CRBA Update                      October 19, 2017

What a blessing it was to be at our Catawba River Baptist Association’s annual meeting and celebration service last Sunday night as we had approximately 450 adults, 176 youth and leaders and 44 children and leaders attending. Most of all, we are praising the Lord for the 2 teenagers who received Jesus as their personal Savior. In addition, we collected $4,040 that evening and an additional check was mailed the next day for $5,000 for a total of $9,040 to go towards paying off the CRBA debt. Thank you CRBA for trying something different this year for our annual celebration. It was a blessing to worship together with our churches and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year at Mount Home. Lastly, thank you for partnering with us as we work together to reach our community and world for Jesus.

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)






Our Annual WMU Missions Celebration is October 24th at 6:15 p.m. at High Peak Baptist Church in Valdese. A wonderful meal will be served and we are encouraging each person attending to contribute $5 for the cost of the meal. Also, we are encouraging you to bring a new or “gently” used purse (to be filled with supplies at a later date) to be donated to Options which is our local Women’s Shelter. This will be a great time of fellowship, missions and inspiration as our Director of Missions Robby Smith will be giving the missions challenge for the evening.





Russia: Kindness Express 


The Associational RA and GA leaders invite you to bring the children of your church to a very special event just for them.  During the upcoming Annual WMU Missions Celebration, we are offering the opportunity for your children to learn about our mission work in Russia.  Mission work there has its own special challenges due to the nature of the country, its background and current authoritarian leadership.  However, our missionaries continue to faithfully serve within the restrictions placed on them, and on all believers by current laws in order to reach people for Jesus. The children will learn of the missionaries work in the country and prior to will be a joint meal with a special Russian Theme for the children. The event will be held during the WMU Missions Celebration on October 24th at 6:15 pm at High Peak Baptist Church. There will be a cost of $3.00 per person. Please contact the Associational office with number attending at 828-437-0137. If you have any questions about the study please contact Martha Heavner at 828-502-9319.

Dear Church Clerks and Pastors, if your church has not yet submitted this year’s Annual Church Report please do so by next Tuesday. If you need assistance completing the forms, please let us know as soon as possible. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.




Ministry Partner News







“You cannot talk to your friends about God until you talk to God about your friends.” 

-Shawn Smith



Valdese FBC (Pastor Barry Keyes)

Walker Road Baptist (Pastor Jesse Carr)

Wilkies Grove
(Pastor Kenneth Bryant)

Zion Baptist Church
​(Pastor Keith Rose)

Abee’s Grove
​(Pastor Rudy Hayes)



Upcoming Events for 2017/2018

24 –Fall WMU Missions Celebration @ 6:15 (sessions will be included for boys and girls and nursery will be available)


6 –S.S. Training with Ken Hemphill @ High Peak Baptist Church
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 1 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
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

• Mission Trip to Solor Indonesia
• Bible Drill
• VBS Training
• Harvest Day @ the CoMMA (September 30 or October 7)