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Body Builder

January 15, 2022 

Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.

If you click on the images above you will be directed to The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia for information on virtual events happening to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Region Office will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observance. 

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

First Baptist Malvern, Iowa - Christmas Party
Pastor Shirley Albert and some members of the congregation having fun

Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Paul MN
Women’s Ministry 2nd Annual Face to Face
Winter Clothing & Supplies Drive

THANK YOU - We surpassed our 2020 gift card total by 35%!!
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 I delivered our collection of $5 Target and $5 McDonald’s gift cards to Face to Face. The total value of the gift cards was $875 which surpassed our 2020 total gift by 35%. Our contributions, and those of our family and friends, were a blessing of love and hope for the Ramsey county youth and young adults served by Face to Face. Looking forward to a new year of inspiration and service. Mary Robinson, Women’s Ministry Chairperson

FBC Waterloo, Iowa 
Friendly Stars Circle gathered to make Christmas gifts for their shut-ins hosted by Sandee Harmon.

FBC Ames, Iowa
Youth Christmas program, FBC Ames, Dec 12, 2021
and the
 youth assembled 12 Christmas baskets
and made Christmas cards to go in the baskets.
The baskets were put together
and delivered on December 19.   

A word of Thank You from our
Mission and Stewardship Ministry Team

Our Mid-American 2022 Generosity Project Cohort
has been named:

Group members for the 2022 MABC Generosity Project are:
Rev. Jeff Harris, FBC Cherokee and Mt. Olive Baptist , Facilitator.  
Rev. Sheila Ahlbrand, FBC St. Paul, MN
Rev. Janell Bloem, FBC Boone, IA
Rev. James Bringman, FBC Mason City, IA
Rev. Dave Glavin, Hillsboro/Harrisburg Baptist Church, Hillsboro, IA
Rev. Roy Karlen, Woodlawn Christian Church, Lake City, IA
Rev. Carla Nelson, FBC Owatonna, MN
Rev. Dave Russell, FBC Ames, IA
Rev. Cindy White, FBC Davenport, IA

Attention both Members of the Board of Region Ministries and all  Ministry Team Members:
Hello everyone, I’m writing to let you know of some dates to save for next year. The first is a Region Board and Ministry Team Members Zoom retreat on January 29 at 10 am. There will be information coming later but it will be a two hour  event- including  some sharing and planning with each other and a special guest- no business to conduct. The second date is the spring Region Board meeting. This will be April 9 at 10 am at the First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines. We will have a Zoom option for those who don’t attend in person. The dates for our Region Biennial gathering are September 30- October 1. This will be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Pella. I am looking forward to seeing you all in 2022 and I pray you know God’s blessings of strength, peace, and joy in the days ahead. 
In Christ, Susan Russell - MABC Board of Region Ministries President. 

Rev. Ray McCalla, Pastor at FBC Atlantic invites all MABC folks who are interested to join him on a pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey in June 2022. 
Details can be found
HERE. The deadline to register is May 1, 2022

Attention MABC Pastors:

Registration is now open: 

Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Sunset Hills Baptist Church - Omaha, Nebraska

Save the March 28-30th dates for the 2022 Prairie Pastor’s Conference! For those who may be newer to us, this is a multi-region endeavor between ABC Dakotas, Mid-American American Baptist Churches, and the Central Region.
We will be in Omaha, Nebraska like we usually are and there is no cost for the conference itself.
You will need to cover your lodging and transportation for the event.  I hope you can join us!


  • Check out these upcoming virtual journeys sponsored 
    by the Short-Term International Mission team:

    Ministry in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region
    with SAT-7
     is scheduled for February 1, 2 & 3, 2022.
    Come on this 3-Day virtual Mission Express with the Short-Term Mission desk and the
    Europe & Middle East & Liberia desk.
    The last day to register is January 20, 2022.

  • Ministry in Israel/Palestine hosted by the Association of Baptist Churches will shed light on Arab Christians spreading God’s good news in Cana, Galilee and other communities. Join us virtually on this unique 3-Day virtual Mission Express scheduled for February 17, 18 & 19, 2022 with an open heart, and learn how to be better peacemakers from siblings in Christ who are themselves considered to be the marginalized of the marginalized in their own country. Follow this link to sign-up for this virtual short-term mission experience to Israel/Palestine 
    The last day to register is February 11, 2022, at Noon(EST)

What is effective church leadership in the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) times we find ourselves in?  How can congregational leaders embrace and cultivate spiritual and theological perspectives to enable transformation during VUCA experiences? Join us in the Reshaping Church in a Volatile World: Congregational Leadership Collective.  Engage in ongoing and collaborative learning with other church leaders, group coaching to apply those learnings to your ministry context, and support and encouragement as you lead your Congregation.

Reshaping Church in a Volatile World: Congregational Leadership Collective



Are you looking for somewhere to drop off your old concrete or brick? 
Dayton Oaks is in need of busted concrete or brick
for riprap to help complete the dam for our new pond. 
Please contact Matt at 515-547-2417 to set up a time to drop it off.




For more event information, visit
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    

2022 Winter Webinar Series  
Let the Walls Fall Down
  • Tending to Our Souls
    January 20, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Presenter: Rev. Miriam Méndez, Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor, American Baptist Churches of New Jersey
    Click here for more information.
  • Vulnerable Youth: Identifying Predators and Protecting Children
  • February 3, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Presenter: Linda Blackiston, Director of Community Engagement, The Samaritan Women Click here for more information.  
  • Empowering Seniors
    February 17, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Panelists: Elaine Cody, Life Coach, Cody Clarity Coaching; Rev. Dr. Deborah Stapleton, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church Lincoln Gardens; and Pamela Bridgeforth, Care Coordinator at Senior Connections
    Click here for more information.
  • Identifying and Managing Bullying Behavior
    March 3, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Presenter: Dana Wise Jones, Counselor, Defining Moments
    Click here for more information.
  • Sustaining Sisterhood
    March 17, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Presenter: Rev. Dr. Shannon Daley-Harris, Director of Religious Affairs, Children's Defense Fund
    Click here for more information.

Click HERE for more information
Also a word from our ABF Consultant - Paul Weers HERE

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