CRBA Update                      September 21, 2017



Our Ministry to the Hillcrest Community will begin Wednesday, October 4th at 6 p.m. with a Block Party. In preparation for this important ministry we are asking for your help. We are in need of the following supplies. Please bring all donations to our CRBA office in Morganton.

·         Packs of notebook paper
·         Individually wrapped snacks and chips
·         Juice Boxes
·         Pencils
·         Ping Pong Balls
·         Board Games (i.e. Connect 4, Kerplunk, etc.)
·         Twister
·         Frisbees
·         Corn Hole Set
·         Soccer Balls
·         Basket Balls

Also, we are in need of one additional church who will volunteer to lead this ministry the second Wednesday of every month. If interested please call Robby at 828-437-0137.  Our current partners are: Zion Baptist, Walker Road Baptist, Summit and New Day and we are praying for one more.



Also, at this year’s Annual Worship Celebration a special offering will be taken which will go towards paying off the CRBA building mortgage which is currently at $260,000. Not only are we asking individuals to contribute but we are asking our churches to make a sacrificial gift as well. Paying off this debt will free up over $22,000 yearly for the next 16 years which will allow us to help our churches with many more evangelistic/mission projects. Please pray for what God would have you to do regarding this important offering.

Our next Minister’s Wives Fellowship will be Thursday, October 5th at 5:30 at Abele’s in Morganton. Our special guest for the evening will be Shane Rose (wife of pastor Keith Rose from Zion) who will share how God has been moving in her life. Please join us for this very special occasion.

Hurricane Relief

Thank you for your continued concern for the challenges of those recently affected by recent hurricanes.

If, you would like to donate other items for Houston relief, please follow the list below.
Please do not deviate from the list.

There are 3 types of collections being accepted:
Hygiene Kits: Use a 1-gallon sealable/Ziploc plastic bag and fill with a variety of the following. Soap, Lotion, Shampoo, Deodorant, Washcloth, Comb/brush, Facial tissue, Shaving cream/razor, Toothbrush/toothpaste, Feminine hygiene products
First aid kits: Purchased (for up to $10 each) at grocery and drug stores.
Diapers and formula
We are NOT accepting Water, Bleach and Clothing
If your church chooses to collect items they can bring them to our CRBA office we will make sure they are delivered to the drop off center in Shelby. If you have any questions please give us a call.


NC Baptists are in Nederland, Texas with a complete operation, including a water tanker, feeding unit, laundry and shower units and recovery unit and teams. Teams are in route to South Miami, near Homestead, with a complete operation as well. Feeding is now set up and food will be served to those in South Miami and also for the Florida Keys. We are very appreciative of your continued support as we work to help those in need. Pray for the gospel to be shared and people to see God even in the midst of these terrible disasters.

Please prayerfully consider doing some of the following things as God leads you:
Choose a date to take a team from your church to Nederland, Texas or Florida (or wherever we are assigned from Irma) at or
Choose multiple dates or weekends to minister in NC at one of our Hurricane Matthew sites: Lumberton, Windsor, Goldsboro, Pender County at We have dozens of homes that are just a few days away from completion so that the families can move back in after a year out of their homes.
Register with our state convention to be used as a volunteer for hurricane Irma relief at
Financial donations and gift cards are needed to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida. Gift cards can be sent to Greater Orlando Baptist Association 1906 Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810. Financial donations can be made online at
Roofing tarps are also needed. Please send tarps to Grace Journey Community Church 10301 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817


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 Fire
RC Toys
Soccer Balls
Tooth Brushes
Tooth Paste
Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)
Steps to Peace with God (Tracts)


If your church is looking for mission projects close by you might consider taking a group to Shelby to help at the Mission Camp. You can go for just the day or spend the night. The current projects:


25 Wheelchair Ramps
18 Roof Repair/Replacements
24 Floor Repairs/Rebuilds
158 Construction Help Requests

They also have requests for help with fascia boards, gutter repair, hand rails, grab bars, door replacement, drywall, insulation, paining, porch and deck repair, ceiling repair, plumbing, electrical and more. If you can help please call David Brown at 919-422-9990.



Are you ready to LoveLOUD October 9-14?

LoveLOUD is a week of missional service opportunities designed to engage CRBA churches in sharing Christ’s love in Burke County in a variety of practical ways. Churches can be involved in one of three kinds of projects:

1. Construction Projects
2. Community Service
3. Evangelistic Outreach

For more information on how you and your church can be involved give us a call at 828-437-0137.


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.


Ministry Partner News

Good Samaritan Clinic East

The Good Samaritan Clinic East will host an Open House/Grand Opening on October 14, 2017 from 11:00am-2:00pm. The Clinic is located at Oakridge Baptist Church, 7449 Oakridge Church Road Connelly Springs NC, 28612. There will be a FREE hotdog lunch, FREE blood pressure checks, and tours given. This will be a time for prospective new patients to register. The clinic serves those in the Eastern part of Burke County above the age of 18 who currently do not have insurance coverage, Medicare or Medicaid, and do not have financial resources for proper medical care. If you have any questions about this event or the clinic,
please call 828-522-1119.


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

Oak Grove (pastor Russell McKinney)
Oak Ridge (pastor John Barnhardt)
Pleasant Hill (pastor Mike Wakefield)
Pleasant Ridge (pastor Shawn Thomas)


Therefore, if we unlock the doors of our churches by removing the chains of man-made traditions, languages, and methods, and if we begin displaying and communicating God’s love and truth in a way people can understand today, the church will once again live as the hope of the world.

–Brad Powell,
​Change Your Church For Good: The Art of Sacred Cow Tipping



Upcoming Events

September ​

28-Annual Church Profiles to be completed and returned to the Association


4  –Community Ministry at Hillcrest Begins
5 – Senior Adult Outing
5 – Minister’s Wives Fellowship @ Abele’s in Morganton @ 5:30
9-14 – LoveLOUD
9 –Toy Store Registration  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Summit
10–Toy Store Registration Noon to 8 p.m. @ Summit
11–Toy Store Registration 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Summit
15 – CRBA Fall/Annual Meeting/Celebration @ Burkmont Meal, choir rehearsal & business session at 4:30 and Worship
Celebration @ 6
24 – Fall WMU Missions Celebration @ 6:15 (sessions will be included for boys and girls and nursery will be available)


2 – No Minister’s Wives Fellowship this month
6 – S.S. Training with Ken Hemphill @ High Peak Baptist Church
​12-S.S. Mentoring at East Valdese @ 6 pm
14 – Ministers, Church Secretaries and Spouses Christmas Party @ 6 p.m.
23 –Thanksgiving (CRBA Office Closed)


3–Toy Store Set-up
1 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


Ministry Partner News

Ashville Street Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a pianist. For more information please contact Pastor Doug Goforth at     828-437-7255

1812 US Hwy 70 East Morganton NC, 28655  •  Tel: (828) 437-0137  • ​​ Email: