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Prayer Concerns:
  • Churches in Transition: Gibbon Baptist Church
  • Prayer for all those dealing with illness, natural disasters, violence, injustice, and terror around the world.
  • Pray for our churches as they begin to return to meeting in their buildings.
  • Pray for former pastor of FBC North Platte, both Tom is now recovering from home.
  • Pray for an openness in our churches, communities and beyond to honestly discuss the issues of racism in our nation.
  • Pray of the continued proclamation that Jesus is Lord!!

DEADLINE TOMORROW JULY 15
Palmer Grants Available from the American Baptist Foundation Up To $15,000

   https://abfgrants.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx

   Theme: "COVID Recovery through Christian Discipleship & Witness"

   "I will show you my faith by what I do" -James 2:18 (NIV)


Through this Palmer Grant Cycle, ABF and ABHMS will be looking to fund projects for applications that bridge common divides in this nation as they address challenges. Projects that bring together people who are economically, culturally and/or generationally diverse will get highest consideration. ABHMS will be looking for collaborations that help us “see” one another better and celebrate that everyone is made in the image of God. The following are four areas in which applicants can submit new or existing projects:
  • Regaining Stability through Collaboration
  • Renewing Hope through Collaboration
  • Repairing Broken Relationships
  • Resiliency for Times of Crisis       

To learn more and apply for the grant visit:
https://abfgrants.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx

GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 15, 2020

2020 Summer Camp Connect
LIVE JUNIOR CAMP THIS WEEK

 
Please consider financially supporting MMCCC by joining the 2300 team, by donating the usual camping costs your church would provide in a summer, or by providing other ongoing or one time gifts. You can also contribute to our Building Bridges to the Future cabin remodel. For more information visit: http://campmerrill.com/home/connect/give/


Learn more and register at http://campmerrill.com/2020-summer-programs/
 

A guide to re-opening


A Guide to Re-Opening Updated document from Church Fuel.
 

New research from Barna showed that many practicing Christians aren’t participating much online.

Their data revealed that one in three Christians are still and only attending their pre-COVID church, with 53% streaming their regular church online and 34% engaging in “digital church hopping” by streaming other church services. And then there’s the 32% who are doing neither.

Numbers like these might make you want to push the conversation about reopening the church building forward faster, but while you weigh your options, we wanted to lend some practical help.

A Guide to Re-Opening Updated document from Church Fuel.

This guide helps you recognize the questions you should ask about when to reopen, best practices to consider when it’s time to answer how your church will reopen, and ideas to explore for communicating to your congregation, implementing safety and sanitation measures, and more.

As the pandemic progresses, best practices change and new needs have emerged.

Here are a few sections Church Fuel updated to the guide we shared  in May and June:

  • Developing newly-needed staff and volunteer roles
  • Clear and creative reopening communication
  • Navigating different opinions about reopening
  • New policies and procedures for reopening
  • Ideas for maintaining safe building capacity
American Baptist Churches USA Survey Assesses  
Impact of COVID-19


A survey regarding the impact of the global pandemic was sent to all of the American Baptist regions via each region's executive minister in May. On behalf of local churches, the person most knowledgeable was asked to complete the survey. Originally requested by the members of the National Executive Council and Regional Executive Ministers Council, the survey of American Baptist congregations was aimed at assessing the impact of COVID-19.


A total of 414 congregations responded to the survey. A summary of the quantitative results is shown below. The survey results summary looks at the overall impact of COVID-19, the impact of COVID-19 on worship and ministry, future outlook related to COVID-19, and areas impacted by the virus.


Read the summary here.



New Discoveries and Learnings Document, Resources Available

 
In recent months, the American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary has shared many resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic on the website at www.abc-usa.org/coronavirus.  
 
Most recently, a Discoveries and Learnings from the Global Pandemic document was shared, as well as a Discussion Guide for reopening church buildings (available in English and Spanish) and resources from an organization-sponsored webinar held by Church Mutual Insurance on Reopening Safely.  
 
Additional helpful resources have also been added, covering a variety of topics. We invite you to visit this resource page at www.abc-usa.org/coronavirus.

College Student Connection

As students return to college campuses all across the region this fall we want to support and encourage them by helping to connect them to local ABC churches near our college campuses. If you are or know a college student heading to school in Nebraska this summer or fall please let us know by sharing your contact information (name, email, cell) with Associate Exec Greg Mamula at gmamula@abcnebraska.com and he can help connect the students to the area churches. Below are some major colleges (from west to east) in Nebraska with nearby ABC churches.
 
  • Chadron State College--FBC Chadron
  • Western Nebraska Community College--FBC Scottsbluff
  • Mid Plains Community College--FBC North Platte
  • University of Nebraska, Kearney--FBC Kearney and 2four2 College Ministry
  • Hastings College--FBC Hastings
  • Southeast Community College--FBC Beatrice and FBC Fairbury
  • Northeast Community College--FBC Norfolk
  • Wayne State College--FBC Wayne and FBC Norfolk
  • All Lincoln area colleges and universities: University of Nebraska, Union College, Bryan College, Southeast Community College, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    • FBC Lincoln, Second Baptist Lincoln, and Belmont Baptist Church
  • Midland University--FBC Fremont and United Faith Community Church Valley
  • All Omaha area colleges and Universities: University of Nebraska, Omaha; Creighton University, Bellevue University, College of St. Mary's, Clarkson College, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Metropolitan Community College
    • FBC Omaha, Sunset Hills Baptist Church, Benson Baptist Church, King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, Miracle Hills Community Church, New Life Baptist Church, Judson Baptist Church

Not every college or church is listed. If you are going to a Nebraska College or University and would like connected to a nearby American Baptist Church please contact Greg.
Where are Robin and Greg this week?
Monday: Office
Tuesday: Office
Wednesday: Office
Thursday: Office
 
Monday: Office
Tuesday: Office
Wednesday: Office
Thursday: Personal Day
Friday/Saturday: Wedding for Jake Conley and Erin White

Table Life: An Invitation to Everyday Discipleship by Greg Mamula is now available for pre-order at all your favorite online retailers:Judson Press  Amazon  Barnes and Noble  ChristianBook  Google Books Table life was originally part of Greg's DMin project in partnership with Sunset Hills Baptist Church. Available in print on October 15. To learn more visit: https://table-life.org/
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