North Carolina

N.C. church presses on after fire destroys sanctuary

July 19 2016 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

About 300 people filled the fellowship hall of Cherry Grove Baptist Church, Cerro Gordo, N.C. on July 17 for worship service, two days after a fire destroyed the church’s four-year-old sanctuary. Firefighters from multiple North Carolina and South Carolina units responded to the July 15 fire.

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Baptist Children’s Homes breaks ground on new ministry

July 12 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

The Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina broke ground for a new building that will expand the organization’s outreach to children and families. Located on the Mills Home campus in Thomasville, The Bob and Carolyn Tucker Greater Vision Ministry Center is the result of a $1-million gift from Bob and Carolyn Tucker of Concord.

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Special feeling comes to those who bring happiness

July 12 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

The best time of the year for Donnie Wiltshire and Judy Autry comes during the five annual Happiness Retreats. “There is just a touch of heaven at Happiness,” said Wiltshire, special ministries consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Autry has been directing the Happiness Retreats for 17 years.

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N.C. Pastors’ Conference to celebrate God, country

July 12 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

The theme for the 2016 North Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference is “Worth Fighting For,” according to conference president Cameron McGill. “The emphasis is that our nation is worth fighting for,” McGill said. The Sunday night service will honor those who have served or are presently serving in the United States armed forces.

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N.C. Baptists aid West Virginia with flood relief efforts

July 12 2016 by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications

When the Cherry River started to rise in Richwood, West Virginia, Rena Gee knew it was time to call her grandson for help. Her grandson carried her to his vehicle, and together, they fled the rising water to safety. It was the beginning of epic flooding in the small town.

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Christian flag movement defines patriotism

June 27 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

A Bible-based movement began on the front lawn of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C. The church raised two flags on a single, newly installed flagpole as part of a unique patriotic ceremony after the morning worship service. In a break with tradition, the Christian flag was hoisted above the American flag.

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Inaugural charity ride exceeds goals

June 22 2016 by Blake Ragsdale, Baptist Children’s Homes

More than 50 motorcycles braved rain and windy conditions along a 460-mile route as a part of “Ride to Clyde” – a new North Carolina Baptist annual event to aid Baptist Children’s Homes. The charity ride consisted of a scenic tour that included stops at three of Baptist Children’s Home’s locations.

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Greear, Gaines slated for revote in tight SBC election

June 14 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Two ballot votes for the top leadership position of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) failed to yield a new president June 14 during the 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo. A candidate must receive 50 percent of the vote plus one to be elected president. 

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N.C. Baptists launch 2016 annual meeting site

June 13 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

November is still five months away, but N.C. Baptists can begin making plans to attend this year’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina via the recently launched event website. The web page officially launched June 1 and includes registration and hotel information, as well as the event schedule and more.

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David Moore: a bearer of hope

June 13 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

David Moore has seen a lot of changes in cultural trends, churches and denominational life since he began serving in campus ministry fresh out of college. On May 31 he retired after 38 years on the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), a rare service record for anyone.

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