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MARBC ANNUAL MEETING
We will be meeting at Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester on September 21-23. Mike Hess
(GARBC National Representative, Arlington Hts., IL.) will be addressing the theme of "Focus on Fellowship: Now More Than Ever."
Because of the current pandemic we will be implementing a few changes
for our meetings. First, seating will be spaced apart in the sanctuary. Second, the ladies' luncheon and workshops are canceled. Finally, all meals will be offsite in area restaurants.
3:00 Council of Seven Meeting
5:00 Supper at Area Restaurants
7:00 General Session #1 (Hess)
9:00 Business Session
10:45 General Session #2 (Hess)
12:00 Lunch at Area Restaurants
1:30 Workshop "Practical Problems in Ministry"
2:45 Workshop "Personal Preparations in Ministry"
4:00 Supper at Area Restaurants
7:00 General Session #3 (Hess)
9:00 MARBC Rep Hour
10:30 General Session #4 (Hess)
There is no charge for these meetings. Churches are encouraged to prayerfully consider providing a gift for these meetings. We try to keep our expenses as low as possible. Your gift helps us to provide quality meetings for your pastor and congregation without being a burden to our pastors or MARBC general fund. A suggested gift would be $100-$150
. Gifts can be mailed to the MARBC office or sent with your messengers to the meeting.
Council of Seven Nominations:
An email was sent to association churches on July 14 concerning the process of nominating individuals for the Council of Seven. A reminder to you that these nominations need to be sent to Pastor Jake Heppner (Wadena) by August 21
: We appreciate hearing from guests and ministry representatives who come to our meeting. Please contact the MARBC office
if you are interested in having a table for your display.
Brochures are available HERE
. There are three motels close to the church. Mention Calvary Baptist for any special rates. These motels are Hampton Inn
(507-289-6100), Quality Inn
(507-289-3434 and Country Inn and Suites
BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS
A YEAR OF JUBILEE:
During Bible times the 50th year for Israel was a year of Jubilee. This was a major celebration in which debts were given, slaves were freed, and the land was given rest from agricultural use. This year marks our 60th year of Christ-centered camping at Bass Lake. The Covid pandemic has caused a cancellation in our normal camping operations. In essence, we are given the camp a rest and focusing on some upgrades throughout the grounds.
WORKERS & PROJECTS:
This summer we have had work teams from Mankato, Michigan and Rochester
. Some of the work which has been done include lots of painting, renovation of nurse's cabin, carpeting of waterfront landing, new swinging doors for kitchen, redirection of dining hall gutters, tearing out of lots of old carpet and more. Projects in process include roofing boy's shower house, replacing dining hall beverage counter top, renovating loading dock/retaining wall and replacing many doors and windows. Bass Lake will look different
when our campers come back in 2021.
The last week of June a family in the Twin Cities had a family reunion which included family members all the way from the state of Virginia. We have another small rental group coming from the Kasson area in the middle of August. Are you interested in renting the camp for your church or reunion? Click HERE
for more information.
REBUILDING BOY'S CABIN #2:
The building committee has been meeting every two weeks to design a plan for replacing Boy's Cabin #2. That cabin was destroyed as a tree landed on it. The committee is looking to create a building with full plumbing, air conditioning, an open concept floor plan and an aesthetically pleasing
(porch, higher walls, etc.). We are very close to announcing the design. I will think you will be excited with us when you see what this entails! Stay tuned.
The closure of this summer's ministries is creating a bit of a financial strain
on us. At a recent board meeting we noticed when camp is not in session we have a net loss of around $1,500 per month. Thankfully, several churches and friends of the camp have stood in the camp to help us with this need. Thank you for those many gifts. Your continued support and help is greatly appreciated. We have a long way to go before we start receiving camp registrations again.
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.
Check out the camp's WEBSITE for more information.
MARBC FINANCIAL REPORT (as of 8/1/20)
General Fund: $8,464
Burden Bearers: $2,588
Northern Fellowship: $1,801
Church Planting: $33,794
STATE CALENDAR & FRIAR UPCOMING SCHEDULE
AUG 23 (AM): Kasson, Calvary Baptist
AUG 23 (Aft): Rochester, Calvary Baptist
SEPT. 21-23: MARBC Annual Meeting, Rochester, Calvary Baptist
Neal Stockeland (Moorhead) moving from senior pastor to assistant pastor.
Dwight LaPine from Calvary Baptist in Rochester
Devin Larsen from Grace Baptist in Austin