Dixon First Baptist Church Celebrates

On Sunday, August 2, Dixon First Baptist Church opened their worship service with an expression of thanksgiving to God for Bunyan and Rachel Cocar 10 anniversary at Dixon First Baptsit Churchtheir co-pastors, Bunyan and Rachel Cocar (at left in the photo). Bill Appleman presented his pastors a card from the church and then asked Richard Ricks, GRR Regional Associate Minister (at right in photo), forward for a presentation of anniversary certificates.

The Cocars were blessed by their church's recognition during the service and during a reception in the early afternoon. Adding to this blessing was the presence of both sets of their parents - who themselves had the great gift of more time with their two grandsons. What a blessing it was for the Cocars and their congregation to serve communion by intinction assisted by their fathers - Buni Cocar and James Olsen - who are also Baptist pastors.

Rachel started June 1 as GRR Staff person following Richard Ricks in serving Area I churches. Bunyan is serving on the GRR Executive Minister Search Committee.

Logo of Note God's New Thing 2015 Annual GatheringGRR Annual Gathering -
October 2 - 3

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2015 Ministers Conference:

New Hope of Faithful Churches with Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey JonesRegistration soon. Download and mail in or register online for this continuing event for ministerial church leaders. The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, October 1 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Chateau Bloomington (Illinois) Hotel and Conference Center.

Seminar fee includes a copy of "facing decline, Finding Hope: New Possibilities for Faithful Churches," Jones' most recent book.

Discover the Roots of American Baptists

Paul Maitland, Dean of the Alternative Ministerial Education Program invites you to take part (download registration form) in the American Baptist History and Polity Course September 18 - 19. Download the Schedule. Church historian and former seminary professor Adrian Lamkin will teach this course (download requirements) that explores American Baptist roots and what we look like today. The sessions of the course will be taught at the GRR Resource Center located in Springfield, IL Schedule and materials information will soon be available on this site and on the sponsoring ministry's site (Alternative Ministerial Education).

The American Baptist History and Polity course is required for those on the journey of ordination and for those whose call is to have a previous non-American Baptist ordination recognized.

You need not be pursuing ordination for this to benefit you. Adrian will share stories of the women and men of faith who have been used of God to included listings of freedoms in our "Bill of Rights", bring about the end of slavery, establish schools, and begin a mission movement whose format has been used as a pattern for others.

Father and Son at altarLighting More Than a Candle

His father assists him in lighting the candles at the altar as their church, First Baptist of Macomb, gathers to worship. As the father and church have given him the opportunity to serve - as they have his older brothers - more than a candle gets lit and starts to light up. "Train up a child in the way he should go..."

Macomb First Baptist Church invites you to the dedication worship service of the new sanctuary that God has blessed them with. Put September 20 on your calendar and join in at 3:00 p.m.

Introverted Evangelist?

Not as oxymoronic as you may think. Read more.

MMBB Retirement Seminar

Reserve October 14. More news soon!

Larry Mason, Interim Executive MinisterInterim Executive Minister, Dr. Larry Mason

Larry began his service to the Great Rivers June 1. Following a month of former Executive Dwight Stinnett's transition, as of July 1 he is now committing 20 hours per week to this calling per the contract the GRR Board of Managers negotiated with him. To reach him at the GRR office: (217) 726 - 7366 or larry@abcgrr.org.

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His focus will be to maintain legal and administrative stability for the GRR during his temporary tenure. He will not be available 24/7. The Board of Ministries hopes to have a new full time Executive on board by December when Larry's contract ends.

Read about his journey in the July 7 edition of the Mainstream.