Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The 2020 Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio is approaching, Tuesday, October 6, 1-4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North.  Just as many of our schools and colleges are using a hybrid model (both in person and online) to begin the schoolyear, we have planned the Annual Gathering so that people throughout our ABC Ohio family may choose to gather either in person or electronically.  Either way, we invite you to register for the Gathering so that we may adequately prepare for a safe environment at the hotel, and we can be sure of the quorum that will participate in the business meeting portion of the Gathering. There is no registration fee, but ALL participants must register.

We know that some of you will enjoy participating in the Gathering in person.  We will practice social distancing in our room arrangement and program.  Masks will be required for all who attend.  The hotel has assured us that they will take an abundance of precautions to meet safety standards while we are there. 
 
We also know that many of you will want to be part of the day but will not want to participate in person.  We urge those who are ill, at risk, or have a desire to be cautious, to stay at home and participate with us electronically.  The event will be live-streamed, so you will be able to be part of the afternoon in real time.  More information about the live streaming will be made available closer to the time of the event.

The program will include an address by Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Acting General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA, and a time of worship led by Pastor Benjamin Payne of the First Baptist Church of Seville.  Rev. Dr. Ken Atchison, President of ABC Ohio will present his Presidential Address.  We will also hear virtual greetings from some in the broader American Baptist family.  As is required by our constitution, there will be a brief business meeting.

All participants must register by Friday, September 25.  Please complete one included registration form for each registrant and return it to the ABC Ohio office.  If you will be attending virtually, you will receive instructions by email during the week of September 28 for accessing the live-streamed event.  Delegates who are participating virtually will also receive instructions for the e-mail voting process.
We are looking forward to 2021 as we anticipate being together for a more complete Annual Gathering next year.  You and your congregations remain in our prayers as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19.

Blessings!

Rev. Jane Gibbons, Executive Minister for Program and Ministry Development
American Baptist Churches of Ohio

Rev. Mark Click, Executive Minister for Administration and Denominational Relations
American Baptist Churches of Ohio