MARBC News & Notes – April 2008

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MARBC Men’s Retreat
May 1-3, 2008
Lake Ann Baptist Camp
“Being Men of Valor: How to Develop the Character of a Conqueror”
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Bill Jenkin
President, Continental Baptist Mission

Challenging Messages – Great Music — Sweet Fellowship — Delicious Food — Special Activities

Be sure to bring your own bedding, pillows, towels, ear plugs, and Bible

No price increase for 2008!!!
2 nights, 6 meals $105 / 1 night, 5 meals $77 / Friday only, 3 meals $41.
Pastors receive a 50% discount with an overnight stay

Brochures and registration forms are available from the MARBC online by clicking here at or by mail (Email Ken or Email Sharon or call the MARBC office / 616.364.5688)

Register through Lake Ann Camp by mail, fax, or online by clicking here.
$40 non-refundable registration fee due by April 28
Lake Ann Camp, Box 109, Lake Ann, MI 49650-0109; Call Toll Free, 800.223.5722

“The CPR Initiative”

Church Partnering Relationships with 3 primary goals:
Caring: a proactive vision towards mutual edification
Praying: regular sharing of requests and initiatives that promote mutual prayer
Resourcing: embracing the mission of practical encouragement by outsourcing materials and personnel

Church Partnering Relationships (CPR) offer a variety of opportunities:

  • Consider a sister church relationship with a ministry in another part of the state that would emphasize a co-operative partnership.
  • Sharing of ideas, prayer requests, and resources.
  • Form a consortium of sister churches in your area for joint strategy for church planting and/or missions ventures.
  • Send a missions team to help with a building or repair project.
  • Send youth or singles groups to conduct DVBS, canvassing ministries, etc.
  • Share Sunday School and Bible study materials.
  • Share media resource materials.
  • Offer pulpit sharing opportunities for summer vacations.
  • Receive special offerings for the needs of the sister ministry.
  • Conduct a pastoral internship program to help train a sister church’s next pastor.
  • Add the sister church to the missions budget of the church.
  • Receive a 5th Sunday offering on behalf of the sister ministry.
  • Support mutual missionaries.
  • Conduct joint mission trips to a foreign field.
  • Offer to transport materials and resources when traveling to another area of the state.

Churches and individuals interested in participating in summer CPR projects should contact the MARBC office ASAP! Email Ken or call 616.364.5688

(Be sure to read the three articles regarding the MARBC’s new initiative called “CPR” — Church Partnering Relationships in the January-March 2008 issues of the Baptist Testimony. These issues are available to download in a PDF format, along with a brochure detailing this ministry and Ken Floyd’s message regarding “CPR” by clicking here.)

BELMONT, West Cannon Baptist Church (Pastor Doug Crawford) — West Cannon Baptist Church hosted their annual Bible Conference and Pastors’ Seminar on February 25-27. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Living Word.” Speakers at the conference included Dr. Walter Kaiser, from Gordon-Conwell Seminary; Dr. Steve Lawson, from Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama; and Dr. James Grier, from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. To complement this year’s conference, Jeannie Vogel, from the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and the Women’s Ministry of West Cannon conducted seminars for pastors’ wives. The conference also included times of wonderful singing and worship, as well as Scripture recitations from Jason Nightingale. For audio from the conference messages, click here.

EMARBC, “Men Modeling the Master” Seminar – On March 1, over 200 men gathered at Emmanuel Baptist in Flint for the “Men Modeling the Master” Creation Seminar given by Mike Riddle of Answers in Genesis. It was a good presentation that gave all attendees material to use in standing for the truth of the Word of God. Creation is a factual truth, proven by both the Bible and scientific evidence that needs to be proclaimed with boldness and clarity. The men returned to their homes with many resources, which they were able to purchase at the conference.

FLINT, Emmanuel Baptist Church (Pastor Harold Constant) — Emmanuel Baptist served 500 guests at a Men’s Wild Game Dinner on February 19. Dean Johnson, a spring training chaplain for the Cleveland Indians, was the guest speaker. Eight men and boys responded to an invitation to receive Christ as Savior. The dinner served as a great time of outreach for the church.

FLINT, South Baptist Church — Pastor Will Payne and South Baptist Church, Flint, Michigan, have received a community award from Priority Children, a Genesee County, Michigan social services organization. The church was presented with the Children’s Champion Award, designed to recognize and thank individuals, businesses and organizations for their tremendous contributions toward improving the lives of children in the community.
Under Pastor Payne’s direction, South Baptist has been involved in the Carmen Ainsworth school district by giving away backpacks to underprivileged children, establishing ongoing mentoring and tutoring programs in the elementary schools and teaching parenting classes for interested people after school hours. Cindy Johns and Joyce Dunckel, members of South Baptist, wrote an etiquette training program called Girl Power which they taught in the elementary school. Pastor Payne also serves as the chaplain for Carman’s basketball team, giving devotionals before the game.
South Baptist just completed their third year of Upwards Basketball, an outreach program that teaches basketball fundamentals and character to young children. This year the program hosted more than 200 children whose family and friends heard a ten-minute Bible message at the half time of every game. South Baptist Church takes seriously Jesus’ instructions about ministering to children—and the community has taken notice.

GRARBC, “Church Ministries Conference” — “Masterfully Motivated” was the theme of the Church Ministries Conference held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 7-8. The conference is an annual event sponsored by the Grand Rapids Association of Regular Baptist Churches, a regional fellowship of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Calvary Baptist Church of Grand Rapids served as the conference host.

The conference is attended annually by approximately 1,000 pastors, church leaders, workers, and teachers. Over 125 churches from both city and rural settings are represented at the conference. Over 75 workshops covering a variety of instructional and practical topics were offered during the conference. More than two dozen of exhibitors offered ministry information and tools during the conference.

Sally Lillibridge, a member of Berlin Baptist Church in Marne, Michigan, was honored as the Christian Worker of the Year. Her pastor, Jeff Gunderman, presented her with a special plaque in recognition of her faithful ministry with 2-3 year olds for over 48 years.

The three main sessions included worship led by Chad Vitarelli, worship pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, and featured Calvary Baptist singers and musicians. The keynote speaker for the conference was Ken Floyd, Representative of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Ken’s three messages focused on “Master Motivators” that are shared by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5. These include, the certainty of life beyond earthly circumstances (5:1-9); the fear of the Lord (5:10-13); and the love of Christ (5:14-21).

Next year’s conference will be held on March 13-14, 2009. Dr. Michael Loftis, President of ABWE, will be the keynote speaker.

GRARBC Women’s Missionary Union Spring Rally — Be sure to save the date of Tuesday, April 15 to attend the 78th Annual Women’s Mission Spring Rally at Grandville Baptist Church, 4325 40th Street SW in Grandville, Michigan. The rally will include missionary speakers who will share challenges and information regarding important fields of ministry. Coffee and snacks will be served at 8:45 a.m. and the main session begins at 9:15 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon and costs $4.00. Missionaries and children eat free. Child care is available up to 5 years old.

A care shower for the Baptist Children’s Home in St. Louis, Michigan, will be an important part of the rally. Shower items needed include twin size percale sheets, bath towels (neutral colors), laundry and dishwasher detergent, canned fruit (peaches, pears, chunk pineapple), canned soups (any size and variety), canned beans (except green beans), butter crackers (I.e., Ritz or Club), sweetened condensed milk, garbage and Ziploc bags (all sizes), paper goods, Little Debbie Snacks, and 100% juice boxes or bottles.

LANSING, Calvary Baptist Church (Pastor Don Gommeson) — Calvary Baptist Church welcomed its new senior pastor, Dr. Don R. Gommesen, with a special installation service on Sunday, March 9. Don, his wife Kathy, and son David moved to the area from Enfield, Connecticut. Remaining in Connecticut are three daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. Brother Gommesen attended Michigan State University, Moody Bible Institute and Grand Rapids Bible College. He received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Luther Rice Seminary and earned his doctor of philosophy degree from Greenwich University. He and his wife, Kathleen, met at Calvary Baptist while they were students at MSU and were married there in 1974. The service included a video charge to the church from Pastor Glen Dundore, who served as Calvary’s interim pastor for 18 months. An additional challenge and reflections regarding the church’s history and the Gommesons were shared by pastor emeritus Tad Jamieson. MARBC State Representative Ken Floyd shared the challenge to the pastor. A fellowship luncheon was held following the service.


Help LINCOLN LAKE BAPTIST CAMP with a CRITICAL NEED — We thank God for the fine camp ministries that we are blessed with in our state. One of them, Lincoln Lake, faces an urgent need due to the continuing increase of campers each season. The volume of attendance has overtaxed the camp’s septic system. Due to this situation, the health department has given the camp until May 15 to upgrade the system or the camp will not be allowed to run its summer camping program. A special project fund has been started to construct a new drain field and septic system. The cost of the project is approximately $25,000. At a banquet held on March 13, over $19,000 was committed to the project. Will you prayerfully consider your involvement in this critical need so that the camp can continue to be used of God to spiritually impact campers of all ages? To send a donation or for further information on how to help, contact the camp office: 15113 Lincoln Lake Ave., Gowen, MI 49326; Phone: 616.984.2125; Email. Be sure to designate your gift for the “Drainage Project.”

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY — Calvary Baptist Church in Evart is hosting its 6th annual Summer Sizzler 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on May 24th, Memorial Weekend. There are divisions for ages 10-19 and there will be kid’s games for the younger ones. A gospel presentation will be included during the day’s events. You may get additional information and register online by clicking here or contact Pastor Layton Dutton (231.734.2464; Email). Half of the proceeds of the event will go to The Springs Camp in Gladwin.

MARBC Events to Place on Your 2008 Calendar

Saturday, April 19, 2008
MARBC Talents for Christ Competition
South Baptist Church, Flint
Ken Pyne, Director

May 1-3, 2008
Annual MARBC Men’s Retreat
Lake Ann Baptist Camp

September 28, 2008
MARBC Annual Day of Prayer

October 27-28, 2008
66th Annual MARBC Conference
First Baptist Church, Rochester, Michigan
Dr. Jim Jeffery
President, Baptist Bible College, Graduate School, and Seminary

MARBC Messenger – The Messenger is a regular email communication from the MARBC office to our pastors and churches. Several MARBC Messengers are sent out each month from the MARBC office. If you have not received MARBC emails recently, be sure to contact Email Ken or Email Sharon to be placed on the email list. Thank you!

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