JUNE 2020
LITTLE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
NEWSLETTER
Wow! The world has completely changed in the last 3 months. Who would have predicted or known all that would take place since March 8, 2020. GOD DID. First with COVID-19 and now with an egregious injustice and brutality inflicted upon George Floyd leading to his unnecessary and tragic death. It is heart-breaking and disturbing to see. Then righteous peaceful protest for justice and equality followed and unfortunately - unbelievably unrighteous lawless looting and destruction of cities and property is taking place all over the county. We need to be praying like never before for our country, our leaders and mostly our own hearts. Jeremiah reminds us that  "the heart is deceitfully wicked above all else and who can know it."   Not sure if an original quote from him, but I saw that my friend and Beeson Divinity School Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Dr Robert Smith said,  "The great problem in America is not just a 'skin' problem, but a 'sin' problem and our hearts must be transformed by Christ alone."  True. Please Pray for transformation.
Well 2020 ushers in a whole new world in many ways. Some things are very good. For example, the COVID-19 quarantine has revealed the power of the Gospel and the church universal all around the world as we have been moved out of our buildings, traditions, comforts and routines into a brave new virtual world. More people are online viewing services, sermons, bible teaching than ever before in history. Also great numbers of people are coming to Christ each week. Most of our churches are thriving in some way. Financially churches are maintaining or reporting increases in giving. I am very proud of our LRBA churches in how you have responded, adapted, helped each other and especially the new ministries that are helping our community like the providing meals and food pantries! We have also seen how effective "The Church" as the body of Christ can be when striped of sacred cows, traditions and cultural trappings. As we prayerfully move forward, let's be careful to be thoroughly Biblical and Christian in everything we do and not be marred by bias and cultural baggage.   "He has told you, O man, what is good: And  w hat does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God ?"  Micah 6:8 NASB
-Marty Dupree
MINISTERS' EVENTS
Remember to RSVP!
Minister/Staff Golf Day
June 16th, 9AM
Keith Hills Country Club
No charge & lunch included
( Please RSVP to Marty by 6/8 )
Monthly Prayer Initiative
June23rd- 10:00AM—Via Zoom Meeting
A Time of Kingdom Focused Prayer for Revival & Awakening
(Please watch for an email with instructions
or email missions@lrba.net for the Zoom Meeting ID)

Ministers' Wives Retreat
July 13-15, Caraway Conference Center
N.C. Baptist Women's Retreat
Oct 23-24 Caraway Conference Center
Please go to the Baptist on Mission Website to find out how you and your church can help in your community and state.
Click here for Paul Langston update.

Men's Ministry Leadership Training
9/12--Union Baptist Assoc..Monroe, NC
9/19--Cape Fear Network, Wilmington, NC
Men's Work & Worship Weekend
10/16-17--NCBM Camp, Red Springs, NC
Items for Refugees : Does your WMU group have items that need to be dropped off at the LRBA Office? Please call 910-893-4282 to schedule a drop off time. Thank you.

Summer Mission Projects
June – Missions to aid police, fire and rescue groups with treats, foods, & things they can use.
July – Focus on local summer ministries, possibly finding alternative ways to do missions.
Have you considered hosting a Backyard Bible Club in your neighborhood?
Contact the LRBA Office if you would like to check out Lifeway's VBS Backyard Bible Club-
2020 Concrete & Cranes.

Contact the LRBA Office if you would like to check out Lifeway's VBS Backyard Bible Club-
2019 In The Wild.

Contact the LRBA Office if you would like to check out Lifeway's Go & Tell Kids.
Military Wives Retreat
August 14-16, 2020
Camp Mundo Vista, Sophia, NC
Senior Adult Fall Revival
September 10, 2020
Angier Baptist Church
More details soon.
BE DO TELL Virtual Camp

The BDT Virtual Camp Experience is like a camp in the box — it includes everything you need to plan an opportunity for your students to have a camp experience as if they were at Caswell.
Training Extravagana 2020

TE has not been cancelled but instead will be online. By August 15 all webinar links, resource materials, recorded Zoom conferences and other interactive lerarning experieces will be posted on the Raleigh Baptist Assocaition website.
Receipts to General Budget
$76,855.35
LRBA has collected 31% of the 2020 budget.