Friday Feature: Remembering Robert

From the Nov-Dec issue of Nurturing Faith Journal By Larry Hovis, CBFNC executive coordinator   As I was growing up in the same town as my widowed grandmother who lived with her two sisters, these three women exerted a profound influence on my father, my sister and me. To earn a living, my grandmother ran…

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Nominations Needed

At the CBFNC Annual Business Meeting earlier this year, participants approved changes to the Bylaws that will create 14 ministry teams to lead CBFNC ministries in collaboration with the Coordinating Council and CBFNC staff. The Nominating Team is requesting recommendations for positions related to these teams. You may recommend yourself or someone else. To submit a…

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Friday Feature: Stating the (Not So) Obvious

By Jeff Mathis Pastor, First Baptist-Sylva   Here is a true statement: Some of us will be displeased with the results of the election. What’s less certain, First Baptist Church, is whether we’ll be displeased with one another. I know. I’m understating it. The word ‘displeased’ doesn’t begin to capture the range of emotions people feel…

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Friday Feature: Anger, Grief and the Work of Love

By Scott Hudgins Director of CBFNC’s Helping Pastors Thrive Program Anger and no one can heal it. Slides through the metal detector. Lives like a mole in a motel. A slide in a slide projector. The cool, cool river. Sweeps the wild, white ocean. The rage of love turns inward, to prayers of deep devotion.…

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Friday Feature: Advent Planning in a Pandemic

By Seth Hix CBFNC Associate Coordinator For the past 32 weeks most of our CBFNC congregations have been worshiping in a virtual, hybrid or outdoor setting. These seven months have required church leaders and pastors to think creatively in planning worship services for Holy Week, Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation celebrations, communion, baby dedications, baptisms and…

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Friday Feature: Everyone Make Some Room

By Mary Kaylor CBFNC Associate Coordinator About two weeks ago, Helen Reddy passed away. Many remember her as the Grammy winning ‘I Am Woman’ singer. Her words struck a chord with listeners, becoming a rallying cry for the women’s liberation movement and reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of 1972.…

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