Children shine on stage at Hope in Style
After a four-year absence, the Hope in Style Children’s Fashion Show & Silent Auction made its return. The Greensboro Country Club ballroom was filled to capacity with friends who spent their Saturday supporting the boys and girls served at Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) Mills Home in Thomasville. Children took to the runway to model their new back-to-school outfits as guests cheered and encouraged them. Tanya Rivera, news reporter from WFMY Channel 2 in Greensboro, returned as the event’s emcee. Parker Webb from the Christian band Guilford performed during the program. Lead sponsor Vanguard Ministries along with dozens of other sponsors helped make the day a success.
Friends recognized at Western Conference
The 62nd annual Western Area Conference was held on September 7 at Broyhill Home in Clyde. The event invited area churches and supporters to celebrate the BCH ministry in Western NC, meet the children and special needs adults, and recognize this year’s “Friends of Children” recipients for their exceptional support.
Recognized with awards this year were Larry and Phyllis Bryson, Deborah Palmer, Penny Justice, Barbara Reynolds, Rebecca Williams, and Bill Worley—affectionately known as the “Georgia Group.” This is because supporter Penny Justice, a resident of Otto, NC introduced her sister Phyllis Bryson, a resident of Georgia, to Broyhill Home. This connection led to many friends and churches in Georgia giving generously to BCH, especially through the Food Roundup.
Prayer Garden honors Morgan’s 50 Years
As a part of the Western Area Conference, the “Linda Morgan Prayer Garden” was unveiled in recognition of Linda’s 50th anniversary at BCH. This special place located at Broyhill Home is beautifully constructed from rocks, creating a mini-waterfall with a sitting area overlooking the mountains. Much of the project and labor were donated. Linda serves as BCH Statewide Director, Cottage Care Homes/Foster Care as well as Western Area Regional Director of Family Services. A visitor to the garden can scan a QR code located at the entrance of the space and listen using a smart phone to Linda reading scripture while sitting in the tranquil place.
Field of Makers raises support for NCBAM
The second annual Field of MAKERS, a juried artisan show, was held September 9 at Mills Home in Thomasville. In addition to some of North Carolina’s finest crafters, the event included the area’s most popular food vendors, live Gospel music, and a roving magician who entertained the crowd. Field of MAKERS is a fundraiser for North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) where all proceeds benefit aging adults served by the ministry. The event will make it possible to purchase lumber for wheelchair ramps, and for safety needs such as minor home repair, grab bars, or smoke alarms for aging adults in need. Field of MAKERS was made possible by NCBAM’s generous sponsors: Fancy Finds Resale Store, The Mill: Coffee and Community, Triad Baptist Church, ThriveMore at Home, and Tristan and Mia Roberts.
Editor’s Note: Center Stage is a new feature highlighting the latest news and events of BCH’s ever-expanding ministries.