“I HAVE GIVEN THEM THE GLORY THAT YOU GAVE ME, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS
WE ARE ONE – I IN THEM AND YOU IN ME – SO THAT THEY MAY BE BROUGHT TO COMPLETE UNITY. THEN THE WORLD WILL KNOW THAT YOU SENT ME AND HAVE LOVED THEM EVEN AS YOU HAVE LOVED ME.” JOHN 17:22-24
Jesus along with His beloved disciples prayed for connection and unity among people! He knew understanding “oneness” would be a great challenge for us. Our 2014, One Great Hour of Sharing theme is WE ARE ONE! For seven decades, nine denominations in the U.S. have united as one and have together been connecting people through One Great Hour of Sharing.
The Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, we were able to respond immediately – long before special appeals were made throughout our churches and secular media, we were able to put funds in the hands of our ministry partners who could meet needs right away. American Baptists had responded in generous ways by giving to the typhoon relief reaching $354,000 through January 2013.
We also remain acutely aware of - unreported and underreported - hardships experienced by millions who struggle every day with hardships mounting in Syria – dislocation due to civil unrest, hunger, poverty, violence and disease. Because of your generosity in December 2013, we were able to provide a $50,000 grant to alleviate some of the suffering of Syrians.
ABC-MI ANNUAL MEETING October 18, 2014 at Olivet Baptist Church, Lansing with host Pastor Ed Owens and Congregation. Afternoon session will feature Stan Slade and Jeni Pedzinski of ABCUSA International Ministries.
More than 180 years ago, a group of Christians came to Michigan to build and equip the church. This work continues to this day in new and exciting ways. Hopefully spring is on the way and this will be our 7th year to promote and collect the Region Offering to continue the work that was started so many years ago and is still going on within our Region today. The Region promotes this special offering in May, but your church is welcome to collect this offering at any time.
Several American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) congregations have or are soon to welcome new senior pastors in 2014. They include:
- Gary Schooler to the Ceresco Baptist Church, Ceresco;
- David Rice to the Markey Community Baptist Church, Roscommon;
- Scott Runyon to the Federated Church, Grass Lake as co-pastor;
- John Reed to the Clarklake Community Church, Clarklake;
- Richard Kinnamon to the First Baptist Church of Holly;
- Mark Hovermale to the Alpha Baptist Church, Livonia;
- Ross Lucas to the First Baptist Church, Owosso as transitional pastor;
- Dennis DeMott to the First Baptist Church of Sturgis;
- Jeremy Spence to the First Baptist Church of Traverse City;
- Don Proctor to the Immanuel Baptist Church, Ypsilanti.
East Lansing—The American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) Executive Committee met Thursday, June 5 at the Region Office led by Reverend Ed Owens, President. Highlights of the meeting included:
The next MMBB Michigan Annuitant's Luncheon will be October 16, 2014 at Aehnder's in Frankenmuth. Mark your calendar.