Region Announcements

Mission from the Gospels: Session 2

posted Nov 13, 2014, 4:57 PM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 5:01 PM ]

We Have Begun Our Journey Through the Gospels

Thirteen New York American Baptists, along with our two leaders from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, began our journey through the Gospels using a missional mind set.  A “missional mindset” means we reflect upon way that we might implement what we read into our lives.

We will gather again to move through unit two on November 21-22.  We will read through Matthew.  Matthew is a great place to begin to lay a biblical foundation for missional engagement in your community. The faith‐community Matthew is addressing is being forced to face the challenge of faith in a new age…

  • It is a post‐resurrection faith‐community no longer grounded in the Jerusalem temple.
  • It has been forced to flee Jerusalem during the warring days of the destruction of the temple.
  • It is a Jewish community finding itself ministering side by side with the very people they had been taught to hate.
  • It is a faith‐community filled with the very people who not long ago would have been seen as “unclean” and “sinners.”

Is it too late to join this journey?  NO!  The next session will be held Delta Lake Bible Conference (6420 Pillmore Drive, Rome NY 13440) on November 21-22.  The cost for a commuter will be $25.00; this includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch.  The cost to stay overnight with meals will $55.00.  The cost is greatly reduced through your church’s giving to the America for Christ Offering and United Missions Basics.
Print out and complete the registration form below and mail it to the Region office no later than November 14th. You can also pay online after November 3rd - click the link below.    If you have further questions, call Jim Kelsey at 315-469-4236, ext. 14.  

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Registration Form--Mission from the Gospels Unit Two:  Matthew
November 21-22, 2014
Name __________________________________  Church _______________________
Address _______________________________________________________________
Email ____________________________________  Phone ________________________
Commuter ($25) ______
Residential shared room ($55) ______

Return to: ABC/NYS, 5865 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville NY 13078

Mission from the Gospels: Session 3

posted Nov 13, 2014, 4:57 PM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Dec 12, 2014, 3:21 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 ]


¨ 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 with a completed Registration form below.  The online form is NOT your registration form.
Registration Fee

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

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


*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:

Church Finance Conference to be held October 3rd!

For more information, go to:

"What is God doing among us?"

posted Mar 31, 2014, 7:03 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 6:19 AM ]

American Baptist Churches of New York State has heard from many of our pastors and congregations that they haven't been receiving the now-a-year-old "What is God doing among us?" publication.  This biweekly publication features our Association, churches and Region in the amazing mission & ministry that is happening around our state!

Luckily the past publications can be found on our Region's blog.  You can reach it by clicking on "Region Blog" to your left or clicking this link.  To sign up for these blog updates to be sent to your email, please use the link below:

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The Region blog also features our "Region Notes' - if you'd like to just look at "What is God doing among us?" - at the bottom of a each blog is a label or link.  Click on the "What is God doing among us?" link and it will feature all of the blog posts under that label.

2014 Region Offering Information Available!

posted Mar 18, 2014, 6:28 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Mar 18, 2014, 6:29 AM ]

Dear ministry partners,

A pastor announced that he was leaving.  The church had depended upon his leadership for years, and now they wondered what would happen to them.  The congregation realized they needed help.  Associate Executive Minister Jerrod Hugenot came alongside this congregation and assured them that they were not alone.  He shared that he and the Regional Enhancement Team would walk with them through this transition.  Your gift to the Region Offering placed Jerrod there.

A group of New York Baptists traveled to Haiti and were challenged to do things they had never done before.  They saw God working in new ways and discovered new gifts within themselves.  Christy Siau, Regional Bookkeeper, provided logistical and organizational support to this team.  Your gift to the Region Offering enabled Christy to do this.

A new pastor sought to complete her call to ministry by going through the ordination process of the Region.   Her church, the Association, and the Region were able to affirm her call and giftedness for ministry through this process. Mary Schwarz, Administrative Assistant, provided support to the candidate and the various committees that worked with her along the way.  Your gift to the Region Offering enabled Mary to do this.

I looked into the face of the pastor and wondered what to say.  He wondered if it had all been a big misunderstanding.  Maybe he was not called to ministry or to this particular church; maybe he had failed and lost his calling.  He couldn’t decide whether he should give up on himself or his congregation. I was able to point him to a broader vision and  facilitate a conversation between him and his congregation.  Mostly I could listen to him and help him to find a way forward.  Your contributions to the Region Offering placed me there that day.

These are just four examples of how your gifts to the Region Offering are adding value to the lives of our congregations, supporting their ministers, and multiplying their ministries.  I encourage you to commit yourself to join other New York American Baptists who fund ministry within our Region.

Blessings on you and your partnership in the Gospel,
James Kelsey
 ABC/NYS Executive Minister

The Region Welcomes You...

posted Mar 5, 2014, 5:09 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Mar 5, 2014, 5:10 AM ]

American Baptist Churches of New York State cordially invites you and your spouse to our “Family Ties” Gathering.  This event is for those who have come into the Region in the last ten years and those who have entered the pastoral ministry in the last five years, whether or not you are new to the Region.  

During our time together, we will

  • Outline the structure that shapes and directs the life of the Region
  • Introduce Regional leadership, both paid and volunteer
  • Share about the broader ministries of the American Baptist Churches/USA
  • Introduce Ministers Council
  • Discuss some central issues concerning clergy taxes and payroll considerations
  • Collect input on how the Region can be helpful to you in your ministry
  • Organize voluntary mentoring groups for those who are in their first pastorate
  • Host a session for clergy spouses addressing their distinctive challenges and opportunities
  • Host afternoon tea at the Region office (weather permitting)

Date:  Saturday, May 31, 2014
 Time:  9:30am - 4:00pm
Location:  First Baptist Church of Syracuse
5833 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY  13078

Please RSVP by May 21, 2014 with your name, contact information and whether or not your spouse will be joining you.  Reply to: or by calling 315.469.4236 x10.


Tenolian Bell, Cedric Cooper, James Harriff, Tom Hast, John Koopman, Pat Ludwig, Sandra Spaulding, & David Spiegel (Planning Committee) along with James Kelsey & Jerrod Hugenot (Staff)


Philippines: New York American Baptist Answer the Call!

posted Dec 17, 2013, 9:01 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Dec 17, 2013, 9:02 AM ]

American Baptists of ABC-NYS have responded generously to the need in the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan.  Our congregations have contributed $5811.25 through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering as of the end of November.  The churches of the Fransego Association have already contributed $7,695.00 through OGHS and other avenues.

If you or your congregation would like to send additional relief through OGHS, you can do that by going to  If you do not wish to donate online, you can send a gift through the regular American Baptist Mission Support of your local congregation.  Please clearly indicate to your church treasurer that the gift is for:  “OGHS-Philippine Typhoon relief.”  Or you can send a gift directly to:

          American Baptist Churches/USA
          PO Box 851
          Valley Forge PA 19482-0851

Please indicate on your check memo line:  “OGHS Philippine Typhoon relief.”  One hundred percent of money given through OGHS goes directly to relief of human need in the Philippines. 

Our American Baptist missionaries in the Philippines, Debbie Mulneix and Jonathon and Thelma Nambu, have already begun working with those affected by the typhoon and coordinating relief efforts.

Our own Rev. Randy Palada (pastor of the First Baptist Church of Oneonta) is also organizing relief efforts.  You can contact Randy at if you would like to assist him.

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