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The Week's Top News
Clayton church A.B.L.E. to reach people with special needs
By Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Editor
February 03 2020
Despite the best intentions, church services fail to engage every person. “Many people with differences continue to have exceptional needs even as they grow up,” said Susan Minton, a member of Hocutt Baptist Church in Clayton, who, along with her husband Tim and a crew of ambassadors, greeted several special needs families Jan... read more
Board approves conduct policy for convention officials
By Chad Austin, BSC Communications
February 04 2020
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) board of directors voted unanimously to adopt a policy that establishes a process by which certain officials could be removed from their places of service for cases of “serious misconduct” and other criteria in accordance with the state convention’s bylaws... read more
N.C. CP giving ‘flat,’ but special offerings up in 2019
By Chad Austin, BSC Communications
February 04 2020
Cooperative Program (CP) giving from North Carolina Baptist churches totaled slightly more than $29 million in 2019, which was a 5.2% increase from 2018, but still about 6.2% below last year’s budget amount of $31 million... read more
VBS: A time-tested strategy to combat cultural crises
By Jana Magruder, LifeWay Kids
February 03 2020
For First Baptist Church of Panama City, Fla., Vacation Bible School (VBS) was more than simply "worth doing" last summer. It was a critical need for the community. Although Hurricane Michael had ravaged the panhandle of Florida in October 2018, the Panama City area still looked like a war zone in June 2019... read more
Southern Baptists celebrate sending of 21 missionaries
By Catherine Finch, IMB
January 31 2020
Newly appointed IMB missionaries, including a couple hidden to protect their identities, and Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg speak at Magnolia Church in Riverside, Calif., for IMB's Sending Celebration Jan... read more
Tell us your story
One of the things our staff enjoys doing most is telling stories of how local churches are thinking creatively about how to reach their neighbors. The headline story in this week's newsletter is a perfect example.

Take a few minutes to read about how Hocutt Baptist Church in Clayton is serving families with special needs. It's a touching news article, and we hope it inspires you to find new ways to love others in Jesus' name.

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