New Book by David Nichols Integrates Outreach, Discipleship, and Evangelism

The Rev. Dr. David L. Nichols, ABC-MI Church Consultant for Stewardship and Discipleship, has completed Learning to Love Your Neighbor: Finding Your Place in God’s Plan to Fix a Broken World.  

This book, a product of the American Baptist Transformed by the Spirit initiative, seeks to integrate missional outreach, discipleship and evangelism in a manner that gives solid attention both to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. 

This is not a book of theories about how to do these things, however, but one that invites and challenges people to take practical steps in following Jesus together. In his foreword to the book, Rev. Dr. Michael Williams has said this book encourages us to move beyond the “non-discipleship Christianity” that threatens to turn our churches into “poor men’s country clubs.”

This book provides an excellent six-month study for small groups or Sunday School classes. Individual copies are $15 and bulk purchases of five or more copies are $10 each with shipping charges included. Complimentary preview copies are available for
pastors on request. 

For further information or to order copies, contact the Region Office or David Nichols at dnich1803@gmail.com.

Markey Community Baptist Church Calls Pastor David Rice

David W. Rice, MDiv, officially began his service as Lead Pastor at Markey Church, Roscommon Monday, May 5. His first message was Mother's Day.

Pastor Rice and his wife Wendy and their two young sons Josiah, age 5 and Jonah, age 2, have now moved into the parsonage and were in attendance at the 11am, May 4, worship service.

Dr. Michael Williams, Executive Minister was guest minister that Sunday and recognized Pastor Rice and his family, extending greetings to them from the wider American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) family.

A hardworking team of Markey Church members remodeled the church parsonage in just three weeks after Pastor Emeritus Jim Kent and his wife Kathy moved to their retirement home in Oscoda (see related story in March 31 E-Link). The remodel included new flooring, painting, appliances and more. The church raised the funds for the parsonage remodel at the same time they have been in a "Raise the Roof" fundraising campaign to raise the $65,000 needed for a new roof on the church building. The congregation has successfully received pledges to fund both projects!

Pastor Rice was raised in a family of three sons by parents who have been in Christian Camping and Retreat ministry for over forty years, primarily serving as Food Service Directors. He graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, IN with a degree in Youth Ministry, Bible, and Religion. He earned a Master of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Pastor Rice and his wife Wendy have been married for ten years, having met during their college years while they were both working at a Christian summer camp.

Some of Pastor Rice's hobbies include cooking, gardening, reading, and music. He enjoys creating his own music.

The Markey congregation and the ABC-MI welcome the Rices to Markey Church and the ABC-MI!

Ceresco Baptist Church Calls Pastor Gary Schooler

Gary Schooler has been called to serve as Pastor of Ceresco Baptist Church. Pastor Gary served as transitional Pastor for the church from January 6, 2013, to January 5, 2014. He began as the called Pastor on Sunday, March 2, 2014. 

Ceresco Baptist Church is pleased to welcome Pastor Gary Schooler and his family to God's service. The church is preparing to mark 160 years later this year and would like for you to meet the newest Pastor. 

You are cordially invited to the Installation Service for Pastor Gary on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The service will begin at 3:00 p.m. A time of fellowship and light refreshments will follow the service.

Prior to being called to Ceresco, Gary was an Associate Lay Pastor at Federated Church of Grass Lake, MI. He provided pulpit supply at First Baptist Churches in Marshall and Monroe.

Pastor Gary completed an accelerated Stephen Ministries study, the focus of which is Christian care. Before accepting God’s call to service, Gary worked for various firms holding positions dealing with water treatment. 

Gary is married to Phyllis, and they have one daughter Amelia. 

Ceresco is located about 5 miles west of downtown Marshall.

Got Questions on Healthcare Reform?

Pastors inquiring about healthcare reform may log on to http://mmbb.org/healthcarereform/ and click on the FAQ tab.

ABC-MI 2013 Annual Business Meeting Highlights

Delegates gathered Saturday, September 21, at the historic Second Baptist Church of Battle Creek for worship, fellowship, the joint Annual Business Meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) and Michigan Baptist Convention (MBC); and reports on the denominational initiative "Transformed by the Spirit."

Ministry Teams and Region Board Meeting October 26

East Lansing—New ABC-MI Officers and Region Board members met Saturday, October 26, at the American Baptist Churches of Michigan offices in East Lansing. The four ministry teams, including: (1) Family Ministry Team (FMT); (2) Congregational Ministries & Missions Team (CMMT); (3) Leadership Ministry Team (LMT); and (4) Administrative Ministry Team (AMT) met during the morning with the whole Region Board meeting during the afternoon. Highlights of the Region Board meeting include:

New Board members were introduced including: (1) Rev. Ed Owens, President; (2) Rev. Mary Fair-Matthews, Vice-President; (3) Ms. Becky Hiebert, Region Secretary; (4) Dr. Keith Whitney, AMT Chair; (5) Ms. Carolyn Jackson, CMMT Chair; (6) Rev. Biak Lian Thang, CMMT; (7) Dr. Arie Van Brenk, CMMT; (8) Rev. Robyn Moore, FMT; (9) Mr. Dennis DeMott, LMT; Rev. Paul Prochaska, LMT; Rev. Ray Strawser, LMT.

Mr. Edwin Ritzler was re-elected Region Treasurer for 2014.

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