Midweek Message

Thursday After Easter – April 13, 2023

Jim Hopkins

April 11, 2023

Two Important Items from the American Baptist Churches USA
Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the victims in the Louisville, Kentucky bank shooting in which five people were killed and nine others were injured on April 10, 2023. We also pray for those grieving the loss of loved ones as a result of workplace violence in Northern California last week. The list continues. We remember the grieving families in Nashville, Tennessee and our thoughts are with the family of an imam at the Omar Mosque in Paterson, New Jersey who was stabbed during the first prayer service of the day on Sunday. We pray for peace amidst the violence in Jerusalem and Lebanon.
Death of any kind is devastating. Violent death escalates suffering. Targeted death is senseless. We continue to pray for all persons who are grieving the loss of loved ones. While we continue to worship a resurrected Jesus, we pray that the same Jesus will show us new pathways to curb the violence in our world.
-American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods



American Baptists Asked to Pray and Act for Burma; Action Needed by April 30, 2023

The Burma Advocacy Group continues to ask American Baptists to Pray and Act for Burma.

The Burma Advocacy Group was active and instrumental during the successful passage of the Burma Act in December 2022, which is the essential guide of the US government in its support for religious liberty, a free and federal democracy, in holding accountable the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, and the release of generous support for humanitarian aid.

Now, it is essential that sufficient funding for these provisions of the Burma Act is secured. Just as we must not cease praying, we must not cease acting on behalf of the people of Burma.

Right now, funding for the Act is before the House and Senate appropriations committees. This is where funding amounts will be determined and recommended for vote.

Help is essential to the Burma Advocacy Group’s success for Burma. Individuals can ACT, in a simple yet effective way, as follows:

Use the QR code below or visit this website to advocate for the full funding for the provisions of the Burma Act, the $270 million that was proposed and agreed to by the House during the last session. The funding will go towards vital humanitarian aid, efforts to establish genuine federal democracy, efforts for protections of ethnic and religious minorities, accountability for those guilty of human rights abuses, and non-lethal support for those opposing the military junta.

The Burma Advocacy Group is a sub-committee of the Burma Refugee Commission. Learn more here.



Pastor Carolyn will lead Together In Spirit tonight at 6:00.


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