Bladen Baptist Association
Friday, May 22, 2015
Churches

**Associational Newsletter & Other News---

 
 
DO YOU HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT
TO MAKE?
 
Is your Church having a Revival, Vacation Bible
School, special speaker, singing or another
special event? Let us know about it and we will
post it on the website. Also, please let us know if
your church changes service times so that we can
amend the information on our Churches/Pastor
page. Please send your announcements to:  
wcannon75@gmail.com or
bbadom@embarqmail.com.  You may also call
the Association office at 910-862-3496.
 
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Carolina Crossroads Up & Running Well!
 
Carolina Crossroads, our Drug and Alcohol Recovery Ministry,
is operating and has 11 men currently in its care.  The needs
for Drug and Alcohol Recovery help are huge.  We knew all
along that the facility would be filled to capacity soon after
opening. But, we were not expecting to be in operation until
July 1st.
 
Please keep this ministry in your prayers.  Also, there are
several needs there that need to be taken care of.  If you can
help, please do so.  The following is a list of current needs:
 
~ donations for operating expenses (Checks may be made
   payable to Carolina Crossroads or the Bladen Baptist
   Association.  If made payable to Bladen Baptist Association,
   please indicate "Carolina Crossroads" on the memo line.
   Checks can be dropped off at the Bladen Association office
   or they may be mailed to P.O. Box 62, Elizabethtown,
   NC  28337.
~ Paper products (paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex)
~1 or 2 lawn mowers
~1 or 2 weedeaters
~A vehicle that can be used for the ministry.  A 15 passenger
  van would be great, but anything would be a huge help.
~Most importantly....lots of prayer! We just had two of the
  11 to accept Christ this past weekend!!
 
If you would like for someone from the ministry to speak to your
missions group or congregation, please contact the Association
Office.  This ministry has the opportunity to impact the lives of
up to 200 men per year who are addicted to drugs and/or
alcohol along with their families.
 
Thanks for anything you can do!  Bruce Cannon
 
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Baptist Children's Home Food Round-Up 
 
A special "Thank you" to the churches of the Bladen Baptist
Association and our church currently under watchcare,
Delco First Baptist Church.  You have done a wonderful
job!  Many, many bags and boxes of food were delivered to
the Association office in addition to $2,019.00 in checks and
gift cards!  Our middle office was almost full!
Job Well Done!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina
Sharing hope ... changing lives
1-800-476-3669
 
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Pushing Back The Dark
 
Last year's Pushing Back The Dark was a tremendous success
with approximately 500 in attendance.  There was food, fun, and
lots of fellowship.
 
Date:  May 22, 2015
Time:  8:00PM until 6:00AM
Location:  Elizabethtown Middle School Football Field
                 Elizabethtown, NC
 
For:  Everyone; but music, messages, and most activities will be
        geared mostly toward the youth
 
Music:  Four Points North out of Lumberton, NC  &
            Divine out of Pembroke, NC
  With Open Mic after midnight for those in attendance (must
          register first to perform)
 
Speaker:  Ken Freeman of Ken Freeman Ministries
 
Recreation:  Various activities will be provided
 
FOOD, FUN, FELLOWSHIP
 
Any churches interested in setting up a booth with food or
items of interest (freebies, etc) please contact Debbie
Edwards at 910-874-0249.
 
This is a FREE Event!
 
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Ken Freeman at Center Road Baptist Church
 
Date:  Saturday, May 23rd
Time:  7:00pm
 
Location:  Center Road Baptist Church
                 2484 Center Road
                 Bladenboro, NC
 
You are invited to Center Road Baptist Church to hear
evangelist Ken Freeman.  We will be collecting canned
food for the Odom Baptist Children's Home.  So, come out 
and hear a great Evangelist and also support our Baptist
Children's Homes.  You can look up Ken Freeman at
Kdaddyfree.com
 
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HopeFest
 
Date:  May 30, 2015
Time:  10:00am to 6:00pm
Location:  Lee Regional Fairgrounds in Sanford
 
Benefiting boys and girls living at Cameron Boys Camp and
Camp Duncan for Girls.
 
HopeFest is a day of FREE music and family fun that
introduces attendees to the boys and girls served at Cameron
Boys Camp and Camp Duncan for Girls. HopeFest features live
music, a silent Auction, church BBQ cook-off, craft vendors,
children's entertainment and more!
 
Get Involved!
Sponsor - Help local boys and girls by becoming a HopeFest
                 sponsor.
  Sponsorships range from $250 - $2,000.

Share - Spread the word about HopeFest with your congregation,
  family and friends by sharing on facebook and on your website.
Cook-Off - Represent your church in our second annual BBQ
                  cook-off!
  Forms available online at www.hopefestnc.org.
Attend - HopeFest is FREE to the public. Enjoy live music, family
  activities and learn more about the boys and girls you are
  helping.
 
HopeFest is sponsored by Relyus, Walmart, Toyota Sanford
 
Cameron Boys Camp and Camp Duncan for Girls are ministries
of Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina.
 
www.Hopefestnc.org
 
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5th Sunday Night Singing
 
A 5th Sunday Night Singing is scheduled for May 31st, 6:00pm
at Bethel Baptist Church.  The choirs from Dublin First and Tar
Heel Baptist will sing as will others.
 
Finger foods to enjoy by all will be served following the 
singing.
 
Everyone is invited to attend!
 
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No Pastor's Conference in June
 
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Summer Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell
 
Dates:  Youth Week #1: June 15 - 20
            Youth Week #2: June 22 - 27

            Youth Week #3: June 29 - July 4
            Youth Week #4: July 13 - 18
            Youth Week #5: July 20 - 25
            Youth Week #6: July 27 - August 1
            Youth Week #7: August 3 - 8
            Youth Week #8: August 10 - 15
 
Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly at
                  Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC
 
What's Happening:  Join the BeDoTell team for one of the best
camps in the Southeast.  More than 7,000 rising 7th - 12th
graders attend each summer and experience the beach,
contemporary worship, small groups, track times and lots of
fun! Students will have time to grow in their faith through music,
preaching, dramas, small groups and church group devotions.
Last summer, we celebrated these decisions: 487 salvations,
more than 3,200 recommitments to walk closer to God, and
425 called to ministry.  Our mission offering received was
$86,066.66 and 300,000 meals were packaged for Haiti.  We
celebrated our ONE MILLIONTH MEAL packaged for Haiti.
Go God!
 
The 2015 theme is "More", based on Ephesians 3:20.
Following Christ is so much more exciting than anything we
could ever experience here on this earth.  We have been tagged
for so much more, a mission bigger than ourselves, a part of
God's story.  Join us as we look at how to study the Bible, to
discern right from wrong, and to use God's Word to choose
truth over society's deceptions.
 
Cost:  $60. program fee plus lodging and meals.  The program
fee includes a T-shit, material and a BeDoTell CD.
 
Registration for Youth Week camps at Caswell begin
January 1, 2015.
Registration information can be found at www.bedotell.com
 
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we
ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us...
Ephesians 3:20
 
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Available Camps at Mundo Vista for 2015
 
New Girls and Leaders Overnight Camp:
$50.00 per person
June 12 - 13 /Grades 3 - 6th
 
Weeklong Mission Camps for Girls:
$225.00 (Grades 4 - 6)
June 15 - 19                   July 20 - 24
June 22 - 26                   July 27 - 31
July 6 - 10
 
Mother/Daughter Mini Camps:
$225.00 for one mom/daughter,
$250.00 for one mom/two daughters
June 15 - 17/Grades 1 - 3        July 15 - 17/Grades 1 - 6
June 17 - 19/Grades 1 - 6        July 27 - 29/Grades 7 - 12
July 13 - 15/Grades 1 -3

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Register by April 1, 2015 and take off $25.00 per camper or
Mother/Daughter pair from camp fee.
**Does not apply to girls/leaders overnight.**
 
Mini Camps for Teen Girls:
$135.00
June 17 - 19/Grades 7 - 12
 
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Deep Impact 2015 
 
Mark 8:34-35
 
Deep Impact Missions Week
June 22 - 27 Hendersonville  $225.00
June 29 - July 4 Washington $200.00
July 5 - 11 Caswell $300.00+
July 13 - 18 Sandhills $200.00
July 20 - 25 Shelby $215.00
July 27 - Aug 1 Red Springs $215.00
 
Outside North Carolina
June 20 - 27  Honduras $1,550.00
June 29 - July 4 New York City $450.00
July 17 - 24 Cuba $1,850.00
 
North Carolina Mini-Weeks
June 18 - 21 Shelby $105.00
Aug 2 - 5 Red Springs $105.00
 
For more information
Tom Beam
800-395-5102 ext 5626
tbeam@ncbaptist.org
 
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Super Summer Sundays at Dublin First Baptist
 
Throughout the summer months Dublin First Baptist will be
having special services.
 
Sundays at 6:00pm
 
June 28 - Dr. Perry Brindley, D.O.M. Buncombe
                Assoc. & President - Board of Directors, BSCNC
July 5 - At Lake Campus (Venue)
             Special Music:  The Mighty Echoes
July 12 - Rev. Bruce Cannon, D.O.M. Bladen Assoc.
               Special Music:  Dublin Praise Team
July 26 - Rev. Timmy Blair, Pastor - Piney
               Grove Chapel; President - Baptist State
               Convention of North Carolina
               Special Music: Trio from Piney Grove Chapel
August 2 - Mrs. Renae Henderson - youlaughalot.org
                   Pastor's wife at Crossroads Baptist Church
August 9 - Rev. Clay Warf
                   North Carolina Baptist Foundation
August 16 - Rev. C.J. Bordeaux, Pastor - Gorman Baptist
                     Church, Durham
August 23 - Youth Night Back to School Blast with
                     Ethan Drum
                     Special Music: AMPED Band to play
August 30 - Rev. Ronnie Wilson, Pastor - Western Prong
                     Baptist Church
                     Special Music:  WPBC choir/Praise team to
                     sing
September 6 - End of Summer Baptism & Cook Out
                         at the Lake Campus
 
Everyone is invited to attend!
 
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Deep Impact Summer Missions Camp
at Caswell 
 
Date:  July 5 - 11, 2015
 
Deep Impact camp will combine the worship experience of
summer youth camp with the hands-on missions experience
of a mission trip. Each participant will choose from a wide
selection of mission projects which they will be involved in
throughout the week.  Deep Impact camp is for adults and
youth only (rising 7th - 12th graders). No childcare will be
available for this camp.  All adults and youth will be expected
to participate in a mission project.  These mission projects
will mainly be off campus and each church must provide
drivers and transportation to and from the projects daily.  All
lodging is in the barracks and meals in the dining hall.  Rush
of Fools will be leading worship each evening and Ed Newton
will be our pastor for the week.
 
To register:  Contact the NC Baptist Assembly at 910-278-9501
or  online at www.fortcaswell.com
 
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World Mission Week at Caswell
 
Date:  July 6 - 11, 2015
 
Are you interested in learning about exciting opportunities for
involvement in state, national and international missions?  Then
World Missions Week is the place you want to be!  Celebrative
worship, small group time and mission moments are but a small
part of World Missions Week.  Rush of Fools will be leading
worship each evening and Ed Newton will be our pastor for the
week.  Inspirational and informative studies will be provided for
all family age groups as well.  North Carolina Baptist Men
coordinates this week with assistance from Campus Ministry and
NC Woman's Missionary Union.
 
To register:  Contact the NC Baptist Assembly at 910-278-9501
or online at www.fortcaswell.com.
 
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Vacation Bible School at Bladenboro First
 
Vacation Bible School will be held at Bladenboro First Baptist
on July 12 - 16.
 
The theme is EVEREST: Conquering Challenges with God's
Mighty Power.
 
Everyone is invited to attend.
 
For more information:  910-863-3618
 
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Pastor's Conference - Night Meeting
 
Date:  July 14
Time:  7:00pm
          
Location:  Friendship Baptist Church
                 Garland, NC
 
Dinner provided.
 
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Camp Caraway for Children
 
Dates:  July 20 - 24 & 27 - 31, 2015
 
Camp Caraway for Children is a week long Christian
children's summer camp.  Boys and girls who have
completed 1st - 6th grade attend as a church group with
adult chaperons.
 
Camp Caraway is located in the beautiful Uwharrie
Mountains seven miles west of Asheboro, NC.  We have
been programming summer camp experiences at Caraway
since 1963.
 
We use fun to:  share the love of Jesus, develop healthy
relationships, create lasting teachable moments and to
learn about the importance of missions in a Christ
follower's life. Intentionally through each fun activity and
recreation we are always pointing children towards a
deeper relationship with Jesus.
 
To Register:
Group leaders register their church group online:
campcaraway.org/children or contact
Mary Alice Landis (800)395-5102, ext. 5596 or
mlandis@ncbaptist.org .
 
Cost:  $265.00 per person.  The price includes
everything except optional snacks or gift
purchases and an optional missions offering.
 
For Questions Contact:
Mark Moore, Summer Director
mmoore@campcaraway.org
(336)521-9207
 
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Pastor's Conference
 
Date:  August 11, 2015
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
          
Location:  Galeed Baptist Church 
 
Speaker:  Rev. Jason Williams
Topic:  Released Time School Ministries
 
Lunch provided.
 
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FREE Military Wives Retreat
 
REFRESHED AND RENEWED
Taking Care of Your Heart and Your Soul
Military Wives Retreat
Location:  Camp Mundo Vista

Date:  August 22 - 23, 2015
 
Families welcome if necessary.
 
You deserve a break to refresh your mind and spirit!  The
Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina is here to
ensure you have a free weekend of laughs, smiles, tears,
food, fun, and more!
 
We are inviting YOU to our annual women's retreat at beautiful
Camp Mundo Vista on August 22nd - 23rd.  You can stay one
night or two.  So, come out and meet other spouses who have
sacrificed like you, hear some stories, play some games, and
leave refreshed.
 
If you don't want to travel without your husband or children -
we can accommodate.  There are limited free passes to the zoo
to keep them busy Saturday.  Others may show their military ID
and get discounted tickets at the zoo.
 
Email Margaret Harding at mharding@wmunc.org to receive
more information including the schedule.
 
Space is limited so register early!
Camp Mundo Vista is near the Asheboro Zoo.  Visit our
website at www.wmunc.org and click on Camp Mundo Vista.
 
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Youth Ministry Training
 
Date:  September 12, 2015
Time:  9:00am - 3:30pm
Location:  Cowee Baptist Church, Franklin, NC
 
Date:  September 22, 2015
Time:  6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Tyson's Creek Baptist Church, Bear Creek, NC
 
What's Happening:  What's your strategy for youth ministry? 
What do you want students to know about their faith by the
time they graduate?  A totally differing approach to what we
do each Sunday and in weekly activities, Bible studies,
fellowships and even in the summer.
 
Whether you are a youth minister, youth worker or church that
needs to build a more solid youth ministry, Youth Ministry
Training is for you!
 
Many of us are asked to serve in youth ministry, yet we have no
idea how to plan a year in advance so that the ministry is
balanced in all areas of spiritual formation. 
 
Sample topics include:
Mentoring
Enlisting and keeping volunteers
How to plan a mission trip
Risk management in youth ministry
The event also includes presentation of ministry helps, speakers
addressing issues of spiritual growth and renewal, and fellowship
and sharing of ideas.
 
Cost:  $35.00 per person or special group rate of $140.00 per
group of five, includes lunch and training materials. 
Early Bird Special: $25.00 per person, $100.00 per group of five.
 
More information and registration:
Call 800.395.5102 ext. 5566,
email Youth.Disciplemaking@ncbaptist.org  or visit
www.BeDoTell.com .
 
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Spring & Fall Coastal Retreats
 
Spring:  "Stay Alert"
Fall:  "God's Direction"
 
Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly, Fort Caswell
 
Dates:
Sept. 14 - 16, 21 - 23, 28 - 30
Oct. 5 - 7, 12 - 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28
 
Come and enjoy a mixture of large-group worship, small-group
activities and recreation.  There is also free time for your group
to relax on campus or to explore Oak Island, Southport and
other local areas.  Cost for the retreat includes two nights
lodging, five meals and the program.  You may also consider
extending your stay by adding an extra day or two!
 
For more information or to register, please contact the
North Carolina Baptist Assembly at 910-278-9501.
 
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Pastor's Conference
 
Date:  September 15
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
          
Location:  Hickory Grove Baptist Church
                 Bladenboro, NC
 
Speaker:  Jason Clamm, Hospice
 
Lunch provided.
 
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Senior Adult
Fall Festival of Fellowship
 
"Under Construction: Ephesians 2:10"
 
Date:  October 5 - 8
 
Location:  Caraway Conference Center, Asheboro
 
The Fall Festival of Fellowship at Caraway is now in its sixth year
and has gotten better and better each year.  Senior adults enjoy
great Bible study, worship, entertainment, mission and
fellowship all packed into one event.  Caraway is a beautiful
place to be in October and there is also plenty to see and do in the
surrounding area.
 
The cost is $235. per person and includes 3 nights lodging,
8 meals and program fee.  The event begins on Monday
afternoon and concludes on Thursday morning.
 
To register or for more information, contact Rose Skipper at
336-629-2374 or rskipper@caraway.org.
 
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Pastor's Conference
 
Date:  October 13
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
          
Location:  Northside Baptist Church
                 Bladenboro, NC
 
Lunch provided.
 
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Carolina Women
WMU NC & SC WMU
 
Date:  October 16 - 17, 2015
 
Location:  Fort Caswell Baptist Assembly, Oak Island, NC
 
Cost:  Early Bird - $88.00, after August 1st - $98.00
   Includes lodging,, meals, and program fee. Cost is
   non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.
 
Time:  Registration opens 3:00pm on Friday and event concludes
   on Saturday at 4:00pm.
 
Leaders Include:  Debby Akerman, Phyllis Elvington, Beth Greer,
                             and CrossWalk
 
For more information please contact Donna Britt at
donnabritt@scbaptist.org for South Carolina and Margaret Harding
at mharding@wmunc.org for North Carolina.
 
Register online at www.wmunc.org.
 
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Fall Retreat
 
Dates:  October 23 - 25, 2015 or
             November 13 - 15, 2015

 
Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly at
                  Fort Caswell Oak Island, NC
 
What's Happening:  "Refined," a glimpse into what it means to be
a Godly girl or a Godly guy.
 
The retreat will feature a guest speaker with worship and drama
led by our own BeDoTell Team, small group sessions, recreation
and church group devotions.
 
Speakers for both retreats will be Acton Bowen of Acton Bowen
Outreach (www.actonbowen.com)
 
Cost:  $141.00 per person, includes retreat materials, lodging and
four meals.
 
More information and registration:
Call Fort Caswell at 910.278.9501 to register or visit
www.BeDoTell.com .
 
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Association Annual Meetings
 
Date:  October 26, 2015
Location: Cypress Creek Baptist Church
               1321 Old Fayetteville Rd
               Garland, NC
 
Date:  October 27, 2015
Location:  White's Creek Baptist Church
                6062 Mercer Mill Road
                Clarkton, NC  28433
 
Information to follow.
 
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Pastor's Conference
 
Date:  November 10
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
          
Location:  White Oak Baptist Church
                 White Oak, NC
 
Speaker:  Mr. Larry Hammonds, VA Services
 
Lunch provided.
 
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Christmas By The Sea
 
Dates:  Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, Dec. 2 - 4, 7 - 9
 
"Christmas Reflections"
 
Start your holiday season off with a trip to the coast and a ticket to the Carolina Opry.  The retreat begins with supper on the first day and concludes with breakfast on the final day.  Deposit is half the total bill, requested 60 days in advance.
 
For more information or to register, please contact the NC Baptist Assembly at (910)278-9501.
 
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Pastor's Conference
 
Date:  December
 
There will be no Pastor's Conference in December.  There will be
the Annual Christmas Party for Pastors.  Further information will
be forthcoming.
 
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January 1, 2015 Mileage Rate Per IRS
 
2015 Standard Mileage Rates
 
The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2015 optional
standard mileage rates used to calculate the
deductible costs of operating an automobile for business,
charitable, medical or moving purposes.
 
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for
the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:
· 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, 
from 56 cents in 2014
· 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving
purposes, down half a cent from 2014 
· 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable
organizations

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an
annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating
an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs,
tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and
moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as
gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.

Taxpayers always have the option of claiming deductions
based on the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than
the standard mileage rates.
 
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Update on Southeastern Carolina
Crossroads, Inc. 
 
For over nine years we have been working to secure a
location to help those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. 
Doors  have closed one time after another and our
hopes have waned so many times.  It now appears we
will be able to move into the former facility operated by
the Eckerd Youth Camp outside of White Lake.  The
facility is great and will quickly accommodate twenty+
men seeking help.
 
The lease is being prepared by the Attorney General’s
Office in Raleigh and should be in our hands in days.  As
soon as we receive it will will sign the document and
begin.  At that point we will need help refurbishing the
buildings so please be listening for a phone call from
the Bladen Baptist Association Office asking for help. 
Some of the work needing to be done includes:
painting, yard work, pressure washing and so forth.
Please continue to keep this effort in your prayers.
 
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First Baptist Church Delco under watchcare
 
First Baptist Church of Delco approached the Bladen
Baptist Association several months ago and asked that
they become a part.  At the October Annual Meetings of the
Bladen Baptist Association, it was voted to accept First
Baptist Church of Delco under watchcare.  First Baptist
Church of Delco sent many people and equipment to
Bladen County following the tornados and helped greatly
to clean up debris and make repairs.  They also have
participated with us on several projects including the Food
Roundup for the Baptist Children’s Homes and the collection
of toothpaste for The Red Box Ministry.  We look forward
to working with First Baptist Church of Delco in the future.

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Christ at the Hispanic Work at White Lake.  Pastor Cipriano
Moreno, pastor of a work in Lumberton and Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina Hispanic Coordinator for the
Eastern Region, is the new work’s pastor.  
 
Please pray for this effort.  There are an estimated 4,000
Hispanics living in Bladen so the fields are white unto
harvest.  Pastor Cipriano invites everyone to join them in
the services at White Lake.  Services are held on Sundays
with the Sunday School beginning at 4pm and worship
at 5pm.
 
There is a definite need for your Church family to be
involved in this effort.  Because this is a start-up ministry
we are having to purchase everything an existing
congregation already has in place.  To find out how you
may be involved please stop by or call us at the
Association 
  
 
Sunday School Report:
High Expectations verses Low Expectations

 
       Expectations can be overly consuming or under managed.
Tom Rainer and Sam Rainer III wrote a book on reclaiming a
generation of drop outs (Ages 18-22) where he emphasized
many great tools for church ministry. However, one chapter shed
light on the need for High Expectations.  Think about it, do you
have an expectation of growth in your church Sunday school.
Expectations are linked to our attitude, convictions and
perspective of things. I still believe in Sunday School and I still
know God wants and will use it if we work His way and in step
with Him. One hindrance to Sunday School could be our low
expectation for it.  Listen to a quote in the book referenced
above: “This low-expectation environment has been normative
for most of the churches in which young adults have attended.
Most of them have heard little, if any, of what is expected of
them as a church member. As a consequence they have seen
a church as a low priority or even option. Becoming a higher
expectation church is vital in becoming an essential church”.
     
 This quote is directed toward reaching young adults but can you
see how it can apply to any church based ministry or vision like
Sunday School?  Will you consider raising the bar in what you
expect for Sunday School? You may say, “how do I do that”?
Glad you asked because below is just a few bullet points on how
to reclaim high expectation for your Sunday School.
 
 Pray daily for direction and growth. If we believe God
answers the prayers of His children then we must live like it. Pray
for your teachers by name, classes by name and pray for those
not attending by name. Also, pray God would move your classes,
revive them or keep them evangelistic in all they do. Gather a
team of prayer warriors to meet weekly with to pray over
Sunday School together. Pray in faith that God will work.
 
 Make it a big deal. Since small groups are one of the most
effective ways to connect folks to God and each other, make it a
big deal. Have special prayer times for Sunday School. Have
growing classes give brief testimonies in your services.  Make
sure your people see that Sunday School is a high expectation
area of concern and need in your life. Schedule trainings at your
church and make sure everyone can attend or make up the
training because you believe it is a big deal. If you need help
with some training ideas please call myself or Brother Bruce
for some insights or training ideas.
 
Read books and conduct surveys on Sunday School material
and churches that are effective at it. Don’t let the expectation be
low because you have failed to make it a priority. Reading and
Research can refresh, give insight, and challenge your faith to
grow in this area but always remember follow what the Holy
Spirit tells you to do. Don’t do it just to try it, do it because you
are moved by the Spirit to do so.    Sunday School
still works but do we pray, believe and work like it does? Give
in to High Expectations for Sunday School by making it important
because everything we do for Jesus should be done with High
Expectations.
 
Respectfully submitted, Jason Williams,
Associational Sunday School Director
 
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Find It Here
 
Want a wealth of resources to help with evangelism, discipleship,
Bible studies and prayer?
 
Check out these links:  www.findithere.com and
www.finditherenc.org
 
These two links provide tremendous resources for pastors,
Sunday School teachers or anyone wishing to grow in the Lord
and be equipped to reach the lost for Christ. There are study
tools, witnessing tools, videos and a host of other info FREE
just for the viewing or downloading.
Check them out!
 
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Update From Hands On Africa and Dr. Andre
Delport
 
After 8,000 miles of driving we finally arrived back in Chicago after
an incredible trip of seeing God's hand at work in many ways. 
The start of the trip in Arkansas started off with an incredible
night of God's doing and from there on we experienced many,
many highlights working alongside our Lord. The week in New
Mexico has confirmed our involvement there and indicated and
confirmed to us that we will be working there for many a year
to come.  It is an ideal situation for us to duplicate our Africa
ministry in the USA.
 
We have completed our call and instruction from God and have
now prayed and interceded through all 49 States of America.  It
took us 3 trips and 7 of the team members were fortunate to
participate in all 3 trips.  What a journey!  God surely revealed
himself to us in many situations as our Provider and Protector
and that He is the Sovereign Lord.  He cares for America and
yearns for them to turn back to Him.  We surely know that God
did use us, in whatever small way it might be, to touch
many lives, encourage many weary believers and to bless and be
blessed in many ways.  On Him we trust to multiply our efforts
and start a revival that will spread like a wildfire across America.
 
Thank you for all those that have received us, hosted us, worked
with us, blessed us and prayed for us.  You all had an enormous
role to play in enabling us to accomplish this mission.  We will
soon be off to Sierra Leone, then it is Malawi and Zambia.
Continue to pray for us as we continue in obedience.  Financially,
Hands on Africa, currently struggles.  Please be in special prayer
for God's provision.  Many blessings and love in Christ Jesus.
 
Dr. Andre Delport, Hands on Africa
 
 
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Christian Women’s Job Corps of Bladen County 
 
 (A Hand Up Not A Hand Out)
 
We are looking for mentors and volunteers to be involved with
this ministry.  Our plan is to train mentors within the next
couple of months to have them ready to serve participants in
the near future.
 
Christian Women’s Job Corps ministry is in a mission context in
which women help women, encouraging them for new life in
Jesus and where women in need are equipped for life and
employment. This ministry has two important elements: 
Bible Study and One-On-One mentor relationship.
 
If you have any questions or would like to know more about
CWJC of Bladen County please contact:
 
Site Coordinator:  Jennifer Carter at 910-733-5497
Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 3047, Lumberton, NC  28359
Email: cwjcofbladencounty@gmail.com
 
 
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Released Time School Ministries Update 
 
I am so grateful for another school year to share Jesus with
our public school students.  Our first classes started on October
2nd.  Please be in prayer as we minister to Bladen Lakes
Primary, Bladenboro Primary, Bladenboro Middle, Booker T
Primary, Clarkton School of Discovery, Dublin Primary,
Elizabethtown Primary, and Tar Heel Middle.  This year our
Primary Students will be learning the Fruit of the Spirit,
Galatians 5:22-23.  I am often reminded that as a follower of
Jesus we need to share the same attributes as our Savior.  
 Next, a huge praise report on the State side of Released Time. 
Brunswick County started a program this school year and
Duplin County will be visiting a Bladen Released Time
Program hoping to start a Released Time there by next year. 
God is at work all around us, please take time to join Him! 
We only have this life to make an impact for HIS KINGDOM.
 Lastly, I would like to thank all of those who came out and
supported/or served at our Annual Crusade.  We are so
thankful to God for the professions of faith made during
those nights.  Who would have thought that a student
centered ministry would lead our adults to a saving
knowledge of Jesus, but that is our God.  He is not limited
by man or boundaries, but His love reaches all.
 All For Him,
 
Jessica Williams   Bladen Released Time, Director
910-549-0344    bladenreleasedtime@yahoo.com
"Like Us" on facebook - Bladen Released Time
 
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AGAPE PREGNANCY SUPPORT SERVICES
 
The Agape Pregnancy Support Services of Elizabethtown is open
the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 5pm until 8pm in the
evening.  We have been very busy with helping moms and babies.
 
Last week we had two ladies choose life for their babies.  We
have parenting classes each night.  We thank the Churches that
are helping us.  Our expenses are $1750 monthly.  We are only
receiving half of it per month.  I will be glad to share
with your Church how God is using us to minister in His Name.
Donations of goods or money can be left at the Office of the
Bladen Baptist Association. 
 
Further information can be had, or to schedule me to speak at a
Church, please contact me at 910-308-2583.  Thank you! 
Helen Rogers, Director.
 
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Wheelchair Ramps Still Needed
 
We still have lots of families in need of a wheel-chair ramp. 
Please consider putting a team together and working 3 to 4 hours
to help a family in need.  You will literally change the life of the
person, unable to maneuver up and down steps, by building the
ramp. Call the Association Office to volunteer.  We will be glad
to show any group, young and older, how to build the ramps.
 
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WMU THRIFT STORE UPDATE
 
Please continue to remember The Thrift Store & the volunteers
that keep it going in your prayers. Contributions are always
appreciated.  Also consider sponsoring/ adopting an orphan
through Hands on Africa.  Check out their website to find out
how you can help in their ministry. 
www.dev.handsonafrica.com
 
Lisa Hester, WMU/Women’s Ministries’ Director reports,
“The total amount given to Hands On Africa since 2008 when
we re-opened is now $23,000.00”
 
Great Job Volunteers!  Thank you so much for allowing the
Lord to  use you to bless so many in deep need.
 
Lisa L. Hester: 910-648-5555 or 910-872-3286 .
 
 
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Excerpt taken from "A Husband's Prayer Warrior "
by Sharon Jaynes
 
 
Dear Lord, I pray for my husband, from head to toe.
 
    His Head -That he will look to You as Lord of his life.
 
    (1 Corinthians 11:13)
 
    His Mind ¬¬- That he will have the mind of Christ and think as
 
    the Holy Spirit would lead him and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
 
    His Eyes -That You will keep his eyes from temptation and
 
    that he will turn his eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 9:47)
 
    His Ears - That he will hear Your still small voice instructing him.
 
    (1 Kings 19:12, Psalm 32:8)
 
    His Mouth - That his words will be pleasing to You.
 
    (Proverbs 19:14)
 
    His Neck -That he will humble himself before You and be
 
    strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in
 
    Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful.
 
    (James 4:10, Joshua 1:8-9)
 
    His Heart-That he will love and trust You with his whole heart.
 
    (Deuteronomy 6:5, Proverbs 3:5)
 
    His Arms-That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26) 
 
    His Hands-That he will enjoy the work of his hands and
 
    see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19)
 
    His feet - That You will order his steps and that he will
 
    walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25, Psalm 26:3)
 
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Bible Drill Information
 
 
Bible Drill is open to students in grades 4-12.
Psalm 119:11 tells us to hide God's word in our hearts, so we
might not sin against him. When God's word dwells in our hearts
we are better able to mediate on his promises and his character
and to flee from temptation. Children and youth must learn that
scripture is consequential to their lives. Children and youth
cannot grow in their relationship with the Lord without
memorizing scripture and learning to treasure God's word.
Bible Drill participants develop skills in locating Bible books
and key passages, memorize the names of the books of the
Bible in order, memorize the verses and key passages, and
develop skills in the proper handling of the Bible.
 
For more information about Bible Drill Information - visit
www.ncbibledrill.org.
 
The pages found on this site provides curriculum interpretation
and information to assist pastors, staff and volunteers to lead
Bible Drill in a local congregation.
  
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