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February 15, 2022 

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


MABC Region News:
 Maxine Bates Circle – Fairfield First Baptist, Fairfield, Iowa
Even though we are a small group of currently 9 active members, we have many projects! The photo shows five of our members by a recent display we made to inform our church family of the ways we reach out to serve others. Our big on-going project is making quilts. They are given to church family members who are hospitalized, to families in the community victimized by fires, and to the women’s shelter. Throughout the year we provide bingo prizes and assemble holiday tray favors for the local care facility. Members of our congregation join with us in making birthing kits that are mailed to the Congo each spring. Notes of appreciation are written to our FBC missionaries each year. Birthday cards are personalized and sent to our church family. We help prepare materials for Vacation Bible School and other children’s activities. The monthly Love Gift offering supports our region ministries.  Presently, we are sponsoring a collection for the Lord’s Cupboard, our local food pantry. We are scheduled to pack food for the Carry On Bags program, a supply of food sent home with school children for weekends. We love the variety of projects and are always looking for new ways to be involved in our community. A bonus when we gather each month is sharing in fellowship, delicious snacks, a message from God’s word, and learning a little bit more about each other as sisters in Christ.   Shared by Sue Carr

Friends, Reverend Robert Nelson was an Area Minister for Mid American Baptist Churches and  retired in 2011. Special thanks to The Church on Northland Cedar Rapids congregation and Pastor Rev. Patrick Jackson Kay and Robert are members. A special thank you to Rev. Dr. Gary Grogan, Former Executive Minister for our region who helped to officiate the service and brought the afternoon's message.
If you would like to send a card to Robert's wife Kay: 3345 Sunburst Avenue Marion, Iowa 52302. 

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A Prayer Service in Observance of One-Year Anniversary of Military Coup in Burma was held on February 1, 2022. A copy of the order of service can be found HERE. If you were unable to attend via zoom below is the link to the service. Please use the link below and passcode to access the recording of the Burma prayer meeting.  Meeting Recording: 
Access Passcode: rX1+CX=T

Pray and Act for Burma - Four Things YOU Can Do:
1. Begin and/or end each day with a prayer for Burma 2. Continue to generously support humanitarian aid for those in need 3. Contact your US Senators and ask them to become sponsors of the Burma Bill.  This US Government site will help you find who they are and offer contact information: 4. Add your name to the forthcoming Signature Campaign for the Burma Bill sponsored by the Burma Advocacy Group of the American Baptist Churches.  This Campaign will commence no later than the middle of February.  Information will be sent to your church when the campaign is launched.

  For more information, please go to the ABCUSA Burma Refugee Commission webpages

MABC Mission Giving Update
for the Full Year of 2021

Thank you so much for your faithful support in 2021!
I hope we can count on you in 2022!

The Mid-American Baptist Churches Youth Ministry Team hosts a weekend youth rally for middle school and high school youth called RYE (Region Youth Event). We are offering the opportunity for a church to host the event November 3-5 of 2023. First Baptist Church/Church of the Brethren of Cedar Rapids has been hosting for 20 years. Most recent group size has been 100-150 people. Needs for the event include: facility availability Friday afternoon through Sunday early afternoon; a large space for worship/teaching sessions; another large space for indoor activities/games; small rooms for workshop/small group sessions; a dining area for serving food. In the neighborhood would need to be hotel accommodations, restaurants/food courts, and an off-site attraction large enough for the whole group.  If your congregation would like to host, or share the efforts in hosting, contact Rev. Gary Martin, Associate Regional Minister.  515-329-6434

On Amir Locke: No More Words...

Minnesota Council of Churches has released this statement on the killing of Amir Locke:

No more words …

A young Black man, Amir Locke, was killed by Minneapolis police on Wednesday morning, February 2, 2022. Reminiscent of Breonna Taylor, Minneapolis police used a no-knock warrant to silently enter the private residence where he was asleep and they shot and killed Amir. They were looking for someone else.

We have no more words … First, we are still numb and in shock. Second, with the police killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, we made statements, quoted Scripture, protested, and called for action. Our colleagues around the country who are speaking out about police killings of Black people, Native people, and other people of color in their communities are also feeling like they have said all that needs to be said already.

We have no more words … Yet Amir’s family needs our prayers.

We have no more words … Yet Black women, many who were Mothers, gathered on Monday to cry out for justice, accountability, and the transformation of public safety. So, we must join these courageous Black women and once again find the words, the Scriptures, the protests, and the actions to demand that the City of Minneapolis account for its racism and incompetence in policing. We must demand from the Mayor of Minneapolis to use his newly gained powers to transform public safety in Minneapolis. And we use the prophet Isaiah’s words to demand, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed” (1:17).

Minnesota Council of Churches

Presiding Elder Stacey Smith, President
Bishop Richard Howell, Vice President
Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, Chief Executive Officer
Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Co-Director of Racial Justice
Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri, Co-Director of Racial Justice

To read the latest newsletter from the Minnesota Council of Churches - click HERE

Missions Awareness & Support Opportunity

Recently endorsed by American Baptist International Ministries (2019), Eric & Yuree Lembke are seeking opportunities to connect with churches or individuals who have a desire to support them in their call to serve in Thailand. They are available to visit Iowa or Minnesota during the months of May and June of 2022. Please contact them directly for more details 

Eric & Yuree will serve at the Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Bible School & College (KKBBSC) located in Mae La Refugee Camp near Mae Sot, Thailand. Young adults, mainly from the Karen ethnic group, attend the school to pursue a degree in ministry to serve as Christian leaders within the refugee camps and with internally displaced persons in areas along the Thai/Myanmar border. Eric and Yuree's ministry will focus on working with refugees through education, discipleship, and evangelism. At the school, they will teach English and ministry classes. Yuree was born in Myanmar, and at age three, she fled with her family to Thailand for safety. In 2012, Yuree and other family members immigrated to the United States.  Eric & Yuree met at Bacone College while taking ministry classes. They were married in 2016 and welcomed their first child, Harper, in 2021.



Attention MABC Pastors:


Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Sunset Hills Baptist Church - Omaha, Nebraska

Save the March 28-30th dates for the 2022 Prairie Pastor’s Conference!
For those who may be newer to us, this is a multi-region partnership between
ABC Dakotas, ABC of Nebraska, Mid-American and Central.
We will be in Omaha, Nebraska as we have been in the past and there is no cost for the conference itself.
You will need to cover your lodging and transportation for the event


Our keynote speakers will be Dr. Lyn Cohick, professor, provost, and author of seven books including, Ephesians in the New International Commentary of the New Testament, Christian Women in the Patristic WorldPhilippians in the Story of God Commentary Series for Zondervan. Additionally, she has authored over 50 articles and chapters for multiple publications. For more information on Dr. Lyn Cohick visit her website

Rev. Dr. Denise Muir Kjesbo Professor of Children’s and Family Ministry. Denise is committed to equipping leaders to serve in ministries with children and youth as the crucial mission field of our time - both in the States and around the world.

We will host a pre-conference on Monday beginning at 1:30 that will allow pastors to interact with leaders from across ABC USA including General Secretary Rev. Dr. Jeff Woods and representatives from American Baptist Home Mission Society, International Ministries, American Baptist Women, American Baptist Men, MMBB, and more. They will also be available for 1:1 conversations throughout the conference.  
To learn more and see the schedule click the registration button.

I hope you can join us!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

M Health Fairview CPE is currently accepting applications for our fall, part time internship program, for those looking for an initial experience providing specialized care as well as our full-time, year-long residency program that provides training for individuals pursuing the vocation of chaplaincy. 

What M Health Fairview CPE offers 
We foster an experienced-based theological education that combines the practice of spiritual care with qualified supervision and peer group reflection. We help students develop competency in the art and skills of pastoral care. We encourage them to explore their spiritual histories and deepen their pastoral identity. Our students come from many different faith traditions and many countries. We offer a choice of training levels and scheduling options and have programs at a number of locations. Our system is comprised of two CPE Centers:

M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital CPE Center 
M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital in suburban Edina is one of the largest providers of emergency care in the state of Minnesota. It offers comprehensive medical care, including cardiology, oncology, mental health, and newborn services. It also has a noted surgery department, providing treatment ranging from open heart and neurological surgery to orthopedic, eye, urologic, gynecologic and cosmetic surgery. 

M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center
(UMMC) CPE Center

University of Minnesota Medical Center consists of two facilities, on the East and West Banks of the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. This major educational and quaternary care facility offers patients a comprehensive range of diagnostic, clinical, surgical and health educational services, including behavioral care and rehabilitation. The hospital’s focus on medical training and research affords special opportunities for CPE. Operating as a separate hospital but in tandem with the University of Minnesota Medical Center is the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital where students may have experience during on-call rotations. 
Inquiries and applications can be sent to our CPE Registrar at

The Board of General Ministries, the governing board for ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, is currently in the process of seeking information regarding the priorities for the next General Secretary, whose term will begin in 2024. The following survey will take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. We value your responses and we thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. The survey will remain open until March 5, 2022. All feedback received by this deadline will help the current General Secretary search committee develop a profile of a desired candidate.  LINK:

COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available through ABC USA partnership READ THIS PDF FOR MORE INFO

How to order COVID-19 Test Kits beginning January 17
Access the test kit ordering form hosted by the White House from the NACHW site to begin placing orders: · One package of four COVID-19 rapid test kits can be ordered per household · Assist community members in placing an order for their household· Include with your order an optional email address if you would like to track your package · Orders on the 17th will be screened based on a social vulnerability and COVID-19 risk factor ZIP Code list required by the White House. Orders placed after the 19th can be placed directly on the White House site when it goes live.


Dayton Oaks Fundraiser: 

Our 100 days to raise fundraiser starts Tuesday, February 1st.  The fundraiser will run for 100 days and end on Wednesday, May 11th.  Our goal is to raise $6,000 for the Dayton Oaks camping ministry.  If we meet our goal on or before May 11th, Matt has agreed to shave his beard and the pictures will be posted on our social media.  (Now I can't remember exactly the last time Matt was clean shaven, but I know our daughter who is almost 23 hasn't seen her dad without facial hair.)  
Here's the link to donate: or you can mail your check directly to Dayton Oaks.  If you mail a check please be sure to put in the memo line that this is for #100days or babyface Matt or something even more clever so we know that the donation goes towards the #100days fundraiser. Thanks for supporting Dayton Oaks Camp - Dani

 Forest Lake Spring Work Week

This Spring's dates have been determined for Forest Lake Camp volunteers. The week of May 9-14 (early arrival lodging available on Sunday May 8.  Projects will include Trail work, Firewood harvest, picnic table repairs, new benches at lake fire pit, cabin maintenance & some new plumbing, more to come..SO plenty of projects for all.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR  May (9) to 14. 


Click HERE for the Application - Remember the deadline is April 30, 2022



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    
2022 Winter Webinar Series:  

Let the Walls Fall Down
  • Empowering Seniors
  • February 17, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Panelists: Elaine Cody, Life Coach, Cody Clarity Coaching; Rev. Dr. Deborah Stapleton, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church Lincoln Gardens; and Pamela Bridgeforth, Care Coordinator at Senior Connections
    Click here for more information.
  • Identifying and Managing Bullying Behavior
    March 3, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Presenter: Dana Wise Jones, Counselor, Defining Moments
    Click here for more information.
  • Sustaining Sisterhood
    March 17, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Presenter: Rev. Dr. Shannon Daley-Harris, Director of Religious Affairs, Children's Defense Fund
    Click here for more information.
Save the DATE: MAY 10th!!!
NEXT SECTION MEETING FOR Midwestern 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🙂


Hi Jackie,
I'm sending this e-mail to recommend the "Harp Twins" 2022 Christmas Concert Series, to any of the churches in the Region that might be looking for something incredibly special for the 2022 Christmas Season.  This past Christmas as you know we here at Woodlawn hosted a Christmas Concert by the "Harp Twins".  Our concert kicked off the Twins 2021 Concert Series and was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!  And as I relayed to you we have already booked them for a second concert on Dec 10th of this year. The Twins are wonderfully talented and multifaceted performers, putting on an engaging and entertaining show of music, comedy, and story-telling.  If you look at the link above taking you to their 'about' page on their website and read their extended bio you'll see that they have an amazing depth and diversity of talents.  On top of all of this, they are extraordinarily personable and genuinely caring.  They are devoted Christians and honestly live their faith.  While they were here they actually pulled a family aside to pray with them concerning a terrible loss that the family had just learned of on their way to the concert. There is simply no way for me to overemphasize how much any church and congregation would enjoy and be blessed by the Twins performing for them.  The fee structure that they use for church performances is very generous and leaves the church with little exposure for loss.  If anyone would wish to know more they can certainly contact me (Pastor Roy Karlen) at 712-297-4061.

Their contact person is Lola at



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