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News of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan

Issue 2018.17 - August 20, 2018

Sorry for the delay with this issue. Your Editor was seriously injured in a bicycle accident last Friday and was hospitalized until yesterday. Now recovering at home. - J.I.M.

In this issue....

Death of Ralph Houghton

Ralph Houghton, a member for more than 40 years of Covenant Baptist Church, West Broomfield, church moderator, and attorney, died at his home in northern Michigan on August 8. He leaves behind his wife Audree, son Matthew, a sister, and three grandchildren.

He provided legal services to the ABC-MI for a number of years during Dr. Robert Shaw's time as executive minister and for the first two years of Dr. Michael William's tenure. He was a good friend of American Baptists in Michigan.

His memorial service was held Friday, August 17 at New Hope Community Church in Williamsburg, MI.

ABC-MI honors Dr. James Perkins

The American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) honors the Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins, who has served as the twentieth president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) since August 2014, and recently led the 57th Annual Session of the PNBC held in Philadelphia, PA as he concluded his term of service.

He has served as pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, for thirty-five years. This congregation has affiliation with both the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, with active engagement within both Baptist families.

Dr. Perkins has blessed both American Baptists and Progressive National Baptists with his many gifts for ministry. In addition to serving in several positions in the PNBC, he is an American Baptist Judson Press author. His writings include "Building Up Zion's Walls: Ministry for Empowering the African American Family" and "Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys", both published by Judson Press (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania). His other writings, as well as profiles of his ministry and details of his community activism, have been included in both secular and Christian publications such as Black Enterprise, USA Today, Ebony, The American Baptist, The African-American Pulpit, several edited works published by Judson Press, and the best-selling "Success Runs in Our Race" by George Fraser.

Believing the church has a responsibility to serve both the temporal as well as the spiritual needs of the surrounding community, Dr. Perkins has established numerous enterprises over his years of ministry that support that vision. In 1992, he founded the Fellowship Nonprofit Housing Corporation as a vehicle for community economic development. In the spring of 2006, Providence Place was constructed. This $10 million development provides fifty single family homes for low and middle income families. Responding to the crisis he witnessed in the available educational options for young, urban African American males, Dr. Perkins instituted the Benjamin E. Mays Male Academy in 1993. This Kindergarten through sixth grade Christian school for boys operated for 17 years and positively impacted the future of hundreds of males.

Dr. Perkins is married to Linda Adkins Perkins and is the father of two daughters and the grandfather of one grandson.

"It was my joy to honor the Rev. Dr. James Perkins and bring the message at a recent Sunday morning service of Greater Christ Baptist Church," states Dr. Michael Williams, ABC-MI Executive Minister. "Dr. Perkins is such a gifted servant of God, it has taken engagement in two Baptist families for him to fully utilize his God-given talents. And, he has continued his various commitments while addressing serious health issues in recent months. We thank God for the healing that has happened and pray for continued restoration of his health."

Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman recovering from surgery

The Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman, pastor of Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church of Detroit, underwent successful open heart surgery on Wednesday, August 15. The ABC-MI family remembers her in prayer during these days of recuperation.

Dr. DeeDee Coleman has served the Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church since November, 1999. She has been in ministry since 1963 and was ordained as a Deacon in October 1988, granted her license to preach in October 1990, and received ordination to the ministry in July 1993, all under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church of Detroit.

Latest news from ABC-USA

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Founders Day at Northern Seminary

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Fenton historical walk on September 8

Fenton Historical Society and Museum will have a Community Historical Walk on September 8, 2018. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Some of the stops along the walk will include the site of the old Baptist Minister's Home, and the Oakwood Cemetery where the Baptist ministers and their wives are buried.

If you are interested in finding out more about an important chapter of the past of our American Baptist heritage, check out this special event in Fenton on September 8.

Take a day road trip and have some fun. I will see you there.

-- Linda Montei, Member of the Region American Baptist Historical Committee.

Get your church UnStuck!

The American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) in cooperation with The UnStuck Group offer a twelve-month pastor consulting and coaching experience designed to help the pastor focus vision, strategy and action.

The total cost of for the twelve month coaching experience is $1,800. The ABC-MI received a Palmer Grant from the American Baptist Foundation which will cover $900 of the $1,800 cost. The remainder will be billed to the church at $75.00 per month.

This coaching experience can begin at any time. Palmer Grants are available for up to ten churches on a first come, first serve basis. Please click here for more regarding the components of the twelve-month coaching experience.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Williams, ABC-MI Executive Minister, or the Rev. David Rice, pastor of Markey Community Church, Roscommon. Pastor Rice and his church leadership have engaged the coaching services of The UnStuck Group for over more than three years. The UnStuck Group website is also a good place to learn more about their ministries at www.theunstuckgroup.com.

Light the Way - Spend less on energy, more on mission

Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, in partnership with Consumers Energy, is offering free energy ugrades to faith communities in several counties across Michigan. Over the past two years, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light has assisted 250+ congregations in receiving an average of $1,000 of directly installed energy efficiency upgrades (e.g. LED lighting, programmable thermostats, low-flow faucet aerators, etc.) saving each participating congregation an average of over $500 a year on their gas and electric bills from these upgrades alone. Spending less on utilities means more for your congregation's important missions and ministry.

Participation is limited to a first come, first served basis. For more information and to sign up, please visit: www.miipl.org/energy-efficiency/.

Harvesting Shalom

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2018 'Blessed is She' Women's Retreat

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