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WELCOME to the 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, U.S.A. See us in Missions, Evangelism and Denominational Work, supporting the local congregations serving the District of Columbia and 15 states throughout the southern United States. Join us in reaching the world for Christ believing and perpetuating His identity, His message and His ministry! 

Join Weekly Zoom calls with ABCOTS Executive Minister Dr. Harrison
Tuesdays at 11 AM EST
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Prayer for Puerto Rico, One Great Hour of Sharing Gifts Invited
Please pray for the people of Puerto Rico who are experiencing the most dramatic flooding on the island since Hurricane Maria. The 2022 Hurricane Fiona has dumped over 25 inches of rain and caused massive flooding.

Executive Minister Rev. Edgardo Caraballo lamented, “Currently most of the Island is without electricity service. Since Sunday we activated our Disaster Response Committee.  We are taking an inventory of losses and needs among our pastoral families and congregations.  We do not have much information yet because communications have been affected and the waters have not yet receded in many communities.  But so far we have identified six families in three different churches who lost everything because of the floods.”

 

Persons who wish to give to relief efforts may do so through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Gifts can be made through our giving page, here. Checks and contributions should be labelled “OGHS PR 2022 Hurricane.”

Relief efforts will be coordinated through the American Baptist Home Mission Societies. “We are so grateful for ABHMS that serves as the principle channel for distribution of relief funds in the U.S.,” said General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods. “ABHMS has organized a constant flow of volunteers to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017. Please pray, give, and volunteer as you are able to help our Puerto Rico residents recover from this disaster.”

Dr. C. Jeff Woods
General Secretary

American Baptist Churches USA

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MMBB Financial Conference: November 13-15, 2022 
Venue: 
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia, PA

 

RE:THINK RE:INVEST.

The RE:THINK RE:INVEST Financial Conference will expand the impact of MMBB’s Financial Wellness ministry to a broad range of denominational and non-denominational groups, young and new pastors, seminarians, full-time and bi-vocational pastoral leadership, as well as church leaders.

We believe the conference is a natural extension of the dynamic work of financial wellness and financial literacy that is central to our ministry. Conference participants will have an opportunity to build community and gain valuable insights not only from the conference events, but also from one another. 

 

The conference will feature:

- Engaging speakers 

- Financial workshops 

- Exciting and inspiring artistic performance(s) and uplifting worship services against the backdrop of an attractive location.


The conference workshops will cover:

Personal and church finance topics from clergy taxes to building an emergency fund to financial challenges for women. 

 

Plenary sessions:

Financial wellness - Feature keynote speakers 

DeForest B. Soaries, founder of the dfree© Financial Freedom Movement (dfreefoundation.org); Author of related books who will speak about how to achieve freedom from debt. 

 Jill Schlesinger of CBS News and Radio and founder of JillonMoney.com, who will speak on the keys to achieving financial stability.


We encourage all those within your circles of influence to attend this important conference and to watch for email updates and information about early-bird registration for the conference. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

 

Thanking you, in advance, for your partnership in ministry.

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Save the Date for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit,
to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in
San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 23-25, 2023!

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The 2023 Biennial Mission Summit is less than one year away! Save the Date now for this event, coming June 2023 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Biennial dates are June 23-25, but make sure you save extra time as events will be held before, during and after the larger Biennial Mission Summit event.

Learn more about the recently announced Keynote Speakers for the event, here.

To learn more about the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit as information becomes available, please continue to visit www.americanbaptists2023.com.

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A Note from the Accountant’s Corner:

Sept-2022

 

Greetings from the Accountant’s Corner

As you begin to engage the dawning of a new fall season, I trust you had a safe, enjoyable, and relaxing summer and are ready to “get back to business,” and the normalcy of life. This return to business as usual must include a brief conversation about taxes and what, if anything, has changed since the start of summer. The good news is that you haven’t missed much. Aside from the usual in-fighting in Congress, the only significant change occurring on Capitol Hill was the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act signed into law on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. Here is a brief summary of its impact on business & individual taxpayers.....click here for more

 

 

 

 

Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations Task Force Invites Survey Responses​

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/21/22)—American Baptists are invited to respond to a survey from the Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations task force. The deadline for survey responses is Friday, October 21. Take the survey here.

Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn, chair of the task force, notes:

“All our lives have been changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The way we look at the world, the way we engage with one another and even the way we encounter the God we serve has been impacted by this challenging foe that we can’t even see. In an attempt to understand the varied ways this pandemic has affected the life and ministry of American Baptists, the Office of the General Secretary and the Board of General Ministries created the Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations task force, made up of leaders from across our Baptist family.

“Out of our conversations and in a desire to discover the myriad of ways this pandemic has impacted the life of American Baptists, the task force has created a brief survey

 

As you’ll see, we’re not looking to create another set of statistics, but rather our heart’s desire is to get below the surface and learn the ways God is working in the life of the Church through the pain and promise of these last two years.  We hope you will prayerfully consider the questions that follow and share the survey with others so we can have the richest results possible for the furthering of God’s Work in our midst.  To that end, thank you in advance for the gift of your time, and for the ways you and your church family are advancing the work of the Kingdom in the places and spaces under your care.”

The purpose of the Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations task force is to gather and share information regarding ways that ABC congregations can adjust to new realities created by the global pandemic so that they can become all that God intends them to be.

First Baptist Church of Hampton

Seeking Music Director

First Baptist Church of Hampton (FBCH) is seeking to hire a part-time Music Director: The Music Director reports to the Minister of Music of First Baptist Church of Hampton (“FBCH”) and is responsible for leading the members of the Worship Band.  The Music Director will minister during the Sunday Morning Worship Services and all special services such as funerals and weddings as directed by the Minister of Music.  The position entails administrative and musical responsibilities and requires participation in a variety of church activities as needed.

 

Position:                           Music Director (Click Here)

Position Open Date:        August 22, 2022    Position Close Date:        October 22, 2022

Hiring Range:                  Salary commensurate with qualifications

Website:                           www.thefbch.org    Location:                          Hampton, Virginia

 

Position Status – Part Time    Job Classification – Non-Exempt

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serving as lead and directing the instrumentalists of the Worship Band for all Sunday Morning Worship Services

  • Scheduling, planning, and leading the Worship Band rehearsals and Worship Services

  • Maintaining a spirit of excellence and an environment of professionalism, service, hospitality, and consistency

  • Attending all team meetings, retreats, conferences, trainings, and other events as required

  • Performing all other duties as assigned by the Minister of Music

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music and/or a minimum of five years experience in Church Music leadership with specificity in instrumental leadership

  • Demonstration of proficiency on the piano/keyboard and Hammond B3 organ across a variety of genres

  • Strong knowledge of music instrument technology, such as MIDI Interfacing

  • Demonstration of proficiency with live sound technology and associated electronics

  • Ability to offer effective musical support of the preached word

  • Application Submission Requirements:

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  • CV/Resume

  • DVD or YouTube/Dropbox links of two (2) church worship services and/or rehearsal videos highlighting your leadership skills within the previous two years.

  • 3 Letters of Reference (a minimum of one pastoral reference) 

  • NO PHONE INQUIRIES please.

  • Send all materials electronically to: careeropportunities@thefbch.org

  • Absolutely no hardcopy or physical materials will be accepted

Wheat Street Baptist Church

JOB ALERTS: Business Administrator / Business Manager

Are you looking for an opportunity to collaborate and network through Christian consideration to ethically, effectively, efficiently, and with a spiritual demeanor?

Assist Wheat Street Baptist Church (WSBC) in fulfilling its mission:

1) to reach out to those who need Christ in their lives and bring them into WSBC as baptized servants of God in compliance with the Great Commission on outreach ministerial work

2) benefiting the members of WSBC in fellowship and service

3) benefiting the Auburn Avenue community

4) benefiting the needy as a Business Administrator/Business Manager.

If so, Wheat Street Baptist Church would like to hear from you!

Interested applicants please email your completed job application and resume to glojim215@yahoo.com.  Phone: (404) 788-4654

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ABHMS Ramps up Relief for a Re-Traumatized Puerto Rico; Supports Mitigation of the Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis; and Continues Efforts to Help Struggling Kentucky Communities

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/20/22)—In the wake of extreme weather that pummeled Kentucky, then Mississippi, and most recently Puerto Rico, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is responding purposefully. Through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) fund, ABHMS manages disaster relief donations to provide financial assistance to devastated communities. ABHMS is presently mobilizing support for […]

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Update on the Work of the General Secretary Search Committee

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/21/22)—American Baptist Churches USA President and Chair of the General Secretary Search Committee Rev. Dr. James O. Wolfe shares a report of the work of the Search Committee to date: The General Secretary Search Committee began its work with an in-person meeting in Tampa, Florida, January 27-29, 2022. In preparation for the Read more   

Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations Task Force Invites Survey Responses

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/21/22)—American Baptists are invited to respond to a survey from the Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations task force. The deadline for survey responses is Friday, October 21. Take the survey here. Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn, chair of the task force, notes: “All our lives have been changed as a result of […]

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Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations Task Force Invites Survey Responses

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/21/22)—American Baptists are invited to respond to a survey from the Interpreting the Impact of Covid-19 on Congregations task force. The deadline for survey responses is Friday, October 21. Take the survey here. Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn, chair of the task force, notes: “All our lives have been changed as a result of […]

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6 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children

Information for parents and caregivers of children ages 5 years and older

 

Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible and recommended COVID-19 boosters when eligible.

1. COVID-19 vaccination for children is safe.

Ongoing safety monitoring shows that COVID-19 vaccination continues to be safe for children and that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks.

Learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination for children.

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Tips for Parents and Caregivers:

  • Before vaccination, tell the vaccine provider about any allergies your child may have—just like what you would do when your child receives their routine vaccines.

  • Requesting accommodations at COVID-19 vaccination sites: When making an appointment or arriving for vaccination, you can let staff and/or volunteers know your child might need some accommodations. By law, children are also allowed to have a service animal accompany them. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens with Disabilities.
     

2. Getting vaccinated can help protect children against COVID-19.

Vaccinating children can: 

  • Prevent children from getting seriously sick if they do get COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination continues to protect children against severe disease, including hospitalization. There is no way to tell in advance how children will be affected by COVID-19. Children with underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. However, healthy children without underlying medical conditions can also experience severe illness.

  • Keep children safely in childcare and school and participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities.
     

3. Children may have some side effects after COVID-19 vaccination.
Reported side effects are like those experienced after routine vaccines. Side effects may affect your child’s ability to do daily activities, but they should go away within a few days. Side effects are more common after the second shot. Some children have no side effects.

Learn more about potential side effects in children after COVID-19 vaccination.
 

4. A different dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine is given to children.

Children receive a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine dosage is based on age on the day of vaccination, not by patient weight.

5. Children who have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 after getting their first shot, they should wait until their isolation period has ended before getting their second shot. The second dose is recommended at least 3 weeks after the first dose. For children 12 years and older without a weakened immune system, the time between doses 1 and 2 can be up to 8 weeks.

6. Children can safely receive other vaccines the same day they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Routine vaccination is an important preventive care service that should not be delayed.

If multiple vaccines are given at a single visit, each injection will be given in a different injection site, according to recommendations by age.

More information for parents and caregivers of children ages 5 years and older

can be found here.

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