Dear ABC/Ohio Pastors, ARMS, and Member Congregations:
I am writing a letter I never imagined I would be writing, yet the premature passing of our Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones, has left the Region without an Executive Minister. It was truly a blessing to know Dr. Jones as both a colleague and friend. I, along with the entire ABC/Ohio family grieve this loss, and will pray for Denise and the entire Jones family in their grief. We pray for God’s comfort and strength as they discover what lies ahead in their new chapter of life. Dr. Jones and Denise will always be a part of the ABC/Ohio family.
As I begin this ministry as your Interim Executive Minister, I want you to know that I do so knowing that the Region is in a season of transition, and my role as an Interim is to guide the Region through the transition as you seek God’s direction towards calling a new Executive Minister. While the position of Interim Executive Minister is temporary, there are specific things that I plan to focus on.
Coming to Koinonia Summer 2018:
Special Person’s Camp: May 30th -June 2nd
First Timer’s Camp #1: June 8th - 9th
Senior High X Camp: June 10th - 15th
Elementary Camp: June 17th - 22nd
Advanced Horsemanship Camp: June 17th - 22nd
Primary Camp: June 24th - 27th
Junior High Camp: July 1st - 6th
Horsemanship Camp: July 1st - 6th
First Timer’s Camp #2: July 6th - 7th
Youth Bible and Saddle Camp: July 8th - 13th
Elementary Bible N’ Saddle Camp: July 15th - 20th
Paintball Camp: July 15th - 20th
Youth Special Persons Horse Camp: August 5th - 8th
Adult Special Person’s Horse Camp: August 8th - 11th
Wilderness Weekend (new this summer): June 8th—10th
Cost & registration information available through The Koinonia Camp office at 440-466-1278 and more information is available online at http://www.christiancampohio.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/koinoniacamp1.
There have been changes to the administration of scholarship applications for summer camp ministries at Kirkwood. Please be aware that scholarship applications are due by July 31, 2018 in the ABC Ohio office. Download the Scholarship Application Form HERE!
Matthew 25 Ministries of Cincinnati manages Camp Kirkwood. Kirkwood still provides ABC related camping at a discount (see scholarship application).
ABC/OHIO will continue to process the scholarships through the Region Office instead of the camp itself. Scholarship Application Deadline is July 31, 2018.
ABC/OHIO Summer Camp Scholarship applications must be submitted to Leslie Hoskinson, ABC/OHIO Region Office, 136 N. Galway Dr., Granville, OH 43023-9577. ABC/OHIO Summer Camp Scholarships will be in the amount of $50 per qualified camper. Campers must attend an American Baptist Church to qualify. Please contact the ABC/OHIO Region Office (740) 587-0804 with any questions. Scholarship confirmations will be sent to the camper’s email address and Kirkwood. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to Kirkwood.
If your campers are going to CAMP KOINONIA, the ABC Ohio scholarships are processed through the camp. Koinonia campers do not need to apply through the ABC Ohio office.
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.
“We Are American Baptist Churches of Ohio – Our Heritage & Mission,” was produced to provide a reminder of our rich heritage, mission, and covenant. The question for our congregations, leaders and pastors is: “What does it mean for you and your congregation to be a member of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio?”
Since 2009, the "Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering" (BMMO) has become a significant avenue for churches in the Region to support the ministries of ABC/Ohio. BMMO helps make it possible for ABC/Ohio to serve your church.
Learn more through this special video!
The American Baptist Churches of Ohio, or ABC/Ohio) is a fellowship of American Baptist Congregations. Our vision is to help congregations “Rise up and build healthy churches that impact the world for Christ."