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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! 

May 26th Zoom meeting with ABCOTS Executive Minister Dr. Harrison and ABCOTS pastors with special invited guest speakers Dr. Barney Graham and Ms. Brykyta Shelton.

Sovereign Insurance Group's Risk Management resource, ThinkHR, is hosting a The FFCRA - What Employers Need to Know Webinar

As we hear more about reopening you are excited about the prospects of getting back to the business of the church. I am also sure you are taking as many precautions as possible to help your congregations reopen safely. As a part of our continued effort to provide your congregations with more information about changes in operations and changes in employment law due to the FFCRA, Sovereign Insurance Group's Risk Management resource, ThinkHR, is hosting a The FFCRA - What Employers Need to Know Webinar. Join us for our next webinar on Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, a comprehensive look at the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including all available regulatory guidance. This is a free resource that any of your congregations can sign up and learn more about the FFCRA and how it will impact their employees and what it means for them during this time. If you have any questions regarding this resource or if you are interested in knowing more about the National Insurance Program and our resources please feel free to reach out to abcusa@sovinsurance.com or visit Sovereign Insurance Group www.abcusa-insurance.com 484.654.3393

 

Clergy (Pastors, Chaplains, Spiritual Caregivers) are invited to participate in ABHMS' virtual retreat.

Are you struggling with grief and loss due to the challenges

during COVID-19? Are you struggling with grief as you try to minister to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You are invited to American Baptist Home Mission Societies' (ABHMS) three-day virtual conference

 

"You Are Not Alone: A Space for Grace Retreat"

1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 16, 23 and 30.

Each day will feature a different grief-related topic; you can participate in as many or as few days as you prefer.

Day 1: June 16th - You Are Not Alone: We have each other. We can grieve. Topics Covered: Stages of Grief and Loss

Registration is free, but required for this webinar. Spaces are limited. Register at youarenotalone.ministrelife.org

Sweet Union Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA
Seeking a Senior Pastor

• At a minimum, must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from an accredited theological institution ......

• Must be licensed and ordained by a recognized Baptist church.........

• A minimum of three (3) to five (5) years preaching and pastoring a church........

Please submit resume by June 17th, 2020 

By U.S. Mail Post Marked by Wednesday, June 17th 2020: Send To: Sweet Union Baptist Church, 521 Madison Avenue N.W. Roanoke, VA 24016. Attention: R. L. Williams, Chair, Pulpit Search Committee

By Email by 5 P.M. Eastern Standard Time June 17th, 2020 and E-mail to: Admin@sweetunionbc.roacoxmail.com


Christian Faith Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC 

Seeking a Senior Pastor

A spiritual leader who has been called by God to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to feed the flock of God and oversee the ministries of the church; to serve as teacher and shepherd of the congregation and as the administrator of church operations.

QUALIFICATIONS:•Master’s Degree from Seminary is preferred.•Minimum of six (6)years of pastoral experience•Licensed and ordained as a Baptist minister or an ordained minister who demonstrates authentic understanding and theologian practices in alignment with the qualifications of a pastor as listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Please see pdf attached with information on how to apply.

All application packages must be mailed and postmarked on or before June 30, 2020 to: Pastoral Search Committee Chairperson, Christian Faith Baptist Church, Post Office Box 19567, Raleigh, NC 27619.  

OUR CHURCHES IN COMMUNITY DURING A PANDEMIC

Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church

  

Dr. James M. Harrison

Executive Minister

American Baptist Churches Of The South

                                                                                                                  

Dr. Harrison,

Many in Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church wished to attract (to evangelize) the Millennial Generation.  Yet as their pastor, I have frequently alerted them that though we wanted their numbers, I was not assured our congregation was willing to include the younger generation in all our ministries.  Thus, during our Bible Study period, we studied Dr. Joshua Mitchell’s “Black Millennials and the Church.”  At the close of the Biblical sessions, the attendees excitingly produced dramatic pieces concerning issues brought up in Mitchell’s book.  We wanted to bring the book alive.  From that study evolved a new lease on the church’s life.  The digital technology, that millennials are extremely well skilled, has become a medium for the entire church.  Millennials are masters in charge of the church’s website and Zoom ministry.  They are helpful in the audio and video ministries, as well as composing and producing worship music.

     As a church, we had before resisted adopting emerging technology, however it has been a true blessing to view this intergenerational congregation working so well together especially during the Pandemic.

 

 

Rev. Dr. Jean Robinson-Casey

Pastor

Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church


Dr. Stephen Tucker, Senior Pastor
New Commandment Baptist Church, Area One
https://www.newcommandmentdmv.com/
Here is a short synopsis of our ZOOM ministry for the children and youth of our church during this Covid-19 crisis we find ourselves in:

-Our children are given “free reign” each Thursday from 6-7 PM to connect with one another for one hour
-Nothing “biblically heavy,” but basically an opportunity to see each other, laugh with one another, have fun, and share what each has been doing during this time of “social distancing.”
-Our Youth Director guides the hour so it is not total chaos. The first session was so “over joyous” - it’s hard to describe. When an 8 year old tells a 7 year old how much they miss them, it is a little overwhelming.
-In all of our concerns about the mental states of our members, deacons, officers, etc., let’s not forget where our “first thoughts” should go - toward our children and youth...our future!
-I suggest every church should develop an hour or so per week for the children.


New Beginnings Christian Community Church, Charlottesville, VA - Area II http://www.newbeginningschristiancommunity.com

Response to our hungry neighbors during the pandemic

Please see below the MSNBC  news segment taped last Saturday in front of our church. 

https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/watch/volunteers-race-to-fight-food-insecurity-in-virginia-worsened-by-covid-19-83254341731

In response to many people in Charlottesville being  furloughed or having  their paychecks reduced,  forcing them to  decided between  paying  for  food or rent,  our church, New Beginnings Christian Community,  has  expanded our Food Ministry from Saturdays at noon, to six days a week, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We allow people to “shop” for what they want, rather than hand them a bag of food, which may contain items that they cannot or do not want to eat. We admit them one at a time. Each shopper points to the item that they would like and a masked and gloved volunteer puts it in a plastic bag or box. About 85 families are given food for a week each time they come to our Food Ministry. 

 

Our volunteers come from: Jewish, Unitarian, Presbyterian, Co-operative Baptists, American Baptists, Methodist and Episcopalian congregations and  there are even some who do not identify with any faith tradition.  They are bringing  groceries to needy families, who cannot come to our church. Thus, with their help we are able to deliver food to public housing residents and to shut-ins.  We have  received many generous donations of produce, meat, canned goods, pastries  breads and funds to sustain our ministry from the wider community. The Blue Ridge Food Bank is not charging us anything for the food they supply us. Walmart and Food Lion have been very generous with their donations of groceries. A community group is working with a Shenanigans Toy Store to donate educational toys that are  distributed to the families that come to our church for groceries. Another local organization is preparing cooked meals that we can hand out to hungry “shoppers.” God is blessing our church  with an expanded community to help those who are hungry in Charlottesville. We are truly reaching out across businesses, congregational, racial and social boundaries to help one another. The Lord is using this pandemic as an opportunity for all of us to work together for our needy brothers and sister. 

 

May God continue to bless your work and care for your health. We need you. 

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