Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster
All lay leaders and pastors in CT are encouraged to register! Workshops are similar to former "Spring Fling" events. Several of our ABCCONN pastors are also participating: Rev. Dr. Barbara Headley (interim), Rev. Stacy Emerson (Union, Mystic), Rev Michael Wu (First Church of Winsted) -- In addition the Rev. Glynis LaBarre, who was popular at the World Mission Conference in New Haven two years ago, will once again be present!
Saturday Workshops include:
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A Youth Lock-in featuring the Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence will be held on January 16-17 at First Baptist Church, Meriden. This event will be led by trainers from the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence.
Violence, especially as it impacts youth and involves race, is part of our culture, as seen in recent events in Ferguson and New York City. In this event youth will learn how to be agents of justice and change through non-violence -- learn how to be world-changers!
Space is limited, so register now!
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The Mansfield Baptist Church will host the Ugandan Kids Choir during their Morning Worship service at 10:45AM on Dec 21, 2014. For more information, download the flyer.
The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church will host their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love March on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:45am. The theme of the day will be "Healing the Village." The march will begin at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 100 Lawrence Street in New Haven. The march (rain or shine) will commemorate the dreams and aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Love March, which was started by Shiloh's late Founder and Pastor, Rev George W. Hampton Sr., has been a positive force in the community of New Haven for more than 40 years. The Love March was created to preserve the notion of nonviolence. Come out and lend your voice of support to the community in making New Haven a better place to live. Keynote speakers will be the Honorable Mayor of New Haven Toni Harp, CT State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier and Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro.
For further information, phone (203) 776-8262, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.smbcnh.org.
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Dept. of Camping and Conferences
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Mission Giving Due in Valley Forge
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Commission on the Ministry
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Friends Planning Team
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
The 2015-2016 Planning Calendar and Directory is now available! Churches and individuals may print this calendar as a reference tool for use in weekly planning throughout the calendar year. You may download it at the ABC-USA website.
On October 25th, 2014, the Friends of ABCCONN hosted a talent show. The evening began with the "Orange Blossom Special" and ended with a jazz rendition of "Softly and Tenderly" with many talented acts in between. The first ever Friends of ABCCONN Dinner and Talent show was a great success. To quote our host pastor and MC for the evening, Rev. Sharon Holt, "ABCCONN has talent!"
Teresa Wells, the new administrator for Connecticut Baptist Homes, came with her violin to get us tapping our feet to the "Orange Blossom Special." We had both the children and teen Judah Praise Liturgical Dancers from Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hamden perform beautiful and energetic dances to our delight. Owen Simpson played "Hear the Blessed Savior" on harmonica and then sang an acapella duet with his wife Rev. Withel Simpson. The Sanctuary Singers from Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church sang a beautiful medley of "People Get Ready / Lean on Me". Cassie Callahan from First Baptist in Southington sang and accompanied herself on the guitar. Also from Southington we heard Adriana Palmieri sing the now familiar "Let it Go" from Frozen. Savannah and Braeden Rossick delighted us with "Still I Fly" and Lynda and Sandra Kasongo from First Baptist Church in New Haven sang to us in both English and French. They are relatively new to our country, having come here from a refugee camp in Malawi. The final act for the evening was a flute and piano duet using a Ken Medema arrangement of "Softly and Tenderly". Becky Freeman from Old Mystic Baptist Church was on the flute and the Rev. Claudine Crooks from Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church was on the piano.
Many thanks to all our wonderful performers, to our host church and pastor for their hospitality and to our planning team for making this a fun evening.