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Stay up to date with the happenings of Aversboro! Here you'll find reflections from our pastors and staff, as well as stories about life at Aversboro from congregation contributors.

Reflecting Jesus through the Angel Tree Program

by: Aversboro Communications

11/19/2019

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For many years, Aversboro Road Church has begun the Advent Season by sponsoring an Angel Tree in cooperation with Garner Area Ministries. As we await the celebration of our Savior’s birth, it is important to remember that He relied on the benevolence of friends throughout His life; in many instances long after he was a young child. A parent’s need and the desire to make a family’s Christmas more joyous doesn’t end with preschool graduation. Many families of diverse makeup surround our church, and we are in a position to help the least of these, serving as Christ’s hands… read more

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For many years, Aversboro Road Church has begun the Advent Season by sponsoring an Angel Tree in cooperation with Garner Area Ministries. As we await the celebration of our Savior’s birth, it is important to remember that He relied on the benevolence of friends throughout His life; in many instances long after he was a young child. A parent’s need and the desire to make a family’s Christmas more joyous doesn’t end with preschool graduation. Many families of diverse makeup surround our church, and we are in a position to help the least of these, serving as Christ’s hands and feet in Garner.

I once was participating in another group’s Christmas Shopping spree project, and a shy 13-year-old asked if Santa Claus was real. When asked why she wondered, her response was that he had never come to her house. According to respected Christian scholars, we do know that Saint Nicholas of Myra was a real Christian Bishop of the third century whose legendary habit of secret gift-giving to those in need informs many of our 21st-century traditions.

God uses regular people like us to remind or let people know that He cares for them where they are.

Just this week, in calling one family and inviting them to participate in our Angel Tree, the mom said “You don’t know what this means to me. My husband just lost his job.” In no way was this random that I contacted her on just the day that her husband was laid off. I was able to say that we do these things on behalf of the One who loves us all.

A winter coat, gloves, dishes, or even toys may seem like small things to us. However, God calls us in the big and small things to minister to his people.

Please consider adopting an angel or two from the tree in the Sanctuary Lobby on Sunday, November 24th after the Hanging of the Green service. We ask that you take an angel, sign the angel out (a new thing this year), and then return the presents individually wrapped (with the angel taped to the outside of the present). Wrapped Angel tree gifts are to be placed beside the tree and due back by Tuesday, December 10, as distribution to families will happen on the morning of December 13. Please contact Kimberly Potter or the church office if you have questions.

You may be the only reflection of Jesus’ gift of salvation in that person’s life this Christmas, adopt an angel this year!

Contributor: Kimberly Potter
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Prayers for Trunk or Treat

by: Jacob Sinclair

10/23/2019

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Aversboro’s Trunk or Treat Harvest Fest is right around the corner and we want to be in specific prayer for this community event. Our goal for that night is not just to have lots of fun and eat lots of candy, but connect our community to our church and show them who Christ is and the love He has for them.

For the next week leading up to Trunk or Treat, please be in specific prayer with us.


Thursday 10/24

Pray for our Guests. Pray for those families who are interested in attending our event will decide to join… read more

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Aversboro’s Trunk or Treat Harvest Fest is right around the corner and we want to be in specific prayer for this community event. Our goal for that night is not just to have lots of fun and eat lots of candy, but connect our community to our church and show them who Christ is and the love He has for them.

For the next week leading up to Trunk or Treat, please be in specific prayer with us.


Thursday 10/24

Pray for our Guests. Pray for those families who are interested in attending our event will decide to join us. Pray for families who are looking for a place to belong, a church, & a community—pray that this event might be the open door that connects them to our church.

Friday 10/25

Pray for the details. Pray for all the details that go into making this event happen. Pray for wisdom, encouragement, and clarity as our lead team and volunteers get ready for this event over the next week.

Saturday 10/26

Pray for Clarity. Sometimes, there are opportunities that can be easy to pass up on being clear about the gospel. Pray that every opportunity to speak the gospel will be met with a clear, concise, winsome statement of the gospel of Christ.

Sunday 10/27

Pray for our Volunteers. Over 100 volunteers help to make this event happen. Pray for their hearts to be ready and excited to serve. Pray that the Lord will use them in BIG ways on the night of Trunk or Treat.

Monday 10/28

Pray for each specific area of Trunk or Treat. Trunks, Concessions, Inflatables, Greeting, Registration, Games, Stage entertainment, Face Painting, Parking, Security, & Behind the Scenes.

Tuesday 10/29

Pray for our Parking Lot. Pray for each set of feet that step foot in our parking lot. For the volunteers, church members, and guests. Pray that their hearts will be excited by this event and see Christ through it.

Wednesday 10/30

Pray for Soil. Jesus told the parable of the sower (Matthew 13) and distinguished different kinds of soil. There are really only two kinds, the kind that bears lasting fruit and the kind that doesn’t. We need to pray for the supernatural work of God to prepare ‘spiritual soil’ in our guests so that they will respond to the gospel seed sown and that people will realize the power of the gospel and how it affects their lives.

Thursday 10/31

Pray for tonight. Pray that the Lord will use us to be His light to people tonight at Trunk or Treat. Pray that people’s eyes will be open to Him and to our church as a way to get to know Him better. Pray for our volunteers and that they will have strength and excitement as they serve our community.

Friday 11/1

Pray for hearts. Pray for each person who attended our event. Pray that their hearts are flooded with the love and joy of Christ and that they might come to check us out on a Sunday at Aversboro.


Our prayer is that our church will become the hands and feet of Jesus to our community in an effort to connect our community to Aversboro, but ultimately connect them with Christ. Our campus will be full of around 2,000 community members on the night of Trunk or Treat and we are beyond excited to welcome them. This is an opportunity to create some fun & encourage our community to check us out. Our continual prayer is that this event helps show people the power of the gospel and how it can change their life.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” — Colossians 4:2

Thank you for joining us in prayer!

Contributor: Jacob Sinclair, Trunk or Treat Team Leader
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Receiving a bigger blessing than we deserve

by: Aversboro Communications

09/19/2019

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As soon as Hurricane Dorian exited the Atlantic, NC area, NC Baptist on Mission began setting up a base for disaster relief and recovery at Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church. When assessors arrive they began canvassing the area from Harker’s Island to Cedar Island to get a view of the damage incurred by Dorian. On Sunday, teams were taking job requests from Down East residents who had received damage from the storm. James Davis and I were one of three assessor teams who went out into the communities in response to the damage request. We traveled the Harker’s Island, Gloucester, Otway,… read more

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As soon as Hurricane Dorian exited the Atlantic, NC area, NC Baptist on Mission began setting up a base for disaster relief and recovery at Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church. When assessors arrive they began canvassing the area from Harker’s Island to Cedar Island to get a view of the damage incurred by Dorian. On Sunday, teams were taking job requests from Down East residents who had received damage from the storm. James Davis and I were one of three assessor teams who went out into the communities in response to the damage request. We traveled the Harker’s Island, Gloucester, Otway, Davis, Stacy, Sea Level, Atlantic, and Cedar Island communities. Most of the damage in these communities was roofs in need of tarps and tree damage. When we left on Friday evening, they had received just over 100 applications for assistance.

Being an assessor gives an opportunity to be the first person to visit a damaged property. Not only do we assess the damages, but we get the opportunity to talk with the homeowner and hear their stories of living through the storm. We go to help in physical ways, but we also are there to offer emotional and spiritual support.

When we serve others to try to bless them with physical assistance, we always end up receiving a bigger blessing ourselves.

We had the privilege of meeting a homeowner who is wheelchair-bound. The damage to her home was minimal, but that visit was a divine appointment. She had an accident several years ago and received multiple broken bones. After eight operations, she now has no hip bones at all. Even in her circumstance, she has a positive attitude. She has found a doctor in Virginia who could possibly offer help, but she cannot go with it being more than a day trip and finances do not afford it. She sits in her raised home without a wheelchair ramp, with nothing but a smile on her face. We had a chaplain riding with us on the day of our visit. The chaplain was able to share with her that one year ago he was in a wheelchair from an unknown disease. He was able to share how he did rehab, with doctors and on his own, and now can walk as normal. He shared how he gives praises to God for the healing that he experienced. The began a spiritual connection and conversation between them because of their stories. It was no coincidence they were brought together- God had a plan.

One of the volunteers we worked with is part of a ladies' quilting group and she brought several quilts to share with homeowners. On our way home, we stopped by and gave the homeowner a quilt and cleaning supplies that had been donated for cleanup. Her face lit up. She hugged the quilt close and thought it was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. We left and felt blessed beyond words.

This one trip is an example of how no matter when, where, or what kind of mission experience you undertake, God always makes sure that you receive joy and blessings beyond what you can ask for.


CONTRIBUTOR: LINDA POOLE
Linda is a long time member of Aversboro and is a leader in our Student Ministry. She enjoys the opportunity to serve through NC Baptist Men & Women Disaster Relief ministry folllowing natural disasters.
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