Bladen Baptist Association
Friday, November 27, 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.
Carolina Crossroads Up & Running Well!
Things are going extremely well at Southeastern
Carolina Crossroads.  Lives are being changed, addiction cycles
are being broken, Christ is being shared. 
Please visit this website to learn more info:
To hear two dynamic testimonies visit this facebook site:
How can you support this opportunity?  Pray for the staff as they
work with those attempting to overcome addictions.  Also,
pray for the ones addicted that our Lord will give them the
ability to overcome.   Invite the men to come to your Church
for a worship service.  They will greatly bless your heart. 
They share their story, sing and the Director, Rev. David
Chestnutt, brings a message.   Give. Funds are needed to
operate the facility.  Gifts of non-perishable items such as
canned goods, paper goods and so forth are always needed
and appreciated.
Checks may be made  payable to Carolina Crossroads or the
Bladen Baptist  Association.  If made payable to Bladen Baptist
Association,  please indicate "Carolina Crossroads" on the
memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the Bladen
Association office    or they may be mailed to P.O. Box
62, Elizabethtown,   NC  28337.
Other items needed include:  1 or 2 lawn mowers and 1
or 2 weedeaters. 
Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is our ministry to
support, enjoy and reap the benefits from.    Call the
Association Office for more info or to book the men to
come to your Church.
Worship Services Have Begun at the
Iglesia Bautista Renacer at White Lake
Excitement is building as we see people come to know 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.  Please help this new work by visiting worship services,
donating for the expenses of operation or simply by praying which
is our most important contribution.
Need Help Paying For Medicare Coverage?
Do you or someone you know need help paying for Medicare
coverage?  If so, the Extra Help program may be able to help!
Extra Help is available for those who qualify, but you have to
apply.  An Extra Help application is easy to complete over the
phone, on the Internet or by hand.  Applications for the
Medicare Savings Programs are also available.
Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and assets may
qualify for money saving programs, called Extra Help and
Medicare Savings Program.
These Programs may save you money on the following:
Extra Help
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plan premiums
  • Medicare prescription drug deductibles and copayments
Medicare Savings Program
  • Medicare medical coverage deductibles and copayments
  • Medicare medical coverage premiums
For more information about Extra Help or for help completing
an Extra Help application, contact:
North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information
or your local Area Agency on Aging office
SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of
Call for an appointment:
9:00am - 4:00pm
Bladen County Division on Aging
Contact:  910-872-6330
"The Lumber River Area Agency on Aging takes a lead role in
meeting the needs of older adults and caregivers in Bladen,
Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties through
coordination and provision of comprehensive services,
resource development, fiscal and programmatic oversight,
and effective advocacy."
For more information contact:
Halona Locklear
Aging Program Specialist
NC DOT Litter Sweep
The NCDOT has an annual litter sweep event in which we try
to clean up our roadsides.  We are hoping some of our local
churches would like to form a group to clean up the area,
maybe a mile or so leading to their church from both directions
or to clean up an area of interest that may contain
considerable litter.  The rules to participate can be found
at this website
Keep Bladen Beautiful is a small group of volunteers who
would be happy to assist in organizing an event, if needed. 
Sondra H. Guyton, RN
Vice President for Continuing Education
Bladen Community College
PO Box 266
Dublin, NC  28332
910.879.5634 (office)
910.879.5569 (fax)
Red Boxes - Gifts for Inmates
Every year we collect a designated item to be given to the
Women Inmates in North Carolina.  The item we collect is
combined with other items collected in the other Associations
across the state and will be placed in "red boxes" to be given to
female inmates at Christmas.  A copy of the Scriptures is also
added to this box.
This year the item assigned for our Association to collect was:
Toothbrushes (Adult sized, single packaged, soft or
medium bristled)
The WMU groups in the Churches of the
Bladen Baptist Association
collected 2,413 toothbrushes!  Way to go!
Thank you all for giving and being the hands and feet of
Christmas By The Sea
Dates:  Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, Dec. 2 - 4, 7 - 9
"Christmas Reflections"
Start your holiday season off with a trip to the coast and a ticket to
the Carolina Opry.  The retreat begins with supper on the first day
and concludes with breakfast on the final day.  Deposit is half
the total bill, requested 60 days in advance.
For more information or to register, please contact the NC
Baptist Assembly at (910)278-9501.
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
Baptist Men's Day 
Date:  January 24, 2016
WOW 2016
Western Prong Baptist Church presents
Women Of Worth 2016
Featured Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Rothschild
Guest Speaker: Tammy Trent
Worship Artist:  Gwen Smith
Date:  February 5 - 6, 2016
Friday (6:30 - 9:30PM)
Saturday (9AM - 3PM)
Location:  Bowers Auditorium
                Whiteville, NC
Before November 20 - $35/Singles    $30/Groups (10+)
After November 20  -   $45/Singles    $40/Groups (10+)
For More Information
910-640-9400 OR VISIT
Week of Prayer/Offering
North Carolina Offering for Older Adults
Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina
Proudly serving older adults since 1951
Dates:  February 7 - 14, 2016
Goal:  $600,000.
Every dollar contributed is used to financially assist Older
Adults who cannot pay the total cost of their care.
Baptist Men's Mission Rally
Date:  Tuesday, February 9
Location:  Hyde Park Baptist Church, Lumberton, NC
Come join us for a night if 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 opportunities.
Supper:  6:00pm
Program from 6:50pm - 8:30pm
Mark your calendar now for this exciting event for men, women,
and youth.  Exact location will be listed on our website at the
beginning of January -
Events/Regional Rallies/Mission Rallies
Meal is free, but we 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.
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.
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.

Released Time School Ministries Update 
The 2014-2015 School year has now come to a close. It was
a great year for Released Time!  We  had around 850 students
registered this year and around 200 professions of faith!  Praise
the Lord!!
We would love to continue to grow by adding more schools
and students, but as God' s Word says, "The harvest is plentiful,
but the laborers are few. Pray you therefore the Lord of the
harvest, that he send forth laborers into His harvest."
(Matthew 9:37-38)  Our prayer is to add Elizabethtown Middle
next year, but we will need the teachers, helpers, bus drivers
and a location. Please ask God how He might lead you to be
We also would ask you to pray for our transportation. We will
sell our current buses this summer and purchase replacements.
The board has agreed that by the time we do all the needed
maintenance we would be better to purchase different used
buses than to make repairs to the existing ones. 
On the State level: Brunswick County Released Time began
and did very well! There is also an open door to begin the
ground work for a Released Time in Aberdeen.  A former
Released Time student from the Ohio area has a desire to
begin a program through the Church she currently attends.  
Lastly, Duplin County has taken almost two years, but we are
excited to share that we will begin a Released Time this up
coming school year.  
Please be in much prayer for this ministry and find out what
the Lord would have for you to do.  We need volunteers to
be able to begin new programs.  We also need funds.
We so greatly appreciate all your support for this ministry
and Praise the Lord for His blessings!

Through Christ,   Jessica Williams 910-549-0344
Director, Bladen County RT
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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

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.
Worship Services Have Begun at the Iglesia
Bautista Renacer at White Lake

Excitement is building as we see people come to know
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

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)
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