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American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island

Region Office Calendar

Nov 5
     Baptist Heritage Weekend
Nov 6
     Remember to change from Daylight Savings Time
Nov 7
     11:00 am - Minister's Council Exec. Committee at Canonicus
Nov 8
8:45 - Southern Pastor's Cluster Breakfast at T's, Narragansett    
Noon - Theological Circle at FBC, East Greenwich
Nov 10
     8:00 am - North Cluster Pastor Breakfast
     Noon- Regional Thanksgiving Luncheon at Meadowwood
     2:30 pm  - Consultants at Canonicus
     4:00 pm - Personnel Committee

Nov 16 
     Noon - Baptist Heritage Center at Canonicus
Nov 17
     10 am - Retired Ministers TIM at Canonicus
Nov 21
     11:30 am - Social Witness Team at RI Hospital
     7 pm - Baptist Home Board at FBC, East Greenwich
Nov 29
     4:30 pm - Investment Committee at Church of the Master
Nov 30
     10:00 am - Budget Committee at Canonicus
Dec 5
     6:30 pm - ABWMRI Board at Phillips Memorial
Dec 8
     12:30 pm - SCOM at  Cononicus
     2:00 pm - Recruitment at Canonicus
     5 pm - Operations Team - Mark Sjoberg Office
Dec. 9
     2:00 pm - Region Staff hosts Christmas Party for American Baptists at John Clarke Retirement
Dec 12
     7 pm - Board of Ministries at Norwood Baptist

Dec 15
    10:00am  - Retired Ministers TIM group at Canonicus
     12:30pm - Retired Clergy Christmas Luncheon
Dec. 20 
   Region Staff assist at SPNM Christmas event
Join the Growing Team of Volunteers!
Camp logoThroughout the winter and spring months a team will be working on projects regarding Canonicus Camp and Conference Center to get the property ready for a new round of staff and campers next Summer. In order to do this, we need our congregations to come together in support of one the most beloved ministries of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island. If you would like to be updated on various opportunities to volunteer, please fill out this contact form ( Any questions may be directed to Deborah Guilmain, Director of Camping Ministries, ( or Jessica Brough (
We Welcome New and Returning Staff to Canonicus Camp and Conference Center
Matt Black has served the American Baptists in Rhode Island through their ministries at Canonicus Camp and Conference Center in multiple roles over the last 16 years.  From 2000 to 2007, Matt was the Maintenance Assistant; from 2007-2010, he served as the Assistant Director of Camping Ministries, and from 2010-2015 Matt lead us as Facilities Manager.
After a brief sojourn in Florida, Matt returns to Rhode Island to serve us once again as Facilities Manager. Welcome back, Matt!

Ellie Thipps knows and loves the ministries at Canonicus Camp and Conference Center from her previous ministry as Counselor in our camping ministries where she worked with the Leaders in Training (LIT) program as well as resident and day campers.
We welcome Ellie to her new role as Hospitality Coordinator for our Conferencing Ministries.

Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty hosts Scholarship Essay Event

High school juniors and seniors can win up to $2,000 for college in the 2017 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest by writing an essay exploring the idea of using religious tests as part of the United States’ immigration and refugee policies.

Each year, the contest engages high school students in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic. The grand prize is $2,000 and a trip for two to Washington, D.C. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500.

All high school students in the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 are eligible to enter the contest. There are no requirements regarding faith, GPA, after-school activities or clubs. To enter, eligible students must write an essay between 800-1,200 words on the following topic: 

The United States, along with many other countries, gives safe haven to refugees of war-torn countries. Many factors are taken into account when determining who is allowed to enter our borders. During the 2016 presidential campaign, there was discussion around the idea of denying entrance to some immigrants and refugees based on their religion.
 In an essay, discuss whether a religious test should be conducted as a part of the United States’ immigration and refugee policies.
Explore the intersection, if any, between the proposed test and the two religion clauses in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Be sure to identify the implications for religious liberty of all citizens in your answer.

Entries must be mailed to the Baptist Joint Committee and postmarked by March 10, 2017, to be eligible. Visit for complete details and printable entry forms.
Thanksgiving LunchThanksgiving Luncheon at Canonicus
It is that time of year for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at our Meadowwood Conference Center at Canonicus Camp & Conference Center on November 10, 2016 from noon to 2:00 pm.
Please download the registration form for more details. Deadline for registration is November 2nd.   Hope to see you there!

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. 

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

  • Nov. 6         FBC, East Greenwich
  • Nov 6          FBC, Pawtucket
  • Nov 13        Harbor Church, Block Island
  • Nov. 20       Central Baptist, Jamestown
  • Nov 27        Calvary Baptist, Providence
  • Dec 11        Second Free Will Church, Providence

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

LaRomana Mission Trip

It's not too late to join fellow Rhode Islanders as they travel to LaRomana, Dominican Republic on January 7, 2017 for a week of work and fellowship. The cost is around $1500.00, the experience is priceless. Contact Kathy Savasta at Allendale Baptist Church for more information. 

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Iglesia Bautista Hispana El Calvario (IBHEC) and Calvary Baptist Church have joined hands again to lift up children around the world through the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child. For those who are not familiar, this project provides resources to distribute donations of shoeboxes filled with gifts to needy youth across the globe. Click here for more information.

This year our church, (747 Broad St., Providence, RI 02907), will be a  shoebox drop-off location during National Collection Week. During this time, our church will be transformed into a warm welcoming Christmas atmosphere with prayers, food, and more. All are welcome. The days and hours for drop-offs are as follows:
  • Monday, November 14th 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, November 15th 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, November 16th 6pm-8pm
  • Thursday, November 17th 10am-12pm
  • Friday, November 18th 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday, November 19th 12pm-2pm
  • Sunday, November 20th 6pm-8pm
If you or your church have any questions, please call us at 401.461.7507 or email God Bless.

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.

Help Lucas Finish High School - First Baptist Church in America

Lucas is an 18 year old refugee from the Congo. He and his two younger brothers arrived in the US in April of this year.  Since Lucas is 18, he was made the guardian of his brothers and given a job. Lucas and his brothers watched as their parents were taken from their home. They have spent the last nine years in a refugee camp in Malawi where Lucas attended school and learned English in hopes of going to college.

Due to the difficulty of getting documents from the camp, Lucas needs to complete two more years of high school. Because we know that Lucas will never be able to pull himself out of poverty without a high school diploma and because he needs the socialization that high school will provide, we told Lucas that he could work part-time and we would make sure his bills were paid.

For more information and to support Lucas go to And please share Lucas' story with your family and friends.


News and Invitations from Our Churches

Warwick Central Baptist Church (3270 Post Road, Warwick) 
Americana Doll Tea Party Boutique and Fun Activities Day
Saturday, November 5 from 10am - 3pm

The boutique features doll clothes, miscellaneous bed stuffs, furniture, etc. Activities will include hair styling and manicures for dolls and girls.  There will be two luncheon seatings – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10, Children 5-12 years $5 andunder 5 years free. For reservations please call the church office, (401) 739-2828

Phenix Baptist Church (2 Fairview Avenue, W. Warwick)
Traditional Turkey Dinner
Saturday, November 5 at 6pm

Come and support a traditional turkey dinner and support Phenix Baptist Church's ministry to those most in need in their neighborhood and community. See the flyer.

Olney Street Baptist Church
Prayer Vigil for Peace
Friday, November 11 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
The Youth Mission Team will host a Prayer Vigil for Peace in the World.  The Vigil is open to the state-wide community.  Special recognition will be given to Veterans who will be in attendance, and refreshments will be served in Fellowship Hall at the close of the Vigil.

Central Baptist Church (16 Elm Street, Westerly, RI)
Holiday Bazaar & Vendor Fair
Saturday, November 19 ~from 9 AM to 1 PM

There will be Handmade Items ~ Christmas Items ~ Baked Goods, Food Table ~ and more...
Vendor Tables including: Tastefully Simple, Avon, Capizzano’s Oils and Vinegars, Chikumbuso, Jamberry Nails, Sue Casale Painted Crafts, Julie Wakely – Children’s Author, Tupperware, Author Anita Greene with Cedar Lake Studios, Kathlantic Creations Jewelry, and Author Dan Blackstone!

Georgiaville Baptist Church (100 Farnum Pike, Smithfield)
Christmas Bazaar
Saturday. November 19, 2016.   9 am -2 pm

Featuring craft and Christmas items, bake and food table, jewelry, white elephant room, penny social, raffle and more. Lunch and snacks available.

Olney Street Baptist Church
Pre-Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Tuesday, November 22 from 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Our Youth Mission Team is offering a FREE full-course meal which is open to anyone who would like to attend.  Transportation may be provided.  Persons wishing to attend should call the church, 272-1024, beginning the week of November 14.  Feel free to leave a message with your name and telephone number, if there is no answer.  A return call will be made within 24 hours.

Olney Street Baptist Church
Free Turkey Give -Away
Tuesday, November 22 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Deacons Ministry of Olney Street Baptist Church will once again be providing a turkey to any family that is in need.  Deacon Raymond Scott may be contacted at 941-7416 to receive your request.  

First Baptist Church, East Greenwich (30 Pierce Street, E. Greenwich)
Frosty's Bountiful Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, December 3, 9 am - 3 pm

Come shop our holiday bazaar for home-made crafts, baked goods, gift baskets, reindeer food, snowmen and more...don't miss this fabulous holiday treat. A light luncheon will be served from 11 am - 2 pm.

From Our Partners

URI Chaplains Association Hosts Film and Discussion

The URI Chaplains Association invites us to view the film Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free). The film tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during German occupation in 1943-44. In addition sharing testimony from members of the Jewish Community, the film looks at the controversial stance of the Vatican at that time.
Following the screening there will be an opportunity to discuss the film with the film’s producer and writer, Catherine Campbell, and the holocaust scholar, Robert Weisbord.
The showing will be at 7:00pm, Monday, November 7 , in Doody Auditorium, Swan Hall on the URI Campus, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI.
Click here for a flyer with additional information.

Job Opportunity Serving All American Baptists
The American Baptist Extension Corporation exists to assist churches in acquisition, construction, and renovation of their property.  They are seeking a Building and Loan Advisor.  The official posting for the job can be downloaded here.

$25,000 in OGHS Emergency Funds Being Sent to IM’s Caribbean Partners for Hurricane Matthew Relief
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/7/16)—Initial grants totaling $25,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief funds are on their way to American Baptist International Ministries (IM) partners in Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean after Hurricane Matthew barreled through on October 3rd and 4th, 2016. The Category 4 storm brought heavy winds and torrential downpours on the island nations in its path.

OGHS is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. 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 received by churches.
For the complete article click here:

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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