The Grace Hispanic Bible Baptist Church in Grant, Michigan, celebrated their twenty-second anniversary as a church and fourth at their new church campus on August 30 th . The service was attended by members of the church, supporting sister churches, and several guests from surrounding migrant camps. Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director, was the guest speaker at the service. The Grace church family is comprised of people from many different Latin American and Caribbean countries who have moved to the region. The immigrants come from Grant, Fremont, Newaygo, Kent City, and Sparta.
“The calling of the pastor is more than a job, it’s a wonderful ministry.” Starting with that statement, Tom Townsend, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, shared a presentation titled, “What I Have Learned after a Lifetime in Pastoral Ministry.” His reflections were the main feature of the quarterly meeting of the Southern Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches (SMARBC) on Thursday, September 3. The gathering of pastors was held in the facilities of Lansing Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson, Michigan.
SMARBC Regional Association Meeting, Thursday, September 3
The Southern MARBC Regional Association will hold its fall quarterly gathering on Thursday, September 3, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The meeting with be held at Lansing Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson. Tom Townsend, lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Battle Creek, will speak on the topic, “What I Have Learned after a Lifetime in Pastoral Ministry.”
MARBC Conference format adjusted due to COVID
Like your church ministry, recent COVID developments have impacted the MARBC’s schedule this year. The MARBC and Lake Ann have made the difficult decision to delay holding the annual conference gathering at the camp until October 2021. This decision was made due to the ongoing uncertainties regarding the COVID restrictions upon gatherings. We encourage you to prayerfully remember the ministry of Lake Ann Camp and their sister camps as they seek God’s direction in navigating this challenging season.
Midland Flood Relief Continues
The MARBC continues to seek the assistance of sister churches to participate in the CPR flood relief effort led by Calvary Baptist Church in Midland. This relief will include both financial and physical assistance. Calvary Baptist Church is serving as the point ministry in directing that assistance.
Mark Dickerson, Community Outreach and Family Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, is serving as the liaison for coordinating groups seeking to assist the church in the relief efforts. He shares this update:
Attorney Tim Denney, a deacon of First Baptist Church in Lapeer, has updated the excellent letter that was posted to churches in Michigan as they prepare to re-open. He has amended his article and recommendations based upon the recent rulings by the State of Michigan and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tim is a member of the Christian Legal Society and chairperson of the Religious Liberty Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (this article is his own professional opinion, not a position of the Section).
The MARBC continues to review several resources available to pastors and church leaders to assist them as they prayerfully consider important procedures necessary for regathering in church facilities. Here are several links to help assist you in these matters. Do not hesitate to contact the MARBC office for further recommended resources and practical assistance.
Charles Reed Memorial Service Details
The delayed memorial service for Pastor Charles Reed, planned for July 11th at 2pm, has been adjusted to address the Corona-virus situation. The location has been changed to a large tent on the camp ground attached to the Lakefield Baptist Church, 24230 County Road 98, McMillan MI 49853, approximately 15 miles west of Newberry.
Following the service, fellowship and a very light snack will be offered, the location, either inside or or outside around the church’s fellowship hall, to be based on individual preference and weather. The family encourages patronage of local restaurants during the supper hour.
Ken Floyd’s Upcoming Itinerary:
Ken is available for Sunday speaking ministries in 2020 and beyond. He is also available to share in special ministry seminars, consultations, and pastoral search orientations.
Obviously, some of these ministry meetings may change, depending on the guidelines in effect on that particular date. Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule meetings.
Calvary Baptist Church in Midland seeks to minister to flood victims
Pictures and videos continue to show the widespread flooding and subsequent devastation in the region that includes the city of Midland. MARBC sister church, Calvary Baptist Church in Midland is in the center of the flood zone.
The MARBC is seeking the assistance of sister churches to participate in a CPR relief effort. This relief will include both financial and physical assistance. Calvary Baptist Church will serve as the point ministry in directing that assistance. Pastors Dan and Mark Dickerson express their appreciation to the churches of our association for their prayerful support.