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Mount Baker Baptist Association Newsletter

March, 2020

From DOM John Hobson

In the last couple of weeks life has become more difficult for all of us. As the news media hyped the first cases of the Coronavirus in our state it became difficult to stay calm and peaceful. Fear filled the airwaves. Yes, we do need to take the spread of this virus seriously, however as believers and followers of Jesus Christ we are to live in peace.

Philippians 4:4-7 tells that since our names are written in the Book of Life we should rejoice, be gentle, not be anxious, but pray, sharing our requests with thanksgiving to God.  The result is this: “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” The scriptures tell us we are people of love, peace and a sound mind. Therefore, peace drives out all fear. With God’s help we are reminded that He is in control and this world is not our home. We have nothing to fear!

Sunday was a reminder of this as LaJuan and I attended Hamilton First Baptist Church. We were there to hear the message from IMB Missionary and Pastor, Jim Graham. The Lord willing, Jim will be bringing our MBBA Annual meeting message on Saturday, October 17that Hamilton. The service opened with music, a wedding and baptism. The couple being married and baptized was Robert & Lisa Bruneau (this is shared with their permission). As new believers it was their desire to honor God by being married before they were baptized. The uniqueness of this service was the wedding was preformed in the baptistery. Their vows were followed by their baptisms. The service continued with singing and a time of prayer where it was shared that a young man received Christ as his Savior in his Sunday School class. The icing on the cake was a very encouraging message from Jim Graham on what God is doing in East Asia and Canada. We all praised God as this joyous service closed.

This service was reminder that we have nothing to fear even while facing the COVID-19. God is in control. We are in His hand. God’s will is being accomplished. When we leave this world, we will be with our Lord and Savior. We have been given a great opportunity to share the peace that only God can give.

Therefore, while practicing proper procedures for stopping the spread of this virus, be alert for those who need our message of hope, love and peace.

 

Director of Missions Search Committee

As you may know, DOM John Hobson announced his retirement as of June 30, 2020, with a possibility of remaining until a new DOM is selected or December 31, 2020, whichever comes first.  LaJuan will be leaving as Administrative Assistant at the same time.

The DOM Search was chosen.  The members are Pastor Ron Edwards, Hamilton First Baptist Church, Chairman; Pastor Wes Smith, Mountain View Baptist Church, Darrington; Pastor Mahlon Hull, Trinity Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, and ex-officio member, Pastor John Batts, First Baptist Church of Clearlake.

If you have any input for the committee, please contact one of the members.

 

Upcoming Events

In our Association:

 

April 3(5:30–9 PM)-4 (9am-noon)—The Marriage of Your Dreams with Dr. Paul Tripp Restoration Church, 788 Smith Road, Camano Island, WA invites you to this conference. Friday includes dinner, Saturday includes coffee and snacks Cost: $25 per person Register at http://restorationchurchcamano.com/index.php/upcoming-events/marriage-conference

 

April 20—Semi-Annual Meeting, Valley Baptist Church, 7 PM; Guest Speaker:  Michael Duncan, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Ocean Shores, WA (former pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church, Darrington)

 

May 16 – Vacation Bible School Clinic, Hamilton First Baptist Church, 10 am – Noon

 

August 9-14—MBBA Mission Trip to Westlynn Baptist Church Sports Camp. 

For more information on any of these events contact the MBBA office or call John Hobson (360-630-1199)

 

In the Northwest Baptist Convention:

 

52 and One Training Event for Children and Preschool workers March 14, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Lakewood,5400 112th St SW, Lakewood, WA 08499

For information see www.nwbaptist.org

 

East Asia One Day Meeting- hear from IMB personnel and learn how your church can partner to reach East Asia for Christ.  Friday, April 3, 2020, at First Baptist Church of Lakewood (See address above)

For more information contact David Gass or register at https://www.nwbaptist.org/event/east-asia-one-day-lakewood-wa

 

Northwest Women’s Summit April 17-18 at Lake Bible Church, Lake Oswego, OR

For information see www.nwbaptist.org

 

NWBC Student Conference (formerly the Youth Convention)—“Momentum” April 24- 5pm-April 25-3 pm  at Pathway Church, 3848 NE Division Street, Gresham, OR 97030. 

Speaker: Nick Person, Worship led by The Common Place. Cost: $50 if you pre-register by April 3rd.  Find the registration and information at nwbaptist.org/event/student-conference-momentum/

 

NWBC Japan Mission Trip 2020 Olympics

July 22-Aug. 3rd –Opening Ceremonies and evangelistic opportunities—3 more openings

Cost: $3500 If you are interested, please contact dgass@nwbaptist.org or call 253-802-2099 ASAP !!

 

Mount Baker Baptist Association Contact Information:

Office: 360-856-6500 email:mtbakerba@frontier.com

DOM John Hobson: 360-630-1199 email: johnrhobson@gmail.com