April 2019

 
ABCUSA NEWS UPDATE
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA

You're Invited to the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit!
 
Join us at the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit!
Join us at the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit!

Make plans now to attend the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit, June 21-23 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Watch our video and learn more. We hope to see you there!
Join Us for Beach Break: A Youth Conference

We are excited to launch Beach Break - A youth conference at the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit. This year we are doing a new thing!  While the adults are enjoying the Biennial Mission Summit, the youth will take part in a dynamic conference designed with them and for them. The Biennial Youth Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn, North Beach, from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23. Themed, "Lessons at the Seashore," youth will explore the teachings of Jesus that emerged as he interacted with his disciples along the water. Youth will experience dynamic preaching, interactive workshops, Holy Spirit-filled worship, fun fellowship - all with the goal of youth attendees having an unforgettable Encounter with Jesus Christ.

View more about the youth conference here, or learn more about the full event and register online at www.americanbaptists2019.com.
Charles and Marie Mercer Named Co-Recipients of Sparrowk President's Award

Marie and Charles Mercer
Charles and Marie Mercer have been named the 2019 co-recipients of the Cora and John Sparrowk President's Award. The award will be presented at the Biennial Mission Summit, June 21-23, 2019, on behalf of the Board of General Ministries. The recipient must be an American Baptist, who has over a period of years made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the life of Christ's Church and who in life and service manifests richly the fruits and gifts of the Spirit. In 2017, Emilie Ballard and Newton Old Crow, Sr., were Co-Recipients of the Sparrowk Award, presented at the Biennial Mission Summit in Portland, Ore.

Read more here.
View our Lenten Devotional Series Online!

Throughout the 2019 Lenten Season, the Office of the General Secretary has been sharing a periodic online devotional for prayer and contemplation on the American Baptist Churches USA website.

The devotional series seeks to recognize the desert that Jesus journeyed through as well as the deserts that we journey through in our own lives.

Read the postings, here.
"Devoted to Generosity" Complimentary Stewardship Subscription Available
 
The American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Office of the General Secretary is pleased to offer the 2019 Year-Round Stewardship Resource theme Devoted to Generosity, published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center.

ABCUSA has purchased a quantity of licenses for American Baptist churches who would like to use this online subscription. Interested churches should send an email request to ABCResources@abc-usa.org to receive a subscription code for your church.

Delegates of the Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches Visit Denominational Partners
 
Leaders of the Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches and other delegates visited King of Prussia, Pa., March 25-28 to meet with members of the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, American Baptist Foundation, American Baptist Home Mission Societies and International Ministries. Learn more about the visit here.

"I praise God for the opportunity to have been a part of the delegation representing the Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches as the Caucus Coordinator (President). I am praying for ABCUSA as I go back to my ministry at home, hoping for a better future for our beloved denomination," said Rev. Sun Kim, Asian Caucus coordinator. "I can already see that the success of our Asian Constituency will become a seed that can secure the future growth of our ministries. Thank you for listening to our voice, and may God bless the path that is ahead of you."

Please be in prayer for the Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches as its members work in new ways to connect, grow and thrive.

Recent Highlights from the ABCUSA Website

ABHMS Garners 4 Awards from Religion Communicators Council

ABHMS' 'Converge' Event Convenes Partners from Three Affinity Groups

Charles and Marie Mercer Named Co-Recipients of Sparrowk President's Award  

IM Responds to Destruction Wrought by Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

Judson Press Title Explores Reality of Today's Changing Church

Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray to Receive Luke Mowbray Ecumenical Award

Join ABHMS for Home Mission-Related Happenings at the "Summit by the Sea"

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Awards Grants in 2019's First Quarter


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