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CRBA Update                                        __________________________________                        September 20, 2018

In-Kind and Cash Donations are Needed for Disaster Relief Efforts
Thank you for your willingness to donate items to those affected by the recent disaster. Our most pressing need at this time is monetary donations.
You can make a donation by mailing a check to:
NCBM, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512 Memo line: Disaster Relief Hurricane Florence. You can also give online at 
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 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.

A Pastors’ Reading Group will be starting at the CRBA office on October 1st at 10:30 a.m. Please join Pastors from our community as they discuss the first book, The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us. The group will meet the first Monday of every month. To purchase the first book place the following link into your web browser https://amzn.to/2NxBWSK
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We are excited about our upcoming Harvest Day with Brian Burgess at the CoMMA on Sunday, September 30th at 6 p.m. and I hope you (and our CRBA Churches) are planning to join us and will bring the unchurched with you. That being said we need your help. If you would be willing to serve as a counselor for this important evangelistic event please call our CRBA office (828-437-0137) to let us know of your availability and willingness. We will have a brief training time at 5 p.m. (at the CoMMA) so please plan to join us. Again, please call us if you can help. Also, we will be having a time of prayer in the CoMMA at 4:30 p.m. so please join us if able.

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We are happy to be partnering with pastor Pandu Maddala of Victory Baptist Association as he works with pastors in India to reach communities for Jesus. Most pastors in India pastor more than one church and they walk wherever they go. They are in need of 100 bicycles to help 100 pastors take the Word of God from village to village. The Catawba River Association is working to meet this need through the gifts of churches and individuals. If you, your Church, or Sunday School class would like to donate a bike (pedals for pastors) please send a check for $80 to CRBA and put on the memo line “Pedals for Pastors”. Every dollar collected will be sent to India and will be used to purchase bicycles. Please send all donations to 1812 US 70 E., Morganton, NC.


We will be collecting coats this year to be distributed to those in need in New York City. Please bring new or gently used coats (no holes, tears or stains) to our CRBA office in Morganton. We will collect coats during the months of September and October and will deliver them to a drop off location in North Carolina (Fruitland Baptist Bible College) who will then deliver (and distribute) them in New York. Again, if you bring used coats please make sure they are in great shape.

Kababish of Sudan
The Kababish are a loose tribal confederation of Arabic people of mixed origins, who live in a region of desert scrubland. The term “Kababish” is usually used to describe anybody who is half Arabic and half black. They are traditionally Muslim but do not strictly follow the rules of Islam due to their harsh desert lifestyle. While the Kababish men move across the desert with their camel herds, the women and children stay home.
Ministry Obstacles: Access to these people is quite difficult. Many are nomadic, and Sudan is harsh.
Outreach Ideas: Much prayer is needed for the Kababish Muslims. Pray the Lord will give them hearts to hear the good news of Jesus as spiritual things are spiritually discerned or understood.
Pray for the followers of Christ: There are only a few believers in Jesus among the Kababish people. Pray for them as they live in a difficult environment, both physically and spiritually. Pray their faith will not only be protected but grow. Pray they will be zealous to learn about Christ and his teachings, and follow him faithfully.
Pray for the entire people group: Pray for Kababish families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about this man, Jesus. Pray for peace in Sudan, and for the Kababish to be able to care for their families. Pray for adequate water for themselves and their livestock, and for sufficient food.
OUT of the Box (Creative Ideas to Reduce Lostness in Burke County, NC) by Diana Davis
1. Singles Dream Team: About one-third of adults in your town are single. Form a top-notch team to pray and plan multiple small groups, events and ministries for singles. Kick off with a single adult retreat.
2. Stock the Pantry: Ask members to donate non-perishables to your church’s food pantry or a local food bank.
3. Pumpkinpalooza: Display an invitation banner and gobs of pumpkins outside. Kids under 12 pick a pumpkin, decorate it and take it home (free of charge). Take family photos and invite them to church Sunday where they can pick them up.
4. Senior Adult Revival: Plan a weeklong daytime evangelistic revival for senior adults. Serve lunch and encourage members to bring friends who may not know Christ.
5. Nearly-Wed Seminar: Invite engaged couples to an 8-week seminar before church or during the week. Each session is a topical Bible study about marriage, with homework and handouts. At completion, couples get a certificate and promote to newlywed class.
Ministry Partner News
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

Drexel First Baptist Church is seeking an Associate Pastor of Youth, Children, and Young Families (part time position).Send resumes to:
Drexel First Baptist Church
Attn: Bert Eastwood
P O Box 308
Drexel, NC 28619
OR email to: drexelfbc@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.

Gilead Baptist has 8 pews available to a church in need of them. The pews have blue upholstery with golden oak accents and white endcaps. If interested or have questions please contact Pastor Billy Bollinger at 828-448-1774.

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.


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

North Morganton
(Interim Pastor
Eldon Hinegardner)

Oak Grove 
Russell McKinney)

Oak Ridge
Nicholas Wilson)

Pleasant Hill
Jack Hodges)

Pleasant Ridge
Shawn Thomas)

Churches without Senior Pastors:
El Bethel
First Baptist Valdese
Mountain View #1
​North Morganton
Walker Road Baptist
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“Jesus did not say that the whole world had to go to church, but he did say that the church should go to the whole world.”
–Greg Laurie