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American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island

Region Office Calendar

Dec 12
      7:00  pm - Board of Ministries at Norwood Baptist
Dec 14

      4:00 pm - Properties Committee at Canonicus
Dec 15
    10:00 am  - Retired Ministers TIM group at Canonicus
     12:30 pm - Retired Clergy Christmas Luncheon
Dec. 20 
     9:00 am
  - Region Staff assist at SPNM Christmas event
Dec. 26
        Region Office Closed
Jan. 2
       Region Office Closed
Jan. 3    
   RI ABC Clergywomen at First Baptist Church in America

Jan. 4  
       3:00 pm - Interfaith Coalition to Fight Poverty Clergy March and Prayer Gathering at State House
Jan. 5
8:00 am - Nothern Cluster Pastor Breakfast at Harmony Kitchen
Jan. 8 
       Phenix Baptist, West Warwick, celebrates 175th anniversary
        noon -
 Providence Theological Circle at FBC, East Greenwich
        1:30 pm  - Baptist Heritage Center  at FBC, East Greenwich
Jan. 12 
          7:00 pm
  - Congregational Life and Evangelistic Mission Teams at Canonicus
Jan. 16 
         Region Office Closed
         8:00 am
  - Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet sponsored by Ministers Alliance
Jan. 17 
        2:00 pm
 - Consultants at Canonicus
Jan 19   
        10:00 am
 - Retired Ministers TIM Group  at Canonicus
        12:30 pm - SCOM at Canonicus
         2:00 pm - Recruitment Team at Canonicus
         5:00 pm - Operations Team at Mark Sjoberg Office
Jan 23  
        11:30 -
 Social Witness Team at RI Hospital
Jan 24   
 pm - Executive Minister Relations Committee at Canonicus
Jan 26   
        7:00 pm
 - Board of Ministries
Jan 28   
        9:00 am
 -  Women and Girls Spiritual Growth Retreat at North Scituate Baptist Church sponsored by ABWM of RI


Dear Ministerial Leader:
Debt got you down? Apply for a cash award through American Baptist Home Mission Societies' (ABHMS) "In Support of Excellence" (ISOE) initiative.
ISOE is a financial-empowerment program that seeks to equip pastors and lay leaders with financial literacy training and resources. It will provide a safe space for pastor-to-pastor conversations, in which participants can be honest about the unique pressures that ministry places on finances, family and faith.
Apply for the program now.

For more information, you are invited 
to register for one of three free 
60-minute informational webinars:
  • Dec. 20 @ 11 a.m. EST;
  • Dec. 20 @ 3 p.m. EST; or
  • Dec. 21 @ 3 p.m. EST.

Retired Clergy Christmas Luncheon

A Christmas luncheon for all retired clergy within the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, in Canonicus’ Meadowwood Conference Center. To reserve a spot for yourself and a guest, please contact Kathryn Palen at (401) 522-9731 or

Protect No-Fare Bus Passes

About 12,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities rely on the no-fare bus pass to meet basic transportation needs, including access to grocery stores, food banks, shelters, community programs, religious services, recovery meetings, volunteer opportunities, libraries, support groups and much more.

On January 1, the fare is scheduled to increase to .50/ride and .25/transfer. Many low income seniors and people with disabilities can not afford this increase. Please ask Governor Raimondo to act quickly to find a solution to maintain the no-fare bus pass for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Tell her what congregation/organization you are from and why this issue matters to you.

Governor Raimondo: 401-222-2080

More Information


Women and Girls Retreat
ABWMRI and AB G.I.R.L.S. will be holding our Spiritual Retreat, “See the Face of God....See Spiritual Growth, on Saturday, January 28, at North Scituate Baptist.  Our leader for the day will be Dr. Linda Bausserman.  Join us for this wonderful day of spiritual enrichment.  For more information and to register, download this attachment.
South Providence Neighborhood Matters Receives $10,000 Grant
A $10,000 One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Feeding and Shelter Grant will help South Providence Neighbor Matters (SPMN)  continue to provide emergency food as well as rent/mortgage and utility assistance to low-income families with children, the elderly and disabled individuals. Clients are welcome to weekly visits to the food pantry, the second largest in Rhode Island. Last year, SPNM distributed 514,781 pounds of food to 7,602 families (42,642 individuals).

The full-time program coordinator and Spanish-speaking program assistant meet privately with each household to establish a rapport and to help clients think beyond crises to focus on avoiding similar emergencies. Direct services staff help clients succeed emotionally as well as economically, providing information and referral services to adult education programs, health care services and children’s after-school and summer programs.

Through October, American Baptist Churches in Rhode Island have given $13,482 to the 2016 One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering.  OGHS is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries, ABCUSA. The committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual OGHS offering. One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs.

Communication is Key

The Region Office is always working to update and upgrade our communications network. At the present time we have three main ways to communicate with you and your congregations: the weekly E-notes, our Facebook page, and periodic pastors’ e-mails. 
You can help us extend our reach and effectiveness by:
  1. Letting us know if you are not receiving any of these three items
  2.  Providing e-mail addresses of any and all church members who would like to receive the weekly  E-notes, and
  3.  “Like” us (American Baptist Churches of RI) on Facebook.  You can do this right now by simply clicking “here

Regional Staff in the Churches

  • Dec 11        Second Free Will Church, Providence
  • Dec 11        Emmanuel Baptist, Providence
  • Dec 11        Church of the Master
  • Dec 14        Wakefield Baptist Church
  • Jan 1          Church of the Master
  • Jan 8          Phenix Baptist Church, West Warwick
  • Feb 5          First Baptist Church, East Greenwich

Pray For Our Churches in Pastoral Transitions

  • Chepachet Union Baptist Church, Chepachet
  • Church of the Master, Providence
  • First Baptist Church, North Kingstown
  • Foster Center Baptist Church, Foster
  • Spring Green Baptist Church, Warwick
  • Georgiaville Baptist Church, Smithfield
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church, Hope
  • Second Free Will Baptist Church, Providence
Joining Together in Ministry

Join the Adventure of Scouting!
Rhode Island has five great Cub Scout Packs sponsored by American Baptist Churches. Find the Pack that is right your family today at:
            Lakewood Baptist Church
            First Baptist Church of East Greenwich
            Summit Baptist Church
            Chestnut Hill Baptist Church
            Greenville Baptist Church.

Please see the attached flyer for more information


Giving Hope to Children in Foster Care ~Bags of hopeBags of Hope Ministry with Norwood Baptist Church
Norwood Baptist Church invites other congregations to partner with them in “Bags of Hope,” an encouraging and fruitful ministry to foster children throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England. 30 churches in Rhode Island are participating in this mission of compassion and care.  Norwood invites other American Baptist Churches to join them. Find out more about this exciting ministry here.


News and Invitations from Our Churches

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Hamilton Phoenix Electric Organ

We have a Hamilton Phoenix electric organ the we would like to donate to a church in need or some interest as a gift to a person who would like learn how to play. Contract Richard Matera at 401-527-7508 for more information.

Olney Street Baptist Church
Free Curriculum

Olney Street would like to donate previously used Union Gospel Press Sunday School curriculum for all ages (primary to adult). If you are interested in receiving these materials, please contact the church office at 401.272.1024.

Harbor Church, Block Island
Free Hymnals!
The Harbor Church, Block Island,  has 50+ Hymns for the Family of God, published by Paragon in 1976. These hymnals are in good condition. Harbor Church would like to see them find a happy home. Does your church need “new” hymnals?  Contact Harbor Church at or call (401) 466-5940

Georgiaville Baptist Church (100 Farnum Pike, Smithfield).
Annual Christmas Cookie Sale
Saturday December 10, 2016
9 AM--til sold out.
This is a popular event. We offer a variety of delicious home-baked Christmas cookies.  Proceeds from the sale will help support the Sunday School and other programs at Georgiaville Baptist Church.

The Foster Churches Association
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 pm 

Please join us at the Moosup Valley Christian Church (UCC), 81 Moosup Valley Rd., Foster, for a time of reflection and remembrance of loved ones lost, as we seek the Lord's healing, help and hope this Advent season.

North Foster Baptist Church
Kiddie Bazaar
Saturday, December 10, 9:00am - 12:00pm 

Our annual Kiddie Bazaar is an opportunity for children to shop for gifts for people on their Christmas list.  Items are reasonably priced.  Kids are escorted around our fellowship hall to shop, then they are assisted in wrapping their presents for free.  Parents/guardians wait in our kitchen with free coffee and goodies, while their kids shop.

The Baptist Church in Warren (407 Main St., Warren)
11th Annual Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 17th, starting at 9 am  - til sold out

Browse rooms full of home-made and hand-decorated cookies of every shape and size.  Collect as many as you like for just $10/pound.  This is a very popular fund-raiser, so come early for the
best selection.   We will also be raffling off a beautiful, hand-sewn quilt. Please use parking lot/Miller St. entrance for this event. Thank-you.

From Our Partners

Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:12-14)

Faith Friends, 

We have all been called into this work for just such a time as this. 

We may not have expected the work, but the work is here now, and we will dive into it, together, faithfully. 

The need to build bridges across lines of difference is clear. We must build vibrant coalitions across very real and painful divides of religion, race, class, immigration status and more. Together, we must protect and support, especially, those of us who are most vulnerable, especially those of us who are poor. 

No matter what happens around us, we must dig deep into this work, holding hope and faith. We need to offer a clear, courageous moral voice.

We ask you to do two things, immediately:
  • As faith communities and organizations, join with us! If your congregation has not yet joined the RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty as an endorser, please do so. Our strength will come from our combined numbers. Now, more than ever, we need a unified coalition of diverse voices calling for justice, compassion and wisdom. You can download a copy of our endorser form or sign on, as an organization/congregation, electronically, here. If you have questions, please reach out to Emily, here.
As individuals, we need to make of ourselves a visible, powerful witness. To that end, please commit to stand with us on Wednesday, January 4th, as we gather together in Vigil at the State House to Fight Poverty with Faith. Mark your calendars, invite others, and make your presence known. You can sign up and share the word on on facebook or eventbrite.

Save the Date

Contact us

by calling the main number of our offices at Canonicus (401) 294-6318 and follow the simple prompts to ring any individual or office, or by calling an individual directly.

Rev. Dr. Tom Wiles, Exec. Minister                                     (401) 522-9733
Rev. Nikita McCalister, Assoc. Exec. for Administration      (401) 522-9730
Rev. Kathryn Palen, Assoc. Exec. for ElderCare                 (401) 522-9731
Deb Guilmain, Director of Camping Ministries                    (401) 522-9732
Colleen Tolhurst, Reservations and Office Manager           (401) 522-9729
Matt Black, Facilities Manager                                            (401) 249-9315

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