Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

September 15, 2022 

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

Please note that there will not be a September 30th edition of the BodyBuilder as that is the start of the Biennial Gathering being held at FBC Pella in Pella, Iowa.
                                   The next edition of the BodyBuilder will be October 15, 2022           

MABC Region News:

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

First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines 20th Anniversary Celebration!
More Pictures can be found HERE

Scenes from FBC Pella's Annual Church Picnic


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.
A Word from Rev. Gary Martin, Associate Region Minister

Gary plans to be with us in the role as Associate Region Minister until the end of this year.
He can be reached at and is in the region office on Tuesdays. 


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

Information Letter to Pastors and Leaders can be found HERE
RYE 2022 Information flyer can be found HERE
Registration form can be found HERE
Covid-19 Waiver can be found HERE

All of this information can also be found on our website HERE

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

We invite you to view our newly published 2021 Annual Summary. This publication provides a glimpse into the work of the American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary during the previous year. We are excited to share a look at the ministries and role of the Office of the General Secretary. Learn more about how we serve our congregations and partners through gathering the denomination, supporting congregations, regions and national organizations, and creating spaces for local and global issues.

Multicultural Ministry in Your Congregation/Community

Thursday, September 15th, 2022, at 2:00 PM CST
with presenters Rev. Michael Ware and Rev. Kathryn Ray.

  Multi-cultural ministry can mean many things. It may mean pastoring a diverse congregation that gathers each Sunday. For others, multi-cultural ministry may mean serving those outside of your church in the local community. This workshop will offer reflection on identifying different cultures within your community, ministering with people from cultures other than your own, and facilitating community-building that bridges multiple cultures, whether in the church or beyond.
More information and the link to register are included on the ABCUSA Website:

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.


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. 



September 8, 2022 Newsletter HERE

September 9, 2022 Newsletter HERE

Click on the logo below to find out most up to date information related to Covid-19 and other health concerns as of September 12, 2002.


Dayton Oaks would like to thank all who were involved with the remodel of the girls shower house.  We have completed all the major construction now & just have a few shelves, one mirror and some touch up painting to do.  Thank you also to the region church who made the donation to begin this project.  Here’s the you tube video of the newly remodeled shower house.  

Dayton Oaks -  October 22-28, 2022



For more event information, visit
For a listing of important dates to remember of ABWM events - click HERE

2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down    

Congratulations to Lovena Van Haaften! She has been recently elected Coordinator of Midwestern Section of ABW Ministries!
Her 3 year term began September 1st. 
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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