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191st Annual Gathering October 3 & 4

The 191st Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio will be held October 3rd and 4th, 2017. All events will take place over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday only) at Crowne Plaza, Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (download the Hotel Information Sheet HERE). Please note that there will be no one day registrations.

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{Registration Form} {Hotel Information} {Annual Gathering Schedule}

The Gathering is highlighting and celebrating the Region's 2017 Ministry Theme, "Transformed by the Journey" from Luke 24:32.

The ‘Gathering’ will be only two days in length, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and concluding at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be only three meal functions, the cost of which will be included in the Registration Fee. The three meal functions will be a Tuesday luncheon – Celebrating  ABC/Ohio Region Ministries, a Tuesday dinner – Celebrating  International Ministries, and a Wednesday All-Convention luncheon. Also included in the cost of registration is a continental breakfast on Wednesday morning. Election of officers and reports will take place on Tuesday morning. Lastly, Rev. Dr. Jones, ABC Ohio Executive Minister will share an inspirational message as we close the ‘Gathering’ at the All-Convention Luncheon on Wednesday.

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2017 Retirement Planning Seminar October 18

Join MMBB Financial Services for a Retirement Planning Seminar on October 18, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM at First Baptist Church Newark (1000 Granville Road Newark OH 43055).

The seminar will cover topics including setting retirement goals, defining income sources, how to distribute and diversify retirement assests and making sure you are on the right financial path for retirement.

How can I pay for retirement? How should I invest retirement assets? How can I maximize the housing allowance? What are my medical and insurance options? Join our certified financial planner professionals and get the tools you need.

Register now by CLICKING HERE!

Longtime American Baptist Churches of Ohio Pastor Finishes His Race

Rev. David Dodridge passed away early on July 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He served his entire life in ministry in American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations. Most recently he served as a Pastoral Care ARM in Northwestern and North Central Associations, encouraging and praying for pastors and their families. 

Dave and his wife, Teresa served the Lord for over 54 years at several churches in Ohio that included, Perry Chapel Baptist Church, Ostrander Baptist Church, Seville First Baptist Church, Newport Baptist Church, Brandon Baptist Church and Clear Fork Baptist Church.  He also served as an interim Pastor at Clark Township Baptist Church and Liberty Concord Baptist Church.  Dave was a member of the Gem and Mineral Club in Akron and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and making jewelry. Please pray for the Dodridge family during this time.

Consuming Fire Music Festival August 19

American Baptist Youth of Ohio are invited to attend the FREE Consuming Fire Music Festival on August 19 beginning at 4 PM. This is a one day outdoor music festival (rain or shine) hosted by First Baptist Newark, Ohio. It is a FREE concert event located on Newark's twelve acre campus. On site tent camping will be available for groups who want to stay over on Saturday night, (water and electricity available). Area hotels are available in Newark and Heath. 

On Sunday morning, First Baptist Newark will host a special American Baptist Youth Ohio Worship Service with Justin Mumper (from Lima FBC) as our speaker. All ABC youth are invited to participate in the service (prayer, skits, musicians, singers, etc.), please contact Pastor Jim Addy at First Baptist Newark if interested in participating (read more for contact details). 

Make plans now to attend this free event! Download a flyer by clicking here and SPREAD THE WORD!

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