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Installation service for Pastor Marisa White Calvary Baptist Newark

 

Frank writes: I had the joy of participating in the Installation service of Pastor Marisa White today at Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, De.. Marisa has been called to serve as the church’s Associate Pastor of Leadership Development alongside Dr. Corey Fields, the church’s Senior Pastor. Following the service we all enjoyed a fellowship luncheon in appreciation of both of the pastors.

 

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/5/2019
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Installation service for Pastor Marisa White Calvary Baptist Newark

Frank writes: I had the joy of participating in the Installation service of Pastor Marisa White today at Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, De.. Marisa has been called to serve as the church’s Associate Pastor of Leadership Development alongside Dr. Corey Fields, the church’s Senior Pastor. Following the service we all enjoyed a fellowship luncheon in appreciation of both of the pastors.

 

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/5/2019
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Regional Ministry Associates for Student Ministries hold first Zoom Meeting

ABCOPAD Regional Ministry Associates For Student Ministries: The ABCOPAD Regional Ministry Associates for Student Ministries: Josh Trojak (Christ American BC Spring Grove), Ben Kraihanzel (FBC Bethlehem) and Mandi Pascarella (FBC Waynesburg) hosted the first Student Ministries Zoom gathering. Student ministries leaders along with people passionate about student ministries from across ABCOPAD participated on the video conference. Participants included full time student ministry leaders, part time student ministries leaders, senior pastors, volunteers and more. It was great seeing this community come together to talk about student ministries and support one another in this partnership. The video conference call was posted on our ABCOPAD Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ABCOPADVideo. ? Very grateful for our 3 ABCOPAD Regional Ministry Associates for Student Ministries who hosted our Zoom Conference Call this evening. Thanks to our newest RMA for Student Ministries (elect), Mandi Pascarella along with Ben Kraihanzel and Pastor Josh Trojak it was great having so many people interested in Student Ministries on the call. Thanks again.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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FBC Pittsburgh Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh:   A team from the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, led by Rev. Chuck and Ruth Fox, traveled to the Dominican Republic to serve in La Romana alongside Ketly and Vital Pierre our International Missionaries in the DR. The team planned to tackled two projects ... construction of a home for Pastor Santiago, and teacher training sessions for 3 different Christian schools, affiliated with the Baptists in La Romana.

Ruth Fox wrote: What an amazing week...busy, busy, busy...but wonderfully so! Making friends, building partnerships, encouraging others while they encouraged us, worshiping and working in a language unfamiliar to us but given interpretation and understanding through common purpose and love. Many thanks to those who participated financially in supporting our team to go and those who prayerfully supported us while we were there!

 

 

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Logans Valley Forms Search Committee

Mark writes. On Wednesday night, May 29th, I joined the Logan’s Valley Baptist Church Pulpit Committee for their first meeting as they begin searching for their next pastoral leader. Some members of the committee were veterans of the search process having served on search committees in the past while for others this is their maiden voyage into the process.
Often, for those unfamiliar with searching for a pastor, the expectation is the Regional Pastor will bring a pile of resumes, the committee will take 4-6 weeks to review them and then a selection will be made, but this is NOT how the search process works.
Congregations spend time in reflection and build a congregational profile helping identify who the church is and what they are looking for in their next pastoral leader. Then every effort is made to identify pastoral leaders open to move who are a “good match” for the church. In most cases the process can take a year to even two years to find a good match. In the meantime the church is served by an interim minister who helps the congregation in the transition.
Please keep the Logan’s Valley Baptist Church in your prayers as they join many congregations in ABCOPAD currently in the process of searching for their next pastoral leader. Happy to help these partners in ministry in the midst of their search.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Anna Young Receives Healing and Transforming Communities Award

Jeff writes ...

As many of you may have heard by now, one of our own, a fellow ABCOPADer, Anna Young, has been named the recipient of one of the five national awards given out biennially by the American Baptist Home Mission Societies. Anna will be receiving the "Healing and Transforming Communities Award" given in memorium of the Rev. Dr. Jistuo Morikawa who believed in the whole Gospel, and its holistic application to redeem the whole of the person God created. Anna (just shy of 90) is receiving this award for her nearly FIFTY YEARS of selfless, servant ministry inside the walls of the Lackawanna County Prison. Just recently, she has been joined by one of our ABMen officer, Ron Stock, and Pastor Don Hasselmen, who are conducting a men's Bible Study at the prison. Anna will not be able to attend our ABC Biennial in June in Virginia Beach, so her award will be presented to her by national and regional staff locally, in the Scranton area where she lives, sometime over the summer. You can check out all the award recipients at: http://abhms.org/…/american-baptist-home-mission-societies…/

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Women's Day at Love Unlimited

Mark writes. On May 19th I joined Love Unlimited in Williamsport for their Women’s Day event. Pastor Dorothy and Pastor Willie Anderson welcomed the ladies of the church who delivered an exciting, action packed program. The sanctuary was full with Love Unlimited members, visitors from other churches along with many community family members and friends. The Love Unlimited Women’s Choir was outstanding along with many other ladies who offered readings, scripture, skits and more. It was a great event including a fellowship meal following the service. It was just fun being present for this day of celebration honoring ladies in Love Unlimited and beyond.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Active Shooter Training in Lackawanna County

Pastor Debbie Loessy (FBC Factoryville) sent these pictures taken during the Active Shooter Training sponsored by Lackawanna County Sheriff's office. A number of our ABCOPAD Churches were present for the training and our ABCOPAD Ministry Associate for Protect My Ministries, Minister Valerie Black was along in attendance. Grateful for these partners in ministry who are learning all they can to keep their congregation's safe in these challenging days.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Aldenville Baptist Forms Search Committee

Mark writes. On May 21st, I joined the Aldenville Baptist Church newly formed Search Committee to begin the process of searching for their next pastoral leader following Pastor Gary Gilpin’s retirement. The group spent time going over the ABPS search process and learning how to build their congregational profile. Pastor Gary has served Aldenville for over 18 years so it has been a while since the congregation had to conduct a pastoral search. Grateful for these partners in ministry who will be taking point as the church family prepares to go through a pastoral transition, celebrating Pastor Gary’s long and fruitful ministry while also looking to the future and their next pastor.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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The Baptist Church of West Chester celebrates Youth Sunday

Youth Sunday. May 19, 2019. God has blessed BCWC with amazing youth! It was a joy to see them lead the worship service! Thank you to all who helped!
  Great pictures of Youth Sunday at the Baptist Church Of West Chester, lead pastor Rev. David Braneky and Part Time Pastor Zach Wooten. Looks like it was a wonderful Sunday with lots of kids involved in worship. 

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Calvary Allentown Celebrates Rev Mardy von Harten 40th Ordination Anniversary

Jeff writes ...
Sunday May 20th, was another special day in the life of Calvary Baptist, Allentown but a VERY special in the life of their pastor, Rev. Manfred von Harten. Three baptisms were conducted and a total of five people were received into membership, including the Rukambe's from Zimbabwe. During and after the service, the congregation celebrated the 40TH anniversary of Pastor Mardy's ordination, given him back in 1979 by the Community Baptist Church in Chaffee, New York. Nearly half of those forty years have been spent serving at Calvary. Congratulations were read from the various congregatons Pastor Mardy served through the years. Actually, literally while our region's letter was being read, the Chaffee Church called in to give their congrats live! Pastor Mardy was then surrounded by the leadership of the church asking a continuing blessing on his continuing ministry. Following the sermon, "Living Your Baptism" and the conclusion of the worship service, a reception was held where gifts were given and cake was enjoyed! It was a wonderful day for everyone, not the least of whom were the Harten's ... Pastor Mardy and Peggy. Truly, this church lives out its mission mantra it developed during their co::lab (vision) work a few years back, "“Growing Lives by Embracing Everyone in the Love of Christ" Not many pastors reach this ministry milestone, nor as many do so as well as Pastor Mardy has.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Mission and Vision at FBC Emporium

  Mark writes. On May 18th, I joined Rev Jim Horton and the church family at FBC Emporium for a fellowship dinner and then a meeting to talk about vision and being missional in their community.
  We used the Co::lab process to explain the importance of determining a congregation’s Kingdom Concept to do effective mission and outreach. It was great listening to the ministries currently taking place at the church and dreaming about ways to enhance some of those ministries, possibly bring some ministries to a close along with considering new ministries that connect with the community using the church families gifts and passions.
Very much appreciate Pastor Jim, his wife Grace and the church family for their hard work last night and being such great partners in ministry.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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FBC Mansfield Memorial Service for Rev Ben Nevin

Frank writes: Today (May 18th) the family of faith remembered a wonderful servant of the King—the Rev. Benjamin E. Nevin, Jr., who went home to be with his LORD on April 5, 2019. Rev. Cheryl Filson, Pastor is the FBC of Mansfield led a beautiful service of remembrance that featured beautiful music, a number of touching family reminiscences from Ben’s children as well as words or remembrance from myself, former Pastor Rev. Dr. John Whitfield and dear friend, Rev. Grace Shirk. Following the service the congregation shared a wonderful meal prepared by the church family.

 

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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Baptisms And Honoring Veterans at FBC Berwick

  Good afternoon church friends and family! Today (May 19th) was quite a big day at FBC, 4 were Baptized and 2 were presented with Quilts of Valor for their years of servicein the Military.
Julia Troiani, Mia Daddio, Ashlyn Zanoline and Stanley Hayes were baptized. Three of our children and an adult that has been attending for years. Pastor Vivian Smith-Fountain, Pastor Rob Rice and Lay Pastor in training, Deb Copeland were doing duty in the Baptismal. Next on our program was the presentation of Quilts of Valor to Reverend Dr. Herman Fountain and Mr. Dale Rev. Herman was in the Air Force and Mr. Krothe was in the Navy, how very proud we are of both of them for their service to our country. The Sermon today was given by Pastor Rob Rice, a former pastor at FBC. It was a wonderful Worship and Praise Service, and we enjoyed the company of friends and family of the candidates receiving Baptism. It was a beautiful morning. Congratulations to our new church members and to Pastor Herman Fountain and Mr. Dale Krothe for the presentation of their Quilts Of Valor. The Lord is working in FBC, come join us, get to know our church family, get involved and develop a relationship with our Savior.  Sallie Johnson

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 6/3/2019
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