Pictures and videos continue to show the widespread flooding and subsequent devastation in the region that includes the city of Midland. MARBC sister church, Calvary Baptist Church in Midland is in the center of the flood zone.
The MARBC is seeking the assistance of sister churches to participate in a CPR relief effort. This relief will include both financial and physical assistance. Calvary Baptist Church will serve as the point ministry in directing that assistance. Pastors Dan and Mark Dickerson express their appreciation to the churches of our association for their prayerful support.
Dan Dickerson, Senior Pastor, shares, “The water came really close to our church and schools. Clean up crews or individuals to help with clean out of flooded basements for members of Calvary and the community would be a huge blessing.”
Here is a list of current needs:
* Clean out crews
* Bottles of water
* Financial donations to purchase food and support supplies for families; for repair, and constructions
* Sanitization materials and equipment
* Reconstruction crews / skilled labor (eventually)
Mark Dickerson, Community Outreach and Family Pastor, is serving as the liaison for coordinating groups seeking to assist the church in the relief efforts.
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
Checks may also be sent to the MARBC with the designation, “Midland Flood Ministry.”
Calvary Baptist Church encourages us to consider these specific prayer requests:
- Sanford dam to maintain its existing integrity (whatever integrity still remains). It is still holding back a lot of water.
- Praise for no fatalities!
- Safety with electricity and potential gas leaks as people return to flooded homes.
- Health with raw sewage entering homes through flood water.
- Health from Covid 19 as people work closely together to clean up.
- Wisdom to compassionately share the love of Jesus through the gospel to our community
- Wisdom to organize relief efforts for our community
- Encouragement and hope for those who have lost so much
Attorney Tim Denney, a deacon of First Baptist Church in Lapeer, has written an excellent letter to churches in Michigan as they prepare to re-open. 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).
His thoughtful article ends with a very helpful review of Safety and Social Distancing Considerations for churches as they reopen. We thank Tim for sharing this with us and our churches. You will benefit from reading the article which can be accessed below.
CMARBC (Central Region) Online Meeting, scheduled this Wednesday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.
The CMARBC (Central Region) will hold an online Leadership Forum to share how churches are navigating the current cultural challenges. Derreck Jewell will serve as the Zoom host. Zoom information is below.
Topic: CMA Leadership Forum
Time: May 27, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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2020 MARBC Annual Conference, October 12-14
SPECIAL UPDATE: Due to the impact and continuing ramifications of the Coronavirus pandemic, Lake Ann Camp has cancelled summer and fall camps and retreats. Therefore, the MARBC Conference will be held at an MARBC church. More details will be shared regarding the revised format once the plans are finalized. Please pray for our MARBC Camps, Lake Ann, Lincoln Lake, and The Springs, along with several other wonderful Bible camps in our state as they seek godly wisdom in making adjustments to their schedules and ministry. Conference and registration information will be available on the website and in the Messenger this summer.
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.
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!