An Art and Prayer Retreat led by Kit Ripley will be held November 10 to 12, 2017 at Kirkwood (formely Camp Kirkwood) in Wilmington, Ohio. Registration is limited to only 10 participants so do not wait to register! What does it mean to be “made in the image of God”? Which attributes of God are reflected in humanity? How does sin obscure the image of God in us? And how can we participate in the restoration of the image of God in our own lives? During this retreat, we will think about reflections, and you will be guided in the process of creating a self-portrait as you consider how God’s nature is reflected in your own life. Plan now to be a part!
The Used Book Depository which was a ministry of Montgomery Community Church has ended effective June 30, 2017. From this point forward, they will no longer be able to accept book or bible donations. The American Baptist Churches of Ohio will no longer be able to accept book donations. However, Leslie Hoskinson will continue to accept BIBLES and Bibles only. Thank you for your understanding and your support of this ministry through the years!
Our Keynote Speaker for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Annual Gathering is Dr. William D. Shiell, President of Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Shiell will preach on Tuesday evening at the worship service. There will be two Bible Studies – one on Tuesday afternoon and the other on Wednesday morning. Our mission speakers will be Emerson and Ivy Wu, American Baptist International Missionaries.
Dr. Shiell holds a PhD in New Testament from Baylor University and has pastored for seventeen years. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida.
Dr. Shiell obtained his Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He completed his PhD in 2003 and has served as an adjunct professor at Carson-Newman College. The author of several books and numerous articles, he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Bill and his wife Kelly were married in 1995, and they have two sons: Parker (2001) and Drake (2007). His hobbies include golf, reading, and writing.
Ruth V. Sinsabaugh passed away Friday, June 16th, after a short illness. She was born September 22, 1918 to Sarah (Sadie) Giffen Van Winkle and Charles D. Van Winkle in Eden Township. Ruth grew up on the family farm in Eden Township and attended a one-room school there in her early years. She went on to Utica High School and graduated in 1936. Ruth and her husband Franklin B. Sinsabaugh were married and set up housekeeping in Granville in 1938. After her children finished school she became employed as a secretary at the Ohio Baptist Convention (OBC) in Granville for many years; American Baptist Churches of Ohio in Granville has succeeded the OBC.
She is survived by her son Don F. Sinsabaugh of New York City; granddaughters Elana Sinsabaugh of New York City; and Annie F. Sinsabaugh Pick of Cambridge, MA. Her dearest friend and sister-in-law Carol Van Winkle of St. Louisville also survives her. Preceding her in death were her daughter Verna Jean, husband Franklin Blaine and son Van Frederick.
Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family at the Central Christian Church in Newark.
Our own executive minister of ABC Ohio Dr. Ernest Jones has received the McKee Bible Encouragement Award. This is a presentation to an individual who in the past year has experienced difficulties in their ministry work and/or personal lives. It is given as a form of encouragement and uplifting by fellow McKeeites. It is tradition that an African American Study Bible is given and signed by planning team as a part of the award. The McKee Bible Encouragement Award is one of the William T. McKee Memorial Consultation Awards presented to deserving members. Congratulations to Dr. Jones and we continue to pray for him and his leadership daily!
Emerson and Ivy Wu will be in Ohio this September 2017.
Speaker opportunities with the Wu's are available for our American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations.
Please contact Leslie Hoskinson or 740.587.0804 if you would like to schedule a speaking opportunity with the Wu's.
The Rev. Ivy and Emerson Wu serve as the directors of the Global Chinese Training Ministry.
The Speakers' Spotlight focuses on those speakers who might be of interest to our American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations.