These grants fund special projects and programs of institutions related to the ABC. Grants are to be utilized for programs and projects unable to be funded through normal operating budgets and will range from $5000 to $25,000. They provide "greater opportunities for experimenting with and developing cooperative ministry that fully embodies the Spirit and love of Christ within a Region between local ABC congregations, ABC institutions and ABC Regional Ministries."
Grants are available to any ABC-USA Church. Submit applications by mid-May. All proposals are to be submitted electonically in a PDF format. Final deadline is June 15, 2013.
Click here for the PDF information packet which includes requirements for submission of proposals, obligations of Palmer Grant recipients, and the application form.
June 23 – July 2, 2013
The mission trip has a two fold mission; to assist Haitians in conducting a Vacation Bible School and to develop a nursery for both trees and gardens plants for people in the surrounding community. We will be working along side of Haiti’s Eden which is developing multiple projects including church, school, clinic, literacy, water, agriculture and others. The project, located at Limbe, has the goal of “Sharing the Love of Christ within the Community.”
Each volunteer will need $2,000 for the trip which includes transportation, hotels in transit, and in country (Haiti) expenses. In addition, I estimate a need of $800 to obtain tools, seeds and other items to get the nursery set up. I hope to have the travel money by early May so we can order tickets at a reasonable rate. We would be glad to visit churches to explain more about the project.
You may recall that Pastor Jim Steiner of The Summit Church and Dr. Charles Revis have been encouraging ABCNW congregations to support of a missions project that will benefit our ABC mission work in Kikonga, Congo. We are working primarily with Mike and Jill Lowery. The goal is to raise $15,000 to fund the installation of a 24/7 solar power supply that will keep a vital satellite communication system (VSAT) up and running. Various individuals and churches throughout ABC-NW have contributed $1,340 to the project. The Summit Church has raised $12,500. It’s not too late to contribute if you want to be a part of this exciting project.
You may also remember that an installation team is needed to travel to Kikonga later this year. At this point it appears that we will need six people sometime in the Fall. It’s still early in the process to pass along details, but you may be praying about this opportunity to serve. We will keep you posted as the plans emerge
Choosing Love to Change the World
Dr. Charles Revis, Executive Minister
I’m writing these words watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama while reflecting on the courage of Martin Luther King, and his striving for justice for all people regardless of color. Our president would not be in office if it weren't for the leadership and sacrifice of Dr. King and all who joined in the civil rights movement. His courage effected long-lasting, systemic change in our nation. Read More
Do you know who your church is attempting to reach? A common response is, “everyone.” Which, often means, no one in particular, resulting in a scattered, unfocused, often non-existent outreach effort. Churches that are successful in outreach usually have one, two or three target groups they are attempting to reach. Read More
ABC-Northwest congregations have been invited to participate in the “My Hope with Billy Graham” project which will launch in November 2013. Greg Matthews is the Northwest coordinator for this evangelistic outreach. Dr. Revis has met with Greg and has encouraged Greg to be in contact ABC-NW churches. Here is a letter of invitation for upcoming training events around the Region. More training events will be coming online in the coming weeks. For more information go to www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.
Greetings as 2013 unfolds! I hope all your plans for the upcoming year are being blessed by our Lord. The My Hope project has entered a new and vital phase. We are now training pastors and trainers to get the project moving into local churches all across the Northwest. Read More
Insightful Report from Faith Communities Today Newsletter
Most churches, synagogues, mosques and congregations have relatively few young adults who participate regularly. Many religious leaders are gravely concerned that the next generation of adults is checking out of congregational life.
What characterizes those congregations that attract an exceptional number of young adults? The multi-faith group of researchers that make up the Faith Communities Today collaboration took a first look at this question at its annual meeting. These researchers presented a profile of the 16 percent of congregations in which more than a fifth of the participants are young adults. Read More