Wisconsin Baptist September 2017 Lead Article

Come to the 173rd Annual Gathering, Oct. 13-14 @ Green Lake Conference Center

                                        Jacqueline Colbert, ABC/WI Board of Managers, President

2017 has been and continues to be such an exhilarating and encouraging time of ministry and mission as American Baptist Churches (ABC) of Wisconsin unfolds a new vision for the region. Our new vision statement is: “Together Living Faithfully through Christ Today” (Ephesians 3:18-19). There are four imperatives undergirding the vision: Rootedness, Collaboration, Growth and Transformation.

The 173rd Annual Gathering focuses on the first imperative, Rootedness, with the theme, “Rooted In and Living Through Christ with scripture “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Col 2:6-7 (NRSV)

We will gather from all over the state to move forward in this mission and ministry. Please join us as we explore the roots of our witness as American Baptists and determine our movement forward. I invite, no strongly encourage, your participation as local church communities and individually as involved American Baptists to join us at Green Lake. We need you!! YOU are the hands and feet of transformative ministry.

Please go to the website www.abcofwi.org and click on the link for the 173rd Annual Gathering. You will be directed to additional links for the program booklet and the 2017 Registration Form. The deadline for registration is Thursday, September 28, 2017. Accommodations at Green Lake can be requested by calling Green Lake Conference Center at (920) 294-3323 (GLCC is no longer holding rooms for our event, so the sooner you call the better chance you will have to secure a room).

Join us and be intricately involved in the growth and transformation of this region as this American Baptist body strives to live faithfully through Christ. I look forward to us joining to together as a regional family in worship, fellowship. and learning to equip ourselves both individually and collectively for fruitful ministries and mission. See you in October!!


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