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Pastors’ Fellowship Lunch

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 2017 Pastors’ Fellowship dates:

11:30 am–1 pm @Great Commission Center

June 20–Brooks Hamburgers for lunch; with special guest, Dick Pacetti, from the EDGE Institute.  Mr. Pacetti will discuss ESL and other missions opportunities.  In addition, we will continue to discuss Revitalization efforts for our churches.

 

Can’t make it to the Pastors’ Fellowship this month?  Join us next time!  Our next lunches will be held on:
August 1
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 7 (Christmas Banquet, 7pm)


Missions Partnership Opportunities this Summer

June 5-August 11, MBA will have 3 summer missionary interns ready to work with our churches.  If you would like to schedule a summer missionary intern to come assist with your VBS or mission project, let us know soon!

Please be in prayer for the following groups visiting the Great Commission Center:

June 19-23: World Changers Charlotte
July 2-7: Carmel Baptist Youth Group
July 23-29: Holly Springs BC Youth Group

Let us know if you would like one of these teams to partner with your church on a specific mission project.

 


Minister’s Wives Annual Retreat–“Stand”

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The annual NC Baptist Minister’s Wives Retreat is coming up soon!  It will be held the third week in July at Caraway Conference Center in Asheboro, NC.  The retreat is a wonderful time of Bible Study, Worship, Fellowship, and Rest.  If you have questions regarding the retreat, or need more information about lodging and meals, contact Cindy Johnson at cj@cindyjohnson.org

 

  

 


BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Workshop

 

SUMMER ESL WORKSHOP
(English as a Second Language)

August 11-12
MBA Great Commission Center, at 1324 The Plaza in Charlotte
Registration $40

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Deacon Ministry Training with Dr. Joe McKeever

August 18-19

Mark your calendars now to attend this great training opportunity!  We will be sending out an RSVP as we get closer to Summer.

Held at the Great Commission Center Friday night, 8/18 (dinner included) and Saturday morning, 8/19, this conference is designed to help equip deacons and their spouses in ministry.

Cost is $20 for deacons, $30 for deacon + spouse.  Will include dinner Friday night, refreshments Saturday morning, and a copy of Joe McKeever’s book Help! I’m a Deacon.

Training will answer questions you may have, such as:

  • What are the spiritual qualifications of being a deacon?
  • What are 5 pillars for deacon ministry?
  • How do you deal with a bully in your church?
  • What are 10 no-no’s for deacons?
  • What does unity mean for the deacons?

Seminar also includes special sessions for deacons’ spouses with Bertha McKeever.


Coats for the City

Coats for the City is a partnership effort with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.  Through this partnership, we are able to provide coats to MNYBA (Metropolitan New York Baptist Association) churches for distribution in their neighborhoods.

Metrolina Baptist Association is a collection point for this ministry partnership.  Please bring new and gently used coats to the Great Commission Center before Thursday, September 28th.  

If you would like to collect coats at your church and then bring them to our location, please contact beth@metrolina.org to schedule your drop-off date and time.


Red Box Prison Ministry

A shoe box full of toiletries may seem like a little thing, but for many incarcerated women it is the only Christmas gift they will receive. Every year, Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina (WMU NC) works to prepare approximately 2,000 red boxes for these women. A labor of love, it requires the help of Baptist Associations, Churches and Individuals throughout the state. WMU NC has been sending these boxes for 40 years. The process is handled through Margaret’s contact with the NC Baptist Associational WMU leadership who contacts the churches in her area and they collect a particular item for the red boxes.

This year, we are collecting chewing gum (5-7 stick packs).  Please bring your church’s collection to the Great Commission Center by Thursday, October 26th.  

For more information about this Red Box Prison Ministry, visit the WMU NC Red Box Ministry page.

Persons or groups interested in helping with red boxes for next year can contact Margaret Harding by email at mharding@wmunc.org. You can also contact WMU N.C. at (866) 210-8602 (toll free) or (919) 882-2344, or visit http://www.wmunc.org. Locate “Ministries” on the Home page menu, then scroll down to “Partnerships & Missions Connections”.


Bounce Houses Available Upon Request

Metrolina Baptist Association has purchased 2 bounce houses to be used as ministry tools by our churches and partners. One is a standard bounce house (13 x 13), and the other is a bounce house with a slide. Our active associated churches or church plants are welcome to reserve one or both bounce houses at no charge. Other churches or ministries in Metrolina may borrow one of the bounce houses for a suggested donation.

We also have other ministry partners who have bounce houses that may be used depending on availability. If the MBA bounce houses are booked, these partners may be contacted to see if their bounce houses are available. If your church or partner organization is looking to schedule an event, check out our online Bounce House Request Form.  We have a Standard Bounce House (13ft x 13 ft) and a Bounce House with Slide.  You may opt to request both bounce houses.  Please understand that the bounce houses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Need more info?  Contact beth@metrolina.org or call (704) 375-1197 


FINAL FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY OUTRTEACHFood Truck Friday Outreach

Our new location at the Great Commission Center is providing us with some amazing opportunities to connect with neighbors, build relationships, and make disciples. One of those ways is through Food Truck Fridays–a weekly event next door to us! We were first aware of this event in April 2016.  Since then, we have blocked off our parking lot so that people getting food would have a place to sit down, visit, and eat. By putting out chairs and trash cans, we have a place to connect with these neighbors from around the city who come for food on a Friday night.

Food Tuck Fridays will begin weekly on March 17, 2017, and will continue through the end of October.  We would like to schedule volunteers to staff our Food Truck Friday outreach next door to the Great Commission Center!  We’re looking for outreach people and/or teams who will commit to coming on a Friday (5:30 pm-9:30 pm) to put out chairs, talk with folks who sit in our lot to enjoy the food, and watch for opportunities to have Gospel conversations with those who come our way. 

Please contact us if your church is willing to take a Friday evening this season to be on-site at 1324 The Plaza, serving as hosts to those who come.  Groups of 2-6 volunteers is recommended.  Call us at (704) 375-1197 or email missions@metrolina.org to schedule your Friday night.