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FUNTASTIC is an overnight youth rally at Faith Baptist in Brainerd. This year's date is January 31-February 1
. Teens should come prepared for all sorts of exciting games and events. Former MARBC pastor Jeff Pernsteiner
will be the speaker. Cost is $35 (youth sponsors are free). Additional information can be found HERE
NORTHERN MEN'S RETREAT
Missionary Rick Mikesh will be the speaker on February 20-21. Camp Chamineau (near Motley) will once again serve as the venue.
Cost for the retreat is $55. All registrations will be at the door. Contact Pastor Jake Heppner for more information.
NEW PASTOR AT GILBERT
Lakeland Baptist Church in Gilbert voted unanimously to extend a call to Caleb Lobb on January 15. Caleb, and his wife Megan, were serving on an interim basis as pastor and wife. For those who may be unfamiliar with Caleb, he is the son of the previous pastor, Nathan Lobb. Brother Nathan graduated to glory last January.
RICE WORK CLOSED
The work at Two Rivers Baptist
in Rice was a work which began nearly four years ago. The work has averaged 15 people in the last quarter of 2019. The leadership of the church plant discussed continuing these efforts for one more year, but have concluded, all things considered, to cease the church planting efforts in Rice at the end of 2019.
We appreciate the prayers, interest and finances which many provided for this effort. We are thankful
for those who have been saved, baptized and who have become a part of the work in the Rice area. Thanks and glory be to God!
The majority of those who attended Two Rivers are planning to join Grace Baptist in Sartell
(the mother church of the new work).
Pray for those impacted by this decision, especially church planters Jesse and Kristi Laidlaw
- Most of this article was written by Pastor Jim Goodew, Grace Baptist, Sartell
BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS
These are being shipped to us as the MBM is being published. Churches should see the brochures by February 1
. Previous campers on our mailing list should receive an individual copy at their home around April 1.
The annual meeting of the camp corporation will be on Monday, March 2
(6:45 p.m.) at West River Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn Park. Regular Baptist churches who have financially contributed to the camp are invited to attend. Each church is allowed to have one pastor and one other messenger to vote on all proceedings.
BOY'S CABIN #2:
A September storm caused a tree to fall on this cabin. The insurance company deemed it a total loss. We are looking to rebuild this cabin into a three- season cabin
(complete with a/c and heat). While we have received our insurance money, we are still in need of finances to rebuild this cabin to our desire. Can you help us? Gifts can be sent to the camp address at 39725 225th St., Winnebago, MN. 56098.
Would you prayerfully consider serving with us at camp this summer? We need all sorts of workers for every week of camp. Responsibilities could include yard work, maintenance, cooking, nursing, counseling and more.
We have updated all the dates for next year's camping season. We have included some new pictures too. Check it out HERE
Be sure to follow us on Facebook
. The camp has a business page
and a public group page
whereby you can share your thoughts on the camping ministry. The Facebook feeds allow 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 2020 camp schedule is at the end of this newsletter.
MARBC FINANCIAL REPORT (as of 1/14/20)
General Fund: $3,849.10
Burden Bearers: 2,620.02
Northern Fellowship: 1,396.00
Church Planting: $32,049.42
STATE CALENDAR & FRIAR UPCOMING SCHEDULE
JAN. 19: Bemidji, Faith Baptist
JAN. 21: Camp Board Meeting, ZOOM Teleconference
JAN. 26: Winnebago, Berean Baptist
JAN. 28-31: Ankeny, IA., FBBC Refresh Conference
JAN. 31-FEB. 1: Brainerd, FUNTASTIC Youth Rally
FEB. 2: Chatfield, Calvary Baptist
FEB. 9: Austin, Grace Baptist
FEB. 10: Southern Pastor's Fellowship, TBA
FEB. 11-12: Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, WI.
FEB. 16: Montevideo, Cornerstone Baptist
FEB. 18-19: Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, IA.
FEB. 20-21: Northern Men's Retreat, Camp Shamineau (Motley)
FEB. 23: Sauk Centre, Faith Baptist
FEB. 24-28: NARBC Camp Director's Conference, Victory Ranch, Moreno Valley, CA.
MAR. 1: Fergus Falls, Woodland Baptist
MAR. 2: Camp Corporation Mtg., West River Road Baptist, Brooklyn Park
MAR. 8: Brainerd, Faith Baptist
MAR. 9: Southern Pastor's Fellowship, TBA
MAR. 15: Sartell, Grace Baptist
MAR. 22: Wadena, Southbrook Baptist
MAR. 29: Mankato, Grace Baptist
SEPT. 21-23: MARBC Annual Meeting, Rochester, Calvary Baptist
Hibbing, First Baptist
Though wintry weather interfered with some church services in December, it was no obstacle on December 22 when the annual church Christmas program was presented. Between adults and children, there were some 35 individuals involved in presenting music, Scripture and readings from The Gospel Primer as part of a program we entitled "Our Hope is Jesus." This service, as well as our Candlelight Christmas Eve service, and our New Year's Eve fellowship and service, were very well attended.
We are pleased to announce that one of the young men who grew up in our church, Rodney King, Jr., was ordained to the pastoral ministry by Calvary Baptist Church in Findlay, Ohio, where he has been serving as youth pastor. Pastor Greg Stevens was honored to be invited to participate in the examination council on January 18th and to preach at Pastor Rod's ordination service on January 19th. Pastor Rod is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University. He is presently continuing his studies at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary while he serves in pastoral ministry.