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

Our CRBA weekly Prayer Conference Call is for all who would like to pray together during the week. We begin each Monday at 10 a.m. and does not last longer than 15 minutes. You can also just call in and listen if you would prefer. Please join us by dialing 515-604-9862 and then put in the code 711285 followed by the # sign. Once entered you will then be online with myself and others from our Association who will join together in prayer. Please join us as often as your schedule permits.

This year’s Associational Bible Drill and Speaker’s Tournament will be Sunday, March 10th at 3 p.m. at Burkemont Baptist Church in Morganton. Bible Drill (Children & Youth) and Speakers Tournament (Youth) ministry is a great discipleship tool that helps students learn and memorize God’s Word. For more information on this important discipleship ministry please give us a call at our CRBA office. Also, if your group is planning to participate this year please let us know at

This April we will be collecting grocery store gift cards for our North Carolina Children’s Homes. If you would like to provide food for these wonderful children being taken care of by the loving Children’s Home of North Carolina, please purchase gift cards at any grocery store and bring them to our CRBA office. This is a great mission project for individuals, Sunday School classes and churches.

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. 

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Mission Trip Opportunity to Lumberton, North Carolina

We are excited to take a team of men and women March 18-22, 2019 to do clean-up and some construction in Lumberton, NC. The team growing so if you plan to go please call our office by March 5th so we will have time to plan. 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. Again, if interested, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 for more information and to register by March 5th.

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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. 

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.

Creative Outreach Ideas to help churches reach communities for Christ

A church in Arizona has a specific ministry to the hurting which accomplishes its mission primarily on social media. It’s a Facebook group for those who are grieving. A couple lost their teenage son in a tragic car accident. They didn’t know where to turn or how to move through their deep grief, but they found solace with others who were walking through heartbreaking situations by reading and sharing posts on the Facebook page. The ministry offers counseling and weekly meetings, but the purpose of the Facebook page is to allow people to share their story through words, prayers, songs, or art and to feel connected to others who understand loss. (idea by Esther Laurie)

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Please begin to pray for our upcoming mission trip to Kenya. The trip will cost approximately $2,700 so begin saving now if you feel God is leading you to join us on this exciting mission endeavor. The Schedule will be:

Tuesday (2/4/20)       -Depart US
Wed.                          -Arrive in Nairobi pm; stay in hotel in Nairobi
Thurs.                        -Travel to Ahero; arrive, settle into guesthouse
Friday                        -Build 1st house; minister in community; house dedication
Saturday                    -Build 2nd  house; minister in community; house dedication
Sunday                      -Worship in local church and visit Kisumu area
Monday                     -Build 3rd house; minister in community; house dedication
Tuesday                     -Build 4th house; minister in community; house dedication
Wednesday                   -Travel to masai mara game park; lunch at lodge; game drive in late afternoon
Thursday                   -Breakfast at lodge; game drive in am; drive back to Nairobi; fly out pm
Friday                        -Arrive back in US
We will also have opportunities to train local pastors as well to the above.

Ministry Partner News

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Join Us for Taste of Local Food event in Morganton on Saturday, march 9th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Collett St. Recreation Center in Morganton. There will be great food from local restaurants, a silent auction, and a chance to win fabulous door prizes such as a gift certificate for a 2 night stay at Crowne Plaza Hickory. The special event is designed to benefit medical patient modesty. For more information please go to

Charlotte, NC – April 5-6 2019

Special features include Mission Breakout Sessions, Volunteer Supper, Mission Testimonies, Mission Fair Exhibits and much more. For more information contact
Tracey Ford at 800.395.5102 x 5596. Register online at, deadline is March 29, 2019.

Make plans now!
2019 NC Baptist Ministers’ Wives Retreat “The Journey”
July 8th – 10th, 2019
Caraway Conference Center – Sophia, NC
Featured Speaker Diane Nix
Single $220 Double $194 Price includes: 2 nights lodging & 6 meals
*Ministers’ Wives and adult daughters are invited. This also includes wives of music ministers and youth ministers. Online registration WWW.NCBMINWIVES.WIXSITE.COM/NCBMW

Amherst Baptist Church is in search of a Part-Time Youth Pastor.
Send resumes to:
Amherst Baptist Church
P.O.  Box 276
Drexel, NC 28619

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