2018 Annual Gathering: Church Highlight Pages
It was so GREAT to see last years’ highlights sent by churches to be included in the Annual Gathering Program Book. Last year we asked for churches' highlights of the 50 years we celebrated as a Region. Your great response has led us to request this again this year.
If your church would like to be involved, please submit one paragraph describing a particular highlight(s) that took place along with a photo/photos depicting that highlight, keeping it to one page giving each church in the GRR the opportunity to share a specific highlight to be published in our Program Book this year.
This is a way to reach out to our other churches and let them see what has been going on in our Region.
Please submit your paragraph/photo(s) NO LATER THAN August 6th .
Send to email@example.com
Thank you. We look forward to your highlights.
COMSAO Interview Dates Updated
Annual Gathering and Ministers Conference 2018
Check out the Area I Meeting
April 28, Blackhawk Baptist Camp hosts beginning at 9:30 with registration. Program with Rev. Muriel Johnson begins at 10:00 a.m. Theme: Working, Not Weary
For more information, e-mail Rev. John Kress, Assistant Area I Minister.
From Area News:
Centralia First Baptist Church will host and co-sponsor "Mandated Reporting Policies" on May 9.
Join Michael Lukaszewski in Grow Healthy, a workshop for pastors and church leaders, hosted by Decatur First Baptist Church May 18 and 19. Free to participate. Download information | Form to fill out, then scan or fax. Details on form. Ron French, host pastor, "This workshop is intended to help churches consider their vision and mission and develop a strategy unique to their situation that will help them grow and blossom as lights in their community." Read more in the March 26 issue of The Mainstream.
If you have any questions, please call the First Baptist Church and ask for Pastor Ron, 217-875-8034, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ABC Emergency Services Center mission project will be open August 4 - 12 during the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in and around Sturgis, South Dakota. Prayerfully consider this opportunity as a church. Here is flyer for your consideration.
Helping our Puerto Rico Sister Churches
Check out the Initiative Announced:
Churches, prayerfully consider this much needed mission.
Read Pastoral letter of the General Secretary of the ABC USA focuses on our response to outbreaks of violence in our country and elsewhere.
See update in the February 22 edition of The Mainstream
How to help? Pray! Give to One Great Hour of Sharing! 100% of your financial gift will go to those affected. The abc-usa.org site has more information and contact information. You may make an online donation by clicking on this direct link at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies site.
Check out the America For Christ 2018 Video, "Making God Known"
Transform Your World Through Creation Care
Join IM staff Young Adult Experience June 19 - July 8, 2018 , missionaries, and Costa Rican brothers and sisters in sustainable farming and construction practices, learn about the state of a country pioneering creation care,..(Is this for you? Read more, page 3 of the January 26 edition of The Mainstream)
For you reflection and planning browse the Parish Paper and Growth Point articles, sent to churches by e-mail and archived on this web site.
Concerned About Online Security and Safety?
The internet has given us many tools that we can use to strengthen our faith and ministries. However, be safe and secure when you surf the web, use faceBook and other social media, e-mail, text, etc. In the first of a series of articles, Richard Ricks (web master for the sites of the ABC GRR) lists dangers "out there" that our users will encounter, if they have not yet done so. Follow up articles will be found on the "tech" section of this site.