Illinois Baptist 11 02 2015 E Edition Page 3

The Annual Meeting will be held at First Baptist Church of Marion, which is cel- ebrating its 150th anniversary this year, along with three other IBSA churches. There are currently 132 churches in the as- sociation founded in 1865 or earlier. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. on Wednes- day, Nov. 11 and concludes on Thursday, Nov. 12 at noon. It will be preceded by the IBSA Pastors Conference, starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Consider the commitments In the Wednesday evening session, mes- sengers will hear uplifting reports from Illinois churches that experienced the sal- vation of lost people through evangelistic prayer strategies, effective witness training, outreach events, a renewed focus on Vaca- tion Bible School, and new small groups and classes. With Lego-style blocks as a visual device, messengers will be encouraged to consider which of these ministries would likely re- sult in additional salvations in their com- munities. By pinpointing Here! on their own mission field, worship attenders may join a corporate prayer asking God to do a new kingdom work starting in the place they call home. Official actions Several items will require action by messen- fers. A constitutional revision introduced at the 2014 Annual Meeting will require a second vote. The change allows Baptist Childrens Home and Family Services to have its own bylaws, in compliance with Il- linois law for non-profit organizations. A revised 2016 budget will be presented, necessitated by changes in insurance pro- vided by NAMB for some IBSA employees. Its unusual to need to consider a revi- sion to the proposed IBSA Budget after the Board has approved it in September, IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams said, but in this case IBSA didnt receive notice un- til September 24 that NAMB will no longer provide health insurance for jointly funded missionaries, starting in 2016. The proposed 2016 budget, as it appears in the Book of Reports, will be replaced by an updated version at the meeting, in an ef- fort to make the revision and vote clearer. This decision [about NAMB-provided insurance] and its ramifications have a significant impact on multiple lines of the budget that was approved by the IBSA Board on September 15, Adams said. Im sure both the Board and the messengers will understand and take the necessary ac- tions to help us absorb this latest challenge and change. Eating, Meeting The IBSA Annual Meeting will be augment- ed by gatherings of IBSA Pastors, Minis- ters Wives, Associational Directors of Mis- sions, Church Planters, and Young Leaders. The Pastors Conference includes a Tailgate Dinner on Tuesday evening ($5 per person at the door). The Wednesday evening ses- sion of the Annual Meeting concludes with a Fall Festival sweets reception. The sched- ules are posted at Continued from page 1 3 November 02, 2015 NEWS THE TICKER from the front Follow the latest Illinois Baptist news Trans' student barred from locker room A month after a rural school allowed a female student to use the boys locker room, a suburban Chicago district de- ied federal civil rights icials and refused transgender students use of locker rooms for changing and showering. Township High School District 211 in Palatine allows transgender students to use restrooms in accordance with their chosen gender iden- tity, because there are private stalls. But the district will continue barring opposite-sex stu- dents from communal locker rooms to protect the privacy of all students. Coach can't pray Bremerton (Wash.) High School football coach Joe Kennedy has been told he'll be fired if he con- tinues to pray from the 50-yard line before each fame. Superintendent Aaron Leavell forbade him from bowing his head, taking a knee or doing anything that might remotely be construed as religious. The district would provide a place to pray that is not observable to students or the public. Coach Kennedy said he will continue to pray. Is no nudes bad news? Playboy magazines announcement that it will no longer print completely nude photos of women shows how degraded our culture has become, said Southern Seminary president Al Mohler. Playboy has outlived its ability to transgress and to push the moral boundar- ies, Mohler wrote. Pornography is such a pervasive part of modern society that Playboy is now a commercial victim of the very moral revolution it symbolized and promoted for decades. - The Washington Post, Fox News, culture WORD CLOUD - The popular song Build Your Kingdom Here by the Christian group Rend Collective inspired the 2015 Annual Meeting theme and this word cloud of phrases from the song's chorus. The artwork was designed for IBSA by Abby Walker of Jacksonville.

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