The 191st Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held October 3rd and 4th, 2017. All events will take place over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday only) at Crowne Plaza, Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (download the Hotel Information Sheet HERE). Please note that there will be no one day registrations.
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The Gathering is highlighting and celebrating the Region's 2017 Ministry Theme, "Transformed by the Journey" from Luke 24:32.
The ‘Gathering’ will be only two days in length, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and concluding at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be only three meal functions, the cost of which will be included in the Registration Fee. The three meal functions will be a Tuesday luncheon – Celebrating ABC/Ohio Region Ministries, a Tuesday dinner – Celebrating International Ministries, and a Wednesday All-Convention luncheon. Also included in the cost of registration is a continental breakfast on Wednesday morning. Election of officers and reports will take place on Tuesday morning. Lastly, Rev. Dr. Jones, ABC Ohio Executive Minister will share an inspirational message as we close the ‘Gathering’ at the All-Convention Luncheon on Wednesday.
Reverend Roberto Dieppa-Diaz, Interim Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches Puerto Rico wishes to convey their appreciation for all of the prayers and expressions of support they have received since Hurricane Maria devastated their island.
As of September 25, 2017, they are holding a meeting to continue the damage assessment process they have undertaken, and have asked that visits by volunteers to the island be delayed at this point until that assessment is complete and conditions on the ground are in better shape.
Specifically, the government needs to make the island safer for visitors by clearing roads, restoring electricity, opening ports and ensuring the supply of gasoline. When the Convention’s damage assessment collection is complete, we will receive their report on how to come alongside them in rebuilding the churches, homes and lives of our brothers and sisters, as well as their communities.
At this time, it is vital that our churches across the country prepare for this unprecedented relief effort by making donations to One Great Hour of Sharing.
ATTENTION: Jack Cobb is the American Baptist Men (ABMen) USA Diaster Relief Coordinator. He has issued a National Call to Lake Charles, Louisiana for all ABMen to respond to the historic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Logistical arrangements necessary for volunteers to respond have been finalized. ABMen will be on site the weeks of September 24, October 1, October 8, October 29, November 5, November 12, December 31, 2017 and January 6 to 20, 2018 to help coordinate work.
It is assumed that after assessing the degree of need that additional teams will be required. In the event the work in Lake Charles is completed, work will move to another location. If you or someone you know is able to help, please contact Jack Cobb with the number of men and women on your team and what days the team will work. Individual volunteers are also needed.
There are showers on the premises. Food & cooking has been arranged. The group will staying at the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church (Hope Complex) 1401 Moeling Street Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.
Contact: Jack Cobb, American Baptist Men-USA Disaster Relief Coordinator; (304) 757-8081 & (304) 206-8462.
American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Donations may be sent to the ABC Ohio Regional Office (136 Galway Drive North Granville OH 43023-9577). Please make payments to "OGHS ~ Hurricane Harvey."
“American Baptists across the country are a generous people, and our hearts are grieved by the human suffering we have seen since the storm made landfall,” Spitzer says. “I ask that every church dedicate time this week to pray for the safety and well-being of all affected by the storm, and to express our love for them by giving sacrificially to One Great Hour of Sharing.”
Hygiene Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets are already available to local organizations responding to the storm. Hurricane Harvey appeal funds will help cover the costs of processing and shipping these supplies and additional recovery supplies as assessments are completed and more information beccomes available.
Again, you may send your donations to the ABC Ohio Regional Office (136 Galway Drive North Granville OH 43023-9577). Please make payments to "OGHS ~ Hurricane Harvey."
Our Keynote Speaker for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Annual Gathering is Dr. William D. Shiell, President of Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Shiell will preach on Tuesday evening at the worship service. There will be two Bible Studies – one on Tuesday afternoon and the other on Wednesday morning. Our mission speakers will be Emerson and Ivy Wu, American Baptist International Missionaries.
Dr. Shiell holds a PhD in New Testament from Baylor University and has pastored for seventeen years. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida.
Dr. Shiell obtained his Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He completed his PhD in 2003 and has served as an adjunct professor at Carson-Newman College. The author of several books and numerous articles, he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Bill and his wife Kelly were married in 1995, and they have two sons: Parker (2001) and Drake (2007). His hobbies include golf, reading, and writing.
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