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Body Builders

December 16, 2019

Dear <<First Name>>,


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
from the Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota

Mid-American Baptist Churches strive to "work together to build up the body of Christ." We hope this issue of Body Builders will provide news and helpful resources to assist your church in its ministry, as well as connect you to the broader ministry of American Baptists.           

Please note this will be the only edition of the Body Builders in December due to the
Christmas and New Years Holidays. 

We will resume two editions starting in January 2020

Please let the Region Office know of additional dates to add and any corrections to the dates listed. 
(**) denotes new information to the calendar since the last edition


**December 16 (Mon) Together in Ministry - Boone/Jefferson - 10 am @ Dutch Oven Bakery, Boone, Iowa
December 17 (Tue) Together in Ministry SE Iowa around noon @ Riverside Family Restaurant in Fairfield. 
December 23 - Jan 3 (Mon - Fri) Region Office will be closed for Christmas and New Years


January 7 (Tue) Women in Ministry New Year Gathering 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. @Carol Teare's home - Cedar Rapids
**January 10-11 (Fri-Sat)  - ABWM Wellness Weekend @ First Baptist -Church of the Brethren - Cedar Rapids  **ONLINE  and Paper REGISTRATION 
**January 16 (Thu) Together in Ministry -Boone/Jefferson - 10 am @ FBC Boone
**January 17 - 19 (Fri - Sun) Forest Lake Camp Youth Winter Recharge
**January 21 (Tue) Together in Ministry SE Iowa around noon @ Riverside Family Restaurant in Fairfield. 

**February 10 - 12 (Mon-Wed) MABC Ministers Council Retreat @ Dayton Oaks More information below and in the mail

March 28 (Sat) MABC Spring Region Board Meeting @ Forest Lake Camp 10am - 2pm

March 30 - April 1 (Mon-Wed) Prairie Pastors Conference @ Sunset Hills Baptist Church, Omaha, NE.
Please register at this link:

April 17 (Fri) IA West ABWM Spring Rally Location TBA
April 18 (Sat) IA East ABWM Spring Rally @ Forest Lake

April 30- May 2 (Thu-Sat) Quilters Retreat in Oelwein
May 1-2 (Fri-Sat) A Forest Lake sponsored a spiritual retreat for women

June  6 (Sat) ABWM Annual Gathering in Des Moines
June 16-19 (Tue- Fri) National ABWM Gathering @ Green Lake 

July 24 -25 (Fri-Sat) Rhythms of the Spirit Contemplative Retreat @ FBC Des Moines  

September 21 - 25 (Mon- Fri) ABHMS - Space for Grace - Kansas City
September 25 - 27 (Fri- Sun) Dayton Oaks Men's Retreat - Dayton Oaks Camp

October 2 - 3 (Fri-Sat) - MABC 50th Anniversary Celebration and Biennial@ FBC Pella
**October 8 - 12 (Thu - Mon) ABW Cruise
October 10 (Sat) Dayton Oaks Volunteer Appreciation Banquet - Dayton Oaks Camp

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A Year end Request from Dayton Oaks Camps

A Year End Request from the Region Office


New Year Gathering 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
9:30a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Book study leader- Rev. Ruth Yeaton
Host- Rev. Carol Teare, 1604 Audubon Dr. Waterloo, Iowa

Ruth invites you saying: The season between now and the end of the year is busy, and delightful, and stressful. When January arrives Women in Ministry are invited to come together for a day of reconnection and reflection. The book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant will be the focus of our discussion. If you can read all or part of the book before January 7 that would be great but is not a prerequisite for attending. I want to explore how ministry connects with adversity, resilience, and finding joy. Come expecting new insights.   

RSVP to or call or text 319-231-4464 by Jan. 2nd. Lunch will be prepared.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and get more information

Contact Forest Lake Camp for more details

[logo] Deadline to apply is January 14th 
The Short Term Mission office of International Ministries has some good news to share which will benefit many young adults in your respective regions. A special project is being promoted specifically for young adults (19-29) who are members of ABC churches within the US and Puerto Rico. The description of the project is attached as well as an application form and additional information can be found below:


A Request from our MABC President-Elect ~ Dr. Cindy Halvorson
My work at LeaderWise continues. One of the programs I facilitate is called The Shape of Leadership. I've attached the brochure.
I wondered if you might be aware of pastors who might find this program helpful.

Leadership Development for Ministers

Also, LeaderWise is doing research on loneliness for ministers. The link for the survey is below: 
LeaderWise is trying to branch out to include data from several denominations. 

  Presenter: Matt Russell, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
Worship Provided by Rev. Dr. Bill Englund 
Registration Cost for event, meals, and lodging:
$65 for returning attendees
$35 for first-time attendees
Please make your check out to “MABC Ministers Council” and
deadline to register is February 3 to:
Rev. Larry Graves
First Baptist Church
P.O. Box 204
Indianola, IA  50125
Additional Questions  - Contact Rev. Jay Thornton at FBC Pella.

has immediate openings for Residency
Starting date- February 3, 2020

You may apply for residency via the following link:
  Phone: 507-266-7278 | E-mail:

December 23, 2019  thru Jan 3, 2020
 Region Office will be closed
for Christmas and New Years.
Offices will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2020.

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