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Contents:                                                        MARCH/APRIL 2019

Editor's Note
Albert Lea Announces New Pastor
FUNTASTIC Youth Rally
Ladies' Meetings
Bass Lake Camping News
Grand Canyon Bus Tour
Pulpit & Pews Available
MARBC Rep Schedule

Church News
Friendly Reminders
2019 Bass Lake Schedule
EDITOR'S NOTE

How do you view the church in relationship to society? Is the church making an impact on the world? Many see the church in a defensive posture trying to prevent Satan's realm from getting the victory. To use a football analogy, the church is viewed as having the ball on her own one yard line. She is holding on trying to prevent the enemy from tackling her for a loss and thus scoring.

But our Savior pictures a different scene. The gates of Hell shall not prevail against the church (Mt. 16:18). The gates were the entrance into a city. Christ is building His church so it will be smashing into and through the enemy's territory. In other words, we are on the enemy's one yard line getting ready to punch into the end zone for the score. How exciting!

Think of what is being done on a global level by the body of Christ. Souls are being saved, lives are changed and discipleship is happening to mature believers. The same is true within a local church. And every time your pastor opens the Bible or a Sunday School teacher shares the Word, or you testify of Christ among your relatives and friends, you are having an impact for Christ and His cause. Christian, don't cower in defeat! Forever march onward! ("Onward Christian soldiers...") With your heavenly citizenship (Phil. 3:20), you are more than a conqueror in Christ (Ro. 8: 37) and part of the winning team (Rev. 20-22).
 
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ALBERT LEA ANNOUNCES NEW PASTOR

Hi, we're the Browns!
 
Our parents met at Maranatha Baptist University (Watertown, WI). Our dad, Riley, is from Michigan (Go Blue!) and our mom, Cortney, is from Wyoming. We're so grateful to God that He brought our parents together and we're so grateful for Maranatha! 
 
After Maranatha, God moved our family to Avoca Bible Church, Avoca, WI. Riley served as the assistant pastor there from September 2014 - November 2018. We thank the Lord for our time at Avoca and treasure the saints there dearly. While we were at Avoca, God blessed us with two beautiful daughters: Adrian (3) and Karis (1). Adrian and Karis love animals, especially horses and dogs! 
 
In December 2018, God moved us to Faith Baptist Church in Albert Lea. We praise the Lord for His perfect and sovereign timing. We are grateful to God for the saints here, their warm welcome of our family, and their desire to serve the Lord that they love. It is our prayer to see God glorified at Faith Baptist Church. We exist to glorify God by being disciples and by making disciples through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray with us that this would be true at Faith Baptist. If you're ever in the area, please stop in! We would love to meet you!

FUNTASTIC YOUTH RALLY

Funtastic is a youth “lock-in” hosted by Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd each February. This year, God brought us 125 teenagers, 30+ youth leaders, and 10 college students. Between the food, laser-tag, bowling, sledding and broomball, we had 20 hours of virtually non-stop action (can you hear the collective groan of the youth leaders?).
 
But while the event certainly is “fun” and sometimes taxing on our youth leaders, the goal of it all is the spiritual growth of our students. We say each year that our desire is for our teens to take the next step spiritually – whether that be salvation or some other decision in which God is leading them. Chuck Gourley, the youth pastor at Campus Church in Pensacola, Fl, was our featured speaker for our 3 services. His theme was “A Passion for Thee,” and his challenge throughout was to call the teens to understand the gospel and to evaluate their commitment to the Savior.
 
God has blessed this event for many years, and we continue to received periodic emails and notes from students and youth leaders about how God used the preaching of His Word at Funtastic to challenge and convict.

- Article submitted by Pastor Daniel Newton.


LADIES' MEETINGS!

NORTH: "A Heart for Hospitality" is the theme for this year's gathering at First Baptist in Hibbing on April 5-6. Penny Clapp, missionary to the Hispanic people of Utah, will be the featured speaker. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and the event concludes on Saturday around 3:00 p.m.

SOUTH: Saturday, April 12 is the date at Calvary Baptist in Rochester. The event runs from 9:30-2:00 p.m. The theme is "Cancer Awareness" and you will learn about signs to watch for, how to help those with cancer, make a chemo lap quilt, and how to find a normal after diagnosis. Rolls and coffee will be served in the morning and a luncheon at noon.
 
BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS

EARLY BIRD BONUS AVAILABLE! Get you camp registration turned in by April 15 and save $40 off the cost of our week-long youth camping ministries. You can register online HERE.

VOLUNTEER STAFF NEEDED! This year, perhaps more than ever,  we are in need of volunteers to help us in the following positions. You can download a Volunteer Worker Application on the camp's WEBSITE.

Counselors: We will be reducing the numbers of our full-time counselors, so help is needed from volunteers (especially men) for all of our youth camps.
Cooks: You need not be a master chef. We try to secure four cooks for every week of camp. Cooks are needed for every week except Sr. High week.
Maintenance Workers: From mowing lawns to fixing whatever may break down we need workers for every week of camp except Sr. High week.
Nurse: Dispensing medications and helping with medical needs throughout the week we need medical staff (RN, LPN, First-responder, EMT) for each week of camp.
Lifeguard: Needed for our Primary (July 29-31) and Junior Camps (July 8-13).
Photographer: Would you like to come and take pictures of our campers and their activities? A photographer is needed for each week of camp.
Teen Staff Supervisor: This position is a paid, full-time position at camp. We are in need of someone to watch over our teen staff to help them do their ministry in a timely manner with a spirit of excellence.

DEVELOPER'S BANQUET: The camp's Developer's Banquet will be held at Grace Baptist in Austin on Friday, April 26 (6:00 p.m.). The banquet is your opportunity to be treated to a meal, hear the latest on camp and receive a gift from the camp in appreciation of your support. An offering will be taken for the development projects for this year. PLEASE RSVP WITH THE CHURCH BY TUESDAY, APRIL 22.

TWO NEW CAMPS!  Primary Camp is intended for those entering grades 2-4. This is a three day camp (July 29-31). It is a good way to introduce and prepare your youngster for the week-long camp which our ministry is known for. A Young Adults' Rally will Aug. 2-4. This is designed especially for college-aged singles who want an opportunity to connect with friends before heading off for fall plans. More information will be coming soon.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook. The camp just opened a new business page. Be sure to look for it! We also have a member's page which is listed as Bass Lake Camp Members. 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.

This year's camp schedule is at the end of this newsletter.


GRAND CANYON BUS TOUR

Plans are in the making for our annual bus trip. This year's destination is the Grand Canyon and Colorado. The tentative date is September 23 - October 2. Venues to be included are Royal Gorge, Air Force Academy, Denver attractions, Dwight Eisenhower Museum and more. Brochures will be sent out soon. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a trip to see God's creative wonders.


PEWS & PULPIT AVAILABLE

First Baptist in Kasson has two 12' pews and one 10' pew available. They also have a pulpit (45" tall, pictured). You can EMAIL or call the church at 507-634-7888 if interested.


MARBC REP/CAMP DIRECTOR UPCOMING SCHEDULE

APR. 7: Cambridge, Calvary Baptist
APR. 14: Winnebago, Berean Baptist
APR. 21: EASTER
APR. 23: Faribault, Southern Pastor's Fellowship
APR. 28: Sartell, Grace Baptist
APR. 29-30: Duluth/Heritage, Northern Fellowship Meetings

MAY 5: Jeffers, Jeffers Baptist
MAY 6: Blaine, Council of Seven Meeting
MAY 7: Blaine: Camp Board Meeting
MAY 12: Marshall, First Baptist
 


FRIENDLY REMINDERS

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 the churches in Marshall, Winnebago and Gilbert 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.

BASS LAKE SCHEDULE

2019
April 1: Counselor Application Deadline
April 15: Early Bird Registrations Deadline
May 17-18: Work Weekend
May 27 Memorial Day Rally
June 10-14: Staff Training
June 24-29: Family Camp
July 5-7: Counselor Training
July 8-13: Junior Camp (grades 4-6)
July 15-20: Jr. High Camp (grades 7-9)
July 22-27: Sr. High Camp (10th grade-recent grads)
July 29-31: Primary Camp (grades 2-4)
August 2-4: Young Adults' Rally (singles beyond HS)
August 23-24: Ladies' Retreat
September 6-7: Men's Retreat
 
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