MARBC News & Notes, March/April 2012

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From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 58 Number 2 March/April 2012

WITH THE LORD

Charles B. Hart.  Dr. Charles B. Hart, 96, was ushered into the presence of His Lord on Sunday morning January 15.  A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church of Calumet with Doctor Les Ollila and Rev. Bruce Nolen officiating.  A graduate of Stanton High School, Charles moved to the Upper Peninsula’s Copper Country in 1937 to serve as a song leader at the GitcheGumee Bible Camp in Eagle River, MI. It was at this camp that he met his future wife, Joyce Rader, the daughter of the camp’s founder and director, Paul Rader. They were married on June 22, 1940 in Silvis, Illinois.  After pastoring downstate in the Stanton area, Charles accepted a call in 1949 to become the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Calumet, MI where he served as pastor until 1974. In addition to being pastor of First Baptist Church, Charles also served as the Director of GitcheGumee Bible Camp in 1957, succeeding his father-in-law, Rev. John Rader, who passed away that year. He served as president of that camp until 1981.  In 1999, Charles Hart’s extraordinary life was publicly recognized by his being given an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Northland Baptist College of Dunbar Wisconsin. 

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Joyce, their five children, twelve grand children, and ten great grandchildren.  Memorial contributions may be made to Gitche Gumee Bible Camp 5189 Garden City Road Eagle River, Michigan 49950 ; First Baptist Church 26031 Depot St. Calumet, Michigan 49913; or Radio Station WHWL 130 Carmen Drive Marquette, Michigan 49855.

ALLEGAN, First Baptist Church (Greg Carlson, Pastor) – First Baptist Allegan recently called Scott Parmenter to be associate pastor. Scott’s ministry will focus on discipleship, worship, and outreach. Scott and Angie are returning to southwest Michigan after several years as associate pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Pageland, SC.

CASS CITY, First Baptist Church (David Hill, Pastor) – The church is rejoicing over God’s blessings at this year’s Hunter’s Banquet held in January.  Brother Bill Jenkin of Continental Baptist Mission was the banquet speaker for the 2nd year in a row. He clearly presented the gospel using hunting stories for illustrations. At the end an invitation was given and men were asked to check a card if they trusted Christ TODAY. 15 men signed the card saying they had made a decision to trust in Christ that night. One of those men was a Grandfather. After the meeting his grandson spoke to Bill Jenkin and he had the joy of leading him to Christ. The young teen wanted to talk to me so Bill went out and told his father about his son’s decision and asked him how things were with him. He said he needed to make some changes and wanted to speak to Bill. They went back into the auditorium and Bill led the dad to Christ. So three generations trusted Christ on the same night! There were also other Father-Son decisions made that night.  Several men from the church were able to bring neighbors or friends to this event. Please uphold them in prayer as they follow up with literature, a gospel video, and personal visits.

(Insert pictures from “Men enjoy a meal and fellowship at the First Baptist Church Hunters Banquet” (2 pictures) / “Bill Jenkin shares the gospel at banquet” here)

LAKE CITY, Calvary Baptist Church (Dan Willis, Pastor) – Calvary Baptist Church rejoices in the completion of an important addition to their church facilities.  Pastor Dan Willis shares the details in this report.  

God has been amazingly good to Calvary Baptist Church.  About two years ago, we embarked on a daunting project.  We had need of joining the fellowship hall to the church building.  This addition is approximately 54 by 31.  No small project for a church of sixty people.  The first step was to begin raising funds.  In about one year over $28,000 came in.  Well before we had anticipated, we began the project in April of 2011.  A work crew from our church poured cement and we took 3 bids from local contractors.  The first two were excellent bids.  However, in God’s good providence, the last bid was about $2500 lower than the other two.  We didn’t know it at the time, but this bid was possible because the contractor gave back this exact amount to the Lord!  He did a superb job on the addition and we commenced work on the inside.  

Another blessing from the Lord was a conversation I had with Ken Floyd in which he informed me of the CPR program through MARBC.  A crew from North Park Baptist Church was mobilized and in late January of 2012, they arrived on a Thursday.  What a blessing to get to know these five guys and to see their heart for Christ’s church!  And what a blessing to see the drywall completed in one day.  I am sure they slept well that night.  We are humbly grateful to the Lord for those five men with a servants’ heart.  Another CPR team coming from First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs will paint the new addition.

The addition provides a new study for the pastor, a conference room and a nursery.  Please pray for us as we seek to reach the lost and make disciples here in Northern Michigan.    

LOWELL, First Baptist Church (Jon Pickens, Pastor) – A new era officially dawned upon First Baptist Church of Lowell as Rev. Jonathan Pickens was installed as the new Lead Pastor. Pastor Pickens is a native of Columbus, OH. He is a graduate of Cedarville University with an emphasis in Christian Education, where he received the Marlin Rayburn Award for excellence in homiletics. He comes to Lowell, having served for fifteen years in youth ministries in various Baptist churches throughout the country, most recently as Pastor of Student Ministry at First Baptist Church of New Castle, Pennsylvania. He is a gifted teacher and leader.

Pastor Jon brings with him to Lowell his wife, Trish, his daughter, Tori, and his son, Caleb. He is an avid golfer, a Buckeye’s fan, watches the Denver Broncos football, and enjoys wilderness camping.

At his Installation service on Sunday, worship and praise in singing surrounded challenges to the church and to the pastor, and a response by Pastor Jon. This was followed with laying on of hands by the Deacons and Pastoral staff with a prayer of dedication led by Phil Van Laan, Chairman of the Deacon Board. 

Rev. Ken Floyd, Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches Executive Director presented the Challenge to the Church. Rev. Dennis Moles, RBC Ministries, Dept. of Theological Editing and Dept. of Pastoral Relationships presented the Challenge to the Pastor.

We welcome Pastor Jon and his family to Lowell. (Article by Earl Pomeroy)

NORTH BRANCH, First Baptist Church (James MacQuarrie, Pastor) – First Baptist Church rejoices regarding the call of James MacQuarrie as their new pastor.  The MacQuarries come to North Branch from Montague, Massachusetts, where Jim served as a missionary pastor.  Pastor MacQuarrie is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute and Piedmont Bible College.  He succeeds Pastor Reid Kitchen, who retired at the end of 2011.

(Insert picture of “Pastor James and Melissa MacQuarrie with their children Alisha, Crystal, Jonathan, and Jessica” with this article)

VESTABURG, First Baptist Church (Pete Carlson, Pastor) – The First Baptist Church celebrated the arrival of their new pastor with an installation service on Sunday, January 15.  Pastor Peter Carlson and his wife, Mary Jo, come to Vestaburg from the Detroit northern suburb of Berkley where Pete previously served as the senior pastor of Berkley Community Church.  Several of the Carlson’s adult children and other family members were in attendance at the service.  

Sharing in the service was Pastor Adam Groh, who gave the charge to the pastor.  Adam served as an associate pastor with Pastor Carlson in Berkley.  MARBC Executive Director Ken Floyd gave the charge to the church.  Pastor Joe Kotulski, youth pastor at First Baptist Church, led the service, assisted by deacons Dan Palmer and Ron Bartlett.  A fellowship meal provided by the First Baptist Church ladies was shared following the service in the Carlson’s honor.

WAKEFIELD, Calvary Baptist Church (Tom Bauder, Pastor) – Pastor Tom and Delores Bauder conclude a very fruitful ministry at Calvary Baptist Church at the end of February.  The Bauders will be retiring to Sun Lakes, Arizona.  The church has unanimously extended a call to Michael Riley to serve as their new pastor.  Pastor Riley comes to Wakefield after serving on the staff of Central Baptist Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He will begin his full time responsibilities after the current school year ends in June.

WEIDMAN, Weidman Baptist Church (Dean Willard, Pastor) – Weidman Baptist Church was blessed with the ministry of Pastor Mark Jones on Sunday, January 29th . In the morning worship service Pastor Jones preached from the book of Galatians. In the evening service he gave a dramatic recitation of the book of Revelation. He also has a power point presentation of artwork depicting many of the scenes described in the book of Revelation. It took a little over an hour from start to finish. It is amazing the connections that one makes while listening to the message of the whole book in one sitting. Pastor Mark Jones is available to other churches who desire to hear a dramatic recitation of the book of Revelation. You may contact him at 517-294-1036 or Email to schedule a time for him to come. We were reminded that the early churches that first received this letter from the hand of the apostle John would have heard it read at one sitting. We highly recommend this faithful brother’s ministry to other churches.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

CONTINENTAL BAPTIST MISSIONS ANNOUNCES THE GREATER GRAND RAPIDS FRIENDS & FAMILY BANQUET.  You won’t want to miss this special time of 

commemoration as we consider all that God has done through CBM. If you have been impacted by, labored with, prayed for, or supported CBM financially, we would love to have you come and celebrate with us. Contact us today (616-863-2226) to reserve your place at the table and be sure to invite a friend or neighbor! 

If you are unfamiliar with the ministry of Continental Baptist Missions, then come and learn more about our vision.  CBM provides support services for planting and developing biblically sound and spiritually healthy Baptist churches throughout North America. This multi-faceted organization includes church planters, church builders, volunteers, and special support personnel to assist in projects that enhance corporate worship and the growth of the body of Christ.

Plan now for an evening of great food, fellowship with friends, a mission update on this 70th anniversary year by former president Dr. Gerald Webber, and music by Mark Cizauskas of West Cannon Baptist Church.  

This year’s banquet will be held at: 

Noto’s La Gran Sala **
6600 28TH St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

**Approximately 1.5 miles east of the I-96 interchange in Cascade Township. Portico drop off and parking is in the rear off of Jacksmith Road.

Punch Bowl is at 6 P.M., the program and meal will begin at 6:30 P.M.

For more information or to reserve your seats now contact Rodney McNany at the CBM home office: (616) 863-2226 or Email.

SPIRITUAL TRAINING SEMINAR.  “Relating for Spiritual Impact.”  First Baptist Church in St. Louis, MI, will host this weekend seminar featuring Dwight Peterson and Dennis Wilhite, Bible professors from Baptist Bible College, on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31.

The seminar will deal with 8 aspects of spiritual impact:  

  • How God Uses Experiences to Grow Us
  • How to Build a Personal Ministry Strategy
  • The Ministry Cycle: Relating For Spiritual Impact
  • How to Initiate Meaningful Conversations (OIC)
  • How to Develop Meaningful Conversations (FORMS)
  • Why Spiritual Diagnosis is Essential
  • How to do Biblical Spiritual Diagnosis
  • Using Spiritual Growth Plans to Help Others Grow

The session schedule is Friday from 6:30PM to 8:45PM, Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday.  Refreshments will be available between sessions.

Cost: $99 group registration covers up to 3 attendees from the same organization, $25 per additional attendee.  Bring your ministry leadership team!  For more information, contact Pastor Derreck Jewell, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, St. Louis, 989.763.7836;  Email.

EMARBC Ladies Conference, “Enjoying the Ride of Your Life!” Saturday, April 28, at First Baptist Church of Rochester, 6377 Orion Rd., Rochester, MI.  Guest speaker is Sherrie Holloway, dynamic ladies conference speaker and faculty member of Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, PA.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a light continental breakfast.  The Conference will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.  The cost is $15.00 per person for those who pre-register and $18.00 the day of the conference.  For more information, contact First Baptist Church of Rochester, 248.652.6151;  www.fbcrochester.org.

27th ANNUAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH PLANTING.  Church planting is an inherent part of our Lord’s mandate to make disciples and teach people to practice all that Christ commanded.  The 27th Annual School of Church Planting, sponsored by Baptist Mid-Missions, will focus on this priority.  The school will be held on June 18-21 at Calvary Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona.  This is a unique opportunity that combines a discussion of ministry strategy with how-to-do-it instructions.  

Seminar speakers include church planting experts Ken Davis, Roger McNamara, and Dan Whitcher.  Brochures and applications can be downloaded from the church planting website, .  For further information you may also contact training specialist Roger McNamara (phone: 540.604.1838; Email).  

Graduate credit is available from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA for those who complete prescribed post-course assignments and a project.  Undergraduate credit is available through several Bible colleges.  Inquire in advance for details and tuition charges by emailing Ken Davis: Email.

PEWS FOR SALE.  The Marlette Baptist Church has 4 solid wood pews of varying lengths and great condition for sale, $75 each or best offer.  They are white with red cushioning.  Pictures are available.  Contact the church office, 989.635.2570.

HOUSE FOR SALE.  A member of South Baptist Church in Bay City has asked that the MARBC family be made aware of a house for sale in Flint.  222 W Oakley, Flint, MI; two story home – 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen w/ appliances, dining, living rooms, full basement, 1248 sq feet, 2-car detached garage.  I bought a house for my son when he was going to the U of M – Flint. Since the economy has had issues, I have been trying to sell it for three years. There are two charter schools within a mile.  Price: $30,000 but will take other offers to bank.  Would possibly consider renting it.  Interested parties please contact Mary by Email

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 Shraon or Email Ken.

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