CRBA                                                                          September 7, 2017



OOPS………………..! Last week we inadvertently listed the wrong time. Our next Minister’s Wives Fellowship will be tonight, Thursday, September 7th at 5:30 p.m. at Abele’s in Morganton. Our special guest for the evening will be Charlotte Orders who will share how God has been moving in her life. Please join us for this very special occasion.



All Royal Ambassador leaders are invited to attend a wonderful training/planning event at the Associational Office on Tuesday, September 12, at 6:00 p.m. We will discuss materials available, ideas for group activities, how to plan meetings, and how to develop and maintain boys’ interest in being a part of Royal Ambassadors. New leaders will also receive helpful information and materials that will make their work much easier as they strive to reach Burke county boys for Jesus. A light supper will be provided. Please contact Phillip Heavner, Associational RA Leader, to register, at 828-502-9318 or at



Bro. Robby will teach on Sunday School Growth principals to help strengthen our churches in bible teaching methods and church growth beginning this Sunday, September 10th at 6 p.m. This important Sunday School Mentoring process is for any church desiring assistance in the area of Sunday School. This process will take 9 months and will cover a variety of Sunday School/Small Group topics. This year we will be meeting at East Valdese Baptist the second Sunday of every month at 6 p.m. After the first year of mentoring is completed we may offer it on a weekday night if there is enough interest. For more information, please give us a call at 828-437-0137.



This week is the deadline for the Bill Glass “Behind the Walls” ministry. They are looking for 90 men and 40 women who will agree to be trained on Friday, October 6th in Ashville and will then minister in nearby prisons. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn to share the Gospel and then have the opportunity to share what God has done in your life. In addition, they are looking for 41 people with motorcycles who would be willing to ride their bikes to the prison to minister. If you would like to help with this very important ministry opportunity please go to: and click on Asheville.






Community House Ministry
Our Community House Ministry will begin at the Hillcrest Community House on 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
• Twister
• Frisbees
• Corn Hole Set






• Approximately Fifteen Percent of baptisms come from Vacation Bible School.
• Research shows that the more Christian Camps a teen attends, the more likely they are to come to faith in Christ; and the more likely they are to be in church as adults.
• A direct correlation exists between the number of Adult Leaders enlisted and trained to work with students and children; and the number who come to faith and are baptized in a local church.
• For more information on how to reach the next generation go to:





Thank you for your continued concern for the challenges of those recently affected by hurricane Harvey. 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 credit card donation by calling Kecia Morgan at 1.800.395.5102, ext. 5613 or by mailing a check to:
NCBM, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512 Memo line: Disaster Relief Hurricane Harvey
You can also give online at
As a reminder, contributing to the North Carolina Missions Offering, 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. Please do not deviate from the list.
There are 3 types of collections being accepted:

1. 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
2. First aid kits: Purchased (for up to $10 each) at grocery and drug stores.
3. 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.


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


• Drexel Memorial has called Lonnie Brown as their new pastor. Welcome Pastor Lonnie to the Catawba River Baptist Association.


Toy Store 2017

The Christmas Season is fast approaching and in preparation for the Toy Store many have helped by sewing and preparing stockings. Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to such an important ministry. If you have stockings that you are working on please contact Nancy Whisenant at 828-433-1437 ​​with the number of stockings you have.



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.


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

• Mount Home (pastor Jerry Gamble)
• Mount Olive (pastor Michael Gantt)
• Mountain View #1 (currently without a pastor)
• Mountain View #2 (pastor Kenneth Mashburn)





80% of the people who come into a Christ-following relationship is because a friend, co-worker, family member or neighbor invited them to church. -Johnny Hunt





Upcoming Events


7 –Minister’s Wives Fellowship @ Abele’s in Morganton @ 5:30 (Dutch Treat)


4 –Community House Ministry at Hillcrest Community Center Begins
5 –Senior Adult Outing
5 –Minister’s Wives Fellowship @ Abele’s in Morganton @ 5:30 (Dutch Treat)
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 @ Burkemont
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
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