This year’s National Day of Prayer will be held at United Baptist in Valdese. It will be a time of celebration, worship and prayer. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. as we lift our hearts and voices in prayer.

west virginia mission trip

 We are headed to Fayetteville, West Virginia this summer (July 10-16) and we hope you will join us on the journey. We will be helping with Block Parties, Vacation Bible Schools as well as some construction projects. We hope you and your church will join us on this exciting adventure.

The cost of the trip is $185 which includes transportation, lodging, and food while in West Virginia. If planning to attend, please join us on May 24th at 7 p.m. at our CRBA office in Morganton for our planned training meeting.

Dates to remember:

  • Training Meeting – May 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. also at the Catawba River Baptist Association office
  • Deadline for returning the deposit and forms notarized – May 31, 2021
  • Trip Dates – July 10-16, 2021 leaving Saturday afternoon the 10th

For more information and to register, please go to and click on West Virginia Mission Trip Info. and Registration Forms

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 We are very excited to be hosting BURKECHANGERS for our county this June 6-9th.
This will be an exciting week and I hope your church is sending a team of students to be involved with this “Home Mission Project”.

BurkeChangers Schedule:

6-8pm – Meet @ Burkemont  Baptist for Worship and Training

8:00 am      – Meet @ CRBA for Instructions / Prayer & the Great Send-off
12ish          – Lunch on site
3:00 pm      – Leave Site
6-8 pm        – Pavillion Skate & Pizza

8:00 am           – Meet @ CRBA for Instructions / Prayer & Send-off
12ish               – Lunch on site
3:00 pm           – Leave Site
3:30 pm           – Dismiss for showers
6-8 pm             – Block Parties @ Church Locations
BBC (Fisher Park)
Mt Home (Church)
EVBC (Lydia Ave)
Walker Rd. (Church)

8:00 am           – Meet @ CRBA for Instructions / Prayer & Send-off
12ish               – Lunch on site
1:00 pm           – Leave Site
1:30pm            – Meet @ Catawba Meadows Pavillions (Pelican SnowBall)
3:30 pm           – Dismiss for showers
6-8 pm             -Meet @ El Bethel for BBQ & Worship Celebration

We still need help with the following:

Construction Supervisors– construction experience and ability to manage other adults in building needs and plans for construction projects. (Primarily handicap ramps)

Crew Chiefs– Adults with construction experience and ability to work with students and teach them how to complete basic construction projects, repair, replace, ramps, possible painting, yard work and other needs as we discover them.

Crew Encouragers– Adults or Students (Min. age 18) that can encourage morale, help focus quality work, safety on the site and cheer folks on during the project for your assigned team.

Crew Drivers-Transport church work crews to the site each day. Preferably stay on site and assist with projects.

Supply Gofer– Preferably someone with a vehicle that can transport construction materials to a site as needed. Items will be purchased for pick up locally. This individual would need to be willing to serve on call and get to multiple sites as needed.
Other ways to be involved:
Lunch Crew-  you would provide lunch for a crew  of 10 to 12. Mon.-Wed. (a suggested menu will be provided). The team will prepare lunch and deliver to the site each day. Interested groups please call Pastor Ken Gillan 828-461-1247 to volunteer.

Prayer walkers– This team will drive or walk through communities we are serving and pray before, during and after our June 6-9 dates. A suggested prayer list will be provided.

Enlist Workers- Invite, Enlist and Register individuals from your church to serve June 6-9. Register individuals or teams at the website. 

Food Roundup thin

 Thank you to our churches who participated in this year’s “food” drive for the Baptist Children’s Homes of NC. This year we fell short of our $6,800 goal ($100 from each CRBA Church) but I know God will bless the $2,700 given to bless these wonderful children. If you or your church would still like to give please send grocery store gift cards to our CRBA office and we will make sure they get to the right place. 

Mission Trip to Kenya

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We are excited to announce we will be going to Kenya for a mission trip from October 26 thru November 5.  The cost is estimated from $2,200 to $2,500 depending on travel. This year we will be hosting a pastors training event in villages and will also construct 4 houses for widows. This is going to be an awesome trip but is limited to 14 people.Reserve your spot today by going to  (You may have to place your cursor over the link, and hold down your Control button while left-clicking to get it to open). You can also find your project by going to Mission Projects/Outside US/Kenya from any page on the website or by scanning the QR code above. Scroll to the bottom of the Kenya Partnership Page and then find and click on your project (the Details/Register button). Note that the site only displays ten projects at a time, so you may need to hit the “next” button at the bottom of the page to scroll over and find your project. Once on your project page, it should ask you to sign in or create an account.STEP #1IF YOU ARE A NEW USER simply create a new account. The e-mail/username has to be unique (i.e. – husband and wife cannot share the same e-mail). If you have been sharing an e-mail with your spouse, you will need to create a unique one for one or the other of you. Once you have created your new account, go back to the homepage and find your project by clicking (Mission Projects/Outside US/Kenya). Projects are listed at the bottom of the Kenya Partnership page. -OR-
 IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT go ahead and sign in. Remember that….Usernames are based on e-mails. If you have forgotten your username, we can look that up for you if you contact our office. If you cannot remember your password you can reset it. After doing so, you should receive an e-mail with a new password to put in. Once logged in you can change it to whatever you would like your password to be. Once you sign in, it should keep you on your project page and you can continue with registration as a team member. But if not, go back to the homepage and find your project by clicking (Mission Projects/Outside US/Kenya). Projects are listed at the bottom of the Kenya Partnership page. STEP #2ONCE YOU HAVE EITHER SIGNED IN OR CREATED A NEW ACCOUNT:1.      Click “1” at the bottom of your project page where it asks you to “Choose Quantity”. Then click the “Continue” button. It should take you to a second page.2.      The second page should ask you to put in your “team name”, which is: CRBA (case sensitive). Click “Continue”. 3.      The third page should present your account information (general, passport, etc.) for verification. If anything on your account is unfinished, it may require you to complete it. Once you have, click the “Register” button.4.      You will be taken to a “Thank You” page. On this page is a link to our background check requirement. You can go ahead and click this button and submit the needed information for your background check at this time if you wish.  (You will also receive an e-mail with the same information you see on the “Thank You” page.)If you are unable to travel to Kenya but wish to participate,
consider helping us with one of two projects:

  • We will be building four houses/house churches, and each will cost $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

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.

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 of Worship and Youth 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

Mount Calvary is seeking a part-time secretary to start immediately. Must have experience with QuickBooks and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Publisher, & Excel. Experience filing Federal 941 and NC taxes is a plus.
Please send resumes 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 who is familiar with bookkeeping, quarterly tax filing, and W-2’s. 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

Summit Community Church is hosting:
Burke Primary Care will again be at Summit Church in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, May 26th beginning at 10:00 am to give the Moderna vaccine to anyone that still has not received one. As of right now, anyone over 16 years old is eligible for the vaccine. Please call the church office at (828) 437-2761 to schedule an appointment for your shot.

A partner church is in need of used baptist hymnals. If your church has any hymnals to spare, please donate them to the CRBA office or call (828) 437-0137.

Hopewell Baptist Church is hosting:

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Burke Women’s Prayer Committee is hosting:

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The Burke Women’s Prayer Committee is hosting a National Day of Prayer event today at noon (outside) at First Baptist Morganton. This is the event the usually takes place on the Morganton Town Square but is being moved this year due to construction. This is a great opportunity to join other brothers and sisters-in-Christ in prayer for our community and country. 

Lee Park Baptist Church is hosting: 

Igniting the Hearts of Men 2021

Burkemont is hosting:

Nomadia Adventurers

CCRP is hosting:

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FBC Hildebran:
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. 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 at

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. 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 at

Please call (828) 397-3641 for further questions.

NC Baptist Minister’s Wives Retreat:

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