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CRBA Update                                        __________________________________                        November 15, 2018

Toy Store 2018
Monday, December 3 – (8 am – 8 pm)
Tuesday, December 4 – (8 am – 4 pm)
Wednesday, December 5 – (8 am – 4 pm)
Are you searching for a way to serve God locally? Consider spending time as a volunteer with our Association’s Annual Toy Store held at Summit Community Church.
Ways you can Serve:

  • Volunteer as a shopper to help parents shop for toys
  • Donate new toys or stocking stuffers.
  • Provide meals and snacks for our awesome volunteers
  • Send monetary donations to CRBA
  • Pray with parents as a Prayer Partner
  • Pray for our volunteers and the families we are serving
  • Help set up on Sunday, December 2nd at 1:30 p.m. at Summit Community Church. This is also a wonderful project to involve your youth group!!!
  • Translate/interpret for families with minimal English speaking skills.
  • Serve as a greeter.
  • Help clean-up

If you are willing to donate or serve at Toy Store, please contact the CRBA office at
Toy Store Needs


  • Toys $12-$15
  • Candy
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tooth Paste
  • Kindle Fire
  • RC Toys
  • Soccer Balls
  • Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)
  • Volunteers
  • Funding

Our next Pastors’ Reading Group will meet at the CRBA office November 19th at 10:30 a.m. Please join Pastors/Ministers from our community as we complete our first book, The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us. The group will meet monthly and we hope you will choose to join us. To purchase the first book, follow this link https://amzn.to/2NxBWSK.

Are you ready for a “Food Fight”???
All participating churches in Burke County will be collecting non-perishable food items to stock the Burke United Christian Ministries’ food pantry until November 22. There will be weigh-ins of all donated food and the church donating the most food will keep the Food Fight Belt for a year.  This year there will be two categories: small and medium sized churches will less than 200 in average Sunday attendance and large churches, those with more than 200 for Sunday attendance. The belt currently resides with Pastor Mike Chandler at Summit Community Church.Burke United Christian Ministries (BUCM) will be happy to pick up the food at the different churches or church members may bring it to BUCM. Last year’s Food Fight was a great success and all the churches had a great time. The Food Fight was a huge help in providing food to 19,612 individuals totaling 809,801 pounds last year.We pray that your church will take the challenge and be part of Food Fight 2018.

Out of the Box

The holiday season is in full swing, which means the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is upon us. This offering goes to (100%) support international missions so that missionaries can continue to share God’s word with unreached peoples. Here are some fun ways to get your church involved in collecting for the offering.

1. Lattes for Lottie – Bring in coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods to one of your evening
services. You can ask for donations for the offering and everyone will have a sweet snack.
2. Lottie Jar – Set a jar by one of the main church door entrances for members to put their loose change in.
3. Missions Post Office – Have members bring in their Christmas cards for fellow members and have a designated person to deliver them to the recipients. They can donate what they may have spent on postage to the offering.
4. Yard Sale – Hold a yard sale at your church and donate the proceeds.

We encourage you to pray for the offering concerning what to give, but more importantly pray for what the offering will do such as helping those who are lost. Also, pray for the missionaries and their families during the holiday season.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Men’s Worship Rally 2018


Monday, November 19, 2018 at First Baptist Church Hildebran.

Come join us for an evening of fellowship that will include music, a spiritual challenge, discussion, and prayer. Our meal begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by a time of worship at 7:00 p.m. Every man and his pastor are invited and encouraged to attend! Please bring $5 to help cover the cost of the meal.
Please visit www.baptistonmission.org to register.

Bozo, Sorogoye in Mali

Dhanuks believe in magic, witchcraft and ghosts. They are divided into two groups in terms of religion: those who worship Kali are called Kaliyaha and others are called Maharkhiya.Ministry Obstacles: The Dhanuk community speaks nearly 30 languages. Evangelistic and church planting projects need to accommodate these language subdivisions.Outreach Ideas: Christian workers can take the good news of Jesus to these people by recounting stories from Scripture, helping them discover the nuggets of meaning in the stories. Gospel recordings and films will also be useful. Pray the Lord will give Dhanuk families understanding and responsive hearts as they hear about the love of Christ.Pray for the followers of Christ: There are some followers of Jesus among the Dhanuk community today, but pray for those he is now preparing to come to himself. Pray for an environment in which they can become established in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group: Pray for the low caste Dhanuk community to be able to care properly for their families, and to raise their standard of living as needed. Pray they will make schooling a high priority for their children, and that schools will be available.

I am excited to announce we will be starting a weekly prayer conference call for all who would like to pray together during the week. I will have more details in the weeks ahead but we will begin this special ministry the first week in December. The Prayer Conference Call will be once each week and will not last longer than 15 minutes. Please stay tuned as we will be sharing more next week.

Ministry Partner News

Asheville Street Baptist Church is in need of a pianist. Please call Lynn Burnette at
828-439-2421 for more information.

Catawba Valley Baptist Church 
  1. ​Minister of Music/Associate Pastor (full-time)
  2. Church Pianist

If interested please contact pastor Dean Hart @ 828-850-0402 or pastordeancvbc@gmail.com

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 @ http://mscottw@charter.net

Mount Calvary Baptist Church is currently seeking the following to join their staff.

  1. Part-time Youth Pastor
  2. Part-time Secretary
    If interested contact Pastor Stephen Collins @ http://pastor.mtcalvaryvaldese@gmail.com.


Zion Baptist Church is seeking a full time Associate/Youth Pastor. Please send resume to zionbc.secretary@gmail.com or call the church office for more information 828-437-3080.



Please be in prayer for this week’s Churches of the Week:

Drexel Memorial
Lonnie Brown)

East Valdese
Lee Harris)

El Bethel
David Mills)

Gary Garner)

First Hmong
Pao Ly)

Churches without Senior Pastors:
El Bethel
​North Morganton
Walker Road
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We will never find joy in church membership when we are constantly seeking things our way. But paradoxically, we will find the greatest joy when we choose to be last. That’s what Jesus meant when He said the last will be first. True joy means giving up our rights and preferences and serving everyone else. –Thom Rainer