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Contents:                                                        JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

Editor's Note
Pastor Nathan Lobb With the Lord

Pastor Claypool Goes to Israel
Bass Lake Camping News
MARBC Rep Schedule

Church News
Friendly Reminders
2019 Bass Lake Schedule

Much of the country has just recently endured a record cold snap. Our town (Winnebago) got down to -27. The wind chill was far worse! Sometimes people say, "Wow! It's freezing outside!" Truth be told, I think many would like to see freezing. We have not hit 32 degrees in a long time. Perhaps a more accurate description would be that it is frigid outside.

What might be the temperature of your spiritual life? Are you in the dead of winter, rarely looking at Scripture and seldom praying? Do you find your attendance in God's house sporadic? The nice thing about a new year is that it produces new beginnings. Make a commitment to raise your spiritual temperature this year. It is my prayer you will be found thirsting and hungering for Him (Ps. 42:1-2)!
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Brother Lobb graduated to Glory on January 17 following a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral was held on January 23 with Pastor Eric Braun officiating. Hundreds gathered at the Loon Lake Community Center near Palo. A unique feature of the funeral was a recording of Nathan singing a song of Heaven while a member of a collegiate ministry team. A brief obituary can be viewed HERE.

Please pray for his wife Donna, their six children, many other extended family members and the congregation of Lakeland Baptist in Gilbert.



While the early registration date has already passed, make plans to join the crew in Brainerd for a "funtastic" time of bowling, great food, fellowship and preaching from the Word of God. $35 is due when you register.

- Written by Pastor Claypool (picture of them at Caesarea on the Mediterranean)

On Pastor Appreciation Sunday, October 14, 2018, our church family completely surprised my wife and me with the gift of an all expense paid trip to Israel: a Prophetic Seminar with Baptists for Israel Institute, presented on a beautiful giant scroll.  Unbeknownst to us, they had been preparing for this surprise all of 2018.  This trip of a lifetime took place January 7 - 19, 2019. 
The study tour, lead by Brad Brough, and tour host, Evangelist Randy Chovan, surpassed our every expectation.  Historical, geographical, and archaeological information was shared along with the relevant Bible stories/texts at countless sites including Mount Carmel, Capernaum, Bethany, Elah Valley, Kadesh Barnea, and of course Jerusalem.  Among the highlights, was a Biblical lunch in Nazareth, a swim in the Dead Sea, a trek up Masada,  a camel ride in the desert, and wading through Hezekiah’s tunnel. 
We have come away with an even deeper assurance that God’s hand has always been and will continue to be on this ancient land and people. We also know that our study, teaching/preaching, and personal Bible reading will never be the same after seeing/experiencing so many of the places mentioned in Scripture. Words cannot completely convey our gratitude to our church family, family, and community members for their demonstration of love and their sacrifice.

BROCHURES ARE COMING! Packets were sent through the mail this week. The packets include applications for camp positions, a poster, camper grant application and brochures. If you need more brochures, be sure to let us know at 507-893-3249.

INTRODUCING BOOSTERS! This year we have begun a program to generate financial support from those who love and appreciate the ministry at Bass Lake. Simply put, we are dependent upon our friends to help us with our financial obligations while striving to keep the cost of camp as low as possible. Would you be willing to help us? Contact the camp at 507-893-3249 for more information.

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 allows 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.


FEB. 3: Chatfield, Calvary Baptist
FEB. 5: Southern Pastor's Fellowship, Kasson
FEB. 5-12: Vacation
FEB. 17: Mankato, Grace Baptist
FEB. 19-20: FBBC, Ankeny, IA.
FEB. 21: Council of Seven Meeting, Blaine
FEB. 22-23: Northern Fellowship Men's Retreat
FEB. 24: Montevideo, Cornerstone Baptist
FEB. 25: Camp Board Meeting, Blaine
FEB. 26-28: Cornerstone Bible Institute, Hot Springs, SD.

MAR. 3: Sleepy Eye, Calvary Baptist
MAR. 4: Camp Corporation Meeting, Brooklyn Park
MAR. 5: Southern Pastor's Fellowship, TBA
MAR. 10: Rochester, Chinese Christian Church
MAR. 24: Moorhead, Brookdale Baptist
MAR. 31: Wadena, Southbrook Baptist

November activities included a Senior Saints trip to Owatonna, a Thanksgiving banquet and the filling of some benevolent boxes to those with financial needs.

December ministries included a children's Christmas program, a Christmas musical (with an estimated crowd of 560), a Christmas Eve service and a New Year's Eve family film night.

January events included our annual business meeting and the beginning of our Branch groups. Branch groups are designed to make connections through social activities.

We now have a youth pastoral intern. Jesse, along with his wife Alexa, have been an encouragement to the church and youth group.


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.


March 4: Camp Corporation Meeting
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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MBM Editor: Darrell R. Friar, MARBC State Representative
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