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Springfield Illinois upcoming bicentennial will inspire the 2017 IBSA Annual Meeting, celebrating the pioneer spirit so needed in a state where the vast majority of people do not know Christ. Illinois is not just our home, it is a mission ield, and its bicentennial is an important opportunity to emphasize how many people here still need to hear the gospel, and how many communities here still need a Baptist church, said IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams . There are actually four IBSA churches still active today that were already in existence when Illinois became a state in 1818. We believe that pushing back the vast lostness in Illinois today will require the same kind of courageous, creative, entrepreneurial spirit that it took to establish those first Baptist churches on the prairie 200 years ago. The meeting, scheduled for Nov. 8-9 at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur, will feature Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and music from worship artists This Hope . Sammy Simmons , pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, will bring the convention sermon. The meeting will be structured to focus largely on the mission field in Illinois, Adams said. We will be inviting churches to accept certain missional challenges during the upcoming bicentennial year of 2018, and celebrating those commitments and their progress at the 2018 annual meeting. Prior to the Annual Meeting, Gaines also will speak at the IBSA Pastors Conference, Nov. 7-8 at Tabernacle. Joining Gaines are Ed Stetzer , executive director of Wheaton Colleges Billy Graham Center for Evangelism; Curtis Gilbert , pastor of The Journey Metro East in Belleville; and Joe Valenti, associate pastor of youth and missions at Cuyahoga Valley Church near Cleveland, Ohio. Joe Miller , worship leader at Grace Baptist Church in Granite City, will lead worship during the conference. Ministers wives will meet for their annual luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Tabernacle. The theme, The Gift of Togetherness, is based on Hebrews 10:24: Let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works. Tickets are $20; checks made out to IBSA Ministers Wives may be sent to Terry Kenney, 212 W. 10th St., Beardstown, IL 62618. More information about the IBSA Annual Meeting and other meetings scheduled in Decatur will be posted soon at Look for a special section in the October 16 issue of the Illinois Baptist. THE TICKER Follow the latest Illinois Baptist news NEWS 3 September 4, 2017 IB IBSA Annual meeting Schedule, theme announced Baptists to gather in Decatur Nov. 8-9 Gaines, McKissic, panel talk race and SBC Following race-related protests in Charlottesville, Va., South- ern Baptist Convention Pres- ident Steve Gaines joined a panel of nine, including Dwight McKissic at the church he pastors, Corner- stone Baptist in Arlington, Texas. The August 20 discus- sion called A Kingdom conver- sation on race and the alt-right followed a time of worship and corporate prayer. During the discussion McKissic said evangeli- cals should challenge political leaders who support same-sex marriage and abortion, and they should also stand strongly against vitriolic rhetoric, vio- lence, and hatred. Gaines renounced racial and po- litical hatred, saying it has no place in a Christian's life. After the event McKissic told Baptist Press, I thought it was important for us to experience joint worship and by doing so we made a statement to our God, the world, and ourselves. McKissic is the pastor who first proposed a resolution address- ing alt-right racism at the SBC Annual Meeting in Phoenix in June. Floyd to head 2018 National Day of Prayer Ronnie Floyd has been appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Floyd, who will continue to serve as pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post announcing his latest ministry assignment, In this desperate and urgent hour when turmoil and division is evident in America and security threats are being made against America, it is imperative that we do all we can right now to mobilize unified public prayer for America. Floyd will oversee mobilization of individuals, churches, denominations, and organizations to par- ticipate in ongoing prayer for America, culminating in the annual National Day of Prayer on the first Thurs- day in May. Floyd is the immediate past president of the SBC. - Baptist Press sbc news GAINES SIMMONS STETZER GILBERT VALENTI McKISSIC

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