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News of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan

Issue 2017.02 - January 16, 2017


In this issue....

Good missionaries visiting Michigan churches

Men's Breakfast

Amanda and Rev. Jon Good, endorsed International Ministries (IM) missionaries, are scheduling visits to Michigan churches. Jon and Amanda as well as their four children are preparing for mission service in Hungary.

The impact of forty years of communist rule is still felt by the people of Hungary and many experience overwhelming hopelessness. With hope for change, the government invited religious organizations to operate public schools. Hungarian Baptists acted in faith and accepted responsibility for forty-nine schools. This is an extraordinary turn of events in a post?communist society where faith was once discouraged. Christian teachers are openly sharing their faith with their students and students are encountering Jesus!

There is now a pressing need for churches and pastors. Amanda and Jon will serve through the Baptist Union of Hungary and Hungarian Baptist Aid, IM partners.  Their focus will be evangelistic outreach, discipleship, and church development. Amanda will serve in the public schools by teaching English. Jon will work in church planting and training pastors.

Jon and Amanda are building partnerships with churches and individuals. They would like to connect with churches, pastors, mission committees, and individuals interested in mission and partnership.

To schedule a visit, please contact Jon and Amanda atjgood@internationalministries.org (248-943-0678) or Debbie Hart at dhart@abc-mi.org (517.332.3594 ext. 221).

Winter Weekends

Ecumenical Center for Christian Leadership to hold workshop on vocational well-being

Ecumenical Center for Christian Leadership in DeWitt will host an all-day workshop on vocational well-being on February 23.

Details on leader, program, and registration may be found at http://www.ecclmichigan.org/upcoming-events.html. Register early and save money.

ETS Open House January 28

ETS Open House

Baptist Joint Committee Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship entries sought

Each year, the Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest engages high school students in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic. Essays are judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic, and the skill with which they are written. Students should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support their position. The annual contest is sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. The grand prize is $2,000 and a trip for two to Washington, D.C. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500.

For complete details and entry forms go here. All entries must include student essay on this year's topic, student registration form and essay adviser form. Entry packets must be postmarked by March 10, 2017.

Men's Breakfast

Upcoming Events: MLI - "Being Bi-Vocational"

Ministry Leadership Institute "Being Bi-Vocational"
Jan 21 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Duration: 7 Hours
This event will be held at the Region Office in East Lansing.

ABW/ABWIM Bahama Cruise in September

ABW Cruise

Next issue deadline

The next issue of E-Link Online will be published on January 30, 2017. Please send news items, notices, and pictures to the Editor no later than Thursday, January 26.

Editor's trips*

The Editor
  1. What King taught us about how to see one another (Alan Cross)
  2. Designing women's ministry (Michelle Van Loon)
  3. How to find free photos and graphics (Journalist's Resource)
  4. Why you can't communicate enough to your church (Dennis Bickers)
  5. Churchly challenges in 2017 and beyond (Bill Leonard)
  6. Women now allowed to pray at Western Wall in Jerusalem (World Religion News)
  7. Adam, Evolution, and the Image of God (Jesus Creed)
  8. What special needs families wish their pastors knew (Key Ministry)
  9. Current state of religious freedom in Russia (Forum 18)
  10. Excerpts from new Coretta Scott King memoir (New York Times book review)

*Every edition of E-Link Online features links to articles the Editor has tripped over while surfing the Web. Some links have been suggested by others. Don't expect to agree with, approve of, or enjoy them all. Neither the Editor of E-Link Online nor the American Baptist Churches of Michigan necessarily agrees with, endorses, or otherwise puts a stamp of approval on the views expressed in them. They're here to stir the pot, provoke discussion, encourage further inquiry, stimulate an opening of mind and heart, and lead to prayer and action. Readers are invited to send their own suggestions to the Editor.