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CRBA Update                                        __________________________________                        October 25, 2018

Thank you to all of our churches who moved their evening service to Mount Home this past Sunday evening for our Annual CRBA Worship Celebration and Fall meeting. We had a glorious time with over 500 people participating for which God receives Glory. Thank you Mount Home for being a wonderful host. Also, thank you Doug Goforth for leading the business portion as the moderator of our decision. You did an awesome job!




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We have an exciting mission opportunity for folks in our Association. There are many people in the eastern part of our state who are still recovering from recent hurricane devastation and we want to take a group of workers November 12-16, 2018 to do clean-up and some construction in Lumberton, NC. This trip will not cost you anything as all supplies, lodging, and food will be provided free of charge. If interested, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 for more information and to register.
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Hello, my name is Jason Koon and I am the Catawba River Baptist Association Spiritual Renewal team leader. As you know, our world has changed drastically in recent decades and the Church is not immune to these cultural shifts. As our cultural landscape changes, however, our mandate from our Savior remains the same. Jesus’ final command when He was with us was to go into all the world and make Disciples, by baptizing people and teaching them to obey the Gospel of Jesus Church.We have developed several Discipleship training seminars designed to help Churches make disciples of Jesus during this unique season in history. Current seminars we are offering are:1. Understanding Millennials –Jason Koon
We’ve heard the studies and the jokes, but this generation of young adults are not who you might think they are. If we’re going to reach them we first have to understand them.
  1. Intentional Discipleship: Developing a Pathway to Spiritual Maturity –Jason Koon
    In our current culture, Discipleship is not going to happen by accident. Churches are going to have to develop intentional pathways to lead their people Spiritual Maturity.
  2. MasterLife: Using the MasterLife Curriculum to Make Disciples who Make Disciples –Shawn Thomas
    Simple, biblical, effective, these are the three most important qualities in a good Discipleship ministry. Master life is a simple, biblical, effective curriculum your Church can use to teach people to      become multiplying Disciples of Jesus.
  3. Membership Matters: Taking Church Membership Seriously Again –Shawn Thomas
    One of the foundational principles in the Baptist movement has been regenerate Church membership (making sure the membership of the Church is actually the membership of the Church). If we don’t get this right, everything else we do will be built on a faulty foundation.
  4. Sunday School Mentoring –Robby Smith
    How do you turn a Sunday School teacher into a life-changing Disciple maker? It takes work and intentionality, but you can teach them how.
  5. Family Ministry Workshop –Greg Klapp
    You are going to lead your family to follow something, that something should be Jesus. Learn how to resource the most-important Disciple-makers in your Church, parents and grandparents.

To schedule one of these free training seminars at your church, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137

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hurricane-relief-slide-1Thank you for your willingness to donate items to those affected by the recent disaster. The most pressing need at this time is monetary donations. You can click on the following link to make a donation to Disaster Relief.
You can make a donation by or mailing a check to:
NCBM, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512 Memo line: Disaster Relief Hurricane Florence. You can also give online at www.baptistsonmission.org/Hurricane-Florence
As a reminder, contributing to the North Carolina Missions Offering, http://www.ncmissionsoffering.org supports all NCBM ministries.
Cash donations are the best form of help for disaster relief efforts. If, however, you would like to donate other items, please follow the list below and do not deviate from the list as these items are specific to requests from the areas affected.
⦁ Canned food
⦁ Hygiene items
⦁ Baby products (diapers, formula)
⦁ Cleaning supplies
They are also accepting building supplies. However, if donating building supplies, please call our CRBA office first to make arrangements.
We are NOT accepting CLOTHING.
Please feel free to bring your donations to our CRBA office in Morganton and we will make sure they get to the Red Springs Missions Camp in Red Springs, NC for distribution.
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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 come 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.


Communion Set Need – Allen Stilwell knows of a new church plant that is in need of a communion set. If you have an extra set that you would be willing to donate, please call Allen Stilwell at 828-443-0603.


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 a Part-time Youth Pastor to join their staff.
If interested contact Pastor Stephen Collins @ http://pastor.mtcalvaryvaldese@gmail.com.


Valdese First Baptist Church will be taking a Florence relief trip to Shallote, NC on November 4-10. They have room for extra people if anyone would like to go with the group. For more information please call Josh Lail at (828-461-8177).


Zoar Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a permanent, part-time worship leader.
We are a loving, mission and community minded church. Applicants should be
willing to lead both traditional choir and praise team in a blended style worship.
Please send resumes to wlsc@zoarchurch.com or mail to Worship Leader Search
Committee, ZBC, 1740 South Lafayette St. Shelby, NC 28152.

 

 

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

Asheville Street
(Pastor
Doug Goforth)

Bethel
(Currently without a Pastor)

Bethlehem
(Pastor
Steven Painter)

Bridge 42
(Pastor
Jason Koon)

Brookwood
(Pastor
Earl Cross)

Churches without Senior Pastors:
Antioch
Bethel
El Bethel
First Baptist Valdese
​North Morganton
Smyrna
Walker Road Baptist
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“When we spend time with Jesus-when His Holy Spirit resides in us-we cannot help but care about what He cares about.”
―Jim Putman