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Easter Baptisms

 

Pastor David Hardin who shared pictures from the baptisms that took place at FBC Bethlehem on Easter.

 

First Baptist Church of Lansdale shared photos of Easter Baptisms. Rev. Eric Kraihanzel and the church family celebrated the testimony of these Christ followers.

 

What a wonderful way to celebrate the resurrection, witnessing people profess their faith in Jesus and experience new life in Christ.

Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2021
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Covered By The Cross

 

The church family at West Shore Baptist shared in a Maundy Thursday Service that was filled with music, art and passionate remembrance of the sacrifice of the Savior. Focusing on the Cross, Pastor Kelly reminded the congregation that Jesus carried the sign of our sins to Calvary, giving everyone in the sanctuary an opportunity to nail those 'signs' to the cross.

 

Then, through pieces of canvas that were painted by members of the congregation during the service, the image of Christ appeared on the Cross as He 'covered' our sins, bearing them on our behalf. It was a powerful image to depict a powerful reality in each of our lives.

Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/7/2021
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Welcome, Pastor Nate

 

The ABCOPAD Family wants to welcome to our region, Nate Ryan and his soon to be wife, Jennie, as the new pastor of the West Springfield Baptist Church.
 
Nathaniel (Nate) Ryan is originally from Cape Cod where his family has lived for three generations. Nate and his family have attended Brewster Baptist Church, an American Baptist congregation since 2004. 
 
He attended Gordon College where he majored in Biblical Studies and Christian ministries. It was at Gordon where Nate fell in love with God’s Word and the history of the Christian church. The highlights of his undergraduate experience included serving as a research assistant to the faculty of the theology department, spending two summers interning in the youth ministry department of a large nondenominational church.

 

It is at Gordon where Nate also met his now fiancée, Jennie Segal. The couple will arrive at the church in mid-July following their wedding.
Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/6/2021
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Prayers for Myanmar

 

As news broadcasts continue to report violence in Myanmar, a prayer vigil was held at Crossroads Baptist Church in Erie.

 

The congregation has had a long history of ministry to immigrants.

 

Our prayers continue for these partners in ministry who are seeing so much violence in their homeland.

Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/6/2021
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Upper Merion Egg Hunt

 

Upper Merion Baptist Church shared some photos from an outreach the church had on Holy Saturday -- an Easter Egg Hunt kit giveaway.

 

Since many groups were not holding large Egg Hunts this year, the church created kits for individual families to have their own egg hunts.

 

They also shared extra kits with a number of families through the local Salvation Army.

 

Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/6/2021
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The Week

 

Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church created and performed an Easter play titled "The Week". Despite 50mph winds, the 20-foot outdoor screen remained standing, as did a large tomb. The weather on Saturday was perfect, and though the winds on Sunday did take out one of the tents, the show went on. The response from the community was outstanding. As soon as one performance ended there were folks waiting for the start of the next one. Overall, roughly 325 people attend.  Check the video!

Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/6/2021
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Love Unlimited Food Pantry

 

Love Unlimited recently launched its new food pantry ministry. The church became a Crisis Food Distributor for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Its location across the street from the senior housing tower and low income apartments made us the perfect choice.

The pantry gave 50 boxes to the Lycoming College food pantry for International students who are unable to return home on breaks. When the college is on break the cafeteria is closed.

An additional 62 boxes were distributed to families and seniors. Charles used a shopping cart to deliver food to the seniors and families without any way to get them home. It was very exciting to be able to help so many families struggling with food insecurities.

Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/6/2021
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Prayer Vigil

 

The diaconate at Liberty Baptist Church organized a prayer vigil for their pastor and friend, Chris Davis. He has been struggling with several medial issues in recent months, and this was an opportunity for the congregation to express their love and support.
Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/6/2021
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