MARBC News & Notes – May 2007

Allegan, First Baptist Church (Greg Carlson) — Ader eighteen years at Curtis Baptist Church in Michigan’s upper peninsula, Greg Carlson, along with wife Lorelei and their five children have accepted the invitation from First Baptist Church of Allegan to be their senior pastor. An installation service was held on April 1 with Gregs father, Rev. Fred Carlson, and Rev. Maynard Belt speaking.

Grand Rapids, City View Church (Pastor Jeff Helbert) — City View held a celebration gathering with supporting churches on April 19 to thank those who helped start and sustain the inner-city ministry. Retiring Pastor Tom and Linda Randall reviewed the beginning days of ministry when they accepted the call to help start the church along with the Urban Vision board that had developed the vision for the church plant. The current pastor, Jelf Helbert shared the future vision for ministry which includes the disbanding of the Urban Vision board and receiving oversight from Continental Baptist Mission.

Jackson, Lansing Ave. Baptist Church (Pastor David Oberst) — On April 22, Pastor Dave and Linda Obersl were recognized for 20 years of ministry at Lansing Ave. They were presented flowers, cards, and a cruise to Alaska. Pastor Raymond Bruce preached the message that morning. Pastor Obersl was Pastor Bruces youth pastor from 1980-87 at First Baptist in Brooklyn, Ml. Many dear people attended to express their love and appreciation to Pastor Dave and Linda.

Chesaning, Village Baptist Church (Pastor Robert Dewitt) — Village Baptist performed the drama, ‘Watch the Lamb” on Easter weekend. There were a total of 156 in attendance over Saturday and Sunday. Two people accepted Christ and one person indicated interest in Church membership.

North Adams, First Baptist Church (Eric Sass) — Eric Sass, a recent graduate of Faith Baptist Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa, has accepted the call to pastor the First Baptist Church.

Plainwell, Orangeville Baptist Church (Dan Bowman) — The Orangeville Baptist Church rejoices in the twenty-five year ministry of Pastor Dan and Sharon Bowman. The Bowmans followed the Lords calling to Orangeville as their first pastorate in February 1982 from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary When the Bowmans came to Orangeville, the attendance averaged forty Attendance now averages 250. Dan and Sharon have five children, all of whom have grown up in the church and love the Lord. The church family shares, “Pastor Dan and Sharon have been faithful servants, given to hospitality, and have great love for the flock. Pastor Dan is faithful to call on the sick and always has a genuine love for the saints. We thank the Lord for His plan and blessing for His dedicated and faithful servants. ‘Your love has given us great joy and encouragement, because you have refreshed the hearts of the saints’ (Philemon 1:7)”

Rockford, Oakfield Baptist Church (Pastor Dick Whittenburg) — The blessing of God upon the faithfulness of Gods people at Oakfield Baptist Church is wonderful! Three married couples (six adults) were baptized and added to the church membership in a glorious service on Sunday morning, April 1st.

The crowd at the Upward Basketball Awards on Sunday night, March 18th, totaled 315 people, including 97 players, parents, volunteer coaches, referees, and church family Thirty people responded to the Bible message and 15 salvation decisions for Christ were made. A sixth grade boy and a fourth grade boy made salvation decisions during their weekly Upward evangelistic Bible studies with their coaches. Over the course of eight Saturdays, more than 300 people a week heard the gospel through testimony, video, or messages during the halftimes of the games.

The AWANA leaders faithfully continued the program with a skeleton crew of dedicated leaders and averaged 80-90 kids for the last year and a half of club ministry The children are working hard on their Scripture memory Megan Hallman, a sixth-grader, will receive the Timothy Award at the AWANA Awards on April 18th. The Grand Prix race was crowded with parents and very successful with new software and electronics for the track.

The Word of Life leaders started with no teens and have faithfully built and ministered to a steady number of 15-17. These leaders and teens have served in Vacation Bible School last year and in AWANA shortage areas to help fill in the gaps. We thank you for your prayers and your continued remembrance of Oakfield Baptist Church before the throne of God. We are excited about what God is doing!

MARBC Talents for Christ Competition

Dozens of teenagers, their parents, and churches converged on West Cannon Baptist Church on Saturday, April 21, for the annual MARBC Talents for Christ scholarship competition. The competition was ably led by its chairman, Pastor Ken Pyne of Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor. Our appreciation is extended to Ken, his staff, the TFC judges, and West Cannon for making this a very special day for the teens and families of the MARBC.

First place winners receive a $1,000.00 scholarship and second place winners a $500.00 scholarship to one of the participating Christian colleges (except for the Talents Plus categories for large and small vocal, puppet, and drama groups). First and second place state winners earn the privilege to compete for additional scholarships at the national Talents for Christ competition held during the annual GARBC conference in Lancaster, PA, June 26-29. We praise God for all of our MARBC teens who participated in this years event and encourage you to pray for those who will now compete nationally next month in Lancaster.

Michigan Talents for Christ Winners

Bible Knowledge: First place – Heather Harcluk, First Baptist, Alto; Kyle DeBoer, North Park Baptist, Grand Rapids

Brass (Trumpet): First place – none; second place – Amy Uplinger, Evangel Baptist, Taylor

Female Public Speaking: First place – Sara Moody, First Baptist, Middleville; Second place – Cynthia Harold, Evangel Baptist, Taylor.

Female Voice: First place -Jessica Shear, West Cannon Baptist, Belmont; Second place -Tori Lopez, North Park Baptist Church, Grand Rapids

Male Preaching: First place – Joe Kiesznowski, Evangel Baptist, Taylor; Second place -Tim Pyne, Evangel Baptist, Taylor

Male Voice: First place -Joshua Foote, First Baptist, Middleville; Second place – none

Oral Interpretation of Scripture: First place – Rebekah Swift, Evangel Baptist, Taylor; Second place – none

Piano: First place – Andrew Harry, Hamilton Baptist, Hamilton; Second place – Jillian Fasick, First Baptist, Middleville

Strings: First place – Katrina Soriano, Weidman Baptist, Weidman; Second place – Bethany Horton, West Cannon Baptist, Belmont

Woodwinds: First place – Alyssa Pyne, Evangel Baptist, Taylor; Second place – none

Writing: First place – Emily Gehman, First Baptist, Rochester; Second place – Allison Rickard, Berean Baptist, Lansing

MichiganTalents Plus Winners

Drama: First place – Evangel Baptist, Taylor; Second place – North Park Baptist, Grand Rapids

Large Vocal Ensemble: First place – First Baptist, Rochester; Second place – none

Puppets: First place – Stanclale Baptist, Standale; Second place – First Baptist, Middleville

Small Vocal Ensemble: First place – Evangel Baptist, Taylor; Second place – First Baptist, Miclclleville

From this months: The Baptist Testimony – Volume 53 – Number 5 – May 2007

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