UNCF Sunday – January 15, 2017

We’ve come this far by faith
— Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ABCNJ has partnered with the United Negro College Fund to make it possible for more of our church's students – of all races and backgrounds – to afford a college education. We are therefore inviting all ABCNJ churches to take a special offering on the Sunday before Martin Luther King's birthday celebration, January 15, 2017.

Please send your offering to the ABCNJ region office – 3752 Nottingham Way, Suite 101, Trenton, NJ 08690 – by January 31, 2017. Gifts from individuals are also appreciated.

Extend Your Gift

ABCNJ will donate $25 (up to $6000) for every $100 your church donates! Help us extend the reach of this new partnership, and open up the path of higher education to some of New Jersey’s brightest minds.

Come spend an evening in our story


Chained Personality - African American Baptists and Hitler's persecution of the JewsCome hear Dr. Spitzer's new presentation, based on his holocaust research, on how African-American Baptists opposed Hitler based on Baptist convictions. Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange is hosting the event on May 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Dr. Leora Liggins is the senior pastor of the church. [lead]Dr. Spitzer will speak on “Chained Personality: African-American Baptists and Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews.”[/lead] He will discuss how African-American Baptists related to American Jews, and responded to the Nazi oppression of the Jews and the Holocaust. He will share previously little known stories about the African-American reaction to Kristallnacht, the contribution of African-American Baptists to the collective Baptist response to Hitlerism, how the European Jewish plight impacted the African-American civil rights movement in unexpected ways, and how a very special friendship between an African-American Baptist pastor and a Jewish rabbi in Brooklyn brought two communities together.

The event is open to everyone. An offering will be taken in support of the Cedars of Lebanon scholarship endowment.

ABCNJ Congregations Awarded Matthew 25 Grant


We are excited to share that five of our ABCNJ congregations have been awarded the Matthew 25 Grant, a grant sponsored by American Baptist Churches USA and the Board of General Ministries and funded by a generous donor. The Matthew 25 Grant is awarded to congregations who help meet the needs of housing, feeding, education and health to the less fortunate.  Congratulations to each of you for responding with compassion and expressing love and mercy to the “least of these”. For as you have responded to them you have also responded to Christ! For more information about the Matthew 25 grant, please follow this link.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me to something drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…. ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did it for me.’” (Matthew 25:35, 40)

First Baptist Church, Elizabeth, NJ

$1,500 Grant will be used toward the upkeep of the Shelter Our Sisters Hospitality House, a home for formerly homeless sisters and their children.

NextGen Church, West Windsor, NJ

$2,000 Grant will be used to purchase teaching materials and snacks for the Saturday  tutoring program as well as fund a fellowship meal each month for students and their families.

ABC of New Jersey, Harvest of Blessings Ministerial Community Outreach, LLC, Trenton, NJ

 $3,000 Grant will be used to continue the "Seeds of Hope" Children of Incarcerated Parents program.

First Baptist Church, Bordentown, NJ

$1,000 Grant will be used to fund the Motel Meals project which serves low-income families that are living in motel rooms.

Hopewell Baptist Church, Olive Branch Wellness Pantry, Newark, NJ

$5,000 Grant will be used to repair the flooded Olive Branch Wellness Pantry to continue to provide meals to the homeless.


Scholarships for Success


In 2013, the Christian Community Credit Union will be awarding $40,000 in student scholarships for credit union members who have an active CCCU checking account.  This is a wonderful opportunity families with college-bound members! While these scholarships are only open to CCCU members, if you would like to sign up for a CCCU checking account applications for membership and scholarship can be submitted at the same time.

If you have any questions, please call 800.347.2228 or send a message using the form below. You may also follow this link for more information.

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 The Mortarboard Rock image is by John Fowler, and can be found on Flickr. It is used here in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution license.