Region Announcements

Support the Region through a Year-End Gift

posted Dec 2, 2015, 12:01 PM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 12:01 PM ]

The Region’s primary reason for existing is to strengthen local congregations. 
Our local congregations are on the front lines as the Spirit moves across our land and world enlarging the Kingdom of God.  In other words, local congregations are the place where the rubber meets the road.  The Region’s task is to help them be roadworthy.

What are some ways the Region has done this throughout the last year?

  • Walked with churches through pastoral transitions

  • Sponsored a mission trip to the coffee plantations of Nicaragua and is making plans for two more trips in 2016

  • Guided churches dealing with questions about property taxes, administrative issues, and building challenges

  • Begun providing online courses, along with in-class instruction, for lay leaders and lay pastors

  • Supported pastors going through difficult times

  • Provided funding for continuing education for lay and ordained church leadership

  • Organized the American Baptist Youth Convention

  • Organized a Regional mission conference that created awareness about local, state, and international opportunities for missions

  • Provided staff to visit with churches to talk about leadership, mission, vision for ministry, and conflict resolution

In all these endeavors faithful volunteers from our churches have worked with staff to make this ministry possible.  Ministry also requires financial resources.  Throughout 2015 our member congregations have faithfully supported Regional ministries.  I encourage you to finish the year with an additional contribution that will be an offering of thanks to God for 2015 and set a hopeful foundation for expanded ministry in 2016.  We are not satisfied to sit still and settle for the status quo.  We want to see us as a Region grow the ways we undergird ministry in our churches so that their ministry might grow.

May God bless you as you move through the holiday season and deepen you appreciation for what God has done in our lives.

Sincerely, Jim Kelsey

Please find the Year-End Contribution Form below.  Print and mail with your donation check or if you'd like to give online, click here.

Initiative for Personal Reflection Retreat: November 2015

posted Sep 21, 2015, 5:46 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Sep 21, 2015, 5:47 AM ]


November 13-14, 2015
First Baptist Church, Manlius
408 Pleasant Street, Manlius NY  

Primary leader: Dr. Donald Brash, Professor of Historical Theology and Faculty Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Palmer Theological Seminary.

American Baptist Youth Convention 2015

posted Sep 14, 2015, 8:39 AM by American Baptist Churches of New York State   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 8:40 AM ]

Brochures have been mailed for the 2015 American Baptist Youth (ABY) Convention.  You can find more information or register for the convention by clicking here

Have questions?  Please contact Jillene Narraway, Program Director at jillenenarraway@gmail.com or 716.242.9400.

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!

_________

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.
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