CRBA Update         November 2, 2017



Join us for this great, inspiring seminar and you will have the opportunity to win a group of books written by Ken Hemphill. Also, there will be a drawing for pastors for a $50 gift card from Lifeway. We hope to see you there! Nursery will be provided.



I’m excited to tell you our Spiritual Renewal Team is beginning a Prayer Ministry for our Association and Pastor Kevin Purcell of High Peak Baptist will be leading this ministry. This will involve each of our 66 CRBA churches and we are asking each church to designate a person to be their representative on this ministry. Most of this ministry will be done through a private Facebook group therefore, each representative should be somewhat familiar with Facebook and they must have a Facebook page. Once your church designates a person please contact Kevin Purcell at




We are happy to announce beginning January 18th, 2018 we will be offering SACS Accredited seminary level classes at our Resource Center in partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This partnership will allow both pastors and laymen (men and women) the opportunity to further their education while taking accredited seminary courses. We will be offering two courses (you can take one or both) which will take place on Thursday evenings beginning January 18th.

Courses being taught are the following:


Pastoral Ministry and Leadership Practicum (instructor Dr. Steve Mathews)
Bible Exposition I: Hermeneutics and Preparation Practicum (instructor Dr. Rex Shaver)

For more information on this new ministry of CRBA please give us a call at 828-437-0137.

We are excited for our upcoming Toy Store ministry as we know our community will be blessed and many will come to faith in Christ.  As always, we are in need of several items and if you can help please bring all donations to our CRBA office.  The following items are needed at this time:

Toys $12-$15
Kindle Fires
RC Toys
Soccer Balls
Tooth Brushes
Tooth Paste
Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)
Steps to Peace with God (Tracts)
Volunteers (please call our CRBA office)


Russia: Kindness Express Mission Study for Children
If you would like to have a great mission study for children taught at your church we have a great opportunity for you. Phillip and Martha Heavner (East Valdese Baptist) are willing to travel to any of our CRBA churches to do this year’s mission study “Russia: Kindness Express”. If you would like for them to come to your church please call Phillip at 828-502-9318.


Ministry Partner News




Faith and Family Night with the Charlotte Hornets

​Our Association has been invited to an exciting event at the Charlotte Hornets Game on Saturday, November 18th starting at 2 pm with a concert with Brandon Heath, at 3 pm there will be a Fan Fest Meet and Greet with the players and then the Charlotte Hornets will face the Clippers at 7 pm. Discount tickets are being offered and any group with 15 or more attending will have there name featured on the scoreboard. If you have any questions or would like to order tickets please contact:

​Nick Hodges at 704-688-9076 or



Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office or at

Nearly 275 years after it was first performed, Messiah has become a holiday season staple. Experience the joy of the season by singing along (or just listening!) to the much beloved music of Handel’s Messiah. Singers are encouraged to bring a copy of the score if they have one (a limited number will be available at the door). The experience is unique and the chorus is you!
During the fall of 2016 Reuter Pipe Organ Company refurbished and significantly upgraded the First Baptist Church organ, restoring it to its original splendor – and more. The organ features three manuals, with 49 ranks of pipes, and its recent renovation has enhanced the instrument tremendously.
Organist Mrs. Rebecca Myrick-Poteat will accompany the soloists and assembled choir in this Messiah sing-along. A highly accomplished musician, Mrs. Myrick-Poteat holds degrees from Appalachian State University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Event will be held at First Baptist Church – 502 West Union Street on
December 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Adult tickets: $7.00 Youth Tickets: $5.00
​Tickets available at the Comma Box Office or online @


Upcoming Events for 2017/2018


6 –S.S. Training with Ken Hemphill @ High Peak Baptist Church @ 7 p.m.
6-7 –N.C. Baptist Convention
12 –S.S. Mentoring at East Valdese @ 6 pm
14 –Ministers, Church Secretaries and Spouses Christmas Party @ 6 p.m. @ El Bethel
18 –RA Sailboat Races
23 –Thanksgiving (CRBA Office Closed)


3 –Toy Store Set-up1 p.m. @ Summit
4 –Toy Store 8 p.m. to 8 p.m. @ Summit
5 –Toy Store 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. @ Summit
6 –Toy Store 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Summit
7 –Toy Store 8 a.m. to noon @ Summit
10 –S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese
25 –Christmas

January 2018

11 –CRBA Prayer @ Morganton City Square @ 12
13 –WMU Planning Meeting @ High Peak @ 9 a.m.
14 –S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.
18 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.
20 –Evangelism Training with Don Sunshine @ CoMMA


3 –Men & Boys Wild Game Supper @ Mount Home @ 5 p.m.
8 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.
11 –S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.
12 –Region 8 Missions Night
24 –CRBA RA Racer Day


11 –S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.
15 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.
17 –State RA Racer Day
30 –Good Friday


1 –Easter
8 –S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.
10 –WMU Spring Missions Meeting @ 6:15
10-19 –Mission Trip to Solor, Indonesia
12 –Senior Adult Spring Outing @ noon
26 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.
28 –CRBA Spring Fun Day @ Catawba Meadows Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


3 –National Day of Prayer
4 –Region 8 Disaster Relief Training (Iredell County)
6 –S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.
7-9 –Senior Adult Revival @ Summit
13 –Mother’s Day
17 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.
19 –RA Field Day @ Zion from 1-6 p.m.
20 –Children’s Skating Party 2-4
28 –CRBA Office closed in observance of Memorial Day


10-13 –SBC
17 –Father’s Day
21 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.


4 –CRBA Office closed in observance of Independence Day
12 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.
16-21 –World Changers CRBA


4-10 –Chicago Mission Trip
13 –Region 8 Missions Conference
20-25 –LoveLOUD
28 –Men’s Rally @ 6 p.m.
30 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.


3 –CRBA Office closed in observance of Labor Day
11 –Equip Conference from 6-9 p.m.
20 –Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.


4 –Senior Adult Fall Event
21 –Fall CRBA Meeting and Worship Celebration @ Mount Home


5-6 –N.C. Baptist Convention
19 –Region 8 Men’s Ministry Worship Rally

Monthly Events
• Minister’s Wives Fellowship @ Abele’s in Morganton @ 5:30 the first Thursday of every month
• Pastor Mentoring the third Monday of every month @ 10:30 a.m. at CRBA
Weekly Events
• Minister’s Conference every Monday at 10:30 a.m. at CRBA
Dates to be planned/Confirmed
• Bible Drill
• VBS Training
• Harvest Day @ the CoMMA (September 30 or October 7)


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

(Pastor Earl Cross)

Brown Mountain
(Interim Pastor Doug St. John)

Burkemont Baptist
​(Interim David Mills)

Catawba Valley
​(Pastor Dean Hart)

(Pastor Thom Hartman)


A winning team is one that reaches the lost and makes disciples who can disciple others. The goal of winning is not to fill stadiums with fans; it’s not about numbers, unless what you are counting is the number of godly disciples. Life change is the goal.    -Putman


More Ministry Partner News

​Asheville Street Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a pianist. For more information please contact Pastor Doug Goforth at 828-437-7255.