Summer 2018

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA

September 1 Deadline for 2018 Matthew 25 Grant Applications Approaches

American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary welcomes applications by September 1 for Matthew 25 Grant awards. The Grant was created through the monetary gifts of a generous donor whose primary wish is to help ameliorate poverty. The ABCUSA Matthew 25 Grant fund was established to respond to this donor's generosity.

Read recent featured stories about Matthew 25 Grant Recipients:

Register Today for "Local Churches and Global Moral Issues" Continuing Education Experience

How can our churches understand and faithfully respond to the big issues of our times? Can we truly have an effective witness on issues such as racism, genocide, immigration, anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice?

American Baptist Churches USA is collaborating with the American Baptist Historical Society and the DC Baptist Convention to present a unique continuing education experience on Local Churches and Global Moral Issues: Resources for ABC Pastoral Leaders.   Registration is available now for this September 10-12 event in Washington, D.C.

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Biennial Mission Summit: Application to Perform Available, Sign-Up to Receive Information

In the worship celebrations at the Biennial Mission Summit, June 21-23, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we will be seeking to achieve a balance of performance styles and cultures.

We invite any interested singers, choirs, music groups, dancers, and drama groups to complete the application to perform at the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit.

Click here to download the application.

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AWANA Ministry Yields Dynamic Discipleship and Growth in the Dakotas

Pastor Bruce Miller and leaders at two South Dakota congregations have used AWANA as an educational initiative to spark growth and discipleship exceeding their expectations. The AWANA ministry is entirely in keeping with the American Baptist Churches USA Commitment to Discipleship, one of seven denominational priorities currently being carried forth.

AWANA is a ministry based in the U.S. in Streamwood, Ill. Founded in 1950, its mission is to equip local volunteers in churches around the world with Biblical evangelism and discipleship solutions so that today's children may become tomorrow's Christian leaders in every aspect of society and culture. It aims to "reach kids, equip leaders and change the world for God."

ABCUSA General Secretary Interviewed by EthicsDaily - July 2018

American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee Spitzer was interviewed by EthicsDaily executive director Mitch Randall about Spitzer's recent letter on immigration and family separation. The video interview was produced by EthicsDaily at the 2018 Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering in Zurich, where Spitzer represented American Baptist Churches USA. Spitzer serves on the General Council for the Baptist World Alliance.

Puerto Rico Sister Church Initiative Update - "An Historic Moment and Opportunity"

The Puerto Rico Sister Church Initiative has over 60 mainland churches and 40 Puerto Rican churches which have joined together in partnership. 22 of the 33 American Baptist Churches regions are represented by participating churches. The participating churches are invited to join in friendship-building through prayer support, moral support and encouragement through written communications among pastoral leaders, church members and children, leading up to opportunities for common worship experiences during the 2021 Biennial Mission Summit in Puerto Rico.

"It is really a blessing that we have over 100 churches on the mainland and in Puerto Rico now getting involved in the Sister Church Initiative!" says Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Walden, Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness.

Prayer for American Baptists who will Participate in Prayerful, Reflective Retreat Opportunity to Nourish the Heart and Expand the Soul

Participants are signing up now to attend a prayerful, reflective retreat in October-November, 2018. Rhythms of the Spirit, to be held at Camp Wightman near Hartford, CT, October 29-November 2, 2018, will allow American Baptist participants an opportunity to explore and practice the transformed life together. Participants will consider the questions: Do you struggle for balance between prayer and activity? Do you long for a more quiet center; time for silence and reflection? Interested persons can learn more here.

Please keep registered participants and those considering whether they might attend a prayerful, reflective worship experience, in your prayers.
Recent Highlights from the ABCUSA Website

American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Extension Corporation and American Baptist Women's Ministries Prepare for Relocation

Two New Development Staff Join International Ministries
American Baptist Home Mission Societies Calls for U.S. Accountability Regarding Migrant Family Separation

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Lifts Up Ways to Help Immigrant Families

Faye Carol Yarbrough Endorsed for Global Mission Service in South Africa

American Baptist Historical Society Announces Call for Papers for Torbet Prize

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