“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love,and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 1:3
The roots of the Retired Ministers and Missionary Offering (RMMO) go back to the mid-1930’s, when American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses within their churches. In 1977 American Baptist Churches USA launched the RMMO to continue this appreciation of God’s service. Click for more.
On October 19, 2014, First Baptist Church of Detroit (located in Southfield) celebrated 187 years of existence and the installation of its new young minister, Reverend Theodore Turman. Adding to the significance of these celebrations, is the fact that First Baptist of Detroit is considered the "Mother" church of Second Baptist Church of Detroit, led by Reverend Kevin Turman, father of Reverend Theodore Turman.
First Baptist Church of Detroit, initially located at Fort and Griswold in Detroit, was founded in October 20, 1827 by Henry Davis and a small group of Baptists. The church's first baptismal candidate was immersed in the Detroit River that same year. Over the ensuing years the church changed its location several times before settling in Southfield in 1958 where it built two facilities, Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary. The first worship service was held in the Sanctuary Building on June 11, 1967, nearly 140 years after the church was first organized.
Over the years, First Baptist Church of Detroit came to enjoy a rare environment among churches - a multi-cultural, multi-racial congregation. With a rich history of ministry in missions and music, First Baptist began with a Chancel Choir before adding a Bell Choir and subsequently, a Gospel Choir. First Baptist of Detroit supports missionaries all over the world, including Nicaragua, West Africa and Hong Kong and played a significant role in building an HIV and Indigent Care Ward in a hospital in Vanga, Africa.
Pastor Mark Montei was formally installed at Essexville Baptist Community Church on Sunday, October 26, 2014. At morning worship Montei preached on "The Faithfulness of God." Following the service the congregation enjoyed lunch and fellowship.
The installation service was held in the afternoon, with Mrs. Mary Beth Robertson, Consultant for Transitioning Ministries of ABC-MI, and the Rev. Dr. James Kent sharing the message. Pat Smith gave the Charge to Candidate and Congregation.
Montei grew up on a small farm near Fairgrove in the Thumb. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry in 1974. He worked as a Forester/Land Manager for the Department of Natural Resources at numerous locations through-out Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula and was also involved in wild land fire suppression. As a Fire Behavior Specialist he was responsible for predicting fire growth on large project fires.
After retiring from the DNR in 2007 Montei attended Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 2012. He was ordained to the ministry in 2013. Prior to coming to Essexville last summer he served as interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Traverse City.
For more photos of the installation go to EBCC's Facebook page.
by Lynne Punnett
It really could be you. It could be you helping to build a widow's home in Haiti. It could be that someone in your congregation has expressed an interest in a mission trip. If so, Haiti, March 2015, is the perfect opportunity for a short-term mission experience. For some, this is an early step in their discernment process as they seek to understand God's calling them to work in missions.
[At left: members of July 2014 team who conducted VBS in Cap-Haiten]
The 2015 team of 12-14 individuals will again be made up of 1 or 2 from any of our Michigan churches. As of 10/31/14, there are still at least six openings.
This year we are partnering with First Baptist Church of Cadillac who previously joined four other churches in the U.S. to raise funds and send laborers to construct a three-story widow's home in Cap-Haitien. This is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Cap-Haitien in North Haiti, where Rev. Dr. Joseph Voltaire is the Senior Pastor of Haiti's largest Baptist church (4,000 members.)
The trip will be 8 days, Monday through Monday, departing March 2 and returning March 9. The cost per person is $950 (not $1,000 as previously estimated.) A $500 deposit is due December 31, 2014 with the balance of $450 due no later than January 31, 2015. The cost of a passport and vaccines/immunizations is not included. Attendance is required at a team meeting to be held in January. To sign up or learn more, contact your Region Mission Consultant Lynne Punnett at email@example.com call Lynne 734.834.3886.