April, 2015:
Coming Alive

April, 2015 IssueBoy those green buds on the trees sure are welcome! This month's BRCN celebrates the return of spring with stories to warm your heart. You'll learn about a group of McDowell County students who are preparing for college in a unique program; about an after-school book club in Bakersville that's encouraging students to read; and you'll meet a new campus pastor at Crossnore School while a long-time minister in Mitchell County prepares to move on.

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Run for Holland is April 25

Holland Burleson

I can hardly believe it is time for the 2nd Annual Run For Holland. The race will be on Saturday, April 25th, beginning at 8:00 am at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine. New this year, we are adding a 10K component to the original 5K and 1 mile Fun Run. The purpose of the Run For Holland is to educate our citizens about Down Syndrome. Specifically, we hope to raise awareness for parents who have had or are having a child born with a physical or mental disability.
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McDowell AVID Success Story

McDowell HIgh AVID Class Photo

The McDowell High AVID Senior class recently achieved distinction as being the first AVID class to attain 100% admission to four year universities. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVIDF was established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom; today it impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.
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Book Club Encourages Young Readers

A volunteer reads a book to the Roan Readers

“Roan Readers” is a book club for kindergarten through second grade students at Gouge Elementary School.  Under the leadership of parent volunteer Stacey Lane and a Communities in Schools Project Coordinator, older student volunteers guide younger ones through an adventure in reading.  Kids share their favorite books, talk about books, explore the Mitchell County Public Library, meet special guests, share healthy snacks and make art related to books they are reading. Participants of all ages share a love of books as they read together. 
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New Campus Pastor at Crossnore

The Logan Thrasher Family Photo

Joining The Crossnore School family from Louisville Kentucky, is Logan Thrasher. Logan is the newly appointed Campus Pastor. “What excites me the most about joining The Crossnore School is having an incredible opportunity to engage in amazing work God is doing. Being part of a team that the Lord uses to bring healing, restoration and hope to hurting children and teens is a great honor. I am looking forward to experiencing the miracles and evidences of God’s glory that happen every day at Crossnore,” Logan said.
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Beginning Another Chapter:
Preacher Chris' Farewell

Some people like to “curl up with a good book” and read for hours. Not me, I can’t sit still that long. Although I read a lot, it’s usually in my study, either for personal devotion or preparing a sermon. Mostly I read the scriptures, do word studies, work on context of a portion of scripture, etc. My personal library has several commentaries that God has blessed me to acquire over the years. It’s great to read other people’s thoughts on scripture. I may disagree with someone else’s interpretation but that’s ok; they probably wouldn’t agree with some of my convictions either. Every once in a while a book someone has written on a topic will catch my attention and I will set aside some time to read, like books on prayer, on the attributes of God, on doctrines of the Bible, marriage and family, etc. And sometimes I just read a book on someone’s life and experiences. Hey I may read about fishing, hunting, or sports!
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A Modern-Day Paul of Tarsus

Doug Harrell“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”  Isaiah 6:8

I want you to know that I am not equipped to adequately convey the missionary zeal of my friend, the Reverend George Patton. Some people, some ministries, some hearts for Christ simply cannot be described in human terms.

George is a fulltime, faith-based (supporter funded), Jesus-loving missionary to the world. Grace Baptist Church in Morganton is his sending-church, but he isn’t there very often. You see, for at least nine months of each year brother George is travelling to parts of the world where few have the courage to visit. He is now in India.
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  • Area Churches
  • Area Ministries

Laurel Hill Baptist
Nebo, NC

Morganton Seventh Day Adventist
Morganton, NC

Pine Branch Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Pleasant Grove Church of the Brethren
Spruce Pine, NC

Plumtree Presbyterian
Plumtree, NC

Roan Mtn. Missionary
Bakersville, NC

Spruce Pine
United Methodist Church

Spruce Pine, NC

St. Lucien Catholic
Spruce Pine, NC

The Bridge
Spruce Pine, NC

West Burnsville Baptist
Burnsville, NC

Altapass Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Banner Elk United Methodist
Banner Elk, NC

Bear Creek Baptist
Bakersville, NC

Berry Chapel Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Burkemont Baptist
Morganton, NC

Burnsville 7th Day Adventist
Burnsville, NC

Faith Fellowship
Micaville, NC

First Advent Christian
Morganton, NC

First Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Grassy Creek Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Horizon Church
Morganton, NC

J.C. Shoaf
Valdese, NC


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Jonathan's Used Appliances
Spruce Pine, NC

Auto Dealers

Buchanan & Young

Crossroads Ford

John Greene Chrysler

Mike Brown Ford/Subaru
Spruce Pine, NC

Spruce Pine Chevrolet
Spruce Pine,NC

Auto Detailing

Bakersville Auto Detailing
Bakersville, NC

Auto Tires

Spruce Pine Tire
Spruce Pine, NC

Beauty Salons

Marion, NC


Spruce Pine, NC

Building Supply

Summit Building Supply
Burnsville, NC

Cable TV

Country Cablevision
Burnsville, NC


Tom Johnson
Marion, NC


Salvation Army/Yancey
Burnsville, NC


Cruz Chiropractic
Burnsville, NC

Concrete Products

Explosive Supply
Spruce Pine, NC


Jamie Miller, CPA PLLC
Spruce Pine, NC

Equipment Repair

Superior Construction and Repair (SCAR)
Spruce Pine, NC


Crossnore School
Crossnore, NC

High Pastures
Burnsville, NC

Marion Downtown
Marion, NC

National Day of Prayer

Fire on the Mountain
Spruce Pine, NC


Food Supplements

Mabel Benjamin/Veden
Spruce Pine, NC


Buck Stove
Spruce Pine, NC

L & B Furniture
Marion, NC

Peoples Furniture
Spruce Pine, NC

Southwest Trading Company
Spruce Pine, NC

Garden Center

Troy's Greenhouse
Burnsville, NC


Frisbee's Grocery
Old Fort, NC

Health Care

Bakersville Community Medical Clinic
Bakersville, NC

Carolina Home Care
Bakersville, NC

Marion Wellness
Marion, NC

Mission Health
Asheville, NC

Solid Rock Family Medicine
Morganton, NC


Clayton Homes
Morganton, NC


Andrews & Andrews
Newland, NC

Chad Toney/State Farm
Marion, NC

Fortner Insurance
Spruce Pine, Burnsville, Newland, & Banner Elk, NC

McDaniel Insurance Agency
Marion, NC

Miller Insurance Group
Spruce Pine, NC

Mitchell County
Farm Bureau

Bakersville & Spruce Pine, NC

Premier Insurance
Marion, NC


Harding Landscape
Spruce Pine, NC


McClure Construction
Spruce Pine, NC


Prescription Pad
Burnsville, NC


Burleson Plumbing
Spruce Pine, NC

Pool Service

Ken Ray Pools
Morganton, NC


Tree House Mountain Realty
Spruce Pine, NC

Whitson Realty
Marion, NC


Brian Center
Spruce Pine, NC


Morganton, NC

Bantam Chef
Marion, NC

Bubba's Good Eats
Burnsville, NC

DT's Blue Ridge Java
Spruce Pine, NC

Switzerland Inn
Little Switzerland, NC

Western Sizzlin'
Spruce Pine, NC


Grassy Creek Clothing
Spruce Pine, NC

Habitat for Humanity - Mitchell/Yancey
Burnsville & Spruce Pine, NC


Sporting Goods

Cooper's Trading
Burnsville, NC

Tree Service

Ray's Tree Service
Spruce Pine, NC