Blue Ridge Baptist Association
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
A family of churches sharing the good news of the Gospel




 Volume 46, Edition 7,8                                                                                                                                                                        July/August 2020




05        Mrs. Amy Conner (Cherry Springs)

23        Rev. Ken Burleson (Faith)


01        Rev. and Mrs. Jimmy Upton (Bethel)

04        Rev. and Mrs. Danny White (Hankins)

12        Rev. and Mrs. Drew Dalton

16        Rev. and Mrs. Marcus Gold, Jr.


04        Happy Independence Day!

13        CANCELLED Executive Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. CANCELLED

19        SBC Send Relief Sunday

19        SBC Children’s Ministry Day 

26        Southern Baptist Media Day






04        Rev. Jonathan Tipper (Greenlee)

05        Dr. Jonathon Watson (Chapel Hill)

21        Rev. Jimmy Upton (Bethel)

24        Rev. Marcus Gold, Jr. (West Marion)

27        Rev. Ryan Bennett (Cross Memorial)


18        Rev. and Mrs. Michael Robinson (Sugar Hill)

18        Rev. and Mrs. Ryan Bennett (Cross Memorial)


02        SBC Social Issues Sunday

09        SBC Student Evangelism Day

13        CANCELLED Senior Adult Rally, 10:30 a.m. at Sugar Hill Baptist Church CANCELLED 

16        SBC Worship Music Week






 Student Worship Academy – July 13-17, 2020, Hosted at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC. For more information, please visit

Truett Conference Center & Camp – Located in Hayesville, NC has added 13 new programs to their schedule.  Some of the camps available are: Summer Camp, Marriage Matters, Mother/Daughter and Safety Security.   For information on any of these, visit


Food Drive Baptist Children’s Homes

Some of you have brought gift cards and/or checks to the office. They have been forwarded on to the Baptist Children’s Homes.  The Food Drive has been postponed to September.  However, anytime you want to send something for the children’s homes is fine.



MASKS ARE AVAILABLE: Ladies from Glenwood Baptist Church are making cotton masks and are willing to give them to churches, if needed. Please contact the Glenwood Baptist Church office at 828.738.4998 or call the BRBA office 828.559.0224 if your church needs masks.


Farmers to Families Food Boxes

On May 1 we applied for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Program.  This program is designed to help farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic move their products to those in need rather than have it wasted because of a lack of delivery options.  You saw many reports in March and April of produce, milk, and animals being destroyed.  We were notified on May 8 that we had been awarded the grant and began delivery of food boxes on May 15.  Since then, it has been all-hands-on-deck and nearly all Baptists on Mission staff have worked from the office as we coordinated the delivery of 13,000 food boxes per week (8000 produce boxes, 2000 meat boxes, 2000 gallons of milk, and 1000 boxes of cheese.  Many of you have covered "the last mile" in getting these boxes into the hands of families with nutrition needs.  Last week we heard that we had the grant renewed for July - August, so we will deliver 12,000 boxes per week from July 6 - August 29.

Rebuild Sites

Our rebuild sites in Rose Hill, Lumberton, New Bern, Pender County, Wilmington, and Kelly are all still assisting families whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Florence.  If you want to provide a team, we would be delighted to have you serve. You can register teams at:  




After much prayer and consultation with other ministry leaders and partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 N.C. Baptist Women’s Retreat, originally scheduled for Oct. 23-24 at Caraway Conference Center, until March 26-27, 2021.  We are making preliminary plans to conduct a virtual retreat that will be open to the public this October. 

While our state begins to reopen, our health care workers are still caring for COVID-19 patients. Their work is not finished. In partnership with the FaithHealth Division of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, we want to connect your women's ministry to a hospital near you. We have put together a list of practical ways to love the healthcare workers in your part of the state. The first step is to let us know you are willing to adopt a hospital. Contact Ashley Allen at or Conner Tyson at


Webinar August 6


What can we do as leaders to bring different ethnic groups together through unity of faith? Join us for this webinar to discover ways to break down these walls of hostility by developing deeper relationships with those in other ethnic groups and supporting one another in the process.