The MARBC continues to seek the assistance of sister churches to participate in the CPR flood relief effort led by Calvary Baptist Church in Midland. This relief will include both financial and physical assistance. Calvary Baptist Church is serving as the point ministry in directing that assistance.
Mark Dickerson, Community Outreach and Family Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, is serving as the liaison for coordinating groups seeking to assist the church in the relief efforts. He shares this update:
“The past week has been a whirlwind of activity and a roller coaster of emotion for our church and community in Midland. Nearly 30 homes of church members and attenders have had significant damage due to the flooding last week. Damages range from sewage flooding in basements to entire homes being labeled as a total loss.
The power of the water was amazing as we have seen homes removed from their foundations, trees uprooted, cars carried down river, and entire areas where the topography has dramatically changed in a matter of minutes. However, God’s power has already shown itself to be stronger!
In just a week’s time, individuals, churches, and organizations mobilized to offer help. Food, cleaning supplies, diapers, clothing, toiletries, fans, dehumidifiers, finances, and manpower converged on Midland in a miraculous way. God has orchestrated people and provisions to come alongside those who were struggling, hurting, and broken. God has allowed the gospel and the testimony of His people to shine brightly in the darkness. It is exciting to know that people have found peace, hope and love as they have trusted Jesus as their Savior during this difficult time.
We are so thankful for other churches and organizations who have prayed for us, helped financially, and sent work teams. So far, over twenty different churches have already partnered with us to meet these needs and live out the gospel. Praise the Lord! We continue to pray for spiritual life and growth, provision of needs, and wisdom as the recovery process continues and the rebuilding phase begins.”
Please contact Mark to learn how you may provide physical assistance. You may reach him by phone, 989-859-9843, or click the link below to email him.
Give to the Midland Flood Relief ministry
Thank you for the gifts that have already been given to the Flood Relief. Much more is needed and your prayerful consideration of this is greatly appreciated.
You may use one of the following two 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.”
Attorney Tim Denney, a deacon of First Baptist Church in Lapeer, has updated the excellent letter that was posted to churches in Michigan as they prepare to re-open. He has amended his article and recommendations based upon the recent rulings by the State of Michigan and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tim is a member of the Christian Legal Society and chairperson of the Religious Liberty Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (this article is his own professional opinion, not a position of the Section).
Attorney Denney’s first article ends with a very helpful review of Safety and Social Distancing Considerations for churches as they reopen. Therefore, we will continue to post this letter even though the information in the main body of the letter has changed and is updated in the second letter.
We thank Tim for sharing this with us and our churches. You will benefit from reading the article which can be accessed below.
The MARBC continues to review several resources available to pastors and church leaders to assist them as they prayerfully consider important procedures necessary for regathering in church facilities. Here are several links to help assist you in these matters. Do not hesitate to contact the MARBC office for further recommended resources and practical assistance.
Social Distancing Space Calculator Tool
Here is a helpful tool that can be used for calculating the spacing of tables and seatings for the purpose of proper social distancing.
COVID-19 Congregational Survey for Reengagement
LifeWay Research has developed and made available a free survey church leaders can send to everyone in their congregation.
The questionnaire asks about expectations of when to begin worship services, comfort level in attending large and small groups, precautions that should be made for the entire church and specific ministry areas, and more.
Church leaders won’t be able to please everyone when making decisions around gathering physically again.
But having congregational feedback can help leaders avoid causing undue stress on their people or making radical changes that most find unnecessary.
The survey is downloadable in .docx format so that it can be adapted to the context of the local church’s ministry.
The National Center for Life and Liberty has produced some helpful, downloadable materials pertaining to precautions and procedures as church begin to reopen their facilities.
America is moving closer to reopening. This welcome news comes with a dose of reality: we still need to be on our guard to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible. Churches across America will need to do a number of things as we transition to getting back to corporate worship. First, continue to meet the needs of our communities. Second, protect our vulnerable populations from the virus. Third, do our best to honor the directives of government authorities.
The Malphurs Group has released a ten-point summary of suggestions as churches prepare to reopen their facilities.
On April 24th, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-59, extending the stay at home order from April 9th, 2020 to May 15th, 2020. While the vast majority of the Executive Order doesn’t include changes that would directly impact churches and related-ministries, we certainly welcome your review to the full order (Executive Order 2020-59). To equip your partnered ministries to become guide points for their families, members, and community, we’ve included a link to Michigan’s Coronavirus Test Finder, which can direct community members to the nearest officially designated testing sites for the coronavirus.
Risk Management Resources for Safe Churches
Practical Links to Increase Ministry Effectiveness
As for now, our team is preparing additional information regarding the best practices and guidelines for ministries to consider when opening their doors back up for services. We plan to have these updates prior to the last date of the order (May 15, 2020) and will ensure that you receive these updates after they are sent out.
In the meantime, if you would like clarification on anything or additional assistance regarding the content of this email or COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime!
The delayed memorial service for Pastor Charles Reed, planned for July 11th at 2pm, has been adjusted to address the Corona-virus situation. The location has been changed to a large tent on the camp ground attached to the Lakefield Baptist Church, 24230 County Road 98, McMillan MI 49853, approximately 15 miles west of Newberry.
Following the service, fellowship and a very light snack will be offered, the location, either inside or or outside around the church’s fellowship hall, to be based on individual preference and weather. The family encourages patronage of local restaurants during the supper hour.
Pastor Charles “PR” Reed, 84, was welcomed into the presence of His Savior on Christmas Day, in Leesburg, Florida. During his 61 years of ministry, PR and Ruthie served in Michigan churches in Wyoming, Cambria, Grand Rapids, Newberry (twice), Dollar Bay, Marquette, McMillan, and Sault Sainte Marie; and in Toledo, Ohio and St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a frequent speaker at numerous Bible Camps, summer Bible Conferences and countless pulpit supplies. In semi-retirement, he developed large annual ministries to youth, evangelists and pastors in Cuba.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ruth; four children, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren; siblings Howard (Shirley) Reed, Irene Kalnbach, Eleanor (Jay) Walsh, Maxine (Fred) Carlson and Harold Reed; brother-in-law Allen Teed.
Questions regarding the memorial service may be addressed to Tim Reed, 602.617.2135