American Baptist Churches of Connecticut

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The American Baptist Churches of Connecticut

January 5, 2020



  • We pray for Rev. Kevin Butler, ABCCONN's Administrative Manager, as he receives treatment for pancreatic cancer. We also hold in our prayers all who love and care for Kevin including, family members, friends, and medical staff. Per our recent communication, please send your prayers for Kevin to Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs by emailing him at Please email Harry by tomorrow, Monday, January 6, 2020. Thank you for keeping Kevin in your prayers! 
  • During these final days of 2019, we thank God for the past year and pray for us to allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide in the year to come. 
  • We pray for the family of Charles Hilton whose daughter, Cheryl, has shared that he died on December 19, 2019. The family invites us to join them to celebrate his life on Friday, January 10, 2020, at First Baptist Southington. The calling hour is 10:00-11:00 am, and the service begins at 11:00 am. 
  • For the peace of God to be with our families, congregations, and every member of the global community. This week, we pray especially for our troops and their families and for all members of the global community who are negatively impacted by wars and other forms of ongoing violence. 
  • For the pastors and lay leaders of our local churches. 
  • For victims of natural disasters all over the world. We pray especially the wildlife, animals, and people impacted by the wildfires in Australia. 
  • For victims of violence locally, nationally, and globally. 
  • For our nation and all our elected officials.

For whom and for what do you pray?

Email us your prayer concerns at 


Hello, Friends!

Grace and peace to you all in this new year! Thank you for the gift you are to the Body of Christ year-round. We enjoy knowing what is happening in the lives of our ABCCONN congregations. If you have a prayer concern or announcement to share with the ABCCONN family, please complete this form. If you have trouble completing the form, please send your announcement via email to Please share your announcements for January and March 2020 now. Please also note that we are transitioning to a new system for the weekly e-news. Do email us if you find that you are no longer receiving correspondence from us. 

Thank you!



Dear Friends, the ABCCONN Mission Scholarship Committee needs to know what mission trips are being planned by our sister churches in 2020.  Our goal is to enable young people who long to go on a mission trip to afford it when it might not be possible otherwise.  We also try to connect people with mission trips other churches are sending when their home church is not doing one.  Last year we gave out four scholarships of $500 each.  Please email mission trips you know about to our Chair, Susan Honeychurch at  Many thanks! 

Grace & peace in Jesus Christ,

The Rev. David Reed-Brown, Interim Pastor, Central Baptist Church in Norwich.




Upcoming Yale Youth Ministry Institute Event: 

If you missed Andy Root's lecture on December 4, it is now available by clicking on this link


Join YMI on February 5, 2020, for the next lunch and lecture with Professor Mary Moschella. Professor Moschella will provide a primer on the fundamentals of pastoral care. RSVP on EventBrite by clicking here. In the New Year, look for information on YMI's Summer Symposium. 







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