Bladen Baptist Association
Saturday, November 01, 2014

**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.
Items For Christian Concern From Around The State
(as reported by the Christian Action League of North Carolina)

Johnston County DA Enforces Ban on Internet “Sweepstakes Cafés”
“Sweepstakes Cafés” have attempted to circumvent the ban by installing
“pre-reveal” software that allows the customer to purchase internet time and
see what prize is revealed before the game is played, thus allegedly
eliminating “chance” 
and legitimizing the game with the new law, according
to café owners.  Last week (Sept. 19, 2014)  the Raleigh News and
Observer reported that Johnston County District Attorney, Susan Doyle, is
giving internet sweepstakes businesses in her county about 45 days to shut
down or face the possibility of criminal charges.  (For the rest of the story
please visit:

First Conviction Handed Down from New Sex Trafficking Law 
WILMINGTON – The first conviction resulting from the passage of the
S 683-Safe Harbor/Victims of Human Trafficking was handed down last
week (Sept. 18, 2014)  in Wilmington. According to the New Hanover
District Attorney’s Office, Drequan Dugar, age 20, plead guilty to human
trafficking of a minor and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He
was sentenced to serve two consecutive sentences of 77-154 months and
60-132 months and will spend at least 11 years in prison. He must also
register as a sex offender for a minimum of 30 years upon release.  
Prosecutors in Wilmington told local media the young girl was located
when her mother called the hotline run by A Safe Place, a local outreach
center for victims of human trafficking. Workers there were able to locate
the victim on a website known for prostitution. They immediately called law
enforcement and officers were able to pinpoint the hotel where the victim
was being held and arrested Dugar.  (For the rest of the story please visit:
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
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
Joint Worship for Youth at Dublin First Baptist
Dublin First Baptist would like to invite those churches which do not have
a worship service on Sunday evenings or who would like to have their
youth group participate in a joint worship service with them to join them
on Sunday evenings, 6:00pm to 7:00pm for a service led by youth.
There is benefit for youth coming together to support and encourage
each other in their stand for Christ.  For more information you may contact:
Rev. Devon Varnum, Associate Pastor: Minister to Families, Dublin
First Baptist Church, (910)916-0525 or check out
AMPED Student Worship Service for 7th Grade - 23 Year Olds
Upbeat worship led by the student minstry band, drama, and deep
Biblical teaching, you won't want to miss it!
Metals For Missions
Dublin First Baptist is collecting metals of any kind for missions.  They will
accept any type of metal.  This includes automobiles and appliances.  
They are able to give you a receipt for tax purposes if you donate a car.  
The proceeds from the sale of this metal will go towards a winter Mission
Trip to Moldova to take Christmas gifts and other needed items to the
very poverty stricken citizens there.  Their goal is to raise $10,000.  
Please help with this very worthy project if you can.
If you have any questions, please contact
Rev. Cameron McGill at 910-872-1726.
Red Boxes - Gifts For Inmates
"Thank you" to everyone that participated to make this a success!  
The Bladen Baptist Association, including our new sister church,
Delco First Baptist Church, contributed to help us reach and
surpass our goal of 1,000 tubes of toothpaste. Well done! 
Each Christmas, women from all across North Carolina provide gifts to 
fill approximately 1600 red boxes to be given to women inmates at
North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women and Raleigh Correctional
Center for Women.  For many of these women our gift is all they receive. 
As one woman told us, "Your (WMU) gift has been the only gift I receive
at Christmas.  It's the highlight of my Christmas."
The gifts are packed in a bright red gift box that is a little larger than a
shoebox.  The words, "A Gift From North Carolina Baptist Woman's
Missionary Union" are printed on the top of each box.  A Christmas
card and scripture tract are included in each box.
This year Bladen Baptist Association WMU collected toothpaste.
Our goal was 1,000 individually boxed toothpaste. 
The toothpaste had 
to be 6-9 ounces in size and be in the original box.  The Toothpaste
was due at the Bladen Baptist Association office by
October 20, 2014.
Men of Steel

Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen presents: 


Date:  November 1st
Time:  7:00pm

Speaker:  Rev. Devon Varnum
               Associate Pastor at Dublin First Baptist Church, Dublin, NC

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."  Proverbs 27:17
Tar Heel Baptist Church Homecoming
Please join us on Sunday, November 2nd, as we observe Homecoming
at Tar Heel Baptist.  Join us for Sunday School at 10:00am and Worship
Service at 11:00am.  Rev. Homer Murdock, former Pastor, will be our
guest evangelist.  Lunch will immediately follow the services.
Everyone is invited to attend!
Youth Tent Revival at Northside Baptist Church 

Location:  Northside Baptist Church, Bladenboro, NC

Dates:  Wednesday, November 5th
            Speaker:  Rev. Zach Canady
        Thursday, November 6th
Speaker: Rev. Jonathan Falwell (Son of Rev. Jerry Falwell)
Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
From 6:00pm until 7:00pm each night there will be contemporary Christian music.
Food will be provided:
Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:00pm, Hot Dogs
Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00pm, Tacos
The speaker will begin at 7:00pm each night.
Everyone is invited to attend! Come and be a part of this exciting event!
Super Senior Fest
Date:  Thursday, November 6, 2014
Location:  Kennedy Home in Kinston
                  (Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338,
                  Thomasville, NC  27361; 336.474.1209;
Cost:  $9.00 per person
Super Senior features is a day of enrichment for aging adults.  In
addition to entertainment and lunch, breakout sessions led by a number
of experts provide information and assistance to seniors regarding a
variety of topics.
For info and registration, call 336.474.1209.
2014 Pastor's Conference
The Pursuit
"But as for you, O man of God, flee these things.  Pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness," I Timothy 6:11

Location:  Koury Convention Center
                  Greensboro, NC

Date:  November 9, 6:00 - 8:00pm
           November 10, 9:00am - 3:00pm

"Pastors are called to flee the passions and pursuits of worldly living.  To
live content in the care and provision of the Lord.  They are called to pursue
personal holines anchored in unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."  
Josh Phillips
Tent Revival at Lisbon Baptist Church
There will be a Tent Revival held at Lisbon Baptist Church:

Dates:  November 9th - 12th
Time:  7:00pm nightly

Speaker:  Evangelist Andrew Green from Nashville, Tn

There will be special singing each night.
Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information please contact Dale Fisher at 910-833-2003.
Date:  November 17th
Time:  7:15pm

Speaker:  Rev. Thomas McCuddy
Operation Christmas Child 2014 National Collection Week
A Project of Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child is an annual Christmas project sponsored by
Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization headed by Franklin
Graham.  Simple shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal
items, along with a Bible story book are sent to children in desperate,
sometimes dangerous circumstances.

The Operation Christmas Child Relay Center in Bladen County is
Fellowship Bible Church.
 For more details visit or contact Pat Warwick, Relay Center
Coordinator, at 645-4596. Please consider participating in this
extremely worthwhile project as an individual, community group,
business or through your church family.

You may participate locally by:
  • packing a shoe box
  • adopting a shoe box ($7 shipping fee)
  • adopt a shoe box shipping carton ($105 shipping fee)
  • donate school supplies, small toys, hygiene items, hard candy,
    lollipops and bubble gum to fill shoe box gifts
2014 National Collection Week:  November 17th thru 24th

Relay Center Hours
Monday, November 17th thru Friday, November 21st:  
4:00pm until 7:00pm
Saturday, November 22nd: 10:00am until 2:00pm
Sunday, November 23rd:  2:00pm until 5:00pm
Monday, November 24th:  Relay Center will be accepting shoe
                                              box gifts from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

Note:  If you are unable to deliever gifts during Relay Center's scheduled
hours or need assistance with transportation of shoe box gifts to the Relay
Center, call Pat Warwick at 645-4596.
Christmas By The Sea
"Born This Day"
Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly, Fort Caswell
Dates:  December 1 - 3, 3 - 5, 8 - 10
Start your holiday season off with a trip to the coast and a ticket to the
Alabama Theatre.  The cost is $166.00.  The retreats begin with supper
on the first day and conclude with breakfast on the last.  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.
2015 Vocational Evangelists Retreat
Redeem The Time

Date:  January 8 - 9, 2015

Location:  Caraway Conference Center
                  4756 Caraway Mountain Road
                  Sophia, NC 27350

You are invited to participate in the North Carolina Vocational Evangelists
Retreat!  This is a conference for those whose ministry vocation is
primarily focused on evangelism and sharing the Gospel through
preaching, teaching or in creative ways -- illusions, comedy, music,
drama or art.

The conference will begin Thursday, January 8, at 10 a.m. and conclude
with lunch on Friday, January 9.

You may register and pay online at Registration cost
includes lodging, meals, and conference fee.
Deadline for registration is December 16, 2014.

Speakers:  Junior Hill, Don McCutcheon, Rob Roberts, Steve Hufman,
Marty Dupree, and Rick Hughes 
Worship Leader:  Cindy Johnson & Stage 2 Ministries

Single Participant:  Single Room:  $100. per person
                             Double Room: $85. per person
                             Includes lodging and 4 meals:  Thursday, lunch and dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch

Husband & Wife Participants:
                            Conference cost is $160.00
                            Includes lodging and 4 meals:  Thursday lunch and dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch

Commuter(s):  One day/One Meal Commuter: $27 per day per person
                      One day/Two Meals Commuter: $36 per day per person
The Great Commission Apologetics Conference 
Sunday, Feb. 15th through Wednesday, February 18th 

Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and former
Baptist Ethics Counsel will speak Sunday night, February 15th and
Frank Turek of and author of I Don't Have Enough
Faith to be an Atheist will speak on Wednesday night, February 18th.  

In addition to these tremendous speakers there will be breakout
sessions for teenagers, apologetics in the ministry, women and
apologetics, Apologetics in Evangelism, a session on Islam and other
very important sessions.   

The location of this Conference is Galeed Baptist Church.  Please mark
these dates down on your calendar and make plans to attend.
Camp Mundo Vista Open House

Date:  March 21, 2015

Take tours... drop in ... experience a little bit of camp!
The Camp Director and/or former camp staffers would love to come and
share all about camp with your group, church, parents or children.  
Please contact the WMU NC office for more information!
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
Registration begins January 1, 2015!!!
Find It Here
Want a wealth of resources to help with evangelism, discipleship, Bible
studies and prayer?
Check out these links: and
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!
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
January 1, 2014 Mileage Rate Per IRS
2014 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2014 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, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a
car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

·            56 cents per mile for business miles driven

·            23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes

·            14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business, medical, and moving expense rates decrease one-half
cent from the 2013 rates.
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

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 Ministry Update
I am so grateful for another school year to share Jesus with our public
school students.  Our first classes will start 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 will be starting 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

 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 
"Like Us" on facebook - Bladen Released Time
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.
For more information about Bible Drill Information - visit
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.