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Join our nation in prayer on May 5th as we pray for our nation’s leaders, teachers, military service members, police officers, firefighters/EMS, doctors/nurses, and pastors/ministers.

May 5th – 12 (noon) at FBC Morganton (bring a lawn chair)

May 5th – 6 PM at Jacumin Plaza, Valdese (if raining: East Valdese Baptist Church)

We look forward to seeing you there!

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We had a wonderful time at this year’s Pastor’s and Administrative Assistant’s Banquet. Thank you Burkemont for hosting and thank you to our CRBA Church Strengthening Ministry Team for organizing this great event which was a blessing to all who were able to attend.

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Praise the Lord for each of our churches who provided cakes for the Broyhill Children’s Home in Clyde. This year (our first year doing this) we were able to deliver 107 cakes to the Children’s Home to bless all the children and workers. Thank you, CRBA, for your wonderful response. You are a blessing and the Broyhill Home was overjoyed to receive your gifts. In addition to the cakes, our churches bought grocery store gift cards in the amount of $905 to purchase meat and other perishable items. To God be the Glory for your faithfulness!

BurkeChangers is going to be awesome again this year and we need your help. Our greatest need currently is for skilled men and women to serve as Crew Chiefs. If you are willing to help, please sign up today on the above link. If you don’t have building skills but wish to help, we have a place for you to serve. We are also in need of churches to feed these teams of 15 Monday thru Wednesday. To volunteer and for more information, please go to www.burkechangers.org or call our office at 828-437-0137.

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We are looking forward to our Mission Trip to Cincinnati from August 4-7. Ministries will include 2 block parties, prayer walking, participating in worship services Saturday evening, and handing out flyers. The approximate cost is $240 per person. Lodging will be at a local hotel and is based on double occupancy.

To register and for more information, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.

Kenya Mission Trip 2022

We are excited we will be taking a team to Kisumu, Kenya this November. We will be building homes for those in need which will also be used for Bible Studies and Church Plants. In addition to providing homes, there will be opportunities for personal evangelism, prayer walking, preaching, and teaching. The cost is approximately $2,200 (cost may vary due to travel). For more information and to register, please call our CRBA office. The deadline to sign up with a $500 deposit is August 15th.


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Dental Truck

We are happy to announce that Burkemont is bringing the Dental Ministry Trailer from Baptist On Mission to our community. This important ministry will take place on August 18th and 19th and we need your help. The following volunteers are needed:
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Prayer Counselors, Greeters, folks to provide meals, etc.
If you would like to help with this wonderful ministry, please call Eddy Bunton at Burkemont Baptist. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Catawba River Baptist Association

Church News

Amherst Baptist is seeking a Full-time Pastor. Please send resumes to mpoteet2003@yahoo.com     

Icard’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Mull’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Music Minister. Please send resumes and questions to brodruemgbc@att.net.   

Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a Piano Accompanist for Wednesday night choir practice (7:00 pm) and Sunday morning service (10:30 am). There will be a stipend offered. Pleasant Hill is also seeking a part-time Worship Leader. Please email questions and resumes to jackhodges@pleasanthillbc.church or mail to:
2396 Enola Rd., Morganton, NC 28655

Southside is seeking a Church Secretary. All questions and resumes should be sent to rlawrencelaw52@gmail.com.

Wilkies Grove is seeking an:
Associate Pastor or Associate Pastor/Minister of Youth & Children             FULL-TIME POSITION
Located in eastern Burke County, Wilkies Grove Baptist Church is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor or AP / Minister of Youth & Children who understands and demonstrates the work of the church and is faithful to the conservative values of the Southern Baptist Convention. The church is in a rural setting, south of I-40 between Hickory and Morganton. Wilkies Grove averages an attendance of 240 and is a member of the Catawba River Association. Additional staff includes the senior pastor, youth leader, minister of music, and secretary/treasurer.
Job Descriptions are available at wilkiesgrove.com.

  • Saved by the Grace of God through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
  • A Southern Baptist who agrees with and ascribes to the literal validity and application of the Holy Bible.
  • Believes the Holy Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.
  • Licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel by a conservative Southern Baptist Church.
  • Minimum of (3) years experience in a church leadership role is preferred.


  • Proclaim the Gospel as the literal Word of God to the church and assist the church in proclaiming the Gospel to the community.
  • Partner with the senior pastor and Deacon Board in the governance of the church.
  • Support the church with attendance and tithes.
  • Provide assistance to the senior pastor in any area of work, as requested or assigned.
  • Assist in worship services as needed and at the discretion of the senior pastor.
  • Serve on church committees and support church-wide initiatives.
  • Conduct funeral services and wedding ceremonies as requested.

SALARY:  Salary commensurate with experience.
Mr. Chris Bortnick
WGBC Pastor Church Committee, Chair
PHONE:         828.413.0060
EMAIL:          bortnick@charter.net
MAIL:            Mr. Chris Bortnick
                       5780 Wilkies Grove Church Road
                       Hickory, NC  28602

'94 Ford Van for SALE

The Deaf Church at FBC Morganton is selling a 1994 Ford Club Wagon Van

5.0-liter engine
Runs good
84,472 miles
New battery
Trailer hitch
Radio DOES NOT work
Side slide-out steps
Asking $3000.00

Please contact Tom Lineberger at (828) 413-0216 for more information.