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From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 58 Number 1 January/February 2012
2012 TALENTS FOR CHRIST: The 2012 MARBC Talents for Christ competition will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at South Baptist Church in Flint. Students may participate in either the Scholarship or Open Categories. Registration cost is $25 per individual category and $35 in the Open Categories.
Those desiring to compete in the Scholarship Category should register at the National TFC website where other information and cost details are shared. You may go to www.garbc.org/tfc for more information, downloadable materials, and scholarship details. A link to this website is also available at www.marbc.net.
Registration deadline for the 2012 MARBC State Competition of Talents for Christ is March 1, 2012. Please make checks payable to Evangel Baptist Church and mail the registration to: Michigan TFC, Evangel Baptist Church, 16994 S. Telegraph Rd., Taylor, MI 48180.
MARB churches and young people are strongly encouraged to participate. The preparations for TFC will help develop godly discipline and character. The results of this preparation allow our youth to minister in meaningful ways in several settings. With the opportunities for scholarships from participating colleges in the Scholarship Division and scholarships for participating MARBC camps in the Open Division, there are also practical benefits for TFC participation.
For further information or questions regarding Talents for Christ, contact our Michigan coordinator, Pastor Ken Pyne – Email; 734.946.5680. A PDF file containing all of the Talents for Christ information is available to download at Talents for Christ – April 21, 2012 page.
CHURCH PARTNERING RELATIONSHIPS (CPR)
Since its inception three years ago, over seventy ministry projects have been accomplished through “CPR.” We rejoice in the many CPR Initiatives that took place between sister churches in Michigan last year. The MARBC office is in the process of assigning CPR partnerships for churches interested in participating in 2012. If you would like to assist a sister church or would like a church to assist your ministry, please contact the MARBC as soon as possible. Many churches and ministries are in the final stages of planning potential summer ministry and mission trips. Be sure to make CPR a major consideration in your planning.
Consider a sister church relationship with a ministry in another part of the state that would emphasize a co-operative partnership.
For more information regarding “CPR” and how you can be involved as a church or as an individual, contact the MARBC office (Church Partnering Relationships. Don’t delay!
MARBC NEWS & NOTES
BAY CITY, South Baptist Church (Mark Kirkpatrick, Pastor) – South Baptist Church in Bay City hosted the Child Evangelism Fellowship World Day of Prayer for CEF East Central Chapter, November 1st and, the official date of November 2nd. From 9 AM to 9 PM, people could come and go as they pleased. A general session began with prayer, singing, the reading of inspirational thoughts and/or verses, prayer requests, prayer and then to the prayer station of choice for 30 minutes of prayer. Each prayer station had a 4×6-inch box that held four yellow Praise Cards and a number of white Prayer Cards. A person would choose a Praise Card (optional) and use that to guide their thoughts on praising God to begin their prayer. As they prayed through a card, it was placed in the back of the stack. After the bell rang to indicate the session was done, the people finished praying and returned the cards to the box with the yellow Praise Cards on top. The next person would continue where the previous person left off. Every person who attended was offered a “Pray for Your Pastor and Church Prayer Guide” (31 days) with the hope that they would take it to their church and invite others to join them in praying for their church and leadership.
EAST CHINA, Fellowship Baptist Church (Dave Bunyan, Pastor) – Fellowship Baptist Church celebrated the arrival of new pastor Dave Bunyan during its morning worship service on Sunday, November 13. Sharing a personal charge to Pastor Bunyan was Rev. Ken Rudolph, who was instrumental in introducing the Fellowship search committee to Pastor Bunyan. Ken first met the Bunyans while serving at Baptist Bible College when the Bunyans were attending BBC as students. Rev. Ken Floyd, MARBC, then gave a charge to the pastor and church family regarding the significance of their partnership in God’s plan. Pastor Dave and his wife, Lisa, were surrounded by church leaders in a prayer circle to culminate the service. The Bunyans come to Fellowship after an eight year pastorate in Houston, Texas. They have five children.
FLINT, Emmanuel Baptist Church – Held a retirement dinner in honor of Senior Pastor Harold Constant and his wife, Nancy, on December 10. The dinner was a celebration of God’s blessings upon the Constant’s 23 years of service in Flint and 41 years in full-time ministry. The large gathering for the celebration included not only members of Emmanuel Baptist Church, but also members from former ministries where the Constants had served. The dinner included several special music presentations, humorous skits, a testimony by former pastoral intern David Boillat, and a tribute by MARBC Director Ken Floyd. The Constant’s son, Jamey Constant, shared a message relating to Pastor Constant’s years of ministry and the impact of Emmanuel Baptist Church upon the Constant family. The church presented Pastor Constant with a special love gift in honor of his retirement.
Harold was saved at the age of 17 at Barton Road Baptist Church, Lake Worth, Florida. Pastor Bill Mosher, baptized him and encouraged him to go to Cedarville College. He went to Cedarville for two years, met Nancy Harper, they were married Aug. 4, 1967. Harold then went to Faith Baptist Bible College where he graduated with the Bachelor of Theology in 1970. Shortly thereafter Harold assumed his first pastorate in Bloomfield, Iowa. Three years later he accepted the call as pastor at the Faith Baptist of Albert Lea, Minnesota, where he served for six years before being called to the First Baptist Church of Fairbaut, Minnesota. He served there for 9 years, during which time he served on the Council of Five and the Minnesota Regular Baptist Camp Board.
Emmanuel Baptist Church of Flint extended the call to Brother Constant to serve as their pastor in June 1988. Harold capably led the church in a transition to the current campus location and several building projects which were a part of the relocation.
Pastor Constant officially concluded his ministry on December 31. After spending some time relaxing in Florida, the Constants will serve in station supply ministry filling in for missionaries who need a temporary replacement while away from their field assignments.
GRAND RAPIDS, Good News Baptist Church (Karl Pike, Pastor) – Good News Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, celebrated paying off the house and property adjacent to their building. The property, purchased in December 2009, through the faithful donations of its members, was completely paid off in less than two years. The mortgage was burned at the Thanksgiving Praise & Harvest Blessing service on November 20, 2011. Pictured are Trustee Board Chair Stacey Johnson, Deacon Board Chair Russ Molag, and Senior Pastor Karl Pike. Praise God!
JACKSON, Northwest Baptist Church (Hal Jankusky, Pastor) – The Northwest Baptist Church of Jackson were blessed to donate their labor to roof a retired pastor’s house. About a year ago, Pastor Paul Pickell of North Adams and Pastor Hal Jankusky of Jackson were fellowshipping during an S.M.A.R.B.C. meeting. During the conversation, Paul mentioned that his house needed a new roof. The possibility of the men of Northwest Baptist doing the job was offered. In November the offer was accepted. Paul and his wife purchased the materials and the Northwest roofing crew went to work. The job was completed over three Saturdays. The women of the church and Mrs. Pickell provided excellent meals. It was a blessing for the men to do something for someone else and to bond as a crew. This is just one example of churches partnering with others to be a blessing.
PLAINWELL, Orangeville Baptist Church (Dan Bowman, Pastor) – Orangeville Baptist Church recently called Adam Parmenter to be associate pastor. Adam’s ministry will focus on music, Chirstian Education, and reaching the post high school adults through age 40 population. He and his wife Marge are the parents of two children, Mary Ellen and Michael.
REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS – Two regional fellowships of the MARBC held Christmas dinner gatherings for pastoral couples in December. The Southern MARBC enjoyed an evening for pastors, missionaries, and their spouses that included a wonderful meal served by the members of First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, Michigan. Those in attendance enjoyed a devotional message from First Baptist’s Pastor, Jeff Sheeks. The group also enjoyed singing, special music, a skit, and of course some great fellowship. The night came to a close with several testimonies of God’s goodness involving church, family life, and personal blessings.
Pastors and wives who serve in churches in the western region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula enjoyed a wonderful dinner fellowship prepared and hosted by L’Anse Baptist Church in L’Anse. The group enjoyed an evening of singing, a unique gift exchange, and Christmas reflections.
SOUTH HAVEN, Bethel Baptist Church (Mark Congrove, Pastor) – The Bethel Baptist Church family welcomed new pastor Mark Congrove and his wife, Debbie, by holding a special afternoon installation service on Sunday, October 30. Sharing in the special service were pastors associated with Pastor Congrove’s former church ministry, Robinson Baptist Church in Grand Haven. Rev. John Kaufield, who preceded Pastor Congrove at Robinson, shared the Charge to the Pastor. Rev. Tim Kitchen, the current pastor at Robinson, shared the Charge to the Church. Rev. Ken Floyd, MARBC, led the congregation in a prayer of dedication for the new pastor and the church family. Special music included a vocal number by Mr. Jim Brown, a piano solo by Mrs. Cheryl Dreyer, and a duet shared by Mr. Joe Grifhorst and Dr. Tim Congrove, son of Pastor Mark and Debbie.
2011 MARBC Conference Messages are now available online at www.marbc.net. Get then here: MARBC Annual Conference 2011 Audio and Resources
IRS Announces Recommended Mileage Rates for 2012. The Internal Revenue Service has announced its recommended optional standard business mileage rates for 2012. Beginning January 1, 2012, the IRS says the 2012 standard mileage rate remains at 55.5 cents per mile for business uses, is reduced to 23 cents per mile for medical and moving uses, and remains at 14 cents per mile for charitable uses.
Many church treasurers use these recommended rates to reimburse business miles logged by pastors, staff members, and volunteers for the use of their personal vehicles to drive hundreds of miles each month for visitations, home visits, retreats, community meetings, and conferences, among other things.
Moving forward, it’s important for church treasurers to periodically check for updates on the rates from the IRS. For instance, in June, the IRS increased the standard mileage rate from 51 cents per mile to 55.5 cents per mile for the second half of 2011 to address increased gas prices around the country.
MISSIONARY HOMES FOR RENT. Berlin Baptist Church of Marne, Michigan, (near Grand Rapids) has 2 houses to rent to missionaries, beginning February 1, 2012. The rent on each is $250.00, plus utilities. One house has 4 bedrooms,1 full bath plus a toilet and shower in the basement. The other house has 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath. Both houses are furnished and have a washer and dryer. Please contact Candy Sherd – cell 616 430-1076, home 616 997-9676.
SMARBC COUPLES RETREAT. “Becoming One for the Master” is the theme for an upcoming couples retreat sponsored by the Southern MARBC Regional Fellowship. It will be held on February 24-25, 2012 at the Youth Haven Ranch ministry center in Rives Junction, located between Lansing and Jackson, Michigan. The retreat will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 24 and concludes on Saturday, February 25 at 4:30 p.m. Meals include Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch.
The “early bird” registration cost is $99.00 per couple, with a minimum deposit of $40.00 postmarked by February 10. The later registration fee is $119.00 with a minimum deposit of $40.00 postmarked by February 20.
The retreat speaker is Robert White. Bob will be speaking on how to become one with the Master through Biblical companionship, communication, and cooperation. Bob and his wife Lynda have been happily married for 29 years. They met while attending the Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music. Bob graduated from the Pastoral Ministries program. Bob also holds an Associate degree in Law Enforcement from Oakland Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northwood University, and is a certified Biblical Counselor with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC). Bob has been in Law Enforcement for 27 years, 15 years as police officer and the rest in Housing and Zoning enforcement.
Downloadable brochures and information regarding the retreat are available at www.marbc.net. Please mail completed registration forms and checks to “SMARBC Couples Retreat” c/o Pastor Tim Rowland, Lansing Avenue Baptist Church, 4000 Lansing Ave., Jackson, MI 49202. Additional information is available by contacting Pastor Rich Griffith, Parma Baptist Church (517.531.3645; Email) or Pastor Jeff Sheeks, First Baptist Church of Brooklyn (517.416.2745; Email).
“MEN MODELING THE MASTER” SEMINAR sponsored by the EMARBC. The seminar which will be held on Saturday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 1212 Knollwood St., Lapeer, MI 48446. Ken Rudolph will be the keynote speaker. In addition to the main sessions, there will also be four workshop sessions during the seminar. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:15 a.m. Registration is $15 per person. Lunch is included for all attendees. Registration details will be available in the next issue of the Baptist Testimony.
CHURCH MINISTRIES CONFERENCE sponsored by the GRARBC. “Serving on Main Street,” Dr. Charles Ware, President of Crossroads Bible College, will be the keynote speaker. The conference will be held on Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1200 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI. In addition to the main sessions, there are almost 100 different workshops available relating to various aspects of church ministry. Registration information will be online soon at: www.churchministriesconference.org.
EMARBC SPRING LADIES CONFERENCE. The 2012 Ladies Conference sponsored by the Eastern MARBC Regional Fellowship will be held on Saturday, April 28, at First Baptist Church, 6377 Orion Rd., Rochester, MI. Contact the church at 248.652.6151 or Email for more information. You may also visit the church website, www.fbcrochester.org. Further details will be placed in the March-April issue of the Baptist Testimony.
EMAIL ADDRESS – Do we have your accurate e-mail address? Many people and organizations change their email addresses from time to time. Does the MARBC have your current address? Why not be sure by sending us an email and including your updated contact information? Send your information to either Email Ken or Email Sharon.
by Ken Pierpont
Sometimes we are blessed over and over again by the quiet service of quiet people who love us and love the Lord. My brother Kevin is such a quiet servant. He and his wife Carolyn raise their eight delightful children in what we call the North Country. He is a pastor. His church is in Higgins Lake. Higgins Lake might be one of Michigan’s best kept secrets.
The State Park on the north edge of Higgins Lake has a beautiful camp ground and a beach like none I have ever seen anywhere. You can sit under a tree and watch the water or wade out two or three hundred yards in crystal-clear water before it gets up to your chin. (I would wait until next summer before I try this).
Kevin and Carolyn have been there almost a decade serving the church faithfully. I never visit them without driving away with a glad, humble heart to see the beauty and order of a Christian home.
Without Kevin there would be no Stonebridge Newsletter. There would be no kenpierpont.com/. Without Kevin other websites and ministries would be missing or tended-to my someone else. He has been my tech-support, encourager, friend and confidant for years. My admiration and gratefulness for him grows continually. I will hear him giving almost 24-hour over-the-phone tech-support to Lois or Holly or one of the family. He never seems put-off helping us untie our knots and post our pictures and thoughts.
I was thinking of him this morning while I was writing because of something he is doing now that I hope he continues. On his blog he is posting “North Country Notes” from time to time. They are good reading. I wanted to send you his way and, though he really doesn’t thrive on public attention. I wanted to use my “cyber-voice” to thank him for quietly serving me and bringing honor to our Savior, the Lord Jesus.
Carolyn is a home-schooling mother of eight who walks and blogs and posts photos actively. You can visit her here: carolynpierpont.com
Kevin’s North-Country notes and messages can be read and listened-to here: kevinpierpont.com
Thank God for his quiet servants. If you are one of them, thank God for you.
Little is much when God is in it
Labor not for wealth or fame
There’s a crown and you can win it
If you run in Jesus’ name
Ken Pierpont Jr.
November 10, 2011
(Pastor Ken Pierpont, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor, Michigan, and is a new member serving on the MARBC’s Council of 15. His brother, Kevin, also ministers as the webmaster of the MARBC’s website. Ken, Jr. and Kevin are two of five Pierponts who are actively serving in Michigan pastorates!)