Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

August 31, 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
Monday and Tuesday, September 5th and 6th.


MABC Region News:

Updated Registration and Lodging information can be found HERE
Delegate information can be found HERE 

Our Region Biennial Gathering is happening Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1st at FBC Pella, Iowa. The Biennial begins with worship on Friday evening and ends after lunch on Saturday. The Ministers Council will have a dinner for clergy before the start of Worship. 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 a quorum of church delegates in addition to a great program for our time together. 
Updated Registration and Lodging information can be found HERE
Delegate information can be found HERE 



Let's keep up the good work. 
You are making the difference!
Thank you so much
for your continued Support! 
Your Generosity continues to abound 
and is greatly appreciated.

Here are our 2nd Quarter Results:

Attention Church Finance Committees - 
As you are preparing your 2023 Budgets
A word from our Region's Mission and Stewardship Committee
can be found HERE


Read the First Baptist Greater Des Moines Press Release HERE

What an honor to be a part of the baptisms of CeCe and Ben on Sunday! 
~Pastor Jeff


Here's the breakdown for church contributions for the Bus Fundraiser
Glendale Baptist Sioux City: $177.00
First Baptist Boone: $562.34
First Baptist Charles City: $1514.00

Something Sweet that FBC Pella shares with visitors and members!

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.

Our Regional Youth Event (aka RYE)
is right around the corner....


Click below to view a printable copy of the registration form.


Ukraine Updates

For continued updates on how your help, your prayers, and your financial support are 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 are assisting the Burma diaspora visit the  American Baptists Advocate for Myanmar at International Religious Freedom Summit

Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?
Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership

News from ABC Life


ABHMS Calls for One Great Hour of Sharing Contributions to Aid Victims of Eastern Kentucky floods

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/3/22)—In response to devastating flash floods in counties throughout Eastern Kentucky that were spawned by torrential rains, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, has launched a One Great Hour of Sharing campaign to raise much-needed funds to aid victims of a natural disaster that prompted Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to declare a state of emergency. Floodwaters killed at least 37 people and forced hundreds more to flee their homes. With many people still missing, authorities expect the death toll to rise as first responders and the National Guard continue their search and rescue efforts amid the destruction. ABHMS representatives have been in communication with the Rev. Mark Thompson, American Baptist Executive Minister for Indiana and Kentucky. In turn, they and 70-plus people representing volunteer organizations active in disaster response and relief have been coordinating efforts to address this tragedy. These efforts include giving through One Great Hour of Sharing. “Please pray for our brothers and sisters who have lost loved ones, have family members and friends who are missing and have been displaced from their homes,” said Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, ABHMS executive director. “And consider prayerful giving: your financial gifts will provide food, clothing, medical supplies and shelter, and other critical assistance as additional needs are identified. “ Please join us in supporting the relief efforts for Eastern Kentucky as the area braces for another wave of rain. Donations can be made via your church monthly mission support donations: designated to “OGHS Kentucky Floods 2022 

2022 World Mission Offering

God is doing new and exciting things through world mission! During the World Mission Offering (WMO) this September and October, your church has the opportunity to join the transformational work God is doing around the world through International Ministries’ 120+ global servants and 250+ global partners. God can use your participation not only to change lives internationally, but also to deepen your own discipleship in Christ. You can take part in what the Holy Spirit is doing to bring God’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.”

For more information about the 2022 World Mission Offering, click here.


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ABC USA Accepting nominations for the Cora and John Sparrowk President Award

At each Biennial Meeting, the Cora and John Sparrowk President's Award is presented on behalf of the Board of General Ministries to an exceptional Christian. The recipient must be an American Baptist who has over a period of years made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the life of Christ's Church and who in life and service manifests richly the fruits and gifts of the Spirit.

This award takes the form of a plaque recording the presentation, a written testimony to the life and service of the recipient being honored, and a monetary gift. Nominations are to be sent to General Secretary Rev. Dr. Jeff Woods using the enclosed form on or before September 26, 2022.

The President, Vice President, and immediate Past President will select a recipient from among those nominated for confirmation by the Executive Committee of the Board of General Ministries. An announcement of the recipient will be made to the Board of General Ministries and the presentation of the award will take place at the Biennial Meeting in June 2023.

Please use the Nomination Form provided to submit your nomination.

Nomination Form

ABC USA Accepting nominations for 
ABCUSA Officers for 2024 - 2025    
It is time to begin the nomination process for the positions of ABCUSA Officers for 2024-2025:  President, Vice President, and Budget Review Officer. Please prayerfully search out candidates for these positions. The NOMINATION/RECOMMENDATION and the CANDIDATE PROFILE forms for submission of names to be considered by the ABCUSA Nominating Committee can be found on the ABCUSA website at  

The ABCUSA Nominating Committee has selected the category for ABC President to be Clergywoman and the category for ABC Vice President to be Layman.

The ABCUSA Nominating Committee is endeavoring to prepare a slate sensitive to the diversity in our denomination.

The NOMINATION/RECOMMENDATION form (Form #1) is used for both nominating a candidate and for providing a recommendation for someone who has been nominated. The form is to be completed and returned by the individual making the nomination/recommendation. For nominations, please secure agreement of the candidate before proposing one’s name for this process.
The CANDIDATE PROFILE form (Form #2), and the sheet listing QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMITMENTS, should be given to the Candidate. It will be helpful if you note (on the nomination/recommendation form) that you have given the CANDIDATE PROFILE form to the candidate.  Once the Candidate Profile Form, completed by the candidate, is received at the Robert A. Roblee Ministry Building in King of Prussia, staff will secure the necessary region, church and caucus recommendations. Since this takes some time, the earlier a CANDIDATE PROFILE form is received the better. CANDIDATE PROFILE forms received after October 1, 2022 cannot be considered. 

Visit  to find the NOMINATION/RECOMMENDATION and CANDIDATE PROFILE forms and the sheet listing Qualifications and Commitments.

We will appreciate your sharing these forms with individuals in your networks who could make recommendations to the ABCUSA Nominating Committee.
Thank you for your participation in this important part of the representative process. 



August 24, 2022 Newsletter HERE

August 23, 2022 Newsletter HERE

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health are sponsoring this free event  bringing together rural faith leaders to discuss, learn, and share suicide prevention information and resources.  Conference speakers include Deacon Ed Shoener, President of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers, Scott  Roeder, Founder of Jackson Roeder Memorial Fund, Dr. Dan Reidenberg Psy D., Executive Director of Suicide Awareness  Voices of Education (SAVE), and Ann Ellison, Director Interfaith Health at M Health Fairview. The conference includes  two panel discussions focused on helping faith communities position themselves to be communities of hope, healing, and support. Lunch is included.  More information can be found HERE

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Dayton Oaks -  October 22-28, 2022

Family Camp Breakfast and Lake Time



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    

Iowa East Fall Event:
Saturday, September 24 Area IA East Fall Event at FBC Church- Church of the Brethren in Cedar Rapids. 5200 Northland Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Rev. Toya Richards will be our main speaker and lead a Bible Study. Lovena Van Haaftan, our new National Midwestern Coordinator to the Midwest Region, will give devotions. Registration starts at 9:30 A.M. with time for coffee and fellowship before our event starting at 10:00 with closing at 2:45. Please bring $10 and offering for Toya.

You can read IOWA EAST Fall Newsletter

Iowa West Fall Event:

Join us for our Fall Wellness Retreat Event:


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