Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

June 30, 2022 

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

The region office will be closed the week of July 4th.
Jackie will be away at the ABCUSA World Mission Conference
to be held at the American Baptist Assembly in Greenlake, Wisconsin


MABC Region News:

Our upcoming Biennial Region Gathering Theme and Logo taken from Ephesians Chapter 4

Plans are well underway for our Region's Biennial Gathering happening Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1st to be held in person at FBC Pella, Iowa. Please make plans to attend and make sure members of your congregations are also present as we will have region business to attend to and will need church delegates in addition to a great program for our time together being planned. Registration and Lodging information will be forthcoming.


Non profit organizations Thursday night, June 16th in Pella, Iowa.
FBC Pella offers Free Popcorn

June 6 - 9 SCENES FROM VBS @FBC Pella
FBC, Pella joined 15 churches to welcome children ages pre-school through 6th grade to Vacation Bible School
June 6-10. FBC hosted those children entering 4th grade in the fall. St. Mary's Catholic church assisted in providing volunteers. The children's theme for the week was HERO'S

Learn more about how FBC Pella and the Community of Pella does Vacation Bible School together  HERE

Pastor David and Nancy Glavin are retiring and were joined by members and friends from the Hillsboro-Harrisburg Baptist Church in Hillsboro on Sunday, May 29th for a retirement celebration. There was a Memorial service at the church with the group sharing in a meal at the Bridge Cafe in Farmington afterwards. Dave and Nancy have served the congregation here for the last eight years. They plan to travel for the summer and make plans for their future. They were active in the Hillsboro community and will be greatly missed by the congregation as well as by community members. Thank you Dave and Nancy for your friendship and service! 
Submitted by Norma Whitaker



First Baptist Church of Charles City has a challenge
for Mid-ABC youth!
We have the opportunity to bid on and purchase
a new bus for Dayton Oaks Camp.
The Charles City School district is auctioning off a
used school bus this summer
and if we can raise between $1200 and $2000
we will be able to purchase the bus.
We need your help.
We are challenging Mid-American Baptist churches
to host a dinner and a movie night
with all funds raised going to the Dayton Oaks Bus fund.
All you have to do is get your youth together,
plan your meal, pick a movie and set your prices.
You collect all funds.
Any checks can be written directly to your church
and at the conclusion of your event please just send one
check to First Baptist Church of Charles City
with Dayton Oaks Bus designated in the memo.
The winning Youth Group will receive
the Fundraiser of the Year Trophy!

Please have all events completed and funds collected by August 15.


First Baptist Church of Boone

This crew is heading to Bethel Neighborhood Center in KC for a few days of work!

We arrived at about 1pm, got a short tour of Bethel Neighborhood Center
and then got right to work.
We spent a couple of hours weeding before calling it a day. 
We stopped at a grocery store, picked up food
for the next few days and checked in to our vrbo.

Day 2
We met up with about 50 students and their leaders from Bethel Neighborhood Center today to explore the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. We were split into 2 groups and given tours. Our job was to interact with the students and help corral them as needed. After the Bethel students left, we spent a bit more time exploring before heading back to the house to have a bit of down time before enjoying a meal of tacos.

Day 3
These girls are ROCK STARS!!!
They worked so hard in the heat. Weeds...and more weeds!
After the weeds, we were treated to Slaps Bar-b-que and then we were done. On our way back to the house, we stopped at Roanoke Park and had a blast.
Back to the house to cool down, clean up, eat tater-tot casserole and ice cream, watch the Princess Bride and play a game.


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.

Ukraine Updates

For continued updates on how your help, your prayers, and your financial support is assisting Ukrainian refugees, International Ministries has a Web page dedicated to regional updates and Q&As:

Burma Updates

For continued updates on how your help, your prayers, and your financial support is assisting Burma diaspora visit the

The latest newsletter can be found HERE

The latest newsletter can be found HERE


Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?

Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership

Please note that Woodbury Baptist Church, Woodbury, MN, is looking for a Faith Development Ministry Area Leader;
To provide overall leadership in faith formation ministries and fostering the
spiritual growth of the members and friends of Woodbury Baptist Church. 
Click HERE for the full job description and details - deadline to apply is July 15th. 


News from ABC Life

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Click on the ABCUSA logo and go to the latest E-newsletter. 

Early Bird Registration ENDS TODAY!

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) invites you
to Space for Grace 2022, September 19 - 23, 2022 at
the Westin Kansas City, Missouri, at Crown Center.
Click on the logo for more information and to register

MABC's very own Rev. Janell Bloem - Pastor at FBC Boone
is one of the panelists for one of the workshops!

Prayers for God's presence and thanksgiving to all those involved
and attending Dayton Oaks and Forest Lake for this camping season.

Scenes from Camp

Paint Ball Camp

Cookies at Dayton Oaks

1st - 3rd camp building a house on the Rock or the sand
and 1st - 3rd grade shoes of peace obstacle course

Fish Camp and Horse Camp


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    

You can attend the annual meeting via Zoom simply click on the picture to register. 


The Mid-ABW Ministries 2021 - 2022 Region Project
surpassed the goal and raised: $3540.00 for AMOS!!!!!
Ladies, your generosity abounds! 

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