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Christmas in August

We are excited about this year’s Toy Store Ministry as we will be celebrating 27 years of ministry to families in need using toys at Christmas to share the Good News of Jesus. And, to celebrate our 27th year we will again be offering Christmas in August, encouraging churches and individuals to collect toys in August to be distributed to families during our annual Toy Store event in December. If you would like a collection box to be delivered to your church (or business) please give us a call at 828-437-0137. Collection boxes with our Toy Store Logo are also available for pickup at our CRBA office in Morganton. Or, feel free to bring donations (new toys costing between $15-$20) to our CRBA office. For toy ideas go to

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“Fill the Tank” is a statewide emphasis to see believers baptized on September 12th. Emphasizing baptism on a specific day is a great way to encourage new believers to take the next step of obedience and faith while displaying a picture of the gospel to others. For more information on this important event and to register your church please go to

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We are happy to announce LoveLOUD is back. Mark your calendars, the week of August 16 is LoveLOUD. During that week our churches will partner together to provide lunch for the staff of every Burke County Public School.  The schools we will be feeding are:

Burke Middle 
DHS              East Valdese
Drexel          High Peak
EBMS           Oak Ridge
Forest Hill   Asheville St.
Glen AlpineGlen Alpine FBC
Hillcrest Summit
Icard              Oak Ridge
Mountain ViewSummit
Mull               Brookwood
N. Liberty     Pleasant Hill
New DimensionsFBC Morganton
Oak Hill         Zion Baptist
PHSMull’s Grove
Ray ChildersOak Ridge
Table RockEl Bethel
ValdeseMount Calvary
WA Young 

We are asking our CRBA churches to “Adopt a School” and provide lunch on a designated day (to be determined by the school system). Churches will be asked to deliver the meal on a certain day and time and each participating church will purchase food from Chick-fil-A. Each meal will cost $6 per person and CRBA will handle the ordering of food. Churches will be responsible for drinks. If your church wishes to participate but are not financially able to purchase the food, please let us know and CRBA may be able to help.

Call us today to adopt your school.

Mission Trip to Kenya

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We continue to be excited for our upcoming mission trip to Kenya October 26 thru November 5th.   We have a team of 12 people representing 6 churches.

If you are unable to travel to Kenya but wish to participate,
consider helping us with one of four projects:

  • We will be building four houses/house churches costing a total of $1,600. You can donate enough for the house ($400) or you can buy a wall ($100). These houses are for widows in villages that will also be used as houses of hope/church plants).
  • Pastor’s Conference –We will be hosting (and leading) pastor training in Kisumu, Kenya which will cost up to $2,000 for supplies and food for the Kenyan pastors who will be trained.
  • Buy a suit for one of 21 pastors @ $40 each
  • Buy a bicycle for a pastor @ $100 each

The above are great projects for Sunday School Classes, families, and churches to participate in. Also, if your church does not have plans for your churches VBS offering, consider using it to meet some of the above mission needs.

This Summer’s VBS Schedules

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VBS Destination Dig 2021

It’s not too late to enter your church’s information for VBS. You may e-mail the CRBA ( or call (828-437-0137). This publication goes out each Thursday. Entries must be in by the Wednesday before. 

Church News

Amherst Baptist is seeking a Pastor.

Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Catawba Valley is seeking a Pastor.

Community Missionary is seeking a Pastor.

El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor/Worship Leader to join their ministerial staff. Please send resumes and questions to They are also searching for a part-time Youth Director. If interested please send resumes and questions to

Missionary Ridge is looking for a full-time Youth Minister. Please send resumes or direct questions to

Mull’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Youth Minister. Please send resumes and questions to   

Oak Ridge Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Student Pastor. Responsibilities include overseeing different aspects of the youth ministry including teaching Bible studies, planning retreats & events, leading ministry volunteers, and overseeing the ministry budget. An average of 20 hours per week is expected for this position. Seminary education and experience are preferred. For a more detailed job description email the church office at Resumes will be accepted through August 31.
Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a full-time Children’s and Youth Ministry Pastor as well as a part-time Worship Pastor/Leader.

Rutherford College First Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

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

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Israel Trip
November 15th – 26th, 2022

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Join us on this life-changing trip. 
Walk where Jesus walked, pray where Jesus prayed.
Bring the Bible to Life!

Joe Elliott, (Olivet Baptist Church) and Susan Jones, (Burkemont Baptist Church) will be hosting this exciting Pilgrimage to Israel and we’d love for you to join us. We will be having an interest meeting on August 29th at Burkemont Baptist Church, 4668 Burkemont Rd, Morganton at 4:30 in the Family Life Center in Room 106.  The Family Life Center entrance is in the back parking lot. Please make plans to attend the interest meeting and invite your friends and family.           

Please contact us if you have questions:       
Susan Jones 828-443-1316
Joe Elliott 828-312-1778

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Etch 2021


The conference is designed to excite, inspire and engage your kids’, students, next-generation, and family ministry teams as we “Reunite” around our calling to ministry. “Reunite” will focus on Ephesians 4:1 and challenge you to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” This conference will be a time to praise God for His faithfulness through the difficult times and to celebrate coming together again as the body of Christ.
At the ETCH simulcast you can expect:

  • inspiring main session speakers and heartfelt worship.
  • training designed for your specific ministry needs.
  • meaningful moments together with your team and other ministry leaders.

Registration is $25 per person and includes the three main sessions and four breakout sessions preselected by Lifeway. Registration also includes access replays of the sessions for two weeks following the live event.
After the conference, attendees can purchase a digital pass that will provide access to all the main sessions, as well as 30 prerecorded breakouts. The digital pass may be purchased at
For more information please go to:

Baptists on Mission:

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Do you desire to see men come alive with the realization of Christ’s stamp upon their lives? Would you rejoice to see them engaged in growing, meaningful fellowship with our Lord?

Join us for one unforgettable day of encouragement,
exhortation, and inspiration for men! 

SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
@ Lee Park Baptist in Monroe, NC
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Igniting the Hearts of Men Tom Joyce
Igniting the Hearts of Men Rex Tignor

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Click here for more information and to register for this event!