American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii

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.

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 June 30!
"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 22, 2022

Join others from our region at the ABCOFLASH Regional Resource Center in Glendale this coming Friday, June 24th for the Watch Party of Mission on the Move! Please register ASAP at tinyurl.com/5329dxs5. Contact Rev. Kenneth Kho at kencarms91@gmail.com for more information.
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.
Join the American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Justice Dialogue on

Wednesday, June 29th, 2:00-3:15 pm ET,
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
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.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SPACE FOR GRACE 2022
Join us in Kansas City, Mo. September 19-23 for SPACE FOR GRACE 2022! This flagship event comprises the Spiritual Caregivers Conference, Converge at Space for Grace, and the signature Space for Grace Conference. Register now and enjoy early bird pricing!

Register by June 30th to get the best price!
"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 15, 2022

Honoring the Life and Ministry of
Rev. Jung Nam Lee

Rev. Jung Nam Lee was born in Korea on December 12th, 1941, the second youngest of seven brothers. He graduated from Yonsei University in Korea in 1965 and worked for five years as a correspondent for a business newspaper in Korea. He then followed a call into ministry, moved to the United States, and matriculated at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, from which he graduated in 1975. On July 31st, 1977, he was ordained at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, where he pastored a Korean-speaking congregation until 1987. Again, acting on faith, he felt called to plant a Korean-speaking congregation in North Hills, at the campus of Valley Park Baptist Church. He pastored that church until 2001, and from there he held various jobs, such as an editor for the Christian Herald, teaching English at the California International University, and working as a linguist for the federal government.

On May 24th, 2022, he took his last breath and went to be with the Lord. He was surrounded by his devoted wife, Hyun Soo, and his three sons, Chris, James, and John. He is also survived by three wonderful daughters-in-law and six grandchildren - Joseph (12), Matthew (12), Charlotte (12), Noah (9), Jianne (8), and Grace (8). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 18th, at Oakdale Mortuary and Memorial Park in Glendora, at 10 am.

Rev. Lee was an active part our American Baptist family during his ministry at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles and Valley Park Baptist Church. We are thankful for him and his ministry. Please pray for his wife and family who are grieving his loss while they also celebrate his life and the blessing that he was to so many.
Join us tomorrow, June 16th to hear the stories of several people who have immigrated to the U.S. and from others who serve migrants and immigrants. How can we understand their journey, serve them and advocate for them? Don't miss this opportunity to be reminded of our call to serve those in very challenging life circumstances!

Click to Join from a computer or smartphone (video and audio)

From the Zoom app or website, (or call +1 669 900 6833)
Meeting ID: 970 1280 0480 AND Password: 490382
Join the American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Justice Dialogue on

Wednesday, June 29th, 2:00-3:15 pm ET,
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
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!
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.
[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
That's why..... part of my job as a pastor and an Executive Minister was to encourage pastors and churches to support and get to know our global servants. There is no better place to get to know global servants than when many of them are gathered in one place for a week. That's why I registered for the World Missions conference at Green Lake this July 4-9. Over 20 of our global servants will be there, I hope you will be also. I hope to see you there. Have you registered yet? - Rev. Paul Gibson - Arizona Regional Resource Minister.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SPACE FOR GRACE 2022
Join us in Kansas City, Mo. September 19-23 for SPACE FOR GRACE 2022! This flagship event comprises the Spiritual Caregivers Conference, Converge at Space for Grace, and the signature Space for Grace Conference. Register now and enjoy early bird pricing!

Register by June 30th to get the best price!
"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 9, 2022

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!
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.
[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
That's why..... part of my job as a pastor and an Executive Minister was to encourage pastors and churches to support and get to know our global servants. There is no better place to get to know global servants than when many of them are gathered in one place for a week. That's why I registered for the World Missions conference at Green Lake this July 4-9. Over 20 of our global servants will be there, I hope you will be also. I hope to see you there. Have you registered yet? - Rev. Paul Gibson - Arizona Regional Resource Minister.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SPACE FOR GRACE 2022
Join us in Kansas City, Mo. September 19-23 for SPACE FOR GRACE 2022! This flagship event comprises the Spiritual Caregivers Conference, Converge at Space for Grace, and the signature Space for Grace Conference. Register now and enjoy early bird pricing!

Register by June 30th to get the best price!
"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 2, 2022

Saturday, June 4 - 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
Nonprofit Management Basics - led by Lydia Floyd

This workshop is not a How to Start a Nonprofit Class. There are great classes for that. We will look at the What, Why, Who, How, and When to help you decide to start a nonprofit. Or, if you have already created a nonprofit, have you asked yourself these questions. Churches are nonprofits too.
Here are a few of the questions we will review.
  • What do you hope to accomplish? What are your goals and objectives?
  • Who is your target population? Why do they need you?
  • Who works with you? Do you have a good board or team? Are you burnt out?
  • How are you going about it? Do you have a strategic plan?
  • When is a good time to start? If you started, do you have a calendar of activities?

Zoom Connection Information
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here @ 10 AM on June 4th
From the Zoom App or Website:
(or call 669-900-9128)
Meeting ID: 897 3664 6665
Passcode: 06042022
Lydia Floyd serves as Treasurer for ABCOFLASH. She is the CEO and Consultant for Simple Data - Nonprofit Consulting. Throughout her career as an Executive Director of a small nonprofit, Lydia attempted to help those seeking to start a nonprofit or churches and small agencies who needed assistance. Her skill set includes but is not limited to Donor database management, Board Development, Event Planning as well as Accounting (she holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting). She hosts a class in nonprofit management basics and coaches and mentors Executive Directors and Church Finance leaders. She has held workshops in Succession planning for LA County Native American Commission.
ABCOFLASH will be offering you and leaders from your church the opportunity to experience the Global Leadership Summit, August 4-5th at a reduced rate of $99. You can watch it online wherever you are, watch it with a group or come to the ABCOFLASH Regional Resource Center in Glendale to watch it with others from our region. Registration will be available soon!

[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implement California Law AB506
Every church has to register with the Department of Justice to become certified to do background checks. Click here for a link for the form that must be completed and sent to the DOJ. After your church is approved, you can start having employees and volunteers get their Live Scan background checks.

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation in this video.

What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implementing California AB506 in Their Church
Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services (https://churchwest.com), gave a presentation on California AB506, a law to protect children from abuse, to ABCOFLASH pastors and leaders. This law categorizes churches in California as "youth service organizations" and requires them to:
  • Train ALL church employees of a church and board members AND volunteers working with children and youth regarding child abuse and reporting.
  • Do LiveScan background checks of all church employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children and youth.
  • Develop written policies for reporting abuse and have two mandated reporters present during youth and children's activities.

Visit these websites that were referred to in this presentation for additional information about California AB506:
Ministry Opportunities

The American Baptist Historical Society is hiring a Head of Archives and Special Collections / Archivist. Lakeview Terrace Baptist Church is looking for an Interim Minister. The First Baptist Church of Redlands has two new associate pastor positions. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is looking for a pastor. Click here for information about those positions.

If your church has job openings or news of what is happening in your ministry please let us know so we can share it with others on our website and in this weekly email.
That's why..... part of my job as a pastor and an Executive Minister was to encourage pastors and churches to support and get to know our global servants. There is no better place to get to know global servants than when many of them are gathered in one place for a week. That's why I registered for the World Missions conference at Green Lake this July 4-9. Over 20 of our global servants will be there, I hope you will be also. I hope to see you there. Have you registered yet? - Rev. Paul Gibson - Arizona Regional Resource Minister.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/22)-American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced an impressive slate of speakers for its national event, Space for Grace, to be held at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center on Sept. 21-23, 2022.

Register by June 30th to get the best price!
"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]

May 26 2022

Dr. Jeff Woods, ABC/USA General Secretary, released this statement about the school shooting in Texas: "Our prayers are with the people and friends of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on the day of this senseless massacre. I was bewildered to see this news come across the screen: an 18-year-old shooter; 19 children murdered; the lives of two teachers taken, all in an elementary school location. Sometimes there are no words, but there is always scripture and the presence of the Lord is always with us. "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." (Romans 8:26-27) "On the day I called, you answered me, you increased the strength of my soul." (Psalm138:3)"
After the shooting at the church in Laguna Woods, Pastor Andy wrote this brief statement:

Friends,

Encountering an active shooter is a rare occurrence, despite how prevalent it seems as these incidents understandably make national news. Still, as we should be prepared for earthquakes, fires, floods, or other rare events, our churches are encouraged to have active shooter plans and training, available to church leadership. Churches may elect to have "security committees." Some churches have security guards, armed and/or unarmed, even some who carry concealed weapons. Other churches feel it is best to limit defensive weapons, especially firearms, on campus. As always, prayerfully consider what is best for your context. The following website from the LA County Sheriff's Office features details of the "Run/Hide/Fight" protocol. Additionally, there is a link to a video, with a warning for graphic violence. Hope is great, but, in itself, it is not a plan.


Praying for your safety and security in Christ,

Pastor Andy
Please note - ABCOFLASH will be offering a training on zoom in the near future that will help churches prepare for Disasters, Threatening Situations, and the Unexpected.
ABCOFLASH will be offering you and leaders from your church the opportunity to experience the Global Leadership Summit, August 4-5th. For the reduced rate of $99, you can watch it online wherever you are, watch it with a group or come to the ABCOFLASH Regional Resource Center in Glendale to watch it with others from our region. Registration will be available soon!

[OFFICIAL #GLS22 PROMO] The Global Leadership Summit-August 4-5, 2022
Mike and Becky Mann, Global Servants, serving in Thailand are available three Sundays (June 19 and July 31) and the weekdays around those dates to visit churches in Southern California. They would like to connect with churches while they are here to share about their ministry. If you'd like to schedule them for a visit to a Sunday morning service, Sunday School class, small group, or a meal with them reply to this email and we'll get you on their schedule.

They are still in need of a car for those few weeks while they are in Southern California. If you can provide a car or know anyone who can please let us know!
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implement California Law AB506
Every church has to register with the Department of Justice to become certified to do background checks. Click here for a link for the form that must be completed and sent to the DOJ. After your church is approved, you can start having employees and volunteers get their Live Scan background checks.

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation in this video.

What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implementing California AB506 in Their Church
Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services (https://churchwest.com), gave a presentation on California AB506, a law to protect children from abuse, to ABCOFLASH pastors and leaders. This law categorizes churches in California as "youth service organizations" and requires them to:
  • Train ALL church employees of a church and board members AND volunteers working with children and youth regarding child abuse and reporting.
  • Do LiveScan background checks of all church employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children and youth.
  • Develop written policies for reporting abuse and have two mandated reporters present during youth and children's activities.

Visit these websites that were referred to in this presentation for additional information about California AB506:
Ministry Opportunities

The American Baptist Historical Society is hiring a Head of Archives and Special Collections / Archivist. Lakeview Terrace Baptist Church is looking for an Interim Minister. The First Baptist Church of Redlands has two new associate pastor positions. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is looking for a pastor. Click here for information about those positions.

If your church has job openings or news of what is happening in your ministry please let us know so we can share it with others on our website and in this weekly email.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/22)-American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced an impressive slate of speakers for its national event, Space for Grace, to be held at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center on Sept. 21-23, 2022.

Register by June 30th to get the best price!
International Ministries is excited to give you the opportunity to reconnect in person with our global servants at the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. Learn first-hand what God is doing around the world! Enjoy a time of rest and spiritual renewal. How might God use this week to speak to you? Even if you don't know anything (yet!) about IM or global mission-join us to find out more!

"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]

May 18 2022

ABCOFLASH Weekly Newsletter - May 18, 2022
Dr. Jeff Woods, our ABC/USA General Secretary, and other American Baptist leaders released statements following the recent shootings around the country.
Click here to read those statements. May we continue to work and pray for an end to these acts of violence fueled by racism and hate.
Is your church providing any ministry online? Are you wondering how to integrate in-person ministry and ministry online? Join this session TOMORROW on Hybrid Ministry to get the tools to do it effectively!
On Saturday, May 14th a celebration was held to celebrate Pastor Melvin Valiente's (Pastor of First Baptist Church of Maywood) appointment as Dean of the Alberto Mottesi University. Several ABCOFLASH pastors and Executive Minister, Rev. Andy Quient were present at this event which also celebrated the 80th birthday of Dr. Alberto Mottesi. Click here to learn more about Alberto Mottesi University. Congratulations Pastor Melvin!
ABCOFLASH Day
at Magic Mountain!
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Put this event on your calendar for a day of connecting with youth and friends!

More details coming soon!
Mike and Becky Mann, Global Servants, serving in Thailand are available three Sundays (June 19 and July 31) and the weekdays around those dates to visit churches in Southern California. They would like to connect with churches while they are here to share about their ministry. If you'd like to schedule them for a visit to a Sunday morning service, Sunday School class, small group, or a meal with them reply to this email and we'll get you on their schedule.

They are still in need of a car for those few weeks while they are in Southern California. If you can provide a car or know anyone who can please let us know!
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implement California Law AB506
NEW INFORMATION TO HELP YOU REGISTER YOUR CHURCH TO DO LIVE SCAN BACKGROUND CHECKS:
Every church has to register with the Department of Justice to become certified to do background checks. Click here for a link for the form that must be completed and sent to the DOJ. After your church is approved, you can start having employees and volunteers get their Live Scan background checks.

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation in this video.

Watch the video to understand AB506
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implementing California AB506 in Their Church
Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services (https://churchwest.com), gave a presentation on California AB506, a law to protect children from abuse, to ABCOFLASH pastors and leaders. This law categorizes churches in California as "youth service organizations" and requires them to:
  • Train ALL church employees of a church and board members AND volunteers working with children and youth regarding child abuse and reporting.
  • Do LiveScan background checks of all church employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children and youth.
  • Develop written policies for reporting abuse and have two mandated reporters present during youth and children's activities.

Visit these websites that were referred to in this presentation for additional information about California AB506:
Ministry Opportunities

The American Baptist Historical Society is hiring a Head of Archives and Special Collections / Archivist. Lakeview Terrace Baptist Church is looking for an Interim Minister. The First Baptist Church of Redlands has two new associate pastor positions. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is looking for a pastor. Click here for information about those positions.

If your church has job openings or news of what is happening in your ministry please let us know so we can share it with others on our website and in this weekly email.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/22)-American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced an impressive slate of speakers for its national event, Space for Grace, to be held at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center on Sept. 21-23, 2022.

Register by June 30th to get the best price!
International Ministries is excited to give you the opportunity to reconnect in person with our global servants at the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. Learn first-hand what God is doing around the world! Enjoy a time of rest and spiritual renewal. How might God use this week to speak to you? Even if you don't know anything (yet!) about IM or global mission-join us to find out more!

"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]

May 12 2022

ABCOFLASH Weekly Newsletter - May 12, 2022
ABCOFLASH Day
at Magic Mountain!
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Put this event on your calendar for a day of connecting with youth and friends!

More details coming soon!
The last day to register for "Radical. Redeemed. Ready." is tomorrow, May 13th!

"Radical. Redeemed. Ready." celebrates women ministerial leaders, their myriad journeys into ministry and their many ways of ministering. The celebration includes recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Women in Ministry Project, now known as American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM).


Mike and Becky Mann, Global Servants, serving in Thailand are available three Sundays (June 19, June 26, and July 31) and the weekdays around those dates to visit churches in Southern California. They would like to connect with churches while they are here to share about their ministry. If you'd like to schedule them for a visit to a Sunday morning service, Sunday School class, small group, or a meal with them reply to this email and we'll get you on their schedule.

They are still in need of a car for those few weeks while they are in Southern California. If you can provide a car or know anyone who can please let us know!
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implement California Law AB506

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation in this video.

On April 21, 2022, Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services (https://churchwest.com), gave a presentation on California AB506, a law to protect children from abuse, to ABCOFLASH pastors and leaders. This law categorizes churches in California as "youth service organizations" and requires them to:
  • Train ALL church employees of a church and board members AND volunteers working with children and youth regarding child abuse and reporting.
  • Do LiveScan background checks of all church employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children and youth.
  • Develop written policies for reporting abuse and have two mandated reporters present during youth and children's activities.

Visit these websites that were referred to in this presentation for additional information about California AB506:


WATCH THE VIDEO TO LEARN MORE
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implementing California AB506 in Their Church
Ministry Opportunities

The American Baptist Historical Society is hiring a Head of Archives and Special Collections / Archivist. Lakeview Terrace Baptist Church is looking for an Interim Minister. The First Baptist Church of Redlands has two new associate pastor positions. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is looking for a pastor. Click here for information about those positions.

If your church has job openings or news of what is happening in your ministry please let us know so we can share it with others on our website and in this weekly email.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/22)-American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced an impressive slate of speakers for its national event, Space for Grace, to be held at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center on Sept. 21-23, 2022.

Register by June 30th to get the best price!
International Ministries is excited to give you the opportunity to reconnect in person with our global servants at the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. Learn first-hand what God is doing around the world! Enjoy a time of rest and spiritual renewal. How might God use this week to speak to you? Even if you don't know anything (yet!) about IM or global mission-join us to find out more!

"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]

May 5 2022

ABCOFLASH Weekly Newsletter - May 5, 2022
Fill Your Toolbox this coming Saturday, May 7th @ 10 AM on Zoom
Presented by Lydia Floyd

Pastors, Associate Pastors, Youth & Children's Pastors, and anyone who plans events in your church are invited to participate!

Event Planning - Does your church host special events? Have you reviewed the purpose of your event with all interested parties? Have you discussed the goals? Such as raising funds? Member activity? Church family gathering? Revival? Community outreach? Women's Day? Whatever your purpose, you can turn it into a fundraiser for your church. What would make it successful? - Raise the planned goal amount? Full participation by your congregation? Is your church the best location for the number of people attending? Is this the best time of year to host the event? You may want to publicize on social media or send emails as part of your marketing effort. What are the costs for this event? Catering, Decorations, Musicians, Guest Speakers, Sound, Marketing, and more. There are many ways to raise funds at events, tickets, raffles, auctions, sponsors, donations, etc. Do you collect funds by check, credit card, cash, or online? In this workshop, we can discuss any events you would like to have and how you can plan a successful event.
Join Zoom Meeting on May 7th @ 10 AM by clicking here

From the Zoom app or website, (or call 1.669.900.9128)
Meeting ID: 897 3664 6665
Passcode: 05072022
Mike and Becky Mann, Global Servants, serving in Thailand are available three Sundays (June 19, June 26, and July 31) and the weekdays around those dates to visit churches in Southern California. They would like to connect with churches while they are here to share about their ministry. If you'd like to schedule them for a visit to a Sunday morning service, Sunday School class, small group, or a meal with them reply to this email and we'll get you on their schedule.

They are still in need of a car for those few weeks while they are in Southern California. If you can provide a car or know anyone who can please let us know!
Last call for ABCOFLASH Dodger Night on May 13th!
If you plan to go to the game with the 141 people from our region who have already purchased their tickets, buy your tickets no later than May 11th but sooner if possible. Seats are available so that you can sit with the ABCOFLASH group but will be purchased by the general public as we get closer to game day.
Matt and Lori Mann are Global Servants serving in Laos. After a year here in the U.S. they are getting ready to return to Asia. Read their April newsletter and continue to pray for their ministry and all of our Global Servants. FOR SECURITY REASONS DO NOT POST THIS NEWSLETTER ON THE INTERNET, FACEBOOK, OR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA. If you'd like to receive their updates reply to this email and you'll be added to their email list.
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implement California Law AB506

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation in this video.

On April 21, 2022, Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services (https://churchwest.com), gave a presentation on California AB506, a law to protect children from abuse, to ABCOFLASH pastors and leaders. This law categorizes churches in California as "youth service organizations" and requires them to:
  • Train ALL church employees of a church and board members AND volunteers working with children and youth regarding child abuse and reporting.
  • Do LiveScan background checks of all church employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children and youth.
  • Develop written policies for reporting abuse and have two mandated reporters present during youth and children's activities.

Visit these websites that were referred to in this presentation for additional information about California AB506:


WATCH THE VIDEO TO LEARN MORE
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implementing California AB506 in Their Church
Reduced Registration Fee for "Radical. Redeemed. Ready." Conference to Continue Throughout Registration Period
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/1/22)-Planners of the "Radical. Redeemed. Ready." conference, coming Wednesday-Saturday, June 15-18, 2022 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis., have made the decision to continue offering the reduced event registration fee of $139 throughout the remainder of the registration period, which closes on May 13. Given the uncertainty about travel plans due to the pandemic, along with overall inflation costs, their goal is to keep the conference accessible to all who want to attend. Click here to read more...
Ministry Opportunities

The American Baptist Historical Society is hiring a Head of Archives and Special Collections / Archivist. Lakeview Terrace Baptist Church is looking for an Interim Minister. The First Baptist Church of Redlands has two new associate pastor positions. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is looking for a pastor. Click here for information about those positions.

If your church has job openings or news of what is happening in your ministry please let us know so we can share it with others on our website and in this weekly email.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/22)-American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced an impressive slate of speakers for its national event, Space for Grace, to be held at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center on Sept. 21-23, 2022.

Early Registration is now open!
International Ministries is excited to give you the opportunity to reconnect in person with our global servants at the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. Learn first-hand what God is doing around the world! Enjoy a time of rest and spiritual renewal. How might God use this week to speak to you? Even if you don't know anything (yet!) about IM or global mission-join us to find out more!

"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]

April 28 2022

ABCOFLASH Weekly Newsletter - April 28, 2022
Fill Your Toolbox on Saturday, May 7th @ 10 AM on Zoom
Presented by Lydia Floyd

Pastors, Associate Pastors, Youth & Children's Pastors, and anyone who plans events in your church are invited to participate!

Event Planning - Does your church host special events? Have you reviewed the purpose of your event with all interested parties? Have you discussed the goals? Such as raising funds? Member activity? Church family gathering? Revival? Community outreach? Women's Day? Whatever your purpose, you can turn it into a fundraiser for your church. What would make it successful? - Raise the planned goal amount? Full participation by your congregation? Is your church the best location for the number of people attending? Is this the best time of year to host the event? You may want to publicize on social media or send emails as part of your marketing effort. What are the costs for this event? Catering, Decorations, Musicians, Guest Speakers, Sound, Marketing, and more. There are many ways to raise funds at events, tickets, raffles, auctions, sponsors, donations, etc. Do you collect funds by check, credit card, cash, or online? In this workshop, we can discuss any events you would like to have and how you can plan a successful event.
Zoom Connection Information
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here.

From the Zoom app or website, (or call 1.669.900.9128)
Meeting ID: 897 3664 6665
Passcode: 05072022
If your church is in California you are required to implement AB506 in your church. Visit the websites to learn more.

On April 21, 2022, Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services gave a presentation on California AB506, a law to protect children from abuse to ABCOFLASH pastors and leaders. This law categorizes churches in California as "youth service organizations" and requires them to:
  • Train ALL church employees and board members AND volunteers working with children and youth regarding child abuse and reporting.
  • Do LiveScan background checks of ALL church employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children and youth.
  • Develop written policies for reporting abuse and have 2 mandated reporters present during youth and children's activities/
Visit these websites that were referred to in this presentation for additional information about California AB506

WATCH THE VIDEO TO LEARN MORE
What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implementing California AB506 in Their Church
Join other American Baptist women as we hear from our national, region, association, and local leaders on the opportunities and synergies in their women and girls' ministries. Participants will discuss how to align our ministries with our mission with women and girls.

Western Section
ABWM Regions: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Pacific Northwest (Evergreen Association, Washington, North Idaho, & Montana), Region Women Connect (Los Angeles, Arizona, California, & Hawaii), Region of the West (Northern California & Northern Nevada), Wyoming, and Utah

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
5:00 PM PDT/8:00 PM EDT
Mike and Becky Mann, Global Servants serving in Thailand will be in Southern California from May into the summer. They would like to connect with churches while they are here to share about their ministry. If you'd like to find out more about having them visit your church, please contact the regional office.

They and all of our Global Servants need churches and individuals to provide financial support so they can continue to spread God's love where they serve. Please prayerfully consider the opportunity to support Mike and Becky and other Global Servants!

Also - they need a car while they are here. If you have a car they could borrow while here, let us know.
Reduced Registration Fee for "Radical. Redeemed. Ready." Conference to Continue Throughout Registration Period
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/1/22)-Planners of the "Radical. Redeemed. Ready." conference, coming Wednesday-Saturday, June 15-18, 2022 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis., have made the decision to continue offering the reduced event registration fee of $139 throughout the remainder of the registration period, which closes on May 13. Given the uncertainty about travel plans due to the pandemic, along with overall inflation costs, their goal is to keep the conference accessible to all who want to attend. Click here to read more...
Ministry Opportunities

Lakeview Terrace Baptist Church is looking for an Interim Minister. The First Baptist Church of Redlands has two new associate pastor positions. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is looking for a pastor. Click here for information about those positions.

If your church has job openings or news of what is happening in your ministry please let us know so we can share it with others on our website and in this weekly email.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/22)-American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced an impressive slate of speakers for its national event, Space for Grace, to be held at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center on Sept. 21-23, 2022.

Early Registration is now open!
International Ministries is excited to give you the opportunity to reconnect in person with our global servants at the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. Learn first-hand what God is doing around the world! Enjoy a time of rest and spiritual renewal. How might God use this week to speak to you? Even if you don't know anything (yet!) about IM or global mission-join us to find out more!

"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]

April 20 2022

ABCOFLASH Weekly Newsletter - April 20, 2022
Churches in California are designated as "Youth Service Organizations" and are mandated by AB506 to do background checks and training for church employees and volunteers. This includes pastors! Please attend this session on Thursday and invite anyone who serves youth and children in your church and church board members to attend!

Click to Join from a computer or smartphone (video and audio)

From the Zoom app or website, (or call +1 669 900 6833)
Meeting ID: 970 1280 0480 AND Password: 490382
An Easter devotional from Nora Kalkman, Global Servant serving in Europe:
Mike and Becky Mann, Global Servants serving in Thailand will be in Southern California from May into the summer. They would like to connect with churches while they are here to share about their ministry. If you'd like to find out more about having them visit your church, please contact the regional office.

They and all of our Global Servants need churches and individuals to provide financial support so they can continue to spread God's love where they serve. Please prayerfully consider the opportunity to support Mike and Becky and other Global Servants!

Also - they need a car while they are here. If you have a car they could borrow while here, let us know.
ABCOFLASH DODGER NIGHT!
Dodgers vs. Phillies - May 13th

Tickets are available until May 11th

(Please purchase your tickets ASAP so you can be seated near the ABCOFLASH group - if you wait until the last minute, your seats will be farther away from other ABCOFLASH churches.).
Reduced Registration Fee for "Radical. Redeemed. Ready." Conference to Continue Throughout Registration Period
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/1/22)-Planners of the "Radical. Redeemed. Ready." conference, coming Wednesday-Saturday, June 15-18, 2022 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis., have made the decision to continue offering the reduced event registration fee of $139 throughout the remainder of the registration period, which closes on May 13. Given the uncertainty about travel plans due to the pandemic, along with overall inflation costs, their goal is to keep the conference accessible to all who want to attend. Click here to read more...
Ministry Opportunities

Lakeview Terrace Baptist Church is looking for an Interim Minister. The First Baptist Church of Redlands has two new associate pastor positions. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is looking for a pastor. Click here for information about those positions.

If your church has job openings or news of what is happening in your ministry please let us know so we can share it with others on our website and in this weekly email.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/22)-American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has announced an impressive slate of speakers for its national event, Space for Grace, to be held at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center on Sept. 21-23, 2022.

Early Registration is now open!
Low fares are available from Los Angeles on Southwest Airlines
if you book your flights soon!