June 2015: Summer's Here!

June, 2015 IssueSchool's ending. The days are longer (and it's warmer). Yep, summertime is here!

In this month's issue of BRCN, we visit Gouge Elementary School, Mitchell High School, and Lees-McRae College. We take you on a tour of the Trail of Faith in Valdese. Finally, we offer some inspirational words from a most unlikely place...a prison.

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 May BRCN here. (a PDF file, requires the free Adobe Reader, available for download here).

 

Children Meet Jesus at the Good News Club

Photo of Good News Club Member

Friends, I bring you Good News of great joy!  Each Tuesday that school has been in session several students of Gouge Elementary have come together to learn more about this Savior.  Their after school club is appropriately called the “Good News Club.” They have been taught the beginning of the story with God’s creation to the end of the story with believers in Jesus Christ living throughout eternity with God.
Read More >>>


New Mitchell Mountaineers Sign

Photo of New Mitchell Mountaineer

The Mitchell Mountaineers are now welcoming visitors with a new sign in the Ledger community, courtesy of Caleb Forbes. Caleb drew his design when he was a freshman. Four years later he was approached by his teacher Mr. Terry Lewis, to see if he was interested in drawing new front and back portions of the sign. Forbes spent 45 minutes each day for a month drawing and painting the sign.
Read More >>>



Alpha Chi at Lees-McRae College Inducts 25

Photo of Alpha Chi Initiates

The Lees-McRae College chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society recently held its spring induction ceremony during which 25 students, representing the top ten percent of the junior and senior class, were inducted on the college campus. Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi was established to recognize academic achievement. Today, Alpha Chi has chapters at 300 college campuses across the United States.
Read More >>>


Arise From The Valleys

The Logan Thrasher Family Photo

I am privileged to minister at the Avery Mitchell Prison each month. About 10% of the prison population attends church there regularly. I have seen God’s grace change lives there. There are many who are actually thankful they are there because they say that it was there that they met Jesus. Were it not for their incarceration, many say, they would still be lost or dead.

I recently was given this poem written by one of the inmates which touches on this concept beautifully. I hope it blesses you.
Read More >>>


A Visit to the Trail of Faith

Photo of Alpha Chi Initiates

There was a time when a page of Scripture was very, very precious. Even a handwritten page found on one’s body was punishable by death. The Waldensians endured much persecution and thousands were even killed because their passion burned to share the Good News of the Gospel with others.

How blessed we are, right here in Burke County, to have The Trail of Faith, where we find the depiction of various buildings (and caves) found in Italy where the Waldensians lived, shared their faith, and died because they chose to copy their beloved Scriptures and share them with others.
Read More >>>


Down on the Funny Farm

Doug HarrellIt was mid-March, 2010, and I had only been at Harrell Hill Farms for a few days. Already my rotund/chubby/obese body – I was a svelte 300+ lbs. -- was protesting the newfound life of physical labor. (Don’t tell anyone but a week or so into my “Farmer Clint” transformation I was questioning whether this was the life for me!) One of my first assignments was to don a 50 lb. backpack filled with fertilizer pellets and spread them alongside – called ‘side dressing’ – Christmas trees. Sounds fairly simple except that with the extra 50 lbs. I now was toting 350 lbs. on a nearly vertical slope, oftentimes falling my fat-self halfway down the mountain. The strain was nearly unbearable, so much so that I told a friend back home that I was thinking of trying to escape in the middle of the night.
Read More >>>

 

  • 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
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

Horizon Church
Morganton, NC

J.C. Shoaf
Valdese, NC

 

Events Calendar

Point your mouse over a date to see events that are acheduled.

Have an event you'd like to put on the calendar? Submit it here.

 

Featured Links

Submit Articles for BRCN

Does your church or group have a project, event, or program you'd like to tell others about? The Blue Ridge Christian News is a great place to get the word out. Send any submissions for the paper to info@brcnews.com.

 

Career Opportunity

Are you looking for a REWARDING career in sales?

We are looking for YOU!

A position is currently open for a sales person for the Blue Ridge Christian News.

For more information, call (828) 765-6800 or e-mail info@brcnews.com

 

Our Advertisers

Blue Ridge Christian News is supported by individuals, groups, and businesses throughout our service region.

We have gathered a list of our current advertisers by category and have provided links to their websites (if available).

Scroll down to view the categories. To view a category, click on its name and the listings for that category will be revealed. You can move between categories by clicking their names.

Please visit our advertisers and let them know that you appreciate their support of the Blue Ridge Christian News!

Appliances

Jonathan's Used Appliances
Spruce Pine, NC

Auto Dealers

Buchanan & Young
Burnsville,NC

Burnsville Chevrolet
Burnsville,NC

Crossroads Ford
Morganton,NC

John Greene Chrysler
Morganton,NC

Mike Brown Ford/Subaru
Spruce Pine, NC

Spruce Pine Chevrolet
Spruce Pine,NC

Auto Supply

John's Precision Automotive
Marion, NC

Auto Tires

Phil's Tire
Burnsville, NC

Spruce Pine Tire
Spruce Pine, NC

Beauty Salons

Rumors
Marion, NC

Building Supply

Summit Building Supply
Burnsville, NC

Camping

Tom Johnson
Marion, NC

Chiropractic

Cruz Chiropractic
Burnsville, NC

Colleges

Mayland Community College
Spruce Pine, NC

Concrete Products

Explosive Supply
Spruce Pine, NC

CPA

Jamie Miller, CPA PLLC
Spruce Pine, NC

Credit Union
Dentist
Equipment Repair

Superior Construction and Repair (SCAR)
Spruce Pine, NC

Events

Avery County Chamber of Commerce
Newland & Banner Elk, NC

The Cove
Asheville, NC

Creekwalk Arts Festival
Bakersville, NC

Crossnore School
Crossnore, NC

High Pastures
Burnsville, NC

Marion Downtown
Marion, NC

Market on Oak
Spruce Pine, NC

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair
Burnsville, NC

Red, White & Bluegrass Festival
Morganton, NC

Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Spruce Pine, NC

Valdese Tourism
Valdese, NC

 

Furniture

Buck Stove
Spruce Pine, NC

L & B Furniture
Marion, NC

Peoples Furniture
Spruce Pine, NC

Southwest Trading Company
Spruce Pine, NC

Groceries

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

Psalms/Solid Rock Family Medicine
Morganton, NC

Housing

Clayton Homes
Morganton, NC

Insurance

Andrews & Andrews
Newland, NC

Chad Toney - State Farm
Marion, NC

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

Miller Insurance Group
Spruce Pine, NC

Mitchell County
Farm Bureau

Bakersville & Spruce Pine, NC

Premier Insurance
Marion, NC

Landscaping

Harding Landscape
Spruce Pine, NC

Mulch

McClure Construction
Spruce Pine, NC

Pharmacies

Prescription Pad
Burnsville, NC

Plumbing/Heating

Burleson Plumbing
Spruce Pine, NC

Pool Service

Backyard Creations
Marion, NC

Ken Ray Pools
Morganton, NC

Realtors

Tree House Mountain Realty
Spruce Pine, NC

Whitson Realty
Marion, NC

Rehabilitation/Nursing

Brian Center
Spruce Pine, NC

Restaurants

Abele's
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

Retail

Grassy Creek Clothing
Spruce Pine, NC

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

 

Retirement
Stone Supply
Transportation
Tree Service

Ray's Tree Service
Spruce Pine, NC