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- ALCAP LEGISLATIVE UPDAET: WEEK #9 OF THE 2021 ALABAMA LEGISLATIVE SESSION
- MINISTERS CONFERENCE RETURNS TO GOVERNMENT STREET BAPTIST CHURCH FOR WEEKLY MEETINGS BEGINNING APRIL 19, 2021
- WMU/WOMEN'S MINISTRY ANNUAL CELEBRATION APRIL 29, 2021
- SECRETARIES/MINISTRY ASSISTANTS LUNCHEON MAY 13, 2021
- INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES NEWS, EVENTS AND SPECIAL NEEDS
- CAMP WHISPERING PINES NEWS, EVENTS, AND URGENT RELIEF FUND
- CHURCH SECRETARY NEEDED
- PART-TIME SECRETARY NEEDED
- STUDIO PIANO AVAILABLE TO ANY CHURCH OR INDIVIDUAL WHO NEEDS IT
ALCAP Legislative Update: Week #9 of the 2021 Alabama Legislative Session
| The Alabama Senate passed SB319 on Tuesday evening. This bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim McClendon, started out as a “lottery only” bill. However, a substitute was introduced that included everything that had been found in Sen. Del Marsh’s bill, SB214, that failed to pass earlier in the session. SB319 now includes a state-sponsored lottery, sports betting, casinos throughout the state and a compact with the Poarch Creek Indians that will allow them to have full-fledged casinos at their current locations and allow them to build a new casino in Northeast Alabama. Perhaps the worst part of this bill is that it will allow online gambling, which will put a casino in the hands of anyone with a smart phone or tablet (including children who know how to circumvent age restrictions).
| SB319 now goes to the House of Representatives for a vote. The President Pro-Tem of the Senate, Sen. Greg Reed, announced on Thursday that meetings are already taking place behind the scenes in order to work out any details to insure that the House will pass this bill and additional enabling legislation.
| We must immediately begin contacting members of the Alabama House of Representatives asking them to oppose SB319. They could have this bill in committee next week and it may even get to the floor of the House for a vote sometime next week.
| The Senate passed SB319 by a vote count of 23-9. They only needed 21 votes to pass the bill. Four senators who voted against the original bill sponsored by Sen. Marsh changed their votes to “yes.” Those senators were Barfoot, Elliott, Gudger and Sessions. While we are disappointed in these individuals who changed their votes, along with others who voted “yes” on gambling expansion, we want to thank the following senators who stood strong in opposition and voted “no.” Please thank them for their courage and for not caving to the immense pressure that was being applied to these senators by the Governor, the senate leadership and the gambling lobby: Gerald Allen (Tuscaloosa); Tom Butler (Huntsville); Clyde Chambliss (Prattville); Sam Givhan (Huntsville); Arthur Orr (Decatur); Dan Roberts (Birmingham); Clay Scofield (Guntersville); Shay Shelnutt (Trussville); and Larry Stutts (Sheffield). Click here to send your thank you to the State Senator's listed above. Click on their picture and fill out the form to continue with your message.
| ACTION ALERT: Contact your member of the Alabama House of Representatives and ask him/her to vote NO on SB319. Call, email, text or write TODAY! Click here if you know your State House Member's name. Click on their picture and fill out the form to continue with your message. Click here if you do not know the name of your State House Member. Enter your zip-code. You will be directed to a page where you must scroll down to find your State Legislator.
Ministers Conference Returns to Government Street Baptist Church for Weekly Meetings beginning April 19, 2021
| The Ministers Conference will resume weekly meetings at Government Street Baptist Church on Monday, April 19, 2021. All ministers are invited for a time of fellowship, devotion, and prayer. The meetings are every Monday, 11:30 a.m. Lunch is available for $5 p/person.
WMU/Women's Ministry Annual Celebration April 29, 2021
Secretaries/Ministry Assistants Luncheon May 13, 2021
International Ministries News, Events and Special Needs
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HISPANIC CHURCH PLANTER
| It is always exciting to see the practical ways that the LORD works. He hears and answers our prayers. His answers are tangible and are often accomplished through His Church (the Living Body of Christ)!
| A special thank you to the churches who have offered to sponsor a new Hispanic Church. If the LORD continues to lead as He is now, Dr. Ramon Vielza (from Cuba) and his family will join us to lead this new work. We are praying that they will settle in by June 2021. Several churches have already committed to $100 per month for a three-year period. We still need churches to help fund this new church plant for the first three years. Some families have committed to be a part of the new church which will advance the speed at which this church becomes self-determining, self-propagating, and self-supporting.
| Prayer, participation, and giving are essential, but there is also another need. The Vielzas need temporary housing for about six months so that they can get to Mobile and look for appropriate housing while beginning a church. If God leads your church or you to help with this need, please call Dr. Thomas Wright at 251-661-7111 or Gerald at 251-378-1116.
9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT
Saturday, June 26, 2021
TimberCreek Golf Club, Daphne
| It is not too early to put together one or more teams to enter this tournament. We also depend on tournament sponsors and/or hole sponsors to help us raise funds for International Ministries’ three areas of emphasis: International Churches, the International Language School, and Ministry to Seafarers.
| We are grateful to Rev. Art Burroughs (251-232-5070) and Rev. James Mercer (251-423-0772) for organizing and leading this important benefit.
| In addition to organizing Golf Teams (4 people teams), we ask Churches, Sunday Schools, and Small Group to please encourage private businesses and social groups that you know, are involved in, and or have contact with to consider becoming sponsors.
| For additional information visit im.mobilebaptists.org or contact Art at 251-232-5070, James at 251-423-0772, or Gerald Burch at 251-378-1116.
Special Need and Building for Lease
| This past 2020 year, we were blessed to have several churches cut and trim the 5 acre yard at the IMC free of charge. Already this year, the grass growing season has begun. At a bare minimum, we need volunteers who can cut and trim every three weeks. If you can help and/or know someone that can help, please contact Gerald Burch, at 251-661-7111 or at email@example.com. If we cannot get volunteers, we appreciate an estimate for cutting and trimming.
| International Ministries Center/facility for Lease
| The IMC has been for sale for several years. During this last calendar year, we had buyers make legitimate offers only to have them cancel due to failure by the Mobile City District Commissioner to grant the necessary zoning changes. We are interested in leasing it to a church or Non-Profit until we can get approval for a sale. Interested parties should contact Gerald Burch, at 251-661-7111 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Whispering Pines is available for all your groups, small and large. Contact us today at 251-866-7868.
Summer 2021 Camps Open to ALL
June 8-11, 2021
For all children who have completed Grades 1st-5th
$140 PER CAMPER
DEADLINE TO REGISTER
with a $50 deposit per person is
HOOPLA DAY CAMP
June 14-18, 2021
for students who have completed Grades K-5th
Includes Lunch, a Snack and all activities
Girl's Summer Mission Camp June 21-25, 2021
| Veritas 2021
June 27-July 1, 2021
For all youth who have completed Grades 6th-12th
$199 per camper
Deadline to register
with a $50 deposit per person:
This Camp Relief Fund is essential for the camp to survive. CWP will run out of money next month. If your church has not yet partcipated in the Covid related Relief Fund, please do so now.
THANK YOU to all who have given thus far.
Please click here to download a letter about the finances at CWP. If you have any problems or questions about the letter contact me at 866-7868.
Dino Danzey, Interim Director
Your Help is Needed
| Camp Whispering Pines needs volunteers to help with lawn care, cleaning and maintenance. CWP is located at 7740 Union Street, Citronelle, 36522. Please call Beverly at 251-866-7868.
Seeking Full-Time Camp Director
| Camp Whispering Pines, a 265 bed ministry of Mobile Baptist Association in Citronelle, AL is accepting resumes for Camp Director. Seeking a gifted administrator who is committed to evangelistic ministry, preferably with SBC seminary degree and minimum three years camp management experience. Visit campwhisperingpines.com for job description, candidate requirements and additional information. Email resumes before April 30, 2021 to email@example.com.
Church Secretary Needed
| First Baptist Church Irvington has a job opening for Church Secretary which requires general office duties and about 18 hours a week. Please contact the church office, 251-957-2718, for more information.
Part-Time Financial Secretary Needed
| First Baptist Church of Dawes has an immediate opening for a financial secretary, 16 to 20 hours per week, flexible days between Monday and Wednesday. The candidate must have a good working knowledge of Intuit Quickbooks, Servant Keeper, Word and Excel.
| Please reply by email to: Jim Glaze at First Baptist Church Of Dawes. My Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your interest, phone number and resume , if available.
Studio Piano Available to any Church or Individual who Needs It
| A studio piano is available to any church or individual who needs it. Contact Jerry Pugh, 251- 591-6341.