March 2017

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA
Register Today for the American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit!

The Biennial Mission Summit is just over three months away - register now to attend the event, June 30-July 2, 2017, to be held in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center.

Want to tell your church family more about the Biennial Mission Summit?  Download a Bulletin Insert Resource here.

The theme of the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit is "Connect!" Visit the event website at for all the latest information. When individuals register for the Biennial Mission Summit, they will be asked to select a Mission Summit Conversations Topic, Learning Opportunities, Bible Study, Meal Events, and more. The Biennial Mission Summit begins with worship Friday night, June 30, 2017,
but events occur beforehand so be sure to check the Schedule at a Glance for the full event listing before registering. 

Learn more, visit the event website at, or Register Now!
2017 Lenten Reflections

Throughout the 2017 Lenten season, we have been sharing reflections from Regional Executives from American Baptist regions. For the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26, a reflection is provided by Rev. Dr. Samuel S. Chetti, Executive Minister/CEO of the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii. Click here to view this reflection.
Previous Reflections are below:
Learn about How the Matthew 25 Grant Aided Two Churches in Different Regions

"Good News Shoes" in Noblesville, Ind., is a project of Calvary Baptist Church (American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky) that aims to put shoes on the feet of children in need each Fall as the weather turns cold. The initiative is in keeping with Luke: 15:22 - "when the prodigal son returned, his father commanded ... 'put shoes on his feet'..." A $1,100 Matthew 25 Grant from American Baptist Churches USA aided this project in 2016. Read more.

The Diaper Depot ministry at First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff, Neb. (American Baptist Churches of Nebraska), is growing. The initiative in 2016 received a $1,500 Matthew 25 Grant from American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). The outreach has received altogether $10,000 in Matthew 25 funds. Read more .
American Baptists Invited to Join in Prayer with Christian Churches Together through End of March

American Baptists are invited to join together in prayer with American Baptist Churches USA partner Christian Churches Together (CCT), as they invite churches to be in prayer through the end of March over how churches and our country can address the moral issue of poverty.

ABC Immigration Taskforce Resource Available in English and Spanish

Originally introduced in 2015, an American Baptist Churches resource, "Pastoral, Prophetic, Practical, and Personal," remains available for free download in both English and Spanish. This resource includes four sessions grounded in Scripture, with discussion questions and activities; also included are personal stories of persons in the U.S. and in Central America, stories that help users of the resource to better understand the impact of violence, poverty, and legislative policies on real people. There is an additional resource listing for further study.

Central Seminary Gift Helps an Historic Kansas City Community Center reach its $2 million Capital Campaign Goal; Groundbreaking Set for April 8

Learn about a gift for the 105-year-old Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kansas City, Kans., who had worked to achieve a $2 million capital campaign goal needed to make eight badly needed upgrades to the center's aging facility.

Groundbreaking for the upgrades is set for 11 a.m. Saturday April 8.

Learn more about Executive Director of the Bethel Neighborhood Center Rev. Mang Sonna's surprise when he learned the good news last October.
Church Sponsorship - Register your Church as a Sponsor

In 2017, we are again inviting churches to register as Sponsors for the Biennial Mission Summit. When a church is registered as a Sponsor, individuals from the church are able to attend at a discounted rate, saving at least $100 off the regular individual registration rate for the Biennial Mission Summit. The church will also be listed on the event website at and in the event program book. Sponsoring churches will help to support the Biennial Mission Summit and make it a success.

More information, including pricing and savings, can be found here.
Prayer Highlight: Attendees of the Biennial Mission Summit

The 2017 Biennial Mission Summit occurs June 30-July 2, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. This month, we ask that you will be in prayer for all who will be attending the event. Planners hope that it will be a time of celebration, fellowship, and togetherness with the American Baptist family. Please raise in your prayers attendees, that they will have an exciting experience in community and growth as they join together in the Spirit.
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