World Mission Conference

A great event will be held at the American Baptist Assembly/Green Lake Conference Center in July; it’s the World Mission Conference!  The dates are Wednesday, July 4th, through Saturday, July 7th.

A complete schedule of the conference is posted on the Mission Bulletin Board in the entryway.  Here are a few things people planning to go for just a day or so might be interested in:

Bible study will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  The Bible study leader will be the Hastings’ friend Rev. Dr. Hikmat Kashouh, who teaches at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, and pastors Resurrection Church Beirut, which is one of the fastest-growing churches in the Middle East and has ministries to refugees, migrant workers and at-risk children.

Exhibit space will be open from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday.

The evening programs will begin at 6:45 PM Wednesday through Saturday.

Plan to spend some quality time at Green Lake enjoying the beauty of the grounds and meeting some missionaries.  The missionaries (also called global servants) who will be in attendance are:

Current Missionaries:

  • Melanie Baggao – Lebanon
  • Barbara and Dwight Bolick – Chile
  • Dan Chetti – Lebanon
  • Kristy Engel – Global Consultant
  • Ruth Fox – Thailand
  • Anita and Rick Gutierrez – South Africa
  • Sarah McCurdy – Costa Rica
  • Marlene Po – SE Asia and Japan
  • Paul Rollet – Philippines
  • Stan Slade – Global Consultant
  • Corenne and Phil Smith – Brazil
  • Becky and Larry Stanton – Hungary
  • Jeanine and Walt White – Global Consultants

Endorsed Missionaries:

  • Alise and Mark Juanes – Thailand
  • Sarah Nash –  Bolivia
  • Aaron and Valerie Osterbrock – Malaysia
  • Brian and Lynette Smith – Haiti
  • Jae Stockton – Mexico

For more information, visit https://www.internationalministries.org/world-mission-conference/.

Please include the World Mission Conference in your prayers; thank you!

Caroline Overzet

Memorial Weekend Retreat at Camp Tamarack

Join us Saturday, May 26th, and Sunday, May 27th, for a church weekend retreat at Camp Tamarack!  Stay overnight at Camp Tamarack or carpool to worship on Sunday morning.

Retreat Schedule

Saturday

  • Arrive at Camp Tamarack anytime after 8:00 AM
  • Activities: Hiking, kayaking, relaxing, labyrinth, camp tour, night sky tour by Pastor Brian (weather permitting)
  • BYO bag lunch or eat in Waupaca
  • Cookout for dinner (hot dogs and burgers provided; sign up on the bulletin board to bring something to share)

Sunday

  • Potluck breakfast
  • Carpool to Tamarack leaving from MBC at 10:00 AM
  • Worship Service at Tamarack Lodge at 11:30 AM
  • Potluck lunch after worship
  • Enjoy camp on Sunday afternoon

Cost

  • Basile Center (linens provided): $89 for 1-2 people, $119 for 3 people, $149 for 4 people
  • Tamarack Lodge lower level (BYO linens): $25/person

To make reservations for overnight, sign up on the bulletin board and make your check to Memorial Baptist Church by May 17th.  Write your room number (if applicable) on the memo line of your check.

We need people who are willing to drive people to and from camp on Sunday morning; sign up on the bulletin board.

April Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

For the latest sermons, visit our podcast page.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service – 6:30 PM Thursday, March 29th, at church.  On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples the night before He was crucified.  You can read about the events of Maundy Thursday in Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:1-62 and John 13:1-18:27.

Community Good Friday Service – Noon Friday, March 30th, at Memorial Baptist.  On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ crucifixion.  You can read about the events of Good Friday in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 22:66-23:56 and John 18:29-19:24.

Easter Potluck Breakfast – 9:00 AM Sunday, April 1st.  Sign up on the bulletin board to bring something to share.  On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus‘ resurrection.  You can read about the events of Easter in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20.

Worship – 10:00 AM every Sunday in the sanctuary.  On April 1st, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center, which provides shelter, mentoring and other resources to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy.

Election Day – Tuesday, April 3rd.  We encourage you to cast your vote in this spring election.  Often these local and state elections get overlooked, with low voter turnout, yet they are very important.  To find out what is on your ballot, go to www.myvote.wi.gov.

Hannah Circle – 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 4th, at church.  Rose Helmer will host.

Loaves & Fishes – Wednesday, April 4th, at Church of Peace (158 South Military Road).  Sign up on the bulletin board if you would like to provide a pan of lasagna or help serve the meal.  Pans are available in the upstairs kitchen.  Fully cooked, cold lasagnas may be dropped off at Church of Peace by 4:30 PM.  Set up begins at 4:00.  We begin serving take-out at 5:00 and sit-down guests at 5:30.  Clean up begins at 6:00.

Choir Practice – 6:30 PM Wednesday, April 4th and 18th, at church.

Feed My Starving Children MobilePack – Saturday, April 7th, at the Fairgrounds Rec Center.  Take a heart from the display in the entryway if you would like to financially support the event.

Men’s Breakfast – 8:30 AM Saturday, April 7th, at church.  RSVP to Tom Bonde or Mike Turk.

Stone Soup – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM every Saturday.  Volunteers meet at the church at 11:00 for preparation, then set up in the library parking lot (or, depending on weather, a library meeting room) at noon to share a meal with anyone who is hungry, lonely, or just happens to be walking by.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway or talk to Kathy Bonde, Gabrielle Hastings or Tony Penton if you would like to volunteer.

Women and Girls Spring Tea – 1:30 PM Saturday, April 7th, at church.  Please sign up in the entryway.

Sunday School – 9:00 AM every Sunday except April 1st.  We have classes for all ages!

Kids’ Table Breakfast – 8:45 AM Sunday, April 15th, at Oasis Restaurant (339 North Main Street).  Invite a friend!

Yarnians – 9:00-11:00 AM Saturday, April 21st.  Knitters and crocheters of all ages and skill levels are invited for a morning of fellowship and food.  Bring your own project to work on or make hats, scarves and mittens for people in need.  Donated yarn is available in the fellowship hall closet.  Invite a friend!

Diaconate Soup Dinner – 6:00 PM Sunday, April 22nd, at church.  This meal is for everyone on Kathy Bonde’s shepherding list; other deacons will host meals throughout the year.

“Lamplighter” Deadline – Monday, April 23rd.  Please keep articles to 300 words or less.

Leadership Meal – 6:00 PM Wednesday, April 25th, at church.  All church officers, ministry team leaders, small group facilitators, and people leading in other ministries inside and outside the church are invited to come celebrate and collaborate around the table.  The meal will be provided; there is no need to bring anything.  We will share where we are seeing and experiencing God at work, talk about ways the church can support and encourage these ministries, and identify opportunities and challenges that we need to address together.  Please RSVP to Pastor Brian by April 18th.

Diaconate Soup Dinners

Two years ago, the Diaconate members hosted a series of soup dinners for their shepherding groups.  (Everyone in our extended church family has a Diaconate member who prays for them, checks in with them occasionally and reaches out to them in times of crisis.  If you don’t know who your Diaconate shepherd is, ask Pastor Brian or someone on the Diaconate: Kathy and Tom Bonde, Jim Helmer, Jen Koenigs, Sue Sonnentag.)  These meals were an opportunity not only for people to get to know one another and their Diaconate shepherd better, but also to talk about what we see in our faith community: opportunities, needs, challenges, ways in which God is at work.

We’re going to do something similar this year, but spread out over several months.  This month, Kathy Bonde will host a meal for the people in her shepherding group at 6:00 PM on Sunday, April 22nd.  If Kathy is your Diaconate shepherd, you will receive an invitation from her in the next few weeks.  If you have a food allergy or other dietary need, please let her know about it when she contacts you.  Other Diaconate members will host meals later in the year for people in their shepherding groups.  Everything will be provided for the meal; just bring yourselves.  We encourage everyone in our church family to pray for these gatherings as we share our thoughts and ideas, and we look forward to getting together for food and conversation!

Gabrielle Hastings

Camp Tamarack 2018 Schedule

Spring in to Camp – May 17th-20th.  Contact Carolyn (715-281-2267 or carolyn.dugan@abcofwi.org) or Kim (kim.drost@abcofwi.org or 608-566-4209) to sign up to help get camp ready for summer.

Senior High (Grades 9-12) – June 10-16; $265

Primary (Grades 1-2) – June 17-20; $160

Middler (Grades 3-4) – June 17-23; $255

Junior (Grades 5-6) – June 24-30; $265

Family/Grandparents Camp – July 1-4; $125/age 18+, $100/age 5-17, free for kids 4 and under

All-Inclusive Camp – July 1-7; $40/person/day, free for kids 4 and under

Jr. High (Grades 7-8) – July 8-14; $265

Tamarack Tales Nature Camp – Intergenerational camp including a series of hands-on workshops exploring the flora and fauna of Camp Tamarack.  July 15-18; $125/age 18+, $100/age 5-17, free for kids 4 and under

Go to www.camptamarack.org for more details.

Fall Cleanup

I want to let everyone know of our all-church cleanup coming up October 14-28.  This is a time to work around the church and accomplish those little projects that just never seem to get done.  It is also a time to help those who might have areas they are in charge of but just don’t have all the time needed to accomplish what is on their plate.  (Yes, I know I like to think I have it all together, but let’s be honest.  I have only been able to keep things in the same neighborhood.)  On Saturday the 14th, we will have the church open to all of those who can help out.  There are storage areas to be cleaned, walls to be painted, rooms to be reorganized and more.  If you cannot make it that day, we will have an ongoing list of what needs done.  As things are accomplished, we will be marking them off as nothing says, “YAY!!”, like a line through a chore.

Please let me know if there are any questions about the cleanup.  We are currently working on a list, so if you see something, let me know.

Jen Koenigs

Holy Week

Palm Sunday ‑ Sunday, April 9th.  On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem less than a week before He was crucified.  You can read about the events of Palm Sunday in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19.  We invite you to join us for worship at 10:00 AM.

Maundy Thursday ‑ Thursday, April 13th.  On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples the night before He was crucified.  You can read about the events of Maundy Thursday in Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:1-62 and John 13:1-18:27.  We invite you to join us for a service at 6:00 PM; the service will include a light meal.

Good Friday ‑ Friday, April 14th.  On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ crucifixion.  You can read about the events of Good Friday in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 22:66-23:56 and John 18:29-19:24.  We invite you to attend the Community Good Friday Service, hosted by First Presbyterian Church, at noon.

Easter ‑ Sunday, April 16th.  On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus‘ resurrection.  You can read about the events of Easter in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20.  We invite you to join us for breakfast at 9:00 AM and for worship at 10:00 AM.

Lenten Bible Study

“In the Footsteps of Jesus: Journeys to Jerusalem” ‑ In the weeks leading up to the remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, you are invited to join us in a journey through the Gospel of John from 5:00-6:00 PM every Wednesday evening during Lent.  Dinner will be provided.  See how John’s Gospel uses the major Jewish festivals as a way to reflect on Jesus’ identity, and reflect on how we are invited to move deeper into God’s continuing story and work in the world.

The Memorial Baptist Church Sanctuary will also be open from 6:00-7:30 PM for anyone to come and go as they wish, in order to provide a quiet place to pray and reflect.  All are invited to come and use the sanctuary at this time whether or not they are part of the Bible Study.  

March 8th ‑ The Word of God: John 1-2

March 15th ‑ Signs of the Messiah: John 3-4

March 22nd ‑ The Feast of Sabbath: John 5-6

March 29th ‑ The Feast of Tabernacles: John 7-9

April 5th ‑ The Feast of Dedication: John 10-11

April 12th ‑ The Feast of Passover: John 12-13

Fall Small Groups

Women’s Bible Study ‑ 1:00-3:00 PM Mondays, beginning sometime in September.  Talk to Becki Zenz if you are interested in participating.

Women’s Circles ‑ Deborah Circle meets at 12:30 PM on the first Tuesday of every month September through May.  Hannah Circle meets at 10:00 AM on the second Wednesday of every month September through May.

Men’s Breakfast ‑ 8:30 AM on the second Saturday of every month September through May.  The cost is $5 per person.

Yarn Ladies ‑ 9:00-11:00 AM on the third Saturday of every month September through May.  Bring your own project to work on or help make hats, scarves and mittens for people in need through Back to School FDL and StreetLife Community.  Donated yarn is available in the Fellowship Hall closet.  Invite a friend!

Life Transformation Groups ‑ Talk to Pastor Brian if you are interested in joining or co-facilitating a Life Transformation Group, using either The ABCs of Life Change for Every Christian or other material.

Talk to Pastor Brian if you are interested in starting a small group or Bible study!

Holy Week Events

Palm Sunday ‑ Sunday, March 20th.  On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ entry in to Jerusalem less than a week before He was crucified.  You can read about the events of Palm Sunday in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19: 28-44 and John 12:12-19.

Maundy Thursday ‑ Thursday, March 24th.  On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last meal with His disciples the night before He was crucified.  You can read about the events of Maundy Thursday in Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:1-62 and John 13:1-18:27.  We invite everyone to a Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

Good Friday ‑ Friday, March 25th.  On Good Friday, we remember Jesus‘ crucifixion.  You can read about the events of Good Friday in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 22:66-23:56 and John 18:29-19:24.  We invite everyone to join us at noon for the Community Good Friday Service, which Memorial Baptist is hosting this year.

Easter Sunday ‑ Sunday, March 27th.  On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus‘ resurrection.  You can read about the events of Easter in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20.  We invite everyone to join us before worship on Easter Sunday for a potluck breakfast at 9:00 AM in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.