Union Baptist Association
Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Mission Project Ideas

Ebola Warning
This morning, we have received a memo from the Union County Health Department Director in reference to Ebola. As of August 12, 2014, there are no Ebola cases in the State of NC.
Please note the following information included with the memo:
"Symptoms of Ebola typically include: Fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite.
Some patients may experience: a rash, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, bleeding inside and outside of the body."
Travel is not prohibited to impacted areas.
However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This Level 3 travel warning is a reflection of the worsening Ebola outbreak in this region.
If members of your organization have traveled to infected areas of Africa, or destinations where travelers could have potentially come in contact with infected people, and develop symptoms as written above, we ask that you contact the Union County Division of Public Health immediately at 704-296-4800.
A triage nurse will be available to inform you of the appropriate course of action.
For more information please visit the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/en/"
See the following list for a mission project idea:
Wish List
Used Cell Phones * I-Pods
DVD=R and CD-R Blank Discs
New 2-pc Cotton Knit Clothing sets (Sizes 2-20)
Individually Packaged Snacks
Bottled Water, Soft Drinks, Juice Boxes & Coffee
Gift Cards:  Grocery, Wal-Mart, Target, Restaurants, etc.
Paper Products:  Toilet & Paper Towels; Tissues; Cups; Plates
Child and Family Friendly Magazine Subscriptions
Child & Family (G-Rated) DVD Movies (English/Spanish)
Teen Gifts:  Journals, Bath/Body, Sport Items, Accessories, etc.
Silent Auction Items/Gift Baskets; Corporate Sponsorships
Printing Services for Color Copies
*Visit the Safe Alliance (United Family Services) Registry @ Target.com
Volunteer Opportunities
Safe Alliance appreciates your help in making our community a better place.  Call us to learn about our volunteer opportunities.
Rape Crisis Companions
Host for Children's "Hero" Parties & Special Events
Artist for Tree House Projects/Decorating
Landscaping/Seasonal Planting
Speakers' Bureau; Office/Clerical Support
Marketing & Communications Volunteer/Interns
Where Hope and     604 Lancaster Avenue          Phone 704.226.1352     www.safealliance.org
Healing Begins         Monroe NC  28112               Fax      704.828.9362     Rape Crisis704.283.7770       
2015 Missions Conference
Ten Reasons for Adults on Mission
  1. Provides a way for men, women and couples to serve together to meet the needs of the unchurched.
  2. Encourages project-based, active learning opportunities for those typically not interested in a meeting format.
  3. Has a flexible team format that can be shaped around the interests of those involved rather than around a formal organizational structure.
  4. Creates a purpose-driven environment that helps Christians fulfill the outward focus of the Great Commission.
  5. Teaches adults the biblical reasons for reaching out to non-Christians down the street and around the world.
  6. Makes a personal connection from your church to individual missionaries your church supports through your state missions offering, the Cooperative Program, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® for International Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American missions.
  7. Helps the local church understand its role in the larger missions enterprise of national organizations, missions-sending agencies and God's global mission.
  8. Instills an evangelistic spirit through hands on ministry to those without Christ.
  9. Strengthens the concept of being the church outside the church walls to people who previously may not 2012have understood the church's purpose that way.
  10. Increases giving to missions and praying for missions as a result of hands-on missions involvement, helping individual Christians to link their mind with their hearts through the work of their hands.
Debra Berry Associational Leader Tool 2012-2013 WMU®2012
The partnership of North Carolina Baptist Men and Women still continues, and is in need of help to feed and clothe the gypsy children in Munkacs, Ukraine. Winter there is very difficult for these outcast people.
If your church is looking for a wonderful missions program, and would like to hear more of the work of Baptist Men in Munkacs, Ukraine, please call Harry and Vivian Poovey at (704)289-1144 or e-mail at HVPoov@aol.com.

Shield a Badge

with Prayer


As the name implies, emergency responders work in very stressful and sometimes dangerous situations, often risking their lives to protect us and provide peace and order in our community.  Not only can their job be physically perilous; more often it is emotionally, morally and spiritually draining.  Locally, firefighters have lost their lives responding to fires in our area in recent years and the shootings of two Charlotte police officers still play on local newscasts.  Law enforcement as a whole has the highest rates of divorce, alcoholism, domestic violence and suicide of any profession. Nationally, there were 161 officers killed in the line of duty in the United States in 2010, and 28 officers have given the ultimate sacrifice already this year.  There is no question that field carries risks that can extend well beyond quitting time.

For people of faith, an opportunity to express gratitude and the willingness to help comes through the Shield a Badge with Prayer program, which asks people to commit to pray for an officer, firefighter or emergency medical services responder by name every day for a year.  Prayer has been shown to improve medical outcomes and affect situations in positive ways in multiple scientific studies and millions of incidents of anecdotal evidence.  Individuals and congregations who believe in the power of prayer are encouraged to participate by praying regularly for God’s protection, strength and wisdom to be granted to those who serve our community and their families, who share the burden of risk and strain.

Each prayer warrior will receive the name and birthday (if provided), of the officer, firefighter, or emergency medical services responder for whom he or she will pray, as well as appropriate contact information, such as the mailing address of the agency they work for.  Support can be shown not only through prayer, but by sending birthday cards, cards of encouragement and Christmas cards to the officer.

We ask for a one year commitment of prayer.  After a year, the prayer warrior may receive a different emergency responder’s name or may continue to pray for the same one.

If you would like to be a prayer warrior, plese send your name, address, e-mail address and the church you attend if applicable to

shieldwithprayer@yahoo.com or by postal mail to Sgt. Pauline Lucore c/o Union County Sheriff's Office, 3344 Presson Road, Monroe NC  28112 or call 704-292-2780.  Any emergency responder who would like to be added to the prayer list may use that same contact information or paulinelucore@co.union.nc.us. 

Red Springs Mission Camp located at 114 Industrial Rd., Red Springs, NC and Shelby Mission Camp located at 302 Sharpton Dr., Shelby, NC need volunteers. Labor needs are: roofers, carpenters, painters, sheet rock, plumbers and helpers, electricians and helpers, cooking teams, cleaning teams and children’s workers. The Mission Camps can accommodate up to 200 people (men, women and students ages 13 and over) at a time. Each camp has lodging, showers, meals, an area for devotions, and an area for recreation at the end of the day.
These camps offer a great way to get people involved in life changing missions projects at a very affordable price. The cost is only $18 per person per day for lodging and meals.
Contact Larry & Teresa Osborne at Red Springs, 910-843-7000 (office) or 919-264-4397 (cell) or Eddie & Martha Williams at Shelby, 919-422-9990, 919-337-2342 or ewilliams@ncbaptist.org.
For more information, you can visit www.ncbaptistsonmission.org.