This week’s update contains information regarding the Skating Party, Financial Seminar, BBQ Rally and much more.

Joni & Friends Ministry

Our Association is partnering with Joni & Friends ministry in an effort to provide wheelchairs for those in need around the world. If you have a wheelchair you are not using (condition does not matter) please consider bringing it to our CRBA office in Morganton. We will be collecting wheelchairs over the next few months and then will repair them and give them to a person in need. This new ministry will bless families in locations around the world. To God Be the Glory!

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CRBA Family Skating Party

Strap on a pair of skates and join us for some fun and fellowship. Sunday, March 24th the Catawba River Baptist Association is hosting a Family Skate Night at the Pavilion Skate Rink in Morganton. The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. Entrance and skate rentals are provided. 

Mission Trip Opportunity to Lumberton, North Carolina

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 team of men and women March 18-22, 2019 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 through our partnership with Baptist on Mission. If interested, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 for more information and to register.

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CRBA will be hosting a Community Night of Prayer on the National Day of Prayer May 2nd from 7 to 8 p.m. at the chapel of the Waldensian Trail of Faith in Valdese. This will be a great time of worship and prayer as we seek the Father for help in our community. This is a free event (no offering will be taken) where pastors and community leaders will be leading this special time of prayer. 


Faith Fellowship is one of our newly affiliated churches. Pastor/planter, Chris Herring, recently went through a week of church planter training with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Faith Fellowship meets at Badin Lake Family Restaurant on Sunday nights. Pray that they walk in faith and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading and that the Lord uses them to gather people to fearfully seek Him.  

Church Planter/Pastor Christian Herring
Meeting at 2507 Blaine Road, New London, NC. 

Creative Outreach Ideas to help churches reach communities for Christ

7X7 Prayer Cards to Prepare for Easter
Our best gift to our neighbors is prayer. Starting seven weeks before Easter, ask your people to fill out Prayer Cards with the names of seven friends they’ll pray for and invite to this year’s Easter service. Ask them to fill out two cards: one to keep, and one to turn in, so your church can pray with them for their friends. Nothing tills the soil of a human heart like prayer.

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Estate Planning

In partnership with the Baptist Foundation of North Carolina, we are offering assistance for ministers and their spouses for the purpose of preparing Wills and Estate Planning. In addition, the first 10 couples scheduling their free one-hour appointment will be awarded $100 to help with any legal fees. To Schedule your 1-hour appointment February 18th or 19th please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137. We have one spot still open on Monday at 8 p.m.

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Ministry Partner News

Service Opportunity -Taste of Local Food event ( is in need of volunteers to help serve drinks (soda and water), give out bags to attendees, greet people, etc. This event will benefit Medical Patient Modesty, a 501c3 non-profit organization that was started by Misty Roberts from Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag full of food to donate to the food pantry at Burke United Christian Ministries. They are needng youth groups or Sunday School classes to help them. Your group could win a free Pizza Party. The event will be Saturday, March 9th from 5pm – 7:30pm. For more information please contact Misty at

Green Street Baptist Church of High Point will be hosting the 2019 Baptist State Convention Disciple-Making Conference on Tuesday, February 26th from 9am to 4pm. What if believers felt confident and equipped to address cultural issues in a way that focuses on personal disciple-making? The Conference is designed to equip believers to be salt and light in a rapidly changing culture. 
Join us for only $10 per person (keynote addresses, breakout sessions and more).
Register at

Asheville Street Baptist Church is in need of a pianist. Please call Lynn Burnette at 828-439-2421 for more information.

Burkemont Baptist Church is currently seeking a minister of music.  Burkemont is located in Morganton, NC.  The church has two morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. that are blended in worship style.  The church has an orchestra and is accustomed to praise and worship music as well as traditional hymns. We have a comprehensive music ministry with multiple choirs (preschool, children, youth/young adult and adult).  We have a drama ministry that partners with the music ministry and participates in seasonal productions that are often on a large scale.  We are looking for a man of God with a Master’s Degree from a seminary of like faith and a man with a heart for ministry that goes beyond mere talent.  Please send resumes to

Catawba Valley Baptist Church is currently seeking a Church Pianist. If interested please contact pastor Dean Hart @ 828-850-0402 or

El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton, is searching God’s Will for an Interim Part-time Music/Worship Leader. This vacancy has potential to become a part-time permanent position leading our uplifting Music and Worship Ministry. Candidates should be equipped with the following:
·     A heart to follow Christ and make Him known
·     Good organizational skills
·     Ability to efficiently use technology
·     Good communication skills
·     Ability to read music and lead a choir    
·     A music degree is preferred
Please send resume’s and questions to

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First Baptist Church of Morganton has 55 adult choir robes by Collegiate Cap and Gown Co. available to a church (or churches) which may need them. They come in a variety of sizes from small to extra large.  Each robe comes with 3 stoles, one a basic brown with red on the reverse, one purple with green on reverse and one white.  The church also has 13 handbell robes, the same as the choir robes, but with cuffed sleeves and a handbell embroidered on the stole(s). If interested, please contact David Thayer, Minister of Music, at (828) 437-2544, x16, or email to

Mount Calvary Baptist Church is currently seeking a Part-time Youth Pastor. If interested contact Pastor Stephen Collins @

Mountain View #2 Baptist Church has a Scotsman Ice Machine for sale.
Contact Betty Taylor at 828-584-4961.

Oak Ridge Baptist Church is seekng a Part-time Youth Pastor. 
Send resumes to:
Oak Ridge Baptist Church
Attention: Personnel Committee
7449 Oak Ridge Church Road
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

Wilkies Grove Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Youth Director. Applicant must be a Christian with good Christian values and a desire to minister to others. Responsibilities include leading a weekly Youth Bible Study, planning and coordinating all youth activities and mission trips. Applicant must be willing to work with other church leaders in focusing on the goals of the church as a whole.

Search Committee will accept resumes through January 31, 2019. Please send resume to:
Wilkies Grove Baptist Church
Attention:  Search Committee
5780 Wilkies Grove Church Rd.
Hickory, NC  28602

Zion Baptist Church is seeking a Full-Time Associate/Youth Pastor. Please send resume to or call the church office for more information 828-437-3080