Blue Ridge Baptist Association
Thursday, June 22, 2017
A family of churches sharing the good news of the Gospel




 Volume 43, Edition 5,6                                                                                                                                                                       May/June 2017
 Blue Ridge Baptist Association
337 Garden Creek Road
Marion, NC 28752
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                         02         Mrs. Barbara Brewer

                         28        Rev. Danny White

                         31        Rev. Ernie Cole



                         20        Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan Tipper



                         04        National Day of Prayer, Courthouse Lawn, 5:30 p.m.

                         07        Senior Adult Sunday

                         08        Triad Ladder of Hope Human Trafficking Program at Marion First, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

                         11        Senior Adult Rally, 10:30 a.m., Old Fort First Baptist

                         14        Mother’s Day

                         29        Memorial Day






                         10        Mrs. Rhonda Tipper

                         22        Rev. Andrew Walker

                         24        Rev. Coy Jeans

                         29        Mrs. Ann Jeans



                         14        Dr. and Mrs. Terry Cheek

                         20        Rev. and Mrs. Jim Brewer

                         27        Rev. and Mrs. Johnny Johnson



                         01        Pastors’ Fellowship Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Countryside BBQ

                         13        Southern Baptist Convention (13-14), Phoenix, Arizona

                         18        Father’s Day

                         25        Mission Dignity Sunday







Training Opportunities for Churches and Associations – All classes are free. To register for a class, contact Judy Autry at   For Office and Google apps go to  For Website Trainings go to 150.



Discovered – Deep Impact 2017 – Mission Weeks (several available – see website for all) June 19-24 Boone $210,



World Missions Week at Caswell – July 3-8, 2017. To register, contact NC Baptist Assembly at 910.278.9501 or online at


Friends of Children Baptist Childrens’ Homes Workdays – May 6 at Kennedy Home in Kinston, Oak Ranch in Broadway & Odum Home in Pembroke, May 13 at Camp Duncan for Girls in Aberdeen and Barbecue Festival at Broyhill Home in Clyde on Saturday, May 13. Register from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Projects 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served at noon and optional tours available afterwards.


AAIM (Aging Adults Innovating Ministry) Annual Spring Roundup – May 2, 2017, 10:00 am – 2 pm. Rich Fork Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC. Cost $10.


Faith At Home Network Fall Conference Series – August 29, 2017 at Lakeview Baptist Church in Hickory, NC.  Visit for pricing, schedule, and speaker information.


150six – Andy Augustine and Lynne Moody are worship leaders involved in ministry. They are available for church events. (Worship leaders, vocalists, musicians, songwriters) Contact them at 704-425-1699.


BBQ Fundraiser for Child Evangelism Fellowship – May 20th, 4:00-8:00 pm, Collett Street Recreation Center, 300 Collett Street, Morganton. Tickets are $8.00 (available by calling the CEF Office at 704-406-2409. Meal includes: Pork BBQ, baked beans, chips, pickle, roll, drink, and dessert. *Carry out available! Live Music by the group Heart Cry.



Pastors’ Health Summit June 1 – A one-day retreat that promotes wellness, self-care, and education for pastors and ministers. Register Today! $20 registration fee. Register by May 15th and receive a Free t-shirt.





Triad Ladder of Hope will be holding a program at First Baptist Church of Marion on May 8th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This organization focuses on human trafficking. To learn more, visit their website at






We have had an increasing number of people coming for food from the Food Pantry. If your church can help provide any items for the Food Pantry, that would be much appreciated!  Some staple items that can always be used are: peanut butter, canned meats, laundry detergent, crackers, dry milk, canned fruit.  If you have any questions, contact Sharon at the BRBA office.








Thank you to Clinchfield Baptist Church for hosting the senior adult rally in February!

Thank you to Garden Creek for always being so gracious in allowing us to hold our quarterly Executive Committee Meetings in the fellowship hall!

Thank you to everyone who has donated grocery store gift cards and food for the Baptist Children’s Homes Food Round Up!



A note regarding Itemized Deductions for Ministers:



Even though a minister is allowed to exclude some or all of the housing allowance from income, the minister can still claim the full deductions for mortgage interest and real estate taxes as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). 



Positive Thinking: When Life Gives Us Lemons 

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Garden Creek Baptist Church

Fellowship Hall

Presented by Michael Blanton








July 10-12, 2017

Caraway Conference Center

Asheboro, NC



                    *Welcome to Rev. Ryan Bennett who began pastoring Cross Memorial Baptist Church in                          February.

                       *Rev. Burl Jones has resigned from Piney Cove Baptist Church





Go the Extra Mile! Collecting a Mile of Pennies is a fun way VBS and Sunday School kids can make a difference in the lives of boys and girls living at Baptist Children's Homes. In fact, it's a great way ALL AGES can help provide food, clothing and caring Christian homes to hurting NC children. Laid edge to edge, a Mile of Pennies totals $844.40, but you can set ANY goal.  Fun ideas: You can make it a contest between your boys and girls to see who can raise the most. You can use a scale to weigh amounts. You can organize a penny rolling party. You can download labels at and attach them to soda cans, jars, buckets - whatever you choose to collect the change. And brag on your kids or your church; take a photo of them with their collection and email it to so we can share how God is using your church to make a difference! Once completed, please check with your bank to find out how they prefer to accept your collection and mail a check to Baptist Children's Homes, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.