Conversations on Violence
On the afternoon of August 2, 2014, over twenty people gathered for "Conversations on Violence - Where is Our Voice?" at First Baptist Church in New Haven. This was the pilot of an ongoing conversation that the Department of Christian Service and Witness plans to spread across Connecticut. Stay posted for the calendar of future locations and dates and make sure to attend.
Talking with Kids About Violence
Violence is everywhere and it seems that in spite of our efforts: prayer, education, and taking a public stand against it, the violence just keeps increasing. Like many of you, I was glued to the TV during the Ferguson disaster. People are killed all the time but this felt so different. I think what kept me watching in horror and keeps me praying was the sight of the teenager's body lying in the street for all those hours for all in the community, across America, and ultimately, the world to see. I don't know if it hit you like it did me, but as I was watching, my mind immediately went to the children in that community; what was going through their minds? How were they feeling? How would they possibly come to know peace and security with things like this happening in front of them?
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Stewardship ResourcesABCUSA Stewardship Resources Page Parish Publishing Stewardship Sunday Resources - bulletin inserts, as well as other resources related to stewardship are available on the ABCUSA website. There are ideas for stewardship moments and for sermons, links to other helpful resources, and snippets related to stewardship for newsletters. Check it out here. Stewardship Materials - New Love New Mercy (Lamentations 3:21-24) is the 2009 Stewardship Resource Material from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. You can preview this material at www.stewardshipresources.org or a PDF file can be e-mailed to you (contact the ABCCONN offices - 860-521-5421). It may be ordered directly from Judson Customer Service 1-800-458-3766 (online ordering is not available).
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Baptist History Coloring Books
Did you know that you can get children's coloring books that depict our Baptist heritage from the American Baptist Historical Society? This might be a great project or gift for VBS. They are available from the American Baptist Historical Society.