• Male Bake Off

    College Park Bake-Off, March 4th

    The 24th annual Bake-Off will be Sunday, March 4, 2018.  The prizes will again be Liberty bottles. The 2018 theme is Back Row Double Feature: The Bake-Off Goes to the Movies. See 2017 Bake-Off Photos!   Immediately following worship on Sunday, March 4, everyone is invited to a simple lunch of soup and sandwiches in the Fellowship Hall. Afterwards, we’ll sample all the bake-off entries. All are welcome! Rules for entry: Anyone 5 years old or older can enter (non-members are welcome). The entries should be ready for judging by 11:30 am on Sun. March 4. All entries should be a dessert of some variety. You may use a boxed…

  • Prayer Room

    Girl Scout Project: Prayer Room

    THANK YOU to Girl Scouts Addison Coughlin, Maddie Billings and Sophie McKinney for giving the College Park Church Prayer Room a big makeover as their Silver Project. The room was dedicated on September 10, 2017. Before The small room on the third floor has been transformed into a meditative spot. Pray below the wooden cross or post prayer requests on the board. Or meditate in the light-filled room. Here’s a recap of their amazing work: Removed the existing carpet and installed laminate hardwood floors (with the help of parents and siblings) Sanded and painted the walls “Mindful Grey” Sanded and repainted the ceiling Patched and painted holes in molding Installed…

  • Music

    Video: A Little Further on Down the Way

    Video: Christian McIvor sings Further on Down the Way in front of the Unity Flag at College Park Church. By Christian McIvor Earlier this past week, Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and evangelical adviser to the president, made news by saying that God has given Trump the authority to take out North Korea.  I wrote this song on Friday as a response to that statement, and I was originally going to introduce it by talking about how Jeffress’s interpretation of Romans chapter 13, verses 1-7 was taken wildly out of context.  But then yesterday happened, with alt-right extremist groups, many of which claim to be Christian,…

  • Unity Flag NC
    Events,  Helping Hand,  News

    Unity Flag

    The unity flag is an attempt to utilize designs and colors from several human rights/social justice causes and bring them together in one design. Created by Christian McIvor and Juni Hylton. the Unity Flag was first flown by his fellow College Park Baptist Church members in the FaithAction Downtown Unity Walk in Greenboro, NC on August 5, 2017. Colors used include those in the rainbow flag (LGBTQ Pride) as well as those in the Transgender Pride flag. As much as possible, these colors are presented as they naturally appear on the UV Spectrum, in clockwise fashion beginning with red on the lower left side of the flag. White, black, dark…

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    Helping Hand

    3 Nickels Campaign 2017

    College Park’s Three Nickels program is one way that we demonstrate our love for people living and dying in extreme poverty around the world. The yearly goal of Three Nickels is to have 100 College Park families or individuals pledge to give at least $1 per week, which equals 15¢ (three nickels) per day. In the past eight years, we’ve supported Heifer International, Pennies for Peace, Haiti earthquake relief, Syrian refugee relief, Watering Malawi, Soles 4 Souls, Food for the Poor, Micro loans for villages in Northern Thailand, Operation Smile, Doctors Without Borders and many other worthy programs. Last year, we gave $5,710! For 2017, the Missions Committee decided to support…

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    Helping Hand,  News

    News Features About Syrian Toddler & College Park

    Below are many news stories about the tragic mauling of the toddler son of one of the Syrian refugee families that College Park Baptist Church is helping. After the attack on Valentine’s Day, there was a tremendous outpouring of help from the community. A GoFundMe campaign raised $40,000 to help with upcoming medical and household expenses. Since the church was already coordinating a move for them to a better home in east Greensboro, many members and friends completely set up a new apartment and cleaned out their previous home so they will not have to return. Read more about our Syrian refugee family support and how you can help. News &…

  • Syrian Refugee Family Greensboro
    Helping Hand,  News

    Helping Local Syrian Refugee Families

    College Park is helping two Syrian refugee families that have landed in Greensboro. In addition to many household items and clothing that members are donating, our Syrian Refugee Fund will help with rent and other expenses to help them get established in a very strange place for them. DONATIONS: We are grateful for so many donations of time and household goods to get these two families established. Right now, money is the most useful since we can take the families shopping for what they want (including groceries) and pay for rent and utilities. Our Christmas Eve offering of $3,500 went to our Syrian Refugee Fund, and you can donate money online at any…

  • missions
    Helping Hand,  News

    Generous Hearts in December

    THANK YOU for your great generosity in December! Here are some highlights: Angel Tree donations supported four charities in a big way: Delivered 100 bags of toiletries for residents of Open Door Ministries; 600 tubes of toothpaste for inmates at Guilford County Jail; Many cans of food & Lovefeast offering of $693 for Out of the Garden Project to fight hunger Winter coats and warm clothing for children at Peck Elementary. You gave enough socks, gloves and scarves for 125 homeless guests at Greensboro Urban Ministry not only for our Dec 18th dinner, but for January as well! We cooked and served the guests and sang carols. Our matching offering…

  • Sermons

    Good News!? Sermon by Kerri Gibbs

    November 27, 2016 Every Advent Season College Park works with a theme to unite our services as we lead up to Christmas Day.  This year’s conversation began at the August staff meeting.  We threw out ideas to brainstorm and then adjourned to let them ‘cook.’  A few weeks later, Michael sent an e-mail, floating the idea of using anxiety as our uniting theme.  We all felt strong energy around exploring how we live with anxiety and stress daily.  Our concern was how living in such an environment affects our bodies, our lives, our relationships with one another and our relationship with God.  We especially wanted to look at how holidays…

  • News

    Post Election Sermon & Resources

    Worried about the major change coming up in our USA government? Get concrete suggestions in preparation for January 2017’s transition (by demographic issue, but for any interested readers) This list is compiled and moderated by Kara Hurvitz, an attorney and advocate based out of Boston.  It has received contributions from attorneys, other professionals, and lay people all over the country.  In light of its collaborative nature and the contributions of many non-attorneys, nothing in this document should be construed as official legal advice or the formation of an attorney-client relationship. This list will continue to be updated in both English and Spanish, click here to see the latest Google document. Micheal’s Sermon…

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    Highway Star: A Memoir for Jeff Culp

    October 14, 2016 By Michael Usey “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.” [F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby] Two scriptures from the Hebrew Bible. 2 Kings 9.20: The lookout reported, “The messenger reached them but he is not coming back.  And the driving is like the driving of Jehu, he for he’s driving furiously, like a madman.” Then from the Song of Songs 8.6-7: Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
 for love is strong as death,
passion fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
 a raging flame.  Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.…

  • Events

    VBS Photos

    20 College Park kids spent a week at Vacation Bible School “camping under the stars” at College Park learning how to serve and love others through story, song, craft, game and mission opportunities. During the week of camp, our campers collected donations of cleaning supplies, snacks and diapers to help the YWCA Family Shelter as they help to prepare their families for the beginning of school. Thanks to all the helpers!

  • Sermons

    Transgender Sermon

    Sermon by Michael: A Baptist Thinks About Transgender Persons, May 29, 2016 What to learn more? See GLAAD’s Transgender 101 FAQ. Intro from GLAAD Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate. Gender identity is a person’s internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside of that gender binary). For transgender people, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match. People in the transgender community may describe themselves using one (or more) of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to)…

  • Out of the Garden Project
    Helping Hand,  News

    College Park’s Community Impact: $125,000 in 2015

    You often hear about the economic impact that a company or major event has on a community. How do you measure the impact in dollars that College Park makes on our community and world? You certainly can’t put a price tag on the fellowship, support, counseling and education that hundreds of members and visitors receive. And how to compute the value of our building spaces used by so many other groups or service hours by members at organizations that we support? Our members are so talented in multiplying our gifts (think five loaves and two fish) to help thousands locally and internationally. Looking back at 2015, the “community impact” value of our cash donations, service hours and…

  • News

    Michael Usey Wins Award From Baptist Women in Ministry

    Presented by Lin Story-Bunce at the Baptist Women in Ministry in NC, March 17, 2016 The Anne Thomas Neil Award is given to ministers who have played a significant role in supporting, calling and creating space for women to serve in ministry. It is truly an honor to present this award to a dear friend who happens also to be my esteemed colleague, Michael Usey. It is also my pleasure – because for the next couple minutes you are completely at the mercy of whatever I might say about you… and there is a whole page of notes here. I think Michael would say his support for women began sometime in…

  • Sermons

    Sermon: Thinking Clearly About Abortion

    Michael’s insightful sermon about abortion from January 31, 2016. Before I begin, let me say that there are copies of this message by the exits, so that (as I’ve said to you before), if what is being chewed over lunch today is my backside, let it be for something I actually said. Just to be clear, no one prompted to speak about this, other than by the spirit.  (I can usually come up with my own questionable ideas.) There is no crisis over this issue in our congregation or in my family, nor have I spoken with any of you recently about this.  But I feel strongly that we as…