A grace note is a music notation used to signify a particular musical ornamentation.  This note does not change the melody, but offers an additional interpretative highlight to a melodic line.  It calls our attention to a particular note and invites us to hear an ordinary sound in an extraordinary way. 

With similar intention, the CBFNC Wealth and Poverty Committee has established an annual recognition program to highlight churches, ministries, clergy, laypersons, and missionaries connected to CBFNC who embody Christ through their work in issues of wealth and poverty.  Each year at the CBFNC General Assembly, a church or organization, an individual (adult, youth or child) and a CBFNC Hunger Fund Recipient will be recognized with a Grace Note.  While a Grace Note is not an award, it is an opportunity to highlight both the ordinary and extraordinary work happening in our communities in such a way that we can all learn and grow.  We hope that these Grace Notes will inspire and encourage us to serve others in empowering and dignifying ways. 


Individual Recipient List

Kathryn Massey (2014)


Pat Byrd (2013)

Over the past few years, Pat Byrd has worked faithfully to start the Roanoke Chowan Christian Women's Job Corps site in Ahoskie, NC.  This program empowers women in need through supportive resources and relationships that create dignity during the transition away from dependency towards greater sustainability.

Church or Organization Recipient List

First Baptist Church, Four Oaks (2014)


Baptist Fellowship of Angier (2013)

Though only about 6 years old, the small but thriving Baptist Fellowship of Angier has been engaging socioeconomic boundaries since its beginnings.  An open heart and active after-school tutoring and mentoring program staffed by church volunteers and Campbell University students is at the core of its identity.  From gleaning sweet potatoes to feed the hungry in Harnett County to hosting free health screenings in partnership with a local Hispanic congregation, the Baptist Fellowship of Angier is a witness to the tremendous effect of a small group of people committed to faithfully serve their community.  Yet perhaps most telling is that this group of committed followers not only works to transform their community, they seek to be transformed by those they serve in truly reciprocal ways.
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Hunger Fund Recipient List

Martha's Kitchen of First Baptist Church, Carolina Beach (2014)


St. John's Baptist Church (2013)

St. John's Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC is one of more than a dozen churches and organizations who have received monies from the CBFNC Hunger Fund, administered through the Wealth and Poverty Committee.  They maintain a thriving backpack ministry in partnership with Highland Renaissance Academy of Charlotte feeding over 100 children through weekend food backpacks.  Such partnerships have led St John's to renovate space above the sanctuary into apartments that now house homeless families in partnership with Charlotte Family Housing.  St John's is a shining example of how your donations to CBFNC's Hunger Fund feeds hungry persons across the state of North Carolina.


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