World Mission Offering 2014

Almost 2000 years ago, the Apostle Paul saw a vision of a man saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." Today, that same call is being echoed all over the world - from Myanmar and Brazil to South Africa and Macau. People are crying out for the hope and light of the gospel in a world darkened by sin. We've committed to Jesus' Great Commission to "make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:19) One of the practical ways we can do this is by supporting our annual World Mission Offering (WMO).

University Baptist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

University Baptist Church of East Lansingwill mark its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The celebration will begin with a reception, 5:30 pm and Worship Service at 7:00 pm on the church grounds, 4608 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. The Rev. Alex Pickens, III, is senior pastor.

We cordially invite you to celebrate with us, thanking the LORD for what He has accomplished in the first fifty years, and to be encouraged that His Kingdom is coming, here and around the globe. If you are unable to join us, we invite you to send greetings, letters, pictures, or video messages to be included in our celebration. We ask that all materials and messages be sent by October 15 if at all possible.

RSVP to attend is requested by October 15,
2014. Please email University Baptist Church, unibapt@gmail.com, or call the church office at 517.351.4144 and leave a message indicating your name and the number attending. Additional information about related celebration activities will be posted on the church website www.ubcel.org as arrangements are updated.

First Baptist Church of Dearborn Celebrates 90 Years of Blessings

First Baptist Church of Dearborn will celebrate "90 Years of Blessing"on October 25 and 26. Members and friends are invited to meet on Saturday, October 25, from 1 to 4pm for lunch, a hymn sing, and sharing of memories.

On Sunday, October 26, the congregation will meet for worship at 10am. The Rev. Dan Buttry, International Ministries global consultant for peace and justice and former pastor at Dearborn, will preach. The choir will be led by former director Ginny Rivard. Former members of the Chancel Choir or the Joy Singers are invited to come and sing along. Choir rehearsal is Saturday, October 25, at 10am.

A luncheon will follow the service.

The invitation letter sent by Pastor Diana Thompson also carries this news:

This 90 Years of Blessing celebration is doubly important, because as many of you are already aware, First Baptist Church of Dearborn will be selling its building and ceasing to meet as a congregation in the very near future. There is sadness in this development, but there is also rejoicing in the ministry that has taken place from the intersection of Beech, Nowlin, and Olmstead for almost a century.

First Baptist Church Holly Celebrates 175 Years of Ministry

First Baptist Church of Holly had a great day celebrating their 175th Anniversary on Sunday, September 21, 2014. A combined service was held in the Family Life Center with 250 people in attendance.

Pastor Jack Harris, who served the Holly church from 1970 through 1999, was welcomed with a standing ovation. Pastor Harris, and retiring Pastor Ed Pedley, shared many of their favorite memories. 

[In photo, left to right, Pastors Ed Pedley, Richard Kinnamon, and Jack Harris.]

Our current Pastor, Richard Kinnamon, gave us an excellent analogy to keep in mind: A legacy is much like a pass thrown in a football game. The initial throw is only a part of the completed pass. The receiver also needs to catch the ball - and is then obligated to take that ball and run with it as far as he can. Plaques of recognition were given by Rev. Tucker Gunneman, representing ABC of Michigan, and Jerry Walker, Holly Village Manager.

A celebration lunch followed the service. 

2014 Region Offering

More than 180 years ago, a group of Christians came to Michigan to build and equip the church. This work continues to this day in new and exciting ways. Hopefully spring is on the way and this will be our 7th year to promote and collect the Region Offering to continue the work that was started so many years ago and is still going on within our Region today. The Region promotes this special offering in May, but your church is welcome to collect this offering at any time.

Click here to see how the Region Offering is utilized in the following ways:

ABC-MI Congregations Calling New Pastors in 2014

Several American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) congregations have or are soon to welcome new senior pastors in 2014. They include:

  • Gary Schooler to the Ceresco Baptist Church, Ceresco; 
  • David Rice to the Markey Community Baptist Church, Roscommon; 
  • Scott Runyon to the Federated Church, Grass Lake as co-pastor; 
  • John Reed to the Clarklake Community Church, Clarklake; 
  • Richard Kinnamon to the First Baptist Church of Holly; 
  • Mark Hovermale to the Alpha Baptist Church, Livonia; 
  • Ross Lucas to the First Baptist Church, Owosso as transitional pastor; 
  • Dennis DeMott to the First Baptist Church of Sturgis;
  • Jeremy Spence to the First Baptist Church of Traverse City;
  • Don Proctor to the Immanuel Baptist Church, Ypsilanti.
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