ABCCONN will be holding at training event for lay leaders and pastors on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9am to 3pm. The event will be held at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hamden.
Among the Workshops that are being planned are:
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Union Baptist Church in Hartford and Faith Congregational Church are collaborating to present a GIRLS Conference that we have titled“GIRLS: REAL TALK” that will take place September 25-26, 2015. The conference is for Middle School and High School girls. Download the registration form here. There is no charge for the conference and meals and snacks will be provided. If you have additional questions, please call Elder Deborah Prescott (Union Baptist) (860) 805-3672 or Sister Regina Wilson (Faith Congregational) (860) 655-7327.
|Tue Sep 01 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
Commission on the Ministry
|Mon Sep 07 @12:00AM|
ABCCONN Office Closed
|Wed Sep 09 @12:00AM|
Interim Ministers Meeting
|Wed Sep 09 @12:00AM|
Mission Giving Due in Valley Forge
|Fri Sep 11 @12:00AM|
Due Date for Submission of Materials for ABCCONN Mailing
|Mon Sep 14 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM|
|Tue Sep 15 @10:00AM - 12:00PM|
Minister's Council Workshop
|Thu Sep 17 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
Department of Business and Finance
|Tue Sep 22 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
Executive Committee Meeting
|Thu Oct 01 @ 7:30AM - 04:00PM|
Applications for the Matthew 25 Grant, sponsored by ABCUSA, are due September 1, 2015.
Applications must be sent electronically with all application materials included. Awards for the Matthew 25 grant are made twice a year, in April and October, with application deadlines of March 1 and September 1.
For more information go to: www.abc-usa.org/matthew25/
Massive floods and strong winds in Myanmar (formerly Burma) have impacted more than 259,000 people across 12 of Myanmar's 14 states, according to an August 5th report of the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In recent days, the death toll has climbed to 69. The massive flooding occurred in the aftermath of Cyclone Komen which made landfall on July 30th. According to the UN report, priority needs include food, water and sanitation, access to health care and shelter.
In response, an initial $10,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing emergency relief funds is being sent to American Baptist International Ministries (IM) partner, the Myanmar Baptist Convention (MBC) to help with the relief efforts. In recent days, IM received the following status update from Dr. Yam Kho Pau, general secretary of MBC:
“Live Free” is a four-week stewardship emphasis produced by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center that invites your congregation to "take hold of the life that really is life." "Live Free" includes four sub-themes: "Free From the Money Trap," "Free to Be Rich," "Free From the Uncertainty of Riches," and "Free to Take Hold of Life." It encourages you to learn and grow together by inviting persons to share their testimonies and by engaging in congregational challenges that can strengthen your ministry throughout the year.
Materials are available to order on the Judson Press website at: http://www.judsonpress.com/LiveFree.cfm.
Joining God in the Neighborhood is a new initiative created by Transformed by the Spirit of ABCUSA. Joining God in the Neighborhood is a process for churches to discern the activity of God already present in our neighborhoods and communities. The process begins with scriptural study work called “Dwelling in the Word.” From there individuals walk the neighborhood to better understand the life going on outside the doors of the church. A question that is raised in this neighborhood exploration is, “Where is God already at work and what are the ways we can partner with others to strengthen ministry endeavors?” All of this is done with the assistance of an outside coach. Here you will find a brief introduction to the process. If you would like to know more about Joining God in the Neighborhood and would like to discuss this possibility for your church, please contact Rev. Dr. Judy Allbee at the ABCCONN office.