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Contents:                                                        MARCH 2018

Editor's Note
Moorhead Celebrates 50 Years
Mielkes to Austin
Northern Ladies' Spring Retreat
Southern Ladies' Spring Rally
Bass Lake Camping News
Bus Trip Plans
Funtastic Review
Pastoral Transitions
Friendly Reminders
2018 Bass Lake Schedule
EDITOR'S NOTE

As I write this most of the state of Minnesota is getting clobbered with a storm. Most are getting significant snow, although the storm also includes graupel, sleet, freezing rain, rain, strong winds and even thunder. I am grateful to be in a warm, dry home which is protected from the elements.

Where is your home? While most will rattle off a street address, the Christian should recognize his home is the Lord. "LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations" (Psalm 90:1). The Lord is our home, our dwelling place. In Him we find shelter from the storms of life. I trust the Lord is your home and you are taking safe refuge in Him no matter which season you enter.

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MOORHEAD CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

It was February 4, 1968 when The Odd Fellows Hall in Moorhead, MN hosted the inaugural service of Brookdale Baptist Church. On February 4, 2018, fifty years to the day, the congregation commemorated 50 years of God’s grace and faithfulness! Honored guests included Stephen and Evelyn Stilwell, the first missionaries taken on by the church and Darrell Friar, State Representative for the MARBC. Each presented a greeting and challenge to the congregation. Charter member Norma Sanders (pictured below) was also able to be present.

Founding Pastor, John Schroder, was unable to attend due to weather. All of the former pastors sent greetings that were either read or heard during the two hour morning service. A lunch was followed by an hour long season of testimonies highlighting God’s blessing and leading of individuals and families to become part of the Brookdale church family.

The church deliberately wanted to make this a “low-key” event. That meant rejoicing in God’s goodness and blessings in the past, but looking to the future and focusing on faithfulness to fulfill the Great Commission over the next 50 years, should God tarry.


MIELKES TO AUSTIN

Grace Baptist Church of Austin is pleased to announce the calling of their new pastor Dan Mielke. Pastor Dan, along with his wife Christa, have roots in Minnesota although their recent history brings them to us from Wisconsin. Be sure to give them a warm welcome into our fellowship.

The Austin Daily Herald interviewed the couple and you can access their story HERE.


NORTHERN LADIES'  SPRING RETREAT

Colleen Tronson, director of Women's Metro Center, will be the featured speaker at the Northern Ladies Spring Retreat on April 6-7. The meeting will be held at Brookdale Baptist Church in Moorhead. The theme is "Bloom Where You're Planted."

Packets of information have been mailed to northern fellowship churches. For more information, contact the host church at 218-233-8758.


SOUTHERN LADIES' SPRING RALLY

Grace Baptist Church of Mankato will be hosting the Southern Ladies' Spring Rally on Saturday, April 21. Mrs. Christa Mielke, the wife of the new pastor in Austin, will be the featured speaker.

Further information will be sent to the churches soon. You can also call the church at 507-388-9355.


BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS

It's not too early to sign up for camp. Those signing up by April 15 will attend camp at the least expensive rate. All campers who register by June 4 will receive a t-shirt too.

Due to a winter storm, the Camp Corporation Meeting is being rescheduled for March 19 at West River Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn Park at 7:00 p.m.

Counselors Wanted: The camp is looking for some energetic, fun-filled, compassionate college-aged young people who would want to serve at camp. We need counselors July 6-28. Those desiring to add some additional income can also serve with us in staff positions June 11-30. An application is available at our WEBSITE. Applications are due March 31.

Developer's Projects: This year's projects for camp include Aqua-Glide (a large flotation device for the waterfront), two more picnic tables, corn hole game (bean bag toss), buffet table, mattresses and a human foosball game.

Developer's Banquet is scheduled for April 27 at First Baptist Church in Brownsdale (6:00 p.m.). You are welcome to join us for a meal, a small gift from the camp and some camping news and updates. An offering for the Developer's projects will be received.

Be sure to place the 2018 dates into your calendar. Those dates are at the end of this newsletter.


BUS TRIP PLANS

Make plans to join us for our trip to the Washington D.C. area. The dates will be in late September or early October. (We are still awaiting booking confirmation from our hotel.) Sites scheduled include The White House (pictured), The National Bible Museum, The Washington Mall and Smithsonians, Mt. Vernon, Monticello and more. It's a trip you will not want to miss.

Brochures are in the process of being printed and should be in churches by March 18. Those who have been on past trips will get a brochure mailed to their home too.


FUNTASTIC REVIEW

We had a fun and spiritually challenging Funtastic 2018! We had a great group of about 100 teens and sponsors in attendance. Pastor Lance Augsburger from Maranatha Baptist Church in Grimes, IA challenged the teens from Colossians 3:1-17. Praise the Lord for several teens who made decisions regarding "putting off the old man" and "putting on the new." Pray for our youth sponsors as they continue to follow up with their students. Special thanks to Faith Baptist Bible College and Maranatha Baptist University for sending a team to help us with the event.
- Submitted by Pastor Daniel Newton


PASTORAL TRANSITIONS

ALBERT LEA: Dennis Seiler from Faith Baptist.
AUSTIN: Dan Mielke to Grace Baptist.
BRAINERD: Chris Erickson from Faith Baptist.

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, Brainerd 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.

2018 BASS LAKE SCHEDULE

March 19: Camp Corporation Meeting

May 28: Memorial Day Rally

June 11-15: Staff Training
June 17-22: Rental Group
June 25-30: Family Camp

July 7-8: Counselor Training
July 9-14: Junior Camp (entering grades 4-6)
July 16-21: Jr. High Camp (entering grades 7-9)
July 23-28: Sr. High Camp (entering grades 10-12)

August 24-25: Ladies' Retreat

September 7-8: Men's Retreat
 
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