A Statement on Black Sunday - Solidarity with the Jewish People


On April 13 (Sunday), an avowed anti-Semitic person attacked people at two Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas.  Three people, all Christian, were killed.  Although it does not receive as much media coverage as it should, anti-Jewish incidents are rising world-wide. In response, ABCNJ's Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, has composed the following statement, which was approved for distribution by the ABCNJ Council Executive Committee on Monday evening, April 14, 2014.  Please share it with your churches through your newsletters, email lists, and church services this Passover-Easter week.

A Statement of Solidarity with the Jewish Community (2014)

Whereas, as Christians we recognize and are grateful for the Jewish roots of our faith, noting especially that Jesus himself was a Jew, and

Whereas, the American Baptist Churches USA has passed multiple resolutions condemning anti-Semitism at its national conventions (1934, 1939, 1944, 1962), a stance that was reaffirmed by the General Board Executive Committee in 1983 and 1997, and

Whereas, many of our regions passed similar resolutions and statements during the Holocaust era, including the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey in 1946, and

Whereas, the American Baptist Churches USA held its most recent biennial convention in Overland Park in 2013 and will return for its next biennial in 2015,

Therefore, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of Overland Park, Kansas and grieve with the families that lost loved ones in the Black Sunday attack at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood, on April 13, 2014, just before the start of Passover.

Furthermore, we reiterate our opposition to all forms of anti-Semitism and prejudice, in the United States and globally, and encourage our churches to do everything possible to express love and friendship to people of every nation, religion and race.

 Approved by the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey on April 14, 2014

Prepared by Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, ABCNJ Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor

Explore Your Call at Embrace the Cause

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August 9 - 12, 2013

Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, Wisconsin

Is God Calling You Into Global Mission?

Wondering what's really involved in cross-cultural global mission service?  Not sure how to prepare or what steps to take?  Got questions but you don't know whom to ask?  This event is for you!

During this high-intensity, focused weekend, you'll meet with experienced missionaries and IM staff, many who are former missionaries themselves.  They will help you evaluate your call, pray with you, answer all your questions and banish misconceptions of what it really means to be a missionary in today's world.

Worship, inspirational messages, interactive sessions and personal reflection time will combine to make this a powerful discernment experience.  No matter where you are in the process, you'll leave with a clear understanding of next steps.


Registration is $80.  Meals and housing are extra (see further down for details).  Call the Green Lake Conference Center to register and choose your housing.  (920) 294-3323.

Limited scholarship help is available from International Ministries.  Write to recruitment@internationalministries.org or call 800 222-3872 ext. 2245.


The retreat begins with supper at 5:00pm on Friday, August 9th.  You can head home on Monday morning, August 12th.    Click here to see the full schedule for the weekend.  The retreat will be held in Lone Tree Lodge just a few minutes walk from the central part of the grounds.


Please fly into the Appleton, Wisconsin airport (ATW).  Green Lake will provide shuttle transportation but only if you fill out their "Transportation Request Form" at least a week before the retreat.  You can access the form on their website at: www.glcc.org Click on "About Us" and then the "Travel and Maps" submenu.  Cost for shuttles is $30 per person one way.

Green Lake is about 50 minutes from the Appleton airport, so you'll want to select a flight that lands by 3:30pm to be at the conference center in time for supper on Friday.  We strongly suggest that you choose a return flight that does not leave earlier than 9:00am.  Please read the Helpful Travel Tips further down on Green Lake's Travel page.

Housing and Meals

The meal package price is $88 and it begins with supper on Friday (5-6pm) through breakfast on Monday (7:30-8:30am).   Green Lake's dining room offers a buffet of options at every meal but if you have dietary restrictions, there's a form on their website you can fill out a week ahead of time.  Look under "Facilities" and then click on "Dining" to access the form and see photos.

Lone Tree Lodge is $85/night and the rooms all have 2 or 3 twin beds.  Kern Lodge is $110/night and the rooms have queen size beds, and family rooms have twin beds &/or bunk beds.  All the rooms have private bathrooms.  Click on the name of either building to see photos and descriptions.

If you would like to share the cost of a room with another attendee, please call the offices of International Ministries at 800 222-3872 ext. 2313 and we will try to help you find a roommate.

Featured Leaders

Morning Speaker

Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer    Click here to see Lee's bio and photo.

Evening Speaker

Rev. Dr. Stan Slade    Click here to see Stan's bio and photos.

Worship Leader

Mr. Jared Messer     Click here to see Jared's bio and photos.

Mission Personnel

  • Mercy Barnes-González - missionary in Mexico
  • Kristy Engel - regional missionary in the Caribbean and Iberoamerica
  • Debbie and Flint Miller - former missionaries in the Philippines
  • Ketly and Vital Pierre - missionaries in Nicaragua
  • Becky and Larry Stanton - endorsed for service as missionaries in Liberia
  • Walt White - global consultant in cross-cultural evangelism.  Joining Walt is his wife Jeanine.  Together they served as missionaries in Bangladesh.



Holy Spirit Renewal Conference


Five ABCNJ folk attended the Holy Spirit Renewal Conference last week in Green Lake, WI - Peter and Teresa Ely, John and Maureen Grove, and myself (Lee Spitzer). I spoke at the Wednesday morning plenary and led two workshops. Peter and I serve on the Holy Spirit Renewal Movement's National Service Committee.  John was elected onto the committee at this meeting.


ABCNJ Alive Videos: 200 Women Attend the ABWM Love Gift Luncheon


Despite snow and cold temperatures, approximately 200 American Baptist women from all around New Jersey journeyed to Fountain Baptist Church in Summit to attend this year's ABWM Love Gift Luncheon.  In 2011, American Baptist Women in New Jersey raised over $12,000 for American Baptist missions through Love Gift. Here is a video report of the highlights of the event:




Dr. Lee B. Spitzer brought greetings from the region at the luncheon.  Here are his remarks:




ABCNJ Alive Video: Haitian Evangelical Jersey City


Welcome to ABCNJ Alive - our region's video blog celebrating all the great things happening within the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church is one of 20 Haitian Baptist Churches in our regional fellowship.  I spoke there on January 29, 2012.  Enjoy the interviews and worship!