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Church Annual Reports AnnualReports 

Annual Cooperating Report Alternative

Many congregations hold their Annual Church Meetings this time of year.  A part of most churches' annual meeting is preparing the Church Annual Report.

These reports meet the annual reporting requirement for the ABCUSA Criteria of Cooperating Churches. By sending t hese reports to our office by mail, in person, or by email, you can save yourselves the task of filling out yet another report.
Health Ministry at Genesee Baptist HealthMinistry

Rev. Vera Miller
We speak a lot about health and prevention at Genesee Baptist Church. Our health ministry is led by Dr. Debbie Stamps, and consists of nurses and other health practitioners in our church.  The pastor herself actively supports this ministry, and routinely emphasizes ways to protect ourselves from getting sick (and getting others sick) by speaking about the importance of hand-washing and sneezing into your elbow.  

This Sunday, she received her flu shot in front of the entire church during the Children's Moment, with the help of one of our nurses, Memunatu Sheriff. They were mesmerized as they saw her brave the immunization. They saw her faith in action, and her love for them demonstrated by this simple act!
From the General Secretary Spitzer

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International Ministries: New Offices IMOffices

On Feb. 2, the domestic personnel of International Ministries will be making a half-mile move to a new office space. We will be open for ministry business on Feb. 5.  Please make note of our new contact information to take effect on Feb. 5.
International Ministries
1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A
King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210
Receptionist: 610-768-2168
Fax: 610-768-2115
With Sadness FamilySadness
It is with sadness that we announce that U.S. Army Chaplain Reverend Jennifer Lane's mother passed away this week.  Condolences may be addressed to:

Chaplain Jennifer Lane
1128 Lehua Road
Wahiawa, HI 96786

Upcoming Region Events RegionEvents

Ordination Review Committee Meeting
1101 Clover Street, Rochester
Thu., Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Delegates Meeting
Location TBD
Sun., June 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Race Relations RaceRelations

At the Delegates Meeting held on Jan. 28, Rev. Jason Crosby presented the  work being done in Louisville KY on race relations. 

One of the topics he addressed is regarding Empower West, which is a coalition of Louisville-area pastors and churches seeking to unleash the educational, economic, and spiritual power of West Louisville residents so that they might maximize their God-given potential and capacity.

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Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog

As the legend goes, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, we will see six more weeks of winter and below-average temperatures. 
If our favorite groundhog from Pennsylvania does not see his shadow, then an early spring is on its way with above-average temperatures.
Phil will climb up out of his burrow - roughly the midway point of astronomical winter - at sunrise Friday to see what he can see, or not see.