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Central Baptist Church, Hartford
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The Stafford Baptist Church is hosting a concert of the Legacy of Spirituals Choir in commemoration of Bloody Sunday. The concert will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Stafford Baptist Church.
|Wed Mar 04 @10:30AM - |
|Sun Mar 08 @12:00AM|
Daylight Savings Time Begins
|Tue Mar 10 @12:00AM|
Mission Giving Due in Valley Forge
|Wed Mar 11 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM|
|Wed Mar 11 @ 6:00PM - |
Department of Business and Finance
|Fri Mar 13 @12:00AM|
Seasons of Faith Women's Retreat
|Sat Mar 14 @12:00AM|
Seasons of Faith Women's Retreat
|Mon Mar 16 @ 5:00PM - |
|Tue Mar 17 @10:00AM - |
Commission on the Ministry
|Thu Mar 19 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
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To help defray expenses the cost will be $ 5.00 per person (payable at the door).
Are you looking for time away from the busyness of life? Join us for this time to walk with God and explore the many seasons of our faith journey. This retreat, led by Cyndi Whipple and The Rev. Lisa Gustafson, includes worship, Bible study, and time for laughter and quiet reflection. Well begin with dinner on Friday evening and will finish after lunch on Sunday.
Cost: Six meals and two nights lodging plus program for 175.
Take this weekend to relax, to make new friends, to worship, and to draw closer to God. We hope youll join us!
Online registration @ www.campwightman.org
In response to the Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury ruling in the case of New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo, 34 national and regional leaders of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) have issued a statement calling for a national examination of the U.S. judicial system as well as the nation's criminal justice institutions.
After deliberating less than a day, the grand jury decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute the white officer whose chokehold on Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man, led to the Garner's death.
The American Baptist leaders express outrage at the grand jury decision and call for change in U.S. criminal justice systems, obviously infected by virulent racism, across the country. The time is ripe for prayer and action:
Once again we find our nation in turmoil because of decisions made by a few people who are in positions of power. For some of us who are of a certain age, it feels like the same song, different verse. I am personally disappointed by the grand jury's decision in Missouri and the violence that has escalated there and elsewhere. I grieve for the families and the community that are forever changed. I grieve for our justice system that seems to work for some but not equally for all, and I grieve for our nation that we are not able to treat one another with dignity and respect.
Several months ago one of our leaders asked me "when are we going to have the conversation about race?" My response then was, "whenever you are ready." Friends, it is time. I am working with our current President Dave Stevens and Vice President Bonita Grubbs in planning some opportunities for conversations on the topic of race and the ways in which we can better live together, work together and care for one another. Our churches are called upon to be a moral voice in the community. Perhaps a step further in that direction is a better understanding of one another as well as learning how to respect each person as a child of God. More information will be forthcoming about these conversations. Until then I want to share a letter from our General Secretary, Roy Medley. Roy just met with the National Council of Churches in Ferguson, Missouri and he shares his thoughts. I invite your prayers for what has been and what will come. Blessings, Judy
A Letter From Missouri
Dear American Baptists,
I just returned from St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, where we held the governing board meeting of the National Council of Churches on Monday and Tuesday, November 17-18. Read the governing board statement from the meeting, here.
Just driving down the main street of Ferguson mid-day as we did, you would not recognize it as a tension filled community. Yet the declaration of a state of emergency by the state's governor while we were there was a vivid reminder of the conflict that has swirled there since the killing of Michael Brown. We met to connect with our churches – most of the member communions have congregations in that area. Several ABC pastors from the area attended our Monday evening worship service and sought me out to express their thanks for our being there.
We had spent that Monday afternoon hearing from church and community leaders. Here are some of the things said that stayed with me:
We face a moral and social crisis related to black males. It is a crisis that many are blind to or ignore as long as it doesn't spill over into their lives. It is a crisis that costs lives and devastates families. It is a crisis that deprives us of leaders, doctors, teachers, and workers. It is a crisis that is turning us into the largest penal colony in the world.
WE FACE A CRISIS, a crisis that mirrors Lincoln's declaration of June 16, 1858, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free."
The deaths of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, like that of Emmett Till, are now symbols of this larger moral and political crisis. And regardless of the color of our skin, WE ALL have skin in this crisis.
A. Roy Medley
General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA