Bladen Baptist Association
Friday, July 25, 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.

There are still a few churches that have Annuals available for pickup at the Association office.  These churches are Butters & Hickory Grove. 

Mattress Sets For Kentucky - Thank you for Helping!
The Churches of the Bladen Baptist Association in partnership with the Riegelwood Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Delco donated $18,000.00 to help purchase bed sets and bed bug covers for families living in the very poor coal mining area of Kentucky.  Because of the generosity of our churches, fifty twin sets, fifty full sets and twenty queen sets of mattresses were purchased as were covers to go on the mattresses to eliminate the problem of bed bugs.  As you may recall, the families were being threatened to have their children removed by the State unless this problem could be resolved.  In addition to the money donated for the beds an additional $1,500.00+ was received to help cover the cost of transporting the bed sets to the area.
When the mattresses are delivered the families will also receive a witness of the Gospel.  Please be praying that this generosity will lead many to come to know Christ as personal Savior.  Thank you for giving to this wonderful mission project!

Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee Meeting will be held July 22, 2014, 7:30pm at White Oak Baptist Church.  Several important events will be discussed that night including election of leaders, adopting a budget for the New Year, adopting a Calendar of Events, report on the Countywide effort to bring in beer and wine and reports from all of our Key leaders.  All Executive Committee Members and Pastors are encouraged to attend.

Pushing Back the Dark
A County-Wide, Area-Wide Youth Event
Date:  July 25th
Time:  8:00pm to 8:00am
Location:  Elizabethtown Middle School Football Field
To impact the lives of our youth (and adult leaders, too); to show our love and support for our youth; to encourage them in Christ to live the Christian life in front of their peers; to develop Champions for Christ out of these wonderful youth.
Activities include: All Night Contemporary Christian Music, Three Dynamic Worship Services, A Showing of the Movie "God's Not Dead", Minute-To-Win It Games, FREE FOOD and so much more!
How can you help? 1)Call us to let us know approximately how many youth are coming from your Church. 2) Volunteer to prepare and provide snacks. 3)Donate food items or money to help purchase items. 4)Pray, Pray, Pray!
Call 910-862-3496 (Bruce Cannon) or 910-874-0249 (Debbie Edwards) for more information and to register your group.
VBS at Dublin First Baptist Church
Dates:  Sunday - Thursday, July 27 - 31, 2014
Time:  5:00 - 6:00pm Supper
           6:00 - 8:30pm Classes
Grab your helmets!  Mount your trusty steeds!  There's adventure around every turn at The Kingdom Chronicles, where kids are equipped to stand stron in the battle for truth.  Excitement galore awaits as you learn what the Bible teaches about the kingdom of darkness. Children will be encouraged to seek the King of kings and His righteousness!
Classes for all ages, even adults!  Everyone's invited!

3 - Part Series on End-Time Prophecy
The Bladen Baptist Association proudly presents a 3 - part series on End-Time Prophecy with:
Speaker:  Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
                  Internationally known television and radio personality often seen on Day of Discovery; author and 
                  teacher of the future events foretold in God's prophetic Word.
Dates:  Monday - Wednesday, August 18th - 20th
Time:  7:00pm each evening
Location:  Galeed Baptist Church, Bladenboro
Everyone is invited to attend!

Caswell SummerFest
Date:  August 18 - 22
"Faith Voyage"
Come experience Caswell SummerFest!  Emjoy morning class options and large group gatherings and optional afternoon games, excursions and movie times.  There will be special music performances and an afternoon cruise.  The cost is $290.00 per person.
For more information or to register, please contact the NC Baptist Assembly at (910)278-9501.

NC Missions Celebration - Region 3
presented by NCBM, Baptist State Convention of NC
Date:  Tuesday, August 19
Location:  Salemburg Baptist Church, 300 N Main St., Salemburg, NC  28385
Come join us for a night of missions inspiration as we experience what God is doing through North Carolina Baptist volunteers in our state, our nation, and around the world.  Included will be times of worship, mission testimony, videos, and updates on mission opportunities.  Mark your calendars now for this exciting missions event for men, women, and youth.
Supper - 6:00pm
Program - 6:50pm
Men, Women, & Youth Invited!!
No charge for the meal, but we must have your reservation no later than August 12.  To register, contact the NCBM office at 1.800.395.5102 x5596 or register online at

Be Bold - A Women's Prayer & Evangelism Retreat
Standing Up For Christ In The Midst of Change
"...and he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord..." Acts 9:28
Registration Deadline:  Friday, August 29
Date of Conference:  September 5 - 6, 2014
Location:  Lifeway's Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC
Worship Speaker:  Mary Jo Sharp, Confident Christianity
Rates begin at 152.25 (3 meals and lodging included)
$30.00 individual deposit required
For more information
Contact Embrace Women's Missions and Ministries ~ (800)395-5102 ~, #wper14, wper#14, #wper14

North Carolina Missions Offering
2014 Goal - $2.1 million
Every September, North Carolina Baptists give to the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). This important offering is a vital link to the 18 ministries of the North Carolina Baptist Men and provides almost half of the budget for the Baptist State Convention's Church Planting Team, helping to support, equip and train more than 100 church planters across the state annually.
The North Carolina Missions Offering:
  • relieves suffering of people
  • plants new churches
  • mobilizes volunteers for missions
  • shares the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • responds to various disasters
  • treats the sick
"...There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines ...terrors and great signs from heaven... This will be your opportunity to bear witness."  Luke 21:10-13

Be Bold
Standing Up For Christ in the Midst of Change
A Women's Prayer & Evangelism Retreat
Date:  September 5 - 6, 2014
Location:  LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center
                  Ridgecrest, North Carolina
Worship Speaker:  Mary Jo Sharp, Confident Christianity
Registration:  800.588.7222
Rates begin at $152.25 (3 meals and lodging included)
$30.00 individual deposit required
Registration deadline: Friday, August 29
For More Information
Contact Embrace Women's Missions and Ministries ~ 800.395.5102, ext 5561 ~, #wper14
"...and he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord..."
Acts 9:28

Fall Coastal Retreat
"MASH:  Mature Adults Sharing Him"
Dates:  September 8 - 10, 15 - 17
             October 6 - 8, 13 - 15, 20 - 22, 27 - 29
Location: North Carolina Baptist Assembly, Fort Caswell
These three day retreats offer a relaxed time for fellowship, reflection and inspiration.  There are ample opportunities for leisure activities or visits to nearby attractions.  The retreats begin with supper on Monday and conclude with breakfast on Wednesday.  The cost is $136.00 per person.  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.

Bladen Baptist Association IECS Seminar

Date:   September 16-18, 2014   9:00am until 4:00pm daily

Location:  Center Road Baptist Church,  Bladenboro, NC
Cost: $25.00 (includes three seminar days, IECS notebook and lunch during seminars)
Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy (IECS) seeks to assist you in developing an individualized process for effective evangelism. The biblical basis for the IECS is found in Acts 2:41-47. Rather than being just one person's successful paradigm, this approach takes insights from more than 100 pastors who are effectively and consistently evangelistic.  Evangelistic leadership, evangelistic prayer, assimilation, event evangelism and personal evangelism are the five strategy components.
The Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy is based on four principles: Every Christian is called by God to be involved in the Great Commission, evangelism begins with the local church, churches are different and must find their own way to evangelize their community, and God wants to bless Christians in reaching nonbelievers. Evangelistic leadership, evangelistic prayer, assimilation, event evangelism and personal evangelism are the five strategy components.
To register please contact Rev. Bruce Cannon at 910-862-3496 or at  Deadline to register is Sunday, August 31st. 
This is an outstanding Seminar  and is designed to help us Intentionally focus our efforts on Evangelism.  Dr. Don McCutcheon, former Director of Evangelism for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, is the seminar leader.  Brother Don is a superb speaker and one whose passion for Christ and the lost is unsurpassed.


Richardson Baptist Church Celebrating 100 Years & Homecoming
Richardson Baptist Church is celebrating its 100 Year Anniversary this year.  Members have been commemorating this event throughout 2014 --- the main kick-off to the celebration began in April with Singing Under The Trees, continued with Vacation Bible School in June, and will culminate at Homecoming on October 5, 2014.
Everyone is welcome to help us celebrate this milestone in the history of our church at Homecoming.  We especially invite former members, pastors, descendants of those with connections to the church, and new friends, as well.  Feel free to dress in old-fashioned clothes, if you like.  Dinner will be served in the fellowship hall, and on the ground, following a program on the history of Richardson Baptist Church beginning at 10:00am.  Mark your calendar for October 5, 2014 --- we look forward to seeing you.

Senior Adult Fall Festival of Fellowship
"Under Construction:  Ephesians 2:10"
Location:  Caraway Conference Center, Asheboro
Date:  October 6- 9
Senior adults don't want to miss the annual fall conference!  Our guests will experience great fellowship, food, activities and worship at Caraway amidst the beautiful fall colors of the 1100 acre property.
The cost is $235.00 per person and includes three nights lodging, meals and program.
For more information or to register, contact Caraway Conference Center at (336)629-2374 or Visit for more detailed program information.

Unite - Youth Evangelism and Worship
Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location:  Mills Home in Thomasville
                  (Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361; 336.474.1209;
An afternoon of evangelism, live praise and worship music, dodgeball tourney, food and games.  Youth groups and community children are invited to unite with Baptist Children's Homes' children and staff for this dynamic event. Info and registration (for the event or to enter your group in the dodgeball tourney), visit or call 336.313.9512

Red Boxes - Gifts For Inmates
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 Christman card and scripture tract are included in each box.
This year Bladen Baptist Association WMU is collecting toothpaste. Our goal is 1,000 individually boxed toothpaste.  The toothpaste must be 6-9 ounces in size and be in the original box.  The Toothpaste collection is due at the Bladen Baptist Association office by October 20, 2014.

Annual Meetings for Bladen Baptist Association
Date:  October 27th
Location:  Love Grove Baptist Church, Tar Heel, NC
5:45pm Dinner for Pastors, Spouses
6:30pm Pre-Session Registration
7:00pm - 9:00pm Meeting 
Date:  October 28th
Location:  Northside Baptist Church, Bladenboro, NC
3:00pm Pre-Session Registration
3:15pm - 6:00pm Meeting
6:00pm Dinner by host church
7:00pm - 9:00pm Meeting
All Messengers and Pastors are encouraged to attend.  Everyone is invited to attend!

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.

David & Glynis Miller, IMB Missionaries

Do Mission Teams Really Make A Difference?

 Some of you will recall the story of Tuila. We first learned of this village in rural Alta Verapaz, Guatemala when a youth mission team from Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez, GA, went there in the early 2000’s to PrayerWalk. Our daughter Rebecca was on this team. When they arrived, they found only posts where the Baptist church once stood. One year before on that day, men from the community came while a service was in progress, told the worshippers to get out, and then burned the church building. The youth mission team gathered inside the posts of the burned out church and sang “We are Standing on Holy Ground.”

 They prayed for God to rebuild the church.  As time passed, another team came to Tuila to pray. They were approached by local residents who told them of a man who had been injured in an accident. They went to the home of this man, cared for him as they could, and gathered an offering for his family. Being convicted by their kindness, the man cried and said, “I am one of the men who burned the church.” He asked their forgiveness and said he would like to help them rebuild the church. 

 Soon after, construction was started on a new church building. The new building was dedicated with a great day of celebration. For several years, this building has served the growing Baptist family in Tuila.
We recently visited Tuila and were amazed to find that the Baptist work has grown so much that they are in the process of constructing another church. A leader told us that the Baptist church is the largest congregation in Tuila with many families attending. Do your International Mission Teams make a difference in producing fruit that remains?
 Evidence in Tuila boldly says YES!

November 15-22    VBS    We just had VBS in Pochuta on Dec 9-12 and had around 300 kids participate. We expect that same type of response in 2014.

Contact the BBA Office at 862-3496 if you would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity.

Cameron and Kelly Lewis   Cameron and Kelly are now back home in Bladen County.  They have amazing stories to share and would love to come to a local Church to tell some of what they have experienced as missionaries serving not only in the U. S. but also in Africa. They can be contacted by e-mail at or by snail mail at 105 Hargrave St., Lumberton, NC 28358  .  Please pray for them as they wait on the Lord for His next steps in their lives.

Hands On Africa and Dr. Andre Delport     Orphanage Opened in Zambia; Work begun in New Mexico
In addition to the many, many ministries taking place in Africa through Hands On Africa, an Orphanage is being opened in Zambia.   Andre writes:  We are very excited about the new orphanage in Zambia! Completion of the building is expected towards the end of March. Please pray for the team that will be going in March. We will be accepting 48 orphans into the Orphanage, and need God’s guiding Hand.

Hands on Africa has now begun work in New Mexico to the Native Americans there.  Lise-Mare Botha, our missionary from South Africa will be arriving in Window Rock, New Mexico this week where she will be serving the Navajo Nation. A team from Chicago will be leaving for New Mexico this weekend to renovate the mobile home which she will be living in. The Mahanaim intercession and expressive worship team from South Africa will be ministering in the Navajo reservation in April through outreaches and ladies conferences. Please pray for this ministry and outreaches.

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.

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.

Services at Harmony Hall
There will be Church Services held at Harmony Hall on the 1st and 3rd Sunday.
Time:  3:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker:  Rev. Don Groves

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
Web Site:

Upcoming Events

September 16-18    Intentional Evangelistic Church Strategy at Center Road Baptist

Higher Plain Cowboy Church
Where Jesus is Lord and everyone is welcome!
Jeans and boots are just fine.
Dates:  Tuesday @ 7:00pm worship
             Thursday @ 7:00pm Bible Study
Remember Jesus loves us more than we can love Him.
Come to church and show Jesus we love Him.
Not just for cowboys
Come and have a GREAT time with some good people

Feeding the Hungry
Second Chance Community Church had their first "Feeding The Hungry" event Sunday, October 20, 2013.  Sixty five plates were fixed and sixty five homeless or needy people were fed.  The folks of Second Chance were busy sharing the gospel as their shared the food.  Second Chance will be hosting this event the third Sunday of each month at their site beside the Post Office in Elizabethtown.  Please pray both physical and spiritual needs will be met through this event.  Job well done!

Released Time - School Ministry Update
We are so blessed with how the Lord has worked in the Bladen County Released Time this year. We have a total 667 students currently enrolled. Our newest school, Elizabethtown Primary, is really getting established with hard working, caring, Christ Centered volunteers. Bladen Lakes has already moved for the need of two buses every time they meet with a total of 64 students. Bladenboro Primary 3rd grade class alone is up to 68 students and we are needing to provide addition transportation as well. Clarkton Middle has a new teacher, Kristy Bryan, and we are excited about building relationships with the students. Bladenboro Middle also acquired two new volunteers and continues to grow monthly.  Dublin Primary has reached a peak for them at 126 students with many dedicated volunteers. Tar Heel Middle continues to grow by 2-4 students a week as the students feel  loved by the volunteers there.  Praise God for this invaluable opportunity to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are in need of financial support for this ministry.  Please prayerfully consider giving either as an individual or a church. If you would like to give please contact the Bladen Baptist Association.  And have a Blessed Christmas Season.        

Jessica Williams
Interim Director for Bladen County 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.


Teams Needed to Build Wheelchair Ramps and Make Other Minor Repair
Funds have been obtained for most of the ramps needing to be built.  The ramps are needed all over the County for people who have had strokes, are cancer victims, or simply may be unable to get up and down steps.  Usually 4 volunteers can build a ramp in 3 or 4 hours.  It will literally change the life of those receiving the help.
To volunteer, put a group together and contact the Association Office at 910-862-3496.

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 $16500.00”

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 .

Baptist Children's Homes Food Roundup
The Bladen Baptist Association and the folks from Delco First Baptist Church really came through!  Delco First Baptist Church joined in our Food Roundup efforts this year.  We had been told by the Baptist Children's Homes that the shelves were getting empty and we put forth a wonderful effort to see that they will be filled.  As is evident from the photos, everyone really gave to make sure the Food Roundup was a success.  In addition to the food that was donated we also received gift cards totaling $2,730.00!  Thank you to everyone who participated in this effort.  Job Well Done!
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.