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Contents:                                                                        SUMMER 2021

Editor's Note
Camp Time Is Here!
"Broken, Yet Blessed"
MARBC Annual Meetings
Pastoral Transitions
Northern Fellowship Meeting Review
MARBC Calendar & Rep Schedule

MARBC Church News
Friendly Reminders
2021 Bass Lake Schedule
EDITOR'S NOTE

The summer months have been very hot here in Minnesota. Temperatures have been in the upper 90s and, in some cases, over 100. It is, after all, summer. We should expect the heat. While many would favor the winter cold over the heat, I am one of those who thoroughly enjoys the heat! 

The Bible links our fervency for the Lord to a thermometer. Christ mentioned a church which was neither hot or cold. Do you remember which church that was? The church was said to be lukewarm. This was so appalling to the living Christ that it made Him desire to spit them out of His mouth.

The church in question was the ministry in Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22). They thought they were desirable because they were rich and had no need of anything. He later warns He will chasten them because of His love for them (v.19). 

This is an apt description of many churches today. They have a lot of activity going on. There is money in the bank. There is an appearance all is well. But the risen Christ writes "Ichabod" on that ministry.

Before I wax eloquently on the condition of the church, I also look at my own heart. I freely confess I am not on fire as I want to be or should be. I am far too often complacent (lukewarm) when my Lord wants me fired up. How about you?

One of our churches used to have a sign in their entry which stated, "No smoking unless you are on fire for God!" I like that. Would that describe you? Lord, create a constant burning fire in my heart for You!

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CAMP TIME IS HERE!

It's not too late to sign up for camp. We still have openings for you! You can register by visiting the CAMP'S WEB PAGE or sending a form in through the mail. See the bottom of this newsletter for the dates to our camps.

COUNSELORS STILL NEEDED: While all of our personnel needs are filled for the summer, we still have a need of one female counselor for Jr. High camp and two men and two women for Sr. High camp. Contact the camp (507-893-3249) if you are interested.

BREATHE (Aug. 6-7): Our Ladies' Retreat is being rebranded. One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God's greatest gifts. In the Old Testament, Sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of Sabbath will change your life. Enjoy the fun, fellowship and spiritual teaching. This year we will be sharing a video series by Priscilla Shirer.

MEN'S RETREAT (Sept. 10-11): We are excited to bring David Wheaton to challenge our men with godly living and understanding the times. David is a former professional tennis player and currently hosts "The Christian Worldview" on many radio stations. You will want to hear his fantastic testimony (Friday night) and hear his Biblical take on events around the world today. Of course, we will offer all the fellowship, skeet shooting and other events which will be a blessing to you.

MAJOR REPAIR NEEDED: A leaky roof is no fun and it can cause structural damages. Our dining hall roof will need repairs costing up to $26k. A special letter is being sent out to describe some of the details of the project. Can you help us? Your gift should be marked "ROOF" to be sure it is routed to the right place.

EARLY SUMMER REVIEW: As we head into our youth camps in July, we are rejoicing in some great events at camp. A Memorial Day Rally reminded us of those who have paid the extreme price for us. Staff Training had fifteen teens eager to learn their responsibilities. We had a rental group here of 126 people for six consecutive days (five overnights). And our Family Camp was sold out for the first time in several years. What will be the next of God's blessings?

Be sure to follow us on Facebook. The camp has a business page and a public group page whereby you can share your thoughts on the camping ministry. The Facebook feeds allow you to be informed of camp events on a regular basis. You will see pictures of building progress, our needs, deadline alerts and other useful information.
"BROKEN, YET BLESSED"

Several keynote women's speakers will be featured at Grace Baptist Church's "Broken, Yet Blessed" conference in Austin on September 17-18. Ladies, get these dates on your calendar as this is an event you will not want to miss. More information will be coming later.

It is noted this event will be held the same date as the MARBC Annual Meeting hosted by First Baptist in Faribault. It is the desire of the MARBC Rep, the Council of Seven and Grace Baptist's Pastor Mielke that God will richly bless both sets of meetings. Please attend the conference of your choice, but please, get involved with one of these fine meetings!
MARBC ANNUAL MEETING

The annual MARBC Conference will be held on September 16-18 at First Baptist Church in Faribault. Note this is a Thursday-Saturday meeting. Our desire is to make this more than "a pastor's conference." There will be sessions and activities for all the members of the family. The featured speaker will be Dr. Michael Riley (Wakefield, MI.). CLICK HERE for a schedule and more details for the meeting.

Display Tables: Missionaries and vendors are welcome to join us and set up a display table. We do request application be made so we have room for everyone. Applications can be downloaded at the above link for the conference or you can request one HERE..

Finances: It is such an encouragement to have churches and individuals contribute toward the expense of these meetings. Churches are asked to prayerfully contribute $100-$150 toward the conference expenses. An offering will be taken during the evening services. Gifts can also be sent to the MARBC and designated "Annual Meeting." Thank you for considering this and helping us be good stewards of what the Lord is doing through our fellowship.

It is noted our annual conference will be held the same date as the "Broken, Yet Blessed" ladies' conference hosted by Grace Baptist in Austin. It is the desire of the MARBC Rep, the Council of Seven and Grace Baptist's Pastor Mielke that God will richly bless both sets of meetings. Please attend the conference of your choice, but please, get involved with one of these fine meetings!
PASTORAL TRANSITIONS

Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester welcomed Greg Linscott as senior pastor in June. Pastor Linscott previously served at First Baptist in Marshall and Brown Street Baptist in Alton, IL.. He and his family had an installation service on June 20. Read below for a summary of that service.

Brookdale Baptist Church in Moorhead is pleased to announce Thomas Overmiller as their new pastor. Brother Overmiller's previous ministry was in Queens, NY. The Overmillers have arrived in Moorhead and will begin their ministry in July.

In the next edition of the MBM we hope to have specific articles on these men and their plans for their new ministries.
NORTHERN FELLOWSHIP MEETING REVIEW

Several men were enriched by the ministry of Pastor Scott Poling (Oswego, IL.) at this year's Northern Fellowship Meetings in April. Faith Baptist of Sauk Centre served as the host. Brother Poling challenged the men on revitalizing the work God has called them to and gave several practical helps and illustrations.
MARBC CALENDAR & REP SCHEDULE

September
16-18: MARBC Annual Meeting at First Baptist, Faribault
16-18: "Broken Yet Blessed" Women's Regional Meeting at Grace Baptist, Austin.

NEWS FROM MARBC CHURCHES

ROCHESTER - CALVARY BAPTIST
“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:15)

Sunday, June 20, 2021 was a very special day for members of Calvary Baptist Church of Rochester, Minnesota. Pastor Greg Linscott, his wife Jennifer, and family were formally welcomed during an installation service.

Pastor Linscott earned a B.A. from Faith Baptist Bible College and a M.Min. from Baptist Bible Seminary. He has twenty years of ministry experience and is a current GARBC Council of Eighteen member. Previous ministries include Brown Street Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois, First Baptist Church in Marshall, Minnesota, Faith Baptist Church in Skowhegan, Maine and Altoona (Iowa) Regular Baptist Church. While he was in Marshall he led the church to participate in dual affiliation with Minnesota Baptist Association (MBA) and Minnesota Regular Baptist Association of Churches (MARBC).

The installation service included a Charge to the Pastor by Rev. Scott Owen of Intentional Transitional Ministries for Baptist Church Planters. Pastor Linscott delivered the Charge to the Congregation. Covenants of Commitment were led by Rev. Darrell Friar, MARBC State Representative. Much appreciated special music was shared by the Linscott family. A reception followed the service.

Seeking God’s direction and blessing as we move forward our focus remains on Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

Send us your news and pictures! Please note that there is no deadline to send us your news.  Once you have some news, send it our way and we will include it in the next newsletter.

Pray for our churches in need of a senior pastor.
Cambridge, Calvary Baptist
Winnebago, Berean Baptist


Is your church interested in joining with an independent Baptist fellowship that works together so that each church's ministry is strengthened and expanded? The MARBC is a growing association of autonomous Baptist churches that is having an impact in our state. We would love to have you join with us.

REMAINING 2021 BASS LAKE SCHEDULE

July 5-10: Junior Camp (entering grades 4-6)
July 12-17: Jr. High Camp (entering grades 7-9)
July 19-24: Sr. High Camp (entering grades 10-12)
July 26-28: Primary Camp (entering grades 2-4)
July 30-Aug. 1: Young Adults Rally (post high school)
Aug. 6-7: Breathe - A Women's Retreat
Sept. 10-11: Men's Retreat

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