November 15, 2021
Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.
Please note that the Region office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving.
MABC Region News:
Scenes from around the Region
Please send the region office photos of events and activities
that have taken place at your church.
We would love to share them with the MABC Family
Westover Baptist Church Fall Fest and Car Show
Thank You Dayton Oaks Camp Volunteers!!!!!
SUMMARY (A rainy week)
Volunteers provided 49 worker days during the work week for volunteers October 25-30. (WOW) Winter’s wood supply was hauled, split and stacked. (a new record) of 48 containers were cut/split/stacked on Tuesday. 65 containers were processed on Monday & Tuesday. WOW! Other projects completed: Leaves & sticks removed from around Lodge building. Cabin mattresses stored for winter. Construction of “swimming hole” (pond) with heavy equipment. Chairs cleaned Fold-up tables stored Fireside Room was cleared out for removal of carpet Fireside Room was prepared for new carpet tiles. New Carpet Tiles installation begun. Black Walnut Trees were planted. Meals prepared by DanI were enjoyed by all. Jim Wilson & Matt Siebert led devotions.
Just a few snippets from our Regional Youth Event (RYE)
Special thanks to youth and sponsors of Chin Evangelical Church (Des Moines),
Iowa Chin Baptist Church (Urbandale) FBC Marion,
FBC Jefferson, FBC Charles City, FBC Davenport, FBC Waterloo,
FBC Greater Des Moines (Johnston) and FBC-COB (Cedar Rapids)
Just a few snippets from the MABC Quilters Retreat
Our Current 3Q Financial Position
Please note that our Region's ability to do mission and ministry largely depends upon our churches contributing to United Mission Basic and to the Region Offering. Both of our Camps also depend largely upon your monthly contributions that are reflected in the Specifics line item.
Thank you so much for your GENEROUS SUPPORT!!
A word from our
Mission and Stewardship Ministry Team
An opportunity is here for pastors who are ready for a fresh focus to start 2022.
A Pilot Program, “Generosity Project” will be launched in Mid-America January 2022.
This is a perfect program for pastors to learn how to lead their churches toward what it means to be generous the Jesus way.
*One year commitment
*Meet monthly with 5-8 participants via Zoom
*Group decides the time and day
*One book per quarter will be read and discussed
*Facilitator will assist with the discussion
*You will design at least one generosity experiment for your ministry context
*Explore ways to apply your learnings beyond this project after reading the last book
*There is no cost for the program or the books, thanks to a Palmer Grant and support from American Baptist Home Mission Societies
We need 5 to 8 participants to form a cohort. By Dec. 10, 2021 please let Rev. Gary Martin know if you would like to participate. firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-329-6434
Thank you to our
MABC Board of Region Ministries
for a great meeting on
Saturday, October 23rd via Zoom.
Be sure and click on the Quick Links above on the top left hand side
of this newsletter for information from our local and national partners.
MABC Region Upcoming Events:
A complete listing of upcoming events can be found on the region website HERE
Please let the region office know of your church holiday festivities and we would be happy to showcase them in upcoming newsletters.
Pastor Roy Karlen and the members of Woodlawn Christian Church
invites the MABC Family to a holiday concert:
Pastor Dave Schwechel of FBC Iowa Falls invites the MABC Family to a light display that he has created at his home in Iowa Falls.
November 26 through December 31st 5pm to 10pm
For more event information, visit www.abwomensministries.org/events.
For a listing of important dates to remember of ABWM events from 2021 - 2024 - click HERE
2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down Fall Webinar Series
God is in the Details
November 18, 2021; 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST
Presenter: Elaine Cody, Life Coach, Cody Clarity Coaching
Click here for more information.
National Announcements Click here to visit the ABCUSA website for the most up-to-date information.
We are excited to announce the “Everyday ABC Conversations” series.
Due to the popularity of the recent Mission Summit Conversations in which over 650 American Baptists simultaneously participated in dialogue during the 20 21 Biennial Mission Summit, the American Baptist Churches USA is launching this series of dialogues, entitled, “Everyday ABC Conversations.” Save the Date for and plan now to join us online for our second conversation on November 30, 2021:
Soul Care @ Christmas Tuesday, November 30, at 3:00pm EDT – Zoom Platform. With Presenters Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins and Rev. Judy Fackenthal, ABCUSA Spiritual Direction Team
More information to follow. No fee to participate, but online registration is required.