This weeks update contains information about the LoveLoud, Friends of the CRBA, Toy Store, VBS, world changers, and more.

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We had great attendance at our recent Child Protection seminar with representatives from Southern Mutual Church and Farris Insurance. The information was great and participation wonderful. If you would like to have this seminar provided for your church at no cost, please contact our CRBA office.

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We are happy to announce Lin Dawson (ordained minister and former NFL player) will be our guest speaker for this year’s Friends of CRBA Banquet on Tuesday, August 27th at 6 p.m. at Mount Home Baptist Church. This will be a night of great food, inspiration and an opportunity to raise funds for CRBA ministries. Tickets will be free and an opportunity to give financially to the work of CRBA will be provided. To make reservations (and to pick up tickets) please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.

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We are excited about this year’s Toy Store ministry as we will be celebration 25 years of ministering to families using toys at Christmas to share the Good News of Jesus. This year we are celebrating Christmas in August, encouraging churches to collect toys in August to be distributed to families during Toy Store in August. If you would like a collection box to be delivered to your church (or business) please give us a call at 828-437-0137. Collection boxes with the Toy Store Logo are also available for pickup at our CRBA office in Morganton.

Please begin to pray for our upcoming mission trip to Kenya. The trip will cost approximately $2,600 so begin saving now if you feel God is leading you to join us on this exciting mission endeavor. The Schedule will be:

The deadline for our upcoming mission trip is fast approaching so please let us know ASAP if members from your church plan to participate. The trip will cost approximately $2,600 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 do the above. If you would like to join us, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 to obtain the needed application form or can download it from our website at Please submit the registration form with a non-refundable deposit of $300 before July 4, 2019.


We are excited the churches of CRBA will be participating in LoveLOUD again this year. LoveLOUD will take place August 19-23 when our CRBA churches will provide lunch for all of our public schools (school employees) in Burke County. Chick-fil-A will be preparing the meal ($5.34 per person) and churches will be delivering the food to their adopted school on a specific day (and time) during the week of August 19. If your church would like to sponsor one of our Burke County Public Schools the week of August 19th please call our CRBA office with the name of the school you wish to adopt. If your church would like to adopt a school but is unable to financially make that happen, please let us know as we have “some” money set aside to help our churches with this event. Let’s pull together and LoveLOUD the week of August 19th. (Please note, due to the complexity of this endeavor, participating churches will be asked to use Chick-fil-A and also stick to the date and time as given. Our CRBA office will order the food) Schools yet to be adopted are: 

Name# of Staff
Hallyburton Academy25
North Liberty50
Forest Hill40
George Hildebrand45
East Burke Middle60
Heritage Middle60
Libert Middle60
Walter Johnson Middle55
East Burke 85

This seminary level class will begin in August at our CRBA office in Morganton. Each person attending who desires seminary credit will need to register by July 15th as a student of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and, the cost for the accredited course is approximately $750. However, if you would like to audit the course you can do so at no charge. Either way, if interested please call our CRBA office to register by July 15th. This will be a great course which will teach participants how to make disciples who make disciples.

Plans are progressing, and we appreciate our churches who have volunteered to provide food for our work crews in July. Now our efforts move to getting volunteers to help every morning, July 16-20 to help us clean up after the teams leave for their work sites.We are also in need of crew chiefs. If your church, Sunday School Class, WMU, Men’s Ministry, Youth Group, Deacon Ministry or Choir would like to help us with this endeavor please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.  This ministry will change lives so please 

Creative Outreach Ideas to help churches reach communities for Christ

 Volunteers are needed for Disaster Relief work following the recent flooding along the Catawba River. NCBM has established a worksite at Oxford Baptist Church, on NC16 near the river.  A number of requests for assistance have been received for clean out/tear out and mold treatment. The center is working Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00. Groups or individuals are welcome for an afternoon, a day or longer. NCBM training is helpful, but not required.  You may call 828-514-4070 for questions or to register. Please pray for the work being done and those affected by the flooding.


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The CRBA Women’s Ministry team is doing a One Day Bible School on August 3rd at Burke United Christian Ministries. We are hoping to reach unchurched children and there families through this community VBS. If you would like to volunteer to help at the bible school please call the CRBA office at (828)437-0137 as soon as possible.

Pastors/Ministers, just a reminder of next week’s deadline for the Ministers and wives’ retreat at the beautiful Elijah’s Harbor Christian Retreat Center in Greenville, TN which will be November 15-17 of 2019. This is a great opportunity for our CRBA Pastors/Ministers to get away with their spouses for a time of renewal, relaxation, and encouragement. The cost of $340 per couple includes:
· 2 Nights Lodging
· 2 brunches
· 2 dinners
· Snacks
· Ice cream social
· Amenities of the Retreat Center
In addition to encouragement and relaxation, there will also be opportunities for training, worship and spiritual growth. To register for this special retreat please call our CRBA office. A deposit of 50% must be made by July 1, 2019 (next Monday) to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, please call me ASAP.

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is offering Free Online Classes. The list of classes are as follows:
Christ Centered Exposition
Interpreting & Teaching The Bible
Leyendo E Interpretando La Bibila
Evangelism in the Local Church
Christian Theology
Practice of Missions
History of Missions
An Overview of the New Testament

Go to SEBTS.EDU/MOOC for more information or to register.

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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

Vacation Bible School List 2019

August 14 – 18 (Wednesday – Sunday)
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“In The Wild”

August 4 – 8 (Sunday – Thursday)
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“In The Wild”

El Bethel
July 29 – Aug. 2 (Monday – Friday)
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“In The Wild”

Mount Calvary
July 8 – 11 (Monday – Thursday)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Mountain View #2
July 7 – 10 (Sunday – Wednesday)
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“In The Wild”

Pleasant Hill
Aug. 4 – 8 (Sunday – Thursday)
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“In The Wild”

Aug. 12 – 15 (Monday – Thursday)
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

If your church would like to be added to this list, contact the CRBA office at (828) 437-0137.
Also, after your VBS is over if you wish to share your decorations with other churches you can drop them off at our office.

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

Bridge 42 is an elder-led, congregationally affirmed body of Christian believers in Morganton, NC, who desires to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ lived out incarnationally in our area through practices of intentional community, active outreach, a missional understanding of vocation, family, and community life, and an emphasis on personal and corporate discipleship, both within our body and among our neighbors ( They are looking for a bivocational pastor who aligns with their values and sense of mission, who will lead their elders and church body towards growth as a faithful expression of Christ’s kingdom in Burke County.Candidates are welcome to visit our website – – for an expanded view of our church, values, and people. At a minimum, candidates are required to have a 4 year undergraduate degree in a related ministerial field with at least 5 years of experience. Candidates may submit resumes

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

Drexel First Baptist Church is currently seeking a Part-time Youth Ministry Leader.
Send resumes to:
Drexel First Baptist Church
Attn: Bert Eastwood
P O Box 308
Drexel, NC 28619
or email to:

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

Mull’s Grove Baptist Church is currently seeking a Full-Time Senior Pastor. Please send resumes to

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

Southside Baptist Church has Baptist Hymnals for donation to a church in need. 125 Blue Broadman Hymnals (1956) and 144 Red Hymnals (1975) are available. Please call Pastor Robertson if interested 828-292-1493.