Anson County Crisis Ministry Needs
Anson Crisis Ministry need for April is macaroni & cheese. They also need funds and volunteers, especially during this time with more people in need because of the pandemic. Margot Barnes is director. Hours: MTWF: 8:00 AM - 1 PM. You may contact the ministry at 704-694-2445. For more information see: www.ansoncrisisministry.com.
Feed My Lambs Crisis Ministry also needs funds and volunteers, especially during this time with more people in need because of the pandemic. You can learn more about them or contact them at: PO Box 91, 2290 US Hwy. 74 W., Wadesboro, NC 28170. Phone: 704-695-1820,
The Anson Domestic Violence Coalition needs cleaning supplies to provide for their clients. If you would like to donate, please contact them at 704-690-0362.
HOPE Pregnancy Resource Center
Hours are Monday-Wednesday 11 am - 5 pm, Thursday 3-7 pm. Donations of diapers and pull-ups are especially needed. Phone 704-690-6689 for information or assistance. Rebekah Carpenter is director.
SAVEONE - A Post Abortion Bible Study
Begins April 1st
Thursday evenings - 5:30 - 7:00
Please call Rebekah at 704-690-6689 for more information.
Share the Good News!
Have a special service that you would like to invite your sister ABA churches to? We would be glad to share it in our ABA newsletter. Just have the information turned in to us by the 15th of the month.
Pray Anson. Praying daily for the lost and hurting in our county.
Sun. 4 Easter Sunday
Sun. 11 ABA Spring Meeting, Freedom Baptist Church at 6 PM
Sat. 17 Pray Anson Local Church Community Prayer Walk/Ride
Sat. 24 WMU Mission Extravaganza, Synder Memorial Baptist Church, Fayetteville
Sun. 25 Cooperative Program Sunday
Tue. 27 ABA WMU Annual Meeting at Deep Springs Baptist Church at 6:30 PM. Guest speaker will be Emily Crabtree, IMB Missionary.
Showing God’s Love by Serving our Community
What is Love Anson?
Love Anson is a big one-day mission blitz or community service day where many of our churches will reach out beyond the walls and membership of their churches to love and serve the lost and hurting of their community. Imagine the excitement of engaging your community in the name and love of Christ! Imagine having 1/3 to 1/2 of your church attendance working together to serve the community! Imagine being part of a state-wide mission effort of churches serving their communities across North Carolina! You can find ideas and helpful promotion materials at: www.ansonbaptist.org.
May 1 - Love Anson Day!
May 3 - Last day for BCH donation drop-off at ABA
May 9 - Mother's Day
May 13 - NCBAM Call center training
May 22 - Lumberton Rebuild
BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOMES OF NORTH CAROLINA
We will be collecting donations at the associational office through May 3rd.
For more information or additional resources, to to bchfamily.org/foodroundup.
Free! Christian Books!
Two of our pastors have left free Christian books at the association for anyone who wants them. Get yours before they are all gone!
NORTH CAROLINA BAPTIST AGING MINISTRY
WE'RE HERE TO HELP!
NCBAM's Information and Referral Specialist are available to help older adults 65+ locate COVID-19 vaccination providers and transportation options in their communities.
NCBAM Call Center
9:00 - 5:00 PM
65+? Lonely? Need to Talk?
NCBAM's Hope Line is here for you!
Looking for a Place of Service?
HOPE LINE needs volunteers!
Robert Leonard, the South Central Regional Director with NCBAM, will be offering a Volunteer Hope Line Training on Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10 am - 12 pm at the Anson Baptist Association located at 2710 Hwy. 74 W, Wadesboro, NC 28170. We must limit the group to 9 and ask that you register by contacting Robert at 704-699-7519 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no obligation if you taken the training. Come, listen, learn, and then decide!
A Message from our Associational
Grace & Love
By God’s grace and goodness, the pandemic finally seems to be easing and April is looking like a busy month for many of us here in our association. First, we celebrate Easter on April 4th and we are engaged in praying for our county through our “Pray Anson” emphasis all month long! Many of our churches are planning to prayer walk or prayer ride their communities to literally take prayer to the streets on Saturday, April 17th. Many of our churches plan to follow up our month of prayer with a day of community service, seeking to show or demonstrate God’s love for them through real and genuine service to those outside of our church membership. We are calling it “Love Anson.” I am also looking forward to seeing many of you at our Spring Bi-annual Meeting on Sunday, April 11th at 6:00 p.m. at Freedom Baptist Church. Dr. Michael Perdue, the President of the NC Baptist State Convention will be our guest speaker! What a great month to bring glory to God and demonstrate His love for the world!
The greatest way that God has demonstrated His love for the world is in allowing His Son to give His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all who will turn from their sins and place their trust in Him! The Bible says:
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Apart from the grace of God, every human being is bound by his or her own sins and on the road to eternal hell. But God, in his rich mercy and grace, loved us even while we were lost in our sins and separated from Him by our lack of faith and misdeeds.
God acted when we could not save ourselves and through His mercy, love and grace allowed His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in order to pay the penalty for each of our sins. Why would God do that? Simply because He loves us. He loves you. Jesus gave His life for me and you even while we were unbelieving sinners. Jesus suffered for you, despite your sin and failures, so that He could save you from them. (Not so that you could continue to wallow in sin.)
The story is told of a little boy who was playing in the house and saw the beautiful vase that sat on the mantle out of reach of little fingers. It was special to his mother because it had been her grandmother’s. The boy thought it was very pretty and wanted to look at it closer. He climbed up onto a high-backed chair and reached out to get the vase so that he could look at it better. He knew that he was not supposed to be climbing or touching the vase. He could not quite get his hands on the family treasure, and so instead of grabbing it, he knocked it on the floor where it broke into pieces. He was horrified that he had broken the family treasure! He began to cry and his tears were soon accompanied by loud sobs that brought his frightened mother running, worried at what might have hurt her child. She asked what was wrong and the boy could hardly get the words out between the sobs that he had broken the vase and was very sorry. “Are you hurt?” the mother asked. The little boy continued to cry and finally got out, “no.” The mother gathered the crying boy into her arms and comforted him saying, “I thought that you had been hurt.” That day the boy learned that as much as his mother loved that vase, she loved him more. He learned that even though he had done wrong, his mother still loved him and forgave him.
(Adapted from: Ann Weems, Multiply The Gift, found on http://bible.crosswalk.com/SermonHelps/AutoIllustrator/index.cgi, April 28, 2001)
Even though we too have sinned, God still loves us and has forgiven us! This Easter as we meditate again on the sufferings of Christ, may we remember afresh and anew the great great love of God, and never again doubt that wonderful love.
If we can help you with information about the Pray Anson or Love Anson emphases, or some other matter, please contact us. We love you and want to serve you whenever we can!
Rev. David Ross, AMS
Because of the generous giving of churches like yours…
“by the end of March, Baptists on Mission will have been able to place 1,000,000 USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes into the hands of churches and nonprofits across the state, help rebuild or rehabilitate 300 homes in NC in 2020, respond to disasters across our state and nation, and support partnerships and church planters in places like Cuba, Armenia, Hungary, Romania, Kenya, Guatemala, and South Africa.” (Paul Langston, talking about the effect of the NCSMO)
Hurricane Florence Rebuild
Anson Association Hurricane Florence Rebuild Team Day
May 22, 2021
There is still a great need to help people get back into their homes after hurricane Florence. We are planning a one-day mission trip to the Lumberton - Robeson County area on May 22nd to work with NC Baptists on Mission. Please contact the Association and let us known how many are coming from your church and who the contact person for your church will be so that we can share the needed forms and other information. You can make a difference!
Alliance Defending Freedom Church Alliance
Is your church legally prepared?
The culture is changing. Threats to religious freedom are increasing.
Are your church bylaws, policies, and other governing documents providing adequate legal protection for your church in today’s culture?
Would your church be prepared to take on a religious liberty related lawsuit?
Do you have like-minded, Christian counsel helping you navigate changing religious freedom legal trends?
ADF Church Alliance is an affordable legal membership program for churches. We help prepare your church and protect your right to operate, teach, and minister according to biblical principles – without fear of unjust government intervention.
We help prepare your church for religious freedom legal issues through experienced advice and counsel to help you deal with those issues. And we’re available to answer religious liberty related legal questions that can come up as you minister, to help you avoid pitfalls. If necessary and appropriate, we’ll even represent your church in court.
For more information: 1-833-233-2559
On the Web: https://www.adfchurchalliance.org/
When you join, you do more than gain access to information and advice for your church, but you help fund and provide legal assistance to other churches too, all the way to the US Supreme Court!
The cost per year for membership for churches under 150 in attendance is normally $250, but because the association is already a member you are entitled to a 20% discount, which would be only $200 a year when you use the code ABANC20 when you sign up!
IGNITING THE HEARTS
OF MEN CONFERENCE
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Lee Park Baptist Church, Monroe
Do you desire to see men come alive with the realization of Christ’s stamp upon their lives? Would you rejoice to see them engaged in growing, meaningful fellowship with our Lord? Join us for a day of encouragement, exhortation, and inspiration for men! This one day equipping conference will feature:
REX TIGNOR has a heart and passion for helping men unlock their God-given potential, and helping churches build an effective ministry for men. Rex is the author of Living Out of the Rut, Boot Camp for Men, Just Show UP!, and co-author of Be Intentional: Devotional Conversation Starters for Men. He currently serves as the Iron Sharpens Iron training director in Richmond, Virginia. Rex is well-known among men's leaders nationally and has become a trusted source of inspiration for many churches.
After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, TOM JOYCE was selected to fly the F-14 Tomcat and completed the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). Later, he was selected to fly in some of the scenes of the movie "Top Gun". Tom became Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron 111 onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, which was recognized as the best in the Pacific Fleet under his command. Tom survived the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, which included a hit on his office. He is currently pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia.
The IHM Conference will include 16 breakout sessions led by men’s leaders from around the nation. Topics will include fatherhood, marriage, anger management, making Godly life choices, effective leadership, discipling men, starting and strengthening men’s ministry, grand-fatherhood, mentoring youth, missions involvement, the dangers of pornography, and more! Breakout speakers represent men’s ministry organizations including Man in the Mirror, Family Life, Every Man a Warrior, Just Stand Firm, Iron Sharpens Iron, and others! Morning and afternoon sessions will include something for every man and young men.
A SPECIAL 9/11 MEMORIAL
We will feature time of prayer and remembrance for those we lost during the 9/11 attack on our country on the 20 year anniversary of that tragic day. Keynote speaker Tom Joyce will speak of his experience of having survived the attack on the Pentagon and the effect it has had on his life. We will have on display a cross, specially made from remnants of the Pentagon – one of only a handful in existence. This cross was presented to Baptists on Mission at the Pentagon for recognition of the service of the men and women who served through North Carolina Disaster Relief.
Mark your calendar now! Visit the Baptist On Mission website for more information, registration, and promotional material.
What is the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering?
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) is the primary way we support mission efforts in North America. One hundred percent of gifts given to AAEO are used to support Southern Baptist missionaries serving across the United States and Canada. You can make a difference!
The Anson Baptist Association extends its sympathy to Pastor James Hodges, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Pastor Tom Walden, Gum Springs Baptist Church. Both pastors recently lost a brother. Please keep these families in your prayers.
The Anson Baptist Associational office will be closed on Monday, April 5th in observance of Easter. May you and your family have a blessed holiday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior!
Rodney Clements – 4
Bill High – 15
Mark Swaringen – 24
Donnie & Ronda Helms – 11
Curtis & Stacee Williams – 15