American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

ABCOPAD News

  • 9/16/2019 - Hopevale Commemoration Sunday
    Announcing the ABCUSA Hopevale Commemoration Sunday December 2019 / January 2020 In response to the 75th Commemoration (in 2018) of the Hopevale martyrdom in the Philippines in which missionaries of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (now...
  • 9/14/2019 - Sister's Guide to Survive and Thrive in Ministry
    From the best-selling author of Sister to Sister: Devotions for and from African American Women comes The Sister's Guide to Survive & Thrive in Ministry . Previously published as The Sister's Rules for Ministry , this newly revised and expanded...
  • 9/10/2019 - Radical Redeemed Ready
    The year 2020 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Women in Ministry Project, which was birthed out of the 1980 Women in Ministry conference at Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) and which eventually became American Baptist Women in Ministry...
  • 9/10/2019 - Spitzer Retirement Letters Invited
    As previously announced, Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), will be retiring on December 31, 2019. Spitzer originally took office on June 1, 2017. Submissions of letters or words of appreciation for...
  • 9/10/2019 - ABHMS Monitors Hurricane Dorian; Accepts Donations for Relief Efforts Through OGHS
    American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is monitoring the status of Hurricane Dorian. If a need in the Carolinas or other U.S. area arises, a response will be determined at that time. ABHMS will collaborate with American Baptist Churches of...
  • 9/5/2019 - ABCOPAD Responds to Hurricane Dorean
    Over this past Labor Day Weekend, the news was dominated by Hurricane Dorian. Initially expected to strike Puerto Rico, Hurricane Dorian turned and then slammed into the Bahamas, causing catastrophic devastation and loss of life. Leaving the...
  • 9/4/2019 - Hurricane Dorian Response
    Hurricane Dorian, which over the Labor Day weekend was one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, pounded Grand Bahama Island for more than an entire day, killing at least seven people. Floodwater inundated homes in the Abaco Islands in...
  • 9/4/2019 - New Title Explores Baptism, Communion from Baptist Perspective
    New from Judson Press, “River of Life, Feast of Grace: Baptism, Communion, and Discipleship” considers the historic theology of the Christian rites of baptism and communion from a Baptist perspective. It then explores the practical...
  • 8/26/2019 - Christian Sympathy - Rev. Dr. Lawrence O. Swain
    It is with profound sadness that we share with you the unexpected passing of Rev. Dr. Larry Swain last evening. He and Linda were visiting family in Kansas City. Dr. Swain served as an Area Minister and later Executive Minister of the American...
  • 8/19/2019 - Adoniram and Ann Judson - Video
    Check out the new video, "Adoniram and Ann Judson: Spent for God," starring Reid Trulson (Former Executive Director - IM) and author Rosealee Hall Hunt. The 60-minute documentary will not disappoint. With the help of three authoritative sources,...
  • 8/18/2019 - American Baptists Called to Prayer - Kachin Baptists
    On behalf of the Burma Refugee Commission, American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer, Rev. Sharon Koh, executive director/CEO of International Ministries, and Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of the American Baptist Home...
  • 8/18/2019 - Fall Green Lake Work Party
    Green Lake has just completed their 75 th anniversary celebration and while the grounds looked fantastic, there is always a lot of work to do and many of our ABMen and some ABWomen as well love this opportunity to serve our wider family. This...
  • 8/18/2019 - Youth Leaders Online Gathering
    A new school year is here and once again we are calling all those who care about our younger generations to gather online on to support each other in our desire impact youth for Christ. Our discussion for September will be focused on leading...
  • 8/1/2019 - 2019 World Mission Offering
    This year’s World Mission Offering resources are now available, themed around Jesus’ words to the woman at the well, “Whoever drinks of the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a...
  • 7/27/2019 - Christian Sympathy: Cindy Swogger
    The region shares the news of the homegoing to heaven of Rev. Cindy Swogger, a sister in the Lord, clergy colleague, home missionary, and partner in ministry. Cynthia Rae (Cindy) Swogger of Masury died this past Thursday evening, July 25, 2019, in...
  • 7/18/2019 - Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program
    This year's class is FULL Look for another opportunity to be scheduled in 2020 ABCOPAD staff in conjunction with our Academy for Christian Training and Service (ACTS) will offer a 6-week Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program . This 6-week...
  • 7/17/2019 - Oberammergau Passion Play Tour 2020
    The Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 and The Best of Italy 12 days in Germany, Austria, and Italy June 22 - July 3, 2020 Reservations are still being accepted! Enjoy 12 days in Germany, Austria, and Italy. You'll explore Innsbruck, see the...
  • 7/15/2019 - Christian Sympathy: Lloyd H Kenyon
    The Reverend Doctor Lloyd H. Kenyon Jr. died on July 10th, 2019. With his wife of 65 years, Betty, he had lived in retirement at Birchwood Lakes in Dingmans Ferry, Pa for the last 25 years. He was born in Rhode Island and attended Eastern Baptist...
  • 7/4/2019 - Green Lake's 75th Anniversary Celebration
    Recreate, Recommit and Reunite at Green Lake August 6-9, 2019 We are celebrating the past, present and future of people experiencing a closer walk with God at Green Lake. We are celebrating the many ways God has changed lives, through being loved at...
  • 6/27/2019 - Anna Young Receives ABHMS Award
    At the Biennial Summit, our own Anna Young was the recipient of the ABHMS Jitsuo Morikawa Healing and Transforming Communities Award. Anna is the longest serving ABHMS volunteer, leading worship and Bible study at the Lackawanna Prison since 1982....
  • 6/26/2019 - Summit By The Sea [Summary]
    The American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit met June 21-23, 2019 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The event centered around the theme “Summit by the Sea” and throughout the event, the speakers...
  • 6/4/2019 - 2019 Palmer Grants Available to Churches, Associations and Regional Ministries
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  • 6/4/2019 - OGHS Funds Released in Response to Tornadoes, Flooding in Midwest, Central Plains
    American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has released two rounds of One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) disaster-relief funds, on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, in response to recent deadly flooding and tornadoes in the Midwest and...
  • 6/3/2019 - American Baptists to Meet in Virginia Beach and Express Solidarity and Sympathy to Its Residents
    Twelve people were killed in a mass shooting on Friday, May 31 at the municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Four people were injured and were treated at hospitals. The suspect, a longtime employee, also died in a gun battle with police,...
  • 5/16/2019 - Charles and Marie Mercer: Sparrowk President’s Award
    In retirement, the Mercers have been active in ABCOPAD, and Charles has served as interim in several churches. Charles and Marie Mercer have been named the 2019 co-recipients of the Cora and John Sparrowk President’s Award. The award will be...
  • 5/14/2019 - Phishing Alert
    Do you remember the days when you had to put a stamp on an envelope and actually physically MAIL a letter to someone, and then WAIT for a reply? Sounds antiquated in light of the wonders of technology these days, but with the immediacy of email and...
  • 5/7/2019 - Recommended Reading: The Changing Church
    Continuing on our region's biennial the theme .... "At The Edge" ----- “The Changing Church: Finding Your Way to God’s New Thing” tackles the reality of the changing Christian church in a rapidly shifting culture. It explores eight...
  • 5/1/2019 - American Baptist Foundation Seminar
    Saturday, May 18 RSVP Deadline: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 The financial support needed to sustain the continuation and longevity of ministry has become an area of high priority within our American Baptist family. Along with our Endowment and Investment...
  • 5/1/2019 - One Great Hour Of Sharing 2019
    Everywhere we turn, it seems there are communities in conflict and chaos around our world. We hear of families being separated from their homes or each other because of disasters. Maybe it is because of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, or because...
  • 5/1/2019 - Christian Sympathy John Staje
    Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family of Pastor John Christian Staje, Jr. Pastor Staje passed away on April 30, 2019, after an extended illness. An avid lifetime learner, John attended Williamsport schools (Class of 1968), the Williamsport...
  • 4/29/2019 - Pastoral Letter from ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer
    Read a pastoral letter from General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, written April 29, 2019, below. If you would like download a printable copy, please click here . “Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith” A Pastoral Letter to...
  • 4/26/2019 - Hear The Call 2019
    What is Hear the Call? Hear the Call is for adults who are exploring a personal call to join God in global mission. Participants will interact with global servants and staff of International Ministries who will answer questions, address...
  • 4/16/2019 - Approaching Politics, Religion, Money Like Jesus
    Just in time for Holy Week... Read and Hear Jeffrey Johnson's excellent essay "Approaching politics, religion, money like Jesus". The article was recently published in "The Christian Citizen." Johnson addresses three taboos of courteous...
  • 4/15/2019 - IM Responds to Destruction Wrought by Cyclone
    “The people of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are still reeling from the massive Cyclone Idai that hit them hard in mid-March,” reports the Rev. Dr. Eleazar Ziherambere, International Ministries (IM) area director, who is currently...
  • 4/15/2019 - Memorial Day at Parkerford
    A Moment With Living History Sunday, May 26, 2019 Parkerford Baptist Church 92 Baptist Church Road Spring City, PA 19475 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Special Guests The Greater Philadelphia Chapter Tuskegee Airmen
  • 4/13/2019 - Christian Sympathy Rev. Gordon Wilson
    The Rev. Gordon Spackman Wilson, 87, of Wilkes-Barre, died Monday morning, April 8, 2019, at his home, following an illness. His wife of 62 years is the former Joan G. Palmer. Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of the...
  • 4/8/2019 - Summit by the Sea
    The American Baptist Churches USA 2019 Biennial Mission Summit will be held June 21-23, 2019 , at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Join us for a “Summit by the Sea” as the Biennial Mission Summit returns to the East Coast...
  • 3/25/2019 - OGHS Grants for Midwest Floods
    To help American Baptist regions and churches in efforts to assist survivors of recent floods in the Plains and Midwest, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has released $25,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) disaster-relief grants,...
  • 3/25/2019 - Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches
    In 2011, it was announced to the denomination at large that the Asian American Baptist Caucus would be making official steps into what would later become the Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches. Per the vote of the Asian Caucus Constituency...
  • 3/22/2019 - Corey Fields and The Christian Citizen
    Kudos to Rev. Dr. Corey Fields, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, DE. His article, Privilege, power, and the myth of “all things equal,” was recently published in the February issue of The Christian Citizen magazine. In the brief but...
  • 3/20/2019 - ABCOPAD Responds to Midwest Floods
    In response to floods in the Plains and Midwest caused by rapid snowmelt and heavy rains, American Baptists are responding with a campaign to raise much-needed funds for victims. At least two people have been killed and several others are missing,...
  • 3/15/2019 - Clergy Housing Allowance
    Appellate Court Rules to Uphold the Housing Allowance A note from Louis P. Barbarin, Chief Executive Officer, MMBB I am extremely pleased to announce that we received news this afternoon that the Seventh Circuit issued a unanimous decision in the...
  • 3/14/2019 - ABCUSA General Secretary Announces Retirement
    American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer published a special pastoral letter today. Read the full letter below. Please Note: A version of this letter was presented in Executive Session to the Board of General...
  • 2/20/2019 - Christian Sympathy Robert F Cunningham
    The Rev. Robert F. Cunningham, age 98, of Franklin Park Boro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at his home and in the company of his family. The Rev. Cunningham was born in...
  • 2/11/2019 - Women’s History Month Devotional
    In time for Women’s History Month in March, Judson Press releases “ Devotions from HERstory : 31 Days with Women of Faith,” perfect for women’s group study or individuals...
  • 2/7/2019 - Devoted To Generosity
    American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary is pleased to offer the 2019 Year-Round Stewardship Resource theme Devoted to Generosity , published by the Ecumenical Stewardship...
  • 2/7/2019 - ABCUSA OGS Purchases Building
    The American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary purchased a new office building located at 1015 West Ninth Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406. The new location is close to the...
  • 2/5/2019 - Mission Trip Destination: Dominican Republic
    We're planning our next missions work trip to the Dominican Republic. Come and bring a friend to our information meeting at First Baptist Church, Wellsboro. March 9, 1:00-3:00 P.M. Former team members don't need to attend, unless you;'re bringing...
  • 1/24/2019 - America For Christ 2019
    We live in a time when polarization and alienation are common. Diverse persons in our society often feel shunned, and differing voices are at times muted. American Baptist Home Mission Societies'...
  • 1/24/2019 - ABCUSA Biennial Academy
    On Saturday, June 22, 2019 , an ABCUSA Biennial Academy will be held during the American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit. The ABCUSA Biennial Academy will offer continuing education and...
  • 1/18/2019 - ABHS Torbet Prize
    The American Baptist Historical Society (ABHS) announces a Call for Papers for the Torbet Prize. This $500 award is given yearly for the best essay in any area of Baptist History. Each year ABHS...
  • 1/18/2019 - Younger Award Nominations
    The American Baptist Historical Society is accepting nominations for the George D. Younger Award for Excellence in Local or Regional American Baptist History. The deadline is May 1, 2019. If your...
  • 12/17/2018 - 2019 Biennial Mission Summit Speakers Announced
    Plan now to attend the American Baptist Churches USA 2019 Biennial Mission Summit event, June 21-23 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia! The theme is "Summit by the Sea." Registration will be available in January 2019...