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June 2017 Notes & News


Notes and News
June 2017

Growth Points June 2017

The June edition of Notes & News, Thoughts & Views is now available

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 6/16/2017
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Beaver Falls Pentecost

 

Jeff writes:
I spent Pentecost Sunday morning in the town of Beaver Falls, where Rev. Steve Brotzman is pastor of First Baptist Church and former administrator for our Church Leadership Institute. But, I wasn't at First Baptist. Over a half dozen churches (mainline, Pentecostal, independent) in town cancelled their own worship services in their own buildings and gathered in the auditorium in the local high school for a Church service with a capital "C". It was awesome to see cultural, gender, generational, and denominational diversity participating in the service and present for the gathering. Pastor Steve led the prayer time receiving requests and then asking someone in the gathering to commit to intercede for the spoken need for the next week. I provided the morning message and led an invitation at the end where many people responded by coming to pray with the pastors. Communion was then shared. A choir made up of members of the various churches provided special music. A true foretaste of heaven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/5/2017
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FBC of Blossburg 150th Anniversary

 

The First Baptist Church of Blossburg celebrated 150 years of faithful ministry. Lay Leader Ralph Mundis and the other leaders put together a wonderful service of remembrance and challenge. Interim Pastor Jim Shay couldn't be present so retired Pastor John Shypelefski brought the message this morning.

 

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2017
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Pittsburgh Baptist Association
Ordination Council

 

North Hills Community Baptist Church hosted the ordination council called by the Pittsburgh Baptist Association for Miss Erika Spring. Rev. Alan Berg, chair of the association's clergy and church relations council and pastor of the South Hills Community Baptist Church presided. Among a couple dozen supportive folks from her home, North Hills Community, pastors and delegates from nine different churches in the association gathered to question Erika about her theological beliefs, life experiences, and her call to ministry. Among the various things shared, Erika mentioned her desire to eventually become a prison chaplain. Right now she is serving as a children's minister in a church in Indiana. Erika has a real heart for Biblical justice as well as missions, having gone several times to Nicaragua with her home church, partnering with the AMOS ministry with which our region works. Erika's father, Rev. Tim Spring, is pastor of the North Hills Church. When Erika was asked what lessons for ministry she learned from him she shared #1 know your boundaries and know when to say no and #2 have a deep and profound love for people. In the end, those gathered blessed Erika's call and sent word to the word to conduct a formal ordination service which will be held in the near future. Of course, being Baptists, a time of fellowship with food followed the examination. 

 


 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2017
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