Blue Ridge Baptist Association
Saturday, September 19, 2020
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BLUE RIDGE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION

                         Volume 46, Edition 9,10                                                                                                 September/October 2020

 

 

 

Blue Ridge Baptist Association

 

 

BIRTHDAYS

07        Dr. Dennis Love (Glenwood)

13        Mrs. Vicki Love (Glenwood)

25        Mrs. Carrie White (Garden Creek)

27        Rev. Terry Roach (Clinchfield)

ANNIVERSARIES

01         Rev. and Mrs. Andrew Walker (East Marion)

24        Dr. and Mrs. Jonathon Watson (Chapel Hill)

CALENDAR

06        SBC Single Adult Sunday

07        Labor Day

13        SBC Anti-Gambling Sunday

20        SBC Baptism Sunday

22        Autumn Begins

23        See You at the Pole School Prayer Event

24        Church Profiles are Due in BRBA Office

 


 

 

BIRTHDAYS

13        Rev. Barry Gouge (Vein Mountain)

15        Rev. Marty Conner (Cherry Springs)

18        Rev. Don White (Garden Creek)

26        Mrs. Gayle Cope (Dysartsville)

ANNIVERSARIES

25        Rev. and Mrs. Barry Gouge (Vein Mountain)

CALENDAR

01-31   SBC Cooperative Program Emphasis

04        SBC Personal Evangelism Commitment Day

11        Global Hunger Sunday

12        Executive Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Place To Be Decided

18-25   SBC Week of Prayer for Baptist Associations

26        Annual Session at Sugar Hill Baptist Church


URGENT!

Schedule Change – BRBA Annual Session

The Moderator, Director of Missions and Administrative Assistant met to discuss the Annual Session scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2020.  The decision has been made to have an abbreviated meeting, beginning at 6:00 pm on October 26th. We anticipate the meeting to last no more than one hour and a half.  No meal will be served.  Reports will be in printed form. There will be special music and a devotional given. Social distancing will be practiced.  The location will be Cross Memorial Baptist Church.  Please spread the word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Unspeakable Joy Women’s Conference- presented by Joy FM and Encouragement Café, November 14, 2020 at Prospect Baptist Church in Albemarle.  Tickets are $25 and handled through itickets.coml  Please forward any questions to Prospect Baptist Church at 704.982.6167 or email rene@prospectbaptist.com.

NAMB Timothy+Barnabas Bivocational pastors only and wives retreat – September 25-27, 2020 at The Cove. Registration is $50 a couple. Cost incluces registration, 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, all teaching sessions and a NAMB gift pack.  If you need assistance with registration, call 800.634.2462 or email help@namb.net.

 

 

Food Roundup Baptist Children’s Homes

The Food Roundup, which normally occurs every April, had to be canceled because of COVID-19 and it has been postponed to September.  The shelves are becoming bare. Some of you have brought gift cards and/or checks to the office. They have been forwarded on to the Baptist Children’s Homes.  Please let your churches know about the need. We are accepting gift cards and checks at the BRBA office for Baptist Children’s Homes.

 

BLUE RIDGE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION ANNUAL SESSION

We are two months away from the BRBA Annual Session (October 26) and we are deliberating how we are going to do the Annual Session due to COVID-19.  We will watch and see how things are going with the virus and will keep you updated.

 

PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY

C -       PRAY FOR CONVICTION OF SIN

O -       PRAY FOR AN OUTPOURING OF GOD’S SPIRIT

U -       PRAY FOR UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM

N –      PRAY FOR NEWS YOU CAN USE

T –       PRAY FOR TRUTH TO PREVAIL

R -       PRAY FOR RIGHTEOUS LEADERS

Y -        PRAY FOR YOURSELF - WHERE REAL CHANGE STARTS

 

 

PUMPKIN DIP

¾ cup (6 ounces) 1/3 -less-fat cream cheese, softened

¼ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup canned pure pumpkin

1 tablespoon maple syrup

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; beat until well combined. Add syrup and cinnamon, and beat until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes before serving. Serve with apple slices or cinnamon chips.

 

 

CHURCHES SEARCHING FOR PASTORS

 

Beech Glen Baptist Church, Inc. in Mars Hills, NC is seeking a full-time pastor who is devoted to Jesus Christ, passionate about shepherding his flock, and clear in his calling from God.  The ideal candidate will cast a vision for the future while embracing a strong focus on missions. Seminary and/or bachelor’s degree preferred. Please send resume to “Search Committee, PO Box 715, Mars Hill, NC 28754” and/or via email to bgbcpsc@charter.net.

 

New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, SC is searching for a pastor.  The church highly values the preached word, evangelism and missions.  For more information, the church website is http://www.nhbcseneca.org.  Resumes may be mailed to gthrift@sdoc.org or mail to New Hope Baptist Church, Attn: Greg Thrift, PO Box 8212, Seneca, SC 29678.

 

 

News from Baptists on Mission

 

September is normally the time churches promote the NC Missions Offering (NCMO). While it may be challenging to share how NCMO impacts lives, there are some videos available at https://vimeo.com/channels/ncmo.  There will also be an online giving link for donors to donate to the NC Missions Offering.  That link should be available soon.

 

Several locations were hit by Hurricane Isaias and the Sparta area was impacted by the earthquake in August. Baptist on Mission, in collaboration with NC Emergency Management and local leaders, is responding to help meet the needs in those areas.  Please pray for those who are reaching out to share Christ in word and deed.  https://www.facebook.com/ncmissions.

 

Baptists on Mission has been able to distribute 12,000 food boxes each week since May 15 as part of the USA farmers to Families Food Box Program (FFFB). 

 

The two year anniversary to Hurricane Florence making landfall is September 14. There are over 300 families whose homes are waiting on repairs.  If your church is able to send a team to help, please register at https://baptistsonmission.org/Mission-Projects/By-Mission-Type/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane-Florence/Get-Involved.

 

 

 

 

Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in southeastern Kentucky has had a ministry for almost 95 years to provide educational preparation for adults called of God into Christian service. The College is excited to announce in September of this year, they will be launching their first ever session of classes for Master of the Arts Degree. A new session will start every month for those wanting to apply for certain times. If you would like further information, please go to https://ccbbc.edu/academics/programs/master.  The Admissions Director is Doug Saunders and he can be reached anytime by phone at 606.337.3196, ext. 150 or by email at admissions@ccbbc.edu.  

 

 

WOMEN’S EMBRACE GROUPS:

 Update After much prayer and consultation with other ministry leaders and partners, Embrace leaders 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.  Plans are being made to conduct a virtual retreat that will be open to the public this October. 

 

Foothills Food Hub Volunteer Opportunities

 

Did you know? The Food Hub serves between 500 and 700 households throughout the county each week. Gifts of time, effort, and financial support from many in McDowell County make this possible - We cannot do this work without our amazing volunteers and supporters! Even so, we need you! Over the past few weeks, less than half of our standing volunteer needs each week have been filled. Emily Roberts, McDowell Local Food Advisory Council Project Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, is seeking teams of 2-3 individuals to adopt a regular shift each week for the next 4 weeks.

The standing volunteer schedule is below. Please consider choosing a shift and committing to filling it each week with a couple of your fellow club members, church family, friends, or colleagues. Ready to sign up? Contact Emily Roberts @ McDowellLFAC@gmail.com to get started!

Mondays • 9:00 - 12:30 @ Nebo Community Distribution •

                              9:30 - 12:30 @ Foothills Food Hub •

                              12:15 - 3:30 @ Foothills Food Hub

Tuesdays • 9:00 - 12:30 @ East Marion Community Distribution •

                    9:30 - 12:15 @ Foothills Food Hub •

                    12:00 - 3:30 @ Foothills Food Hub •

                    4:00 - 5:30 @ Jacktown Community Distribution

Thursdays • 9:00 - 12:30 @ Foothills Food Hub •

                    12:15 - 3:30 @ Foothills Food Hub

Fridays •       9:30 - 1:00 @ Foothills Food Hub

 

Foothills Food Hub Volunteers:

• Sort produce, make and tape boxes, pack boxes, clean & organize Hub, etc.

• Ride with a McDowell County Transit driver to deliver food boxes

• Receive, sort, and offload MANNA deliveries

Community Distribution Volunteers:

• Be part of a kind, welcoming community event where all are welcome

• Serve individuals in drive-thru style food pantry / to - go meal distribution

• Help load and unload the Foothills Food Hub box truck

Want to help? Contact Emily Roberts @ McDowellLFAC@gmail.com to sign up!