February 29, 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,
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.
So what exactly does the Region do? Click here and see
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Don't forget to SAVE THE DATE: We will gather as a family for our Biennial Meeting and celebrate the Region's 50th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2020 in Pella, Iowa at First Baptist Church! Be a part of the celebration!
P.S. If you LOVE to plan parties, contact Jackie at the region office.
She's looking for party planners to help her plan and organize an event not to be missed.
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Thank you MABC for your Generosity in 2019
Thank you Mid-American for your generous support! Our Region placed in the Top 10 for overall Love Gift support (#7) in 2019 and we placed #10 in overall America For Christ Giving in 2019. To see how churches did within the Region in the ABMS Categories - just click on a category below:
*Top 25 MABC Churches Overall Giving
*Top 25 MABC Churches for United Mission Basic
*All 28 MABC Churches for Love Gift
*Top 25 MABC Churches for America for Christ
*Top 25 MABC Churches for One Great Hour of Sharing
*Top 25 MABC Churches for World Mission Offering
*Top 25 MABC Churches for Retired Ministers
*All 18 MABC Churches for Region Offering
It is important to note that 71 of our 120 MABC churches contributed to at least one of the ABMS categories listed above. And many churches contributed to all categories. The Annual Report Request and Church Giving Statements are being generated and will be sent out to every MABC church by the end of this month. Please complete and return the annual report form when it arrives. And please let me know if you have any questions about your church's giving detail.
Pics from the Ministers Council Retreat
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
March 10 (Tue) Together in Ministry Des Moines - 10 am @ FBC Ames
March 13-15 (Fri-Sun) Forest Lake College Retreat (more information below)
March 14 (Sat) Mid-ABWM board meeting - Cedar Falls, IA
March 17 (Tue) Together in Ministry SE Iowa around noon @ Riverside Family Restaurant in Fairfield.
March 21 (Sat) Area IA East board meeting in Washington FBC
** March 21 (Sat) Workday at the Region Office - details below
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. **Only 13 MABC pastors have Registered**
**More Information below - Please register at this link: http://abc-dakotas.org/prairie-pastors-conference
April 3-4 (Fri-Sat) - ABWM Wellness Weekend @ First Baptist Church on Northland - Cedar Rapids
April 14-19 (Tue-Sun) - Kyle and Debby Witmer - IM Global Servants in the Region - See below
April 17 (Fri) IA West ABWM Spring Rally @ Dayton Oaks
April 18 (Sat) IA East ABWM Spring Rally @ Forest Lake
April 21 (Tue) Together in Ministry SE Iowa around noon @ Riverside Family Restaurant in Fairfield.
**April 30- May 2 (Thu-Sat) Quilters Retreat in Oelwein - Registration Information available below
May 1-2 (Fri-Sat) A Forest Lake sponsored a spiritual retreat for women
May 4-9 (Mon-Sat) Forest Lake Camp Work Week
**May 16 (Sat) Spring Work Day at Dayton Oaks.
May 19 (Tue) Together in Ministry SE Iowa around noon @ Riverside Family Restaurant in Fairfield.
June 6 (Sat) ABWM Annual Gathering in Des Moines
June 14-19 (Sun-Fri) - Dayton Oaks Paintball Camp
June 16-19 (Tue- Fri) National ABWM Gathering: Radical. Redeemed. Ready. @ Green Lake
**NEW HOUSING INFORMATION AVAILABLE ** (SEE BELOW)
June 16 (Tue) Together in Ministry SE Iowa around noon @ Riverside Family Restaurant in Fairfield.
June 17-20 (Wed-Sat) Forest Lake Paintball/Pioneer Camp
June 18-20 (Thu-Sat) Forest Lake Deep and Wide Camp
June 21-23 (Sun-Tue) Dayton Oaks 1-2 Cabin Camp
June 23-26 (Tue-Fri) Dayton Oaks 3-4 Cabin Camp
July 5-10 (Sun-Fri) Dayton Oaks Fishing Camp
July 5-10 (Sun-Fri) Dayton Oaks Horse Camp
July 5-10 (Sun-Fri) Dayton Oaks Mission Work Camp
July 6-11 (Mon-Sat) Forest Lake Collide Camp
July 12-17 (Sun-Fri) Dayton Oaks Rock Jr Camp
July 13-18 (Mon-Sat) Forest Lake Encounter Camp
**July 14-17 (Tue-Fri) World Mission Conference - Greenlake Conference Center - info below
July 20-25 (Mon-Sat) Forest Lake Impact Camp
July 21 (Tue) Together in Ministry SE Iowa around noon @ Riverside Family Restaurant in Fairfield.
July 24 -25 (Fri-Sat) Rhythms of the Spirit Contemplative Retreat @ FBC Des Moines Registration will be available shortly.
July 26-31 (Sun-Fri) Dayton Oaks Camp on the Rock
July 27 - August 1 (Mon-Sat) Forest Lake Contact Camp
August 2-4 (Sun-Tue) Forest Lake Float Trip
August 21-23 (Fri-Sun) Forest Lake Family Camp
**September 19 (Sat) Dayton Oaks Log Jog
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 https://www.abwomensministries.org/eventDetails.aspx?EventId=8
October 10 (Sat) Dayton Oaks Volunteer Appreciation Banquet - Dayton Oaks Camp
October 10 (Sat) Forest Lake Camp Fall Festival
Forest Lake Summer Camp...
Needs Male cabin leaders. They must be 18 years old by June 1st. Interested parties can get an application by calling Shawn (Camp Manager) at (641)680-0648. All applications are due by February 29th,2020.
Dayton Oaks Summer Camp...
Need summer camp staff for the 2020 camp season. We still need 2 male cabin leaders and one female cabin leader for the summer camp season. We also need kitchen help for the summer. Must be 18 or older. Opportunities for internships are also available. Please call Matt or Dani at 515-547-2417 for more information. Volunteers are also needed for summer camp. Choose to help for a day, or a week, or more. Summer camp materials are at the printer now, & will be sent out in February. Online registration will be available again for summer camp. Register at www.daytonoaks.org.
A Request and a Word from our Region President - Dale Stevens
As many of you know, IMRS has ceased its services. MABC no longer has an organization sharing space and expenses with our Region office. We have reviewed the office facilities for necessary maintenance and “sprucing up” and well as technology updates, general rearranging and organizing, and items that quite simply need to be donated, sold or pitched. This maintenance and cleanup need to be done prior to arranging for new occupants. This is where you can help us.
The maintenance items include: touch up painting, replacing ceiling tiles, repairing holes in the walls, repairing a cabinet, installing surface covers for wires, etc. These are tasks that don’t require professionals and can save us some money. As you may be aware, the Region has a tight budget in 2020, especially with the loss of IRMS, and we have already had an unexpected expensive repair to the heating system. With that as background, we have decided to have a workday at the Region office on Saturday, March 21 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. I am looking for volunteers to give us a hand. We can use people of all skill levels from organizing to repairing drywall and cabinets. Please share this with your congregation.
The materials needed for the workday will be available. If you have some tools that you believe would be helpful, please bring them. If you have questions, please contact me or Jackie at the Region office.
May God bless you,
Something NEW: Electronic Worship Options
Worship resources from Mid-American Baptist Churches are becoming available online. A resource made available by First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines is live streaming of their Sunday morning worship service at 10 am Central Time. You can go to their church website and follow the links, or copy this link https://www.fbcdsm.org/live-stream.aspx On the same webpage as their live stream are video archives of previous sermons or full worship services. Also on the left navigation tab of that web page is a link to audio recordings of the sermons for playback as podcasts.
These resources can be used for times when you are unable to be together with a congregation for worship. If you are aware of other Mid-American Baptist churches offering electronic worship resources, contact the Region office.
PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING CHURCHES IN THE MIDST OF OPEN SEARCHES FOR PASTORAL LEADERSHIP:
- FBC Battle Lake, Battle Lake, MN - Part-Time Pastor
- FBC - Church of the Brethren, Cedar Rapids, IA - Full-Time Pastor
- Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MRenwick Baptist, Renwick, Iowa - Part-Time Pastor
- FBC Winona, Winona, Iowa - Part-Time Pastor
All Church profiles are listed on the ABCUSA MinistreLIfe Website https://ministrelife.org/ and MABC Region Staff is actively working with each of these search committees.
Do you have a ministry to the blind?
A member of First Baptist Church of Davenport has an 18-volume Braille Bible that he would like to donate to someone that could use it.
If you have someone in your church or in your community that would benefit from having this, please call First Baptist of Davenport at 563-323-2765or send an email to Pastor Rob White at email@example.com.
ATTENTION MABC YOUNG ADULTS
AS of TODAY - 13 MABC PASTORS that have registered.
Please register at this link: http://abc-dakotas.org/prairie-pastors-conference - It's Free to Register!
2020 PRAIRIE PASTORS CONFERENCE
ABC REGIONS: CENTRAL, DAKOTAS, MID-AMERICA, NEBRASKA
March 30 - April 1
Sunset Hills Baptist Church
9416 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE
Dr. Gary Strickland, Sioux Falls Seminary
David Reed, International Ministries
Click here to download conference information:
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Global Servants Debby and Kyle Witmer Will Be Visiting Our Region in April!
Debby and Kyle serve the Thai Karen Baptist Convention (TKBC) Siloam Bible Institute in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they work in pastoral education and leadership development. Young people from the Karen ethnic group attend the school with the goal of following the call of God on their lives to be pastors and evangelists among the Karen villages in the hills of Thailand. Kyle is also involved in continuing education with TKBC pastors and evangelists. Debby is providing worship leadership to conferences in the area and helping with the English language program at Siloam. The Witmer's continue discipleship with their own children through homeschooling.
Current Schedule of Availability:
Tuesday, April 14 - open for a church in Eastern or Southeast Iowa
Wednesday, April 15 - The United Baptist -Presbyterian Church, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
Thursday, April 16th - First Baptist Church - Boone, Iowa
Friday, April 17th - Dayton Oaks Camp - ABW Spring Rally
Saturday, April 18th - Forest Lake Camp - ABW Spring Rally
Sunday, April 19th - Woodbury Baptist, Woodbury, MN
The evening of April 19th - open in the Minneapolis area
If you are interested in having them come to your church on one of their open slots - please contact Gary Martin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Form is available HERE
"Celebrating Ministering Women: Radical. Redeemed. Ready."
June 16-19, 2020
The Mid-American Baptist Women have reserved a lovely lake home,
Robbins House, to house 14 women during the conference.
This cost will be $155,00 for the three nights,
payable to Mid-American Baptist Women.
If you wish to reserve a spot in Robbins for the conference,
please contact email@example.com.
American Baptist Churches USA and American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) are partnering to present a unique conference, Celebrating Ministering Women: Radical. Redeemed. Ready., to be held June 16-19, 2020 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis.
From the pioneering women of long ago to the trailblazing leaders of today, the movement of women into ministry has involved the whole family of faith from all across ABCUSA. With women serving in a multitude of ways and a variety of roles nationally and internationally, American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM) and ABWM are joining together to celebrate ministering women across the United States, Puerto Rico, and around the world.
Held at Green Lake Conference Center where the first Women In Ministry conference took place in 1980, out of which the Women in Ministry Project was birthed, and where American Baptist women have gathered for many years, the conference will feature inspiring speakers, creative worship, engaging workshops, and opportunities to converse and connect.
Early Registration is due by March 1, 2020.
Prior to March 1, the registration fee for conference attendees is $149.
After the Early Bird registration date of March 1,
the conference attendance registration fee is $199.
A minimum deposit of $150 is due at the time of initial registration.
All remaining registration costs will be due by May 11, 2020.
The registration deadline is May 11, 2020.
On-site registration will not be available.
Dates: July 14 – 17, 2020
Location: Green Lake Conference Center, WI
Registration will open in March
20/20 Vision in 2020 – Mark 8:22-25 International Ministries (IM) World Mission Conference will allow you to catch the vision of God at work through the eyes of over three dozen IM missionaries.
Special Guests – the Maranatha Band from La Romana, Dominican Republic
View our events page for registration information.