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Factoryville Cross Walk 2019

 

First Baptist Church of Factoryville held its annual Cross Walk on Good Friday. Volunteers carried the cross along College Avenue and read the seven last words of Christ along the way. En route they sang "Were You There?"

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/19/2019
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Maundy Thursday Monologues

 

The congregation at New Covenant Baptist Church, Pottstown, gathered on Maundy Thursday to hear several monologues from Jesus' followers.

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/19/2019
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RISE 2019

 

The Spring Retreat for Middle/High School Students was held at Camp Ichthus in early April.

The weekend was packed full of activities,worship and great food.

Activities ranged from horseback riding, our 30-foot Challenge Wall and King Swing, and lots of awesome games led by the programming staff!

Tim Fray was the featured speaker. He served as a youth pastor for seven years at Crossroads Church in Pittsburgh, PA. 

A house band lead worship for sessions each day.

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/19/2019
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Who Knows?

 

No words.
Beyond explanation.

(at the Central Union Spring Association Meeting)

See What You Missed!

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/8/2019
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Servant Leaders in Parchment Valley

 

A great team of volunteers (about 50 members!) from the ABCOPAD Centre Association made their way to the Parchment Valley Conference Center in West Virginia. Talk about productivity! The team worked for seven busy days!

Completing numerous painting projects...

...as well as caulking and sealing the bunk houses where campers will be staying the season.

A couple members of the team worked on the electrical system at the gym...

...while others readied the restrooms at Hill Hall.

A cleaning crew went to work scrubbing floors, washing the windows, cleaning the carpets, and shoveling out the ashes in the fireplace.

Even more electrical work, painting, cleaning.

Everything is looking and smelling so clean and fresh.

 

The ABCOPAD Mission Team from the Centre Association had a chance to work outside as the sun came out, creating a warm and refreshing breeze. The team did quite a few outdoor projects including repairing fences, painting in the parking lots and general spring cleaning.

It was great opportunity to serve our sister region [WVBC] and help get their conference and camp facility ready for a new year of ministry where kids make decisions for Jesus and lives are changed.

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2019
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Come and Worship at FBC Greensburg

 

Gathering for worship at the First Baptist Church of Greensburg...

Their former pastor, Rev. Dr. Cliff Hockensmith retired in March. The service was led by lay leaders in the congregation.

The preacher for the day was Rev. Beverly Frank who is pastor of the Emanuel Baptist Church in Donora. She is a daughter of the church.

It was a great Lord's Day both with the weather outside and the Spirit within.

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2019
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Pizza! Pizza!

 

There was a delicious spaghetti dinner served at the Middlebury Baptist Church. The church family gathered for this annual fundraiser traditionally supporting AB Women’s Mission, including White Cross.

It was great seeing the fellowship hall full of people from the church and community all spending time with one another and enjoying a scrumptious meal.

Dessert? Apparently one is not enough!

And... young servant volunteers waiting the tables! Great job, guys!!!

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2019
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ShingleHouse of Worship

 

First Baptist Church Of Shinglehouse (Rev Rusty Horning, Lead Pastor) is a great place to spend Sunday morning.

It's a vibrant and healthy church family.

Cynthia Bell did a great job with the opening encouraging everyone to be joyful Christians. It was awesome seeing so many kids participating.

The adult Sunday School class is studying Chip Ingram’s book Balancing Life’s Demands. There was a lively discussion as everyone was digging into God’s Word.

The choir loft was practically full and the music wonderful for morning worship...

and lots of kids came forward for the children’s messages.

Pastor Rusty has been serving at the church for over 30 years. Simply a wonderful morning being with these partners in ministry and awesome friends.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2019
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Servant Leaders in Tarboro, NC

 

A great team of ABCOPAD volunteers spent a week in Tarboro, NC, providing disaster relief in response to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Their days were filled with projects ranging from general clean-up...

 

to electrical...

painting...

 

and flooring...

They were also able to shingle a small roof at another job site.

Thanks to all for a job well done!

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General ~ Date: 4/7/2019
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Wedding Bells

 

Congratulations to Pastor Gary Eaches and his new bride Jenn. Pastor Gary and Jenn were married on March 29th. Pastor Gary is the lead pastor at the United Baptist Church Of Scranton.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2019
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ABWM Southeast Spring Gathering

 

Throughout the AB Women’s gathering at Parkesburg Baptist there was wonderful music and delicious food.

Sue Fitzgerald (FBC Lancaster) led the singing.  It was such a fun day just spending time with so many friends.

Sally Perry (FBC Lancaster) share about the Waters Of Blessings mission project and the Cyberbox mission project that took place in Nicaragau through the ministry of AMOS.

Sue MacDonald (Parkesburg Baptist), having recently returned from a mission trip to Puerto Rico, talks about the disaster recovery work following Hurricane Maria and this year’s AB Women’s project helping the church at Masas rebuild.

The ladies of Parkesburg offered cakes, fruit, pastries, and a great lunch.

 

Many, many thanks to these ladies who have done so much to raise funds and support for the Mission and Mission Trips of ABCOPAD. All are awesome partners in ministry, being mission advocates in their local congregations.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2019
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