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  • 3/30/2020 - MMBB COVID-19 BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO ABCUSA CLERGY
    THE MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES BENEFIT BOARD RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS FROM NEC AND REMC OFFICERS MEETING ON MARCH 24, 2020 NON-CONTRACTUAL BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO ABCUSA CLERGY MMBB Premiums Ordained pastoral leaders, whose employers who cannot afford...
  • 3/27/2020 - A Letter from the ABCUSA Acting General Secretary
    Letter from the ABCUSA Acting General Secretary On March 27, 2020, Acting General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods published a letter to American Baptists with a message centered around supporting churches, pastors and regions in light of the coronavirus...
  • 3/20/2020 - IM, Global Servants, and COVID-19
    Over the past few weeks, as response to the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified, we have received numerous inquiries and expressions of concern for IM global servants from our supporting friends and churches. All of us at IM thank you for remembering...
  • 2/28/2020 - 20/20 VISION in 2020
    20/20 Vision in 2020 July 14-17, 2020 CANCELLED due to COVID-19 The 2020 WORLD MISSION CONFERENCE begins Tuesday evening, July 14 and ends Friday evening, July 17 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Is your vision for...
  • 2/24/2020 - PA State Sales Tax Exemption
    Pastor, Treasurer, or Church Secretary of a Pennsylvania Church, You may have noticed that your PA State Sales Tax Exemption certificate will be expiring on March 31, 2020. A few years ago, Pennsylvania changed how renewals for churches would...
  • 2/20/2020 - Faithful, Hopeful, Loving
    This new Ecumenical Stewardship Center resource is available at no cost to you. ABCUSA has purchased licenses for American Baptist churches who would like to use this online subscription for the 2020 theme Faithful, Hopeful, Loving. This...
  • 2/4/2020 - Reflections by Walter Rauschenbusch
    Today’s readers are invited to experience the influence and impact of the late Walter Rauschenbusch—renowned Baptist pastor, theologian and founder of the social gospel—via To Live in God: Daily Reflections with Walter...
  • 2/4/2020 - Space For Grace 2020
    Building on the success of predecessor Space for Grace conferences in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will host its third Space for Grace national gathering—Testify!—September 21-25, 2020, at...
  • 2/4/2020 - Radical Redeemed Ready
    REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 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...
  • 1/30/2020 - LECTURE: ABC Pioneer Missionary
    This event will be presented live-stream only at https://www.saintjameslancaster.org/event/the-scandal-of-a-female-missionary/ Former IM Executive Director Rev. Dr. Reid Trulson will be speaking at Lancaster History on Monday, March 23 . This public...
  • 1/29/2020 - IM Responds to Outbreak of Coronavirus
    The outbreak of the Coronavirus in Mainland China has been followed by reports of cases of infection in places from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan to the US, Canada, France, Japan, Singapore, Nepal, and South Korea. As of January 27, close to 20 cities in...
  • 1/25/2020 - Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Clergy and Specialized Ministers
    American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces that it is developing and sponsoring the "National Network of American Baptist Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Clergy and Specialized Ministers," a professional support and networking...
  • 1/23/2020 - Security Grant Available
    Assistance Available to Write Your Grant As you are aware, due in large part to the efforts of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, the state has allocated $5 million to enhance security for houses of...
  • 1/17/2020 - Hear The Call _ 2020
    July 11-13, 2020 Register by June 22, 2020 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,...
  • 1/15/2020 - Preaching with Screens
    Beyond Bullet Points: Preaching with Screens Wednesdays: Jan. 29; Feb. 5; Feb. 12; Feb. 19 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. $85 for PRC Members/$115 for Non-members Parish Resource Center 2160 Lincoln Highway East #18, Lancaster, PA Screens are ubiquitous in...
  • 1/14/2020 - America For Christ 2020
    Thanks to your America for Christ (AFC) Offering contributions, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) ministers to families who have lost homes to floods, to children living lives of limitation in poverty, to seminarians preparing to...
  • 1/9/2020 - OGHS Funds Released to Puerto Rico
    In response to the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that shook Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, has released $15,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds to...
  • 1/8/2020 - ABWM Free Webinars for Women and Girls
    American Baptist Women’s Ministries will be returning January 9, 2020, with a highly interactive webinar that will help attendees to discover natural abilities, strengths and gifts in order to achieve full spiritual, personal and professional...
  • 12/30/2019 - Christian Sympathy - Reverend Beverly Frank
    On Saturday, December 28, surrounded by family, the Rev. Beverly Frank went from her home to the Lord's House after her most recent battle with cancer. It is just hard for many of us close to her to believe how quickly this all played out since the...
  • 12/10/2019 - The Perfect Gift – IM Global Gifts!
    What do clean water, coffee, and clinics in other countries have in common? They all can bring hope to people served by International Ministries (IM) all over the world when you purchase them as Christmas gifts through the IM Global Gifts program....
  • 12/9/2019 - Parkesburg Baptist Church Recipient of 2018 Widow’s Mite Award
    On behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, MMBB Financial Services honors Parkesburg Baptist Church in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania with the 2018 Widow’s Mite Award. MMBB recognizes Parkesburg Baptist Church for the congregation’s...
  • 11/25/2019 - The Christian Citizen Advent Readings 2019
    Beginning this week, The Christian Citizen is publishing a series of Advent-themed articles including “Waiting and Resistance: Advent and Star Wars” by Mindi Welton-Mitchell and “Keeping it Purple—celebrating Advent as a...
  • 11/15/2019 - KINGDOM BUILDER EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAILER
    Disaster Relief and Kingdom Builder Emergency Response Trailer to Be Based in Centre County at Liberty Baptist Church of Blanchard Liberty Baptist Church located at 100 Bald Eagle Street in Blanchard, PA, will be accepting delivery of one of six...
  • 11/12/2019 - RMMO 2019
    The roots of the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) originated in the mid-1930s, when American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers,...
  • 11/10/2019 - OGS Dedicates Robert A. Roblee Ministry Building
    The American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Robert A. Roblee Ministry Building was dedicated on Friday afternoon, November 8. The dedication and celebration service was preceded by an open house for attendees visiting the new home to the ABCUSA...
  • 11/10/2019 - Woods Elected as Acting General Secretary of ABCUSA
    At the November 2019 meeting of the Board of General Ministries yesterday, the Board voted to approve the nomination of Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods as Acting General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). Woods has served in the role of...
  • 11/7/2019 - Giving Tuesday 2019
    Click HERE to GIVE ! When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done....
  • 10/23/2019 - Christian Citizen: Readers Write
    TELL YOUR STORY Advent is a time of expectant waiting. It is also a penitential season. The Christian Citizen invites readers to offer a personal reflection on words commonly associated with Advent. Pick one word from the list below . What does the...
  • 10/22/2019 - Happy Birthday To Us
    Happy Birthday to Us, Happy Birthday to Us, Happy Birthday, Dear ABCOPAD... Happy Birthday to Us! It was 47 years ago these past few days, the third weekend in October 1972, that ABCOPAD was born by the merger of the Pennsylvania Baptist Convention...
  • 10/18/2019 - Anna Young - ABHMS Ministry Award
    ABHMS’ Longest-Serving Volunteer Receives Ministry Recognition Award American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray has presented the 2019 national-recognition Jitsuo Morikawa ABHMS Healing and...
  • 10/17/2019 - Christian Sympathy - Rev Allan Campbell
    Rev. Dr. Allan Neal Campbell, 72, of Indiana, PA passed away on October 15, 2019 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. The son of the late Ralph Campbell and the late Grace Lorig Campbell, he was born on May 10, 1947 in Pittsburgh. Allan...
  • 10/14/2019 - Rising Insurance Costs -- ABCUSA Opportunity
    These days ministry resources are stretched to their breaking point. For churches, simply sustaining current operations can be a real challenge; costs are continually increasing. One area where this is particularly true is Property and Casualty...
  • 10/13/2019 - Pastor Appreciation Dinner
    Esperanza College of Eastern University cordially invites you to our upcoming Pastor’s Appreciation Dinner. If you have a church member who attends our college, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you. If not, we would like to...
  • 10/7/2019 - ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary Relocates
    The American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Office of the General Secretary, along with the American Baptist Historical Society (financial secretary’s office), will transfer into their new offices located at 1015 West Ninth Avenue, in King of...
  • 10/3/2019 - Golden Rule 2020
    The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary invites participation in Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics. On Sunday, November 3, 2019?exactly one year before the 2020 election?American Baptist Churches USA is joining with...
  • 9/24/2019 - Green Lake Conference Center
    The list below is a sample of the over 400 groups that meet annually at Green Lake. Dates are subject to change. 2020 Conference Schedule January 24-26 Retrouvaille: A Marriage Lifeline February 21-23 We-Pray Women’s Prayer Summit February...
  • 9/16/2019 - Hopevale Commemoration Sunday
    Announcing the ABCUSA Hopevale Commemoration Sunday December 2020 / January 2021 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 - 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...
  • 7/15/2019 - 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...
  • 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...