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Contents:                                                       APRIL 2020

Editor's Note
Cancellations

Bass Lake Camping News
MARBC Financial Report
State Calendar & MARBC Rep Schedule
Pastoral Transitions
Friendly Reminders
2020 Bass Lake Schedule
EDITOR'S NOTE
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our churches hard. I am sure you are all familiar with the spread of the disease and governmental decrees for us to practice "social distancing" and to "shelter in place." Much could be said of all that, but I would like to focus on the positive. Consider with me some of the blessings which have arisen due to this pandemic panic.

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS: I admit I am somewhat slow to embrace technological changes. Change can be difficult, especially when one is not familiar with the change. The Covid-19 situation has forced many of us to adopt some new technological practices. Pastors with no online presence have told me they have now developed a website. Others have made use of live streaming their service. Some have made great use of web conferencing (e.g. Zoom) while others have developed their own You Tube channel. Isn't it great to know that the gospel is not limited by a virus? Many of the changes implemented will continue long after the pandemic is over.

CREATIVE WAYS TO WORSHIP: As mentioned above, church members are now able to be a part of a church service without even leaving their home! While we long for the day when we can meet in person (Heb. 10:25), our current practice is certainly better than no meeting at all. Plus, it has been a good experience for me to pop in on multiple churches to take in their worship service. (Typically I have been taking in three services every Sunday.) Grace Baptist in Austin has had some success with a parking lot service (at a neutral site) which has drawn in many visitors to their services.

WITNESSING OPPORTUNITIES: One pastor shared with me that they are reaching more people through their live streaming than what they would have reached had they gathered in person.  Three families watching the services come from unsaved homes. Earlier this week I visited with several in the ophthalmologist's office. One receptionist said, "I hate to say I am scared about all of this, but I am." We had a discussion as to what drives all this panic and how Jesus Christ frees us from the enslavement of the things which terrify us.

MORE TIME WITH FAMILY: One pastor confided in me this week the virus has allowed him to stay home more with his family. This was an area where he was feeling a bit negligent. The "shelter in place" mandate has provided him more involvement with his children and he mentioned this has really enhanced his opportunity to disciple the family.

Hey, it's easy to look at all the negative reports and foreboding news to become a cynic and skeptic. Unknowingly we can spread the gloom with a pessimistic attitude toward all that is going on around us. (If you don't believe me, just scroll through the Facebook posts of family and friends!)  Allow me to encourage you to stay positive and remember the promises of God. Share them with others. Praise God, our Sovereign is still on His Throne!

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CANCELLATIONS

Basically, any meeting which would constitute a gathering of ten or more has been canceled. The following is a list of future events (as of this writing) to which our office is aware.

April 17: Camp Developer's Banquet (Kasson)
April 20-21: Northern Fellowship Meetings (Sauk Centre)
April 25: Southern Ladies' Spring Rally (Brownsdale) 

BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS

CAMP SCHEDULE: Many have wondered whether or not we will have camp this summer. Right now, no one knows for sure. We are planning on camps going as scheduled unless we hear otherwise. If we are prohibited from having camp for health reasons, we are prepared with a couple of contingency plans. A ten minute video has been posted on the camp's Facebook page describing how we stand as of April.

EARLY BIRD BONUS: The early registration discount has been moved back to MAY 15. This will allow families more time to assess the current economic impact before committing to camp this summer. Our website registration will reflect this change. This change has also been announced to all our former campers through a  mailing which went out in early April.

CAMP GIVING: As with many of our churches, the pandemic has impacted our finances. We lost our Developer's Banquet which will minimize what we can do for developer projects. I anticipate our general fund may take a hit as families take employment furloughs and churches have reduced income due to not meeting regularly. Our building fund has trickled a bit too. If you can help us with any of these funds, your gift can have a significant impact during this time of need.

WORK WEEKEND (May 15-16): Hopefully the current ban on public gatherings will be lifted soon and we can all gather outside. There is so much to do at camp. Can you help us? We are looking forward to a weekend where many friends of the camp can help us get the camp ready for the summer. We need all age groups as there is a job for everyone. Lawn work, chainsaw work, planting of flowers/trees, cleaning buildings, painting, general repairs, mechanical work plus much, much more will be on the job detail. Many Christian hands working together produced a blessed work! Come join us.

BOY'S CABIN #2 UPDATE: The committee responsible for this project is seeking to hold the cost at $35k. We are still in need of $7.5k to reach that goal. Currently, we are taking bids on the project. The former building was taken down in early April. We plan to begin the new construction very soon.

MEMORIAL DAY (May 25): Join us for an afternoon of remembering those who have given their all for the freedoms we enjoy. We will begin with an 11:45 flag-raising followed by a noon cookout meal by the camp. Around 1:00 a service with guest speaker Pastor Riley Brown (Albert Lea, Faith Baptist) will be held. Cost for the event is $10 per person (or $40 family maximum) if registered by May 15.

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. Check out the camp's WEBSITE for more information.


MARBC FINANCIAL REPORT (as of 4/15/20)

General Fund: $7,956.44
Burden Bearers: $1,703.98
Northern Fellowship: $1,454.26
Church Planting: $32,049.42


STATE CALENDAR & FRIAR UPCOMING SCHEDULE

APRIL 19: Fairmont, Fairmont Baptist - Canceled
APRIL 26: Kasson, First Baptist - Canceed

MAY 3: Faribault, First Baptist - Canceled
MAY 5: Blaine, Council of Seven Meeting (10:00 a.m.)
MAY 5: Zoom Web Conference, Camp Board Meeting (6:45 p.m.)
MAY 10: Duluth, Heritage Baptist
MAY 15-16: Work Weekend, Bass Lake Camp
MAY 17: Wadena, Southbrook Baptist
MAY 24: Albert Lea, Faith Baptist
MAY 25: Memorial Day Rally, Bass Lake Camp
MAY 31: Marshall, First Baptist

JUNE 7: OPEN
JUNE 8-13: Teen Staff Training, Bass Lake Camp
JUNE 14: Rochester, Calvary Baptist
JUNE 21: OPEN
SEPT. 21-23: MARBC Annual Meeting, Rochester, Calvary Baptist


PASTORAL TRANSITIONS

Logan Friess from Calvary Baptist in Rochester


FRIENDLY REMINDERS

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Pray for the church in Winnebago as they seek God's man and family in the days ahead.

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.

2020 BASS LAKE SCHEDULE

May 15-16: Work Weekend
May 25 Memorial Day Rally
June 8-12: Staff Training
June 22-27: Family Camp
June 29-July 5: Ingvalson Rental
July 3-5: Counselor Training
July 6-11: Junior Camp (grades 4-6)
July 13-18: Jr. High Camp (grades 7-9)
July 20-25: Sr. High Camp (10th grade-recent grads)
July 27-29: Primary Camp (grades 2-4)
July 31-Aug. 2: Young Adults' Rally (singles beyond HS)
TBA: Ladies' Retreat
September 11-12: Men's Retreat
 
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