News & Notes from

   American Baptist Home Mission


    April 2016


The late day sun poured through the vibrant stained glass windows of Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., on Friday, transforming brilliant panes of blue, red, yellow and orange into patches of electric color.

Add to this picture the choirs swaying back and forth and the soul-stirring organ, and it's no wonder that the setting filled hungry hearts with faith and hope as we sang the opening hymn, "Be Thou My Vision." The musicians deliberately slowed the tempo of the last verse, punctuating the message with
chime-like percussion:

"Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;" we sang; "I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord; Heart of my own heart, whatever befall ... Still be my vision."

The singular focus of this hymn, counting on God to guide the way, set the stage for the commissioning of our new Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray as we celebrated the historic ministries of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), which has remained steadfast in its call to stay focused on God's lead for close to two centuries.

Now, with new leadership, ABHMS has renewed its commitment to mission and
ministry rooted in the Christian Gospels, mission and ministry that impacts churches
and communities across the United States and Puerto Rico, bringing transformation
and healing.

If you missed this worship experience, watch it on our Facebook page. I know you will be as touched as I was by the moving words of the Rev. Lauren Ng, the featured preacher, along with the choirs' powerful rendition of "Amazing Grace" that swelled from close to a whisper to rocking the reverberating sanctuary.

Susan Gottshall
Associate Executive Director, Communications
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

D.C. worship event marks ABHMS' new leadership,
mission emphasis
At a worship service Friday at Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., ABHMS celebrated with praise and thanksgiving the new leadership of Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, along with a new mission emphasis.

ABHMS and IM join in trip to Philippines
As part of an American Baptist delegation on a first-time cooperative visit to the Philippines, ABHMS' Victoria Goff shared her
disaster-response expertise with the Convention of Philippine
Baptist Churches.

ABHMS-administered grant aids Bacone College disaster recovery
Bacone College, Muskogee, Okla., will obtain professional flood-recovery services with part of a $20,000 ABHMS-administered emergency grant from American Baptist Churches USA's One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds.
Faith-based advocacy efforts result in shareholder vote
Because of advocacy by ABHMS and other members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, shareholders will vote on climate change-related resolutions at ExxonMobil's annual meeting
on May 25.

Judson Press to host 'Women in Ministry' webinar series
Join Judson Press for its "Women in Ministry" webinar series at 1 p.m. EST in April: "Here I Am: Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen" on the 19th and "Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling" on the 26th.


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