News & Notes from
   American Baptist Home Mission
     June 2016
If it's June, it must be summer.
'Tis the season of building formidable fortresses of sand at the beach. Of slicing shimmering mountain lakes in quiet kayaks. Of cool mornings. Sweltering afternoons. Hot nights.
Ah ... summer.
There's a lot to be said about spending this season building sandcastles and paddling kayaks. But there's even more to be said about considering it a time to change the world. I'm not talking about negotiating world peace here. Or finding
a way to ensure that no one living on this globe goes to
bed hungry.
Significant change can happen simply--one person, one family, one community at a time.
I saw that happen in New Orleans several summers ago, when I witnessed American Baptist Home Mission Societies' work week there. Close to 200 volunteers cleared overgrown properties, scraped paint, installed installation and tended gardens. Their work enabled some property owners to move back to their homes for the first time since
hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Lower 9 th Ward in 2005. For those homeowners, it was tearfully clear that the volunteers changed their worlds.
This summer, you, too, can change someone's world. Join our work week in New Orleans
(July 31-Aug. 6). Or lend your time and talents in New Jersey (July 9-16), which is still
recovering from Hurricane Sandy's coastal battering.
There's so much work still to be done. And so many people who need to see the incarnation of God's love in their lives.
How will you spend your summer vacation?

Susan Gottshall
Associate Executive Director, Communications
American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) 

ABHMS executive director to speak at Asian conference
ABHMS Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray will be closing speaker at the 2016 Asian Conference and Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches Convocation June 21-24 at First Baptist Church, Haddonfield, N.J.

TABCOM holds annual 'MissionAdventure' in New Orleans
Twenty-seven individuals from nine American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts congregations participated in the organization's annual nine-day "MissionAdventure" in New Orleans in April. ABHMS helped with funding, registration and onsite leadership. 
ABHMS distributes grant to aid laid-off employees 
After a Lowville, N.Y., company closed, ABHMS helped laid-off employees by distributing a $5,000 emergency grant from American Baptist Churches USA's One Great Hour of Sharing funds.
ABHMS-endorsed chaplain reflects
regarding Memorial Day, chaplaincy
Col. Sean Lee, Joint Force Headquarters chaplain for the Maryland National Guard, reflects regarding Memorial Day, military chaplaincy and the Partners in Care initiative that he launched in 2005.
Palmer Grant applications due next week 
The Palmers
June 15 is the deadline to apply for grants from American Baptist Foundation's Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust. To apply for your ministry, create an online account at
Judson Press title shares principles of church fundraising
Learn the best fundraising principles to apply to your congregation's annual giving campaign with "Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaigns." It's available on for $15.99. 




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