All women interested in excellence in preaching are invited to attend a one-day Women Preaching Workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, New London. Reservations are limited to 50 participants.
This exciting workshop is a new opportunity encouraged by our Region for women called to preach the Gospel and supported by the Silver-Bean Fund.
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Batten, Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will be our leader for the day. Until 2007, when called to GCTS, Dr. Batten was the full-time pastor of a church in Maine where attendance in worship and Bible study increased and she created a Sunday school curriculum. Currently Dr. Batten provides pulpit supply in area churches and preaches regularly at the Hope Community Church in Newburyport, Ma. Her scholarly interests include narrative preaching, creativity in preaching and preaching with relevance.
The day’s inspiration will be based on Philippians 4:2-7. Dr. Batten writes: “The workshops will be based on one passage of scripture. We’ll dig into the passage and apply it specifically to women in ministry with an emphasis on women who preach. At the end of the day you should have the makings of a sermon or even a sermon series (or Sunday school lesson) in Philippians. I want to be practical to your life and ministry. You’ll get a refresher course in Preaching 101 along the way.”
We will be sending out more information and if you know of women in your area who might like to attend please pass the word along! This conference is for any woman who feels the call to preach! Registration is only $5.00; lunch is included!
For any questions or to register please contact either: Rev. Linda Bolton, email@example.com, 603-267-7154 or Rev. Dale Louise Nichols, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-542-8546, Conveners.
The Planning Committee is hard at work, preparing for the 2015 ABC/VNH Annual Gathering. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd at the Holiday Inn in Rutland, Vermont. Mark your calendars and check back for registration information.
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We’d like to extend a warm thank you to the Rev. Robb Dix, who submitted so many great and inspiring faith-filled articles in 2014. Thank you, Rev. Dix~we appreciate your insights and wise words so much. Please keep an eye out for new content coming next month.
For those of you who haven’t yet read this month’s ABC/VNH newsletter (drum roll please) your 2014 donations exceeded the Region’s goal of raising $15,000!
The total is just over $25,000 received for last year’s Annual Appeal.
We are so very thankful (and excited!) about this outpouring of blessing from you. We’re also looking forward to how we can use this money to grow God’s kingdom in the year ahead.
Happy 2015! We have a current opening for a volunteer devotional writer for our monthly e-newsletter. If you enjoy writing and enjoy sharing God’s love with others through thought-provoking devotionals, please get in touch with Joy Choquette at email@example.com for more information. You can also send her a private message through the Region’s Facebook page. Many thanks to the Rev. Robb Dix who did such a great job with these devotionals in 2014!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff of the American Baptist Churches of Vermont & New Hampshire.
The Region office will be closed December 24 – January 4 for the Christmas Holiday.
HELP NEEDED – CALLING ALL WRITERS:
In preparation for our Annual Meeting in May, 2015, Rev. Dale Edwards will be calling on our Region to enter into 60 Days of Prayer for our Region, beginning March 2nd. As part of that, a devotion booklet is being prepared using the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134). Many of our retired pastors have contributed reflections, but we are still in need of 15 reflections. If you would like to write a reflection on one of the Psalms of Ascent, please contact Malcolm Hamblett right away for details and Psalm assignment.
All reflections need to be submitted by mid-January. Contact Malcolm at 802-824-6913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the link to open the documents:
January 2015Newsletter (Word doc)
January 2015 Newsletter (pdf file)
January 2015 Calendars of Events (Word doc)
January 2015 Calendars of Events (pdf file)
January 2015 God Stuff Happenings (Word doc)
January 2015 God Stuff Happenings (pdf file)
The December 2014 e-Newsletter is filled with inspiration for the Christmas season as well as the total for this year’s Annual Appeal. (Note: It’s surprising–in a good way!)