GRR Staff Welcomes...
We are pleased to announce that Nancy Fromme has joined the GRR administrative staff as Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator.
Nancy comes to us with 30 years of experience in customer service and management. She has her BA in accounting from the University of Illinois in Springfield and is a resident of New Berlin. Her region e-mail address is: Nancy@abcgrr.org
You will get a chance to meet Nancy at the GRR meeting in Chesterfield. We are very happy to have her and the experience she brings to the GRR administrative staff.
Executive Minister Appeals for Prayer
Read Rev. Dr. Dwight Stinnett's pastoral letter concerning the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Rev. Muriel Johnson, GRR Associate Minister with responsibilities to churches of Area V, is a co-signer of this letter.
2014 Ministers Conference
with Marsha Brown Woodard
Great Rivers Assembly 2014:
Fresh Breath...Second Wind
Also, a special web site has been set up that will give users of smartphones and tablets quick access to the Assembly Schedule.
Champaign First Baptist Church Celebrates 150 Years
On September 14, Rev. Dr. Dwight Stinnett represented the churches of the Great Rivers Region during the celebration of 150 years of ministry to the greater Champaign community. Special guest was Huntley Brown - at the piano - while Sr. Pastor Rev. Dr. Randy Gauger is introducing him. The 3 worship services worshipped together for this service.
Deer Creek Baptist Church Installs Pastor
Richard Ricks, GRR Associate Minister, leads the installation service of the Rev. Steve Evans (pictured right) on Sunday, September 14. Pastor Steve preached using the words that described Jonathan's and Davids' friendship of what builds friendships...that such is essential for pastor and people to reach out to each other and to the community. A grilled pork-chop dinner followed the service. Transitional minister, Paul Maitland, former pastor Henry Miller, and ocassional guest preacher, Keith Ingold (Associate Minister of East Peoria FBC) also participated in worship and leadership.
Moweaqua First Baptist Celebrates 150 Years
On Sunday, August 31, the church baptized several as a part of their anniversary celebration.
Creekwood Baptist, Rockford Celebrates
On Sunday, August 10, the church celebrated the ordination anniversaries of Ed Libby - 50 years - and Darren Loeppky - 25 years. Ed is retired from pastoral ministry. Darren is Creekwood's pastor. Darren's children brought greetings and shared Scripture during worship. The church board members presented certificates to each. Luis Rodriguez, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida, dropped by during the reception that followed worship to honor the pastors. Richard Ricks, GRR Staff, peached.
Costa Rica Mission
John Grisham, retired GRR staff member, continues (as a contract employee of the GRR) to encourage mission trips to Costa Rica (Read story of Partnership Celebration with Costa Rica Baptists in the most recent edition (Aug 8, 2014) of the Mainstream). The picture here is of the Baptist Camp and a few of those who were on this trip.