The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met Nov. 12 in conjunction with the 2012 BSC annual meeting in Greensboro.
First on the agenda were committee reports. Wanda Dellinger, chair of the Christian Social Services Committee, reported that the annual Thanksgiving Offering for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina is underway. This year’s goal is $1,450,000 and the offering theme is “Sharing Hope.” The week of prayer is Nov. 11-19 and free promotional resources are available at www.bchfamily.org.
Dellinger also shared that through N.C. Baptist Hospital, new CareNet counseling centers are now located in the Raleigh Baptist Association, New River Baptist Association and Baptist Children’s Homes’ Oak Ranch near Broadway. CareNet has provided outpatient counseling services across North Carolina since 1972.
Rit Varriale, chair of the Christian Higher Education Committee, shared that the committee continues to make progress regarding establishment of a Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute scholarship. The two-year scholarship would be awarded to Fruitland students who, upon graduation from Fruitland, desire to continue their education at one of the educational institutions affiliated with the BSC. A maximum of two students at each affiliated institution would be eligible for the scholarship. The anticipated start date for the scholarships is fall 2013.
Dana Hall, president of N.C. Baptist Men, reported that North Carolina Baptists continue working in New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy and expect to remain in the area for up to six months. To date, North Carolina Baptist volunteers have served 250,000 hot meals and recorded about 2,500 volunteer days. Recovery teams are also doing tear-out work and other tasks at Graffiti Church on New York City’s lower east side. The mass feeding and recovery effort is being supported by a number of teams such as shower, laundry, communications, chaplaincy, medical, assessment and administration.
No old or new business was brought before the committee.
At the request of Administration and Human Resources, the EC approved updates to the Convention employee handbook.
Beverly Volz, director of accounting services, reported that Cooperative Program receipts through Oct. 31 totaled $24,353,143.05, which represents a change of less than one percent as compared to the same time last year.
The next scheduled EC meeting is Jan. 29, 2013, at Caraway Conference Center.