Mt Baker Baptist Assoc.
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Monthly Newsletter

Mount Baker Baptist Association Newsletter

May, 2019

From DOM John Hobson

Ask any question in a children’s Bible Study class and if the children don’t know the answer, the stock answer is always, “Jesus”. That is not always the right answer (depending on the question) but it is a good “church” answer.

However, Jesus is the answer to the big questions’ humanity is asking today. Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? Why am I made the way I am? We have all been created by God and have been purchased back through the gift of life by the blood of Jesus!

God didn’t make any mistakes. We are the way we are because God made us perfect and we chose sin. Our rebellion against God is a barrier that keeps us from becoming what God created us to be. Romans 8:28 tells us, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” By answering God’s call, our life takes on the purpose we were created to fulfill.

Our existence, purpose and make-up are all part of God’s marvelous plan. When we place our faith and trust in Jesus, the door is opened for us to have meaning and purpose in life. So much of what exists in our world today is the product of people refusing to put their faith and trust in the Word of God.

As followers of Jesus we have this promise found in Philippians 1:6, “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Genesis 1:27 tells us, “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God: He created them male and female.” Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” God made us with a plan, we tried our own plan, but in His grace, God will still use us.

We have what people are looking for today: love, acceptance, purpose. The answer is not rejecting how we are created. The answer is embracing our Creator by repenting of our sin and receiving His Son who bought us back so we can be who we are created to be.


MBBA Semi-Annual Meeting

The Mount Baker Baptist Association Semi-Annual Meeting was held April 29, 2019 at Valley Baptist Church, Sedro Woolley.

It was a time for business and worship.  Pastor Ed Feller (Emmanuel, Marysville) and Troy Vanderschel from Oak Harbor Southern Baptist Church) led in worship music and Pastor Wes Smith (Mountain View, Darrington) brought the message.

In business session, reports were given, Pastor John Batts (First Baptist Church of Clearlake) was elected Moderator and Pastor Wes Smith was elected Vice-Moderator for the term starting Nov. 1st

Information about the VBS Clinic, the summer mission trip and other opportunities for involvement were presented.

It was followed by a fellowship time provided by Valley Baptist Church. 

Thank you to everyone who helped with this meeting.


Vacation Bible School Clinic

Hamilton Baptist Church

May 18, 2019, 10 AM

Here is a note from our associational VBS Director Shawnie Short: I am so excited for

VBS!  I am looking forward to the training!! If you are using the Lifeway material “Into the Wild”, please join us to see decorations, crafts, mission ideas, and Bible overview.  Let’s share ideas and get excited together!!  Everyone will receive goody bags!  There will be a prize for church that brings the most people.  I will be giving away other prizes too!!

It will be 10 AM – Noon with lunch provided.



June 14th at 6:30 PM we need to prepare for the Block Party Trailer to be inspected for us by the state.  We cannot use this trailer this summer if we do not have certifications from the state as to its safety.  Before it can be inspected, it must be cleaned and mended. 

Calvary Baptist Church has again been gracious in allowing us to set up the inflatables in their multipurpose area so that it can be inspected even if it rains.  It will be inspected Saturday morning.

So many churches are blessed to be able to use the trailer; will you please provide teenagers and adults to help with the cleaning? Setting up the inflatables and cleaning them is not an easy task, it takes several people on each inflatable. Please let us know how many can come from your church to help. 

Also, if your church has not reserved the trailer, please do so as soon as possible.  These churches have already reserved the trailer:

June 22-27:  Hamilton Baptist Church

July 12:  Valley Baptist Church, Sedro Woolley         

July 15-19: First Baptist Church of Clearlake

July 26:  Oak Harbor Southern Baptist Church

August 17:  First Baptist Church of Clearlake

August 23-25:  Living Word Bible Church, Bellingham

September 25-25: Calvary Baptist,  Burlington


Mission Trip: Sports Camp at Westlynn Baptist Church, North Vancouver British Columbia

Once again we have been asked to help with the sports camp at Westlynn Baptist Church August 11-16, 2019.

We would like to put together a team to help them reach children with the news of Jesus Christ while also learning sports skills.

If you like sports and/or working with children, they will need sports leaders and assistants, group leaders to walk with the children to the various venues, Bible study leaders and support staff (nurse, kitchen staff, etc.) 

In order to be on the team, you must be 14 years or older.  You will stay at the church so you must provide your own bedding.  There will be a small cost to provide for the meals while there.  The only other costs would be for other activities when the camp is not in session.

 We will leave Sunday morning, August 11th and return late Friday night August 16th, following their parents’ night.

You must have a passport or identification that will get you through the border crossing.  Juveniles must also have a permission letter and medical permission from the parents.


If you are interested in going on this mission trip, please contact Team Leader Brent Frisbee at