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Contents:                                                       JULY/AUGUST 2020

Editor's Note
MARBC Annual Meeting

Bass Lake Camping News
MARBC Financial Report
State Calendar & MARBC Rep Schedule
Pastoral Transitions
Friendly Reminders
2020 Bass Lake Schedule
Our annual meeting of the association will be held September 21-23. There is an article in this issue of the MBM outlining all of the details for the meeting. These are crucial meetings as this is the only time we meet during the year. These meetings should be a highlight on your church's calendar. Here are seven reasons why you should be involved in these meetings.

1. YOU NEED THE FELLOWSHIP. Elijah was prone to discouragement and defeat because he thought he stood alone. Even after a major victory over Baal on Mt. Carmel Elijah was down in the dumps. God encouraged Elijah to realize there were 7,000 others who were also serving Jehovah. You need the warmth of other comrades in ministry to keep you charged up!

2. OTHERS NEED YOUR FELLOWSHIP. As a younger pastor I attended an area pastor's fellowship. I knew I needed the encouragement and learning which would be provided in that venue. I noticed there were several older men who also attended. I asked one of them why he came. His answer surprised me. He said he was encouraged by the younger men in ministry and he wanted to help them in any way he could. He wanted to serve and be a blessing to the younger generation. Even if you don't think you need the fellowship, remember that others need your ministry to them.

3. YOU NEED TO SIT UNDER THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD. Christians are always learning and growing. No one has "arrived." God is able to speak to your heart as you place yourself under the ministry of God's Word. Discouraged? Burnt out? Overwhelmed by the demands of ministry? The challenges from God's Word are sure to give you a boost in your service and ministry for Christ.

4. YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR FELLOWSHIP. The MARBC can help you in so many ways. We have a benevolent ministry to pastors, church assistance, church planting, youth ministries and more. Hear what's happening in ministry on a statewide level. Vote during our business session. It's your fellowship and you should take a part in it.

5. YOU NEED TO SEEK OPPORTUNITIES TO COOPERATE WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED CHURCHES. Visit with other churches to see how you can cooperatively help and serve one another. How about a round robin mission's conference? How about an area youth rally?  Consider getting together with other churches in your area to plant another church. Build an accountability relationship with a nearby area pastor. You get the idea.

6. YOU NEED TO SHARPEN THE TOOLS IN YOUR MINISTRY TOOLBOX. The pandemic has created all sorts of new ministry situations. How do I live-stream our services? How should we go about a parking lot service with a FM transmitter? How are people doing ministry (small groups, communion, offerings, singing/choir, etc.) in this day of social distancing and wearing masks? What tools are others using to develop their ministry? 

7. YOU NEED TO PURSUE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES. Attending our meetings provides you the likelihood you will meet some new missionaries, agency representatives, educational resources and so much more. Networking helps you broaden your ministry and updates you on many causes within our circle of influence.

I hope you will join us in Rochester in September. I am confident the meetings will be a rich blessing to you!

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Speaker/Host: 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." 

Covid Changes: 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)

8:15  Prayer
9:00 Business Session
10:00  Break
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)

8:15  Prayer
9:00 MARBC Rep Hour
10:00  Break
10:30  General Session #4 (Hess)

Finances: 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.

Display Tables: 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. 

Brochure/Motel Information: 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 (507-285-3335). 


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.

RENTAL GROUPS: 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.

CAMP FINANCES: 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.


General Fund: $8,464
Burden Bearers: $2,588
Northern Fellowship: $1,801
Church Planting: $33,794


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


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 our churches in need of a senior pastor.
Moorhead, Brookdale Baptist
Rochester, Calvary Baptist
Winnebago, Berean Baptist

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.


Due to the Covid Crisis our camp is only open this year for rentals and work groups. If you are interested in renting the camp, please contact us at 507-893-3249. 
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MBM Editor: Darrell R. Friar, MARBC 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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