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.
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.
A Message from Spencer Koulchar, Client Relations Director, CTG Insurance, Brotherhood Mutual
OFFICIAL MEMO: Ministry Precautions for Infectious Disease (COVID-19)
Hello Ministry Leader,
Below, you’ll find helpful tips compiled from the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) as well as other agencies. Along with actionable steps to help your leadership solidify your ‘Infections Disease Plan’, we’ve also included information regarding the level of coverage for Ministry Continuation, General Liability & Medical Payments, as well as Mission Travel Coverage.
Dear Ministry Partners,
Like most of you, my email inbox has been inundated the past few days with Coronavirus related messages from business entities and government agencies. It is not our intention to overwhelm you with messages from the MARBC daily. It will be our practice at this point to send out a new issue of the Messenger e-newsletter when the volume of information would warrant an additional communication.
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).
“Michigan Values Life” Petition
The following information is provided by the “Michigan Values Life” coalition:
An opportunity is before Michigan citizens. By working together, we can ban the inhumane abortion procedure known as the D&E or dilation and evacuation method. This method of abortion uses surgical instruments to forcibly remove arms and legs from a living human being in the womb.