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MARBC ANNUAL MEETING REVIEW
Grace Baptist Church of Austin served as a host for our annual meeting on September 21-23. Dr. Ernie Schmidt (former pastor and educator) shared some stimulating messages with a theme of "A God-Honoring Ministry: Lessons from Nehemiah." Pastor Greg Linscott (First Baptist, Marshall) also led in workshops focused on current trends impacting our ministries. A photo gallery of the meetings can be viewed HERE.
The 2015-2016 Council of Seven includes Pastors Dennis Seiler (Chairman, Albert Lea), Logan Friess (Vice-Chairman, Rochester), Greg Stevens (Secretary, Hibbing), Nathan Hitz (Treasurer, Blaine), Gene Murrell (Rochester), Nathan Lobb (Gilbert) and Derek Claypool (Bemidji). Please pray for these men as they provide leadership and schedule events for our association.
Mark your calendar for next year's conference. Rev. Jim Tillotson (President of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary) will be sharing with us on September 19-21, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Marshall.
YOUTH FALL OUT REPORT
As with every year, the goal of Fall Out is to "fall out" from the normal patterns of life, take some time to be challenged in God's Word, and connect with believers. This year we kept the theme from summer camp and added an emphasis on daily quiet time. Pastor Stephen Moore from Horton Baptist Church in Waverly, IA. connected very well with the teens. He spoke on how our quiet time is impacted by the Gospel, our approach to the Bible, our perspective of the church, and our daily living. We had an attendance of 72 people (56 teens and 16 workers).
The next event on the youth calendar is the FUNTASTIC Youth Rally which is scheduled for February 5-6 in Brainerd.
- Report by Logan Friess, Youth Committee Chairman
The Developer's Club is excited announce several new projects for 2016. We are looking at securing a quality sound system for our dining hall since that is where our chapel will be for the next several years. A new recreational item, foot golf, will provide another activity for our campers. Other projects include some new kitchen items (cutlery and pots/pans), picnic tables, and an AED. Estimated cost for these projects comes to $10,200. Your gifts and help are greatly needed and appreciated.
We are seeking to raise $100k by June 1, 2016 for our Shekels for Seven Projects. Those projects include renovation of the girl's showers, screening in the dining hall pavilion, transferring the office and canteen to another location, purchase of a skid steer and more. These projects will expand our ministry and enable us to better minister to our campers. If we receive $100k by our deadline, a donor will match our gifts up to $100k. To date, we have raised just over $16k. Will you pray with us about this great opportunity? Click HERE for more details.
The 2016 camp schedule is listed at the end of this newsletter. Please be sure to share these dates in your church as some will want to make camping plans as soon as they can. As always, we will need several volunteers to make this summer's ministries happen. Please join us!
Of course, you can always go to the camp's WEBSITE or FACEBOOK page for more information.
A MEETING OF FUNDAMENTAL BAPTISTS
The Midwest Congress of Baptist Fundamentalists was held in the Wisconsin Dells on October 26-27. Guest speakers included Dr. Kevin Bauder and Rev. Bernie Augsberger. Workshops were held by a wide variety of speakers from different branches of Baptist fundamentalism. Panel discussions included a discussion of using the Baptist and fundamentalist label/name in our churches and the type of music being used in our churches.
For a full report of the meeting, click HERE.
WASHINGTON DC TRIP
Thirty-three (33) riders made the trek to our nation's capital in October. Sites visited included the many memorials at the Washington Mall, Smithsonian Museums, the National Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, Ford's Theatre, Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, Gettysburg Battlefield, plus tours of the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Many also enjoyed some side excursions on their own. The group encouraged a new church plant (Good News Baptist Church, Cascade, MD.) on the Sunday they were there.
Lord willing, a trip is being planned for October 2016 with Branson being the destination. The feature attraction will be a presentation on the life of MOSES at the Sight and Sound Theatre.
MARBC FINANCES (10/31/15)