From Chris Crain, Director
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January 16, 2018, 8:23 AM

Kentucky Mission Trip 2018


Mission Trip to Calvary Campus in Blackey, KY

NOTE: Details are subject to change.

DATES: June 16-23, 2018

COST: $140 per person covers transportation (first come, first serve), meals, and lodging. Background check required for all adults who work with minors—small fee may apply.

INCIDENTALS: Bring money for travel meals (approx. 2), snacks, and souvenirs.

HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS: Families may stay together in small apartments. Men’s quarters and women’s quarters are dormitory style.

DEPARTURE: Sat. June 16, 2018  

RETURN: Sat. June 23, 2018

PACKING LIST: TBD

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2018

QUESTIONS: Email SCDirector@Windstream.net

 

Dear Potential Missionary,

This year’s Summer Mission Trip will be in the Bluegrass State as we travel to Calvary Campus in Blackey, Kentucky. Calvary Campus, part of Meridzo Ministries, is a multi-functional retreat and educational center nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. We will be volunteering at their VBS, as well as working in light construction, electrical work, and other areas around the campus. For more information about Calvary Campus, visit www.meridzo.com/calvary-campus. This missions experience is designed for families or individuals who want to engage in missions. We will be able to use many adults, students, and children in various capacities on this trip. If you have never been on a mission trip, this is a great trip for you.

To secure your slot, please complete the following two-step process before March 31, 2018:

  1. Click on: MISSION TRIP FORM and follow the instructions. You may pick up a printed form at the SCBA Office. Please print out the form for EACH participant. Fill out completely. You must attach a copy of your insurance card. Any minors without traveling parents must have permission to travel by the SCBA TRIP COORDINATOR in advance; minors without traveling parents must the form notarized. When all forms are complete, mail the forms to SCBA Mission Trip; P O Box 160, Ashville, Alabama 35953. Or, forms may be delivered to the offices of FBC Ashville or the St. Clair Baptist Association before the DEADLINE on March 31, 2018. This trip is on a first come/first service basis.
  2. Pay the $140 per person non-refundable trip cost by clicking here.  Go to DONATE ONLINE and process through PayPal. Or, you may write a check to SCBA and include it with your completed form.

Please mark your calendar to attend our INTEREST MEETING on March 4, 2018, at 2:30 PM at the St. Clair Baptist Association Office, Ashville. This meeting will answer many of your questions.

Dr. Jay Stewart, FBC Ashville (Missions Development Team, SCBA)      

Dr. Chris Crain, SCBA (Director)

Maggie Walker (Trip Coordinator)




December 28, 2017, 4:08 PM

Happy New Year 2018!

Dear Friends,

The end of the year gives me a chance to reflect on the amazing things God has done through St. Clair Baptist Association and share a brief word to our churches and friends.

What happened in 2017? Did we invest well in Kingdom work through the SCBA? I believe so! This past year, we set out to reintroduce our churches, leaders, and people to the idea of partnering together. We have talked about ENCOURAGING, EQUIPPING, and ENGAGING in the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thankfully, the response from our churches has been positive through praying, participating, and supporting disaster relief, campus ministry, missions, and equipping ministries. To God be the glory!

I appreciate those who support us and provide the means to make all of our accomplishments possible. I believe 2018 will be another amazing year! I am asking you to commit to lift up the St. Clair Baptist Association in prayer and to invest in the efforts of SCBA.

I pray that you will decide that investing in Kingdom work is a good investment of God's resources. If you already support SCBA, it is important that you continue. If you have not been able to do so in the past, I ask that you consider supporting in 2018.

Take note of the fact that we have directed more to ministry in the 2018 Budget of SCBA. We are stepping forward with great hope that you will partner with us. From the feedback I have received from pastors, disaster relief volunteers, and other ministry leaders, we are seeing a positive impact in the county.

I wish to thank all of those who serve in the various ministries of the St. Clair Baptist Association! Your tireless efforts have helped me--a new Director of Missions--to get my feet on the ground. For this, I am eternally grateful. May God continue to bless our collaborative efforts for the cause of Christ!

If you wish to give an end-of-year gift through the St. Clair Baptist Association, please send it to our mailing address: SCBA; PO Box 160; Ashville, AL 35953 or GIVE ONLINE at stcba.org--click DONATE.

May You Have a Blessed and Happy New Year!

Chris Crain, Director of Missions

St. Clair Baptist Association--St. Clair County, Alabama




December 4, 2017, 1:21 PM

December 2017--Thank You!

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

I am praying for your church as you prepare for one of the busiest times in the church year. May your community be introduced to the redeeming grace of God through your faithful preaching this Christmas season! The St. Clair Baptist Association is active sharing the message of the incarnate God and Savior, Christ our Lord! Please consider giving a special end-of-year donation to the St. Clair Baptist Association; we are faithful stewards of your Great Commission gifts! Send your gifts to our office or give at stcba.org.

Church Security
At the request of several churches, we will offer the St. Clair Baptist Association Security Summit on Sunday, January 21, 2018—2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Ashville. Dr. Mark Wakefield will be facilitating this vital training. Mark’s background in local church leadership, law enforcement, and denominational work make him uniquely qualified to help us in developing plans for safer church campuses. Consider bringing your staff, security/user team, greeters, deacons, and other relevant leaders. This event is free. However, we ask that you RSVP for your church so that we provide adequate materials. Call our office or send an email to SCDirector@windstream.net to let us know of your attendance.

The St. Clair Association offers on-site security training for your church. I provide customized training for your church in “Basic Church Security.” I offer two 45 minute segments. The first segment deals with Family Ministry Security: Keeping Children Safe. The second segment is Security Threat Training that includes information from FEMA. Contact me to set up a training with your preschool/children’s leadership, staff, greeters, or entire church.

Ministers/Ministers and Families Events
Ministers and staff, please put these two events on your calendar: First Baptist Church of Springville is hosting the Ministers Lunch on January 11 at 11:00 AM. Brad Smith, Pastor of Spring Valley Church, will speak. On February 16 at 7:00 PM, Northside Fellowship of Pell City will host a Dessert Fellowship for St. Clair Baptist Ministers Families; this will be a great time for our families to connect!

Missions Opportunities
I endeavor to connect our churches to missions opportunities beyond the walls of the church building. 
1. Pray for, support, and be open to visiting Croatia! We have IMB missionaries there that I am connected to who are faithful with the Gospel in a difficult setting.
2. Join St. Clair Association Raceway Ministries. We have Gospel conversations and provide ministry to fans at one of the largest cities in Alabama (twice per year)—Talladega Superspeedway!
3. Minister through one of the organizations on our St. Clair County Service Ministries Master List. Go to stcba.org and select Info Center. Call or email our office for a password. You will find one of the most comprehensive directories of ministries available in our county.
4. Please consider going with us to Kentucky the week of Fathers Day, June 17-23.
5. Get trained in St. Clair County Disaster Relief or English as Second Language.
6. I can provide missions service project information for Men’s Ministry groups and other segments of your church.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, email me at SCDirector@windstream.net.

Thank you for your kindness to me! I am so appreciative of the special Christmas gift you gave to our family. I did not deserve your generosity! I am honored to be your partner in the Gospel! Thank you for keeping me busy in the work of the Lord. I am continuing to preach and share about the St. Clair Baptist Association almost every Sunday! In the next few weeks I will begin teaching First Peter in Winter/January Bible Studies around the county. Pray for me! I am here to serve you!

Sincerely in Jesus Christ,
Chris Crain, SCBA




October 9, 2017, 6:41 PM

Read My Report to the Annual Meeting

http://mychurchwebsite.s3.amazonaws.com/c206/domannualmeetingreport.pdf

Please read my report at the link above.  Thank you for allowing me to serve you  

Sincerely,

Chris Crain, SCBA

 

 

 




August 9, 2017, 1:12 PM

Thank You!

St. Clair Friends,

Thank you for your tremendous show of support during my first year of leadership as Director of Missions! I could not be more pleased with your willingness to partner together for the Gospel in one of the three fastest growing counties in this state! For the last twelve months, I have had only two Sundays without a specific appointment in a local church. I have been treated with kindness and encouragement in every single church. 

I hit the ground running after several years of decreased giving among churches and partners. I am happy to report that God has provided our needs for the first half of 2017! Please help us finish summer and begin fall with strong financial support. Why does your Association need support?

Impact Campus Ministries is launching a new year Fall ministry at Jefferson State, Pell City.

St. Clair Disaster Relief has an aged fleet of vehicles and equipment needing updating.

Our mission strategy is advancing toward rural, urban, and international partnerships.

ESL has expanded to three classes. Many other ministries, meetings, and partnerships are happening at the Ashville office.

We have multiplied our equipping ministries and have assisted local church leaders with support.

Our mission to Encourage, Equip, and Engage in the Great Commission is just beginning.

If I can come and share the vision for a NEW strategy for associational missions with your leaders or church committees/teams, I would be glad to visit at any time. Please keep your St. Clair Association in mind as you begin to prepare your budget for 2018. We are honored to steward Great Commission resources for the glory of God!

The Uniqueness of the Association

The Association is not a conduit for what comes from the state or national levels of the SBC. Likewise, the Association is not a pipeline for Lifeway Christian Resources. (These are great friends and partners.) Your Director of Missions and Association provides customized, personal leadership to propel the Gospel forward in St. Clair County. If you have a need, I will come to support you; it is that simple.

Thank you for your generosity and encouragement!

Sincerely in Jesus,

Chris Crain, Director of Missions

St. Clair Baptist Association


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