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Contents:                                                        AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018

Editor's Note
MARBC Annual Meeting

Pastor Nathan Lobb Update
Introducing Pastor Ben Simons
Bass Lake Camping News
Washington D.C. Trip
Pastoral Transitions

Church News
Friendly Reminders
2018-2019 Bass Lake Schedule
EDITOR'S NOTE

This week I was called upon to perform an inspection. As the association manager for our area bowling center, it fell upon me to inspect our bowling center to make sure our lanes conformed to the governing administrative body of bowling (United States Bowling Congress). The job called for special tools such as a specialized level, feeler gauges, a unique tool for measuring gutters and so much more. The work also involved me twisting and contorting my body into all sorts of uncomfortable positions as I maneuvered underneath the pinsetter machines. This chubby body was a bit sore after doing all that work. To my surprise, the lanes were not always level, although we were in the allowance as regulated by the USBC.

This experience reminded me that I need a regular inspection of my spiritual walk with the Lord. Every time we partake of the Lord's Table we are told to examine ourselves (1 Cor. 11:28). As I use His tools, such as the Bible and the Holy Spirit's work in my life, I measure myself to the Lord's standard. The reality tends to be a bit painful as I realize I am woefully short of His level. It's times like these when the believer is so grateful for forgiveness and grace which the Savior delights to pour out upon His followers. How about you? Have you inspected your spiritual life lately?

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MARBC ANNUAL MEETING

The MARBC Annual Meeting will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Mankato on September 17-19. Our featured speaker is Clare Jewel (GARBC Church Planting, pictured above). Workshops for the men will be led by Brad Hoff (Continental Baptist Mission, pictured below). The women's workshops will be led by Mrs. Joanne Hoff. Our theme for the week will be "Step Up to the Plate: Energizing Saints for Service."

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
3:00 Council of Seven Meeting
5:00 Dinner at the Host Church
7:00 Rev. Clare Jewell

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
8:15 Prayer
9:00 Business Session
10:00 Break
10:45 Clare Jewell
12:00 Ladies Luncheon (Men to Area Restaurants)
1:30 Rev. Brad Hoff
2:45 Rev. Brad Hoff
4:00 Break for Supper at Area Restaurants
7:00 Rev. Clare Jewell

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
8:15 Prayer
9:00 MARBC Rep Hour
10:00 Break
10:30 Rev. Clare Jewell

Churches are asked to prayerfully consider sending in a gift to help us with the financial needs of these meetings. You can bring this gifts with you to the meeting or mail them to the MARBC office.

Missionaries and vendors wishing to have a display table at the meetings must have on file a table display request form. You may acquire one of these HERE.


PASTOR NATHAN LOBB UPDATE

Editor's Note: The following note was written by Sarah Samson (Nathan's daughter) on his Caring Bridge site. Pastor Nathan Lobb serves as pastor of Lakeland Baptist in Gilbert.

We learned on Monday (8/13/2018) that Nathan (Dad) has been accepted into an alternative treatment program in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dad hopes to begin treatment the week of 8/27/2018.

The treatment is a targeted chemotherapy customized specifically to Dad’s condition.  With this treatment over 95% of the chemo medication goes directly into the cancer cell, which means that side effects are minimal.  The treatment has a very high success rate – particularly in individuals who have not yet done other treatments – and is the only treatment found to date which offers Dad a cure of the cancer rather than just slowing its progression.

In a further answer to prayer, Dad and Mom have already been generously provided with free housing for all but one week of an anticipated 8- to 10-week treatment cycle in Phoenix.  This offer of housing came within 24 hours of Dad deciding to proceed with treatment.

Now comes the next leap of faith.  This treatment is not covered by insurance and must be paid for by the family.  The cost of treatment is $5,500 per week; or $55,000 of total cost. Dad is moving forward with this not knowing exactly where the money will come from; but knowing God can provide for this as well.    

We ask all of you first and foremost to continue praying for Dad and Mom.  We believe that prayer and patience have led him to this course of treatment; and now we pray earnestly for its success.  We also ask you to pray that God will supply the needed funding so this will not be a financial burden.

Until now we have been reluctant to ask for financial help. But the time has come. For those of you that feel led to help offset the cost of treatment we are setting up a GoFundMe account to accept online donations.  The account can be found by following THIS LINK. As of August 22, $13,690 of the $55,000 has been raised! (If you prefer to give by check, please make your check payable to Nathan Lobb and send to Sarah Samson, 215 Hwy 37, Gilbert MN 55741.  Sarah will deposit directly to Nathan's account.)

We are excited to see the work of The Great Physician in the coming weeks; and will keep you posted as to Dad’s progress.
INTRODUCING PASTOR BEN SIMONS

I was born in Wenatchee, Washington, though I say I am from Colorado (I'll get there). I was born into a Christian family and am an only child. My parents had met a Christian Bible college, and had moved to Washington to work in churches, though my Dad had trained for being a pastor, the Lord never opened the door for him to pastor. My parents never pushed me toward ministry, or Bible college. They let me make these decisions as the Lord had led. I accepted Christ as Savior after talking to my Mom one day at the young age of four. Though I do not remember what prompted me to talk to her about it, I remember clearly praying for salvation. When I was about 5 we moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near some of my Mom's family. It was at this time that my Dad had stopped seeking full time ministry and returned to working in hotels. After about two years we my dad took a transfer and we moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan. After about six months my Dad left the hotel company he was working for and took a job with another hotel, though this meant another move. This time to Colorado.

I think the Lord wanted us to go to Colorado, because there was a time while we lived in Louisiana where my Dad was looking transferring to Colorado, though nothing became of it. It was in Colorado that we started attending a GARBC church, Calvary Community Baptist Church, and I began attending the Christian School housed by the church (Community Christian School, which has now changed names and moved to another area church). I graduated from CCS in 2006. During my high school years I was able to sit under and learn from men like Bernie Augsburger (now the IL-Mo State Rep), Scott Bruns (now Camp Director at Scioto Hills Christian Camp in Ohio), and Mark Holeman (now Lead Pastor at Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI). During this time I dedicated my life to the Lord in whatever manner He would take me, about eight months later I was baptized (August of 2004). Shortly after this, I began to sense the Lord calling me into full-time ministry.

After graduation, I took some classes at a local community college to get some basic course completed. Then in the Fall of 2007 I started my college career at Faith Baptist Bible College. During my freshman year I confirmed in my heart through prayer that the Lord was leading me to Pastoral Ministry, instead of other full time service.

Mariah and I met early in our freshman year. We were married after my junior year in 2010. We graduated in 2011, one month before our oldest child (James, 7) was born.  I had to begin to do secular work (The Home Depot) to provide and wait for the Lord's leading. Though I sent my resume out through the school and the GARBC (through which I received numerous contacts, none were what the Lord had for us). During this time we welcomed our second child (Caelie [kay-lee], 4) into our family. We were waiting and serving in our local church there in Ankeny (Community Baptist Church), but we knew we needed to get larger housing and began looking in the southern Minnesota area (Mariah is originally from Brownsdale). We ended up moving in with her parents. We began to attend First Baptist, joined in membership, and in October of 2017 I was voted in as a deacon. After Pastor Ken Petzold had announced his resignation, the Lord's plan seemed to be coming more clear. During Christmas of 2017 we announced that we expecting again, this time twins. Samuel and Daniel were born in June. Samuel was born with a cleft lip and palate and we are in the process of closing the soft tissue to have the lip and gum line closed by surgery within the next couple of months.

Mariah and I are looking forward to ministering here for as long as the Lord leads. We are excited to be apart this family.

BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS

Ladies' Retreat (August 24-25): Mrs. Terri Jenkin (pictured) will be our speaker. Terri, along with her husband Bill, have served Continental Baptist Mission since 1983. Her role with CBM is as an administrative assistant. Terri has ministered to ladies in a wide variety of settings. There will be many special events and activities including a pie fellowship on Saturday. CLICK HERE for more information.

Building Progress: Our building committee will be meeting on August 23 to formalize plans for our continued modernization. The latest addition to camp was our new canteen. It has been a big hit! All sorts of fun treats were available in "The Garage" which centers around a '50s style service station. Donations toward this project included die-cast cars, an old gas pump (which has now been restored) and many license plates. In fact, we can use more license plates (any state of the Union or pre-1990 Minnesota). We would love to include your plate on our walls!

Men's Retreat (September 7-8): Our speaker will be Dr. Ernie Schmidt (pictured). Dr. Schmidt is a favored Bible teacher with a background as a pastor and educator. We will also have our annual steak feed (Friday) and skeet shoot (Saturday). Bring your guns, your appetite and a desire to learn from the Bible. CLICK HERE for more information.

Our camp numbers were significantly lower than anticipated this past summer which results in a financial need for the camp. We also had loss ($3,700) due to a septic pipe breakage which is not going to be covered by insurance. Would you be able to help us? A gift in any amount would be such a blessing to us and help us to keep this ministry viable for young people to make spiritual decisions for Jesus Christ. Gifts can be sent to MRBC, 39725 225th St., Winnebago, MN. 56098.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook. The camp's page is listed as Bass Lake Camp Members. The Facebook feed allows 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.

The remaining camp dates for 2018 and next year's schedule are at the end of this newsletter.


WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP

We currently have 27 riders to join us on our trip on October 3-11. If you are still interested, please contact us immediately. We can still get you in at the early rate, but your registration is needed quickly in order for background checks to be completed on our group.

Sites scheduled include The White House, The National Bible Museum (pictured), The Washington Mall and Smithsonians, Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. It's a trip you will not want to miss.

Click HERE for more information and a brochure.


PASTORAL TRANSITIONS

BRAINERD: Jim Stephens to Faith Baptist.
BROWNSDALE: Ben Simons to First Baptist

CHURCH NEWS
 
GILBERT
We have been considering an addition to our building for a while.  Recently Dallas Putnam, director of CBM, visited us for a week to help us finalize the layout of our addition and our existing structure.  We will be adding 4408 square feet as well as renovating some of our existing building to include more classrooms, restrooms and a dedicated electrical room which will be necessary with a much larger facility.
 
CBM will be able to help us start in the spring of 2020 although there is a small chance they would be available the spring of 2019.  Dallas estimated this project will cost about $300,000.  Our current building fund is $100,000.  Considering this ambitious timeline and our commitment to build this addition debt free, we are going to apply for grants from organizations of like mind and faith which fund church construction projects.  We are aware of several such organizations; if you know of any options, please contact us.
 
If you would like to serve as a volunteer on this project once we reach the building phase, please let us know.  We especially need a master plumber and a master electrician licensed by the state of Minnesota.
 
Things are starting to get exciting!  Please pray with us about this project.

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 the churches in Marshall and Albert Lea 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.

BASS LAKE SCHEDULE

2018
August 24-25: Ladies' Retreat
September 7-8: Men's Retreat

2019
March 4: Camp Corporation Meeting
April 15: Early Bird Registrations Deadline
April 15: Counselor Application Deadline
May 17-18: Work Weekend
May 27 Memorial Day Rally
June 10-14: Staff Training
June 24-29: Family Camp
July 5-07: Counselor Training
July 8-13: Junior Camp (grades 4-6)
July 15-20: Jr. High Camp (grades 7-9)
July 22-27: Sr. High Camp (10th grade-recent grads)
August 23-24: Ladies' Retreat
September 6-7: Men's Retreat
 
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