News of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan
Issue 2018.16 - August 6, 2018
In this issue....
- 150th anniversary celebrated at Clarklake Community Church
- Get your church UnStuck!
- Light the way - spend less on energy
- Save date for Annual Gathering
- Arise and Advance - Children and youth workers training event
- Boundary training event in October
- Space for Grace event in November
- Women's Retreat in November
- Best way to contact the Editor of E-Link Online
- Isaac Backus - 21st century wisdom of 18th century Baptist...and more good stuff in Editor's Trips (at bottom of page)
A history-making week at Clarklake Community Church
Our week long 150th birthday celebration for Clarklake Community Church was kicked off Sunday, July 8, with a great worship service praising God with music led by our very talented praise team. Sermon by Former Pastor Frank Feltis entitled "It's A Journey", closing with memories shared by Former Pastor Bruce Cochran. Luncheon afterwards featured historian Dr. Theodore Ligibel who spoke about his book "Clark Lake: Images of a Michigan Tradition".
The celebration continued with an Ice Cream Social on Saturday July 14th. Not only were we treated to ice cream, we were also entertained by great performances from our praise team performing many Christian songs, the Elrod family with bluegrass music, and Straight Up performing rock and roll.
Our celebration finished with a wonderful outdoor service/rededication on Sunday, July 15, at the township park pavilion at the West end of the lake. This is near the site of the original church and school along the beautiful shore of the lake. Walter Reed presented Pastor John Reed and the congregation with a plaque dedicating our church that will be displayed at the current church.
Welcome was given by current Pastor John Reed, opening prayer by former Pastor Frank Feltis, and great music was led by the praise team. Special speakers started with State Senator Mike Shirkey, who brought us a great message of encouragement in the Lord and prayer for blessing. He also presented Pastor John Reed and the congregation with a framed certificate commemorating our special anniversary and a letter of congratulations signed by himself and Governor Rick Snyder and others.
Former Pastor Jim Bender shared special memories of his time as pastor, and Rev. Dr. Michael Williams, Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of Michigan, presented Pastor John Reed and the congregation a certificate from ABC-MI commemorating our 150th Anniversary and brought a wonderful message of celebrating our past in service to God and community and rededicating our church to God's mission for us in the future.
After the worship service we had an open house and grill-out community picnic.
Thank You! to all who made this a successful celebration through their efforts and through coming to celebrate with us. We could not have done it without all of you.
Get your church UnStuck!
The American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) in cooperation with The UnStuck Group offer a twelve-month pastor consulting and coaching experience designed to help the pastor focus vision, strategy and action.
The total cost of for the twelve month coaching experience is $1,800. The ABC-MI received a Palmer Grant from the American Baptist Foundation which will cover $900 of the $1,800 cost. The remainder will be billed to the church at $75.00 per month.
This coaching experience can begin at any time. Palmer Grants are available for up to ten churches on a first come, first serve basis. Please click here for more regarding the components of the twelve-month coaching experience.
For more information, contact Dr. Michael Williams, ABC-MI Executive Minister or the Rev. David Rice, pastor of Markey Community Church, Roscommon. Rev. Rice and his church leadership have engaged the coaching services of The UnStuck Group for over more than three years. The UnStuck Group website is also a good place to learn more about their ministries at www.theunstuckgroup.com.
Light the Way - Spend less on energy, more on mission
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, in partnership with Consumers Energy, is offering free energy upgrades to faith communities in several counties across Michigan. Over the past two years, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light has assisted 250+ congregations in receiving an average of $1,000 of directly installed energy efficiency upgrades (e.g. LED lighting, programmable thermostats, low-flow faucet aerators, etc.) saving each participating congregation an average of over $500 a year on their gas and electric bills from these upgrades alone. Spending less on utilities means more for your congregation's important missions and ministry.
Participation is limited to a first come, first served basis. For more information and to sign up, please visit: www.miipl.org/energy-efficiency/.
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2018 'Blessed is She' Women's Retreat
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- Isaac Backus - 21st century wisdom of 18th century Baptist (Christianity Today)
- Lessons about ministering to people in crisis (Baptist News)
- Jesus acted out an alternative empire (Walter Brueggemann)
- Prosperity gospel taught in 40% of evangelical churches (Christianity Today)
- Why should we care about the church fathers? (Jesus Creed)
- Why fewer Americans attend religious services (Religion News)
- Can satire save us? (Christian Century)
- What is your why? (Stacy Emerson)
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