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Utah-Idaho Baptists increase CP 3.5%

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MERIDIAN, Idaho (BP)--Messengers to the 45th annual meeting of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention voted to increase the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they forward for national and international causes by 3.5 percent, up from 21.5 percent to 25 percent.
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They approved an overall budget of $2.25 million for 2010, down half a percent from 2009, which includes $915,371 in anticipated CP giving from churches in the two states.

A total of 153 messengers from 52 churches celebrated the theme "Life Abounds Where the River Flows," based on Ezekiel 47:9, at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, Oct. 27-28. The convention has 150 churches and missions with nearly 20,000 members.

Elected as convention officers: president, James Gregory, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Mountain Home, Idaho; first vice president, Dan Ozuna, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Agua Viva in Caldwell, Idaho; second vice president, Manuel Vela, pastor of Iglesia Bautista La Puerta Hermosa in Twin Falls, Idaho; and recording secretary, Arie Sparkman, a member of Desert Streams Fellowship in Kuna, Idaho.

The two-state convention also voted to renew a missions partnership with Oklahoma for another two years. A 17-person mission team from the Utah-Idaho convention to the Winter Olympics in Canada next year was introduced.

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Rob Lee, the convention's executive director, spoke about the urgency of sharing the Gospel, particularly through God's Plan for Sharing, a national evangelism strategy developed by the North American Mission Board and evangelism leaders from state Baptist conventions.

Next year's annual meeting will be Oct. 19-20 at Layton Hills Baptist Church in Layton, Utah.

Based on reporting by Bill Pepper of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention.

Copyright (c) 2009 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

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