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to American Baptist Churches Of The South (ABCOTS) website. ABCOTS is a Maryland non-profit corporation associated as a covenanting Regional organization with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. (ABC-USA), and with other covenanting American Baptist Regions and the covenanting ABC-USA National Bodies.

April 27-29, 2016
Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, NC
Theme: "Potent Faith Yields Potent Service"
Scripture: Mark 9: 14-29 (KJV)

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Message from the New ABCOTS President

Greetings on behalf of the American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS). We are a Region of the American Baptist Churches, USA, and we serve a unique and creative witness in the South, speaking to the need for increased unity, acceptance and trust among all people.Our purpose is to join God in mission in the world, as we bear witness to God's redemptive love, call people and nations to discipleship, and participate in God's action of liberation and reconciliation. We affirm that mission is the work of God. It springs from God's initiative, is guided by God's spirit, and is accomplished through God's power. As president of ABCOTS, I invite you to explore our website, here you can learn ways to support our ministry and mission. Also, if you desire to locate specific churches in the Region you will find them on the website.
Lacey Speight Alford   

Season's Greetings from the ABCOTS Executive Minister

Dear Pastors and Congregants:


Please accept this missive as an expression of my sincerest prayer for joy and peace upon your home and church as we celebrate again the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ and move into a new year 2016.  I reflect on the events of this past year and you come to mind. Thank you for all your past support of myself and the American Baptist Churches of the South. We could not meet missions, ministry or administrative objectives without your help; again thank you!

The event of giving is deeply spiritual; it is our loving obedience to the will of God. It is during this event that we are made free and every fiber of our being is in harmony with our God. The Macedonian Christians first gave of themselves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God (II Corinthians 8:5). Serving rural American Baptist Congregations over the last thirty-three years, I have often felt rather burdensome asking congregants to give to this “offering” or that “budget”, over and over again. Some congregants were aged, some were sickly, many were economically disadvantaged and many lived on bare essentials. There is always a denomination promotion for some cause. It always means, I must ask again! Deep inside I know that some are already giving beyond what is expected of them.

An older and much wiser friend, (the late Rev. Henry Alfred Townes), whom I followed in a former pastorate, once said to me, “It is not for you to deprive God’s people of opportunities to GIVE!” Giving is simply a part of one’s total response to God’s responsible behavior towards us. Giving is worship…a continuous series of deeply spiritual events. We are at our best when we are giving. Did not our God give His best in giving His Son?