American Baptist Creation Justice Network

We’re excited about this new video about Creation Justice ministries with the American Baptist Churches, USA. Let’s think about how we can heed the call of Genesis 1 and 2 to become faithful stewards for ALL of creation!

https://laivideo.hubs.vidyard.com/watch/Z2isADRddvqtMiLCgfGf1K?fbclid=IwAR27qU1YbFsBeaK7wjcdiLt9hoJzFxWVfLqVHcgxFIC5PfFd56Na5n7jLC8

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Ordination Council

 

May 15, 2019

Dear Hartford Association Churches,

We are delighted that the Commission on the Ministry of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut has recommended that the congregation of the Enfield American Baptist Church call an Ordination Council of the Hartford Association for Rachael Lawrence.  Rachael has fully met the requirements set forth by ABCCONN; therefore, the Enfield American Baptist Church is calling an Ordination Council for Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7 pm in their sanctuary at 129 Post Office Road, Enfield, CT.

I am excited that Rachael will have this opportunity to be examined by sisters and brothers of our American Baptist family.  Rachael serves as Interim Pastor of the Enfield American Baptist Church.  She is multi-vocational, as she is also the Assistant Director for the Center for Education Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a classical singer/music educator.  She holds a PhD in Education Policy and Leadership, a Master of Music in performance, and a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.  I have served as Rachael’s mentor in her ordination process for over a year.  She is a committed, compassionate person of faith in the God of Jesus Christ, deeply rooted in her faith and open to the new thing that God is always doing in the life of the world.

Enclosed you will find a copy of her ordination paper.  Please take some time to read it before the council and bring it with you along with your questions and clarifying concerns for Rachael on June 17th.  Feel free to make extra copies for members of your congregation.

I hope we have an excellent turnout for the council.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me (860-668-1661) or email – www.secondbaptistsuffield.org.

Peace be with you,

The Reverend Thomas G. Carr

Hartford Association Moderator

Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Suffield

Ordination Paper

Advent and Christmas Sermon Archive

Interested in reading or hearing past sermons? Here’s our Advent and Christmas Archive!

Interested in discussing something you’ve read or heard here? We welcome conversation. Feel free to reach out via email at enfieldamericanbaptist@gmail.com!

First Sunday in Advent (December 2, 2018)
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Facebook Video

Second Sunday in Advent (December 9, 2018)
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Facebook Video

Third Sunday in Advent (December 16, 2018)
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Facebook Video

Fourth Sunday in Advent (December 23, 2018)
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Facebook Video

Christmas Eve Bulletin and Message (December 24, 2018)
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First Sunday in Christmastide (December 30, 2018)
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Facebook Video

 

Summer Worship at EABC

Summer Church Schedules sometimes get a little weird — if you’re coming to check out EABC, check out when we’ll be gathering at the Meeting House. And, if you’re not able to gather with us on these days, feel free to check back here for a copy of the sermons. OR, you can check out our Facebook page. Pastor Rachael will be live streaming the sermons, starting at approximately 10:20 on Sunday mornings.

July 1 – 10 am service as usual
Sermon: Faithful, based on Mark 5:21-43

Video Stream on Facebook

July 8 – Sunday away

July 15 – 10 am service as usual 
Sermon: Killing the Messenger?, based on Mark 6:14-29

Video Stream on Facebook

July 22 – 10 am service as usual
Sermon: Wherever He Shows Up, based on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Video Stream on Facebook

July 29 – 10 am service as usual
Sermon: Room at the Table for All, based on Mark 6: 1-21

Video Stream on Facebook

August 5 – Service at Second Baptist Suffield

August 12 – Service at FIRST Baptist Suffield

August 19 – 10 am service
Sermon: Feed me ’til I want no more, based on John 6: 51-58

Video Stream on Facebook

August 26 – 10 am service
Sermon: Difficult Teachings , based on John 6:56-69

Video Stream on Facebook

Hope for the Resurrection: Considering our Future

On June 20, 2018, at 6:00 pm, our congregation gathered together for a pot-luck supper and a conversation regarding our church’s future. We have a past we can be proud of, here at Enfield American Baptist. Founded as a new church plant in the 1964, from our humble beginnings in the living room of the McCords, to a growing and thriving congregation in the 1970s and 80s, we have found ourselves in difficult times. We’re considering not whether to continue our ministry, but HOW we are going to continue our ministry.

Leading up to this meeting, I provided a sermon series focused on providing food for thought as we discern our future. I’m pleased to share with you links to the google doc version of the sermons, along with the associated lectionary scriptures. Follow the links to read.

June 3, 2018: Working the Word. 1 Samuel 3:1-20 and Mark 2: 23 – 3:6

June 10, 2018: One House, One Kingdom. 1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15) and Mark 3:20-35. 

June 17, 2018: Persistent Seeds. 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 and Mark 4:26-34. 

June 24, 2018: No Fear. 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 and Mark 4:35-41. 

NEW: Streaming Video of June 24, 2018 Sermon, Available on Facebook. 

In Peace,

Pastor Rachael Lawrence, PhD

Holy Week, Whole and Meek

Gifts abound in small congregations, but there are resources we do not have and sometimes miss. While we have been fortunate to be served by talented pianists, and beautiful music is a weekly part of worship, our congregation has not had a choir in a number of years. When a neighboring congregation with an abundance of musical ensembles invited us to worship with them on Palm Sunday for a music-centered service, our congregation said an enthusiastic “Yes!”

Holy Week is the ideal time to gather together in Christian community to hear again this powerful story that we share. It begins, after all, as a commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem where the Jews had gathered for the Passover. It is fitting for us to be with our whole community in Holy Week, through the twists and turns, the highs and lows.

We will gather in our space for Easter, partaking in traditions we have come to love and look forward to, but if you come looking for us at other significant moments and find our sanctuary resembling the empty tomb, know that we are venturing out in this Holy Week to worship with others who proclaim God’s promises with other gifts, in other settings. This can be a powerful way to hear the story anew. If you wish to join us, times/locations are below:

Sunday, April 9th, Palm Sunday, 10 a.m.
Second Baptist Suffield, 100 North Main Street, Suffield, CT

Friday, April 14th, Good Friday, 12 noon
Enfield Conference of Christian Churches
Calvary Presbyterian, 1518 King Street, Enfield, CT

Sunday, April 16th, Easter, 10 a.m.
Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road, Enfield, CT

No matter where you find us, join us in proclaiming, “Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!”