September 16, 2016
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...
September 12, 2016
By Virginia Holmstrom
Virginia Holmstrom is the executive director of American Baptist Women’s Ministries.
September 11, 2001. I was three weeks into my new position with American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA).
That morning at work a colleague called out to me with an expression of shock on his face: “A plane just hit the World Trade Center, and they think it was done on purpose!” The news grew with intensity within minutes. Back in my office upstairs, I phoned...
September 11, 2016
by Cheryl Dudley
Cheryl Dudley is Region Executive Minister for American Baptist Churches of Metro New York. She submitted her reflection to recall the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
New York has always been a refuge for a wide expanse of humanity, made up of people who have come from different parts of the world and our nation, as well as those whose families have long lived in the great City of New York. Somehow, the city has maintained the miracle of...
September 9, 2016
A $2,000 Matthew 25 Grant from American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) to Westview Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind., is providing Wednesday evening meals to 90 to 135 disadvantaged people in the church’s community.
Hungry? How do some of these menu items sound?
Stuffed chicken breast, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls and butter, cake and beverages.
Or…roast pork loin, scalloped potatoes, apple sauce, rolls and butter, yellow cake with chocolate icing and beverages...
September 7, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/7/16)—The Rev. William E. Brammer, 80, of Churchill, Pa., a past executive director of Rankin (Pa.) Christian Center, died March 26, 2016.
Brammer served as executive director of Rankin—one of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ 16 Neighborhood Action Program Christian centers—from 1975 until he retired in 1998. He joined Rankin as director of its Neighborhood Organization department in 1973. Before that, he was pastor at North Hills (Pa.)...
Two congregations, one in West Virginia and one in South Carolina, have been awarded Matthew 25 Grants from American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) in support of food initiatives to assure that nutritionally at-risk children will have enough to eat over weekends when they are away from school.
September 6, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/6/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) urges American Baptist individuals and organizations to join in solidarity with Murrow Indian Children’s Home, Muskogee, Okla., by donating to the GoFundMe page created by ABHMS to benefit children in the home’s care.
Recently, the children’s home respectfully declined a donation from an atheist organization because the gift was...