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).
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.
What a remarkable time it is in which to live! Entire nations have been brought to a standstill by an unseen enemy that is no respecter of persons, nationalities, or social status. Standard operating procedures are being thrown out the window. Improvisation is the new normal.
CORONA – Disruptions, Disconnections, and the Design of the Divine
“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:9, ESV)
How did it go for you, your family, and your church family as you experienced the second “unique” Lord’s Day during this COVID-19 pandemic? Before I share with you something I gleaned from this past Lord’s Day, I need to share with you what occurred three days earlier.
Pastor Kim H. Lewis, 65, of Beaverton, MI, entered the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Kim was a graduate of Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania, University of Liverpool in United Kingdom, and Trinity College of Bible & Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. He pastored several churches in Humphrey, New York, Binghamton, New York, Jenison, Michigan & First Baptist Church of Essexville-Bay City, Michigan (MARBC). He spent the past eight years pastoring the Beaverton Baptist Church and serving also as a Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years: Patricia Lewis of Beaverton; children: Nathan (Kerstin) Lewis of Saline & Aaron (Breyona) Lewis of Plymouth. His children blessed him with 5 wonderful grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his sister: Amy (Phil) of Tampa, Florida & brother: Van (Cheryl) of Woodstock, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his parents. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 1:00 P.M. at Beaverton Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service.
Tom Dolph with the Lord
Rev. Thomas F. Dolph age 85 of Rockford, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Boulder Creek Assisted Living. His faith has now become sight and he sees his Savior face to face.
MARBC churches continue to share the love of Christ with their neighbors during difficult flood recovery.
We praise God that $2,300 was contributed this summer for the UP Flood relief and restoration efforts in the Houghton-Hancock area.
Levi Matteson, pastor of Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton, shares this note in a letter of appreciation to the MARBC for those who have given to the UP Flood Relief Fund:
MARBC churches continue to lead the flood relief assistance in the Houghton-Hancock area.
You have no doubt seen the incredible images of the June flood that did widespread damage in the Houghton-Hancock area in the western Upper Peninsula. Two MARBC sister churches have families affected by the flooding: Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton and Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar Bay. The MARBC has been in contact with both churches to learn how support them in this time of need.