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N.Y. Baptists applaud disaster relief efforts

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (BP)–During their 36th annual meeting at Northside Baptist Church in Liverpool, messengers to the Baptist Convention of New York passed a resolution acknowledging the time, financial resources and physical strength expended by disaster relief volunteers from the state who traveled to the Gulf Coast to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The resolution also pledged the support of New York Baptists in future disaster relief responses.

A total of 143 messengers attended the Nov. 6-8 sessions.

A 2006 budget of $3,432,022 was approved, a .68 percent increase over the current year. A designated 26.75 percent will be forwarded for national and international missions and ministries, a percent-of-budget increase of .25 percent. The convention’s advance budget adds another $30,000, and the SBC will receive 50 percent of that amount, up to $15,000. The convention anticipates total Cooperative Program giving from churches will be $804,020.

Messengers re-elected Milton Kornegay, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, as president. Ted Harvey, pastor of Somerset Hills Baptist Church in Basking Ridge, was elected first vice president, while Bill Meenan, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Canton, and David Shepherd, a member of Hamilton Hill Fellowship in Schenectady, were re-elected second vice president and recording secretary, respectively.

The committee on order of business will meet Dec. 5 to decide the date and location of next year’s annual meeting.

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