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Anson Baptist Association

Annual Spring Meeting

 

April 14, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.

 

Polkton Baptist Church

305 Polk Street, Polkton, NC 28135

   

Key Speaker: Dr. Richard Brunson

Executive Director-Treasurer,

Baptists on Mission

 

Special Music:

Red Hill Baptist Church Praise Team

 

Join us for a great time of worship, prayer, music, testimonies, fellowship, and just

a touch of business! Invite a friend! Refreshments immediately following the service!

From David’s Desk

 

What a wonderful On Missions Connection conference (OMC) we had at the beginning of March!  I was deeply impressed with the men and women of God who came to share with us!  Their kindness and love for people and God was very evident in all that they said and did. We had a total of 13 missionaries involved. We estimate that we had around 150 people take part in at least some of the Saturday activities! We also had 8 missionaries speak in 8 of our churches! You gave an amazing and extremely generous offering to bless the missionaries and to cover their expenses of $16,215. Wow!  I was praying that we would be able to “bless the socks off” of our missionaries, and you did!  Our missionaries are our heroes. They sacrifice much and risk much in the service of our Lord and His Great Commission.  How wonderful it was that we could bless them in such a great way!

 

“Brethren, pray for us.” (1 Thess. 5:25)

 

Paul the great missionary, the great church planter, asked his Christian friends in other churches to pray for him. If Paul needed prayer, then how much more do our modern-day missionaries at home, and abroad, need our prayers!

 

At least five times in his letters, Paul requested that his friends pray for him and his ministry (1 Thess 5:25; Rom 15:30-32; Eph 6:18-20; Col 4:2-4; 2 Thess 3:2-3).

 

The OMC helped us to see that missionaries are real people! They have real families. They often struggle with many of the same issues that we do, like marriage, raising children, balancing job and family demands; but these stresses are often harder for those who in a foreign country, or those who live on the other side of our country from their extended families.

 

You can support these humble servants on the front lines of the spiritual battle for the souls of men and women by praying, giving and going.

 

  1. Praying. Pray for one of the missionaries that you met last month at the OMC.  Or use some of the excellent prayer resources put out by our SBC agencies.

 

  1. The International Mission Board,

  1. The North American Mission Board. https://www.namb.net/pray/

 

  1. Giving. You can give easily through your church by supporting the Cooperative Program, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Annie Armstrong Easter Offerings. You can also give directly online.

 

  1. Going. Join a mission trip!  Work alongside a IMB missionary or a NAMB/NC Church planter. You can go for a day, a week, or longer!

 

You can make a difference in all these ways!  You can have a part in their Great Commission ministry by your praying, giving and going too! You can be a “missionary” to your family, your neighborhood, your workplace or to your friends!  Support our missionaries and let’s join them here at home and around the world as they proclaim the great love and salvation of God!

 

I love you in the Lord!

 

David

 

 

April Calendar:

 

April 1: ABA office closed for Easter

April 7: Fill the Tank, Baptism Sunday

April 9: Missions Team meets at 9 AM

April 14: Spring Meeting at Polkton BC, 6 PM

April 29: Church Growth Banquet, 6:30 PM

April 30: BCH Food collection cut-off date

 

 

 

“For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

Isaiah 61:11

 

Church News

You are invited to join

Rocky River Baptist Church

Saturday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Special Night of Worship and Music!

 

 

Join Us!!

A Fundraiser Event in Support of the

Deep Creek Baptist Church

West Virginia Mission Trip

April 14, 2024

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Ansonia Soup Company

119 S. Green St., Wadesboro

 

We will be collecting NEW TOYS during this fundraiser to present to the children in West Virginia for their Christmas. Please help us out by bringing your New Toys (ages birth-teens) to Ansonia Soup Company on this date! Need ideas? Bikes & toddler ride-ons, skateboards, balls & bats, dolls, art kits, Legos, Nerfs, footballs, basketballs, craft kits, cars & trucks.

 

Deep Creek Baptist Church is in need of bicycles for our annual mission trip to West Virginia. If you have a used bicycle you would like to donate, we have someone that refurbishes those and of course we accept donations of new bikes. If you have bicycles to donate, please call Beth Rogers at 704-695-2010 to arrange pick up.

 

 

Oakdale Baptist Church

invites you to a night of worship

in music featuring the Seed Sowers

Sunday, April 28th at 6:00 PM.

 

 

Church Growth Banquet

Monday, April 29th

from 6:30-8:00

At the Anson Baptist Service Center

Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Cooke

 

Pastors, bring a key leader with you and join us for a great time of food, fellowship, and strategies to help your church grow!  Please make a reservation by April 22nd.

 

 

Church & Pastor

Financial

Conference

With Davis Blount

May 9th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This meeting is for pastors, church treasurers, finance team members, deacons, and everyone who wants a better understanding of the special rules required by the IRS and best practices for church finances.  

 

 

 

Baptist Children’s Homes

2024 Food Round-up

https://www.bchfamily.org/food-round-up

 

You provide children food while pointing them to Jesus. Through the Food Roundup in April, your association, along with NC Baptists throughout the state, have the opportunity to help rebuild children’s hope and trust. Boys and girls see us, as believers, collecting food, supplies and gift cards to ensure they have three meals a day. When the children ask their BCH cottage parents why churches are collecting food for them, they are able to say, “It‘s because they love you, but most importantly, it’s because they want you to know that God loves you.” The Food Roundup is a gospel opportunity as 80% of those we serve at BCH are unchurched and unreached for Christ. All donations should be brought to the association by April 30th. Questions? Contact Alan Williams at 1-800-476-3669, ext. 1277 or awilliams@bchfamily.org .

 

 

 

On April 7, N.C. Baptist churches from across the state will join together to “Fill the Tank,” celebrating baptisms and new life in Christ. It is not really about baptizing, that is the victory celebration, it is about winning souls for Jesus Christ! If you want to have a victory party, then you need to get in the race! You can’t win if you are not running!  So, start praying, planning, witnessing, and sharing Christ between now and April 7th, so that maybe you will be able to celebrate how Jesus has changed some lives in your church by having a baptismal service too!

 

To learn more and to commit your church to “Fill the Tank,” visit www.fillthetanknc.com. Even if you are not planning on being a part of Fill the Tank, it is worth going to the website and checking out the great resource links at the bottom of the page! There is also a great article about Fill the Tank at: https://ncbaptist.org/article/how-your-church-can-prepare-to-fill-the-tank-on-april-7/

 

May God help you to plant “seeds” of the gospel all over your community until He brings a wonderful spiritual harvest!

 

 

The Union-Anson

Residency Project

First Cohort Meeting!

The Residency Project is a practical training program and community for aspiring and new pastors in Union and Anson counties. Starting out in ministry can be ISOLATING, CONFUSING & FRUSTRATING. Join the Residency Project and get connected to local resources, gain deeper understanding of your community, learn from seasoned ministry leaders, cultivate relationships with other new pastors, develop practical ministry strategies, and more! The first cohort meeting is April 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union Baptist Association Office. For more information go to: https://www.residencyproject.org/ or contact David Ross.

 

 

Anson County Ministry Needs

 

Anson Crisis Ministry: The item requested for April is macaroni & cheese. Also especially needed are bottled water and all forms of hygiene products. ACM is looking for volunteers to serve, and monetary donations are appreciated as well. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 8 am until 1 pm. Margot Barnes is director and can be reached at 704-694-2445. You can access more information at: www.ansoncrisisministry.com.

 

HOPE Crisis Pregnancy Resource Center is asking for volunteers to serve as well as donations of diapers and wipes. They are located at 101 Moore’s Lake Road, Wadesboro, and can be reached at 704-690-6689. Rebekah Carpenter is the director. For additional information go to: http://hprc-anson.org .

 

Anson Domestic Violence Coalition is in need of cleaning and hygiene products for their clients. Also appreciated are gift cards that clients may use from Dollar General, Food Lion, or Visa card for gas. For assistance or information, reach out to Karen Baucom, director, at 704-694-4499.

 

Feed My Lambs provides food and clothing to the needy of our area. To volunteer in this ministry, donate, or seek assistance, please contact them at 704-695-1820 or PO Box 91, Wadesboro, NC 28170. Donations of canned and dry foods are accepted as well. To learn more about Feed My Lambs, you may go to https://www.feedmylambsnc.com/ . They are located at 2290 Hwy. 74 W, Wadesboro.

 

Burnsville Recreation & Learning Center welcomes volunteers as well as financial support. All donations are tax deductible. Volunteers can serve any day and any amount of time between 9 am and 1 pm, 7 days a week. Mentors are also needed to tutor children in reading and math from 4-5 in the afternoon. Others are needed with job-seeking tasks. If you can help, please contact Carol Smith, Director, at 704-778-7478. BRLC is located at 13349 Hwy. 742N, Polkton, NC.

 

 

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25.40

 

One Day Mission Trip

May 18, 2024

Samaritan Colony In Rockingham

Home for women overcoming addictions

To sign you or your group up, contact the association office by May 9th.

 

 

RECONSTRUCT CONFERENCE

Faith Youngsville

Holden Road, Youngsville, NC

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

https://ncbaptist.org/events/reconstruct-conference/

 

The Reconstruct Conference is for healthy churches and denominational partners looking for strategic ways to help struggling churches in their area. Learn from North Carolina churches leading the way in revitalization processes such as church fostering, adoption and replanting. Bring a team from your church and be a part of how God is bringing dying churches back to life

 

 

Start Planning For…

Serve NC

August 3-10, 2024

To sign up, get information, or promotional resources go to: https://ncbaptist.org/servenc/

 

Serve NC is an opportunity for every N.C. Baptist church to love its community in Jesus' name through service projects, Sign your church up today! Who needs help in your community?

2024 Appalachian

Christmas Outreach Backpack Ministry

Goal: 22,000 Filled Backpacks

Collection Date: Nov. 2nd

Website: https://baptistsonmission.org/Appalachian-Christmas-Outreach.

 

2024 Appalachian Christmas Outreach is a ministry of Baptists on Mission, which seeks to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people living in the Appalachian Mountains. We encourage churches to begin collecting and filling the packs early – and throughout the year. What if each of our churches put together at least one backpack?  That would be 28 more children who would be blessed and receive a gospel presentation!

 

ITEMS TO COLLECT.

Each zippered school backpack should include:

1) ITEMS OF NEW CLOTHING including a winter hat, gloves, 2 pair of socks, and a scarf.

2) METAL POP-TOP CANS OF FOOD (3-4 cans) such as ravioli, tuna, beef stew, fruit

3) Two to three NEW, AGE-APPROPRIATE TOYS. Examples: small cars, balls, dolls, small stuffed animals, small puzzles, jump rope, sidewalk chalk, Slinky, card games, Legos, other (no toy weapons, please!) For older youth category, substitute appropriate item for toy. No pocketknives. (See website for suggestions).

4) HYGIENE ITEMS. Toothbrush, soap, washcloth, brush/comb. Full-sized shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste. (Fit items into a one gallon Ziploc bag so they will not leak).

5) FRESH, WRAPPED CANDY (no chocolate please, as it may melt – and no peanut products please due to allergies)

6) A CHILDREN’S OR YOUTH BIBLE (no particular version is required) This is the most important item, please include!

7) A COPY OF “THE CHRISTMAS STORY” (downloadable .pdf found at website.)

 

AGE GROUPING and LABELING.

Each backpack should be labeled boy or girl as well as the appropriate age. Age groupings for this year are 4-7, 8-10; 11-14; and 15-17 Due to labels falling off in previous years, we now use a ribbon system for labeling the backpacks. A royal blue (or similar) ribbon indicates a boy’s backpack. A pink ribbon indicates a girl’s backpack. In addition, a yellow ribbon will indicate that the backpack is for ages 4-7, a green ribbon for ages 8-10, a red ribbon for ages 11-14; and a white ribbon for ages 15-17.

 

For more information about the specific things needed in the backpacks and age grouping, please go to the website at: https://baptistsonmission.org/Appalachian-Christmas-Outreach . If you have questions, you can talk with our Associational Appalachian Christmas Outreach Leader, Polly Alexander, at Tom.polly.alexander@gmail.com,  Phone (704) 475-1390, or David at the ABA.

 

 

 

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