March is the month when we take our America for Christ Offering. The theme for 2016 is “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ” which is based on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” (NRSV)
Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director, ABHMS writes the following eloquent letter, which I chose to reproduce for our offering promotion.
Our American Baptist family has a profound heritage as a compassionate, engaging and giving people. Since 1824, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has been declaring and proclaiming the gospel of our Lord in word and deed. Today, ABHMS remains rooted in that Word and committed to responding to the ever-changing need of churches and communities in the United States and Puerto Rico.
This scripture (Ephesians 2:10) asserts that everything offered by the Lord is via God’s grace, God’s mercy and God’s love. In a marvelous manifestation of God’s ability, we have been transformed to produce good works. God is working out in our lives a tremendous exhibition of Christ’s wisdom, power, love, life, character, peace and joy. God is teaching us, training us, bringing us along, applying the paint in exactly the right places, producing marvelous masterpieces to be put on display – we, in fact, are God’s masterpieces. These virtues are to result in good works: kindness, love, mercy, compassion, help to one another and meeting each other’s needs.
Do you know how many good works God has prepared for you? The situations are there, ready and waiting for you to embrace, as you depend upon Christ, walking in faith and trust. God has called you to good works.
As you answer, you become a vivid manifestation of the heart and hands of Christ.”
The America for Christ Offering supports our ABC church programs that seek to meet the needs of refugees, children and youth, those in prison and others in their communities here in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our goal this year is $850. Please help to support these good works.