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MBA NEWS ALERTS:
- ALCAP ALERT - 2014 ALABAMA LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS JANUARY 14
UPDATE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL
- 2014 IRS OPTIONAL STANDARD MILEAGE RATES
- CHURCH TAX CONFERENCE JANUARY 21, 2014
MINISTERS OF MUSIC/WORSHIP FELLOWSHIP AND PRACTICE JANUARY 23
SUNDAY SCHOOL BANQUET JANUARY 28, 2014 - MEAL TICKET DEADLINE JANUARY 21
- FAITH FOCUSED SECURITY TRAINING LEVEL B JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 1, 2014 - REGISTRATION DEADLINE JANUARY 15
STUDENT MINISTER NETWORK FELLOWSHIP JANUARY 16
- BOYS CAMP OUT AT CWP FEBRUARY 21-22, 2014
1 MONTH SUMMER MISSIONARY NEEDED TO PARTNER WITH A YOUNG MAN IN URUGUAY
2014 VANCOUVER VISION TOURS
- 7 CHURCHES TOUR AND TEAM MAY 19-29, 2014
VBS MATERIALS AND KITS AVAILABLE
ALCAP Alert - 2014 Alabama Legislative Session Begins January 14
With the 2014 Legislative Session beginning next Tuesday, January 14, I wanted to touch base with our ALCAP supporters in order to let you know what issues we will be watching during this session.
First, I read this morning that the LGBTQ organization, Equality Alabama, has hired a lobbyist to push for issues that favor the homosexual community. The article states that they plan to lobby in favor of House Bill (HB) 40, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham). This bill calls for a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional amendment passed in 2006 by over 80% of Alabama voters declaring marriage as being between one man and one woman. The article also states that they want to protect embryonic stem cell research in HB31, sponsored by Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden). This bill (supported by ALCAP and the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition), if passed, would guarantee the rights of health care providers to decline to perform services that violate their consciences. Of course, ALCAP and other pro-life groups will be advocating to keep embryonic stem cell research as a part of the protections for health care providers who want to decline services in that area. You can click the following link to read the entire story.
ALCAP will also be monitoring Senate Bill (SB) 38, sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery). This bill will protect private, non-public and church schools from possible regulations that may be imposed by the Alabama Department of Education. An attempt was made last summer by the State Department of Education to require private schools to adhere to certain regulations imposed by the Department until they were forced to back down from such action.
Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) has indicated that he plans to introduce a bill that would call for a state-wide vote to legalize a state-wide lottery. There are a number of reasons why ALCAP opposes this bill that will be outlined in a later email. However, let me remind you that when legislators pushed for a vote of the people on the lottery issue in 1999, we were told, "If the people say NO, then that will settle the issue once-and-for-all!"
The reality is that the pro-gambling forces continued to tie up the Alabama Legislature attempting to legalize expanded gambling in Alabama until Republicans took control of the House and Senate in 2011. Since that time, they have continued to introduce pro-gambling legislation, but thanks to the current leadership, they have not gained any traction. They will never "take NO for an answer!" What should be done is to pass a law increasing the penalties for possession of electronic gambling devices from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class C Felony. Also, we need to pray for the Federal Courts to decide in favor of Attorney General Luther Strange's lawsuit that will stop the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from using electronic bingo/slot machines in their facilities.
ALCAP will continue to monitor alcohol, tobacco, other drug and gambling related issues. Please keep us in your prayers as we head to Montgomery for the 2014 Legislative Session.
Joe Godfrey, Executive Director
ALCAP Contact Information
2376 Lakeside Drive
Birmingham, AL 35244
Cheryl Corley, Administrative Assistant
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Update from the International Language School
The Lord is doing some neat things at the International Language School. We have approximately 60 students attending weekly and 30 people involved in volunteering their time to teach, hostess, and watch children each week. Students from Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Peru, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Iraq, Sudan, Iran, Egypt, and a host of other countries are having the opportunity to hear about and see in action the love of Christ. It was so exciting to hear a Muslim young lady this week answering the questions during chapel time and declaring that, “God’s son was born in Bethlehem.” Pray that she and many others will come to know the Son of God as their personal Lord and Savior.
Several needs that we have at the language school now are:
Refreshment items: Chips, cookies, individually wrapped snacks, two liter sodas, Styrofoam cups, cold drink cups, napkins, and small paper plates. If you would like to donate these, they can be dropped off at the Mobile Baptist Association anytime during normal business hours (Please include a note to let us know who they are fromJ).
Sponsorships: if you would be interested in sponsoring a student, please contact Melanie Brents at 251-895-6979 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for sponsorship is $35 per student and this will help with the myriad of expenses related to our ESL classes such as teaching supplies, yearend party, certificates, teacher books, etc.
2014 IRS Optional Standard Mileage Rates
The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
- 56 cents per mile for business miles driven
- 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Church Tax Conference January 21, 2014
Church Tax Conference
January 21 | $15 per person | First Baptist, Robertsdale
Get the latest updates on tax changes affecting ministers, staff and churches. You will receive a packet filled with information directed at ministers, church employees and the church itself. To learn more and to register, click the link below:
Ministers of Music/Worship Fellowship and Practice January 23
Ministers of Music/Worship Fellowship and
- Thursday, January 23, 2014
- 11:00 a.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)
Dutch Treat Lunch afterwards
All Associational Music/Worship Ministers are invited to join together for a Ministers of Music/Worship practice for a performance at the upcoming January 28 Mobile Baptist Association Annual Sunday School Banquet. The practice will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the MBA office. Please let us know you plan to attend by contacting the MBA at email, or 661-7111 no later than noon on Wednesday, January 22.
Sunday School Banquet January 28, 2014 - Meal Ticket Deadline January 21
Sunday School Banquet
January 28, 2014
Cottage Hill Baptist Church
Featured Speaker: Jamie Baldwin
Special music by the MBA
Ministers of Music
Don’t miss this special time for YOUR Sunday School workers to gather for great fellowship, encouragement and challenge in your Sunday School ministry.
The banquet’s awards ceremony features recognition of MBA churches for their work through their Sunday School ministries.
Tickets are $10 and must be purchased at the MBA office. The deadline to purchase tickets is TUESDAY, JANUARY 21.
Faith Focused Security Training Level B January 30, 2013 – February 1, 2014 - Registration Deadline January 15
Faith-Focused Security Training
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
First Baptist North Mobile, Saraland
Level A Training Description:
This is the most basic training for the missions volunteer who travels occasionally to low risk areas on mission trips. Participants will receive a full day of instruction led by Sentinel Trainers certified by Fort Sherman Academy covering topics like: travel security, code of conduct, crime survival and basic crisis policy all from a faith-based perspective.
This training is highly recommended for all churches taking mission trips and required for churches who participate in State Board of Missions projects.
Make your reservations now to ensure your spot.
Cost is $40 per attendee (includes lunch and breaks).
Reservations are non-refundable.
Visit alsbom.org/ffst to register. For more information call toll free 1-800-264-1225 ext. 298, direct 334-613-2298 or email at email@example.com.
…the mission team from your church was detained by a foreign government?
…a volunteer on your team was held by criminals in a foreign country?
…a natural disaster interrupted travel plans for your team?
…a volunteer became seriously ill or injured on the field?
ALL of these situations have occurred with Alabama Baptist Teams!
“Crowning Shield” has you covered!
This service, provided by the State Board of Missions through Cooperative Program gifts, offers a 24/7 emergency hotline for overseas travelers to call - not just in the event of a natural disaster or health contingency, but also in the event of a government detention or in a hostage situation when who is answering that call can really make a difference. If necessary, the SBOM Crisis Action Team can be activated to help manage the crisis.
For more information about enrolling teams from your church and requirements for participation, go to:
Student Minister Network Fellowship January 16
Student Minister Network Fellowship
Thursday, January 16, 2014
All Student and Youth Ministers in our Association are invited to join us for a time of: fellowship; sharing what is happening in your Student Ministry; swapping ideas and gaining encouragement in your ministry; gaining prayer support in and for your ministry; and discussing opportunities and upcoming events.
If you plan to attend, please contact the
MBA office at email, or 661-7111.
Boys Camp Out at CWP February 21-22, 2014
Boys Camp Out
for boys in grades 1-6
February 21-22, 2014
Arrive Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Depart Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Camp Whispering Pines
Weekend of High Adventure: Tent Camping, Hiking, Games, Paintball Targets, Rockwall, S’Mores, Bible Study, Campfire, New Friends
Not ready for the fun to end? After the campout, you can choose to stay for the annual RA Pinewood Derby and the Wild Game Cookout! Watch handmade cars race towards the finish line, and enjoy a wild game dinner, for just $5! See Church Development Events for more info.
Space is limited!!
Cost: $35 (Includes 3 meals and all activities)
T-shirt deadline: February 3, 2014 (Campers registered after the deadline are NOT guaranteed a shirt)
1 Month Summer Missionary Needed to Partner with a Young Man in Uruguay
See the attachment for information on a 1 month summer missionary position in Uruguay in summer of 2014.
2014 Vancouver Vision Tours
2014 Vancouver Vision Tours are for churches or individuals interested in missions opportunities in that beautiful city. The 2014 dates are: March 10-12, May 12-14, September 15-17, and November 3-5. Other dates can be scheduled for the convenience of the participants.
The tour is a great opportunity to see the prospects for MBA partnership in this city where less that 2% of the 3 million population attend an evangelical church. For more information contact Bro. Thomas or Dr. Crawford directly.
Dr. Dan R. Crawford, President; Disciple All Nations, Inc.
International Advocate, West Coast Baptist Association
4388 Rota Circle; Fort Worth, TX 76133
Vancouver E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site – www.discipleallnations.org
7 Churches Tour and Team May 19-29, 2014
Join us May 19-29, 2014 for our third Team/trip to Turkey. We will tour the 7 churches of Revelation 2-3 while impacting the culture. This year we are adding Nicea and Troy. Local cost of $1,300 includes tourist visa, all local housing, transportation and food. Airfare from Mobile to Istanbul is currently $1.250. So total expenses are $2,550. Let Bro. Thomas know of your interest. A $1,250 deposit is due by January 15, 2014 (when we purchase tickets). Final payment of $1,300 is due by April 1, 2014. It is rewarding to share as we go. It is incredible to walk the actual streets in Ephesus where Paul and John worked and Luke practiced medicine. This would be a great gift for your pastor and other staff.
VBS Materials Available
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church has some VBS kits and materials from previous years available to anyone who wants them. Call Rhonda Wykoff at 633-9791, or 401-1515.
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