Bladen Baptist Association
Monday, March 30, 2015

**Associational Newsletter & Other News---

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: or  You may also call
the Association office at 910-862-3496.
Evangelism/Youth Committee Meeting
Date:  March 31, 2015
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  Bladen Baptist Association office
Fall Prevention Workshop for Older Adults and
their Caregivers
Date:  Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time:  9:30am - 2:00pm
Place:  Trinity United Methodist Church
            901 West Broad Street
            Elizabethtown, NC  28337
Workshop will Include:
  • Prevalence of falling among older adults
  • "Falling Monologues" videos
  • Medications that can contribute to falling
  • Vision problems and poor lighting
  • Balance, mobility and strength training
  • Fall-proofing your home
  • Low cost home modifications to insure safety
Must register to attend - Call (910)872-6330 to register
Lunch provided by Trinity United Methodist Church.
Bottled water provided by BB&T.
Sponsored by:  The Family Caregiver Support Program at the
Lumber River Area Agency on Aging & Bladen County
Division on Aging
Hands on Africa and Standing Stones Church
Present Leonardo Di Vinci's
"Living Last Supper"
When painting the "Last Supper", Leonardo chose what he
considered the most dramatic moment of the Supper, that
moment just after the Lord had said, "One of you will betray
me." Instantly, the twelve apostles became men of twelve
different moods.  The only composed person was Jesus
Himself. In the excitement Peter drew his knife.  Some
of the apostles stared at the Lord in utter amazement,
while others looked at each other in stark unbelief.  In
this "Living Dramatization of Leonardo's The Last
Supper", the twelve apostles speak their minds to
themselves, to each other, and to the Lord, in the light
of the tragic words which they have just heard
Him speak
April 2nd - Galeed Baptist Church
                 571 Galeed Baptist Church Road
                  Bladenboro, NC
April 3rd - Elizabethtown Baptist Church
                 1800 West Broad St.
                 Elizabethtown, NC 
This will be a powerful worship experience!
Everyone is invited to attend.
Bladen County Night of Prayer
Date:  April 6, 2015
Time:  7:00pm 
What:  A County-wide prayer meeting session throughout the
County in 5 different locations simultaneously.  There has
never been a more incessant need of prayer in these
tumultuous, perilous times as these.  We plan on assembling
throughout the county to stand in the gap on such issues as
revival, spiritual awakening, lost souls, healing and much
Zone 1: New Center Baptist Church
Zone 2: Tar Heel Baptist Church
Zone 3: Open Door Ministries
Zone 4: Riverside Baptist Church
Zone 5: White's Creek Baptist Church
Find the church in your zone and get there!
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much."  James 5:16
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my
Holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand."
Joel 2:1 
For more information contact 910-862-3496.
NC Baptist Missions Conference
Broken Enough To Care - Healed Enough To Dare
Date:  April 10 - 11, 2015
Location:  Calvary Baptist Church
               5000 Country Club Road
               Winston-Salem, NC
Cost:  $15.00 registration fee per person for conference
This fee covers materials packet, name tag/entry badge
for all sessions and Saturday lunch.
Friday Volunteer Supper
(focus on Disaster Relief, Partnerships and Projects)
$8.00 per person
Featured Speakers: 
Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of "Not A Fan"
David Nasser, speaker, author, visionary, minister
Bryan Loritts, Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church
Laura Story, gifted worship leader
Break out Sessions: Gardens as a Mission Tool, Aviation
Missions, Handyman, Baptist Educators, College Missions,
Dental Bus Ministry, Operation Inasmuch, Marriage
Mentoring and more
Hands-On Mission Projects:  Nursing home/assisted living,
school ministries, card ministry, homeless shelter/soup
kitchens, emergency personnel ministry, neighborhood
outreach, children discipleship/prayer walking, sports
clinic, senior services
For more information:  800-395-5102 ext 5596
To register:
An Evening With Casting Crowns
Location:  Crown Coliseum
                  Fayetteville, NC
Date:  Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time:  6:30PM
Ticket Prices:  (A $3.00 facility fee will be added; additional fees
will apply)
VIP Platinum:  $52.00
Artist Circle:  $37.00
Advance:  $23.00
Groups of 10+:  $18.00 (Plus one FREE ticket!)
Charge by phone:  1-800-745-3000
Group Sales:  910-438-4123
Internet Sales:
Ticket Outlets:  Box Office and all Ticketmaster retail outlets.
For more information:  910-438-4100;
Pastor's Conference
Date:  April 14
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Location:  Cypress Creek Baptist Church
                 1321 Old Fayetteville Rd
                 Garland, NC
Speaker:  Mrs. Brenda Grey, Baptist Children's Homes
Lunch provided.
101th Annual WMU Meeting
Date:  Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  Galeed Baptist Church
                 Bladenboro, NC 
Speaker:  Paul Hemphill, Former Missionary to Kenya
Missions Exhibits at 8:00pm in the Galeed's Christian Life
Center (CLC)
Everyone is invited!!  Men, Women, Children
Bladen County Special Olympics
Bladen County Special Olympics Spring Games Event is
quickly approaching!
Date:  Friday, April 17, 2015
Location:  Elizabethtown Middle School
The athletes are preparing for their events.  This year's theme: 
Bladen County Special Olympics planning committee would
love to extend Bladen Baptist Churches the opportunity to
  • Volunteers to assist athletes
  • Tents for athlete teams
  • Water bottles, individual plain potato chip bags, and
    individually packaged plain Rice Krispy Treats
  • Volunteers to help set up game events and clean up
    after the ceremony
Here's how to support your local athletes - any individuals,
Church Groups, or Members teaming with another church
to provide the above resources - please contact Elaine
McIntyre (910-549-8876 or
or Edie McKnight (910-648-2683)
Baptist Children's Home Food Round-Up 
It's that time of year again.... Time for the Annual Baptist
Children's Home Food Round-Up.
Bring food ... bring smiles!
Feed Baptist Children's Homes' residents for a year!
Be Christ's hands and feet to children by providing
700,000 meals and snacks.  Help us collect $350,000 in food,
supplies & gift cards.
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina
Sharing hope ... changing lives
A complete listing of items needed may be obtained at the
Bladen Baptist Association.
The drop off place for the food, supplies, and gift cards is the
Bladen Baptist Association.  The last day to drop off these
items at the Association office is April 23rd.
Deep Impact 2015 
Mark 8:34-35
Spring Fling Youth Retreat
Totally Stocked ~ 1 Peter 3:15
Date:  April 24 - 26
Caswell $110.00
Student Missions Conference
$15.00 per person
Date:  April 11
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
2015 Missions Extravaganza & 124th Annual
Meeting of Woman's Missionary Union of
North Carolina

Surrender ~ Sacrifice ~ Serve
Date:  April 17 - 18, 2015
Location:  Ardmore Baptist Church
                  501 Miller Street
                  Winston-Salem, NC
Friday, April 17
1:00 - 6:00   Registration Open
2:00 - 4:00   Ministry Projects
2:00 - 3:00   Conference 1
3:15 - 4:15   Conference 2
6:30  Pre-session/Mini-Concert
7:00   Evening Session
Saturday, April 18
8:30  Pre-session Music
9:00  Annual Meeting
11:00 - 12:00   Conference 3/Lunch 1
12:15 - 1:15   Conference 4/Lunch 2
1:30 - 2:30   Conference 5
2:45   Pre-session Music
3:00   Closing Session
Featured Program Personalities
Edna Ellison:  Author, Speaker and the Guru of Christian
Phyllis Elvington:  Author and Speaker
Gordon Fort:  Senior Vice President, Office of Prayer
                         Mobilization and Training, IMB
David Fitzgerald: Minister of Worship, Music and Arts,
                              Ardmore Baptist Church
Registration Fee: $45.00
registration Fee includes a Box Lunch on Saturday
Go to:
           to register and pay by credit card.
For more information call 866-210-8602 or visit to register online.
"Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples
and said:  "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny
themselves and take up their cross and follow me.""
(Mark 8:34 NIV)
One Day
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time:  8:30am to 3:55pm
Location:  Green Street Baptist Church, High Point, NC
What:  Equipping leaders to make disciples.
Join our Evangelism and Discipleship Group as individualized
training for all areas of the church will be provided at One Day.
Youth Ministry training will include topics concerning youth
culture, planning a discipleship program a year in advance,
social media and its impact on teens, as well as how to
market your youth ministry so teens will show up!
Keynote speaker will be Bruce Raley, Director of Church
Partnerships, Lifeway Christian Resources.
Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 17 - $15. per person
Registration Deadline: April 29 - $20. per person
At the Door Registration, as space permits: $30. per person
Registration includes equipping sessions, plenary sessions,
materials, and lunch.
More information and registration:
For more information and to register,
Welcome to Women Build 2015!
Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina
in partnership with
Alexander County Habitat for Humanity
Date:  May 2 - 9, 2015
Max 20 volunteers each day
8:00AM - 3:00PM both Saturdays
8:00AM - 3:00PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
No Women Build work on Sunday or Wednesday
You can volunteer for one day, all days or anything in between!
Contact Margaret Harding at 1-866-210-8602 ext 209 or email to register yourself or your group
All you need to help Habitat at the construction site is:
• to be at least 16 years old - anyone under 18 must work
with an adult - may not use power tools or work more
than 6' above the ground.
• to be willing to volunteer.  You DO NOT need to have
construction experience.  We have tools and the staff to help
you!  Wear Closed Toe/Heel Shoes.  CROCS are not
• to sign the release and waiver of liability form.  Parents
must sign the YOUTH WAIVER for youth 16-17.
Pastor's Conference
Date:  May 12
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Location:  Dublin First Baptist
             Dublin, NC 
Lunch provided.
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
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!
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
  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
  Forms available online at
Attend - HopeFest is FREE to the public. Enjoy live music, family
  activities and learn more about the boys and girls you are
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.
No Pastor's Conference in June
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
"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
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

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:
June 17 - 19/Grades 7 - 12
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
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
Pastor's Conference - Night Meeting
Date:  July 14
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  Friendship Baptist Church
                 Garland, NC
Dinner provided.
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: or contact
Mary Alice Landis (800)395-5102, ext. 5596 or .
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
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.
FREE Military Wives Retreat
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 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 and click on Camp Mundo Vista.
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:
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  or visit .
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.
Pastor's Conference
Date:  October 13
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Location:  Northside Baptist Church
                 Bladenboro, NC
Lunch provided.
Carolina Women
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 for South Carolina and Margaret Harding
at for North Carolina.
Register online at
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 (
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
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.

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
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
Respectfully submitted, Jason Williams,
Associational Sunday School Director
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Update From Hands On Africa and Dr. Andre
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
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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 .
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)
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.
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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.