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A Place of Welcome

 

Pastor David White and the congregation have made Crossroads Community Baptist Church in Erie is a place of welcome.

 

Crossroads is one of our American Baptist Congregations that welcomes many refugees from Burma who now call Erie home. The older Euro members of the church have done an outstanding job welcoming the many brothers and sisters of Christ from other cultures, offering incredible hospitality and Christian love.

 

This truly is a church family bond together not by being culturally similar but being one body in Jesus.

 

At a recent service, Rev. Mann See Son explained how missionary Adoniram Judson shared the gospel in Burma and now many in the church have found a home here in the US as a result of that ministry. 

 

It was such a joy share our lives and ministry with awesome partners in ministry.

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/10/2018
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Community Reach in Washington PA

 

Rev Steve Dunlap is the pastor at the First Baptist Church Of Washington, PA. Pastor Steve has been serving the church since 2006 and has witnessed many changes in the ministry in Washington.  

Currently one of the growing edges of ministry is to people in the NA (Narcotics Anonymous). A NA group meets at the church with as many as 200 people attending. To help those in recovery, the church holds its student ministry event on the same night, offering a safe place for kids while their parents attend the meeting. Also a meal is served prior to the meeting so NA members have a place where they feel supported and loved. Just about all the NA members are unchurched or dechurched but have found a safe and welcoming environment at FBC Washington.

In the midst of the opioid crisis, FBC Washington is making a difference!

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/10/2018
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One Body

 

Mark Mahserjian-Smith writes: 

Some of you know, I am reluctant and resistant to have my picture posted on Facebook. My job and calling is to share what others are doing in ministry. Last Sunday while at Crossroads Community Baptist Church in Erie, near the close of the service, Pastor David White asked me to come forward. He had placed a chair at the front of the sanctuary and asked me to sit down. Then he asked Pastor See Son from Burma, Pastor Samuel and his wife from Pakistan, Esther from Sri Lanka, members of the original First Baptist Church of Erie, along with other congregational leaders from other countries a cultures to come forward and pray for me. Tears came to me eyes as these brothers and sisters in Christ prayed for me in their native language. Their prayers and support melted my heart. Thank you Crossroads family for this amazing gift. As a region we are blessed to have congregations filled with cultural diversity, all disciples of Jesus, reflecting what the Kingdom Of God looks like when all his children are united together. 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/10/2018
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OCC and BBC

 

Members of Bethlehem Baptist Church Of Ruff Creek in Oil Creek Association got together for  Kids night and Bible study. It was pizza night and the kids were all super excited to be together.

 

Rev. David Earnest directed the evening meeting that included filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

 

 

 

It 's great to see this church family, with kids laughing and playing, adults sharing in fellowship and study, and all enjoying being together in God’s house.

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/10/2018
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Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy

 

Pastor Mark Schollaert is the lead minister at the First Baptist Church Of Monongahela in the Pittsburgh Association.

Pastor Mark shared some recent opportunities and challenges in pastoral ministry. The mother of the Tree Of Life Synagogue shooter is a member of FBC Monongahela. She is wheelchair bound and struggles with disabilities. Her husband is blind and also disabled. Barb is heartbroken over what happened. Pastor Mark has been present to help this couple as they try to assist law enforcement with the investigation, deal with ferocious reporters and the grief and sadness of this tragedy. Pastor Mark and the church family have been able to use a network of resources to help Barb in the midst of this horrible situation.

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/10/2018
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Meet Michael McCamey

 

Meet Michael McCamey! Pastor Mike started ministry at First Baptist Crafton in May and has already been hard at work getting to know the congregation as well as doing ministry both in the church and in the community. He shared one of his major priorities is to empower the church family so they will do ministry in the neighborhood. He has been connecting with the local ministerium and will be participating in the ecumenical Thanksgiving service. It's great to have this new partner in ministry.

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 11/10/2018
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Eric, David, and AMOS

 

Eric Kraihanzel, Lead Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Lansdale, sent these pictures as Dr. David Parajon (International Ministries Missionary to Nicaragua) shared his ministry at AMOS. AMOS stands for A Ministry Of Sharing and providing medical training and care in both Managua and many rural villages throughout Nicaragua.

 

ABCOPAD has a strong partnership with AMOS having had many of our congregations go on mission trips to Nicaragua including the recent Waters Of Blessing project and the Cyberbox / Library project this year.

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/4/2018
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Christmas Shoeboxes Packed And Shipped

 

It was a crazy night at East Mahoning Baptist Church. Trail Life and American Heritage Girls had a shoebox packing party. What a blessing with all the energy from both groups! We were able to put the love of Jesus in 115 boxes this evening. To God be the glory! 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/4/2018
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Oil Creek ABWM

 

Recently, the Oil Creek Association ABWM gathered for a retreat at Camp Judson. Pastor Jeff Johnson was the guest speaker presenting “Women Restored. To be anything. To do anything. To go anywhere”.

 

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries ~ Date: 11/4/2018
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IM Commissioning: Brian and Lynette Smith

 

It was a wonderful day as family and friends gathered for the Commissioning Service for Brian and Lynette Smith. It was great seeing pastoral leaders from churches in the Oil Creek and French Creek Associations, staff members from International Ministries, a staff member from the office of the General Secretary and more. The celebration took place at the First Baptist Church of Cambridge Springs where so many members of our American Baptist Church Family gathered for this dedication of a missionary family going to Haiti.

 

 

Following their Commissioning as IM Missionaries, Brian and Lynette Smith were given gifts to recognize this important day including a certificate by Rev Paul Vick, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of BIM...  

 

and two Haitian Bibles, presented by Herb and Bernice Rogers, retired IM Global Servants of Haiti.

 

Additionally, Brian and Lynette’s Missionary Partnership Team was commissioned to their ministry of encouragement and support

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 11/4/2018
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Matthew 25 Grant Award to BCWC

 

For more than 40 years The Baptist Church of West Chester, PA, has provided a Saturday morning breakfast each week for the community’s homeless in its college town located near Philadelphia. Between 20 and 50 folks attend each week, according to Dena Colson, the congregation’s treasurer.

The church recently took another step to feed the homeless for which it received a $900 Matthew 25 Grant from American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). “A few years ago, a member of our congregation brought to our attention that no agencies in the community were providing Sunday morning/lunchtime meals for the homeless,” explains Dena Colson, the congregation’s treasurer. “So, we decided we would also begin to offer a lunch/brunch once a month for the homeless, actually open to anyone in the community once a month. We soon figured out we had enough volunteers to offer the Sunday brunch twice a month.”

Read more HERE

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 10/22/2018
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Dr. David Parajon

 


 

Dr. David Parajon, our ABC Medical Missionary to Nicaragua will be speaking twice in the area.

 

Sunday, October 21 at 3:30
James Street Mennonite Church, 323 W. James St. Lancaster, PA

 

Tuesday, October 30
First Baptist Church. A light supper will be available. HOWEVER, you need to call Sally Perry to RSVP to the dinner and exact time and location. (It may not be at the church, if the turnout is low - it may be moved to a home). That's why RSVP is necessary to 717-626-1488.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 10/18/2018
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Sew Loved Dresses

 

Volunteers from New Hope Christian Church in Broomall are reaching out to young girls in need. The ladies have completed 42 dresses and have another 20/30 in various stages of completion.

 

 

The ladies began creating dresses made from pillowcases!  Fabric is selected which is sturdy and heavy enough that a hand can not be seen through it. They consider the laundering methods, as well, when choosing fabrics.

 

 

A new design is made from purchased T-shirts. Skirts are then stitched onto the shirt. The benefit (besides speed of construction) is that they could be given to Muslim girls who must have their shoulders covered. T shirt dresses are made in the smaller sizes because they do not provide modesty for developing girls.

 

 

Their current concern is getting the dresses to girls in need. Ideally, they would be carried by someone going to the mission field so as to avoid shipping costs.

 

 

Want to help? Along monetary gifts,the group accepts donations of fabric, trim, T shirts, shorts, panties, shoes. AND... If you want to deliver some dresses on a future mission trip, let them know. Contact New Hope Christian Church!

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 10/17/2018
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New Covenant Anniversary

 

New Covenant Baptist Church of Pottstown celebrated their 25th Anniversary. Pastor Melody Walden and the congregation enjoyed an anniversary dinner on Saturday evening with former Pastors Jim Sutton bringing remarks and Tom Brokaw bringing the message. Frank Frischkorn had the opportunity to preach on Sunday morning, with a time of fellowship following the service.

 

  

Another highlight was the church’s receipt of a certificate of recognition from the American Baptist Historical Society. 

 

 

The congregation has a new banner in their sanctuary, reminding members to pray for the ministry of the congregation at 9:15 in the morning and 9:15 on the evening. 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries ~ Date: 10/7/2018
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Camp Judson News

 

Meet Rev. Kevin Saxton, Managing Director at Camp Judson. He recently met with the Oil Creek Association to report on last summer's activities when hundreds of kids attending camp, many of whom made commitments to follow Jesus. It was great to hear all the good reports regarding Camp Judson.

http://campjudson.com/

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries ~ Date: 10/4/2018
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Huntingdon Prayer Garden

 

Pastor John Staje sent these pictures taken at the First Regular Baptist Church of Huntingdon. The church dedicated its new prayer garden created in the yard along side the church. The congregation gathered in the prayer garden to commit the space to the Lord, a place where people can find a quiet, peace filled place to pray. The group released butterflies, a very appropriate symbol of transformation and prayers taking wing and heaven bound.

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 10/4/2018
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Missionary Commissioning Service

  

COMMISSIONING SERVICE 
The Smiths
SERVING WITH INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 3RD, 2018
1:30PM 

 

 

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
339 SOUTH MAIN STREET
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, PA 

 

Details HERE 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 10/2/2018
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World Mission Offering 2018 Resources

 

WORLD MISSION OFFERING 2018
Promotional resources are now available.
Click HERE:
http://www.abcopad.org/News/World-Mission-Offering-2018.aspx

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 9/19/2018
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Partners in Ministry at FBC Bethlehem

 

Pastors Dale Miller and Rosnibri Lantigua  have formed a great partnership at  FBC, Bethlehem. Pastor Lantigua leads a Hispanic congregation that has now made FBC Bethlehem their church home. It was exciting to hear how, when Pastor Rosnibri’s congregation was “locked out” of their previous place of worship, the congregation found a home and a partnership at FBC Bethlehem. Pictured: Dale Miller, Rosnibri Lantigua, and Associate Pastor David Hardin

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 9/19/2018
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