or renew the joy of discovering and applying biblical truth? Do you minister in a music program, work with youth, or teach Sunday school or small group classes? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Catawba River Baptist Bible Institute is a great opportunity for you!

    There are many great college and seminary programs available, and many are accessible through the internet. However, most of these programs are expensive, require previous education, and include coursework that is not relevant or useful to your ministry in the local church. Catawba River Baptist Bible Institute is different!
Classes last only 10 weeks and are held in person at the CRBA office. The cost is only $50 and includes all class notes and texts. You don’t study on a screen- you meet with your neighbors throughout our association. Your teacher is a carefully-prepared Bible scholar who serves as a pastor right here in Burke County.

    Catawba River Baptist Bible Institute brings affordable, accessible education to you, so you can learn the Word of God! Join us for our inaugural class, The Gospels. Classes start January 11th and last one hour each Tuesday night. The class runs for 10 weeks. Come join us!

For more information, contact me at
To register, contact the CRBA at  

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Help People Get Fit for Life – Many of our church buildings are empty most of the week. With that in mind, consider offering a weight-loss support group, senior health, or regular fitness class (aerobics, Pilates, CrossFit, etc.) at your church and invite the community to attend. Your church can demonstrate its concern for the whole person—physically and spiritually. January would be a great time to start this kind of ministry.

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.

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

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church has some pews for donation to a church in need. They’re in great condition.
Qty 4 -12 ft. pews
Qty 1 -15ft  pew
They are white with wood trim and burgundy pew pads (example pictured below).
Please contact Pleasant Hill at 828-437-4082. 

PHBC Pews 2021

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

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