American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii

November 2nd, 2022


Dear Partners in Ministry,

Greetings in the Name of Jesus! I pray that you are doing well. This pandemic has impacted all of us and especially our youth and our ministry with them. The Winter Youth Retreat in January will address how the pandemic has affected us and where God has been amid our experiences. This is your invitation to bring your youth, young adults, and leaders to Winter Youth Retreat 2023.

WYR is an excellent opportunity for youth and young adults to connect with God and for your church to strengthen the bonds within your group of young people.

If you haven't brought a group to the retreat before, please consider this opportunity for your youth! If you have brought groups before, we hope to see your group again! We will gather at Camp Cedar Crest in the mountains above San Bernardino on January 27-29, 2023, for WYR!

The information flyer is below; the same information is on the WYR website, where you'll find the forms and additional information about the retreat. Just so you know, to get the best price, you'll need to pay a deposit in mid-December!

Thank you for prayerfully considering WYR for your youth and young adults! Please be in touch if you have any questions!

In Christ,

Doug
Rev. Doug Hubbard
Regional Minister - Youth & Missions
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii (ABCOFLASH)
213 N. Louise St., Glendale, CA 91206
626.975.3684 - mobile
818.484.2079 - fax
Pieter and Nora Kalkman, Global Servants serving in Europe shared their most recent ministry update below. Pieter and Nora are preparing to return to the U.S. for their home assignment soon and are looking forward to reconnecting with churches, pastors, and leaders in our region!
International Ministries the Kalkman's Europe Update Fall 2022

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.
ABCOFLASH is connected with these Global Servants serving with International Ministries. These Global Servants and all 130 plus Global Servants need churches and individuals to support them and their projects. They are available to visit your church when they are in the area and some are available to connect via Zoom. You are encouraged to build a relationship with them, as individuals and as churches and when possible provide financial support. Let us know if we can help you or your church connect with one of these Global Servants. Click here to learn more about Global Servants.
Repurposed Earth is donating carpet tiles that can be used in your church. If interested in learning more contact: Andrea Poventud at
414-213-9469 or andrea@repurpose.earth
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

October 19, 2022

THERE WILL BE NO OCTOBER THIRD THURSDAY, TOMORROW, OCTOBER 20TH, AS MICHAEL BECK HAS A SCHEDULING CONFLICT.
JOIN US ON NOVEMBER 17TH FOR THE NEXT THIRD THURSDAY!
Repurposed Earth is donating carpet tiles that can be used in your church. If interested in learning more contact: Andrea Poventud at
414-213-9469 or andrea@repurpose.earth
World Mission Offering 2022: Bolivia and Mexico

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.




World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall.
Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries God is using to transform the world.

Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or online giving on the IM website, or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
ABCOFLASH is connected with these Global Servants serving with International Ministries. These Global Servants and all 130 plus Global Servants need churches and individuals to support them and their projects. They are available to visit your church when they are in the area and some are available to connect via Zoom. You are encouraged to build a relationship with them, as individuals and as churches and when possible provide financial support. Let us know if we can help you or your church connect with one of these Global Servants. Click here to learn more about Global Servants.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

October 14, 2022

Repurposed Earth is donating carpet tiles that can be used in your church. If interested in learning more call: Andrea Poventud at 414-213-9469.
World Mission Offering 2022: Bolivia and Mexico

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.




World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall.
Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries God is using to transform the world.

Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or online giving on the IM website, or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

September 28, 2022

Have you registered by the Annual Meeting?
Registration Closes, tomorrow - September 29th!


ARE YOU OR OTHERS FROM YOUR CHURCH ATTENDING THE ANNUAL MEETING?

HAVE YOU LOOKED AT ALL THAT IS BEING OFFERED FOR PASTORS, CHURCH STAFF, CHURCH LEADERS, CHURCH MEMBERS, AND DELEGATES?

Thursday Evening - October 6
  • Business Session on Zoom
Friday - October 7 @ First Baptist Church of Glendale
  • Michael Beck from Fresh Expressions is presenting to help our ministries find new ways of doing church. Michael's presentations are in the morning and afternoon.
  • Women in Ministry are gathering with Rev. Soozi Ford during lunch
Saturday - October 8 @ Valley Park Church in North Hills
  • Morning Session featuring dynamic worship and our speaker, Larry Acosta
  • Eight workshops - five in English and three in Spanish - to equip you for ministry
AM 2022 Registration

Click here for the mail-in registration form to see prices, meal options, and more! If you are going to mail your registration, please call 818.839.6070 BY THURSDAY, September 29th to let us know!

What Does It Cost to Attend the Annual Meeting?
  • $20 per day - For Those Attending Online and In-Person
  • $15 - For lunch each day - For Those Attending In-Person
  • Continental Breakfasts on Friday and Saturday and the Ice-Cream Social on Saturday are Free.

ELIBERTO and MOLLY are endorsed to serve in El Salvador with International Ministries. They will be visiting the Los Angeles area to connect with our churches from October 7-17. You are invited to connect with Molly and Eliberto while they are here. Click here to learn more about them. There are several ways to connect with them:

  • Meet them at the Annual Meeting - they'll be leading a workshop in Spanish OR the Latina Women's event on October 15th
  • Invite them to share with your church. Maybe you have a small group Bible study or prayer meeting where they could come and share. There are several evenings open that are often when churches often have their small meetings.
  • If a visit with your congregation isn't possible, invite them to join you and maybe a few others from your church for a meal. Invite them to lunch or dinner. You may want to get to know them before you invite them to your church.

The times that they are available are:
Friday Evening - October 6 - open to visit a church
Sunday Afternoon/Evening - October 9 - Open for church visit - maybe your church doesn't gather on Sunday morning
Monday - October 10 - Open all day/evening
Tuesday - October 11 - Open all day/evening
Wednesday - October 12 - Open during the day (not available in the evening)
Thursday - October 13 - Open all day/evening
Friday - October 14 - Open during the day - booked for the evening
Sunday Afternoon - Evening - October 16th - Open for afternoon or evening worship service
If you are interested in connecting with Molly and Eliberto, please let us know!
World Mission Offering 2022: Bolivia and Mexico

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.




World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall.
Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries God is using to transform the world.

Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or online giving on the IM website, or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

September 21, 2022

Have you registered by the Annual Meeting?
The registration deadline is tomorrow - September 22nd!

The Annual Meeting has some great speakers, workshops, and resources for pastors, leaders, and church members.

While delegates are needed for the vote on Thursday evening, this gathering is for everyone!

The ABCOFLASH Board is asking churches to send delegates to the Annual Meeting for a special vote. Click here for delegate information.

Rev. Soozi Ford is coming to the Annual Meeting. Rev. Ford is serving as the Interim Associate General Secretary. She'll be meeting with women in ministry on Friday and leading a workshop on Saturday about American Baptist Identify.

Don't miss this year's Annual Meeting!

ELIBERTO and MOLLY are endorsed to serve in El Salvador with International Ministries. They will be visiting the Los Angeles area to connect with our churches from October 7-17. You are invited to connect with Molly and Eliberto while they are here. Click here to learn more about them. There are several ways to connect with them:

  • Meet them at the Annual Meeting - they'll be leading a workshop in Spanish OR the Latina Women's event on October 15th
  • Invite them to share with your church. Maybe you have a small group Bible study or prayer meeting where they could come and share. There are several evenings open that are often when churches often have their small meetings.
  • If a visit with your congregation isn't possible, invite them to join you and maybe a few others from your church for a meal. Invite them to lunch or dinner. You may want to get to know them before you invite them to your church.

The times that they are available are:
Friday Evening - October 6 - open to visit a church
Sunday Afternoon/Evening - October 9 - Open for church visit - maybe your church doesn't gather on Sunday morning
Monday - October 10 - Open all day/evening
Tuesday - October 11 - Open all day/evening
Wednesday - October 12 - Open during the day (not available in the evening)
Thursday - October 13 - Open all day/evening
Friday - October 14 - Open all day/evening
Sunday Afternoon - Evening - October 16th - Open for afternoon or evening worship service
They will have their two-year-old son with them - they need a pack-n-play portable crib during their time here. Do any of you have one that could be borrowed or know someone who could lend theirs to them while they are here?
If you are interested in connecting with Molly and Eliberto, please let us know!
World Mission Offering 2022: Bolivia and Mexico

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.




World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall.
Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries God is using to transform the world.

Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or online giving on the IM website, or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

September 14, 2022

Please register for the Annual Meeting by September 22nd.

The ABCOFLASH Board is asking churches to send delegates to the Annual Meeting for a special vote. Click here for delegate information.

If you are staying in the hotel in Glendale where we have secured a special rate, please make your reservation by this coming Friday, September 16th.

On Saturday, October 8th, the Annual Meeting is taking place at Valley Park Church in North Hills. After the morning session, several workshops will be offered that are designed to help our ministries "Step Out" into the ministries God is calling us to!
Introducing Eliberto & Molly Juárez
ELIBERTO and MOLLY are endorsed to serve in El Salvador with International Ministries. They will be visiting our region to connect with our churches from October 7-17. Invite them to a meal, a meeting in your church or church service to get to know them! Reply to this email if you are interested in connecting with them while they are in our region!
World Mission Offering 2022: Bolivia and Mexico

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.




World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall.
Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries God is using to transform the world.

Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or online giving on the IM website, or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

September 7, 2022

Larry Acosta is our featured speaker on Saturday morning of the ABCOFLASH Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 8th at Valley Park Church. Don't miss this opportunity to be challenged by Larry to reach beyond the walls of our churches and find ways to reach new people for Christ!

Introducing Eliberto & Molly Juárez
ELIBERTO and MOLLY are endorsed to serve in El Salvador with International Ministries. They will be visiting our region to connect with our churches from October 7-17. Invite them to a meal, a meeting in your church or church service to get to know them! Reply to this email if you are interested in connecting with them while they are in our region!
World Mission Offering 2022: Bolivia and Mexico

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.




World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall.
Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries God is using to transform the world.

Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or online giving on the IM website, or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
The deadline to purchase tickets for the DBacks game has been extended to September 12th. If you are in Arizona, plan on participating!
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

August 31, 2022

Celebrating the Life and Ministry of Ken Giacoletto

Ken Giacoletto was an integral part of the ministry of American Baptists in the Pacific Southwest in the 1970s and 1980s before he became the President of Green Lake Conference Center. He impacted many while serving in the Southwest and our broader ABC family. We are thankful for his life and ministry! Ken passed away on August 22nd. Please pray for his wife Peggy and his family as they celebrate his life and mourn their loss.

Michael Beck is Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Michael is our featured presenter at the Pastor's and Leaders Encounter on Friday, October 7th at First Baptist Church of Glendale in the morning AND afternoon. He'll be introducing us to Fresh Expressions and will help us consider how we might find new ways to share Christ with others. He'll also be leading one of the workshops on Saturday after the general session at Valley Park Church.
World Mission Offering 2022: Sharon Koh message

Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN so that your church will receive credit. On the form, designate funds to "WMO" or a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.




World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall.
Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries God is using to transform the world.

Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or online giving on the IM website, or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS GAME BY SEPTEMBER 1ST OR CONTACT US TO LET US KNOW YOU WILL BE PURCHASING TICKETS!
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

August 24, 2022

Pastor & Leader Encounter on Friday with Michael Beck - Fresh Expressions
General Session speaker on Saturday - Larry Acosta - City to City
Five workshops in English and Three workshops in Spanish
and more!
World Mission Offering received in American Baptist Churches in the Fall

Through International Ministries' World Mission Offering (WMO), every September and October, thousands across the country celebrate and give financial support to ministries that God is using to transform the world.


  • Churches are encouraged to receive the offering and to send the WMO donation and all giving towards ABC/USA ministries using the ABC/USA giving form with your church PIN number so that your church will receive credit. On the form designate funds to "WMO" or to a Global Servant(s) you would like to designate your funds for. You can find your church giving form on our website with your church name.
  • Individuals can give the World Mission Offering or towards a Global Servant through your local American Baptist church or by online giving on the IM website or by sending a check made payable to "International Ministries" at 1003 W. 9th Ave., Ste. A, King of Prussia, PA 19406-1210. Be sure to indicate where you want your funds designated.
ABCOFLASH has a new website. We want to provide the correct information about our churches. Please take a look and send us your corrections or additions for your church if your church is a part of ABCOFLASH.


Please take a look to confirm that each of these items is correct as listed:

Church Name, Church Address, Phone Number and

Website and Facebook Page - Please send us changes (links) and what you would like to add or have removed.

Please send your changes to connect@abcoflash.org. If you have questions, please call 818.839.6070.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

August 17, 2022

Rev. Joel Fairley

Rev. Joel Fairley has retired from the ministry having most recently served at First Baptist Church of Claremont.

He reflected on his ministry in a recent Facebook post: "It was 42 years ago in August that the kid with the big hair and cheesy mustache was ordained into Pastoral ministry with the American Baptists. Fast forward to now through years of highs and the lowest of lows filled with God's Love and Grace, to the place that I got to be my Mom's Pastor. This Sunday July 31, I preach my last sermon at the First Baptist church of Claremont, and the last sermon of my professional career."

Congratulations Pastor Joel - enjoy your retirement!
This year's Annual Meeting will feature:
Michael Beck - Fresh Expressions
Larry Acosta - City to City
Five workshops in English
Three workshops in Spanish
and more!

The Annual Meeting brochure has been sent to all pastors and those on our mailing list!
ABCOFLASH has a new website. We want to provide the correct information about our churches. Please take a look and send us your corrections or additions for your church if your church is a part of ABCOFLASH.


Please take a look to confirm that each of these items is correct as listed:

Church Name, Church Address, Phone Number and

Website and Facebook Page - Please send us changes (links) and what you would like to add or have removed.

Please send your changes to connect@abcoflash.org. If you have questions, please call 818.839.6070.
Melanie Baggao - Global Servant to Lebanon is back in the U.S. She'll be in the area and would love to visit churches and connect with pastors while she's here. Invite her to a midweek gathering, or a meal, or connect with her at the ABCOFLASH Annual Meeting. Here's her most recent letter:

Back in the US...
I am finally back in the US for home assignment. "Home Assignment", also known as a furlough, is a time when global servants return to their passport country to rest, update partnering donors and churches about ministry, spend time with family, and sometimes attend to medical needs. My last home assignment was in 2019 - before the revolution in Lebanon, COVID, and the economic crisis - so I have a lot to share. My time in the US will last until the first week of January 2023. I will visit 10 states and share at 18 churches, conferences, and Bible Studies (scheduled so far). If this sounds busy, it is! In the month of Aug, I anticipate driving over 2,200 miles!
All that being said, I would appreciate it if you could join me in:
  • Praying for my travels. Most of the traveling I will do alone, so please pray for attentiveness on the road and safety.
  • Praying for my health. Thank God, I think I have managed to get over jet lag. Please pray for a good night's rest between staying at different accommodations and long drives. Please pray for my voice as I will speak a lot. Also, pray that I will not get COVID
  • Praying that I can accurately and creatively share what God wants me to share. Sometimes I only have ten minutes to share, sometimes I have two hours. Lebanon has changed A LOT since I last visited. The current reality is very hard and depressing, but God is still doing miracles in the midst of the mess. Please pray that I can share these two things faithfully.
  • Praying for my ministries in Lebanon. One of the hardest things about being Stateside is being unable to be with INSAAF, Nancy, and her neighborhood, and involved with my local church in Beirut. It was challenging to delegate and let go of some responsibilities before I left. Pray that God will give me peace about the things He is continuing to do in Lebanon without me there.
  • Practically, I have an essential need: The plans to borrow a car for several months have fallen through the last minute. Thank God that I think I have sorted out my transportation needs for Aug. so far, but I am in need of a car to borrow in Southern California from Sept. 8 through Oct. 10. This can be split into chunks of several days. It will be driven just in Orange and LA Counties with two days out to San Bernardino county. I also have insurance that will cover me and any possible damages to the car. Please let me know if you have any leads.
  • Another practical need I have: I am looking for a "home" for a very beloved bookshelf with glass doors. It's the only piece of furniture I still want to hold on to whenever I move back to the US. Since 2015, two great family friends have stored it/used it and now it needs to go somewhere else. If you live in Southern California and would like to house my bookshelf and use it, please let me know.
SPACE FOR GRACE 2022!
You do not want to miss SPACE FOR GRACE 2022. ABHMS' flagship event presents a week of unparalleled learning, fellowship and renewal. September 19-23 in Kansas City, MO.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

August 10, 2022

ABCOFLASH has a new website. We want to provide the correct information about our churches. Please take a look and send us your corrections or additions for your church if your church is a part of ABCOFLASH.


Please take a look to confirm that each of these items is correct as listed:

Church Name, Church Address, Phone Number and

Website and Facebook Page - Please send us changes (links) and what you would like to add or have removed.

Please send your changes to connect@abcoflash.org. If you have questions, please call 818.839.6070.
Rev. Jon Lambert

After 20 years of serving as the pastor of the Hacienda Heights Baptist Church Rev. Jon Lambert accepted to call to serve at a church in Twin Falls, Idaho. We are thankful for Pastor Jon's faithfulness in preaching the gospel, leading many to follow Jesus, his passion for mission, and the many gifts he used as he served this church, community, and the Body of Christ. Click here to watch a video the church posted to celebrate Jon's ministry.

May God continue to bless your life and ministry Pastor Jon as you begin your new ministry in Idaho!
Melanie Baggao - Global Servant to Lebanon is back in the U.S. She'll be in the area and would love to visit churches and connect with pastors while she's here. Invite her to a midweek gathering, or a meal, or connect with her at the ABCOFLASH Annual Meeting. Here's her most recent letter:

Back in the US...
I am finally back in the US for home assignment. "Home Assignment", also known as a furlough, is a time when global servants return to their passport country to rest, update partnering donors and churches about ministry, spend time with family, and sometimes attend to medical needs. My last home assignment was in 2019 - before the revolution in Lebanon, COVID, and the economic crisis - so I have a lot to share. My time in the US will last until the first week of January 2023. I will visit 10 states and share at 18 churches, conferences, and Bible Studies (scheduled so far). If this sounds busy, it is! In the month of Aug, I anticipate driving over 2,200 miles!
All that being said, I would appreciate it if you could join me in:
  • Praying for my travels. Most of the traveling I will do alone, so please pray for attentiveness on the road and safety.
  • Praying for my health. Thank God, I think I have managed to get over jet lag. Please pray for a good night's rest between staying at different accommodations and long drives. Please pray for my voice as I will speak a lot. Also, pray that I will not get COVID
  • Praying that I can accurately and creatively share what God wants me to share. Sometimes I only have ten minutes to share, sometimes I have two hours. Lebanon has changed A LOT since I last visited. The current reality is very hard and depressing, but God is still doing miracles in the midst of the mess. Please pray that I can share these two things faithfully.
  • Praying for my ministries in Lebanon. One of the hardest things about being Stateside is being unable to be with INSAAF, Nancy, and her neighborhood, and involved with my local church in Beirut. It was challenging to delegate and let go of some responsibilities before I left. Pray that God will give me peace about the things He is continuing to do in Lebanon without me there.
  • Practically, I have an essential need: The plans to borrow a car for several months have fallen through the last minute. Thank God that I think I have sorted out my transportation needs for Aug. so far, but I am in need of a car to borrow in Southern California from Sept. 8 through Oct. 10. This can be split into chunks of several days. It will be driven just in Orange and LA Counties with two days out to San Bernardino county. I also have insurance that will cover me and any possible damages to the car. Please let me know if you have any leads.
  • Another practical need I have: I am looking for a "home" for a very beloved bookshelf with glass doors. It's the only piece of furniture I still want to hold on to whenever I move back to the US. Since 2015, two great family friends have stored it/used it and now it needs to go somewhere else. If you live in Southern California and would like to house my bookshelf and use it, please let me know.
ABHMS Calls for One Great Hour of Sharing Contributions to Aid Victims of Eastern Kentucky floods
When disasters or tragedies happen American Baptists are given the opportunity to respond through One Great Hour of Sharing. The recent flooding in Kentucky is another opportunity to give towards helping those impacted by this disaster.

ABCOFLASH ANNUAL MEETING - OCTOBER 6-8, 2022
One of the features of this year's Annual Meeting is Rev. Michael Beck from FRESH EXPRESSIONS! Fresh Expressions is a global movement of churches that seek to find new and creative ways to reach people for Christ. Rev. Beck has led his church to create thirteen new Christian communities in Wildwood, Florida. Fresh Expressions allows leaders and pastors to use traditional services and innovative forms of church to live out Christ's mission. One does not replace the other but creates a mutual benefit for both-a "mixed economy of church." Click here to visit the Fresh Expressions website.

Let's discover together FRESH ways to be the church at this year's Annual Meeting through Michael Becks' presentations, Larry Acosta's message, and the Saturday workshops.

Watch for Annual Meeting details that are coming soon!
Zion Hill Baptist Church has an opening for a pastor. There are other ministry positions available in our region. Click here to see what is available. If your church has a ministry position that you want advertised on our website or would like to share news about a past or upcoming event with your ABCOFLASH community to put in this weekly email, please send that information to us at connect@abcoflash.org.
SPACE FOR GRACE 2022!
You do not want to miss SPACE FOR GRACE 2022. ABHMS' flagship event presents a week of unparalleled learning, fellowship and renewal. September 19-23 in Kansas City, MO.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

August 3, 2022

ABHMS Calls for One Great Hour of Sharing Contributions to Aid Victims of Eastern Kentucky floods
When disasters or tragedies happen American Baptists are given the opportunity to respond through One Great Hour of Sharing. The recent flooding in Kentucky is another opportunity to give towards helping those impacted by this disaster.

General Secretary Search Committee Announces Additional Focus Groups, Connection Updates
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/29/22)-The Search Committee for the next General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA is pleased to announce additional Focus Groups and invites American Baptists to participate in a focus group.

If you want your voice heard as ABCUSA chooses the next General Secretary, join one of these sessions. Click here to read more
The Global Leadership Summit starts tomorrow!
You can still register at the $99 rate with the ABCOFLASH priority code SMT22UR.

Faith in Christ Ministries
Faith in Christ Ministries is looking to purchase a used wheelchair van to improve their ministry options to those with physical needs. Any donations to their ministry would be appreciated! For more information, please contact Gwynn Brown at 323.291.9636 or gwynn@ficmla.com.
Zion Hill Baptist Church has an opening for a pastor. There are other ministry positions available in our region. Click here to see what is available. If your church has a ministry position that you want advertised on our website or would like to share news about a past or upcoming event with your ABCOFLASH community to put in this weekly email, please send that information to us at connect@abcoflash.org.
SPACE FOR GRACE 2022!
You do not want to miss SPACE FOR GRACE 2022. ABHMS' flagship event presents a week of unparalleled learning, fellowship and renewal. September 19-23 in Kansas City, MO.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

July 27, 2022

IF you are coming to American Baptist Day at Magic Mountain with your family, a group of friends or your youth group, the last day you can purchase tickets is TOMORROW, July 28th! This is a deadline that cannot be extended!
 To purchase tickets or print the flyer CLICK HERE
The Global Leadership Summit is next week! If you plan on participating, register TODAY for only $99 with the ABCOFLASH priority code! DON"T MISS IT!
[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
USE PRIORITY CODE SMT22UR TO GET THE $99 RATE WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IF YOU REGISTER ON THE GLS WEBSITE.

Faith in Christ Ministries
Faith in Christ Ministries is looking to purchase a used wheelchair van to improve their ministry options to those with physical needs. Any donations to their ministry would be appreciated! For more information, please contact Gwynn Brown at 323.291.9636 or gwynn@ficmla.com.
Zion Hill Baptist Church has an opening for a pastor. There are other ministry positions available in our region. Click here to see what is available. If your church has a ministry position that you want advertised on our website or would like to share news about a past or upcoming event with your ABCOFLASH community to put in this weekly email, please send that information to us at connect@abcoflash.org.
SPACE FOR GRACE 2022!
You do not want to miss SPACE FOR GRACE 2022. ABHMS' flagship event presents a week of unparalleled learning, fellowship and renewal. September 19-23 in Kansas City, MO.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

July 20, 2022

Faith in Christ Ministries
Faith in Christ Ministries is looking to purchase a used wheelchair van so they can improve their ministry options to those with physical needs. Any donations to their ministry would be appreciated! For more information, please contact Gwynn Brown at 323.291.9636 or gwyn@ficmla.com
Help Save Friendship Park
Here's a request send to ABCOFLASH from Dr. Seth Clark - Please consider adding your name to the letter by July 21 to save Friendship Park at the U.S. and Mexico Border:
HI, ABC Friends,
As you might have heard, there are plans to effectively cut off access to the place the Border Church considers its sanctuary, and we now have a faith leader sign-on letter urging the government to actually take local stakeholder feedback into consideration before building two 30-ft walls surrounding the space.
Here's the letter that explains the situation with an opportunity for you to sign the letter to Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/save-friendship-park-faith-leader-sign-on
I could use your help. Is there any way that you could help me distribute this call to action through some ABC networks?
Peace/Paz,
Rev. Seth David Clark, DMin, MATS, MTS, MBA (expected '22), PMCSF (expected '23)
Author of Church at the Wall: Stories of Hope Along the San Diego-Tijuana Border
Lead Pastor, The First Baptist Church of National City
Director, Pastoral Team, U.S., The Border Church / La Iglesia Fronteriza
he/él | 1.619.880.7384 | On the ancestral lands of the Kumeyaay people
Ama et quod vis fac. ~ Augustine of Hippo
The Global Leadership Summit is in two weeks! Do you need inspiration? Do you need a jump start in your leadership? Do you need to rediscover your vision? Register TODAY for the GLS! You won't find a better price than $99 anywhere else! DON"T MISS IT!
[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
USE PRIORITY CODE SMT22UR TO GET THE $99 RATE WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IF YOU REGISTER ON THE GLS WEBSITE.

Plan on participating in American Baptist Day at Magic Mountain on August 13th with youth from your church, your family, or a group of friends! To purchase tickets or print the flyer CLICK HERE
The last day to purchase tickets is July 28th - one week from tomorrow!
Zion Hill Baptist Church has an opening for a pastor. There are other ministry positions available in our region. Click here to see what is available. If your church has a ministry position that you want advertised on our website or would like to share news about a past or upcoming event with your ABCOFLASH community to put in this weekly email, please send that information to us at connect@abcoflash.org.
News from our American Baptist Family
Click the logos below to read the latest from our our ABC partners. There are conferences, training events and news of past events to get you caught up on what is happening among American Baptists around the nation and the world.
News & Notes
June 2022
ABCUSA News Update
June 2022
On Location - Spring - Summer 2022
REGISTER NOW FOR SPACE FOR GRACE 2022!
You do not want to miss SPACE FOR GRACE 2022. ABHMS' flagship event presents a week of unparalleled learning, fellowship and renewal. September 19-23 in Kansas City, MO.
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

July 13, 2022

Zion Hill Baptist Church has an opening for a pastor. There are other ministry positions available in our region. Click here to see what is available. If your church has a ministry position that you want advertised on our website or would like to share news about a past or upcoming event with your ABCOFLASH community to put in this weekly email, please send that information to us at connect@abcoflash.org.
The Global Leadership Summit is next month! Plan on participating to be challenged, inspired and equipped for effective leadership! DON"T MISS IT!
[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
USE PRIORITY CODE SMT22UR TO GET THE $99 RATE WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IF YOU REGISTER ON THE GLS WEBSITE.

Plan on participating in American Baptist Day at Magic Mountain on August 13th with youth from your church, your family, or a group of friends! To purchase tickets or print the flyer CLICK HERE
The last day to purchase tickets is July 28th!
News from our American Baptist Family
Click the logos below to read the latest from our our ABC partners. There are conferences, training events and news of past events to get you caught up on what is happening among American Baptists around the nation and the world.
News & Notes
June 2022
ABCUSA News Update
June 2022
On Location - Spring - Summer 2022
REGISTER NOW FOR SPACE FOR GRACE 2022!
You do not want to miss SPACE FOR GRACE 2022. ABHMS' flagship event presents a week of unparalleled learning, fellowship and renewal. September 19-23 in Kansas City, MO. Early bird pricing ends July 15!
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

July 6, 2022

Zion Hill Baptist Church has an opening for a pastor. There are other ministry positions available in our region. Click here to see what is available. If your church has a ministry position that you want advertised on our website or would like to share news about a past or upcoming event with your ABCOFLASH community to put in this weekly email, please send that information to us at connect@abcoflash.org.
The Global Leadership Summit is next month! Plan on participating to be challenged, inspired and equipped for effective leadership! DON"T MISS IT!
[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
USE PRIORITY CODE SMT22UR TO GET THE $99 RATE WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IF YOU REGISTER ON THE GLS WEBSITE.

Plan on participating in American Baptist Day at Magic Mountain on August 13th with youth from your church, your family, or a group of friends! To purchase tickets or print the flyer CLICK HERE
The last day to purchase tickets is July 28th!
News from our American Baptist Family
Click the logos below to read the latest from our our ABC partners. There are conferences, training events and news of past events to get you caught up on what is happening among American Baptists around the nation and the world.
News & Notes
June 2022
ABCUSA News Update
June 2022
On Location - Spring - Summer 2022
REGISTER NOW FOR SPACE FOR GRACE 2022!
You do not want to miss SPACE FOR GRACE 2022. ABHMS' flagship event presents a week of unparalleled learning, fellowship and renewal. September 19-23 in Kansas City, MO. Early bird pricing ends July 15!
"This is an official communication authorized by or from ABCOFLASH, The American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, & Hawaii. Communications without this acknowledgment do not have the endorsement or authorization to use the ABCOFLASH name or logo."
American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, and Hawaii
[818.839.6070] [ABCOFLASH Website]

June 29, 2022

Join the American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Justice Dialogue

THIS MORNING
Wednesday, June 29th, 11:00 am -12:15 pm Pacific Time
for a conversation regarding immigration


"Welcoming the Neighbor: Pathways to Immigration Reform"

Come join this discussion with others and share your ideas regarding immigration reform. Your voice is needed around the table, to share what advocacy work you are doing in immigration reform, and how it is making an impact for change. Come, hear what others are doing and how you can join with them to make a difference.

Please register by following the link below
Zion Hill Baptist Church has an opening for a pastor. There are other ministry positions available in our region. Click here to see what is available. If your church has a ministry position that you want advertised on our website or would like to share news about a past or upcoming event with your ABCOFLASH community to put in this weekly email, please send that information to us at connect@abcoflash.org.
International Ministries is inviting churches and individuals to support the Next Generation of Global Servants. Any commitment to recurring giving or funds given in June or until the matching funds are gone will be matched. Our region is highlighting Joseph and Amy Vo who are raising support to serve in Vietnam. There are also other new Global Servants who are seeking support.


Joseph and Amy live in Orange County live in Southern California and want to visit your church to share about their ministry in Vietnam. Reply to this email to arrange a visit to your church with Joesph and Amy. Click here for more information about their ministry.

While it is probably too late to get the matching fund, the Vo's and other Global Servants still need churches and individuals to provide support. Please contact the Regional Resource Center for more information about connecting with Global Servants.
Plan on participating in American Baptist Day at Magic Mountain on August 13th with youth from your church, your family, or a group of friends! To purchase tickets or print the flyer CLICK HERE!
[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
USE PRIORITY CODE SMT22UR TO GET THE $99 RATE WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IF YOU REGISTER ON THE GLS WEBSITE.