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ABC of Greater Indianapolis Intersections Newsletter

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April 14, 2020



The day of the Annual Gathering has been changed to Sunday, August 2nd due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will still be hosted by Lebanon First. If you have already sent in your registration it will be held for the the new date. Contact MAE with any questions.

CLICK HERE for the updated flier


Wisdom and Warnings around Personal Stimulus Help

For many of us, the anticipation of a government check brings some welcome relief to unemployment, cut wages, or other hardships faced during this pandemic. For some of us, it provides great opportunity to support others and to give to the ministries we love.

My first concern is that for those who need this help the most, scammers are waiting to help themselves. According to our ABCGI Bookkeeper Eric Herzog, here are some key signs to look for that indicate a scam. Please help others be aware.

·    Emphasizes the terms “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses the official term “economic impact payment.”

·    Asks the individual to sign over their stimulus check.

·    Asks by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information to receive or speed up their stimulus check.

·    Mails the individual a fake check and requests the individual to call a number or verify information online to cash it.

Then for my first hope—that especially in this time we will be God’s generous people and a light to the world.

·    If you need 100% of your economic impact payment, good. Use it well.

·    If you need it, but can be generous, tithe to your church and give a bonus gift.

·    If you don’t need it, how will you give it away? Your church and ABCGI will be impacted through these financial struggles. Our Ministerial Excellence Fund will be supporting pastors whose churches cannot afford to pay them. The Edna Martin Christian Center’s programs and day cares are closed, but the food pantry is open daily.

As we seek to be God’s people in the midst of fear and stress, let us hold on together. As our first missionary Adoniram Judson said, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.”


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the ABCGI office will be running remotely. However, during Mae’s office hours you may still call the office for any needs as she will be forwarding the office phone (317-484-9327). If you need to contact the office for anything the best way is to email Mae ( or Joan (

Remote working hours for Mae will be:

Monday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday 1 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday 1 pm – 5:30 pm

Joan will be working from home as well. She will not be taking face to face meetings at this time and we will both make sure that mail, email, and other messages are handled.


Looking for ideas to keep your church community together during this time of separation? We are compiling a list of things that our churches are doing to stay connected under a new tab on our region website called “Shared Ideas” – CLICK HERE.


A ministry of ABC-IN/KY growing, equipping and enriching Christians for ministry in their home churches, communities and associations.

Classes still available via Zoom live streaming – Email your verbal commitment today! We need to know who plans to join us ASAP!

Revised Spring Registration Form – CLICK HERE

Student Instructions for Zoom Calls – CLICK HERE

For all details on CLI and classes – CLICK HERE

American Baptist Mission, Evangelism & Stewardship – Taught by Rev. Dr. Don Scott

There are things every treasurer & missions team needs to know -encourage & sponsor them to GO!

Class sessions meeting on: April 25, May 9, May 30 & June 13, 2020

Registrations due before April 17

Introduction to Biblical Preaching

Meeting dates: 4/18, 5/2, 5/16 & 6/6


World Mission Conference and Hear The Call Events Canceled
In view of the currently available information concerning the expected trajectory of the pandemic, which is not expected to end worldwide for at least several months, IM leadership has decided to cancel the World Mission Conference and our Hear the Call Conference scheduled for July 2020. This was a prayerfully and carefully considered decision, and a very difficult one.IM is currently reviewing options for web-based alternatives that would provide the sense of connectedness that the World Mission Conference brings. In the meantime, please check out the journals (CLICK HERE) of IM missionaries, many of whom are sharing about how COVID-19 has impacted their part of the world.


BPFNA-Bautistas por la Paz

Summer Conference Cancelled

CLICK HERE for a video about the conference cancellation and remote options.



Missionary Updates

Borquist Update


Ministerial Excellence Fund

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16

Countless times throughout the year, you minister to people in difficult circumstances who need a touch of God’s grace. What joy there is when you see folks draw near to God and receive that mercy.

When your time of need comes, due to health or financial crises, MEF stands ready to minister to you through grants to alleviate the financial burdens you and your family carry. What joy there is when these weights are thrown off, freeing you to be an even more effective minister of God’s grace and mercy. With confidence, take that step today to apply.

CLICK HERE for more information.


“But where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”

– Anne Frank


For Prayer This Week

Vino Nuevo Indianapolis

Rev. Antonio & Carmen Mireles


Do you have an event or news you would like added to Intersections? Let us know! Submissions are due every Monday by 2:30 pm to be included in that weeks newsletter. Email Mae in the office with your suggestions:


Administrative Assistant’s Remote Office Hours

Monday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday 1 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday 1 pm – 5:30 pm



Rev. Joan C. Friesen

Executive Minister


M. Mae Thornburgh

Administrative Assistant

Shirley Alexander

Multi-Cultural Ministries Strategist

Rev. Jaime Flores

Latino Ministries Strategist

Jan Goodyear

Church Leadership Strategist

Rev. Jay R. Kennedy

Congregational Life Strategist