Emily Martin has served as our CRBA Ministry Assistant for the past 2 years and has done an excellent job. She has been a wonderful blessing as she tirelessly works to help our churches. However, she has taken a full-time position with a local company and her last day here will be this Thursday, October 23. We are sad to see her go but happy for her.
With her departure, we began interviewing people for that position, and I am pleased to say God has filled that important vacancy with Ashleigh Thompson. Ashleigh is married to Drue Thompson who pastors Mull’s Grove Baptist. We are happy to have her on the CRBA team. Feel free to give Ashleigh a call at our CRBA office if we can be of service to you or your church.
Fall Meeting 2020Because of the difficulties involved in hosting big events these days due to COVID-19, our Annual Meeting occurred online this past week. We streamed it this past Sunday evening on Facebook but you can still find it there by going to our Facebook page or the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ZwucIybek on YouTube. You will find it to be informative and encouraging as we share through video the victories of 2020 and the opportunities for 2021. If you have any questions please give us a call.
Praying For Our Nation!Make plans to join us online for a virtual prayer meeting to pray for our upcoming election. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd, we will begin a season of prayer led by several local pastors so please join us live on Facebook for this very important event.
CRBA TOY STORE Ministry
It’s that time again as we prepare for the wonderful season of Christmas. This year will be especially meaningful as we have so much to be thankful for. This time of COVID-19 and social unrest has been difficult. However, we have seen God move in wonderful ways as we have sought to make Christ known in our community. This year we will again be offering our Toy Store ministry but due to COVID-19 things will be a little different.
- Toys will be distributed December 7-8 from our Associational Office (1812 US 70 E.) instead of Summit Church this year.
- Toys will be chosen for each child by our volunteers and then those toys and stockings will be placed in a large bag and put into parents’ vehicles by our caring volunteers.
Each participating household will be given an opportunity to be entered into a drawing for 1 of 10 grocery store gift cards.
CRBA, we need your help. We need help now making stockings. If you can sew and are willing to help make stockings for the wonderful children of our community please give us a call at our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.
On average, 90% of pastors work over 45 hours a week, but this year hasn’t been normal. A recent study shows that on top of their regular hours, pastors have increased their workload by 10-15 hours per week. They’ve stepped up to work nights, during holidays, and times outside of their usual routine.
Throughout October, take the opportunity to show gratitude for hard work your pastor does day-in and day-out. Here are 7 gift ideas (from Kindrid) to help inspire you during these unparalleled times.
1. Give a special donation
COVID-19 has impacted the way people donate. Charitable giving has dropped, and these gifts are vital to your church’s ability to further their mission. Even if you already donate routinely, consider offering a special gift to the church in your pastor’s name. Along with the donation, write a note expressing how the pastor has positively influenced your life and your relationship with God. Being able to see the fruits of their labor is not always possible, and your words and gift to the church can brighten their day and let them know the time and effort they put into being a pastor is worth it.
2. Activate others to donate -Inviting a friend, neighbor, co-worker, and others to donate to your church’s causes like a natural disaster fund or COVID relief initiative is a wonderful way to show your pastor you value them. It signifies that you don’t just acknowledge the great work they do, but you want to share it with others, and you’re spreading the word to show appreciation.
3. Engage to the fullest -Engage with your church beyond the walls by downloading their church app, watching their live stream, participating in prayer requests, and sharing their posts on social media. On Pastor Appreciation Day, share a video or social post thanking the pastor and staff for their work during this challenging time. While it may not feel like a gift, know that fully engaging with your church helps them expand their reach within the community. In turn, this helps grow generosity and inspires others to engage.
4. Give a monetary token of appreciation -Monetary gifts are thoughtful, and there are a variety of ways to present these. If the congregation is coming together as one to offer a gift, cash trees are easy and fun to give (as well as receive). You can also give gift cards to the pastor’s favorite restaurants and grocery stores. Instead of buying them a book, get them an Amazon gift card so that they can pick out their own!
5. Update technology for the church -Technology can make a pastor’s job much easier because it saves time and helps keep everything organized. If your church struggles with obstacles like an old computer, dated church management systems, and sound systems, collect funds to update and replace them. Have everyone sign a card to present with the gift.
6. Medical supplies for ministry -Right now, churches are out in their communities and trying to help people that are suffering. Depending on where the church is focusing their current efforts, they could possibly use extra medical supplies whether it’s first aid kits, masks, and other basic items. Don’t hesitate to call your church and ask what items are needed most.
7. Volunteer -If you can tell your church is spread thin right now with extra cleaning duties, multiple community outreach programs, and other responsibilities, volunteer in your pastor’s name to help fill in where needed. If your church has plenty of volunteers and staff, consider personalizing the experience for your pastor. Do something just for them like mowing their lawn, cleaning their gutters, or making a casserole they can enjoy with their family for dinner.
A final thought -Remember, if you don’t know what your pastor would appreciate most right now, ask someone that’s close to them what they would enjoy. Assistants or close friends and family members are usually more than happy to give you a few ideas. You don’t have to get your pastor items that are directly tied to the church but can provide a gift that they can use at home and in their everyday lives. Trust that you no matter what you give as a token of appreciation, your pastor will love and cherish it.
Child Evangelism Fellowship Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for October 23, 2020 at River Bend YMCA Golf Course in Shelby, NC.
1 PM Lunch
For more information or to sign up call Allen at 704-477-4680.
Friendship Baptist Church, Hudson NC is seeking a part-time church secretary.
– $15 per hour
– 20 hours per week with flexible schedule
– Paid holidays and vacation days
Email resumes on or before November 1, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Amherst Baptist is seeking a Pastor
Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.
Catawba Valley is seeking a Pastor
Community Missionary is seeking a Pastor
East Valdese Baptist Church is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor
El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth to join their ministerial staff. Please send resumes and questions to email@example.com.
Mull’s Grove has a Pulpit and Lord’s Supper for sale. The cost is $1,000 for the pair. For more information please call pastor Drue at 504-239-6583.
Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a full-time Children’s and Youth Ministry Pastor as well as a part-time Worship Pastor/Leader.
Rutherford College First Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.
Walker Road Baptist is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor.
Wilkies Grove is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor