January, 2015:
Celebrating God's Love

January, 2015 IssueThe new year has begun, but there is so much to celebrate from this holiday season. This month's Blue Ridge Christian News brings you the stories of people making a difference in our region. From school kids helping with food pantries to stories of praise and uplift for those who are downtrodden, we're sure you'll find stories in this month's edition that will warm your heart even on the coldest day.

As always, we welcome your news. Send your stories to info@brcnews.com

Remember to contact us with events, activities, or ministries you'd like us to publicize.

You can also download a copy of the January BRCN here. (a PDF file, requires the free Adobe Reader, available for download here).


Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Sanctity of Human Life Logo

On January 18, 2015, we will celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SoHLS). SoHLS is a day for Americans to focus on the value of each and every human life. It is celebrated every year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which legalized abortion in every state for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.
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Volunteers in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Student Support Vital to Pantry

The fellowship hall of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Rutherford College comes alive every Tuesday and Thursday as Draughn High School students busily fill bags and boxes with food and toiletries.
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Know the Final Score... in Advance!


The 24 inch television silently propelled the brilliant Buckeye red and famous Carolina blue into the drab room. But the background noise from the radio intercepted the visual play with urgent audio updates.

"Now to Berry. He'll start the fast break. Berry hustles in, passes out to Marcus Paige, fires up the three point shot, got it!"

Suddenly, my husband, who was watching his favorite team play in the CBS Sports Classic, realized that he had not yet seen what the radio announcer was saying.
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God Waits With You

Girl Sitting on Bench

Quick question: If you had a choice of your plan without God's presence or God's presence without your plan, which would you choose? We're quick to answer, "God's plan, of course!" And when the rubber meets the road we question God's timing, God's involvement, God's presence. We act as if God doesn't know what He's doing or why our lives are going the way they are. Guess what? God is with you.
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Deyton Students Help MANNA Food Bank

Deyton Students Sign On Car

An enthusiastic and well-mannered group of children from Deyton Elementary School teamed up with Mike Brown Ford/Subaru for Manna Food Bank last month.

On hand for the event were Mr. Rick Spurling, Superintendent of Mitchell County Schools, Deyton teacher Mrs. Bettye English, and Pastor Bill Sweetser, Chairman of Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff and pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Spruce Pine.
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Rejoice! I Say Rejoice!

Doug HarrellThe headlines scream: "Failed Hostage Rescue: How It Went Wrong"; "Steven Sotloff, American Journalist, Beheaded By ISIS"; "Shooting of Michael Brown"; "IRS Scandal 2014"; "2012 Benghazi attack"; "Operation Blue Thunder - Mitchell County Drug Bust"; "Grandmother of cousins who escaped custody speaks"; "This Land: The cost of illegal immigration to North Carolina"; "Jonathan Gruber Scandal"; "2 New York police officers shot to death";…want more? Me either!

If you read the local newspapers, or happen to turn on TV news, or check headlines on your Internet connection, you might think the world has gone mad – and it has! Hope has given way to horror…order has succumbed to chaos…satan is on the march. Yet God says, in Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

"Fear not!" is the most repeated command in the Bible. In fact, it's been said that there are 365 "Fear nots" in the Bible — one "Fear not" for every day of the year! Lloyd Ogilvie, in Facing the Future without Fear, said there are 366 "Fear nots" in the Bible, one for every day of the year, including Leap Year! God doesn't want us to go a single day without hearing his word of comfort, "Fear not!"
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  • Area Churches
  • Area Ministries

Horizon Church
Morganton, NC

Pine Branch Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Roan Mtn. Missionary
Bakersville, NC

Spruce Pine
United Methodist Church

Spruce Pine, NC

West Burnsville Baptist
Burnsville, NC

Altapass Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Berry Chapel Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Burkemont Baptist
Morganton, NC

First Advent Christian
Morganton, NC

Grassy Creek Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC



J.C. Shoaf
Valdese, NC


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Jonathan's Used Appliances
Spruce Pine, NC


Audio/Video Enterprises
Morganton, NC

Auto Dealers

Buchanan & Young

Burnsville Chevrolet

Crossroads Ford

John Greene Chrysler

Mike Brown Ford/Subaru
Spruce Pine, NC

Spruce Pine Chevrolet
Spruce Pine,NC

Auto Tires

Spruce Pine Tire
Spruce Pine, NC


Off The Beaten Path
Burnsville, NC


Tom Johnson
Marion, NC


Cruz Chiropractic
Burnsville, NC

Concrete Products

Explosive Supply
Spruce Pine, NC


Jamie Miller, CPA PLLC
Spruce Pine, NC


Pleasant Grove Church
Bakersville, NC

Equipment Repair

Superior Construction and Repair (SCAR)
Spruce Pine, NC


The Cove
Asheville, NC

Crossnore School
Crossnore, NC

Morganton CoMMA
Morganton, NC


Foster Parents

McDowell DSS
Marion, NC

Funeral Homes

Webb Funeral Home
Spruce Pine, NC


Buck Stove
Spruce Pine, NC

L & B Furniture
Marion, NC

People's Furniture
Spruce Pine, NC


Old Fort, NC

Health Care

Bakersville Community Medical Clinic
Bakersville, NC

Marion Wellness
Marion, NC

Mission Health
Asheville, NC

Solid Rock Family Medicine
Morganton, NC

Toe River Project Access
Spruce Pine, NC


Clayton Homes
Morganton, NC


Andrews & Andrews
Newland, NC

Eben Insurance
Spruce Pine, 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


Spruce Pine Motel
Spruce Pine, NC


Bakersville Pharmacy
Bakersville, NC

Prescription Pad
Burnsville, NC


Burleson Plumbing
Spruce Pine, NC


Whitson Realty
Marion, NC


Brian Center
Spruce Pine, NC


Morganton, NC

Bantam Chef
Marion, NC

Bubba's Good Eats
Burnsville, NC

Western Sizzlin'
Burnsville & Spruce Pine, NC


Grassy Creek Clothing
Spruce Pine, NC

Habitat for Humanity -

Newland, NC

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


Tax Preparation

H & R Block
Various Locations

Jackson Hewitt
Various Locations

Tree Service

Ray's Tree Service
Spruce Pine, NC