Thank you, Thank you to all (over 100 participants) who attended this past ABCOTS One Regional Virtual AFC Meeting and made it a huge success. Thank you to all our speakers and special presenters Reverend Dr. Lisa Harris-Lee, Director Mission Engagement & National Network Initiatives, Reverend Dr. Kadia A. Edwards - National coordinator of Volunteer Mobilization and Disaster Response Ministries and Ms. Denise Ruffin, Assistant Treasurer, ABCOTS Executive Committee. Deacon Denise Ruffin.
ABCOTS Response to COVID 19 Pandemic
ABC-USA Office of the General Secretary Releases Discussion Guide for Reopening Church Buildings
VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/1/20)—The American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary has released a new resource for American Baptist churches. The resource, “Discussion Guide for Reopening Your Church Building,” is designed to help American Baptist churches look at various points of consideration as they implement new methods, policies and procedures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available in English and Spanish.
The Discussion Guide, developed with input from members of the Regional Executive Ministers Council, specifically focuses on two core areas, the physical and the personal. The physical area focuses on considering how to safely practice ministry and prepare your facility for ministry in this new era. The personal looks at the lingering effects of grief, economic distress, isolation, and other negative impacts from the pandemic which may create new needs among congregants.
View the Discussion Guide for Reopening Your Church Building here.
CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions
On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed the Coronavirus Relief, Aid and Recovery Economic Act (CARES Act), which is intended to “provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.” The types of assistance are broad and complex, covering many different aspects of American life. These FAQs will focus on those aspects that may be the most impactful for MMBB’s members and employers.
Relief for Individuals
Relief for Employers
What is an Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)?Please contact MMBB at 800.986.6222 or for information about either of these programs.
American Baptist Churches USA - Remembers Rep. John Lewis
American Baptist Churches USA remembers Rep. John Lewis, civil rights leader and U.S. representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Lewis, an American Baptist, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement struggle for racial equality. He was one of the leaders of the Freedom March on Washington in 1963 and the voter registration march in Selma, AL in 1965. He also received the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies in 2003.........(click here for more)