Events

Minister Meet-Ups : Spring/Summer Series 2018

…A time for American Baptist ministers to come together for mutual support, networking, mental and physical nourishment, and Holy Spirit stirring around topics that matter to our vocational health and missional purpose…

 

2018 SPRING/SUMMER SERIES – MARK YOUR CALENDARS  Check back for updates

RSVP to dawn.armstrong@abcofwi.org five days prior to the Meet-Up.

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Tending our Roots: In Faith and Work

→ Friday, May 18, 2018    →2-3:30 PM    ⌂Camp Tamarack –  E879 Golke Road, Waupaca, WI

→ Facilitated by Carolyn Dugan, Associate Regional Minister – Camping

This will be a time to reconnect with God’s creation as we explore
how we stay rooted in our faith and discuss the challenges as
ministers being pulled in many directions.

In nature there is a rhythm of growth, a time when roots are growing
deeper or reaching out and a time of maintenance or even dormancy.

* What is your initial faith story and how does it affect your
current story of “be”ing with God?
* How do you respond to the rhythm in your own faith journey?
* What are reasons our roots would need to grow deeper, outwards and
sometimes be uprooted?
* What does this mean in our current ministry or faith context?

You are also invited to participate in tending the physical space of
Camp during “Spring in to Camp” or tend to your own physical needs
by being a part of creation: hiking, canoeing, “being”, before or
after the structured time.


Sabbath and Sabbaticals

→ Tuesday, May 29, 2018     →12 – 1:30 PM      ⌂Location: Underwood Memorial Baptist Church (Stable House) = 1916 N Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee

→ Facilitated by John Jones, Associate Regional Minister – Education, with contributions from Rev. Karen Gygax-Rodriguez of Federated Church, Green Lake and Rev. Jason Mack, Minister of Community at First Baptist, Madison, and guest Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash

What is a “Sabbatical”? Join us for a practical discussion of the meaning and value of ‘Sabbatical,” grounded in a textual study of “Sabbath” facilitated by Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash.

Why does God command something as basic as rest?  How might we understand both Sabbath and Sabbatical as forms of faithfulness?  Is a Sabbatical just a vacation?  How can a specific and structured time away in the form of Sabbatical be something that enlivens and sustains ministry?  On a practical level, how does one go about requesting, organizing, financing, planning, and executing a Sabbatical?

We may not answer all of these questions, but we will do our best to ask them and many more in a wide ranging discussion of Sabbath and Sabbatical.  Bring your concerns theological and practical.

A light lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to dawn.armstrong@abcofwi.orgat least five days prior with any food restrictions.


Pastor, Minister, Shepherd: What does authority look like in the church?

→ Monday, July 23, 2018     →12 – 1:30 PM     ⌂ Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 3456 N. 38th St, Milwaukee, WI

→ Roundtable discussion facilitated by John Jones, Associate Regional Minister – Education, and guest TBD

What’s in a title? Come together to examine your own and other different notions of what Pastoral Authority means in the church.  Diversity in ABC life is a gift.  Let’s learn together how God accomplishes ministry in our different ABC congregations.


Brave Conversations About Race

→ Sunday, July 29, 2018     →5-6:30 PM    ⌂Location: TBD

→ Facilitated by Marie Onwubuariri, Regional Executive Minister and guest TBD

At the direct request from the participants of this table topic at the 2017 Annual Gathering, we will continue to explore obstacles to, helpful approaches for, and hopeful impact of brave conversations about race and its effects upon humanity and the church.


RSVP Requested:  dawn.armstrong@abcofwi.org by 5 days prior to each meet-up




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Open House Fellowship for Women in Ministry

→ Friday, April 6, 2018    →11 AM-3 PM    ⌂Home of Marie Onwubuariri – Brookfield, WI
→ Hosted by Marie Onwubuariri; Co-Sponsored by American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM)

The women of the American Baptist National Leadership Council (NLC*) and the women ministers of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin are invited to a time of food and fellowship at the home of Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, ABC/WI Regional Executive Minister.

*The NLC meets annually at the Green Lake Conference Center and includes American Baptist executive leadership of our national boards, regions, and affiliated ministry partners. More can be learned at http://www.abc-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/abcByLaws03.08.2018.pdf (page 37-38.)


National Week of Conversation: helping to bridge the divides in our country

→ Wednesday, April 25, 2018    →12-1:30 PM    ⌂ABC/WI Region Office
→ Facilitated by Marie Onwubuariri

National Week of Conversation is a unique opportunity for Americans of different views to talk with each other and, more importantly, really listen to each other. To learn more about this national initiative, visit https://www.revivecivility.org/national-week-conversation


 

American Baptist Women of WI Retreat 2018

American Baptist Women have been meeting for 140 years!

Please join us for our Annual Women’s Retreat:

Dates: June 1-3, 2018

Location: Camp Tamarack, E879 Golke Rd, Waupaca, WI

Cost: Friday night-Sunday noon $110.00 cabin or Tamarack or $140.00 for Basile,
Saturday only $45.00 (no exception)

You can find the invitation here, the letter here and the registration form here.

Please contact Linda Jolly at 608-201-2528 or via email grandmaj2@sbcglobal.net if there are questions.

Spring In To Camp 2018

 

Join us as we “Spring in to Camp”

May 17th – 20th we will be preparing camp for the summer season.

We will need help cleaning cabins, clearing trails, raking, dusting and all that goes in to preparing the spaces for campers and renters.

We encourage individuals, families, youth groups, men’s groups, women’s groups and any other groups to come and help out.

Please contact Carolyn or Kim with your availability during those dates so we can plan the schedule, meals and lodging.

carolyn.dugan@abcofwi.org   715-281-2267                   kim.drost@abcofwi.org         715-281-7816

“Foolish Love” Online Series

MONDAYS IN LENT – in the location of your choosing 

If you’re looking for a community to walk with during this Lenten season, join the POST for our special “Foolish Love” series. Mondays in Lent for 45 minutes: just what you need to recalibrate with faith as we follow in the steps of Jesus.

Story Telling Event – PRMBC

On February 11, 2017, CENTRAL Wisconsin held a Story Telling event, hosted by Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.  These stories were the culmination of work for a course taught at the seminary in the Fall of 2016 and Winter 2017.

We now have these stories gathered together and linked here on YouTube.

Here’s the whole PLAYLIST.

Here’s each video, referenced by the story teller:

Amos Green  “165 Years Old … and Still Growing”

Darlene Turner-Harper “A Gift of Encouragement”

Reggie Ivy  “What God has Joined Together”

Delores Wilkins  “The Vision Unfolds”

Carolyn Parker  “Taking Care of Ms Taylor”

Brice Smith  “How She Got Here: The 170-Year Progressive Call of Underwood”

Kendrick Allen  “Pioneers of Faith”

 

Many thanks to our Story Tellers.  Thanks also to Dallas Flippin who filmed the stories and prepared the video for publishing.

173rd Annual Gathering

“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.” Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV

Thank you to all who made this year's event possible and for all those
who attended and contributed to this blessed gathering.

October 13-14, 2017

American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin
at Green Lake Conference Center

Our American Baptist family from across the state joined for Christ-centered fellowship, worship, and equipping for ministries and mission. 2017 begins our journey under the vision, Together Living Faithfully Through Christ Today, responding to the imperatives of rootedness, collaboration, growth, and transformation, and inspired by Ephesians 3:18-19. This year's Annual Gathering focused on Rootedness.

Reflections from the Annual Gathering

(by Regional Executive Minister, Wisconsin Baptist November 2017)

2017 State of the Region Report

2017AnnualGathering_ProgramBooklet Final

2017 Annual Gathering Draft Minutes

Learnings from Mission Table Conversations - Saturday Morning Plenary

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