CRBA Update                              November 22, 2017

Equip Logo 2017We 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.

​Note: Deadline to register for classes is December 18, registrant must have submitted an application to Southeastern and been accepted. Cost for each class is $850.00 as long as registrant is a member of a SBC church otherwise cost is $1700.00 per class. 


Toy Store logo just giftToy Store is FAST approaching and we need your help. Please look over the list below and bring any donated items to our CRBA office. Your help is needed and appreciated!

  • Toys $12-$15
  • Kindle Fires
  • RC Toys
  • Soccer Balls
  • Candy
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tooth Paste
  • Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)
  • Funding $$$$$$$
  • Volunteers (please call our CRBA office)

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from your Catawba River Family. May it be a time of great ministry, great blessings and great experiences with both your personal family and church family!

​Ministry Partner News
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Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office or at

Nearly 275 years after iHandels Sing Along 2017 2t 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 @  



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

​​First Hmong Baptist
​(Pastor Pao Ly)​Friendship Baptist
​(Pastor Phil King)Gilead Baptist
(Pastor Billy Bollinger)Glen Alpine FBC
​(Pastor John Terry)

Grace Baptist
(Pastor Marty Bess)

​Churches without Senior Pastors

Brown Mountain
Mountain View #1
​Oak Ridge

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Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

​-1 Chronicles 16:8

Upcoming Events

​22–​Office closes at Noon for Thanksgiving

23–Thanksgiving (CRBA Office Closed)


3-Toy Store Set-up @ 1 p.m. @ Summit

4–Toy Store 8 a.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 take-down @ Summit

10–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m


January 201811–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.

Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.11–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.13–Region 8 Missions Night24–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



8–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.

10–WMU Spring Missions Meeting @ 6:15

​10-19- ​Solor Indonesia Mission Trip

12–Senior Adult Spring Outing @
11 am @Missionary Ridge

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



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


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)