A Service of Your GRR: Challenging and Relevant Articles
The most recent edition of The Parish Paper is "What Can We Do the Prevent Suicide." Cynthia Woolever shares how we in our churches are often not aware of persons who may attempt this. She lists warning signs to look for and elements of strategies for churches to discern as churches take steps to intervene with love.
Gary L. McIntosh, in his monthly Growth Points, continues his discussion of the part our churches play in mission.
The Parish Paper and Growth Points are e-mailed out to each church and are archived on this web site.
Dwight Stinnett Urges Churches to Review Pastors' Salaries
I am writing to you because you have been entrusted by your Church with a position of
special responsibility. My concern is the compensation of your Pastor (and other
ministerial leaders). (Read letter, information, and recommendations.)
Speakers' Presentations: GRR Annual Assembly
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Brian Romanowski on Gifford Habitat Rebuild
Costa Rica Mission
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary partnership between the Great Rivers Region and the Federation of Baptist Associations of Costa Rica, John Grisham will lead a "See and Hear" Mission travel experience from November 12 - 19, 2014. Contact John for more details.
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 August 8, 2014 edition of the Mainstream). The picture here is of the Baptist Camp and a few of those who were on a recent trip.
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. Read the pastoral letter from Rev. Dr. Dwight Stinnett and Rev. Muriel L Johnson concerning the unrest in Ferguson.
Centralia First Baptist Church Celebrates 150 Years
First Baptist Centralia celebrated 150 years of service. Pastor Roger Randolph, interim pastor was the worship leader and also officiated over the renewal of wedding vows for 4 couples who had been married in the church.
Rev. Muriel L Johnson, Regional Associate Serving Area IV & V was the guest preacher and also presented the church with a certificate from the American Baptist Historical society celebrating 150 years of faithful service.
In addition to the congregation you will also see the “new sanctuary cross” that was designed and created by John Smith and Ike Kimball, artisans of the church.
A catered luncheon was served and the fellowship celebration as well as the food was great!
Oak Park First Baptist Church
Joel Raney, Minister of Music of Oak Park First Baptist Church, played Variations on Amazing Grace on their newly installed Rodgers hybrid organ. September 21 was the church's first Sunday with this instrument that replace their worn out pipe organ. Rev. Dr. Harry Parker, Sr. Pastor thanked those who were led to make this contribution to their church's worship ministry.
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.