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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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
If you or your congregation would like to send
additional relief through OGHS, you can do that by going to http://www.abc-usa.org/2013/11/12/american-baptists-urged-to-hold-filipinos-in-prayer-on-asian-american-baptist-sunday/. 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:
PO Box 851
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 email@example.com
if you would like to assist him.
American Baptist Churches of New York State will be hosting a Leadership Conference on February 28 - March 1, 2014 at the Good News Center in Utica, NY.
On Sunday, November 24, 2013, American Baptist Churches of New York State calls upon our congregations to set aside time in the morning worship service to celebrate the calling of Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, our new Associate Executive Minister. Earlier this summer, Rev. Hugenot (HUGH-gah-no) began his service after a time in local church ministry in Kansas and Vermont. Rev. Hugenot oversees the Regional Enhancement Team, providing support across our sixteen associations for pastoral placement assistance and provides opportunities for churches to engage in strategic planning and navigate times of uncertainty or transition. He works from his home in Albany, NY, providing our Region with additional staff presence to churches east of Syracuse.
Sunday morning, Rev. Dennis Christiansen, Second Vice President of the ABC/NYS Board of Mission, will lead in an installation service at the First Baptist Church of Trumansburg, NY. Prayers of thanksgiving and dedication will be offered for Rev. Hugenot’s new ministry calling. The congregation at First Baptist Trumansburg does this on behalf of her 289 sister churches in the Region.
We are asking churches throughout the Region to join in this service of installation in worship on the 24th by offering the following prayer.
O God, for the work of Christ and the churches, for the work of leading and being led, for the work of uplifting and leaning into the gospel’s call upon our lives, we give thanks for your call upon Jerrod Hugenot’s life to serve in ministry among us. Grant him humility and gentleness, bless his efforts to draw us closer one to another and empower him for this new call. May he rejoice in times of growth and blessing. Give him patience in times of challenge. May he sense your abiding enabling presence as he ministers throughout our State. As he plants and waters, may You Lord, the provider of all good things, add the growth. And to You we will give the glory. AMEN.
in the Philippines have reported on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan
on November 8. The people of the Philippines are desperately in need of
water, food, medicine, and construction materials. For more information you
can read the press release by the Baptist World Alliance
Baptists have already sent $10,000 in emergency relief, using contributions
that churches have made to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering.
Our ABC/USA missionaries Debbie Mulneix and Jonathon and
Thelma Nambu are
fine and have already begun working with those affected by the typhoon. You
can find information about how to donate additional gifts at the American Baptist Churches/USA website
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
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
Our own Randy Palada (pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Oneonta) reported that all of his family members who still live in
the Philippines, on the mountainous island of Negros, are safe. Rev. Palada
is also organizing relief efforts. You can contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org
would like to assist him.
-Your Region Staff
American Baptist Churches of New York State
Missionary in the Mirror
Don't miss out on the ABC/NYS Mission Conference coming to Rome, NY this Fall! Brochures have been mailed to each church and mission chairperson! Make plans to join your Baptist brothers & sisters for this amazing program!
are aged 18-23, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages you
to apply for the pilot of its exciting new Young Adult Leadership Experience to
take place, in conjunction with the Biennial/Mission Summit, Sunday, June
16-Friday, June 28, 2013.
To apply, please visit ABHMS Application & Information and
complete the application online or print it and mail or fax it to ABHMS. Ask
your pastor or regional executive to write a letter of recommendation on your
behalf on his or her own official letterhead.
All materials must be received by
ABHMS or postmarked no later than midnight on Tuesday, May 28,
American Baptist Men's Gathering will be held August 9-11 at Keuka College, Keuka Park. For more information, please go to the ABMen's website
YORK BAPTISTS MOVE FORWARD
committee seeking an Associate Executive Minister for the ABC/NYS is delighted
to announce that the position has been offered to Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, and he
has accepted. Jerrod wrote in his
ministry is a vital part of the American Baptist tradition. Such work is fundamentally about equipping
the saints in local congregations, providing support and encouragement to
pastors and lay leaders and working together to navigate changing contexts for
our ministry and mission. I look forward to collaborative work with Dr. Kelsey,
the Board of Mission, the Regional Enhancement Team, and each of the 300+ local
churches within the ABC/NYS family.
writes of Jerrod:
He brings a deep appreciation and
knowledge of our Baptist distinctives and history and belief. His expertise will help our churches sharpen
their sense of identity and clarify their place and purpose in their
A lifelong American Baptist, the Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot comes to ABC/NYS
Regional staff with pastoral experience in congregations in rural Kansas, metro
Kansas City and most recently as the Coordinating Minister of the First Baptist
Church of Bennington, Vermont (2006-2013).
Ordained in 2004 to ABC ministry, Rev. Hugenot brings his pastoral
experience with missional church development, small church ministry, and
ecumenical and interfaith work.
During his Bennington pastorate, Hugenot offered leadership in fostering
missional thinking and collaborative action among his congregants and in his
efforts within the Bennington area interfaith movement, particularly in the area
of basic human needs initiatives.
Denominationally, Hugenot has board experience with the ABC General Board
(2002-07), including the AB Home Mission Societies, the Committee on Christian
Unity, and the former Board of Educational Ministries. Presently, he serves on the Christian Ethics
Commission of the Baptist World Alliance (2011-15). His writings and book reviews appear in
various Baptist-related journals as well as Sharing the Practice, the
journal of the Academy of Parish Clergy.
Jerrod received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Ottawa University
(Kansas) and a M.Div. and a M.A. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary
(Kansas). He did a semester of study at
Spurgeon’s College, London (UK).
Rev. Hugenot will reside in the Albany area with
his wife, Kerry Shermer, and their peaceable (?!) kingdom of three cats (Biblia,
Paige and Codex) and a refined elder beagle mix (Gentil). He will begin work in June.
American Baptist Churches of New York State has recently signed up for a PayPal account. Now our members, churches and others can donate by their credit card online! The DONATE link is located on the homepage, right-side under our Region Office picture.
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Questions or comments? You can reach the Regional staff by calling 315.469.4236 or emailing email@example.com