Decatur’s Central Baptist to host North Alabama library conference

Think a library conference is only for librarians? Think again. The North Alabama Conference for Church Librarians, scheduled for Nov. 4 at Central Baptist Church, Decatur, certainly will cover topics such as starting and maintaining a church library, cataloging a collection and taking care of old books. But this year’s conference will offer so much [...]

Alabama Disaster Relief effort in Florida turns to recovery; more deployments anticipated

Approximately 25 percent of Florida’s population is Hispanic, which is why a Spanish-speaking chaplain working with Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (ABDR) was a valuable member of one team serving in the state. “There are pockets of people (in Fort Myers, Florida) who speak little or no English,” said Cookie Baker, an Etowah Baptist ABDR volunteer [...]

Disaster Relief Volunteers in Puerto Rico

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are making their way to Puerto Rico. They will be assisting local churches with whatever needs present themselves. The future plan is for the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network to divide the island into regions and for various state conventions to work to take care of any needs that DR [...]

Rick Burgess to Highlight Convention Tuesday Evening Session

One of the largest gatherings for a Tuesday evening session of the Alabama Baptist State Convention was in 2008 at First Baptist Church, Montgomery, when Rick Burgess, co-host of the popular radio program, “The Rick and Bubba Show,” spoke and musician Kevin Derryberry led worship. That same team returns to lead us in worship at [...]

Disaster relief work continues in Florida

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (ABDR) volunteers helping residents in hurricane-ravaged Florida are finding many physical needs and great spiritual needs as well. “A lot of it is heartbreaking but some of it is joyous,” said Thelma Goolsby, an ABDR chaplain from Hepzibah Baptist Church, McCalla, in Pleasant Grove Baptist Association, who had several opportunities to [...]

Alabama relief effort ‘up and running’ in Fla.

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (ABDR) volunteers are serving meals, clearing trees and covering roofs as Florida continues to recover after Hurricane Irma. “Our effort is set up and running, and our teams are staying busy,” said Mark Wakefield, disaster relief strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM). “Hundreds and hundreds of volunteer [...]

Disaster relief volunteers minister to Hurricane Irma evacuees in Talladega

As Irma approached the Florida mainland, millions in the path of the storm were urged to evacuate. About 200 grateful Floridians took refuge at the Talladega Superspeedway where Alabama Baptists were ready to assist. “Thank you, Coosa River Baptist Association. I was at Talladega Speedway and although we had everything we needed, it was so [...]

Alabama Disaster Relief begins work in Florida following Hurricane Irma

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (ABDR) efforts have shifted from Texas to Florida after Hurricane Irma devastated much of the Sunshine State. Mark Wakefield, disaster relief strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), announced Sept. 13 that ABDR has been assigned to minister in Fort Myers, Florida. “An advance team is leaving today [...]

It’s Time to Freeze Your Credit

You have heard the news reports about the Equifax data breach. You should assume that your personal information is in the hands of criminals. You have also heard the instructions to “freeze your credit,” but many Americans are confused or intimidated by this process. Combining the best advice from consumer advocates Jean Chatzsky, Dave Ramsey [...]

Freeman to lead BCM, serve students at Montevallo, Jeff State Valleydale

Jacob Freeman is the new Baptist campus minister at the University of Montevallo. Freeman will lead the BCM (Baptist Campus Ministries) at Montevallo and work with students at Jefferson State Community College Shelby-Hoover Campus. The two campuses have a combined undergraduate student population of approximately 7,500. Freeman said he is excited and grateful for the [...]