LRBA NEWSLETTER
MAY 2021
A Message From Marty Dupree, DOM
God Stories from Our Churches

Pastor Chris Turner shares there is a “spirit of revival” and many signs of God at work in a fresh way at Neill's Creek Baptist. As weekly more and more people return to in-person worship it has felt like a revival and has been very moving for them to experience worship in the house of the Lord in-person.
 
From Pastor Chris Turner:
In addition to the 3 youth we are baptizing on May 2nd, God gave us the following story:
 
We did a neighborhood outreach on April 11th at South Creek Subdivision (a new development about a year old) located on Neill's Creek Rd. about 4 miles from the church. We had originally scheduled this for March 28th but had to postpone due to severe storms that afternoon. Delays are often opportunities in disguise. 
 
So, in that two week period from 3/28-4/11 we intentionally prayed for South Creek Subdivision and had someone different to prayer drive the neighborhood each day. On Sunday April 11th, during our morning worship, there were 2 families from South Creek visiting us! We had no previous contact with them at all. God totally answered our prayers and led them to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
We were excited to share with them that we would be prayer walking their neighborhood that afternoon. They joined us at 3pm and introduced us to many of their neighbors. A team of 10 of us passed out John 3:16 cards as we witnessed to dozens of people, prayed with people, and invited them to worship with us. 
 
We never had to knock on the first door or ring a door bell. God literally set up one divine appointment after another as people were working in their yards, riding bikes, walking their dogs, washing cars, etc. I fully believe this was because of the two week prayer emphasis, and prayer driving, that prepared us, and them, for how God was going to move! 
 
Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! Several of these families have been joining us regularly for worship ever since
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Ministers' Monthly Conference

May 11th - 10am
"Surviving and Thriving through Power Struggles in a Local Church" 
(Avoiding and Coping with Conflict)
 by Marty Dupree

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National Day of Prayer

May 6th 12-1pm

Harnett County Veterans Park (adjacent to the courthouse)
 "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17

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Ministers' GOLF Day @ Keith Hills
June 21st - 9am
Please CONTACT LRBA office to register.
Free - lunch included.
Upcoming Ministers' Events

July 26th, 9am-3pm, Pastors' Preaching Conference
Dr. Timothy Warren, Dallas Theological Seminary
Hosted by Pastor Clarence Hardison at Rawls Baptist, Fuquay-Varina

August 10th,10am
"SOGI Laws & 4 Things Every Church Must Know" 
w/Tom Kakadelis, NC Family Policy Council
LRBA Office
Mission Trip Opportunity
Tentative dates: August 1st-7th 
Lawrence Baptist Chapel
North Lawrence, NY

VBS and Construction teams are needed.  
Possible construction projects include a nursery for the church building, projects with the church’s parsonage, and possible construction on the sleeping quarters of a local SBC children & teen camp. 
For more information, please contact Pastor Kevin Darnell at (919) 632-5320
WMU Annual Meeting: May 11th, 6:30pm at Kennebec Baptist, Fuquay-Varina. Amanda Martinsen, Leadership Development Consultant for WMU NC will speak on our WMU emphasis RELENTLESS. We will hear reports on Adult Ministry and Mission Trips through WMU NC and LRBA Mission projects as well as meet our new leaders. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, no food will be served, and we will observe Covid safety precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing. Come and learn to be RELENTLESS in service to the KING. 

Prayer Retreat: May 15th, 9am-2pm, Agape Ministries, 1469 Tyler Dewar Lane, Fuquay-Varina. Speaker: Amy Boone, WMU NC Executive Director. Please RSVP to the LRBA Office by May 6th as our number will be limited and it will be first-come, first serve basis. No breakfast but lunch will be served following safety measures. Masks and social distancing required. The cost per person will be $18.00. Please send this in with the reservations to LRBA also by May 6th.

Mission Project

  • May is First Responders Appreciation Month. Show all how much we appreciate the work they do.
  •  LADLES OF LOVE: WMU has greatly blessed Ladles of Love with a freezer full of cakes. If your WMU was unable to send cakes in February but would still like to assist in this project, pies or cookies are suggested instead of cakes at this point. Contact 910-336-8251 to schedule delivery.

 It is with much joy and thankfulness that we can report to the associational WMU that our ladies provided over 1000 cards that were delivered to our area convalescent and rehabilitation centers. Also, there were cards for the staff at each facility. Thank you to all that participated. I am sure the cards were very much appreciated.
All for HIS Glory,
  Becky Putnam, Missions Involvement Consultant   

BCH FOOD ROUNDUP 2021 DELIVERY
Churches can schedule a delivery to the Cameron's Boy Home (Phone: 910-245-4034) beginning May 3rd.
ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE
Baptist Children's Home has many resources on their website on how to get invovled in adoption and foster care for both families and churches from training & licensing to having a representative come share with your church. Go to the website for more details.
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MOTHER'S DAY OFFERING

North Carolina Baptists are teaming up with Wake Forest Medical Center to provide assistance for patients who need assistance in paying their medical expenses.
If you or your church would be interested in supporting the Mother’s Day Offering, visit https://mothersdayoffering.org/
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
NC BAPTIST EVENTS
Todd Unzicker
EDT Candidate
Conversations on
The Future of the BSCNC

May 17th, 10:30am
Coats Baptist Church
554 N McKinley St., Coats, NC
Michael Pardue
BSCNC President
BSCNC - SPECIAL MEETING
MAY 22nd, 1pm

Calvary Baptist Church, 134 South Peace Haven Rd, Winston-Salem

Online registration for messengers and guests opens April 26 for the special meeting that will be held to elect a new executive director-treasurer of the state convention.

Registration will be available at ncspecialmeeting.org.

June 8
Caraway Conference Center, Sophia, N.C.
A one-day conference to assist associational mission strategists, pastors, church staff and laity in keeping existing church facilities in evangelical hands for kingdom purposes and gospel proclamation.
LRBA Calendar of Events

May - Baptist Hosptial Mother's Day Offering Month
6 National Day of Prayer
9 Mother's Day
10 Assocational Council/Executive Committee Meeting, 6:30pm
11 Ministers' Monthly Conference, LRBA Office, 10am
11 LRBA WMU Annual Meeting, Kennebec BC, 6:30pm
14-15 Military Marriage Conference, Spout Springs Church
14 Senior Adult Fellowship/Fun Day, Antioch Baptist CANCELED
15 LRBA WMU Annual Prayer Retreat, Camp Agape, FV, 9-2pm
17 Conversations on the Future of BSCNC, Coats Bapt, 10:30am
22 BSCNC Special Meeting
31 Memorial Day - LRBA Office Closed

June
8 Legacy Churches Conference, Caraway Conference Center
21 Ministers' Golf Day, Keith Hills, 9am