From Chris Crain, Director
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February 6, 2018, 10:49 AM

A Great Start to 2018!


Dear St. Clair Baptists,

 

My heart is encouraged by what Jesus Christ is doing in and through the churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association! Sure, the challenges of adjusting to a changing culture are real. However, I see the Gospel shining brightly against the darkening backdrop of society in St. Clair County. Pastors, thank you for preaching the timeless truth of the Scriptures and taking the message of Christ's salvation to your community and the ends of the earth!

 

The St. Clair Baptist Association Evangelism Conference is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 6:30 PM! Dr. Alvin Reid, author of Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out (Lifeway) will be our guest preacher. Alvin is a gifted communicator and has a passion for evangelism and church revitalization. A few years back he included the story of a church I pastored in his helpful book titled Revitalize: Your Church Through Gospel Recovery. The Evangelism Committee has worked to streamline the service and to give focus to the imperative of communicating the Gospel. The committee will meet soon to verify location and details. We desire to see each of the 67 churches represented at the conference.

 

On February 15 at 7:00 PM the Executive Board will meet at the SCBA Office. The church pastor and one appointed representative from each member church is invited. This meeting will be positive as we celebrate a mission partnership recommendation from the SCBA Missions Development Committee, thank the Lord for a good stewardship report, and vote to welcome another church into watchcare! Come early for the pre-meeting workshop at 6:00 PM as Guidestone's John Hargrave "What Your Church Needs to Know in 2018." This workshop will help you, your deacons, or church administrative/insurance leaders to evaluate your church with regards to liability. The workshop is free for you and includes a Chick-fila meal. RSVP by calling our office at 205-594-5173 or emailing stclairbapt@windstream.net with your church name and participant names.

 

Friday, February 16 at 7:00 PM we welcome all pastors, ministers, and staff families to join us at Northside Fellowship at the intersection of Highways 174 and 231 in Pell City for Ministry Families' Dessert Fellowship. Tavon Arrington is in an inspiring young leader. He serves as Chaplain for the UAB Blazers. He will motivate and encourage us. Ministry families serve in a unique capacity; a lot of people simply don't understand the challenges and blessings. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know the small group of servants in this area who "get it" and are serving alongside you in the Gospel.

 

Gratitude

*I am grateful to First Ashville for hosting the St. Clair Security Summit; their security training director has offered to allow other churches to send representatives to their ongoing training. Contact Mr. Delashmit, retired Federal Law Officer DHS and Senior Firearms Instructor, for details at 912-269-9972.

*Thanks to CrossPoint Men for painting and renovating the St. Clair Baptist Association Building. We are grateful to the churches who gave to provide new flooring to replace the original carpeting. This building is looking great for God's glory!

*I appreciate the many years of service given to SCBA Disaster Relief by retired director Glenn Pender! We are thankful that the Lord sent Glenn to lead St. Clair in starting the best Disaster Relief Team I have ever seen. Glenn is now serving as Pastor of Corinth Baptist Church, Argo. We are appreciative of Ron Culberson for taking up the leadership mantle and serving as the new Director of St. Clair Baptist Association Disaster Relief.

*I am thankful to Linda Smith (thankfully, she runs this place) for working so faithfully this past year to serve our churches. February 9 is her birthday! If you see Linda, wish her a happy birthday!

 

I am always here to serve you. Please call me if I may help you.

 

Sincerely in Jesus,

Chris Crain, SCBA




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

 

 

 


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