This is going to be a wonderful treat as our churches come together (which we do once a year) to hear what God is doing in our community and then to worship Him together for the glory of God. The worship celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Mount Home. We will have a special service for the children in a different part of the building that your children will love being a part of. Also, teenagers will be celebrating together from 5-7 p.m. at the CoMMA with great music and preaching from God’s Word. I hope you and your church will take advantage of this great opportunity as we celebrate together what God is doing.
We are excited to announce we will be hosting Mission Fair 2022 at this year’s Fall Meeting/Worship Celebration at Mount Home on October 23rd. At Mission Fair 2022, we will have missionaries (local, state, national, and IMB), as well as mission partners, present to bless and help our churches. Additionally, we are excited to provide an opportunity for each of our CRBA churches to have a table where they can exhibit their ministries and mission involvement to brag about what Jesus is doing in and through our churches. If your church would like to have a table/exhibit, please contact our CRBA office to RSVP. In addition to all the helpful exhibits, desserts will be served.
On Sunday, October 23rd, musicians from our CRBA churches will come together at Mount Home Baptist for our CRBA Worship Celebration to celebrate our Lord Jesus. If you like to sing for Jesus, please join us at 4:30 and help lead in worship at 5:55 p.m. The songs we are singing are:
- Total Praise from High and Lifted Up from Word
Jon Conrad (Mount Home) has some extra copies and will be happy to provide those for your choir if you contact him beforehand at 828-4437-0593. Worship Leaders, if you plan to have your choir participate (and we hope they will), please let me know how many you expect so we can make all the logistic arrangements with Mount Home. This is going to be wonderful, so I hope you will plan to participate.
by Diana Davis and Lifeway Staff
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. A time set aside each year to honor and give thanks for our pastors who give, care, and serve us and our communities in remarkable ways.
How exactly should we celebrate our pastors? They do so much for us. More than we ever know or realize on a daily and even moment-by-moment basis. How can we show them that we appreciate what they do, but also who they are to us and so many others? What is the perfect gift to express deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks?
Here are some ideas and suggestions to get your creative juices flowing. Select one or more of these ways to honor your pastor. It’s also a great time to thank and honor all of your church staff.
October 25 to November 29 (no class on November 8). Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm.
This class introduces the first five books of the Bible. Students will learn the literary features, theological themes, interpretive challenges, and main characters of the opening act of God’s story. The focus will be on understanding the message of these books in their relationship to God’s ultimate salvation in Jesus Christ.
Call (828) 437-0137 today to register!
We are excited about this year’s golf tournament for Toy Store, and it is not too late to sign up to play. Go online and sign your team up today. Remember, if you bring a new toy to the tournament, you will get a free mulligan!
To learn more and to become a hole sponsor, please call our office or click HERE.
Grilling season may be coming to an end, but your propane tank can still be used to bless others. At this year’s upcoming Toy Store Ministry, we will be providing counseling and prayer for each Toy Store guest, which will take place outdoors. We have acquired six patio heaters but will need propane tanks. If you would allow us to use your available propane tank(s) during the first half of December, please give us a call at our CRBA office. Each year we experience dozens of people coming to faith in Christ, and this is another way you take part. As always, we need volunteers, but we also need your propane tanks. All borrowed tanks will be returned at the end of the Toy Store.
Coats for the City shares the love of Jesus by providing warm coats and the gospel to residents of New York City each December. NC Baptists have partnered with the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MNYBA) in this effort for eight years. Working with churches across New York City, we desire to distribute coats along with a Bible or Jesus film in the language of every recipient.
What kind of coats do we need?
- New or gently used heavy coats that can withstand a New York City winter.
- Lighter-weight coats used for layering.
- No holes, tears, or stains.
- Zippers should work.
Please call the CRBA office to schedule a drop-off time.
The Annual Church Profile submission deadline is fast approaching, so please get yours submitted as soon as possible. We are grateful to the following churches for their submission:
|Amherst||High Peak||Oak Ridge|
|Asheville Street||Icard’s Grove||Pleasant Ridge|
|Cross Memorial||Mount Home||Summit|
|El Bethel||Mountain View II||Trinity|
|Enon||Mull’s Grove||Walker Road|
|Friendship||North Morganton||Wilkies Grove|
|Glen Alpine FBC||Oak Grove||Zion|
Some may ask why we encourage our busy churches to complete the ACP. This annual report allows our Association (and Convention) to track trends in our local churches in the following areas:
- Worship Attendance
- Small Group Attendance
- Age Group Attendance
- Mission Participation
This information, along with a detailed demographic report that our Association provides free of charge, helps churches strategize, plan, and helps create a process for church revitalization if needed.
If any of our churches need assistance in completing the ACP, we are happy to help. We will even submit the report for you if you provide the needed information. For assistance, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137. We are here to help you, our CRBA churches.
All retired Pastors are welcome to join us for this FREE luncheon. Please RSVP by calling the CRBA office at (828) 437-0137.
- Hold an after-service barbecue or a pre-service breakfast. Have everyone who attends bring a canned food item for the local food bank.
- Host financial management seminars covering getting out of debt, retirement planning, saving for college, and thriving as a single-income family.
- Organize a job-share and computer training conference in your church, providing training in resume writing, clothing for job interviews, interviewing skills, phone skills, and basic computer skills.
Whatever you do, make sure folks know you are providing this service because Jesus loves them. And finally, PUBLICIZE, PUBLICIZE, PUBLICIZE!!!!!!
For more creative ideas, please go to www.crbanc.org/creative-ministry-ideas/.
Burkemont Baptist is hosting Bible Drill for all students (1st-12th grade). Every child will have opportunity to learn bible books, verses, Key Passages, and divisions; Bible book content; Bible history; Bible people; and life application. Children will use the Bible throughout every part of the meeting. The hope is to help children have real experiences that lead to a strong personal connection with the Bible.
We are looking forward to having your child as a part of this exciting Bible group. Bible Drill takes place each Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Burkemont Baptist Church. Pastor Luke Lane will lead Bible Study for adults in the sanctuary at the same time.
Click HERE to learn more!
Icard’s GroveBaptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.
North Morganton is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.
Mull’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Music Minister. Please send resumes and questions to email@example.com.
Wilkies Grove is seeking qualified candidates for their Church Secretary vacancy. For complete information, click HERE. Applications and resumes can be submitted to WGBC in person, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to 5780 Wilkies Grove Church Rd., Hickory, NC 28602.
Zion is hosting a Going Beyond simulcast. Details below.
Glenwood Baptist Church is seeking a man of God to be our full-time pastor. If interested, please submit your resume to:
Glenwood Baptist Church
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 218
Glenwood, NC 28737
or online at email@example.com.
Poovey’s Grove Baptist Church is seeking a full-time senior pastor. For more information, please contact Classie Whisenant at (828) 381-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, NC:
Wanted: Part-time Facilities Manager who has demonstrated maintenance experience. If interested, please send a resume to First Baptist Church, Attn: Dr. Stanley Spence, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or email Vicki.email@example.com.
Yadkin Baptist Church, located in the North Carolina Foothills, is seeking a full-time pastor who is a gifted teacher, an effective communicator, and a skilled counselor. A Master’s Degree, Southern Baptist Seminary/Divinity School Degree is preferred or an equivalent of education and experience. This position requires more than five years of pastoral experience. Salary and benefits commensurate based on education and experience include housing, paid holidays, and vacation. Resumes may be submitted to Yadkin Baptist Church Pastor Search Committee, c/o Mike Cook, 4763 Kirby Mountain Road, Lenoir, NC, 28645 or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes must be submitted by August 31, 2022.
Please contact Debbie Thompson at email@example.com for more information.