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Body Builder

March 15, 2023 

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



MABC Region News:

World day of prayer 2023 at First Baptist Church, Malvern, IA - a program put on by Rev Shirley Albert, Pat Boydston, Lily Campbell, Janie O'Tool, and Sandy Belt. Helpful hand by Bob Boydston.
Four women from the Methodist church attended. 


First Baptist Church logo

I am attaching some pictures of our Baptisms and Ministry Fair held Sunday, February 26.
We had 4 people get baptized and become members.
Left to right Pastor Rob, Marjean, Laura, Jessica, and Joe.
After worship we had a Ministry Fair so everyone could see all the things each ministry team does throughout the year and encourage them to sign up to volunteer on one of the teams or events.
We also served hot dogs, nachos, lemonade and funnel cakes, just like the county fair.  We also had a Jelly Bean Guess and other fun things.  Our winner of the Jelly Bean Guess, Rita Hoeksema, was very expressive after the announcement as captured by Pastor Rob. 
There was 330 and she guessed 329.  It was a great success.


Submitted by June Dominacki


An invitation to all:

Lenten Taizé Service

Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
Begin your journey through Holy Week by attending a Taizé service at
First Baptist Church Waterloo, Sunday, April 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary led
by Rev. Carol Teare and a string ensemble.

A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a
period of silence, candlelight, and liturgical readings. There is no preaching.
The prayers consist of short chants, repeated again.


Pastor Charles Gill is one of the keynote speakers at the event!
All are invited to attend.



Farmers Daughters Quilts link can be found HERE
Registration Form can be printed HERE


The request for the ABCUSA Annual Report was sent out last weekend.
Please be on the lookout for a large white envelope sent to the church.
The deadline to return completed forms to the region office is April 15, 2023.
Thank you in advance. 


Saturday, April 22, 2023 -
10 am to Noon via Zoom.
A link will be sent out in April.
Board reports will be due two weeks
prior to the meeting.
Please send them to the Region office

What's your church up to these days?

Send us photos with a brief explanation so that we can share them with the MABC Family in an upcoming edition of the BodyBuilder.

Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?

The latest International Ministries e-newsletter can be found HERE

News from ABC Life

 American Baptist Home Mission Society (ABHMS) is offering a FREE weekly series on mental health, beginning this Thursday (March 2nd.) Information, including registration instructions - for the entire series or for individual sessions - is available at this link:

February 2023 Newsletter can be found HERE

Register Today for the

2023 Biennial Mission Summit!

Registration is now open for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit, meeting June 23-25 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Check out our 
schedule and exciting list of speakers, and Register Today!

To register as a church delegate you must register using your church PIN Code.
The PDF document 
HERE will provide you with the pin code
and the number of delegates available from each local church.
(You will need to rotate the file in order to read it correctly.) 


If you click on either image or use the QR code
will take you to the registration form


March 8, 2023, MCC Newsletter HERE

Click on the logo below to read February 24, 2023 Newsletter

Click on the Logo 


A Video can be viewed HERE

Mark your calendars. April 17 ----April 21
(notice all are weekdays this year)

This is the springtime opportunity to support Forest Lake Camp and to
prepare for the quickly approaching busy season.

We NEED help:
Installing a snap-in floor in the Family Cabin kitchen.
Building a new fire ring at a new location
Bridge Crew workers
New faucets in the dish room and hand sprayers.
Timber control of honeysuckle to open up a “lake view”
by removing unwanted invasive species.
Painter assistant (Russell??) to assist Josh with his various projects.
Also the usual spring clean-up of leaves and sticks on roofs and grounds.

Contact the camp or me for questions.
Gary Morrison
515 729 7722

Come Dream with Dayton Oaks Camp
The Dayton Oaks Ministry Team has begun to dream about the future of the camp
and would like to invite anyone who is interested to join us in this process.
If you have architecture or marketing skills, we especially need your help. 
If you would like to be a part of helping to shape the camp's future,
please contact Camp Manager 
Matt Siebert 

Our #100days fundraiser officially started on February 1st.  Please join us in donating to the camping ministry at Dayton Oaks Camp.  Our goal this year is $8,000.  When we reach our goal Matt has agreed to dye his hair as a reward for all the donations.  So help us see Matt in a new “shade”.  The #100days fundraiser will end on May 11th, so be sure to donate before it’s too late to give Matt an updated “hue” for his “do”.  Use our donation link Dayton Oaks Donation Page & select 100 days to raise on the pull-down box.  Then choose the amount to donate.  You can also mail a check or money order to the camp.  Please put a note in the memo line like “#100days”, “Dyeing for Camp”, or “Color Matt fabulous” or another clever note so we can count it in the total donations.

MABC ABWM Upcoming Events:
Iowa East Spring Rally - April 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lake Camp
Iowa West Spring Rally - April 14@ FBC Fort Dodge

The application can be found HERE
Women's History Month Gatherings 2023
During Women’s History month, ABWM curates a gathering every Monday during March. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!
  • Monday, March 20, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 27, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time

Domestic Violence Workshop & Certification
Saturday, April 29, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Virtually and Detroit, Michigan

American Baptist Women’s Ministries is partnering with Safe Haven Ministries for Domestic Violence Prevention and Education virtual training. This training will enable clergy, church leaders, community groups, and domestic violence educators to come together in a safe and intentional manner to learn ways to support and aid those in their communities that are suffering from Domestic Violence. Participants will gain knowledge, insight, and skills useful in addressing and preventing domestic violence.

Click here for more details.

2023 Women and Girls Conference
June 23, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Join us for Women's Day in Caguas, Puerto Rico!
Click here for more details.


Shalom Retreat
Saturday, October 6-8, 2023
Euclid, Ohio

Click here for more details


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