Bladen Baptist Association
Friday, November 28, 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.
RA/GA Basketball
Now is the time to be registering for RA/GA
Basketball.  If you are planning on having a team
and have not had one in the past couple of years
please call the Association Office for more info.  
Also, the Elizabethtown Baptist Church is currently
registering players for Upward Basketball.  To get
more info on Upward Basketball please call
Revival at New Center Baptist Church
Dates:  November 23rd - 26th
Location:  New Center Baptist Church
               Bladenboro, NC
Speaker:  Dr. Robert "Bob" Heustess
Everyone is invited to attend!
Community Thanksgiving Service
Date:  Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  Singletary United Methodist Church
Speaker:  Rev. Cameron McGill
Thanksgiving Service
Location:  Bladenboro First Baptist Church
               Bladenboro, NC
Date:  Wednesday, November 26th
Time:  6:30pm
Join us as we gather in the sanctuary to "Count Our
Blessings." Each person present will have the opportunity
to share aloud the things for which they are grateful this
year or simply be thankful silently.  We will conclude by
sharing in the Lord's supper.
The Hangings of the Greens
Location:  Bladenboro First Baptist Church
Date:  Sunday, November 30th
Time:  7:00pm
We'll gather in the sanctuary and witness the amazing
transformation of our worship space as the colors of
Christmas found in wreaths, bows, garland, trees, and
poinsettias appear as we read sacred texts and sing
beloved carols.  The raising of our candles as we sing
Silent Night is as beautiful visually as it is symbolically.
This service to welcome Jesus is not to be missed.
Cheering From a Christian Perspective
We are working to train our local girls in cheering
from a Christian perspective and will use those who
sign up to cheer during some of our RA/GA
Basketball games.  Many Biblical values will be
taught during this process. 
If you know of girls who would love to be a part
please share this announcement:

GA Cheerleading Registration
AGES 5-12
Sunday, November 30th at 3:00pm
Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
Practices will be there as well on Monday nights
at 6:30. Games will be on Saturdays.
Very IMPORTANT to be there! We will be ordering
cheer uniforms.
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

Hanging of the Greens
Location:  Dublin First Baptist Church
               Dublin, NC
Date:  December 3rd
Time:  7:00pm
Hanging of the Greens
Location:  New Center Baptist Church
               Bladenboro, NC
Date:  December 3rd
Time:  7:00pm
Life Line Screening
First Baptist Church of Bladenboro is pleased
to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line
Screening, a leading provider of community-based
preventive health screenings, will host their affordable,
non-invasive and painless health screening on
12-4-2014.  Five screenings will be offered that scan
for potential health problems related to: blocked
arteries which is a leading cause of stroke;
abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a
ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs
which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial
fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied
to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men
and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.  
Register for a Wellness package which include 4
vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from
$149.00 ($139.00 with our member discount). All five
screenings take 60 - 90 minutes to complete. In
order to register for this event and to receive a $10.00
discount off any package priced above $129.00,
please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit
Live Nativity
Good News Baptist Church, located at the intersection
of 211 by-pass and Center Road, Bladenboro, NC, will
present a Live Nativity December 5th, at 7:30pm.  
Come and be blessed.  Everyone welcome.  Free
Christmas Remembrance Service
Location: Bladenboro First Baptist Church
              Bladenboro, NC
Date:  Sunday, December 7
Time:  7:00pm
This service is open to anyone but designed especially
for those who will miss loved ones who are no longer
with us.  Christmas is a time for joy and family, but
also a time when absences are deeply felt.  This service
recognizes this reality and offers a chance to light a
candle in memory of a loved one.
Christmas Cantata
Date:  Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time:  10:30am & 6:00pm
Location:  Dublin First Baptist Church
Christmas Cantata
Location:  Bladenboro First Baptist Church
               Bladenboro, NC
Date:  December 14, 2014
Time:  11:00am
On this Sunday morning, The Sanctuary Choir will
lead our worship service by presenting
"Night of Miracles." Come hear the story of Jesus'
birth presented in beautiful song.
Cantata at New Center Baptist Church
What:  Adult Choir Christmas Cantata
Location:  New Center Baptist Church
               Bladenboro, NC
Date:  December 14, 2014
Time: 6:00pm
Everyone is invited to attend.
Children & Youth Christmas Program
Location:  New Center Baptist Church
               Bladenboro, NC
Date:  December 17, 2014
Time:  7:00pm
Everyone is invited to attend.
Christmas Eve Service
Date:  December 24, 2014
Location:  Dublin First Baptist Church
Time:  5:30pm - 6:00pm
Pay "the Blessings" Forward
Christ came and paid a debt He did not owe
because we had a debt we could not pay.  
As followers of Christ, we all have the 
opportunity to Pay "the Blessings" Forward
as we strive to be more Christ-like.

Consider the story of Loretta Trollinger from
western North Carolina.  She was raised by
loving Christian parents on a small farm, had
limited opportunity for education and toiled
most of her life in a small hosiery mill.  While
she and the family were quite poor financially,
Loretta always felt blessed to have a place to 
live, food on the table and a church that she
loved.  She had a dream to be able to pay
her blessings forward so that others might
know the love of Christ and even have some
opportunities that she never had.  Through
her estate plan, the farm was sold and the
proceeds placed in a permanent endowment,
which pays income to churches for outreach,
to missions organizations at home and
abroad, to ministries serving poor retired
pastors and to a college for needy Divinity
School students.  In 2014, Loretta's
endowment paid more income forward to
help others in Christ's name than she ever
earned in a year.

Through our estate plans, we all have the
opportunity to take a portion or all of our
financial blessings and pay them forward
to do many wonderful things.  A trust in the
Last Will and Testament might provide
better financial security for family and
then later provide permanent support for
Kingdom causes.  An endowment in the
Will can provide immediate financial
assistance for missions efforts,
discipleship ministries, service to the
poor and hungry, and a host of other
ministries.  Consider how you can
"pay your blessings forward" as you
seek to be more Christ-like.

For more information contact:
The North Carolina Baptist Foundation, Inc.
201 Convention Drive
Cary, NC  27511-4257
2015 Vocational Evangelists
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

One day/One Meal Commuter:
     $27 per day per person
One day/Two Meals Commuter:
     $36 per day per person
Summer Team Auditions

Date:  January 23 - 24, 2015

Location:  Caraway Conference Center,
                  Asheboro, NC

Are you someone who attended
summer camp, enjoyed the music, drama
and media aspects of camp, and wanted
to try them out yourself?

Well, if you have completed your
freshman year at college and have talent
either in music, drama or media, we need
you to complete an application and join
us for interviews.

The BeDoTell team leads the program
at Fort Caswell during Youth Weeks.  If
you join us, that means living at the beach
for 10 weeks, serving others with your
talent, worshiping God, and teaching small
groups of middle or high school students
each day.

Applications are available at as of October 1.
Online applications are due by December
31, 2014.  Please indicate on the
application that you are interested in serving
on the BeDoTell Team at Caswell and
specify your area of interest, whether it's
music, drama or media.

A DVD of performance skills in music or
drama, or a media PowerPoint presentation
must be sent by January 5, 2015 to Merrie
Johnson, BSCNC, P.O. Box 1107, Cary,
NC  27512.

Upon receipt of completed application and
DVD, you will be expected to attend auditions
on both days.

Students interested in serving with BeDoTell
must have completed their freshman year in
college to work with BeDoTell.
Baptist Men's Day
Date:  January 25, 2015
Date:  Janaury 29 - 31, 2015
Location:  Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.
"Parakaleo:  Striving Together."  Calling all youth ministers and
youth workers to authentic worship, relevant training, honest
conversation and personal encouragement.  This is the largest
gathering and best training in the Southeast for people who
minister to teenagers in Southern Baptist churches.  The
highlight year after year concerns the 50-plus break outs
that cover all aspects of youth ministry.
Keynote speakers are Mark Batterson, Ed Newton, Skit Guys
and Jeff Bethke. Also being featured are Allen Jackson, Judi
Jackson, Richard Ross, Brian Mills, Ken Coley and Scott
The Southeast Conclave is organized by the Baptist State
Conventions of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina,
South Carolina and Tennessee, bringing together the best in
youth ministry today.
For more information and registration:
Bladen Baptist Association IECS Seminar
Dates:  January 30-31, 2015
Location:  Hickory Grove Baptist Church
               6414 Center Road
               Bladenboro, NC  28320
The Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy seeks to assist,
under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, pastors, staff members,
students and laity in developing a personalized, contextualized,
effective and intentional evangelism strategy for the local church
and the individual Christian's life.  Pastors are encouraged to
have lay leaders to attend the seminar with them.  Subjects
discussed are:  Evangelistic Leadership and Direction,
Evangelistic Prayer, Assimilation/Discipleship, Event
Evangelism and Personal Evangelism.
Breakfast is provided on Saturday.
To REGISTER Contact:
Bruce Cannon
Phone:  910-862-3496
Friday, January 30
6 - 9 pm
Saturday, January 31
9 am - 2 pm
For more information:
Don McCutcheon / Don
(864) 466-7564 
N.C. Youth Ministry Ski Retreat
Date:  February 6 - 8, 2015
Where:  Winterplace Ski Resort, Beckley, W.Va.
Youth from all across the state are converging at Beckley,
W.Va., for the 11th annual winter ski retreat.  Saturday
features all-day skiing and other winter activities followed by
an evening with guest speaker, Adrian Despres, and the
BeDoTell team, who share their witness for God through
music and testimony during Caswell summer camps and
as they travel across North Carolina.  Sunday morning
worship will be led by Adrian Despres and the
BeDoTell team.
Cost:  $175.00 per person based on maximum occupancy.  
Package includes a Saturday lift ticket (8am - 10pm), ski rental,
group ski lessons, two nights lodging with continental breakfast,
lunch and dinner Saturday, and Saturday night and Sunday
morning worship. Deductions are made for non-skiers and those
bringing their own equipment.  Upgrades are also available for
snowboards, tubing, lessons, bibs and helmet at resort cost.
Registration:  Contact Tim Wilson at 800.285.7273 or to register or for additional pricing.
Limited space is available, so make your reservations as soon as
Region 3 Mission Rally
Date:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Location:  Grove Park Baptist, Clinton, NC
Come join us for a night of mission inspiration as we experience
what God is doing through NC Baptists around the world.  There
will be worship, testimonies, videos, and information on mission
Supper - 6:00 pm
Program from 6:50 pm - 8:30 pm
Mark your calendar now for this exciting event for men, women,
and youth.  
Meal is free, but we have need to have an accurate head count.
Register by going to our website at (Events/Regional Rallies/Mission
Rallies) or by contacting our office:
Call 1-800-395-5102 x5596
Registration is due one week prior to the rally date.
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.
One Story
2015 Disciple-Making Conference
Location:  Center Grove Baptist Church, Clemmons, NC
Date:  February 23, 2015
Time:  9:00am - 5:00pm
As society drifts further away from a biblical understanding of
God's redemptive plan, many Christians are left wondering how
they can share the gospel.  The 2015 Disciple-Making
Conference will prepare believers to connect with unbelievers
in a modern context, and expanded equipping sessions will
offer hands-on, practical steps that will equip Christ-followers
to reach the lost in today's world.
Afshin Ziafat - Pastor, Providence Church, Frisco, Texas
Ed Stetzer - Vice President, Lifeway, Insights Division
Robby Gallaty - Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church,
                            Chattanooga, Tenn.
Hear their stories. Connect your story. Share God's story.
Baptist on Mission
Disaster Relief Training
Date for Region 3:  March 20 - 21, 2015
Location:  New Hanover County
Go to to find 
course descriptions and registration materials.  There will be 
five locations for training in North Carolina.  If you are unable
to attend the training for Region 3, you can participate in
any of the other regional trainings.
"Basic" is an overnight event where participants sleep in a
local church.  You will learn policies, procedures, and
safety and receive a notebook, yellow hat, yellow shirt, and
a photo ID.  A background check is required.  Additional
training is available for current trained volunteers.
For information on how to receive Disaster Relief
training, contact,
(800)395-5102 ext 5606,
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!
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:
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,
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
Registration begins January 1, 2015!!!
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 .
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 .
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 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
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.  
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
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 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 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 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 
"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.