The latest news from many resources for American Baptist Churches.

Domestic Violence Workshop & Certification April 17 & 24, 2021

American Baptist Women’s Ministries is partnering with Safe Haven Ministries for Bible study and a Domestic Violence certification April 17 & 24 from 11 AM to 4:30 PM EDT. This workshop will enable clergy, church leaders, community groups, and domestic violence educators to come together in a safe and intentional manner to learn ways to support and aid those in their communities that are suffering from Domestic Violence. The Bible study will take familiar scripture text and look at it through the lens of domestic violence. Together we will reflect and see how our actions and inactions may impact a survivor in our families, churches and communities. For more information, visit www.abwomensministries.org/events.

2021 Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering

Since 2009, the "Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering" (BMMO) has become a significant avenue for churches in the Region to support the ministries of American Baptist Churches of Ohio (ABC Ohio). BMMO helps make it possible for ABC Ohio to serve your church.

DOWNLOAD A BMMO BULLETIN INSERT HERE

Every dollar given to the BMMO goes to support the various ministries that benefit your church (see the list of ministries below). The most significant region ministry is that of the two Executive Ministers, Rev. Jane Gibbons and Rev. Mark Click, who serve faithfully to help in whatever way needed to equip you and your church for ministry.

Our Region's theme  is "Discovering New Life: Transforming Paths to Ministry" from Matthew 9:16-17.  “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

BMMO gifts help develop, coach, and assist servant leaders.  It provides new ministry resources for local churches and helps provide quality ministry gatherings to challenge and grow healthy churches.

Please consider giving to the BMMO in 2021. This is one way your church can partner with ABC Ohio to fulfill God’s mission in your community and beyond. Your faithful giving is appreciated and is needed to serve its member churches. Again, remember that every dollar given goes to ABC Ohio ministries that "help build healthy churches that impact the world for Christ."

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Georganna Mawer Passes Peacefully


Georganna Mawer, 95, of Toledo. Ohio passed away peacefully with her family surrounding her on Sunday March 28, 2021. She entered in to the arms of Jesus on Palm Sunday.

Gigi was born in Weston, Ohio a, small rural farm town. She always kept her farm upbringing in her heart. Proceeding her in death are her siblings, Blanche Patterson, Harlan Zulch, Miriam Strohm: daughter in law Kay Mawer. 

Gigi was a member of First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, where she served in many ministries for over 70 years. After raising her children Gigi fulfilled a dream of becoming a lay pastor of American Baptist Churches. She served as president of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio, making many lifelong friends.

Gigi loved to travel. While serving the American Baptist Churches of Ohio she planned and led numerous mission trips, domestic and abroad.  It was a great joy for her to share of these trips with the home churches in Ohio. Reporting to the congregations of the work of the gospel throughout the world. Bob and Gigi enjoyed traveling the world together. Known by her grandchildren as the “Traveling Grandma”.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 70 years: Robert Mawer: children: Jeff Mawer, James (Charlena) Mawer, Miriam (Thomas) Carpenter, Patricia (Matthew) Goretti;.11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She will be forever missed by her family.

Please keep the Mawer family in your prayers.

ABC Ohio Leadership Conference April 23 & 24, 2021


Join us for the ABC/Ohio Leadership Conference April 23-24, 2021. It is a conference for pastors, staff, leadership and congregation members. Join us as we discuss creating a culture of intergenerational ministries.

The event will take place over two days with a hybrid of in-person and virtual participation. Our Saturday hybrid event will take place at the First Baptist Church of Newark (1000 Granville Rd., Newark, OH 43055). ABC/Ohio is pleased to welcome Dr. Holly Allen as our conference leader.

This is a conference for Pastors, Church Leadership and Members creating a culture of ministry partnership!

Through teaching and discussion, Dr. Allen will help pastors, children's ministry leaders, senior adult ministry leaders, teachers, other church leaders and parents learn practical ways to implement intergenerational ministry in ABC Ohio Congregations

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM AND BROCHURE HERE

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Two-day attendance is encouraged for our pastors while Saturday attendance benefits leadership teams. All church members are encouraged to attend Saturday's conference!

Safety precautions will be taken in response to COVID-19. Masks will be required at all times, except when eating. We will be maintaining safe social distancing in conference rooms and dining space.

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