A New Ministry Year

Sunday, April 3rd is the first Sunday in April, and a significant day in the life of FBC Morris. 

This represents the first Sunday of our church calendar year for fiscal and organizational structure. This new “Ministry Year” offers an opportunity to reflect on the multitude abundance of God’s evident graces and commit ourselves to seeking God’s will for the year to come. 

“This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:23

Setting a solid foundation for this upcoming year allows us to focus on God’s truth and see it come alive in our lives. Our first focus this past Sunday was in exploring how a resurrection faith produces change in our everyday life. Each and every Sunday we gather on the first day of the week to rejoice in Christ’s resurrection. Every morning we experience new mercies for the day. It is because of Christ that we have this hope. 

Our worship service centered around our receptivity to the Word of God. Beginning with ‘Speak, O Lord’ we sang of God’s glory in giving us his Word to be studied, learned, and practiced. Pastor & Ranae’s special music of “I Am Resolved” started with a reading of our church’s Purpose Statement: 


The purpose of this church shall be to accomplish the will of the Lord Jesus Christ through the uniting of Christians in fellowship faithful to the Word of God, through preaching of the whole counsel of God, for the establishment of New Testament churches both at home and abroad, and for the observance of the Ordinances. 

Pastor concluded the Parable of the Soils in looking at Mark 4:10-20 with asking a question: “What kind of soil are you?” This parable leads us to question our receptivity to the Word of God. A few moments of silent prayer concluded our study, with a time to speak with God about our relationship to him and his Word. 

Our wonderful day together concluded with gathering around the Lord’s Table. It is always a delight to celebrate our Lord’s death til he comes (1 Cor 11) especially in close proximity to Easter and knowing that we serve a risen Savior. 

Please pray with us that God will do many great and mighty things through our church this upcoming ministry year. 

Easter Sunday 2016 @ FBC Morris

 We had a wonderful Easter celebration worshipping our risen Savior! 

To start out our Sunday School opening, Jerry Gustafson read the Gospel’s accounts of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection morning’s empty tomb. For Sunday School we worked through a handful of Scripture passages that point us to living our life like Christ. What a wonder that God gave us an example in the person of Christ to give us hope that we can face the struggles of this life. 

The Easter Service began with Allen Gustafson reading 1 Peter 2:21-24 reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, and the congregation boldly exclaiming ‘The Power of the Cross.’  The joyous singing continued with ‘He Lives’ and a hymn of adoration praising the name of Jesus with ‘Blessed Be the Name.’ A song of response “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story” expressed our desire to continue in proclaiming the glories of Calvary. 

Before the Special Music, Pastor read Peter’s testimony of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection from Acts 10:34-43 how “They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day.” The full choir sang a beautiful piece entitled “Mercy Tree” reflecting on the cross and lifting their voices to proclaim “He’s alive and risen indeed, oh, praise Him for the mercy tree!” 

The Scripture Reading came from Philippians 2:5-11 as Erik Giese read the passage we’ve been memorizing as a church leading us into Easter (Fighter Verse weeks 10, 11 & 12). It has been a delight to dwell on our Savior’s humility and sacrifice and understand how we can exalt the ‘name that is above every name.’ 

Pastor Tanis offered a question for all in attendance to consider in asking “Have you found what you’re looking for?” From Philippians 2:5-11, we see particular responses to Christ’s life. Those that heed Phil 2:5 and have the same mind of Christ, or those who respond in pride over humility. The second response from this passage offers a decision to make in self-giving over self-love in living out a true resurrection faith (Gal. 2:20). The final response we all will make to Christ’s life is to bow in worship and praise his holy name. And we are certain that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Phil. 2:10-11. 



How is Jesus currently being exalted in my personal life? 

What am I doing to ensure that my family is exalting the Lord Jesus? 

How is our church seeking to exalt Jesus and point others to Him? 

When am I the most prone to take credit for something? 

How can I naturally deflect the praise to God?


Praise God for his wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, and glorious defeat of death in rising from the grave. We serve a risen Savior!!


First Baptist Church Celebrates 60th Anniversary

The congregation and guests of First Baptist Church gathered to celebrate the church's 60th Anniversary with special services on Sunday, April 26, 2015. 

The congregation and guests of First Baptist Church gathered to celebrate the church's 60th Anniversary with special services on Sunday, April 26, 2015. 

    On Sunday, April 26, 2015, First Baptist Church of Morris celebrated its 60th Anniversary with special services to recount God’s faithfulness through the years. One hundred and sixteen people, including three former pastors, joined in the celebration representing six decades of the church’s existence. 

    The 60th Anniversary Celebration began with a Memories Slideshow and Testimonies. Beverly Bartell of Cyrus and Marge Wheeler of Morris shared highlights from their over 50 years as members of First Baptist Church. Several others joined in recalling the earliest days when the church met in the La Grand Hotel before purchasing a home at 601 Lyndale Avenue. Former UM-Morris Professor, Dr. Bill Tomhave, Joyce Werth, Allen Gustafson, Dennis & Karen Osborne, and Marilyn Bober were among others who gave testimony of the influence of the church on their lives and families. 

    The church choir opened the Morning Worship Service with an Anita Cox arrangement of “Be Strong in the Lord” and a reading of First Baptist Church’s History by current pastor, Micah Tanis. One of the highlights of the day was hearing from three former pastors, Ray Pratt, Curly Werth, and Mike Forsberg. 

    Pastor Ray Pratt, shepherded First Baptist Church (1965-1967) before becoming a professor at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Owatonna, MN) and Baptist Bible College (PA). Pastor Pratt brought a challenge from Paul's greetings to the church in Corinth & Ephesus, reminding the congregation that God gives grace, goodness, and guidance. It was a particular blessing to hear Pastor Pratt draw out numerous connections of former pastors and church members who are continuing in gospel ministry around the world. 

    Pastor Curly Werth served as Pastor (1971-1990) and oversaw the building of the current auditorium and launched the Morris Baptist Academy in 1978. Pastor Werth encouraged the church to say with Abraham's servant, "I being in the way, the LORD led me” (Genesis 24:27).

    Pastor Mike Forsberg came to Morris in 1995, serving for two years as pastor, and baptizing many of the current members at a church family lakeside property. Pastor Forsberg encouraged the church from Psalm 119:89-96 in that "God's faithfulness continues through all generations.” 

    Following the morning service, an all-church picture was taken in front of the building and the congregation and guests enjoyed a lasagna fellowship dinner. 

    The afternoon service began with “The Little Brown Church” sung by the choir and closed with Pastor Micah Tanis charging the congregation to continue faithfully serving the community through living like Christ.

    The 60th Anniversary Celebration also included an All-Class Reunion of the Morris Baptist Academy on Saturday, April 25th. Morris Baptist Academy was a ministry of the church from 1978 through 1997, offering classes from Kindergarten through High School. Over one hundred and twenty friends, alumni, and teachers of MBA enjoyed the fellowship and memories.  

    Special thanks to the Stevens County Historical Society for assistance in locating articles relative to the church's history. Pictures from the MBA All-Class Reunion and FBC’s 60th Anniversary are available on the church’s website at www.morrisfbc.org

Gospel Conference with the Frazor Evangelistic Team

First Baptist Church is thrilled to welcome Evangelist Jeremy Frazor, his family and Evangelistic Team to Morris, Minnesota for our 2015 Gospel Conference. 

Our week of meetings will focus on The Gospel for Real Life: A Gospel-Centered Conference Featuring Bible Preaching, Teaching, and Music. Teaching and events this week will challenge you to rejoice in God’s gift of salvation, live by the power of His Word, and be prepared to share the Good News with others. 

Find answers to: What is the Gospel? What difference does the Gospel make in my life? How can my sins be forgiven? How does the Gospel affect who I am and the decisions I make every day?

Join us for our Gospel Conference with the Frazor Evangelistic Team, April 12-15th. 

Our Gospel Conference begins on Sunday, April 12th at 9:45 am with adults meeting in the Auditorium and teens and children meeting in the Sunday School classrooms. During the Morning Service we will worship together and explore the Gospel’s significance for our lives. All are invited to a Fellowship Meal immediately following the service. Throughout our conference, kids in K4-6th Grade will venture through “Mission Incredible” led by the Frazor Team. Teens are also invited to “Cola Wars” with Teen Evangelist Jared Poe.

The evening services of our Gospel Conference begin on Sunday Night at 6pm, and continue Monday though Wednesday at 7pm. Each night of our Gospel Conference offer a pre-service teaching time with Evangelist Jeremy Frazor. This “Deeper Life Series” will begin 30 minutes prior to each service. The “Mission Incredible” program also offers a pre-service teaching time for kids. 

The Frazor Evangelistic Team

The Frazor Evangelistic Team

Evangelist Jeremy Frazor is known as a dynamic Bible teacher and preacher, with a deep passion for reaching the people with the gospel. After traveling with Evangelist Steve Pettit for five years, he and his wife, Misha, began traveling on their own in evangelism. God has blessed them with four boys and one girl. The Frazor Evangelistic Team is based out of Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC, where Jeremy serves as the Staff Evangelist. During the summer months, their team works on staff at Christian camps. 

Plan to attend our 2015 Gospel Conference! We are praying now that God will use this week to challenge you to know Him and make Him known.

FBC Morris to Celebrate 60th Anniversary - April 26, 2015


      First Baptist Church of Morris will celebrate its 60th Anniversary with a Special Service and events April 26. The celebration begins at 9:00 a.m. with a Coffee Fellowship, followed by a 9:45 a.m. Slideshow & Testimony Hour and Morning Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. A lasagna dinner will begin at noon. An Afternoon Worship Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. All events are open to the public.

    First Baptist Church of Morris dates back to April 19, 1955, when forty-four members gathered at a meeting in the Baptist Hall at the La Grande Hotel. A baptismal service held in Artichoke Lake Baptist Church on Easter Sunday had ten persons becoming charter members. On May 10, 1955, 19 people met to incorporate under Minnesota Laws and become affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America and Minnesota. Pastor Harold Reemtsma of Northwestern College was called as the first full-time pastor on July 1, 1956.

    In March of 1960 the church broke ground for the construction of a basement auditorium. The basement was roofed over and used for worship and for Sunday School. They dedicated it on Sunday, February 12, 1961. The upper structure of the church was begun in January of 1972 under the leadership of Rev. Curly Werth. Services were first held on December 17, 1972, with a formal dedication and open house held on January 14, 1973. Most of the work was done by the pastor and faithful members and friends. 

    The First Baptist Church of Morris is an independent Bible preaching church, desiring to continue in “Holding forth the word of life” Philippians 2:16. Pastor Micah J. Tanis is the current pastor at First Baptist. Visit www.morrisfbc.org or call (320) 589-4163 for more information about the church and its anniversary celebration.

    Alumni and Friends of Morris Baptist Academy are also invited to an MBA All-Class Reunion on Saturday, April 25th from 1-4pm, to coincide with the events of FBC’s 60th Anniversary.

New Pastor Installed at FBC | Morris

On Sunday, June 22, 2014, the First Baptist Church of Morris held an Installation Service to formally recognize Pastor Micah J. Tanis. Area churches were invited to join in the service as Pastor Tanis begins his ministry in Morris. Jerry Gustafson read the church motion to call Pastor Tanis as the next pastor of First Baptist Church and recognized the Pulpit Committee's service to the church. Pastor Steve Brower of First Baptist Church in Saint Francis, MN delivered a Charge to the Congregation and Pastor Randy Tanis of Chetek, WI charged the new pastor. Pastor Brower served as Pastor Tanis' mentor while serving together on the pastoral team in Saint Francis and Randy Tanis serves as the Director of Camp Chetek where Micah volunteered his summers between college and seminary. The service concluded with an ice cream social and sweet time of fellowship with the congregation, area pastors, and family.