Region Announcements

2015 New York Baptist Annual Available

posted Mar 5, 2015, 12:03 PM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:03 PM ]

The 2015 New York Baptist Annual can be accessed by clicking here or by using the toolbar on the left: Click on Resources then click on the "2015 Annual.pdf" link.  Printed copies may be ordered from the Region office at a cost of $5.00 each.

 

NOTE: The Annual is different this year.  It doesn’t include the Directory of Church Leaders as it has in the past.  This will be published as a separate document and is available at no cost upon request.

 

Leader transitions and other changes are reported in each issue of "Paragraphs for Partners", which is published four times a year.  Noting these changes in your Annual will keep it up to date.  If you are not currently receiving "Paragraphs" and would like to, please contact the Region office.

Questions or to order any materials, please contact Mary Schwarz at 315.469.4236 ext. 10, mschwarz@abc-nys.org.

Youth Retreat: May 2015

posted Mar 5, 2015, 6:07 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 6:30 AM ]

Event sponsored & hosted by Adirondack Association and Vick & Pathfinder Camp & Conference Ministries.


Initiative for Personal Theological Reflection Retreat #2: May 2015

posted Feb 23, 2015, 8:44 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 12:04 PM ]


May 1 & 2, 2015
Hillview Community Baptist Church in Baldwinsville.  

Primary leader: Dr. David May, Professor of New Testament at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Brochure with complete retreat information can be found here
: IPTR Retreat

Change, Church & Changing Church Conference: March 2015

posted Jan 6, 2015, 4:05 PM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 12:58 PM ]

Change is near constant in our culture and our congregations experience many different kinds of changes.

          How can we lead so that needed changes are positive and support the Mission to which God has called us?


Q:     Who should attend?
A:     Everybody!

All of us deal with change, transition and all the possibilities and anxieties that change brings! Come and learn so your church can realign and thrive!

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TWO DATES, TWO LOCATIONS, SAME WORKSHOP!




Eastern Conference

March 7, 2015
Latham Community Church
Latham NY


Western Conference

March 28, 2015
First Baptist Church of Akron
Akron, NY

Mission from the Gospels: February 2015

posted Nov 13, 2014, 4:57 PM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Jan 11, 2015, 3:12 PM ]


We Have Begun Our Journey Through the Gospels

Session 4: February 20-21, 2015

Good News Center, Utica NY  (Changed location from last session!)
 
Print out and complete the registration form below and mail it to the Region office.  You can also pay online (see link below).  If you have further questions, call Jim Kelsey at 315-469-4236, ext. 14.  

Register Online Here
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Registration Form--Mission from the Gospels Unit: Mark
February 20-21, 2015
 
Name __________________________________  Church _______________________
 
Address _______________________________________________________________
 
Email ____________________________________  Phone ________________________
 
Commuter ($35)    ______
Residential ($60)   ______
Return to: ABC/NYS, 5865 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville NY 13078


Mission from the Gospels: January 2015

posted Nov 13, 2014, 4:57 PM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Dec 29, 2014, 4:33 PM ]


We Have Begun Our Journey Through the Gospels

Session 3:  January 16 - 17

Delta Lake Bible Conference Center
 
Print out and complete the registration form below and mail it to the Region office no later than January 6, 2015 You can also pay online.  If you have further questions, call Jim Kelsey at 315-469-4236, ext. 14.  

Register Online Here
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Registration Form--Mission from the Gospels Unit: Mark
January 16--17, 2015
 
Name __________________________________  Church _______________________
 
Address _______________________________________________________________
 
Email ____________________________________  Phone ________________________
 
Commuter ($35)                               ______
Residential ($60) ______
Return to: ABC/NYS, 5865 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville NY 13078


Mission from the Gospels: October 2014

posted Jul 29, 2014, 6:08 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Jul 30, 2014, 7:50 AM ]


HOW DO YOU READ THE GOSPELS?

¨ Some of us don’t read them at all we just wait for the movie!

¨ Some of us read them for the holidays, Christmas and Easterbut dont know what to do with the rest of the material in between!

¨ Others use them as evangelism tracts—useful to tell others about sinfulness, the perfection of Jesus, and how he died so that we might have eternal life!

¨ Perhaps you read them as interesting accounts of the historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth telling us who Jesus was, some of what he taught and did during his short life!

¨ Still others read them as spiritual self-help guides hoping the teachings of Jesus, when applied, might just hold the key to successful living and self-improvement!

 

What if the gospels were written primarily as instructional manuals for the early church?  What if each gospel was written in an interesting story-telling form to teach the early church, not only who Jesus was and what he did, but also what the church is and what it is called to do?  In other words

What if the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, each set about to teach early Christians, what it means to be the church on mission with God? If that were the case, we also might learn what it means to be on mission with God in our own communities and beyond!

"Mission from the Gospels", a five part series, will be the foundation upon which we build our interaction for a Missional Learning Journey. You and your team will be challenged to read the Gospels again, (or perhaps for the first time); this time through a "missional lens."


October 24 - 25, 2014

American Baptist Churches of New York State
5865 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY  13078


 Brochure & Registration Form is located below.


Payment Options:
  • Checks made out to ABC/NYS sent to the ABC/NYS office with your registration form.
  • Online.  **When paying online, please email jkelsey@abc-nys.org with a completed Registration form below.  The online form is NOT your registration form.
Registration Fee
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June 2014 Finance & Ministry Update

posted Jul 23, 2014, 7:54 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 7:54 AM ]

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Lord is doing many wonderful things through our 293 local American Baptist churches in New York State.  As a matter of fact, just last week I (Jim Rice) visited with a number of longtime friends who are active in ABC churches in the North Country Association, and they shared with me how God is blessing their respective ministries.  They are grateful for the connection with our ABC/NYS Region and the many ways that the Region assists and encourages healthy, vibrant church vitality in the American Baptists of New York State.

As we are now midpoint in the calendar year we thought it would be useful for you to know where the Region stands financially as we enter the second half of the year.

                                                        Budgeted             Actual

Current Income      $226,400             $204,654

Expense                $230,138             $221,788

 Net                         -3,738              -17,134 

We have covered this $17,134 deficit by using our reserves, built up by distributions by the American Baptist Foundation over three years.  We are grateful for the many ABC churches and individuals who have throughout the years generously supported the Region’s efforts to assist local ABC churches in leadership transition and training, conflict resolution, and many other means of encouraging local church vitality.

The bulk of the Region’s support comes from two sources:  United Mission Basics and the Region Offering.  If your church has not yet participated in this year’s Region Offering entitled; “. . . being rooted and established in love” or through United Mission Basics contributions or in some other way, we would like to encourage you to help us eliminate this shortfall so that these vital ministries are not impacted.  You can find more information about the Region Offering at http://www.abc-nys.org/programs/region-offering.

Thank you for your support.  See you at this year’s Biennial October 3-4, 2014 in Utica, NY!!

God bless you richly,

James Rice                                  James Harriff                              James Kelsey
Finance Committee Chair                Treasurer                                    Executive Minister

 


“As American Baptists of New York State, we will embrace God’s future with these core operational values: honesty, connectedness and hope. We will uphold our operational values
in every aspect of our common ministry.”

The Call to Spiritual Formation Retreat

posted Jul 22, 2014, 7:03 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 7:59 AM ]


You can find help with these and other difficult theological questions at the upcoming Retreat:

The Call to Spiritual Formation: How do we know God?

October 31 - November 1
First Baptist Church
408 Pleasant Street, Manlius, NY  13104

$50/person*

*Scholarships available, see brochure below

What's the Retreat About?

This retreat is the first in a series of four wekeend seminars planned by the Initiative for Personal Theological Reflection, a new subcommittee of the Committee on Ministry of ABC/NYS.  Our purpose is simple: to help clergy and laypeople alike use theology to better understand God's Word and its application in our current world of chaos and brokenness.
Who's the Leader?

The primary Retreat leader is Dr. Douglas Cullum.  Dr. Cullum is Vice President and Dean of Northeastern Seminary located in Rochester, NY.  He also serves there as Professor of Historical and Pastoral Theology.  His teaching emphasizes the seamless relationship between the academic & practical aspects of Christian theology

Plan Now! Church Finance Conference & Biennial 2014

posted Jul 14, 2014, 9:24 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Oct 10, 2014, 7:07 PM ]

American Baptist Churches of New York State will be celebrating at their 2014 Biennial to be held October 3 & 4 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Utica, NY.

For more information, go to:    
http://www.abc-nys.org/programs/biennial


Church Finance Conference to be held October 3rd!

For more information, go to: 
http://www.abc-nys.org/programs/biennial/churchfinance


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