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Contents:                                                        NOVEMBER 2018

Editor's Note
MARBC Annual Meeting

Fallout Youth Rally
Bass Lake Camping News
Bus Trip Review
Pastoral Transitions

Church News
Friendly Reminders
2019 Bass Lake Schedule

What word would you use as an antonym for Thanksgiving? The word I thought of was entitlement. Entitlement can be defined as "the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment." There is little room for thankfulness as one feels they have a right to benefits and blessings. We certainly see this in much of our contemporary society. Too many feel they deserve the delicacies of the world without any effort on their part. After all, they deserve to have the "privileges or special treatment."

What about you? Do you come across as being one who is entitled to God's blessings? Do you feel God owes you blessings because you are His child? Looking at many of the saints (especially Job), it is humbling to see his attitude despite all sorts of calamities which came upon him. God warns of those who "knew God, (yet) they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened" (Ro. 1:21 NKJV).
My prayer this Thanksgiving is as follows. "Thank you Lord, for your grace and mercy. I deserve nothing. I am entitled to nothing. Yet I praise you for providing salvation for me through Jesus Christ and providing so many spiritual blessings through the Savior. And You have blessed me with so many material blessings to top it all off. I deserve none of it! Thank you for your blessings and provision!"
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The MARBC held the annual meeting at Grace Baptist Church in Mankato on September 17-19, 2018. The theme for these meetings was “Step Up to the Plate.” The focus was on church revitalization and church planting.
The featured guest speaker was Rev. Clare Jewell (pictured), National Coordinator for Church Planting with the GARBC. Workshops were led by Rev. Brad Hoff, Field Director Continental Baptist Mission (CBM). Both speakers ably addressed the theme and gave practical ideas on developing healthy churches in order to position themselves to plant new churches. Special women’s sessions, including a luncheon, were led by Mrs. Joanne Hoff CBM Office Assistant.
During the business session the MARBC added a new church to their roster (Berean Baptist, Winnebago). The fellowship has now added six churches to the association in the last five years.

The new Council of Seven for the coming consists of the following men.
Pastor Greg Stevens (Hibbing), Chairman
Pastor Dwight LaPine (Rochester), Vice-Chairman
Pastor Dave Gerhardt (Cambridge), Treasurer
Pastor Jake Heppner (Wadena), Secretary
Pastor Joe DiVietro (Sauk Centre), Northern Fellowship
Pastor Devin Larsen (Austin), Youth
Pastor William Lobb (Fergus Falls), Burden Bearers

Next year's meeting will be September 16-18, 2019 at Brookdale Baptist Church in Moorhead. Dr. Matt Morrell, pastor of Fourth Baptist Church in Plymouth, will be our speaker.


On October 18-20, Minnesota teens took advantage of the school system’s MEA weekend and gathered for our annual Fallout Retreat at Camp JIM in Pillager.  As always, our goal is to give the teens an opportunity to “fall out” from all of the craziness and pressures of life, connect with each other, and most importantly, grow closer in their relationship with God

This year Pastor Dan Mielke from Grace Baptist in Austin took us through “Real Life Christianity”.  Each session forced the teens to ask some significant questions about their purpose on this earth, their relationship with God, and their battle with temptation.  We also invited John Stephens, Pastor of Community Baptist in New Prague, and an ACBC Counselor to address us in a couple of workshops on Pleasing People.  Eighty-five people came from Brookdale Baptist in Moorhead, Calvary Baptist in Rochester, Community Baptist in New Prague, Faith Baptist in Sauk Centre, Grace Baptist in Austin, Mount of Olives Baptist in Duluth, Southbrook Baptist in Wadena, and Woodland Baptist in Fergus Falls. 

This article was written by Pastor Logan Friess. Logan is an associate pastor at Calvary Baptist in Rochester and serves as the director for the Fallout Retreat.


THANK YOU to all those who came to camp this year! What a fantastic year we had together. Even though our camp numbers were down this year, spiritual decisions were up! And the fellowship times through games, skits, the lake, "The Garage" and time with your cabin mates made it a terrific year. And thank you parents for allowing your children to come to camp.

THANK YOU to all those who gave to camp this year! Many of you give throughout the year and we are so thankful for that. We had a special need this fall to get us through our lean months and God's people have responded. Many donations were once again provided to the camp from food, games and even a pontoon boat!

THANK YOU to all those who served at camp this year! Camp is a BIG ministry and your service for the Lord at camp is so crucial to this ministry. Thank you for sacrificing your time, energy and efforts toward a work that produces eternal results.

THANK YOU to all those who have prayed for camp throughout the year! We simply couldn't do camp without your intercession for us in this ministry. I wonder how many blessings at camp are directly attributed to your prayers!

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.

Next year's camp schedule is at the end of this newsletter.


Our annual bus trip journeyed to Washington D.C. on October 3-11. The passengers consisted of twenty-nine riders from four different states.
Together the group visited many venues including the Flight 93 Memorial (near Johnstown, PA.), National Cathedral (pictured), Museum of the Bible, Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Pentagon Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and a tour of the U.S. Capitol. The group also had parts of three days to visit the many memorials and Smithsonians along the Washington Mall.
The riders visited Berean Baptist Church in Manassas, VA. (GARBC) for Sunday services on October 7. It was good for both the host church and the many visitors to fellowship and get a bit acquainted with one another
Lord willing, next year's trip will be to Colorado. If we can squeeze it into the schedule we may attempt a visit to the Grand Canyon too.


ALBERT LEA: Riley Brown to Faith Baptist.
ROCHESTER: Gene Murrell from Calvary Baptist.
WINNEBAGO: Tim Newman from Berean Baptist to Evangel Baptist Church, Silva, MO.

Five churches in central Minnesota have just completed their annual Round Robin Missions Conference. Grace Baptist of Sartell, Faith Baptist of Brainerd, Faith Baptist of Sauk Centre, Southbrook Baptist of Wadena, and Woodland Baptist of Fergus Falls all hosted a missionary and then traded missionaries each night. The missionaries were Stephen Muindi (Kenya), the O'Briens (Norway), John Hutcheson of Frontline Missions, Tim Smith (Asia), and Charles Ellis with Baptist Mid-Missions. The churches were blessed and challenged. God's people gave generously and a good offering was given.
Woodland Baptist had a wedding on Oct. 28, 2018. Jean Hanson, widow of Rev. George Hanson, wed Earl Peasley. The couple will continue to live in the area.

Meet Jesse Laidlaw and his family. Jesse is a graduate St. Cloud State and of Andersonville Theological Seminary. He also trained under Pastors Mark O Brien and Jim Goodew as a pastoral intern. The Laidlaws have a desire to start a fundamental Baptist church in the community of Rice.
With the help, prayer and support of Grace Baptist Fellowship and the MARBC family, the Laidlaws, with two other families from Grace, started their first public service Easter of 2016.   The church plant is called Two Rivers Baptist Church
Jesse is tent making and has full time employment. He is making many contacts within the community. They have seen people changed through the power of Christ and His gospel.
You can help this work. Please pray for this harvest field. Are you new or moving to the Rice area? Do you know someone who is? Are you aware of families seeking to be a part of this gospel centered church plant? Would you be willing to give of your time and/or finances to assist this work? You can contract the Laidlaw's or view the Two Rivers Baptist Church WEBSITE for more information.


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 Winnebago 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 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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MBM Editor: Darrell R. Friar, MARBC State Representative
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Rev.Greg Stevens, Chairman
Rev. Dwight LaPine, Vice-Chairman
Rev. Jake Heppner, Secretary
Rev. Dave Gerhardt, Treasurer
Rev. Joe DiVietro, Northern Fellowship
Rev. Devin Larsen, Youth
Rev. William Lobb, Burden Bearers
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