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.
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).
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.
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.
Free Choir Music
First Baptist Church in Sebewa has various selections of choir and choral music, up to 30 pieces each, available for free to a church willing to pick them up.
Click here for more information re: choir music
Leaders of churches fellowshipping with the Central Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches met for a leadership forum on “Biblical Counseling in the Local Church.” First Baptist Church of Stanton hosted this quarterly meeting on January 28.
MARBC pastors from western Michigan discussed “The Benefits and Challenges of Pastoral Sabbaticals” on January 21. Forest Hills Baptist Church hosted this meeting of the Grand Rapids Regional Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
The meeting took place in the form of a Q&A panel discussion featuring five Michigan pastors: Chris Weeks (moderator) of Kent City Baptist Church; Jeff Burr and Craig Perry of Forest Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids; Marcus Little of Berean Baptist Church, Grand Rapids; and Jeff Gunderman of Berlin Baptist Church, Marne. Craig is pastor of student ministries and worship; the other four men are lead pastors.
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.