April2016: Ready for Spring

April, 2016 IssueThe flowers are blooming and the leaves are coming out...it must be spring! This month, the BRCN is brimming with stories of renewal and growth.

You will learn about the Baptist Childrens' Homes Food Roundup, crown Little Miss McDowell, travel to the state FFA Mega Convention with the Avery County FFA, and we recap the Sunrist Service at the Waldensian Trail of Faith.

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Baptist Children’s Homes Food Roundup Underway

Photo of Baptist Children's Homes Residents

When it comes to feeding the boys and girls living at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH), including those living at the child care organization’s Broyhill Home in Clyde, it boils down to simple math: the more children served means more food is needed.

Every April, BCH asks community friends and churches across the state to collect nonperishable food, gift cards and other supplies as a part of the nonprofit’s “Food Roundup.” The child care organization, which provides residential services to North Carolina children in need as well as developmentally disabled adults, uses donations from the food drive to provide 700,000 meals and snacks each year to the residents in its care.
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Avery FFA Attends 2016 NCFFA Mega Conference

Photo of Avery County FFA Members

The NCFFA held its annual MEGA Conference last month in Greensboro. Some twelve Avery County FFA’ers took part in the intense leadership meeting which was themed “Surge” for 2016.

Overall, more than 400 FFA members gathered, in addition to FFA Advisors and FFA Alumni.  The NCFFA State Officers presented a power packed conference with Leadership Sessions for each grade level.  FFA 101, Leveraging Your Leadership, Over the Top, Chapter Presidents Conference and Spring Training were the Conference Sessions.
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Little Miss McDowell Pageant Held

Photo of Poets at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Marion, NC

When the Blue Ridge Christian News interviewed this year’s Little Miss McDowell hopefuls, contestant Elaina Rampey remarked: “I would love to win, because I’ll be able to represent McDowell County.” As it turned out, Miss Rampey will be doing just that. On March 19, the 12-year-old was crowned Little Miss McDowell for 2016. The pageant took place at 6 pm at East McDowell Middle School.
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Sunrise Service Proclaims the Living Christ

Photo of Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs

The strains of Jeremy Camp’s “This Man” flow through the air as Roman soldiers march Jesus to Golgotha. The Savior is strung up between two thieves, and breathes his last breath.

The scene is the community Easter service at the Waldesian Trail of Faith, Valdese, on March 27. The annual service began, this year, with a drama of the death and resurrection of Jesus. These events were dramatized by actors from River of Life Church in Valdese, under the direction of Heather Ward.
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Behind The Walls

Doug HarrellI spent some years serving God with Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. It was, and I presume still is, one of the most effective evangelism organizations in the world. God alone knows the impact of Colson's vision for taking the Gospel into jails and prisons around the world. Asked how many men and women had come to Christ via the ministry, I once heard Colson say, "I haven't a clue. God never asked me to count the sheep, he told me to feed them."
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Horizon Church
Morganton, 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

Bakersville United Methodist
Bakersville, NC

Banner Elk United Methodist
Banner Elk, NC

Bear Creek Baptist
Ledger, 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


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

Auto Oil Change

Express Lube
Morganton, NC

Auto Supply

B & J AUto Supply
Bakersville, NC

John's Precision Automotive
Marion, NC

Auto Tires

Spruce Pine Tire
Spruce Pine, NC

Beauty Salons

Marion, NC

Building Supply

Summit Building Supply
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


Burkemont Baptist Church
Morganton, NC

Catawba River Baptist Association
Morganton, NC

Crossnore School
Crossnore, NC

High Pastures
Burnsville, NC

Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival
Spruce Pine, NC

Tipton Hill Foundation
Bakersville, NC


Buck Stove
Spruce Pine, NC

L & B Furniture
Marion, NC

Peoples Furniture
Spruce PIne, NC

Southwest Trading Company
Spruce PIne, NC

Hearing Aids

Miracle Ear
Boone, Burnsville, Lenoir, Morganton, & Marion, NC

Heating & Cooling

Davis Godwin
Spruce Pine, NC

Health Care

Bakersville Community Medical Clinic
Bakersville, NC

Mission Health
Asheville, NC

Pruitt Health Care
Avery, Mitchell & Yancey Counties


Clayton Homes
Morganton, NC

Hunting Supplies

Cooper Trading
Burnsville, NC


Andrews & Andrews
Newland, NC

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

Miller Insurance Group
Spruce Pine, NC

Mitchell County Farm Bureau
Bakersville & Spruce Pine, NC


Harding’s Landscaping
Spruce Pine, NC


The Inn at Glen Alpine
Glen Alpine, NC


McClure Construction
Spruce Pine, NC

Nursery Supplies

Appalachian Paving & Grading
Bakersville, NC


Prescription Pad
Burnsville, NC


Burleson Plumbing & Heating
Spruce Pine, NC

Pool Service

Backyard Creations
Marion, NC

Ken Ray Pools
Morganton, NC


Appalachian Quilts
Burnsville, NC


Tree House Mtn. Realty
Spruce Pine, NC

Whitson Realty
Marion, NC

Recreational Vehicles

High Country Polaris
Newland, NC


Brian Center
Spruce Pine, NC


Morganton, NC

Bantam Chef
Marion, NC

Bubba's Good Eats
Burnsville, NC

Spruce Pine, NC

Western Sizzlin'
Burnsville & Spruce Pine, NC


Freedom Life Enterprises
Marion, NC

Grassy Creek Clothing
Spruce Pine, NC

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

Spruce Pine, NC


H & R Block
Western North Carolina

Tree Service

Ray's Tree Service
Spruce Pine, NC


YMCA of Avery
Avery County, NC