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Full Days of Fun and Faith


Pastor Gary Joe Eaches and his wife Jen following a very successful week at United Baptist Church of Scranton. This is the first time United Scranton held a VBS in many, many years. Kids from the surrounding community attended the event and had a great time.


Along with the VBS, Student Ministry gatherings (including a praise band from Gettysburg and a Christian comedian) were held in the evenings --- making each day full and faith focused.


Pastor Gary and Jen were tired but thrilled with the support the church family offered for this summer ministry event as well as grateful for all the kids who participated.

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

The Wizard of Oz - West Shore Style


The West Shore Baptist Church put on a musical drama camp at their church last week with performances on Friday and Saturday.


The week included games and crafts.


Life lessons (Pastor Greg talked with our campers about how we, like Dorothy, are always longing for something or some place else.)


Lots of rehearsal.


And of course, a great show.


Amazing volunteers worked all week (and many weeks prior) to make musical theatre camp a success. 60 kids heard, saw, and experienced the Gospel through this creative ministry.

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

From Every Nation, Tribe, and People


At East Smithfield Baptist Church there are visible reminders that we are not alone. The church is comprised of a huge crowd, too large for anyone to count, from every nation, tribe, and people. And they all shout with a great roar: “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!" (Revelation 7:9-10)


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

Welcome Pastor Byham


The congregation of Jefferson Baptist Church is pleased to announce that Brendan Byham has been voted in as the new pastor. An ABCOPAD welcome to Brendan and his wife Rhetta!

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 7/1/2019

FBC Milton -- Mission Accomplished

The Student Mission Team from FBC, Milton, offered their hearts and hands at Smoky Mountain Outreach in Tennessee. Check out their work and witness.


by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/27/2019

Forest Baptist Fellowship Hall


Hooray! Forest Baptist Church was so pleased to announce that their new fellowship hall is completed, and they've already used it for their weekly Bible study!

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/26/2019

Biennial Madcap!

Admittedly, several ABCOPAD folk were quite the spectacle at the Mission Summit during the American Baptist Women in Ministry "After Party"!

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/26/2019

ABCOPAD Faces at the Mission Summit

There were lots of familiar faces at this year's ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach. And everyone is smiling because.... Hey, it was great bein' there!



by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/26/2019

East Mahoning Baptist Church VBS


East Mahoning Baptist Church is about to begin its Vacation Bible School.

Don't-cha wish you were young again!

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 6/17/2019

Believers Baptism


Pastor Gary Gilpin baptized nine persons at Aldenville Baptist Church, Prompton, in their new baptismal tank. The tank was dedicated in his honor with a plaque commemorating his 18 years of ministry. Gary is third from left and Deacon Kevin Kromko is on far right (Kevin assisted). The church dug out a baptistery under the platform in 1884 but removed it in 1915 when they dug out a basement under the sanctuary. A baptism held on Easter Sunday was the first baptism in the church building since 1915. Another baptism is planned this summer.


Pastor Randy Powell, lead pastor at the First Baptist Church of Franklin had two baptisms: brothers Matthew and Michael Martz. Matthew is a recent graduate of Rocky Grove High School and about to enter into the United States Air Force. Michael has plenty of HS left to go. FBC was proud to add both of these young men to its fellowship through this tradition and ordinance of the church. Pastor Randy is a member of our ABCOPAD board and a great partner in ministry.


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 6/17/2019

Calvary Baptist Church, Williamsport
150th Anniversary


Calvary Baptist Church of Williamsport (Rev. Pete Wilson, Pastor) had a 150 year anniversary


On Saturday night there was an anniversary celebration dinner. Individuals from the congregation, the association, and the community attended. Former members both in and outside the area came back for the special occasion.


After the wonderful dinner, everyone relocated to the sanctuary through the parlor along the way viewing many pictures of the church's history as well as architectural plans for its future. Rev. Dr. Larry Wallz, who grew up in Williamsport and once pastored First Baptist, finishing out his active ministry as the Executive Minister of the Philadelphia Baptist Association made an historical presentation


On Sunday worship service. The service had elements of their weekly traditional components, but there were also special readings and special music by individuals and their choir.


Rev. Jan Green, ABC clergywoman and chair of the anniversary committee played the piano for the service and shared a special song on the guitar she wrote for the occasion. Jeffrey Johnson provided the morning message, going way back in Genesis to show that God the Father (appropriate theme for Father's Day) isn't done working with old things to enlarge the size of His family.


Sunday afternoon a small group went to visit the mother church, the Dunkard Meeting House. Rev. Larry Waltz spoke about the history of the Dunkards. Some descendants of the original founding families are still part of the Calvary Baptist Church family today.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/16/2019

Fathers Day at Mill Creek


At Mill Creek Baptist Church the ABW group conducted the worship service to celebrate the father's by having a triva game on the fathers in the Bible. There were two teams called the Hot Dogs and Sparkles.


QUESTION: Who was born without a father?

ANSWER: Joshua! He was the son of Nun.



by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/16/2019

Saturday Night Live


Rev Mark Schollaert leads the folk at the First Baptist Church Of Monongahela for their Saturday night worship service. After words of welcome, Pastor Mark offered a short passage of scripture from the book of Romans letting everyone know on the Eve of Father’s Day what our Heavenly Father has done for us, removing all condemnation from our lives through Jesus. Pastor Mark reminded all of us just how much our Heavenly Father loves us.


The praise team was incredible, with very talented musicians helping us lift our voices in praise and worship. I cannot begin to describe just how rich the singing was as we all lifted our voices, our hearts and our hands to Jesus.


Mark Mahserjian-Smith had the great joy of delivering the evening message, talking about mission and serving as the hands and feet of Jesus.


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 6/15/2019

Retired! ... Not Expired!


Riverview Baptist Church Of New Eagle gathered to honor their pastor, Bruce Moses, as he retired from the ministry.

Pastor Bruce and Patti have served the Riverview Baptist Church for over 12 years. During that time the church has grown, many (42 people) have been baptized, and the church facility has had extensive renovations.


It was great being at the celebration as church family members who had written down their fondest memories had them shared during the luncheon.


Pastor Bruce, Patti and the Riverview Baptist Church have been great partners in ministry supporting many of our Regional Mission endeavors along with being active members of the Pittsburgh Baptist Association.


A high point of the afternoon was having Riverview’s awesome singing group, Shepherd’s Voice, sing a number of Pastor Bruce and Patti’s favorite songs.


One member of the church baked Pastor Bruce his favorite dessert, blueberry pie. He was willing to show off his pie..... but it never left his sight!

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/15/2019

Goin' to School


Pastor Kelly Farrell (Baptist Tabernacle In Wilkes Barre) sent this picture and message.

"I was happy to meet with the 3rd grade students at Fairview Elementary School and discuss what it is to be an American Baptist Pastor. We talked about ABHMS, what it is to be an American Baptist and why we like serving and helping others. We talked about the importance of religious freedom, social justice and equality and we all are worthy of God's great love. I am thankful for this different opportunity Jesus gave me."

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/14/2019

Pentecost Sunday at FBC Abington


FBC Abington in Waverly celebrated Pentecost Sunday with some great preaching and singing during their morning service.


Pastor Don Hickey is a bi-vocational minister serving at FBC Abington while also a full-time police officer in Roaring Brook, PA. Pastor Don delivered a powerful message from the book of Hebrews looking at Noah, referenced in the "Faith Hall of Fame."