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Blessed to be in this ecumenical gathering in celebration on this MLK day...ready to be challenged to keep his work moving forward and to be faithful to each of God-given call. Rev. Dr. Martin Childs, Jr, Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church (host church of the 2018 ABC Wisconsin Annual Gathering -Oct. 12-13.)

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Ordination Candidate Dallas Flippin preaching on this Epiphany Sunday. Please keep him and the ACTS association during his Ordination Council on Saturday Jan 13.

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· August 15, 2017
As an 87 year old ABC/USA Pastor's Widow I commend this message as pathway for all of us to reset our pilgrim journey from here on in. We have done our best in the past in many ways; we are called ...to dig deeper for truth and love to face the hate of today in our very best way. See More
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Luke 2:15 (NRSV)

Was it something supernatural that compelled the shepherds to get up and go...
or simply human curiosity?
...
Was it a deep desire--or need--for something out of the normal daily grind,
something that might have changed the trajectory of their otherwise predictable lives?

For whatever reason, God's glorious announcement of "good news" was revealed to the shepherds. Though this cause for "great joy" was "for all people," the shepherds were especially positioned to be in perfect earshot and sight-line to...well, notice. (1)

They noticed, and they responded. The rest is history, as they say.

Yet it is more than history.

Wonderment, curiosity, the opportunity to respond to that which reveals the glory of God and the 'good news' are all around us today--in the open fields and the quaint towns and the bustling cities.

This verse, Luke 2:15, of the Christmas story particularly jumped out to me as I remembered our beloved regional family. And I prayed that the Lord will make known to us, too...
...deep-rooted hurts and joys impacting our faith
...paths of collaboration that lead to unifying love
...areas parched for spiritual growth and those ready for harvest
...realities in need of God's lasting transformation and those already transformed

and I prayed that there will be those among us who will notice
and will say, "Let us go now and see this thing that has taken place."

and I prayed that we, too, we will respond.

There are many yet who need this good news of joy for all people; many yet who know the Christmas story but have not learned how to treasure it in their hearts.

On this Christmas morning, I wish you all the spirit and the faithfulness of the shepherds as we cherish the final days of 2017 and stand ready for all that God has in store for us in the new year.

Merry Christmas with love,
Marie and family
Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri
Regional Executive Minister
American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin
December 25, 2017

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Winter Youth Retreat! Registration now open!

Carolyn Dugan shared Camp Tamarack - ABC of WI's post to the group: Camp Tamarack.

For those in 7th-12th grade don't forget to register before Jan 5th to get $10 off the registration fee....

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Camp Tamarack - ABC of WI

Here is the flyer for the 2018 Winter Youth Retreat!

Worship with the First Baptist Indian Church, Greater Milwaukee—yes, a new fellowshipping community. Praise God on this Candle Lighting Service of Worship.

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A new private Facebook group for the ABC Ministers Council, Wisconsin has been created by your MC Exec Committee. If you haven't already been added, and would like to be added, please let Sudie Jones or Eric Lundquist know.

It was an honor to share about what God is doing in ABC Wisconsin. -Marie

It's Friday! This week, we are excited to introduce Marie Onwubuariri. Marie IS what a minister looks like!

Each Friday, Baptist Women in Ministry introduces an amazing minister. This week, we are thrilled to introduce Marie Onwubuariri. Marie, tell us about your
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First Baptist Church of Eau Claire takes lead in pledging support for long-term “Rebuilding, Restoring, and Renewing Puerto Rico Posted on November 15, 2017November 15, 2017 by Marie Onwubuariri Many are aware that the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced a multi-year initia...
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Worship and celebration with New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Congratulations to Pastor Archie Ivy on your 22nd Pastoral Anniversary, and we thank you for your service to and among the wider ABC/WI family.

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"Creating Redemptive Places: Why Geography Matters to God" – A lecture with The Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings. The plan is for this to be live-streamed via FB live. Check out Central Baptist Theological Seminary Facebook page at the time of the event. Thurs 11/9 at 7:00 PM CT

Creating Redemptive Places: Why Geography Matters to God
A lecture with The Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Divinity School
7:00 p.m., November 9

For your viewing: Pastoral Letter from ABC General Secretary, with some specific follow-up action items within ABC Wisconsin. "Responding to Violence in Our Society –
American Baptists Express Love and Not Fear"

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Please join us for the 3rd Annual ABC/WI Faith and Fellowship Day! Friends and family of ABC/Wisconsin are invited to come out and enjoy Wisconsin’s NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks, play the New Orleans Pelicans at 2:00 PM on Faith and Family Day at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. There are a limited number of tickets available and are on a first come first serve basis. Please see our website for all the details! http://www.abcofwi.org/…/join-us-for-faith-and-fellowship-…/

Join Us For Faith and Fellowship Day With The Milwaukee Bucks Posted on November 6, 2017November 6, 2017 by Dawn Armstrong The Third Annual ABC/WI Faith and Fellowship Day is happening on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Friends and family of ABC/Wisconsin are invited to come out and enjoy Wisconsin’s NBA...
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