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May 31, 2022 

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


American Baptists are Called to Pray 

American Baptist Leaders Respond to Recent Violence, Shootings


May 18, 2022  - This week, American Baptist leaders have responded to the recent shootings in California, New York and Wisconsin. American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods released a statement saying, "The recent shootings in Orange County, California at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, in Buffalo, New York, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin remind us of the deep and destructive hate that exists in so many people today. These shootings are a reminder that we are losing too many human lives to gun violence. We pray for the families and friends of the victims and for all those affected by these shootings. We also pray for discernment and fortitude to be about gospel work that opens our own eyes and hearts to the deep rooted causes of violence and transforms our learned ways of interpreting and responding to acts of hate and violence." Read the full statement here.

The American Baptist Churches of New York State sent a letter of prayer and support to its churches and community on Monday morning following Saturday shooting in Buffalo, New York. Read the statement here.

On behalf of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray released a statement noting that "[ABHMS] expresses heartfelt condolences to the victims and family members of those slain during [the] brazen act of racially motivated violence on May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York. We stand in solidarity with the people of Buffalo, while praying for comfort on the part of all those stricken by grief due to this massacre." Read the full statement here.

  MABC Region News:

More Scenes from Grace Trinity Church in Minneapolis, MN Open House
celebrating their building renovations.
This was a 2 million dollar project that took 3 1/2 years to complete. Member Ryan Allen led the project. 
The outside of the building; The front of the Sanctuary; Bruce Van Der Beek and Ryan Allen;
Bruce Van Der Beek and Eugene Allen



More information can be found HERE



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.


Your Generosity Abounds!
Our 1st Quarter results are a blessing.
We are off to a great start for 2022.
Thank you so much! Let's keep it going!

A request for your annual report was sent out from the Region Office last week. 
Please complete the forms and return them to the region office by May 31st. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Region office 
515-278-1411 or

Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?

Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership


All WMO resources, including this year's videos, will also be available digitally for download from the IM website beginning in July. 

The 2022 International Ministries World Mission Conference is going to be a special one!

We are so excited to give you the opportunity to reconnect in person with our global servants at the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center.
Learn first-hand what God is doing around the world! Enjoy a time of rest and spiritual renewal.

How might God use this week to speak to you? Even if you don’t know anything (yet!) about IM or Christian mission–join us to find out more!

Lodging and meals are your choice and made via Green Lake Conference Center at 920-294-3323 or visit their website to see the wide variety of housing options.

Conference registration with IM is below.


May E-Newsletter can be read found HERE
Attention Clergy and Church Leaders - Continuing Education Opportunities:


Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL) was established by the General Grand Chapter in October 1952. Iowa Grand Chapter adopted the program at its Grand Chapter meeting in 1953 and Iowa's first grants were given in 1954.

It is familiarly known as “ESTARL”, the first letter of each word of the formal title.

This grant program was established to encourage and assist those preparing for full-time Christian service. Awards are made ONLY to students preparing for leadership in religious service, such as a minister, missionary, director of church music, church youth leadership, religious education, and other types of full-time religious service.

The ESTARL fund is funded each year by voluntary gifts and memorials given by chapters and individual members across the state and from selected projects.  

Grand Chapter of Iowa, Order of the Eastern Star ESTARL application
ESTARL: Eastern Star Training Award for Religious Leadership



American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) invites you
to Space for Grace 2022, September 19 - 23, 2022 at
the Westin Kansas City, Missouri, at Crown Center.
Click on the logo for more information and to register

MABC's very own Rev. Janell Bloem - Pastor at FBC Boone
is one of the panelists for one of the workshops!


Plans are underway for our Region's Biennial Gathering happening Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1st to be held in person at FBC Pella, Iowa. 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 church delegates in addition to a great program for our time together being planned. More information will be coming in the next couple of months with more details as the planning team gets to work on our first in-person gathering since 2018!!!



Ladies 18 & older---Looking for a way to grow your faith and have fun while doing it? 
There’s no better way to do that, then working at summer camp.  If you are a Christian who’s passionate about summer camp, then we need you.  We are currently still in need of a female cabin leader to serve at Dayton Oaks from June 18-July 30, 2022.  If you’re unable to commit to the summer season, then maybe you can serve one week of summer camp.

Here are the weeks available:
Paintball        June 19-24
1-4 Cabin        June 26-July 1
Horse #1, Fish, & Mission Camps      July 10-15
5-6 Cabin & Horse #2        July 17-22
Camp on the Rock       July 24-29

 Requirements are: completed background check, desire to serve our Lord in the camping ministry, ability to work with children in the outdoors, ability to accept supervision & guidance, good character, integrity and adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control.
If you are qualified for this position, or know of someone who is, please contact Matt at Dayton Oaks at 515-547-2417 or email him at

Dayton Oaks Open House new Pond 

Scenes from Work Week 



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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    

You can attend the annual meeting via Zoom simply click on the picture to register. 


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