The latest news from many resources for American Baptist Churches.

Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative

American Baptist Churches of Ohio (ABC Ohio) assist local and regional congregations. In an effort to provide long term financial stability, the Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative has established the Rise Up and Build Fund to support key ministry initiatives. These include congregational development consulting, coaching, training, pastor and famiily care, crisis counseling to congregations and pastors, promoting the congregations shared mission and more. Your financial commitment is important to the support of these ministries and more. In addition to cash gifts, there are other ways to contribuite including wills (bequests), gifts of stock, life insurance, real estate and other property along with charitable trusts and annuities. For more information about this fund and ways you can give, contact ABC Ohio at 740-587-0804 or our partners the American Baptist Foundation at 650-768-2035. You can make a difference and join the Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative!

Mohican Baptist Association Fall Rally

The Mohican Baptist Association Fall Rally was held October 4, 2015 hosted by the First Baptist Church of Fredericktown.

American Baptist Missionaries Vital and Ketley Pierre were the keynote speakers. They shared about their work in Nicaragua and their upcoming move to the Dominican Republic.

It is wonderful to hear the work of our Associations and see how God is using His people to reach the world for Christ!

Rev. Jennifer Easley Passes

Rev. Jennifer Easley, a former ABC/Ohio minister who served on staff at the First Baptist Church of Middletown passed away on July 9, 2015. Rev. Easley had a passon for the earth and physical science. She taught and had a love for protecting the environment. She also often hosted foreign exhange students in her home. We lift up Rev. Easley and her family during this time and praise God for her service!

Churches and Pastors: Important Tax Law Changes

On July 1, 2015 the Affordable Care Act rules officially change for many churches. Tax advisors are warning churches who previously provided health insurance reimbursement as part of a salary “package” that it is now against the law. Unless your church employees are on a group plan or pay only one employee, an employer is not permitted to reimburse individual health care insurance premiums on either a pre- or post-tax basis. If your church continues to do this, the church is required to pay a fine of $100 per day per employee.

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