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Contents:                                                        NOV/DEC 2016

Editor's Note
Annual Meeting Review
October in the Ozarks
Youth News
Bass Lake Camping News
MARBC Finances
Church News
Friendly Reminders
2017 Bass Lake Schedule

My apology for the delay in sending out this latest newsletter. Much has been going on that has produced the delay. This update will fill you in on the MARBC Annual Meeting, the Ozark Bus Trip, the demolition of Bass Lake's Old Main, plus a few other surprises.

As many of you know by now, Cindy had knee replacement surgery in late October. She is up and walking around and renewing her strength day by day. She is scheduled to go back to work in about two weeks. Thank you for the cards and notes of encouragement during the recuperation process.

We send our Christmas greeting to you! The glory of God Incarnate is difficult to fathom. The wonderful purpose for this event is summarized so well in Philippians 2:8, "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." Scripture reveals to us that His death was for a purpose. When man receives this substitutionary sacrifice for his sin (1 Pet. 2:24; Is. 53:5), he is no longer a child of God's wrath (Eph. 2:1-3), but a child of God (John 1:12) who has been reconciled to Him (2 Cor. 5:18-21). Friend, if you have never received Christ as your Savior, take time to consider your eternal condition and how God can provide the pardon from sin that is only through Christ (Eph. 1:7).

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Our Annual Meeting was held September 19-21 at First Baptist Church in Marshall. Our featured speaker was Rev. Jim Tillotson, President, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA.). Mrs. Joan Tillotson shared some thoughts in a ladies luncheon and a later workshop. Pastor Dan Mead (Faribault, retired) led a workshop on church administration and Pastor Ryan Martin (Granite Falls) gave insights on how to tackle the issue of marijuana in our society and in the church.

On Tuesday evening of the meetings, retired Pastor Dan Mead was honored for his 27 years of faithful service to the MARBC and the camping ministry at Bass Lake.

Those serving on the Council of Seven for the next year will be Pastors Greg Stevens (Hibbing, Chairman), Nathan Hitz (Blaine, Treasurer), Jake Heppner (Wadena, Secretary), Derek Claypool (Bemidji, Northern Fellowship), Greg Linscott (Marshall), Logan Friess (Rochester, Youth Ministries), Nathan Lobb (Gilbert, Burden Bearers).

Next year's meeting is scheduled for October 2-4, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Hibbing. The date is a little later than usual in order to accommodate our speaker, Dr. Vernon Rosenau, President, Baptist Mid-Missions.

The MARBC Fellowship Bus Trip took place October 17-22. Our trip ventured to Eureka Springs where we saw The Great Passion Play, a holy land tour (including a replica of the Tabernacle), a Bible museum and much more. While in Branson the venues included Moses (at the Sight and Sound Theater), Twice Adopted (gospel concert), the Titanic museum, Shepherd of the Hills, Presley's Country Jubilee Celebration and Branson Landing. On our way home we found time to stop in Kansas City to tour the WW 1 Museum.

Although the attractions were great, most everyone on our trip agrees that perhaps the most significant time is the fellowship and good times we have together as we travel along.

Why not join us for next year? We are planning to visit the Ark and Creation Museum near Cincinnati sometime in October. More details will be coming out around June.


Fall Out Retreat: October graced us with beautiful fall weather for our annual State Fall Out Retreat.  Over 110 participants bumped us up considerably from attendance the last several years thanks to the marketing efforts of Faith Baptist Bible College and the involvement of some new churches.  This was our first year partnering our efforts with FBBC.  The goal was to avoid the competition of two activities that were taking place on the same weekend and to increase the awareness of students for their consideration toward Bible college.  The FBBC team did an amazing job of being involved with the teens.  It was a pleasure to become acquainted with some like-minded believers from MBA churches.  Churches in attendance were: Moorhead, Rochester, New Prague, Montevideo, Brainerd (Faith and First), Hermantown, Sauk Centre,  Marshall, Austin, Backus, Lakeland, and Fergus Falls.  We anticipate this to be a growing event in the next few years, and a continued benefit to the MARBC.  Thank you for sending your students!

Talents for Christ (TFC): As mentioned at our State Meetings, due to lack of involvement in the TFC program we are encouraging churches to pursue the involvement of their young people on an individual basis.  You may contact Andrea Gower at the GARBC office:  or 847-585-0837.  They will handle the participants on a case by case basis.  Students will either send their competition in via video or they will be channeled to another state competition.  Either way, please contact Andrea with your questions.

- Youth report submitted by Pastor Logan Friess


On November 14, a demolition team from Timm's Trucking (Morristown) came and razed the Old Main. The Lord gave four days of dry and mild weather to get the job done. The local media (TV crew from Mankato and journalists from Mankato and Blue Earth newspapers) covered the event. The TV report can be seen HERE and the Blue Earth paper is HERE. We had a crowd of fifty spectators which included about a half dozen from the community.

Progress has been made on our building projects. The pavilion (pictured) has pavers set in place and partial screening finished. The girl's showers in totally enclosed and ready for interior work to be finished rain or snow or shine. The Garage (office/canteen) has also been gutted on the interior and re-framed on the exterior. By next spring we will have a different looking camp!

The camp schedule is set for next summer. See the listing at the end of this newsletter. Pray with us as we finalize our speakers, missionaries and key program personnel. It looks to be another great summer at Bass Lake.

General Fund: $9,768.33
Burden Bearers: $4,213.20
Northern Fellowship: $1,897.38

Church Planting: $34,749.22

No church news was received for this issue of the MBM.


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Pray for Grace Baptist Church of Austin as they seek God's man and family in the days ahead.

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.


March 6: Camp Corporation Meeting (West River Road Baptist Church)
May 19--20: Work Weekend
May 29: Memorial Day Rally
June 12-16: Staff Training
June 26-July 1: Family Camp
July 8-9: Counselor Training
July 10-15: Junior Camp (entering grades 4-6)
July 17-22: Jr. High Camp (entering grades 7-9)
July 24-29: Sr. High Camp (entering grades 10-12)
August 25-26: Ladies' Retreat
September 8-9: Men's Retreat
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Rev.Greg Stevens, Chairman
Rev. Logan Friess, Vice-Chairman
Rev. Jake Heppner, Secretary
Rev. Nathan Hitz, Treasurer
Rev. Dereek Claypool, Northern Fellowship
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