BELMONT, West Cannon Baptist Church (Pastor Doug Crawford) – Sunday, November 19 was a day of celebration for West Cannon Baptist Church and Reverend Mark Cizauskas. West Cannon ordained Pastor Mark Sunday evening. Mark began attending West Cannon when he was two years old with his family, so I guess we could pretty much say West Cannon has been a big influence in his life!
After his high school graduation he attended Baptist Bible College at Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He met his wife Marsha there and they were married in 1996. Mark graduated in 1998 and joined the staff at West Cannon that same year. Mark is currently working on his M.A. degree at the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary along with raising his four children. He works closely with Pastor Doug Crawford, assisting him in his administrative duties, oversees our staff, and plans each worship service.
FLINT, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Pastor Harold Constant – Held a 24 Hour Prayer Marathon on December 2-3. Pastor Harold Constant reports: “After hearing the presentation on prayer by our new state representative at the MARBC Conference, we started making plans for a prayer marathon in our church. We promoted the event for about 3-4 weeks prior to the weekend event. People were scheduled for 20 minute segments of prayer. We made a special effort to include the teens, who met together at 4:00 AM. We were able to maintain a continuous chain throughout the 24 hours. Prayer requests were passed out to people as they arrived, and we also had the requests displayed on a continuous power point loop. We started at 9:00 AM on Saturday and concluded at 9:00 AM on Sunday. The pastor’s morning and evening messages were both on prayer. The Sunday evening service included a time for testimonies related to the prayer marathon. Many shared that they rediscovered the meaning and value of prayer. Some families prayed together for the first time ever. Everybody found true value in uniting together as a church family around prayer. The response was unanimous: ‘When are we going to do this again!'”
GRAND RAPIDS, North Park Baptist Church – Celebrated a ground breaking service on their new property on November 19. The first phase development of the 10+ acres includes excavation, utilities, driveways and parking, a pavilion, and a green space of 7+ acres for activities and outreach events. The $630,000 project is completely funded. Former Senior Pastor and current MARBC State Representative Ken Floyd gave a brief summary of the project and led in a dedicatory prayer. The groundbreaking ceremony included men from the deacon ministry in the 1970’s who led the church in purchasing the property and three recent high school graduates who represent the future ministry of the church. Future development phases will include the construction of new facilities.
GRAND RAPIDS, Trinity Baptist Church (Brent Boomsma) – welcomed their new senior pastor, Brent Boomsma and his wife, Ami, and their three children – Tyler, Madison, and Titus, on Sunday, November 5. A special fellowship meal was held in their honor following the morning worship service. We praise God for His guidance of the Boomsmas to Trinity.
HESPERIA, Hesperia Baptist Church (Pastor Tom Mackay) – is praising God for 206 in attendance at their evangelistic Friends and Family Day. Four people made salvation decisions for Christ!
ORANGEVILLE, Orangeville Baptist Church (Pastor Dan Bowman) – held a Live Nativity on Saturday, December 2. The twenty minute outdoor presentation featured the story of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection. The church will hold its annual Missionary Stewardship Conference on January 10-14 with Dr. Dan Gelatt and other visiting missionaries. The church gives praise to God for Orangeville members Rory and Kristy Moore who are beginning their pre-field ministry and heading to Togo as ABWE missionaries.
ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
Grand Rapids Area Regular Baptist Churches
CHURCH MINISTRIES CONFERENCE
March 9-10, 2007
“Equipping God’s People for Ministry”
3 Plenary Sessions featuring Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Pastor of Moody Church, Chicago
3 Dr. Erwin Lutzer, conference speaker
75 Workshops, Many Resource Tables
Held at Calvary Baptist Church, Grand Rapids
$10.00 Friday night only
$20.00 Conference Fee includes Sat. Lunch
$25.00 at the Door
Pre-registration Postmark Deadline: Feb. 26, 2007
MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN HOME, Grand Rapids, Announces New Facilities and New Name
By Rachel Bruursema (MCH/BHE). Michigan Christian Home is a hidden jewel, rich in history and reputation. We have established ourselves as a highly respected provider of elder care services in Grand Rapids. Our residents have been drawn to us for the high quality of service and care that we have provided for the past 47 years.
Today we are poised for another significant time of growth, change, and recommitment to our mission and vision. We are now more capable of responding to those needs as we have purchased the property where the Metro Health Hospital currently sits and are expanding our community, doubling our existing campus.
In compliment to this new expansive campus we have changed our name to “Beacon Hill at Eastgate”. In making the announcement, MCH President, Jeff Huegli said “The new name is intended to capture the mission focus that has defined our organization since its founding, while giving us the opportunity to re-introduce ourselves to the community. We believe that our location here in the Eastgate neighborhood is a significant advantage, and so felt it only appropriate to highlight that in the name.”
Beacon Hill at Eastgate is being designed with our residents in mind. The campus will include a community center with four dining venues including private dining room and casual bistro settings, a large community space and chapel, a health club and spa including a lap pool, whirlpool, workout areas and salon, a Bookstore/library and corner store, a living room area, art gallery, and woodshop. It truly is a progressive, enriching, warm and historic community.
Beacon Hill at Eastgate is scheduled to open the new campus in the fall of 2009. Those interested in exploring the opportunity to make Beacon Hill at Eastgate home, can call a representative to receive an application. Please call (616) 855-1881 and we will send you some additional information. Progress can also be followed as our website develops: www.beaconhillgr.org.
“PURE FREEDOM” Retreat, January 26-28: is sponsored by North Park Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, and will be held at Camp Michawana in Hastings. The retreat is for young ladies in grades 9-12 and emphasizes the spiritual dynamics of purity. The cost of the retreat is $115 (if registered by January 12) or $125 (if registered after January 12.) For more information and brochures, contact the church at 616.364.9532, or email Wendy Daniels.
MARBC Messenger: The Messenger is a regular communication from the MARBC to our pastors and churches. With the transition of state representatives, we want to ensure that our email records are up-to-date. Several MARBC Messengers were sent in the month of December from the new MARBC office. If you have not received emails from the MARBC office recently, be sure to email Ken or Sharon. Thank you!
MARBC Events to Place on Your 2007 Calendar
See the MARBC Events page