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                                                                          West Lebanon, NH 03784
                                                                         603-643-4201 888-262-3223

                                                                            Rev. Dr. Louis George,
                                                                          Interim Executive Minister

                           December 2010 Newsletter

Table of Contents
Page 2        Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering; All Things New Update
Page 3        Missional Church Learning Experience to Start; Christmas Wish List for Camp Sentinel
              and Gove Hill Retreat
Page 4        Ministers Council News; Regional Events Calendar
Pages 5-9     AB Women’s Ministries, AB Men, Gove Hill Retreat and Camp Sentinel News
Pages 9-11    Directory Updates; Praises; God Stuff Happening in Our Churches
Page 11       Clergy & Professional Ministerial Leadership Association Breakfast Schedule;
              Regional Calendar – Meeting Dates for Boards, Departments, & Committees
Page 12-13    ABCUSA, VT Ecumenical Council and NH Council of Churches News;
              Websites to Check Out
Page 14       American Baptist Mission Support Update

              Food for thought: Advent & Christmas sermon titles to give us pause
              “GOD IS WITH US”                    “The Word” – John 1:1-5
              “With Us To Save Us”                “The Witness” – John 1:6-9
              “With Us To Enlighten Us”           “The World” – John 1:10-13
              “With Us To Love Us”                “The Wonder” – John 1:14
              “With Us To Guide Us”               “The One and Only” – John 1:15-18
              Community Church of Milton          First Baptist Church of Barre

             The ABC/VNH Region Office will be closed on November 25 & 26 for Thanksgiving.

 The office will also be closed from December 24-31 and will reopen on January 3.
Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering
Since 1935, American Baptists have contributed to special offerings received in their churches for retired
ABC ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses. The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering
(RMMO) was established in 1977. Through this annual offering, American Baptist congregations say thank
you in a tangible way to the denomination’s retired ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses.
The offering provides them with:
       Emergency and other financial assistance, based on financial
        need; and
       Annual “Thank You” checks, based on 15 or more years of
        ABC service.
This year the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB)
distributed $831,000 to approximately 4,000 retired American Baptist
Churches (ABCUSA) ministers, missionaries and retired lay employees.
“MMBB was founded nearly 100 years ago to promote the better maintenance of the ministry,” noted
MMBB’s executive director, Sumner M. Grant. “The ‘Thank You’ checks we distribute just before
Thanksgiving are an important part of our effort to fulfill this mission.”
MMBB’s endowment provides the funds for “Thank You" checks to lay employees, continuing a tradition
begun in 1980. As Sumner M. Grant noted, “We are humbled by the dedication of our retired clergy and
staff, and we are fortunate to be able to express our appreciation each year.”

The Doings at All Things New
It has been a busy fall for the three action groups of All Things New. As we enter 2011 the fruits of their
labor will, Lord willing, start to be ready for the picking. Look for the latest developments in the ABC/VNH
newsletter, the All Things New website, and in a church near you!
The Kingdom/Reign of God Action Group (Group 1) will be taking their seminar on the Kingdom of God to
local churches and other groups. The group is able to adjust the material they've developed to meet the
time requirements and educational needs of your church or group. At the recent Northwest Association
meeting five study groups studied the Scriptures, shared their discoveries, and identified ways churches
could join to seek Christ's reign amongst us.
When the renewed All Things New website ( re-launches in early 2011 a study,
quotation, or essay will appear every two weeks. We look forward to having contributors and commentators
from our local churches.
The Training Action Group (Group 2) has met numerous times and has developed a plan that calls for
three levels of training; "apprentice" - for people in the pew; "journeyman" - for local church leaders; and
"master" - for those aspiring to full- time church leadership. Areas of study will include: the Bible, Theology,
History, Christian Character, Spiritual Formation, Mission and Evangelism, Church Leadership, and Pastoral
Training will come from many sources, including the Institute for the Laity, existing training programs, and
new ones developed by VNH people for VNH people.
The Networking Action Group (Group 3) is directing its focus to making the All Things New website a
sustainable and ever-changing place to discover and share ideas. Rev. Kathleen Blackey is joining Kerry
Griswold as webmaster of the site ( They hope to have biographies of people in
our Region, writings and responses about the Kingdom of God, news from our action groups, and a user
friendly place to share needs and resources. In terms of resource sharing one success story has happened
already. One of the churches was looking for a financial advisor and advertised this on the site. Someone
else connected them with a very qualified advisor!
Good things are happening! With Christ's inspiration and guidance - and the participation of God's people -
the good will continue and grow.
Rev. Steven Jewett, Coordinator

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Missional Church Learning Experience Groups to Get Underway
The first meeting of the Missional Church Learning Experience will be on Sunday, December 5 at First
Baptist Church, New London, NH, 461 Main Street, New London, NH. 603.526.6511. We will gather from
3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Rev. Glynis LaBarre, Transformation Strategist for the American Baptist Home Mission
Societies will facilitate the experience. Rev. Dr. Robert L. Varnam, pastor of First Baptist Church, Plaistow,
is serving as the Regional Coordinator. Rev. Alan Shumway, Transitional Minister at First Baptist Church,
New London, is a Missional resource person.
Missional Church Learning Experience (MCLE) is a cluster of churches in an American Baptist region that
form a Learning Community to explore what God is saying to the Church today. How can we best fit in with
God’s mission in our rapidly changing culture? Each church involved in the Learning Community forms a
Mission Team that receives training in basic missional church principles, and practices those principles by
designing and implementing a small community project. The Learning Community will meet 4 times during
the process to share what they are learning and receive further training. Their Lessons Learned will also be
shared with other American Baptist churches in the region and across the nation.
This is the first of four sessions designed to guide our churches through the process becoming more out-
wardly focused on God’s mission. Each church team will design and implement a small community project
to help them practice the missional principles learned in the MCLE. 13 churches (or clusters of churches)
have indicated interest and will bring a team of 3-5 persons (pastor or appointed leader, 3 lay members, one
youth) on December 5.
If your church is: (1) not satisfied with current church effectiveness; (2) willing to try new ideas, especially
including involvement in your community; and (3) is not currently engaged in high levels of conflict, please
contact Dr. Varnam at or 603-382-5075. Pastors of participating MCLE churches
will receive 2 CEUs for their attendance to all 4 sessions.
If we reach the maximum for this cycle of the MCLE , and there is more interest, we will begin another
Learning Community as soon as needed. We would welcome this challenge! Integral to this Process is
learning from each other about serving God in this time of rapid cultural change.

Christmas Gifts for Those Who Have Everything or Need Nothing
Can’t decide what to get that hard-to-shop for relative or friend for Christmas? Why not give a gift in their
name to benefit Camp Sentinel or Gove Hill Retreat or one of these other organizations: Heifer Project,
Church World Service, World Vision and other groups that provide food, animals, housing, water, etc. for
those that do not have them. This truly is a way to prepare for Christ’s coming.

Wish List for Camp Sentinel ( or
   New board games for the Lodge                             Inflatable bounce house ($1,500-$2,500)
   Movable benches for the Chapel ($50/ bench                Tile floor for kitchen ($2,000)
    for lumber)                                               Commercial refrigerator for Lodge ($2,000)
   New cabin mattresses ($120) per mattress                  New roof for the parsonage ($6,000)
    $1,200 per cabin                                          New roof for the equipment garage ($8,000)
   Portable speaker PA system ($500)                         Propane heater for the Wigwam ($10,000)
   Cotton Candy Machine ($500)                               15 Passenger van

Wish List for Gove Hill Retreat ( or
 Two full size mattress sets and bed frames - new or excellent condition used
 Three Twin size mattress sets and bed frames - new or excellent condition used
 Wood splitter
 Donations for improving energy efficiency (insulation, furnace, refrigeration)
 Donations for 60 KW standby generator for manor house.
 Volunteers for a work project on your schedule.

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2010 Ministers Council Senate Charts Course For Strong Future
The 2010 American Baptist Ministers Council Senate met at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green
Lake Wisconsin in August. The meeting was convened by president Jeff Savage under the theme of
“Creating a Community of Spiritual Leaders”, based on Mark 2:1-12 and Psalm 121:1-8. The Senate was
joined in a time of worshipful work by various ABC leaders from the national program boards and several
local regions.
In anticipation of the approaching conclusion of the Lilly grant funding the collegial covenant groups known
as TIM (Together in Ministry) groups, the Senate approved a $2.5 million capital campaign to support the
work of the Ministers Council at the national and constituent council levels into the future. The campaign
steering committee, convened by acting senate treasurer Thomas Gilmore, will work closely with Dr. Joe
Kutter, who was named executive director by the Senate, removing the word “acting” from his title for the
duration of his term. The Senate also increased member dues for the first time since 1997.
Working in tandem, the Department of Spiritual and Personal Wholeness and the Department of Profession-
al Effectiveness sought to develop ways to implement the Clergy Fitness Initiative presented to us by the
General Executive Council of the ABCUSA. Their strategies to address and foster all aspects of clergy well-
ness (physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and institutional) include encouraging TIM groups
focusing on wellness and the creation of an online covenantal group.
At the closing banquet, which featured ABCUSA general secretary Roy Medley as the keynote speaker,
Rev. Mildred “Millie” Myren received the 2010 Ministers Council Ralph Garfield Schell President’s Award for
Excellence in the Ministry from Ministers Council president Jeff Savage. Rev. Myren grew up in the Morgan
Park Baptist Church of Chicago where her father was the music director for 59 years. In 1978 she became
an administrator in what was then called the Chicago Baptist Association, now ABC Metro Chicago and was
named Interim Executive Minister serving from 1988-89 and again in 1993. In 1994 Millie was named
Executive Minister of the Region.

Regional Events Calendar
January 15: Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
First Baptist Church, Nashua. 6-9 p.m. Rev. Dr. Paul Gillespie of Asheville, NC, a prominent American
clergyman, activist and civil rights leader, will be the guest speaker. Other inspiring speakers, distinguished
guests, spirit-filled music and refreshments will be part of this annual program of celebration and tribute.
January 22: ABWomen’s Ministries of VT & NH Mid-Winter Gathering
Trinity Baptist Church, Hanover. 9:30 a.m. registration and fellowship. More information will be available
toward the end of December.
January 28-29: ABMen’s and Boys’ Winter Retreat
Camp Sentinel. 6 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday. Join men and boys from around our Region who are “on
fire” (literally) for the Lord. Events include a GIGANTIC bonfire Friday night with the brush pile created
during the fall retreat with the clearing of a lot for a 75 car parking area.
We invite men and boys (all ages welcome and encouraged to attend) to fellowship through food, service,
worship and conversation. The cost is $49 per adult (1 overnight and 3 home cooked meals) and $25 for
youth 12 and under. Scholarships are available. To sign up contact the camp office at (603) 539-4839 or More information, contact Clive Roberts at (603) 630-2711 (
or Kevin Van Brunt, Executive Director of Sentinel at (603) 539-4839 (
March 4-6: Winter Youth Rally
Sentinel will host a winter youth rally March 4-6 for youth 5-10 grade. This weekend will feature guest
speakers, music, team building activities and camp fun! The cost is $89 per youth (2 overnights & 5 meals).
Check in begins Friday at 6 p.m. with check out Sunday at 2 p.m. To sign up, contact the camp office at
(603) 539-4839 or
June 17-18: ABC/VNH Annual Gathering at Kimball Union Academy
Mark your calendars and make plans to attend two full days of activities as we celebrate the ongoing moving
of the Holy Spirit in our Region through the theme “Keep the Fire Burning” and Acts 2:42. Children’s
activities will be available on Saturday.

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                           American Baptist Women’s Ministries VT/NH
During this Advent season, I pray that we will remember that we are preparing for Christ’s birth, with all the
secular activities taking second place in our time and hearts. If you are wondering what to get for that person
who has everything, look into alternative giving through Church World Service, Heifer Project, World Vision
and other groups that provide food, animals, housing, water, etc. for those that do not have them. This truly
is a way to prepare for Christʼs coming.
As I look toward the new year, I encourage you to put our Mid-winter Gathering on your calendar and plan
to attend. Bring a carload. It will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Hanover on Saturday, January 22nd,
registration and fellowship beginning at 9:30 a.m. More information will be in next month’s newsletter.
Be sure to get your Love Gifts sent in to the Region by the end of the year. Love Gift certificates will be given
at the winter meeting to those churches who have contributed this year. Let’s make it the best year ever!
If you have a person who is an active member of your church and will be in college, seminary, or technical
school next year, get a scholarship application from Marsha Omand ( These
scholarships usually are for $200-$300, depending upon how much money is sent in for the fund. There is
also a larger scholarship amount for anyone attending an AB college or seminary. Many of those schools
match these gifts. In addition, each recipient is “adopted” by a person or group and upheld with prayer (and
probably care packages!).
I wish all of you a meaningful Christmas and a joyful New Year.
I would love to have the opportunity to visit your church and talk about American Baptist Women’s Ministries.
Please invite me! My address is 20 Beaver Lake Avenue, Derry, NH 03038-4003; call (603) 437-3813; or
e-mail me at
Mary Hamblett, President

From 2007-2010, American Baptist Women’s Ministries focused on the issue of sex trafficking, global and
domestic. The national board set a goal of $250,000 to be raised over two years, funding grants to organiza-
tions at home and abroad that were involved in prevention, legislative activities, and working with survivors.
AB Women’s Ministries emphasized education on the issue, raising awareness and inspiring new abolition-
ists. The dream was to not only fund current ministries but to inspire new ministries to emerge as women felt
God’s call to action.
God was at work in amazing ways. By October 2010, over $482,000 had been raised. Eighteen ABC-
related ministries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and overseas have been funded through Break the Chains
grants. Several are emerging ministries inspired by the Break the Chains project itself.
       Peoria Friendship House, Illinois                          Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches
       NightLight USA, California                                 Mansion of Light Baptist Church,
       Elizabeth House, South Dakota                               Costa Rica
       Be Free Ministries, South Dakota                           New Life Center, Thailand
       “Readers Are Succeeders”, Washington                       “Maids in Lebanon,” Lebanon
       Corporación Milagros del Amor,                             “Woman to Woman,” Italy
        Puerto Rico                                                Frankadua Training Center, Ghana
       Bethel Neighborhood Center, Kansas                         “Temple Prostitutes,” India
       “All Hands In”, Massachusetts                              Safe House, Southeast Asia
       Deborah’s House, Mexico                                    Sex Workers project, Zambia
Visit for descriptions.

Break the Chains at Work:
From Debbie and Jim Kelsey, International Ministries in Italy: Praise the Lord! Emma's chains are
broken and she has been set free! Many of you have prayed for her since the week she was jailed for not
having residency documents. She refused to return to prostitution, in which she had been working for three

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years since having been trafficked into Italy. She has been working for an Italian family for a little over a
year, but her application for residency (the cost of which was covered by Break the Chains funds) had not
yet been approved. Today, Emma has her document in her hand, and she called us and asked us to thank
all of you who have been praying for her! Pray for her in the nurse aide course she is starting, also funded
by Break the Chains.
In 2011, AB Women’s Ministries is launching “Break the Chains and Stop the Pain,” building on the success
of the original Break the Chains project. The new initiative will address the oppression of women and girls in
the U.S. and worldwide.
Virginia Holmstrom
Executive Director, AB Women's Ministries      

                         American Baptist Men of Vermont & New Hampshire
Twenty-three men and boys descended on Camp Sentinel on October 29 for a weekend retreat and work
day. Jack Cobb, national disaster relief representative, presented a certification course on chain saw equip-
ment safety. Special workday projects were planned for the day on Saturday. Their big accomplishment
was cutting down trees behind the Gate House for a 75 car parking area that will be completed next spring.
Everyone got involved and got a lot accomplished. The following weekend a couple of Boy Scout troops
and parents continued the clearing. The two groups created a huge pile of brush that will be burned at the
AB Men’s and Boys’ Winter Retreat on January 28-29. See the Regional Events Calendar above for details
for the Winter Retreat.
The men discussed holding a fishing derby in the Spring of 2011 over the May 20-21 weekend at Gove Hill
Retreat. The event would include an overnight camping experience followed by the fishing derby with the
men’s focus on mentoring to the young folk in Christian fellowship. The activities will also include a cookout
at the pond with prizes being awarded to all children who participate. No child will go unnoticed!

   To watch over the children, keeping them safe.
   To measure and record the fish caught and the name of the child.
   To solicit donations for prizes (i.e., hats, fishing related items).
   To solicit food items (i.e., chips, rolls, ice cream, hotdogs, hamburgers).
   To make signs directing people to the pond.
   To spread the word to everyone!

For more information, contact Clive Roberts – 603-267-8911/603-630-2711 or Dan McFaul – 603-989-5153.

      Left photo: Young and old (and in between) gather for ABMen’s and Boys’ Retreat.
      Right photo: Tucker Van Brunt tries out Clive Roberts’ “small” chainsaw.

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Gove Hill Retreat News
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels
without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2, NIV)
Bill and I had a last minute request for a retreat. The call came on a Monday for the following Friday night
into Saturday morning. One of the New Hampshire High School Track teams had won a team place to
participate in the New England Cross Country Track Finals that were held in our little town of Thetford. We
were thrilled to be able to say “Yes!” knowing how important it is for a team and their families to have a
comfortable place to stay before a big race. Little did we know what else God had in store for us in serving
this secular group.
Several group members openly spoke to us of their faith and we were able to share ours with them. One
lady was from an ABC church in New Hampshire. She had been unfamiliar with Gove Hill, but was so
pleased to find us. One of the coaches was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and was good friends
with a man that had grown up in my church, First Baptist Lebanon, NH. He shared stories of their time
serving as missionaries in Kazakhstan together. What a treat to meet more brothers and sisters in Christ!
Another Christian lady wrote to us “Thank you once more for all the blessings you pour out on those who
enter your doors. The presence of the Holy Spirit is very evident in your gracious hospitality and cheerful
serving of others.” What a blessing these word were to us.
We were so thankful for a sunny, mild day for our October workday. We had 30 people assist getting the
property ready for winter. Thank you for your willingness to be of assistance. We were able to finish all
unskilled jobs and a sizable amount of the ones requiring the use of power tools and vehicles.
Gove Hill has been preapproved by Central Vermont Public Service for an efficiency grant. We will be pur-
chasing new T-8 florescent lighting to replace older, less efficient ones. The grant will cover approximately
75% of the cost of this project. We anticipate the lowering of our monthly electric bills to then follow. We are
happy to reduce our costs and take care of our environment at the same time.
We are excited to have received enough donations to purchase a Digital Projector for Gove Hill! Many guest
groups are interested in using this technology. It will be a pleasure to have this available for use soon.
As we move into the Thanksgiving season, and soon Advent, Bill and I are humbled to be blessed by such a
rich community of Christians we serve. Come see for yourself why Gove Hill is the place to be.
Spring Arts Conference 2011
April 29- May 1, 2011. Mark your calendars now for a great next spring.
Writers’ Conference 2011
July 15-17, 2011. We are in the planning stages now for next year. You won’t want to miss a minute of it!
“This conference helped me see how writers who are passionate about language and faith have married the
two aspects of their lives.” Abby C.
Songwriting Workshop 2011
July 22-24, 2011. Bill Pere, president of the Connecticut Songwriters Guild, and his wife, Kay Pere, will be
presenting this event. Bill has numerous awards for songwriting and he and Kay teach classes in song-
writing all over New England. This is an event you won’t want to miss! More details will be coming soon.
Weekends available
We are booked for the next several months for weekend retreats. Midweek dates are open. We are
receiving bookings for spring, summer and into fall 2011. There are only a few early fall weekends available
for 2011, so don’t wait to schedule yours! Check out the calendar on our website,, for
specific dates open. Collaborate with churches nearby for a weekend retreat for youth, adults or family
groups. Contact us at or 802-785-4000.
Bernice Clark, Gove Hill Retreat or 802-785-4000

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Camp Sentinel News
Fall Youth Rally a Hit
22 youth and several adult leaders came to Sentinel the weekend of November 5 for a youth rally. Led by
Mark McClary of United Baptist Church of Concord, the youth enjoyed a full weekend of activities. There
were indoor and outdoor games and activities galore - including the zip line - at all hours of the day and a
good part of the night (up to 11:30 p.m.), plenty of good food, bands Friday and Saturday night, and
challenging Bible studies on Jesus’ command to “Follow me” held in the Lodge, the Wigwam and at the
beach (brrrr).

An Upcoming Vote for Sentinel’s Future
On December 4, 2010 the American Baptist Churches of Vermont New Hampshire Board of Trustees will
vote to sign the purchase and sales agreement of Sentinel’s land. This agreement of land transfer was
approved five years ago on December 3, 2005. The purchase and sales agreement will transfer the title of
the Sentinel property to Sentinel Ministries, an autonomous American Baptist Ministry. Please feel free to
contact us regarding any questions you may have so we can attempt to clarify the intent and purpose of the
land transfer. Please direct inquiries to: Rev. Dr. Louis George, Interim Executive Minister, ABCVNH at (ABCVNH, One Oak Ridge Road, B.3, #4A, West Lebanon, NH 03784) and Rev.
Kevin Van Brunt Executive Director, Sentinel at (Sentinel, 29 Sentinel Lodge
Road, Tuftonboro, NH 03816).
SUMMER CAMP 2011: “Follow Me” Sign Up Today at
Songs around the camp fire, hiking to the Ledges, carnival in the field, swimming in the refreshing clear
water of Dan Hole Pond, crafts in the Hobby House with new friends, challenging yourself with rock
climbing… memories that last a lifetime at Sentinel!
In 2011, we will unpack the question “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” We will learn through 5 parables
how to be more like Jesus. Jesus tells us who is the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus shows us how to build
a solid house…life. Jesus calms the storms in our life by teaching us to focus on Him and not the waves.
Jesus teaches us healing through disagreements. Jesus reminds us the importance of loving God and loving
our neighbors. Come explore this exciting Bible study as we strengthen our personal walks with Jesus.
Reserve your spot by registering online with a $100 deposit.

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Man Camp: American Baptist Men’s & Boy’s Winter Retreat
Friday January 28th – Saturday January 29th
Sentinel will host a Men’s and boy’s retreat on Friday January 28th – Saturday January 29th. We invite men
and boys (all ages welcome and encouraged to attend) to fellowship through food, service, worship and
conversation. The cost is $49 per adult (1 overnight and 3 home cooked meals) and $25 for youth 12 and
under. Scholarships are available.
To sign up contact the camp office at (603) 539-4839 or For more information,
contact Clive Roberts at (603) 630-2711 ( or Kevin Van Brunt, Executive Director of
Sentinel at (603) 539-4839 (
Winter Youth Rally: Friday, March 4th – Sunday, March 6th
Sentinel will host a winter youth rally March 4th – 6th for youth 5-10 grade. This weekend will feature guest
speakers, music, team building activities and camp fun! The cost is $89 per youth (2 overnights & 5 meals).
Check in begins Friday at 6 p.m. with check out Sunday at 2 p.m. To sign up, contact the camp office at
(603) 539-4839 or
Sentinel Parties!
Sentinel hosts parties (birthday or special events) at camp. Enjoy 3 hours [1 hour of an activity (pick one of
the seven options), 2 hours of a room]. Activities to choose from: boating, ropes course (age 11 and up),
rock wall, giant’s swing, team game, craft or nature exploration hike. Cost for the three hour party (includes
activity, party room, 8 friends) is $100. Sleepover parties also available.
Winter and Spring RETREATS: Refresh, Restore, Refocus
Sentinel is located on 645 acres and is the perfect getaway for a retreat. Warm yourself by the fire with a
book, take a personal prayer walk on our walking trails, play board games or solve a puzzle with a new
friend. Sentinel offers exclusive group usage; sleeping up to 55 guests in the year round lodge and up to
200 guests April to October. Cost begins at $25 pp., $49 pp. for 3 meals and overnight, $89pp. for 5 meals
and 2 overnights. Sentinel is known for its Christian hospitality, attention to detail and fabulous home
cooked meals. Contact Kevin to book your next retreat or (603) 539-4839.
Retreats for Pastors and Ministry Leaders:
Did you know that Pastors (and families) may stay over at Camp Sentinel for personal and family retreats at
no cost? It is so important for church leadership to take personal time to “Be Still and know that He is God”.
Jesus teaches it and taking this time makes us stronger personally and spiritually. Camp Sentinel is here to
serve our churches! Contact Pastor Kevin for more information or to book a personal or family retreat.

The purpose of Sentinel is to create a welcoming environment for Christian relationship building and spiritual renewal.
                     Within the stillness of God's creation and through the guidance of the staff,
           people are moved from discovery into authentic relationships with others and with Jesus Christ.

2010 Directory Updates
   Rev. Margaret “Maggie” Lewis is the interim minister at First Baptist Church, Nashua.
   New email address for Rev. Henry Fleming:
   Mailing address change for United Church of Strafford: P. O. Box 124, Strafford, VT 05072-0124.
   Rev. David Morgan, pastor of Sandwich Federated Church will be retiring in December.

 Congratulations to Revs. Bill & Dee Swilling on the birth of grandchild #4 – Caleb John – on October 14.

God Stuff Happening In Our Churches
Mission Projects
 Newmarket Community Church is moving forward with a community based warming center for New-
   market. A warming center is a haven where people can go when emergencies such as power outages,
   ice storms, fires and floods occur making staying in their own homes uncomfortable, unsafe or imposs-
   ible. NCC will work closely with the Newmarket Emergency Management. Our goal is to enhance
   services provided by the town.

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 First Baptist Church, Manchester, NH used their gifts to multiply God’s blessings to others. In June
  they initiated Luke 19 Project: India Church Plant. At a service envelopes with a $10 bill inside were
  passed out. Pastor John Cerrato based his sermon on a parable in Luke 19 about using our God given
  talents to multiply His blessings to others. The intention of this project was to use the $10 to purchase
  supplies or materials to make items that could be sold to increase the funds during the summer months.
  Proceeds (total not yet determined) will be used for church planting in India.
   Church members were creative in the use of their $10. One woman purchased yarn and baby buttons to
   make baby sweater sets that she sold to co-workers and people who saw the baby set on display at City
   Hall. Another woman multi-tasked at work to free herself up to help co-workers with their responsibilities
   and when the co-worker thanked her, she told them what she was doing and asked that person to pray
   for someone. She then put $1 into her envelope as a thanksgiving to God that He had given her the
   talent of organization. One shut-in couldn’t do any handwork so she put money in her envelope each
   time someone provided her with assistance due to that other person’s talent.
   One congregant is an announcer & narrator for the public radio station & TV. He held a reading of his
   own poetry which, as he puts it, consisted of “Life's positives and challenges, humor, love, nature,
   people, places, evangelistic poetry, up-country people, Los Angeles, Christmas, New Hampshire, and
   more!” Those attending paid $5 which included a luncheon. A few of the men decided to use their $10
   to purchase the items for the luncheon and prepared finger sandwiches, fruit and other various salads,
   etc. One lady used her $10 to purchase cut flowers to supplement those from her own garden and sold
   small arrangements throughout her office each Monday during the summer months. There were various
   bakers who sold products to family, friends, and co-workers. There were others who did yard work with
   their seed money, purchasing the gasoline for the mowers, leaf bags, etc.
 Congregational Baptist Church, Chester, NH has voted to stand alongside three sister churches in
  Rockingham Country to form a regional family homeless shelter that will operate like a moveable net-
  work. Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County is modeled after a national program, the success-
  ful Interfaith Hospitality Network, which relies on a consortium of churches and synagogues to provide
  services for a fixed number of homeless families on a rotating business.
   Unlike traditional homeless shelters, which mainly provide overnight housing, IHN emphasizes solutions
   through outreach, with the goal of stabilizing each family in need. For one week the home church
   provides a “day center” with resources to help families find permanent housing or jobs. Although the
   families move between churches, the children are settled in one particular school, which provides
   stability. Volunteers provide meals, companionship and, in some cases, even become mentors,
   depending on their occupations or area of expertise.
   The service area will include the towns of Atkinson, Auburn, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, New-
   ton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown and Windham. In order for this program to work a minimum of
   10 churches is needed.
 Campton Baptist Church would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who donated to the Haitian Relief
  Drum Drop in October. We were able to fill two LARGE drums (Drums were donated by Coca-Cola and
  MassPort). The Haitian Community Center of NH, which is a non-profit, but backed by church people
  and churches (like our Campton Resourse Center), was amazed at the amount of donations that came
  in. They were truly blessed by YOUR GIVING. They were encouraged. They also brought a Power-
  Point presentation to show photos of Haiti before the earthquake and then the devastation afterward.
  The Island of Haiti is now experiencing more disease as they try to rebuild the country with so little. The
  drums go directly to families most in need. Most U. S. Haitians support their family members who are
  still in Haiti monthly, so the drums do not go to the families that already receive support, but to families
  without support from anyone.
   The church will continue to be a donor drop center for Haitian Earthquake Relief and will continue to
   work with the Haitian Community Center, sending them a full drum and obtaining an empty drum on an
   ongoing basis. We ask that when you shop, please pick up one can of SOMETHING to donate to the
   Haitian Earthquake Relief Drum Drop at Campton Baptist Church. Food and/or personal items are most
   needed. Thank you all.

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Church News and Events
 The Madison Church recently bought the house adjacent to the church property. They are just in the
   process of figuring out what to do with the property. The initial purpose behind buying the property was
   simply planning for the future. They were able to buy the property through the generosity of those who
   looked to the future and are grateful for their gifts and foresight.
 New Hampton Community Church celebrated the baptism of 4 new members on September 19th.
 First Baptist Church, Manchester Ctr., VT’s Board of Christian Education will be busy during Advent.
  They are providing materials for make-your-own Advent wreaths or Advent logs, providing the youth an
  opportunity to raise funds by letting them wrap Christmas presents for a donation, sponsoring a trip to
  Round Lake, NY to see the Christmas lights, sponsoring a family game night, celebrating Las Posadas,
  an Hispanic Christmas tradition of traveling from inn to inn to recreate Joseph and Mary's trip to
  Bethlehem, and presenting a live Nativity on the front lawn of the church.
 First Baptist Church, Bennington is celebrating the first full year of having their building “full” with non-
  profit organizations sharing space with the church.
 First Baptist Church, Starksboro is going M.A.D. on Wednesdays. The Chat, Chew, and Renew
  group proposed that the church go M.A.D. on Wednesdays by praying. M.A.D. stands for “Make a
  Difference.” The group’s aim is that at either 7 a.m. or 7 p.m. (though anytime is good) people stop and
  MAKE A DIFFERENCE in their church by praying for the church, for each other and for whatever and
  whoever the Lord lays upon their hearts.

Clergy & Professional Ministerial Leadership Association Breakfasts
    Association                 Date          Time       Location                                 Contact

                                                         McKenna’s Restaurant,
       Central               Fri., Dec. 17   8:15 a.m.                                         Suellen Leugers
                                                         New London
                         No meeting in
    Green & White                            8:15 a.m.   Littleton Diner, Littleton, NH           Cliff Vendt
       Lakes             Thurs., Dec. 9      8:15 a.m.   Canterbury United Church             Sharron Lamothe
     Monadnock           Thurs., Dec. 2      8:30 a.m.   1 Baptist Church, Keene              Charlie Boucher
     Northwest           Thurs., Dec. 9      9:30 a.m.   1 Baptist Church, Burlington          David O’Brien
     Southeast           Tues., Dec. 14      7:45 a.m.   1 Baptist Church, Brentwood           Jim Malkemes
      Southern           Tues., Dec. 14      8:30 a.m.   IHOP Restaurant, Bedford              Jim Harrington
                         No meeting in                   The Blackeys’ house in South
      Southwest                              9:30 a.m.                                        Malcolm Hamblett
                           December                      Londonderry

Regional Calendar – Meeting Dates for Boards/Committees/Departments
    Date          Time          Committee/Department                     Location

   Dec. 4        9:00 a.m.      Board of Trustees                        Trinity Baptist Church, Hanover

   Jan. 6        6:30 p.m.      Annual Gathering Committee               Conference Call

   Feb. 12       9:00 a.m.      Executive Committee                      Conference Call

   Mar. 26       9:00 a.m.      Board of Trustees                        Trinity Baptist Church, Hanover

Exploring Christian Ministries Conference
March 18-20, 2011 at Palmer Theological Seminary (and ABC-related seminary), Wynnewood, PA.. If you
are wrestling with a call to Christian ministry consider this conference. For more information or to register,
go to

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2011 ABCUSA Biennial – June 24-26
Registration for the 2011 ABCUSA Biennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico is now open. To
register, go to Explore Puerto Rico and hear inspiring
speakers: Celebrate God’s Glory with Dr. Carolyn L. Gordon, Associate Professor of
Communication and chair of the Department of Preaching and Communication, Fuller
Seminary. Celebrate God’s Power with preaching by Rev. Dr. Roberto Dieppa-Baez,
Executive Minister of Las Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico. Celebrate God’s Way with
Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Pastor, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA.

Check out what’s happening throughout ABCUSA. Go to and check out “Breaking News,
Featured Articles, Event Info.” This month’s articles include: an urgent request for nurses to serve short-
term in North Haiti to treat patients with cholera; a link to the 2011-2012 ABCUSA Planning Calendar and
Directory; a scholarship contest for high school juniors and seniors; American Baptists in the news; and a
webpage focused on the immigration conversation.

Vermont Ecumenical Council News
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Around VT
If your church or a church in your area is planning to have a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service in
January, please contact VEC to let us know (email In the next newsletter, they'd like to
include a list of the services that will be happening around the state. Thank you.
Free Audio and Large Print Books
People who have difficulty reading regular books can obtain free audio books and large print books through
the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, administered by the Vermont
Department of Libraries. Both fiction and non-fiction, audio books, and magazines for all ages are available.
To learn more, contact Teresa Faust, the Department's Special Services Consultant, at 1-800-479-1711 or
Tending the Fire
“Tending the Fire” helps lay leaders and clergy lead their congregations in these anxious times. Offered in a
series of three retreats, it applies Bowen systems theory to congregational life, exploring how people react
and interact in anxious times. It helps leaders identify interpersonal patterns and move their congregations
through anxiety to renewed purpose and ministry. The Rev. Barbara Lemmel offers “Tending the Fire” at the
Essex Center United Methodist Church. The retreat series will be on Jan. 25-27, Mar. 29-31, and May 24-
26, 2011. For more information, go to: or contact Rev. Lemmel at barblemmel
Help for Veterans and Families
The Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center is available on the campus of the Vermont Veterans’
Home, 327 North Street, Bennington, VT Telephone: 802/753-7720

New Hampshire Council of Churches News
2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2011 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen
for 2011 is “One in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer” (cf. Acts 2:42). Through-
out 2011, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one” joining our prayer with that the
Lord Jesus Christ.
For more information or 2011 Week of Prayer resources go to the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious
website at:
Calling All Pastors and Chaplains
The New Hampshire Council of Churches is creating a list of pastors and chaplains who are willing to be
called in the case of emergencies or disasters, for specific denomination request at hospitals, hospices and
homes and are interested in being pulpit supply pastors. Please send your information to:

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Welcome them Home, Help them Heal - Pastoral Care Resource
Pastoral care and ministry with service members returning from war.
By John Sippola, Amy Blumenshine, Donald A. Tubesing, and Valerie Yancey
Working together, compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled caregivers, friends, and professionals can
give veterans life-saving and life-giving care and support. This is a practical guide for ministering to vet-
erans. The authors work with denominations throughout Minnesota in workshops, lectures, and other
education opportunities. For more information, go to
Resource from the American Bible Society
The American Bible Society has a resource for pastors and lay pastoral care providers specifically for the
caring for those in your community who have served in the armed forces.
God Understands Military Portions and Chaplain Guide - The God understands series box set contains
biblically based portions that address the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) spiritual injuries veterans
deal with upon return from duty: guilt, anger, grief, meaning and purpose, despair and hopelessness, fair-
ness, doubts and disbelief, and fear of death. This is an excellent resource that VA chaplains, pastors and
family members can give veterans to enhance the treatment of these PTSD issues. These Scripture por-
tions are written specifically for veterans with thoughts for reflection, calls to action and guided prayers.
For more information, you can download A Chaplains guide here which includes instruction on the special
needs of providing pastoral care to veterans of the armed forces.
We have this resource in stock at the New Hampshire Council of Churches’ office or you can view this
resource and order on-line at:

Check Out These Websites
Christian Video Licensing International
Is your church breaking the law? It’s becoming more common. Churches host special event movie nights.
Pastors use movies to enhance sermon points. Sunday School teachers and childcare workers often use
DVDs to educate and entertain the kids. Youth leaders show the latest videos. Educators use movies to train
and inspire. But all of these church workers may be, unknowingly, breaking the law.
Some of us ignore that FBI warning at the beginning of DVDs. Ever wonder what it actually says? The
Federal Copyright Act of 1976 stipulates that pre-recorded DVDs and videocassettes are authorized for
personal home use only. Special permission must be granted for any public performance—and that includes
churches. Violations can result in substantial fines, up to $150,000 per infringement.
Now, there’s an affordable, convenient solution. Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc. (CCLI) and Motion
Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) have partnered to create Christian Video Licensing International
(CVLI) and the Church Video License, which offers blanket copyright coverage for video titles from more
than 400 producers. For more information and to sign up, go to
The Christian Post
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American Baptist Mission Support Update
                                                                                  Incr.   % Incr.
                                                       2010          2009      (Decr.) (%Decr.)
  United Mission Basics                         $ 126,107 $ 153,495 $ (27,388)             -17.8%
  ABW Ministries Love Gift                      $    5,694 $        5,839 $      (145)      -2.5%
  United Mission Designations                   $    3,925 $        2,550 $ 1,375           53.9%
  America for Christ Offering                   $ 21,686 $ 28,590 $ (6,904)                -24.1%
  One Great Hour of Sharing Offering            $ 81,124 $ 32,127 $ 48,997                152.5%
  World Mission Offering                        $ 21,047 $ 18,784 $ 2,263                   12.0%
  Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering $ 10,260 $ 11,965 $ (1,705)                    -14.2%
  Region Offering                               $    6,195 $        2,020 $ 4,175         206.7%
  Institutional Support                         $    3,650 $        3,324 $        326       9.8%
  Specifics                                     $ 34,583 $ 22,225 $ 12,358                  55.6%
  Targeted Giving                               $ 18,984 $ 15,492 $ 3,492                   22.5%
  Total American Baptist Mission Support        $ 333,255 $ 296,411 $ 36,844                12.4%
Greetings in the name of our gracious God! We are the family of God, & what a blessed family we are!
This letter comes to express to you how much we value and appreciate your church’s membership in
our American Baptist family. Your support helps us to remain strong and United in Mission as we serve
as the hands and feet of Christ.
As you and your congregation prayerfully prepare your budget for this coming year, we pray that you
and your church will commit to making a generous gift to United Mission (UM). Your UM gift, along with
the gifts of other churches in our ABC family, collectively supports our ABC ministries, regionally,
nationally and globally.
United Mission is so very critical to every mission outreach that we do as American Baptists that some
have even said that UM really defines our ability to serve our Lord with strength, or the lack thereof,
depending upon the generosity of our family members.
Please know that your church or any generous individual may designate UM gifts to specific ABC
ministries. Approximately 65% of all UM Basics received are returned to your Region to help your
church and all of the churches in your Region accomplish the ministries to which God has called you.
For additional information and resources regarding UM, please visit and
scroll down to United Mission resources.
God is our refuge and strength, our provider in a time of need, forever faithful to God’s children to hear
them when the cry out to God for help in a time of trouble knowing that God will sustain them and give
them strength to survive as they care for each other.
Let me say gain that it is our prayer that you and your church will give generously to UM this coming
year, and even now if you are so inclined, to help us remain faithful to our commitment as an ABC
family serving as the hands and feet of Christ in our mission outreach. Thank you so much for your
prayerful consideration of this appeal for mission support, and may God bless you and your church as
you serve God in your own way.
In God’s service,
Frank Christine, Jr., President, American Baptist Churches USA

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