Announcing the New and Improved GARBC Web Site
Check out the newly designed GARBC Web site. Easier to use, up-to-date news and information! Visit www2.garbc.org and www.baptistbulletin.org weekly to stay current.
75 Years of God’s Blessings
Seventy-five years ago a group of courageous men and women determined to establish a fundamental, separatist association of Baptist churches. This summer’s Annual Conference, June 26-29 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will be a time to rejoice in the Lord’s blessings on the ministry of the GARBC through these years. You will find full Conference information online and in a mailing sent last month to all GARBC churches. Contact the GARBC Ministry Resource Center, 1-888-588-1600, ext. 873, for more information.
Nominate Council of Eighteen Members
Each GARBC church has the opportunity to participate in selecting the leadership for the GARBC by nominating men for the Council of Eighteen. Use the nomination form in the Conference mailing sent in January or nominate online.
Save Money by Registering Early
Register early and save money. You can register by mail, by fax (use the form in the Conference packet), or online.
Enjoy Our Heritage of Great Preaching
Part of the rich heritage of the GARBC is the men who have served as national representatives–from H. O. Van Gilder in 1944 to John Greening today. The GARBC is producing a 75th Anniversary CD Collection featuring messages from all the past and present national representatives–H. O. Van Gilder, Robert T. Ketcham, Paul R. Jackson, Joseph Stowell II, Paul N. Tassell, Mark E. Jackson, and John R. Greening. For a gift of $75, you can get this valuable collection. Order online or by calling 1-800-727-4440. Order a set for your church and let your people listen to these excellent messages. CDs will be shipped in February.
Reserve Your Room at the Lancaster Host Resort
The Lancaster Host Resort is an ideal place for our Conference–affordable sleeping rooms and spacious meeting rooms in a family-friendly vacation spot. Reserve your room online (use group code GARBC; do not use the code GENER found at the bottom of page 9 of the Conference booklet recently sent to you) or send to the Resort the Reservation Request Form included in the mailing or available online. Staying at the Resort helps defray the Conference costs.
Influence the Next Generation
Help your teens mature in their Christian lives and feel a part of the GARBC by bringing them to the Students Alive! program at the Conference. The speakers, the friends, and the activities will make a lasting impact on their lives. Inexpensive dormitory housing is available in Lancaster for youth groups coming to the Conference. Contact Scott Greening for more details.
Join the Wednesday Youth Rally
Area youth groups are invited to join the Students Alive! teens for an afternoon and evening youth rally on Wednesday, June 27. Contact Scott Greening for more information.
Help Us Keep in Touch
The January mailing included your church’s report form, showing the information we currently have on file for your church. We use this information to prepare the next GARBC Directory and to assist our chaplaincy program. Check over the information on the report, make any changes, and send it back to us immediately. Even if you do not have any changes to report, please update your church statistics and return the form to us.
Take Advantage of Conference Extras
In addition to the excellent messages and helpful workshops, you can enjoy several extra activities at the Conference. Register for all these events on the Conference registration form.
> Golf tournament on Tuesday afternoon, June 26, 1:30-5:30–$35 for greens fees, cart, and prizes
> Ladies’ luncheon on Wednesday, June 27–$12 if you register by May 15
> Sight and Sound presentation “In the Beginning” on Wednesday afternoon, June 27, 3:45-6:15. You won’t want to miss this outstanding new presentation by Sight and Sound Theatres, a Christian theater company only minutes from Lancaster. Visit their Web site for information about this premiere live theater event.
TFC National Winners Produce CD
Jenna Powell and Ellen Mapes, national TFC winners in 2001, have produced a CD of vocal and instrumental music. The album features worshipful, reverent songs and hymns and some original compositions. For information on securing this fine CD, contact Jenna at 96 Upland Dr., Rochester, NY 14617.
Equipping Students through Service
Early Registration Deadline: February 15—Act now to register for this year’s Talents For Christ competition. Participating in TFC will help your teens grow in character and discipline, develop their ministry skills, and earn valuable scholarships. TFC provides an excellent opportunity for you to mentor the teens in your church.
First-place state scholarship: $1,000
Second-place state scholarship: $500
First-place national scholarship: $5,000
Second-place national scholarship: $2,500
Early registration deadline: February 15–$50
Final registration deadline: March 1–$65