The 190th Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held October 20 to 21, 2015. All events will take place over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday only) at Crowne Plaza, Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229. You are encouraged to make your room reservations AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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The Gathering will highlight and celebrate the Region's 2015 Ministry Theme, "A cord of three strands is not easily broken," from Ecclessiastes 4:12.
Our Keynote Speaker is the Rev. James H. Willis, Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Rev. Willis also serves as the Vice-President of ABC/Ohio. He will preach at the Tuesday evening worship service. There will be two Bible Studies – one on Tuesday afternoon (led by Rev. Dr. Gordon Penfold) and the other on Wednesday morning (led by Rev. James Willis). Dr. Penfold is president of Fresh Start Ministries in Colorado. This year’s worship leader again is the Rev. Bob Beals, Minister of Worship & Youth at First Baptist Church of Canton. Our missionaries are Ann & Bill Clemmer, ABC/USA Missionaries currently serving in South Sudan.
During the months of September and October, over 4,000 American Baptist International Ministries’ supporting churches are invited to rejoice in the great work God is doing in global missions. The highlight of this celebration in many churches is receiving a special offering for global missions, called The World Mission Offering (WMO). Many churches choose to do this on World Communion Sunday the first Sunday of October. However, giving to the WMO is gratefully accepted at any time during September and October and throughout the year. To find out more and for further resources, CLICK HERE.
The ABC Ohio Minister’s Council is sponsoring a one-day retreat on Friday, September 25th at the Region Office in Granville. The theme for the gathering is "Self-Care for People in Ministry." Our guest speaker is Rev. Rodney Perry of "Perpetual Wellness." For the last few years Rev. Perry has shared his passion for health and wellness through his ministry. His goal is a back to basics approach of healthy eathing and physical activity. He will encourage and help ministers on their journey to healthy living!
Download the registration form for full information, schedule and fees. The retreat begins at 10 AM on Friday and concludes at 3:15 PM.
As Rev. Perry states, "I believe my results will encourage and help you on your journey to healthy living. If you decide to make a commitment to healthy living, you could reduce the chances of getting a terminal or life changing disease." Plan now to be a part of this life-changing event!