Bike Ministry Receives More Bikes

In recent months, the Bike Ministry has received bike donations from congregants Joe and Dot Banks, Bud and Beverly Ellis, Angie Deller, and Arvis and Linda Barrow.

In November and December, Sarah Weatherly, a sixth grader at the Epiphany School of Global Studies, has donated bicycles and money for repairs. (She requested that her family not give her presents, but support our bike ministry.) Thanks, Sarah and family–that is heart warming!

The New Bern Police Department also gave our ministry nine bicycles from their evidence inventory. Thanks to the NBPD.

We continue to repair bikes and give them to people in need of a good set of wheels.

To all who repair and care from recipients—YOU’RE AWESOME!


BSCC Hosts Craven County Long Term Recovery Group

Broad Street has been hosting the Craven County Long Term Recovery Group for Hurricane Matthew. (They meet on Thursdays at 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall.)

Impacted families have until January 9, 2016 to register with FEMA and the Small Business Association (required by all FEMA registrants—even home ones). In Craven County 550 people have FEMA registrations. Some cannot do their home repairs, and the Long Term Recovery Group is organizing help. Thanks, Broad Street!


BSCC Welcomes Merci Clinic

BSCC will host Merci Clinic’s board meetings beginning in November. BSCC has supported Merci Clinic for many years. We welcome Merci Clinic board members and are eager to assist in their mission to heal New Bern.

BSCC Welcomes Faith Connection

Faith Connection will begin using an office space in our Youth Building in January. We are excited to share space with them and support the connecting of churches as they encourage one another.

Stop Hunger Now with Faith Connection

On the first Saturday in November, five Broad Street members participated in the Stop Hunger Now food preparation day sponsored by Faith Connection. Wearing stylish hairnets, we packaged 10,000 meals for the world’s hungry. Pictured are Pauline Cumbo at a sealing station and Sylvia Baker at a food station.


Ghostalk Patrol

Wearing a borrowed, antique uniform, Firewoman Lila Cotten patrols the sidewalk during the October 2016 Ghostwalk to encourage more customers to come to our chili meal. Our “ghost” told a true story about a man injured at the corner of Queen and George street during the 1922 “Great Fire” of New Bern. When customers saw the firewoman, they asked, “Is the chili that hot?” 🙂

Our Ghostwalk event earned more than $1300 for the Window project.


CMF Success at Parking Lot Fundraiser

During the 2016 MumFest, which was moved to November 12 after Hurrican Matthew threatened New Bern, the Christian Men’s Fellowship (CMF) earned $602 parking cars in our church lots, which they donated to the church General Fund.

Thanks to everyone who helped park cars! And thanks to those who choose our lots and support the missions and ministries of Broad Street Christian Church.

Knit Wits Honor Pauline Cumbo

Prayer Shawl ministries have been very active. We made afghans and shawls for Christians in war-torn countries. We sent these out through a Wilmington Missionary. They donate shawls to people, who are receiving Chemo treatments, blood transfusions and other needs that require a “WARM HUG” helping to keep them going. The ladies continue to make more items for our members and people in need of God’s warm embrace.

The Knit Wits (Junior Prayer Shawl) have been working on a few projects as well. They made dishcloths for the Holiday baskets. The bigger project was to choose someone to honor for the dedication to the youth of our church. They picked a person and started to work. On Tuesday, November 29, Pauline Cumbo was honored as Knit Wits guest at a dinner held at Famous Subs. Pauline Cumbo has provided a “Swim Party” for the youth of our church. The youth wish to show their appreciation for setting up of the “Swim Party.”Mrs. Pauline, we love you. “Thank You!”

We would like to take this time and invite anyone interested in either group to join us. Prayer Shawl meets on Mondays at 1 pm in the Youth Building (next door to the church). Knit Wits meet every Tuesday evening at
5:30 pm in the Youth Building. Refreshments are provided. Although many think Knit Wits is for youth only, Grannies, Aunties, and others are invited to join us in the evening group, too.

BSCC Responds to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew drenched central North Carolina causing flooding that gradually  washed out portions of Goldsboro, Greenville, Kinston, Princeville, Grifton, Vanceboro and other surrounding communities. As the rivers that feed into Craven and Pamlico counties inundated communities to our West, we were slowly being cut off. At one point, we had a single route west, which involved going to Bridgeton > Vanceboro > Ayden > Snow Hill >  and a dog-legged route through other small towns.

Fortunately, New Bern was mostly spared. We did have some power outages and some initial flooding in typical flood areas during the height of the storm. Due to weather advisories and lack of electricity at the church and in the homes of some members we cancelled worship on October 9 and moved our Homecoming worship to October 16.

Minister Jamie Haddock and her family who live in Grifton were without electricity for seven days.

Since we were so fortunate, we were able to offer assistance to others. During our Homecoming meal, we collected $311 plus more than $240 that came in that week toward LOCAL hurricane relief.

On Sunday evening, Southwood Memorial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) called us back and indicated they did have an immediate need. That Sunday for breakfast they fed more than 200 relief workers and had completely run out of breakfast food and asked if we could bring them some food from New Bern before Tuesday. (They were getting groceries in New Bern and Jacksonville anyway.) Martha Marble did the background work and then she and Dr. Johnson shopped and delivered the breakfast food to Kinston on Monday morning to feed the workers on Tuesday and perhaps Wednesday.

So this is how we immediately spent the disaster relief contributions:

Sausage-20 lbs, Bacon-35 lbs, Eggs—33 dozen, Milk-10 gallons, Cheese-5 bags, Juice-15 gallons, grapes—40 lbs, ice-6 bags, sandwich bags-400. We also took 160 mini-muffins.

The Kinston church and workers were very appreciative. They essentially had a MASH unit set up there—the entire parking lot was consumed with an ER tent, emergency management, military, hospital, EMT, and police personnel and vehicles made necessary because South Kinston was completely cut off from North Kinston by the flood Neuse River and had no access to the Kinston hospital.

We also gave $100 to a local family to replace spoiled refrigerated groceries.

Another church, Southwest Christian Church in Kinston, flooded along with many businesses and homes. We may have an opportunity to send additional donations to aid the Southwest Church after we learn more about their situation. Thanks for praying for the needs of our neighbors and friends.


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Mark your calendars!

2016 New Bern Area CROP Hunger Walk: Sunday, September 25th

Union Point Park, Stage Area – New Bern

Registration starts at 2:00 PM and the Walk starts at 3:00 PM.

Team Leader Training: Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. (RCS – Annex – 919 George Street, New Bern, NC 28560)

  • Each Church or organization should designate a Team Leader
  • Team Leaders promote CROP Walk within their congregation and encourage participation, facilitating success.
  • Special Emphasis of 2016 CROP Hunger Walk – New Bern
  • Our theme is “Building Bridges of Community” – We are seeking broad based participation across the New Bern faith community. Youth group participation is especially encouraged!
  • We welcome participation from Civic, Military, and Company teams as well.
  • CROP Hunger Walk is a ministry of Church World Service – org
  • Church World Service supports Hunger and Development needs across the world, including disaster and refugee assistance.
  • 25% of funds raised go to Religious Community Services (RCS) to help feed the hungry in our area.

For More Information contact: Steve Mabie, First Presbyterian Church,