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FBC Dover

 

Recently, Jeff Johnson visited the First Baptist Church of Dover, Delaware. We began the morning with a combined adult Sunday school class that I taught. The worship service was a great time of praise and prayers, with the preaching leading to an invitation at the end that saw the front of the sanctuary filled with people, kneeling, sitting, standing, all praying to God for their own needs and/or those of others.

 

 

Following the service, a number of leaders regathered in the fellowship hall for me to share with them four 1st century values that should be present in our 21st century churches, encouraging the leaders to do an alignment process with pre-existing ministries of the church, introduce new ministries where gap are found, and even consider sun-setting ministries which no longer serve the church's greater vision.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/25/2018
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2018 Abington Association

 

Great friends gathered for the Abington Association Spring meeting. The meeting was held at the First Baptist Church of Abington in Waverly.

 

The group enjoyed a delicious cover dish luncheon followed by a time of worship in the church sanctuary.

  

Association President Minister Valerie June Black (Shiloh Baptist) led the meeting

 

Pastor Deborah Loessy (FBC Factoryville) Association Treasure was super kind in explaining ABCOPAD’s our PIM offering and taking up a collection.

 

Mark Mahserjian-Smith and Tim Schwartz were asked to share about ABCOPAD’s current disaster relief efforts following a challenging 2017 hurricane season.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/24/2018
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Pastor Garry Zuber

 

 

Recently, Pastor Garry Zuber announced his plans to retire in July. He has served the congregations of East Troy and FBC, Troy, for more than 40 years as their Senior Pastor, and is deeply loved by both congregations.

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/24/2018
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2018 Bradford Association

 

The Bradford Association met at FBC, Gillett. Pastor Micky Cavanaugh and the leadership at Gillett made all feel right at home. Moderator Pastor Ed Zinser led the meeting, with Gary Wood giving an update on the ministry of the ABMen disaster relief trailer in Texas and Judy Husted bringing an update on the ministry of North Country Baptist Youth Ministries, blessing us with a few Camp songs on her ukulele. A wonderful lasagna supper was shared following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/24/2018
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2018 Pastors Retreat

 

The ABCOPAD Pastors' Retreat held it’s opening session.

 

 

Pastor Frank Frischkorn launched the event with an opening prayer...

 

 

followed by a time of praise and worship led by our Praise Band.

 

 

Our MMBB Representative Rev. Miriam Peralta brought greeting to the group and shared her passion to serve pastoral leaders especially as they plan for retirement.

 

 

The highlight of the evening was Pastor Jeff Johnson conducting the opening session in his buckskin suit looking like a member of the original Lewis and Clark expedition.

 

 

A fun evening of learning and interacting.

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/10/2018
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Centre Association ABWM 2018 

 

The Centre Association AB Women gathered for their annual Spring meeting at Mill Creek Baptist Church. ABCOPAD Vice-President Apryl Glunt led the gathering.

 

  

One of the highlights of the Centre Association Women’s gathering was hearing about the various ministries taking place at each church.

 

The AB Girls of Mill Creek kicked off the time of sharing and talked about some of the ministries they do throughout the year... such as a "Coffee and Prayer Ministry" where the girls set up a roadside stand offering people in the community a cup of coffee and a chance to pray. Many people in Mill Creek take advantage of this ministry.

 

First Regular Baptist in Huntingdon shared details about a powerful "Backyard Children’s Ministry," as well as a "Blanket Ministry" that provides blankets to those in need. People from the community come to get their blankets but also will “hang out” at the church to visit and receive prayer.

 

 

It was a day well-spent, as ministries, encouragement, and fellowship were shared by all. 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/8/2018
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Easter Egg Hunts 2018

Quite a few churches had Easter Egg Hunts for children during this year's holiday season.

 

Hughesville Baptist Church

 

 

First Baptist Church, Connellsville

 


Liberty Baptist Church, Blanchard 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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DaVinci Last Supper

 

At Moreland Baptist Church, Muncy, the Maundy Thursday service featured a dramatic presentation of the Last Supper as depicted by Leonardo DaVinci. This drama shows various points of view of the final weeks of Christ from each of the 12 disciples. This well-done production is in its 31st year!

 

A similar depiction was presented at New Covenant Baptist Church, Pottstown

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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FBC Lewisburg Installation

 

We are very happy to introduce the Rev. Jillian Hankamer as the new pastor of First Baptist Church, Lewisburg. When you get a chance --- please welcome Jillian and her husband, Erich. We're happy to have them as part of our ABCOPAD family!

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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Upper Merion Visits
ABCUSA Mission Center

 

Members of the Upper Merion Baptist Church enjoyed a day trip to the ABCUSA Mission Center in Valley Forge. Kevin Walden (Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness) and Lee Spitzer (General Secretary) stopped to greet the group.

 

The trip also included a visit to the new offices where International Ministries moved.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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Jefferson Baptist Tea


 

The Ladies Tea at Jefferson Baptist Church was a wonderful evening.... many thanks to the Bell Choir and all the ladies who provided the food!! 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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Ladies' Brunch at Franklin Park

 

More than 50 women got together at Franklin Park Baptist Church, Sewickley, for a morning of song, prayer, and worship! What a wonderful event! The Ladies Brunch featured a presentation by author Stacy Reaoch: “The Delightful Discipline of Studying God’s Word”.

 

 

 

 


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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Pete the Pig

 

At FBC, Berwick, it was Youth Sunday and a “noisy offering” was received in assortment of piggy banks! The children were gathering funds for their “Pete, the Pig Project” to add to the funds they've collected in Sunday School all year for the American Leprosy Missions.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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Easter Baskets and Lots of Love

 

It’s been a busy season at North Ten Mile Baptist Church, Amity, where the NTM Ladies prepared several dozen festive Easter baskets for Hospice and Shut-in friends. Lots of bunnies, chocolates, peeps, and eggs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 4/3/2018
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