American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware


    Welcome to the website of
American Baptist Women's Ministries of Pennsylvania and Delaware!

Greetings to our ladies across the Region! We pray that you are staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times. Your leadership of ABWMOPAD has tried to keep in touch via Notes and News, the ABCOPAD website, Constant Contact emails and social media. We wanted to send a newsletter just to give one more touch point with information for our ladies. The information shared in this newsletter would have been what you would have heard from various leaders at our 2020 THRIVE CONFERENCE.

ABWMOPAD July 2020 Newsletter

2020 Thrive Conference Canceled:

2021 Thrive Conference June 11 - 12, 2021


  Wednesday March 11, 2020, feeling uneasy about what was beginning to emerge about the Coronavirus, I messaged Sue MacDonald with concerns about how this might affect registrations and conference attendance. That message started a volley of messages, calls and emails with region pastors and Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA, the site of our PA/DE conference.
  Our concern of caring for our ladies and region the best we possibly could, led us to make the decision on Friday, March 13, that we recommend cancelling
the 2020 THRIVE Conference.
  Since Friday, the Center for Disease Control has recommended cancelling or postponing meetings and events of 50 persons, then 10 persons, for the next 8 weeks.
So, given that and the many unknowns yet to come, the Team has met via Zoom and we are in total agreement of cancelling the 2020 THRIVE Women's Conference.
  Your Team is currently working to refund registrants conference fees, and we remind those that made hotel reservations to cancel them.
  However, God has blessed us with an amazing conference plan, and we don’t want to toss it aside. We are rolling the 2020 plans forward into 2021 THRIVE, with the realization that some logistics will need to be tweaked or reworked. Some actions have already been taken toward THRIVE 2021.

Thrive 2021 Conference

Blair County Convention Center will be the site of our
June 11-12 THRIVE 2021 Conference.
  Pastor Kelly Legg has happily accepted the invitation to join us June 11-12, 2021.
  Your ABWM leadership Team wants to encourage our ladies to use the Christine Caine 20/20 study and have thoughts of adding links to watch some of her teaching. God willing, we will be having the ABWM Breakfast at ABCOPAD Biennial
on October 2, 2020. Join us! Conversation and prayer went into what to do about Conference Project and the items being collected for Brazil, Rankin Christian Center and The Door. We are rolling the 2020 THRIVE Conference Project forward as well, so bring items for those three missions to THRIVE 2021.
  Region Project money (goal $15,000) will still be collected and dispersed in 2020 for Brazil. I recommend a due date of June 30, 2020 so monies can be sent from persons and groups. Please mail your giving for Brighter Days for Brazilian Youth to:
ABWM Treasurer
Cynthia Carter-Wedgewood, 2524 West 18th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806
Questions may be directed to
Jodie Vasbinder 814-845-2355 or

2020 Regional Conference Projects



We believe that God has called us to live a life where we are thriving rather than just surviving! We trust that God is moving and doing big things within the region and are excited to have you join us for the ride! Please check out the different sections of our site to see upcoming events, past events, information on our regional project, as well as so many other valuable resources.