Several years ago the American Baptist Churches, USA invited member regions and churches to engage in activities of transformation through an initiative called Transformed by the Spirit. This initiative recognizes the rapidly changing culture all around us and seeks to address the manner in which our churches can move forward in this century with grace and excitement. It is a process that seeks to help us recognize God’s presence in the midst of a rapidly changing world.
There are 3 resources / processes which make up the Transformed by the Spirit initiative. They are:
Over the last few years materials have been developed for each of these processes. They are Biblical, and much time is spent in each process studying scripture and discerning God’s present Spirit in our midst.
The Joining God in the Neighborhood guidebook is available here. Please contact the ABCCONN office if you have questions or want to know more.
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The Colchester Federated Church is looking fo a Director of Christian Education (part-time, approximately 10-12 hours per week, $200 per week).
This person will be Responsible for implementation of Christian Education programming for children and youth from pre-K through grade 12. Responsibilities will include oversight and implementation of the Sunday School Program, oversight and implementation of Vacation Bible School and other Christian Education programming as assigned. Preferred experience: 2-4 years as a Sunday School teacher, a Director of Christian Education or a member of an educational ministry, ability to work independently to develop and implement Christian education programming, strong written and verbal communication skills. The schedule is flexible but work on Sundays is required during the school year. To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references to: Ministry of Christian Education, Colchester Federated Church, 60 Main Street Colchester, CT 06415 or via email at email@example.com
The Rev'd Dr. Judy Allbee had emergency surgery on Monday. She has come through the surgery and is now in the very delicate and cyclical stages of recovery in the surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Her husband Steve was at her side when she regained consciousness, and she immediately recognized him and acknowledged his presence. Rev. Mike Wu has been providing personal and pastoral support to Steve and the family on behalf of the ABCCONN family.
Steve and the family sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support. But as you can imagine, they are at Judy's side around the clock and are unable to respond to expressions of concern and inquiries about Judy's condition. We ask that the care and support of the ABCCONN and ABCUSA family be offered through prayer alone at this time. If you would like to send a card or message, we ask that you send it to Judy in care of the ABCCONN office at 90-A North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107. You may also leave electronic messages for them, by clicking on "add a comment" in this article. We will make sure that all cards and messages are regularly given to them.
The Board of Managers will be meeting tonight in Meriden at 6 PM. Time will be devoted to prayer for Judy. Please pause wherever you are at approximately 6 PM to join your prayers with those of the Board members.
Additional updates will be provided as appropriate.
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Again this year ABCCONN staff and leaders have worked together to create a devotional booklet for Advent. The devotional is ready and can be ordered from the ABCCONN office (there may be a small fee for printing and shipping) or can be downloaded here.
Initial grants totaling $25,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief funds are on their way to American Baptist International Ministries (IM) partners in Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean after Hurricane Matthew barreled through on October 3rd and 4th, 2016. The Category 4 storm brought heavy winds and torrential downpours on the island nations in its path.
Additional relief is urgently needed. You may give through your church; click here to make an online contribution by credit card; or mail a check to International Ministries, Attn: OGHS-Hurricane Matthew, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482. Write "OGHS-Hurricane Matthew" on the memo line if you give by check.
As American Baptists, we serve as the hands and feet of Christ. We’re doing what we can to heal a hurting world. This means feeding the hungry; empowering pastors, lay leaders & youth to spread Christ’s love; protecting the environment; promoting Christian unity and more.
United Mission is the vehicle that makes this happen. United Mission is the simple, efficient way American Baptists pool financial resources to maximize the amount of good we can do. These funds are used to connect resources with needs, resulting in meaningful change – and it’s all for God’s greater glory!