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MARBC CALENDAR & REP SCHEDULE
NORTHERN MEN'S RETREAT
This event has been canceled due to the pandemic. Plans are being made to continue this event in 2022. Stay tuned for further details.
FUNTASTIC YOUTH RALLY
This event has also been canceled due to the pandemic. There is a possibility that this type of event will be held later in the year if circumstances around the pandemic should change.
10: Blaine Baptist, Blaine
12: Council of Seven Meeting, Blaine
17: Lakeland Baptist, Gilbert
19: Camp Board Meeting, Zoom
24: Faith Baptists, Hermantown
31: First Baptist, Hibbing
7: First Baptist, Faribault
21: Southbrook Baptist, Wadena
25-26: Pastor's Advance, Lobb Cabin in northern Minnesota
28: First Baptist, Marshall
BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS
We are moving forward with plans for summer camping! We should have a new experience awaiting our campers as some buildings have been updated, new activities in place and many enthusiastic workers to help make this one of the best summers ever!
Because we canceled our summer camping program last year, we have had a financial year. Thank you to so many who have come along side of us and provided financial resources to get us through this time. We are still in a position of need. If you are able to help us with a year-end gift, it would be most appreciated.
The excitement is building (pun intended) as we make plans for a new housing at camp. Just over a year ago a tree fell on one of the boy's cabins. We had to bring that building down. As our building team has looked at possibilities for replacing that structure, we have moved forward with a design that will be a quad building (four housing rooms) with showers, air conditioning and heat. We are still working our way through floor design, but the camp board has approved these early plans. Our very preliminary costs brings this building in around $425k. Currently we have raised $34k so there is still quite a journey ahead of us. Will you be able to help us? Any gift is a tremendous help to us as we seek to modernize the camp.
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
In June, we began working on our church building addition (new foyer, warming pantry, and auditorium), and remodel of the existing building. Now here we are in December; the CBM builders have already completed their part of the planned project and have pulled out so our church parking lot no longer looks like an RV park. We greatly miss the wonderful fellowship we enjoyed with them over the summer. Our church people are wrapping up the finishing touches inside the building. A few final details in the works are refurbishing some larger pews that were donated to us, a portable baptismal, and moveable dividers for our fellowship hall/extra classroom area.
We are praising the Lord for his provision. We have accomplished far more than we planned on by this point in time and have been able to do it debt free. We look forward to having a building dedication service February 28, and are excited to see how God uses the larger space he has blessed us with.
Pastor LaPine retired from Calvary Baptist Church so we no longer have a pastor on staff. We appreciate your prayers for the search and for our church during this time.
We are blessed to have several men and deacons from the church who are preaching/teaching right now. The deacons and others have really stepped in to serve and help keep things running smoothly. We are doing our best to follow the governor’s mandates during this pandemic and like so many others, there are major differing viewpoints within the church family. We are meeting in person for Sunday morning services with spacing and other guidelines being followed. We are also streaming our service as we have many who are not comfortable being in church. We offer a Thursday morning service for our seniors and more vulnerable people.
We have also been blessed with some wonderful volunteers who are working with our youth program. The number of teens is growing each week and there were about 36 teens who attended last Wednesday evening. They are digging into God’s Word and growing so that is exciting!