September 27, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/27/16)—The American Baptist Historical Society is accepting nominations for the George D. Younger Award for Excellence in Local or Regional American Baptist History. The deadline is May 1, 2017. If your church has had an historical celebration in the last couple of years, please consider sharing your event with the other American Baptist churches.
Projects eligible for nomination include but are not restricted to church anniversary...
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/27/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and American Baptist Foundation (ABF) are pleased to announce recipients of a total of $538,129 in grants from the Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust, as awarded by ABF during ABHMS’ 2016 grant cycle:
- Cumberland Associations, American Baptist Churches (ABC) of Maine
- Judson Memorial Church, New York City
- Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kan....
September 26, 2016
A $2,500 Matthew 25 Grant from American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) helped First Baptist Church of Everett, Wash., serve 6,600 meals to people in need so far this year as part of its 16-year-old Friday Night Outreach initiative.
“In the year 2000 God laid on my heart the idea of starting an outreach to the congregation’s immediate community,” explains Cheryl Roth, a First Baptist Church parishioner. “I prayed about it and spoke to a friend of mine. God provided!
September 21, 2016
A $5,000 Matthew 25 Grant from American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) is feeding 100 high school students at the Furaha Boarding School in an impoverished community in East Africa’s Nairobi, Kenya. The school serves children from the Huruma community, where 500,000 people live in a two-square-mile locale.
“Sixty percent of the children are orphaned and 40 percent of them are HIV positive,” explains the Rev. Gilbert Foster, executive director of When I Grow Up, an initiative whose...
September 20, 2016
Each year on September 21, the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. September 21 is also the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Peace.
As it approaches, the World Council of Churches invites people to offer prayers for peace.
Observances of the peace prayer day began in 2004 as part...
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September 15, 2016
A $1,000 Matthew 25 Grant from American Baptist Churches USA is enabling First Baptist Church in Melrose, Mass., to serve 237 families in need in a small Boston suburb.
“We are especially thankful for the grant,” explains Lisa Dow of the church. “Our Pantry of Hope is a wonderful outreach that has been a tremendous addition to our community. Each week we never know how many people will come to us, but the fact that we are here and have food, and in abundance, is a great source of hope...
September 14, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/14/16)—In response to heightened tension, divisiveness, polarization, terrorism and violence across the United States, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to encourage dialogue and promote healing by publishing “Healing Our Land,” a special online issue of its acclaimed print magazine, The Christian Citizen.
In this collection of...
September 13, 2016
One of the most powerful recollections Susan Gillies has of 9/11 was a conversation she had with a distraught rancher. “I was Region Executive Minister in Nebraska on 9/11 and saw how the attacks were affecting everyone,” recalls Susan Gillies, interim general secretary for American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA).
“In the days following I heard from a rancher who had been working alone out on the vast prairie,” she says. “He told me he felt devastated. Suddenly no contrails were in the...