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Contents:                                                        JUNE/JULY 2017

Editor's Note
Join Us On An Ark Encounter!
Church Celebrations
MARBC Annual Meeting
Bass Lake Camping News
MARBC Finances
Church News
Friendly Reminders
2017 Bass Lake Schedule

Several items to note in this issue of the Minnesota Baptist Messenger.

First, you will want to note the date change for our annual meeting. While our meeting is usually the third week in September, we had to change our date to October 1-3 to accommodate a speaker. A couple of months ago our speaker needed to cancel the appointment. Since many churches already had the October date locked into their calendar and booked other events in September, the Council of Seven thought it best to stay with the October date.

Second, because of the MARBC annual meeting date was moved back a month, it seemed best to push our annual bus trip up a month to September. This earlier date ought to help some who farm to be able to get a way on a trip before harvest begins. We already have 24 people signed up for this trip. We would love to have you join us. Read below to find out more information.

Third, the camp season is halfway over. I know, I know. You say we haven't even begun our youth camps yet. But the camp has already seen a Memorial Day Rally, Staff Training, two rental groups, plus our Family Camp. This week is providing a breather for us before our three youth camps, another rental and our retreats. Read about the building progress that is taking place. The camp you attended years ago is in the midst of a significant makeover!

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Registrations are already pouring in for our annual Bus Trip on September 11- 16. This year our featured attraction is the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. This life-sized conceptual recreation of the watercraft Noah built has been open for a year now. Our trip will also include stops at the Creation Museum, the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH., and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum in Iowa.

We will be traveling in a 55 passenger coach bus. Our motel stays provide comfortable rooms and a hot breakfast. The fellowship and good times on this adventure make this a trip not to be missed.

You will want to get your registration in as soon as possible. There is a significant discount for registrations received by August 8. CLICK HERE for more information and a brochure.


First Baptist Church of Brownsdale celebrated their 150th anniversary on May 21. Dr. Ernie Schmidt was the guest speaker. Many former members and friends returned and packed the church. Many pictures and memories were shared from several families to recall the memories of the faithful work of this assembly. Scroll to the bottom of this email to see another picture of the event.

Calvary Baptist Church of Chatfield celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 4.  Former members and friends came for a special time of commemoration. Photo albums displayed the rich history of the relatively young church (at least compared to Brownsdale!) and those attending enjoyed gifts and a cake. Scroll to the bottom of this email to see more pictures of this event.


First Baptist Church in Hibbing will be our host on October 1-3. Our guest speaker will be Pastor David Strope from Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, IA. Brother Strope, who also serves as chairman for the GARBC Council of Eighteen, will be addressing the theme of world missions and how our churches can become more active in the Great Commission. Pastor Strope has traveled abroad to visit many missionaries and serves on a mission board. More information will be coming soon.


Haven't signed up for summer camp yet? Don't worry. We still have room for you. You can REGISTER ONLINE or mail in the registration form from the brochure. We have some great plans for you this summer!

Our Family Camp was held just last week. Dr. Andy Hudson from Maranatha Baptist Seminary was our speaker and he did a fantastic job using our Lakeside Adventure theme from the book of Revelation. Our families went home with some great memories and new friendships. Why not join us next year? The dates will be June 25-30, 2018. Brother TOM MEYER from Wordsower Ministries will be our speaker.

There are many changes taking place at camp. Some you will see and some you may not. The mini-golf has had a complete renovation. A new activity (foot golf) is up and running. We also have a Neptune Island pad at the waterfront. Buildings are expanded (girl's showers, pictured), updated (back of Nurse's Cabin, Pavilion) or being constructed anew (office, canteen).

Go to the camp's WEBSITE for more information. Please pray with us that our remaining weeks will be safe and spiritually productive!

General Fund: $10,285.65
Burden Bearers: $2,828.20
Northern Fellowship: $1,792.00

Church Planting: $35,086.52

No church news was received for this issue of the MBM. The following pictures are from recent church anniversaries. The first picture is from Brownsdale and the remaining pictures are from Chatfield.



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 Grace Baptist Church of Austin 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.


July 8-9: Counselor Training
July 10-15: Junior Camp (entering grades 4-6)
July 17-22: Jr. High Camp (entering grades 7-9)
July 24-29: Sr. High Camp (entering grades 10-12)
August 25-26: Ladies' Retreat
September 8-9: Men's Retreat
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MBM Editor: Darrell R. Friar, MARBC State Representative
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Rev. Logan Friess, Vice-Chairman
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