Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

February 15, 2023 

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

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/9/23)—International Ministries (IM) has sent initial grants totaling $10,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief to partners who will be providing humanitarian relief to the survivors of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The European Baptist Federation will receive $9,000 and Turkish Connections International will receive $1,000.Additional relief is urgently needed. Persons/Churches wishing to support relief efforts can do so through their American Baptist church mission support. Please designate your contributions “OGHS–Turkey/Syria Earthquake Relief”


MABC Region News:

A word from Mission and Stewardship Team chair - Marcia Street:
"Learning about an ABHMS ministry is what happened when fifteen people representing three churches in Mid-America experienced Rainbow Acres. The following are some quotes from that experience": 
I spoke at length with two of the caregivers in the Rancher’s homes.
I was very impressed with their dedication and caring for them.
Bruce Van Der Beck 
The Ranchers gave me joy!
I only pray that I added a bit of enrichment to their lives.
Dianne Chadwick 
Thanksgiving for those who represented our Region on a mission trip to Rainbow Acres 

FBC Boone: Janell Bloem, Nate Peebler, Connie  Iles, Debbie Ray, David Roberts, Dave and Judy Richardson
FBC Waterloo: Marcia Street and Chris Iehl 
FBC of Greater Des Moines: Bruce Vanderbeek, Dianne Chadwick, Deb Eldred,Dale Stevens, Ray Dennis, Kathy Houser, and Jan Grogan
Executive Minister: Jackie Saxon


Thank you MABC Churches for your 2022 Mission Support Generosity.
Your contributions have made an impact far and wide to support the missions of
American Baptist Churches USA

and closer to home right here in our region.


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?
Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership CLICK HERE  

News from ABC Life

Registration for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit is open! 

Visit the event website 
and click on the Register Now button now to register at the Flash Sale price of $179 through TODAY February 15.
Prices increase on February 16 to $199, 
April 1 to $229 for participants and delegates.
This year we have a special rate of $99 for young adults (ages 35 and under) that register as participants or delegates.
In addition to the discounted rate, the first 100 young adults who register can use the discount code YA25OFF to receive a $25 discount.


We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit,
to be held June 23-25, 2023 at the
Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

These engaging, dynamic American Baptist speakers will share a message during the four worship services scheduled: Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III, Friday Evening Worship, June 23; Rev. Miriam Méndez, Saturday Evening Worship, June 24; Rev. Laura I. Ayala-Álvarez, Sunday Morning Worship, June 25; and Rev. Joy Martinez-Marshall, Sunday Evening Worship, June 25.

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.) 

General Secretary Search Committee Announces Update on Search Process

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/10/23)—After a year of research and extensive analysis of survey results, in-person meetings, and focus groups the General Secretary Search Committee is pleased to announce that the Position Description for a new General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA will be available on the ABCUSA website beginning January 17, 2023. The position description and required application materials will be available for six weeks, from January 17 – February 24. As we enter into this time of decision and discernment the committee requests the prayers of the denominational family to lead us to the person that God is preparing to assume this vital role in our denominational life.

Please remember these dates: January 17 – February 24, 2023.

View past updates from the General Secretary Search Committee here.

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

Click on the image below and you will be taken to more schedule details

A Special MABC Clergy e-newsletter was sent on Monday, February 13th.
A link can be found

Thanks to America for Christ (AFC) Offering contributions, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) supported communities distressed by the devastation of COVID-19 last year, as the pandemic swept our country and Puerto Rico. We also helped families who lost homes to floods, wildfires and storms, along with children living on the edge because of poverty, and seminarians preparing to devote their lives to sharing the Good News. These are just a few of the ways we minister to those in need; there are many more.

Please help us continue to bring healing and hope to communities, families, children and Jesus’ disciples in 2023 by supporting this year’s America for Christ Offering.
For more information, 
click here.

February 8, 2023 Newsletter HERE

Click on logo below to read February 10,2023 Newsletter

For more information - please contact  -
The Family Child Committee Chair is Kelis Houston her contact information is: or 612-440-7656

A Video can be viewed HERE

A shout out to our amazing campers HERE

Can you make a difference by helping a youth go to camp? Click HERE

Here's a video about FAMILY CAMP


100 Days of US · The Sprout Fund


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 your 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.


American Baptist Home Mission Societies

All the information can be found HERE

MABC ABWM Upcoming Events:

ABWM Iowa West Board Meeting February 16, 2023 9:30am (Zoom)

ABWM Region Board Meeting February 18, 2023 10:00 a.m. (Zoom)
Iowa East Spring Rally - April 15, 2023 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lake Camp
Iowa West Spring Rally - TBA.

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 6, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 13, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 20, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 27, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
2023 Sectional Meetings: What's Up ABWM?
Join other American Baptist Women as we hear from our national board, national staff, association leaders, and AB Women on what’s happening in American Baptist Women’s Ministries. 
Midwestern Section - Monday, March 13, 2023
Click here for more details.
ABWM Regions: Central (Arkansas, Kansas, & Oklahoma), Great Rivers Region (Illinois & Missouri), Indiana, Michigan, MId-America (Iowa, & Minnesota), Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

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 a 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.

2024 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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