As a new year approaches, it is typically accompanied by a review and analysis of what transpired in the closing year and the anticipated challenges, opportunities, and outcomes of the approaching year. It is amazing how changing one page of the calendar can produce such an intellectual and emotional exercise of contemplation and anticipation.
Keeping this in mind, perhaps there is no more appropriate word for us to begin this new year and decade with than the word “change.” The type of change that I am referencing is that which King Solomon notes in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Solomon then illustrates his observation through a series of comparative examples that demonstrate life’s ebb and flow and give and take (Ecclesiastes 3:2-8).
Carol Nixon (57) entered the presence of her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 24. Carol and her husband, Pastor John Nixon, were married for 31 years and have served on the staff of North Park Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan for several years. They formerly served for many years at West Cannon Baptist Church in Belmont, Michigan.
Carol is also survived by daughters Brittany (David) Sica, Bethany Nixon, and Aubrey (Mason) Lewis; son Josiah Nixon; and grandson, Cooper Chambers.
Visitation will be held at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont, MI, on Wednesday, January 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, at West Cannon Baptist Church, 5760 Cannonsburg Rd. NE, Belmont, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Moving Forward with Core Values Implementation
The 2019 ministry year started with much momentum following the conclusion of the 2018 MARBC Conference last October. The next seven months involved meeting with our regional associations to explore how they can partner together in order to implement the MARBC’s Core Values. A series of forums were held to seek input from association pastors. Much of the discussion focused upon how to prioritize the ten-year vision plan announced at last year’s conference: strengthen existing churches and regional fellowships; forge new partnerships with other churches and organizations; participate in joint ministry initiatives to impact our state; and plant ten new churches.