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AREA LADIES' MEETINGS
Two sisters, Mrs. Joy Hemsworth and Mrs. Sharon Loveall, will be speaking at Faith Baptist Church in Bemidji on April 9-10. Sessions will focus on "Navigating Through Life's Transitions." Registrations for the event should be postmarked by March 31 and sent to the host church. Contact Mrs. Sheila Stevens
if you have nominations for NLF officers or special music for the meeting.
The NLF officers have discussed protocol in regard to Covid. Each lady that attends the retreat has a unique family situation and health concerns. As individuals we will need to make a decision on whether to be in a setting with a group of people. Out of consideration for the health concerns of all those attending the retreat, Faith Baptist Church will be arranging seating in the sanctuary to allow for adequate social distancing. You are also asked to wear a face mask when entering or moving around the building (you may remove the mask when you are seated). Masks and gloves will be used when serving food at the meals. In essence, we will try our best to follow protocol and be considerate of others, even those who may not be able to wear a mask because of asthma, etc., but we will not be the “mask police.”
Faith Baptist in Albert Lea will be hosting this meeting on April 17
. Mrs. Crystal Pfenning will be the speaker. The theme is "Grow in Grace" (2 Peter 3:18). Please RSVP the church by April 3
, if you plan to attend.
SEPTEMBER REGIONAL EVENT
Several keynote women's speakers will be featured at Grace Baptist Church's "Broken, Yet Blessed"
conference in Austin on September 17-18. Ladies, get these dates on your calendar as this is an event you will not want to miss. More information will be coming later.
It is noted this event will be held the same date as the MARBC Annual Meeting hosted by First Baptist in Faribault. It is the desire of the MARBC Rep, the Council of Seven and Grace Baptist's Pastor Mielke that God will richly bless both sets of meetings. Please attend the conference of your choice, but please, get involved with one of these fine meetings!
MARBC ANNUAL MEETING CHANGE
The annual MARBC Conference will be held on September 16-18
at First Baptist Church in Faribault
. Note this is a Thursday-Saturday meeting. Our desire is to make this more than "a pastor's conference." There will be sessions and activities for all the members of the family. The featured speaker will be Dr. Michael Riley
(Wakefield, MI.). Please mark your calendars now to note this important date change!
It is noted this event will be held the same date as the "Broken, Yet Blessed" ladies' conference hosted by Grace Baptist in Austin. It is the desire of the MARBC Rep, the Council of Seven and Grace Baptist's Pastor Mielke that God will richly bless both sets of meetings. Please attend the conference of your choice, but please, get involved with one of these fine meetings!
NORTHERN FELLOWSHIP MEETINGS
The northern churches of the MARBC want to invite all the churches of the MARBC to join us on April 26-27, 2021
for a Minnesota version of the M4 pastors conference. Pastor Scott Poling
of Harvest New Beginnings Church in Oswego, IL will be hosting his M4 conference at Faith Baptist Church in Sauk Centre. We have invited the churches of the Minnesota Baptist Association (MBA) and the IARBC to join us too!
The cost of the conference is free
(free will offering taken Monday night) and we are hosting a BBQ dinner on Monday night with a $10 per person cost (paid at the meal). We are asking for pastors and their staff to sign up online
using our Google form that is linked from our digital brochure for the conference. All information on the conference is in our digital brochure. This is a phenomenal conference
, and one that is highly sought after in the IL, WI, IA, IN, and surrounding states. We hope you will block these dates and make it a point to attend. The price is right and the hotels are inexpensive right now. Join us for an exciting time of encouragement, equipping, making friendships and refreshing your ministry with new ideas for ministry!
You can access the brochure HERE
You can register for the conference HERE
We hope to see you next month!
Faith Baptist Church, Sauk Centre, MN
PASTORS' ADVANCE IN THE ARROWHEAD
A total of eighteen young men and pastors
enjoyed a get-away at the Lobb "shack" in northern Minnesota on February 25-26. The rustic facilities did not interrupt the great fellowship, food, activities and teaching of Bill Jenkin
(President, Continental Baptist Mission). Pastor Caleb Lobb
did a fantastic job of hosting the event in the line of succession of his grandfather (Wilfred Lobb) and father (Nathan Lobb). The weather was unusually warm, but there was snow on the ground to provide activities for the youngsters.
MARBC CALENDAR & REP SCHEDULE
21: Grace Baptists, Sartell
26-27: Men for Christ Rally (Plymouth, MN.)
28: Brookdale Baptist, Moorhead
1: Employment Deadline for Counselors, Staff Supervisor at Bass Lake Camp
4: (EASTER) Calvary Baptist, Rochester
9-10: Northern Fellowship Ladies' Retreat (Bemidji)
11: Calvary Baptist, Rochester
13: Southern Pastor's Fellowship (Location TBA)
15: Early Bird Registration Bonus at Bass Lake Camp
16: Camp Developer's Banquet (Kasson)
17: Southern Fellowship Ladies' Rally (Albert Lea)
18: Fairmont Baptist, Fairmont
25: Cornerstone Baptist, Montevideo
26-27: Northern Fellowship Meetings (Sauk Centre)
28: First Baptist, Marshall
4 or 11: Council of Seven (Blaine) - Date is pending.
16: Blaine Baptist, Blaine
21-22: Work Weekend at Bass Lake Camp
23: Jeffers Baptist, Jeffers
30: Faith Baptist, Albert Lea
31: Memorial Day Rally at Bass Lake Camp
BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS
AND THE WINNER IS...
Our logo contest is over and we are happy to announce a winner. Congratulations to Shelley Paxton
Shelley created this design which we are excited to share. The colorful image certainly captures the elements we were seeking. This new logo and brand communicates the fun and excitement
of our ministry. Thanks to everyone who submitted a design. Our eight judges commented on the quality of all the designs. Shelley wins a free youth camp
or $300 off the cost of family camp!
April 1 is the deadline for full-time camp employment. We are in need of young people to serve as counselors, lifeguard and a teen staff supervisor
. These are all paid positions. There is no better way to gain personal experience and make an eternal impact all while getting paid for it! Applications are on the WEBSITE
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
In fact, if you register by April 15
, you can save some cha-ching! You can register HERE
(go to the camp of your choice and click on the "Register Now" button near the bottom of the page) or send in your registration form through the mail "the old-fashioned way."
Join us at First Baptist in Kasson on Friday, April 16
(6:30 p.m.) for our annual fundraising banquet. You will hear reports, be challenged from the Word and be treated to a delightful meal. All guests will receive a special commemorative glass celebrating 60 years of Christ-centered camping at Bass Lake. Please RSVP to the church with your numbers by Monday, April 4.
Our building team is busy visiting with a designer and placing the final touches on our design. We are in still in need of $219k
to make this building a reality. Can you help us? Please consider helping us to advance the ministry of Christ-centered camping through the development of our facilities. Gifts can be sent to MRBC, 39725 225th St., Winnebago, MN. 56098.
WITH THE LORD:
Former Camp Director Craig Busho graduated to Glory on March 12, 2021. He served as a director in the summer of 1977. Prior to his passing he lived in Tennessee. Funeral service will be on Friday, March 19 (12:30 p.m. EDT) at Rutherford County Baptist Church in Smyrna, TN. The service can be watched on the church's Facebook page
CREATE A LASTING LEGAGY:
Would you prayerfully consider giving to the camp through your estate giving or memorial gifts
in honor of loved ones? Nearly every month the camp is blessed to have families remember the camp as loved ones graduate to glory. This is a fantastic way to promote the honor of those who go on before us.
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.
NEWS FROM MARBC CHURCHES
GILBERT - LAKELAND BAPTIST
On Sunday February 28, we had our building dedication service. The service was well attended by our congregation, builders from Continental Baptist Mission (CBM) who led the building project last summer, and visitors from other area churches. We emphasized giving God the glory for all that was done this past summer, as well as the work He will do though our church in the future. It was a great time of prayer, singing, special music, history of LBC, and a special message by Bill Jenkin, the president of CBM. This service also kicked off our Church Growth Conference which went through the following Wednesday, with Bill speaking for all of those services as well.
Thank you to all who have prayed for us through this exciting time. Please continue to pray for us as we put the finishing touches on the building, and pray that God will do a mighty work on the Iron Range through the folks here at Lakeland Baptist.