fill the tank

“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 encouarage 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 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. 
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. If your church wishes to participate but is not financially able to purchase the food please let us know CRBA may be able to help.
If your church would like to participate please 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.

VBS coming soon 2021

Summer is quickly approaching and the Catawba River Baptist Association is excited to support our churches through the VBS season. We would like each of our churches to e-mail ( the dates, time, and title of their VBS series so we can help you promote your church’s event. This is an awesome opportunity to get your church’s information out to the community so that we can reach more people for Christ.

If you have any questions, please call (828) 437-0137.

This Summer’s VBS Schedules

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VBS Treasured 2021 4

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

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 Minister of Music and a bi-vocational Youth Minister. Please send resumes and questions to        

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. They are also seeking a pianist. 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

Cross Memorial Baptist Church in Marion has a Kyrocera Copier free to any church that is willing to pick it up.   The copier is only black ink.  It does not have the capability to print in color.  Please contact Kayla at Cross Memorial.  The church phone number is 828-652-6315. 

FBC Hildebran:

First Baptist Hildebran is 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 who adheres to the Baptist faith and has a Master of Divinity degree (or equivalent) or is 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 at
Resumes may be sent to:

First Baptist Hildebran
Senior Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 220
Hildebran, NC 28637 or

We are seeking a Pianist 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’s, Drama’s etc. 
We are seeking a 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’s, Drama’s and working with a choir, etc. 

All resumes for the music positions can be sent to:

Kendra B. Arrowood
Administrative Assistant
First Baptist Church Hildebran
PO Box 220
Hildebran NC 28637

NC Baptist Minister’s Wives Retreat:

ncbpatist minwives retreat

Vessels of Mercy:
 VOM yardsale