The Southern MARBC Regional Association will hold its fall quarterly gathering on Thursday, September 3, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The meeting with be held at Lansing Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson. Tom Townsend, lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Battle Creek, will speak on the topic, “What I Have Learned after a Lifetime in Pastoral Ministry.”
The meeting will also include discussion and feedback regarding the state of our churches and election of SMARBC officers.
Lunch will be served to those able to stay.
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.
After much discussion, the MARBC Council of 16 conference committee has developed a creative alternate plan for this year’s conference.
This year’s conference will be conducted in a regional format. The conference will be a one-day format. This plan eliminates the need for overnight lodging and less miles to travel in order to attend. The conference will be held in three different locations and dates:
- Upper Peninsula regional gathering: Tuesday, October 13, Calvary Baptist Church, Negaunee
- Eastern regional gathering: Monday, October 19, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Flint
- Western regional gathering: Tuesday, October 20, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont
Each one-day conference will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and have a similar schedule with three preaching sessions along with breakout and business sessions. A simple box lunch will be included at each gathering.
More information and registration opportunities will be shared in upcoming MARBC Messenger e-newsletters and posted on the MARBC website. We look forward to God’s blessing and encouragement as we plan these gatherings.
Mark Dickerson, Community and Family Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church in Midland, shares this encouraging update:
I just wanted to say “thank you” again and give you another update on what God has been doing in our community since the May flooding. I don’t think words can ever express our gratitude for all that has been done and will continue to be done to help in Midland.
While our nation and the world continue to experience fear, uncertainty, and unrest, we also continue to see God’s provision and blessing for flooded families in the mid-Michigan area. Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief provided an incredible service to our community by serving people in Jesus’ name and by sharing the gospel with every home that was helped. By the time they wrapped up their deployment, 50 individuals made a profession of salvation by faith in Jesus. Since S.P. moved out, we have had the privilege of seeing 6 more salvation decisions as God continues to work in people’s lives! Fellow believers from all over Michigan and the United States were a part of this bountiful harvest!
We have also had several families who were flooded visit a Sunday morning worship service over the past few weeks. Praise the Lord! Discipleship classes will be taking place in August so that these new believers have a specific time and plan to help them grow in their faith.
While the clean up process has wrapped up, the rebuilding process is going strong. We have had the privilege of delivering over 1,200 sheets of donated drywall to homes all throughout the area. Individual and group volunteers have helped install water heaters, electrical panels, wiring, drywall, insulation, windows, and doors in several homes. There are a few homes that are almost back to “normal,” while many others are at various stages of rebuilding.
We praise the Lord that FEMA has stepped in and helped many families, however there are many others who were not helped and have been denied coverage by their insurance. Through the generous donations from so many of our sister churches, we have been able to offer dozens of financial grants to assist families that are really struggling. These grants have continued to open doors for ministry and prayer with hurting families, some who are rebuilding from the ground up. Praise the Lord for the sacrificial giving that has led to ongoing ministry and gospel opportunities. We never imagined a mission field of this nature with the neighbors all around us. God continues to use the financial and material gifts to meet needs and open hearts to Truth.
Pastor Dickerson Shares: We still have a need for skilled workers in the rebuilding stages for many homes. We also still have a list of people who need help with building materials or financial assistance. God has provided abundantly and we know He will continue to meet these needs.
Thank you again for all you have done to partner with us and network the body of Christ with mid-Michigan!
You may use one of the following options to share financial gifts. Please designate your gift as “Midland Flood Ministry.”
Checks may also be sent to the MARBC with the designation, “Midland Flood Ministry.”
Calvary Baptist Church in Midland encourages us to consider these specific prayer requests as they continue to minister to their flood stricken community:
More than anything, we still ask for prayer for our community. It will still be another month or two before some families can begin living in their homes again.
* Please pray for hope to replace despair.
* Please pray for love to replace anger.
* Please pray for endurance to replace quitting.
* Above all, please continue to pray for the gospel to be shared with boldness and for new believers to be grounded in their faith.
Ken Floyd’s Upcoming Itinerary:
Ken is available for Sunday speaking ministries in 2021 and beyond, in addition to a few remaining Sundays in 2020. He is also available to share in special ministry seminars, consultations, and pastoral search orientations.
Obviously, some of these ministry meetings may change, depending on the guidelines in effect on that particular date. Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule meetings.
August 16 First Baptist Church, Newaygo, MI
August 17 Online church consultation
August 18 Morning pastoral consultation
August 19 Online cohort meeting
August 19 “For Your Strengthening” online pastors meeting
August 20 Afternoon pastoral consultation
August 22-23 First Baptist Church, North Adams, MI, speaking and revitalization consultation
August 26 Online church consultation
August 30 Grace Hispanic Bible Baptist Church, Grant, MI anniversary service
September 11 LEAD ministry board meeting, Jenison, MI
September 13 Special ministry service
September 14 Online cohort meeting
September 19 Orangeville Baptist Church, Plainwell, MI, Bowman retirement celebration
September 20 First Baptist Church, North Adams, MI, speaking and revitalization consultation
September 22 MARBC Council of 16 meeting, Mount Pleasant, MI
October 4 Orangeville Baptist Church, Orangeville, MI
October 11 UP church connections
October 13 MARBC Annual Conference, UP regional gathering, Calvary Baptist Church, Negaunee, MI
October 18 Emmanuel Baptist Church, Flint
October 19 MARBC Annual Conference, east Michigan regional gathering, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Flint, MI
October 20 MARBC Annual Conference, west Michigan regional gathering, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont, MI
October 21 Revitalization meeting, First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs, MI
October 25 Standale Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI Missions conference
October 27-28 Ministry consultation
November 15 First Baptist Church, North Adams, MI, speaking and revitalization consultation
November 16-17 GARBC Council of 18 meetings, Arlington Heights, IL
January 10 First Baptist Church, North Adams, MI, speaking and revitalization consultation
We are grateful for your prayer support as Ken and Sharon travel and minister.