CRBA Update                             July 12, 2018



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We have an exciting mission opportunity for folks in our Association. There are many people in the eastern part of our state who are still recovering from the devastation of hurricane Matthew. We are taking a group of workers
August 6-10, 2018 to do clean-up and some construction in Lumberton, NC. This trip will not cost you anything as all supplies, lodging, and food will be provided free of charge.

If interested please call our CRBA office for more information and to register.


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Pedals for Pastors

We 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.



Darkness to Light Training 2The Darkness to Light training is being offered July 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the CRBA building in an effort to prevent childhood sexual abuse by increasing awareness and education in our community.  This training is being provided for everyone but we are hoping representatives from all of our Burke county churches will be present.  Through participation, individuals learn facts about childhood sexual abuse and steps they can take to prevent it.  The training specifically provides participants with tools and resources needed to recognize signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, as well as increases understanding about the obligation to report child sexual abuse, make appropriate referrals and proactively change policies and procedures that ensure the safety of children.


The training is two hours and participants are provided a certificate upon completion.  A workbook is required for each participant and will be provided free of charge. Our facilitator will be Kimberly Rhodes who is the System of Care Liaison at Partners Behavioral Health Management. Kimberly is also a Christian and active member of Grace Baptist church in Morganton. Please join us for this important training which is offered free of charge.

To register please go to .


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.



Community 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.
Hillcrest Center 09.14.17Help Needed ASAP: Our CRBA Community Ministry @ Hillcrest needs an additional church to help with this ministry. The help is needed the first Wednesday of every month beginning in August. We are looking for a church or Sunday School Class who would provide a meal for 15 or less children once each month and spend time building relationships. If you can help us with this ministry or have questions please give us a call at 828-437-0137.
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Beginning next month we will be hosting seminary accredited courses at our Catawba River Baptist Association office in Morganton. This is a great opportunity to begin (or continue) your seminary education in your own town. All courses offered on our CRBA campus are accredited through SACS and offered in partnership with Southeastern Baptist Seminary. For more information or to register please contact our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.
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Antioch Baptist Church-July 15-19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ​There will be classes for all ages through adult.

​East Valdese Baptist Church-July 29-August 1, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ​Family night with free dinner August 1.

​Gilead Baptist Church-August 12-15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ​Family cookout on Wednesday night.

​Oakridge Baptist Church-July 22-27, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ​Meal provided each night at 5:00 p.m.

​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 @ or call 828-437-3080 for more information. School supplies will be collected to hand out to the children in attendance. Please bring donations of pencils, paper and other schools supplies to the CRBA office. If you would like to supply a bookbag for a needy student please bring a $5.00 donation. 

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

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 Scott Walker @

Mount Calvary Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Youth Pastor. If interested please contact church @ (828) 879-8831.

NC Caregivers Workshop
To Register Visit
Hero Central
All State Youth Poster 2018
The concert is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information contact
David Thayer, Director of Music Ministries, at 437-2544 ext 16.
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Please be in prayer for this week’s Churches of the Week:

Mike Chandler)Table Rock
Walter Vinson)

Tim Hodge)

Steve Mathews)

FBC Valdese
Barry Keys)

Churches without Senior Pastors:
El Bethel
Mountain View #1
​North Morganton
You don’t redefine your church for your community by changing your name, updating your sanctuary, or changing your music. You redefine the church for your community by how you serve it. You don’t serve your community to get people into your church either. You serve the community to get your church, the people of your church, into the lives of the people in the community on a consistent basis.

-Mark Clifton