CRBA Update Sept. 13, 2023

    CRBA UPDATE                                                             September 13 , 2023   WPPC Club
This is a great ministry of the Catawba River Baptist Association, and we highly encourage our churches to support it by making students aware of this ministry. We thank pastor Eddy Bunton for his wonderful leadership, reaching out to college students and staff. To God Be the Glory!

  Student Worship Nov 12

  Ministers and wives Christmas Dinner 2

  Begins October 19

  Coats for the City 2023
  NC Mission offering 2023

Toy Store Stocking and Toy Collection flyer

Christmas is approaching, and we are busy preparing for our 29th Annual Toy Store ministry to bless Burke County families in need. One of the things we provide is a handmade stocking for each child in the family. Therefore, we need your help. If you can sew, we need your help in finishing 500 additional stockings before December. If you can help us with this great task please come by, pick up the fabric and pattern, and start sewing for Jesus. Your help is greatly appreciated. Also, if your church has not yet picked up a toy collection box, please get yours today.
  Fall Meeting and mission Fair ad

  Momentum Rally

  ACP Graphic

Each of our CRBA churches have been sent this year’s Annual Church Profile Packet. If you have not received yours, please call our office ASAP and we will be happy to send an additional one to you. Please complete your ACP online or bring it by your CRBA office by October 9th.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

The information collected on the ACP tells several important ministry stories. It tells a congregation’s story and allows the church to keep a history of leadership and statistics. As one person has said, “This history is helpful when churches look at their own trendlines, introduce a prospective new pastor to their church, and when they seek outside financing”.
The ACP also tells the story of local associations, state conventions, and the SBC as a whole.
The ACP gives a quick summary of who we are as Southern Baptists. The ACP statistics survey and leadership profile answers, who and how many individuals, congregations and associations are connected through our convention.

However, when fewer congregations participate, it’s difficult to paint a clear picture of our effectiveness as well as the needs of our churches.
  We want to encourage each of our congregations to participate in the Annual Church Profile this year because every church is important! Again, please complete your ACP by October 9, 2023.   CRBBI 2023 (1)
In this class, Dr. Steve Mathews (pastor of United Baptist) will lead the study of the minor prophets, including the context of these books in the Old Testament, prophetic themes, theological message, and practical applications.   Sr. Adult Fall Lunch

    Armenia Mission Trip 3
  Here is the link to the registration page:
You can also go to: if you prefer. Our Team is AR 24-02 (You may have to place your cursor over the link, and hold down your Control button while left-clicking to get it to open.) The Team Name is Catawba.  You can also find your project by going to Mission Projects/Outside US/Armenia from any page on the website. Scroll to the bottom of the Armenia Partnership Page and then find and click on your project (the Details/Register button). You will need to either sign in or create a new volunteer account to add to the team. You must have your passport to register.
Once on our project page, it should ask you to sign in or create an account.

IF YOU ARE A NEW USER (or YOUR EMAIL IS NOT RECOGNIZED ON THE NEW BAPIST ON MISSION SITE) simply create a new account. Once you have, go back to the homepage and find your project by clicking (Mission Projects/Outside US/Armenia). Projects are listed at the bottom of the Armenia Partnership page. Once you have either signed in (updated your password, etc.) or created a new account:
1. Click “1” at the bottom of your project page where it asks you to “Choose Quantity”. Then click the “Continue” button. It should take you to a second page.
2. The second page should ask you to put in your “team name”. Click “Continue”.
3. The third page should present your account information (general, passport, etc.) for verification. If anything on your account is unfinished, it may require you to complete it. Once you have, click the “Register” button.
4. You will be taken to a “Thank You” page. Please read it carefully.  (You will also receive an e-mail with the same information you see on the “Thank You” page.)

Let your team leader (Robby Smith) or our office know if you have any problems or have any questions, and thank you for your service in Armenia!
  Golf Tournament Hole Sponsor 2023
  Our Associational churches are very excited to host our 29th Annual Toy Store for those in need in Burke County. To help fund this important ministry we host an annual benefit golf tournament. As part of the tournament, we encourage churches and businesses to become hole sponsors. Hole sponsorships are from $100 to $500. If you, your church, or your business would like to sponsor a hole please scan the above QR code or call our CRBA office. This is a wonderful opportunity to bless 800 children and their families.  Also, if you are a golfer, please consider entering a team of 4 for the tournament. This year, the first prize will be cash. Please sign-up today.


  Set Free Kick Off
Praise the Lord for the great kick-off of Set Free Christian Fellowship this past Sunday. There were over 35 people participating, and we look forward to what God is going to do through this new church that focuses on reaching former inmates. Their schedule is:
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Worship at 10:30 a.m.
This is a new church plant being started by El Bethel Baptist and supported by several other CRBA churches.
Thank you, El Bethel and Zion, for all the wonderful food you provided for the church launch. It was AWESOME!    

Local Mission Opportunities An elderly Morganton resident needs some boards replaced on her front porch.  If you are able to help with this need please contact us at the CRBA office.  

We have been contacted by a senior adult who is struggling with cancer and needs help getting her lawn mowed.  She lives on Grandview Ave. in Morganton.  If you or your church can help, please contact our office (828) 437-0137 for more information.

We have been contacted by a social worker for a disabled veteran on Crystal Creek Rd. in Morganton.  He is in need of someone to come out and connect an existing septic tank to his home.  If you or your church are able to help with this need please contact us at (828) 437-0137.

An elderly lady in Morganton is in need of a roof patch to keep the water out of her home.  If you are able to assist with this need please call us at (828) 437-0137.

J. Iverson Riddle is looking for volunteers to push wheelchair residents to and from chapel services.  For more information contact 828-608-6212
J. Iverson Riddle

      CRBA Resource of the Week

  Our CRBA Spikeball is great for events such as summer Block Parties as well as Fall events, and it is available as part of our Evangelism Trailer to any of our CRBA churches for church and outreach events. To reserve it for your next event, please call the CRBA office at 828-437-0137.  

Church News

Burkemont Baptist will be presenting Overdose, a Judgement House experience on Oct. 25, 28, 29,30.
Judgement House Burkemont

East Valdese Baptist invites students to 5th Quarter
EVBC 5th Quarter

Enon Baptist is seeking a full-time Pastor.  Please send all inquiries or resumes to

First Baptist Icard is seeking a ministry intern.  Email for more information.

First Baptist Morganton  Community Bible Study will hold its annual kickoff event on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 502 W. Union St. in Morganton. Information about this year’s class will be shared. All are welcome to attend, and interpreters for the Deaf will be available. Contact Millie King at for more details.

First Hmong has 12 long pews and 2 shorter pews to give to anyone who can use them.  Please contact Pao Ly 828-448-0534 or Davee Ly at 828-448-0533 if you are interested.  
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Grace Baptist is seeking a part-time Associate Pastor.  Please send all inquiries or resumes to Daniel Morgan

They are also seeking a part-time Youth Minister.  Please send all inquiries or resumes to Roy Coffey:

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  Hopewell Baptist is seeking a part-time Music Director.  The skill of music reading is a requirement.  Please send resumes to:

They are also seeking a full-time Pastor.  Please send a current resume and references for review to:

Icard’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Oak Ridge Baptist will have a playground ribbon cutting/ dedication during their homecoming celebration on Sunday, September 17th.  

Oak Ridge Baptist Church and the Playground Committee wish to recognize the generosity of grantors the Rostan Family Foundation and The Huffman-Cornwell Foundation. We would like to express our most heart-felt gratitude for grants of $8000 and $2000, respectively, bestowed for the completion of the playground renovation project. The Rostan Family Foundation and The Huffman-Cornwell contributions were pivotal in bringing to fruition a safe, engaging and beautiful play area for children of all ages in our congregation and communities. Thank you for making our playground renovation possible and a wonderful success!

Pleasant Hill Baptist has the following staff position open: Part-time Youth Pastor/Director.  The job description is available here.  They are currently accepting resumes; any questions or resumes can be directed to Dr. Jack Hodges at 828-437-4082 (Church office)  or
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Wilkies Grove Baptist would like to invite you to the following events: 
Diabetes Information Clinic  –Saturday, October 14th from 10am – Noon @ Wilkies Grove
The clinic will be presented by Paige Bortnick, BSN, RN, DNP-FNP Student
This clinic is open to the public. 
The objective is to help the public learn more about diabetes, the risks, factors and how healthy eating can benefit you.
Fall Revival is Oct 15th– 18th
October 15th– “The PathFinders” @ 6pm
October 16th– Brennan Pickett- Fruitland Student@ 7pm
October 17th– “Sandman”- Claman Parker @ 7pm
October 18th– Rev. Ernie Richards @ 7pm

  Partner News

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Attention Business owners: If you want to learn more about involving ministry in business, this workshop is for you! You are invited to join A Greater Purpose Workshop at Summit Community Church on Oct. 3rd.  Scan the QR code in the flyer for more information. 

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  Mountain Grove Church is seeking God’s leadership as we search for a Senior Pastor. We are affiliated with the Sothern Baptist Convention, the Baptist State Convention and the Caldwell Baptist association. We are located in the beautiful foothills of Western NC, with a 1500 capacity Sanctuary. We believe the Holy Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible word. The Senior Pastor is responsible for proclaiming the Gospel of Christ and encouraging the local church body to do so, for guiding the spiritual development of the congregation, providing pastoral care in meeting the needs of persons in the Church and the community, and for providing administrative leadership of the Church. We are searching for a joyful Pastor who will lead us in reaching the lost, equipping the saints, shepherding the flock, faithfully preaching and teaching the Word of God and supporting all church ministries including counseling and Pastoral care.   Interested Candidates, please see list of Qualifications and Responsibilities at:   Please submit Resume with Cover Letter to:


Barnardsville Baptist Church  is seeking a Bi-vocational Pastor.  to apply send your resume, your personal salvation testimony, how you received your call to the ministry, and cover letter explaining why this position would fit your strengths, gifts and passions to:
Barnardsville Baptist Church
Pastoral Search Committee
PO Box 8
Barnardsville, NC  28709

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

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  

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