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January 31, 2022 

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


MABC Region News:

Friends, we received word at the Region office last week that Pastor Len Taylor,
Pastor of First Baptist Church of Red Oak, Iowa now known as The Bridge,
passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, January 20, 2022. 
Len is survived by his wife, Kristin Taylor of Red Oak, IA; two daughters:
Katie (Mike) Redington of Martelle, IA and Megan (Chris) Marsh of Oakland, IA;
five grandchildren: Hunter, Hannah, Gabi, Franky, and Matthew; other relatives, church family and friends. 
The full obituary can be found
Please keep his wife Kristin and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
Cards can be sent to: Mrs. Kristin Taylor - 1210 Eastern Ave - Red Oak,  Iowa 51566


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Prayer Service in Observance of One-Year Anniversary of Military Coup in Burma
February 1, 2022   9:00-10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Central Time) 
A copy of the order of service can be found
HERE. If you would like to Zoom-in - Click HERE



Attention MABC Pastors and Administrators:
A mailing from the Region Office is coming your way.
Important information for your use and action.


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!

Opportunity for Service 

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


Attention Members of the Board of Region Ministries and Ministry Teams:
Thank you for attending our Retreat last Saturday! It was good to be with you and special thanks to our special guest speaker Dr. Jeff Woods, General Secretary for the American Baptist Church USA. 
Reminder that the spring Region Board meeting will be April 9 at 10 am at the First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines. We will have a Zoom option for those who are not able to attend in person. The dates for our Region Biennial gathering are September 30- October 1. To be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Pella.  I pray you know God’s blessings of strength, peace, and joy in the days ahead. In Christ, Susan Russell - MABC Board of Region Ministries President. 

Rev. Ray McCalla, Pastor at FBC Atlantic invites all MABC folks who are interested to join him on a pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey in June 2022. 
Details can be found
HERE. The deadline to register is May 1, 2022

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

I hope you can join us!


MMBB Launches the MMBB Financial Wellness Institute,
Where Learning about Money is as Easy as 1,2,3
New York, NY, January 31, 2022 – MMBB is pleased to announce the introduction of our MMBB Financial Wellness Institute (FWI), a convenient new way for our members to learn about money matters. It’s a visually engaging and interactive online learning experience designed for both clergy and lay staff. This practical and dynamic e-curriculum is provided at no cost to MMBB members.

During the week of January 24, 2022, members received email invites to sign up for the curriculum. Users can take courses in any order they wish at their own pace.  We believe this online curriculum will provide great value for our members.  Keeping our constituents in the know is another way MMBB supports their calling. That’s our calling.

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.


COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available through ABC USA partnership

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. 

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
  • Vulnerable Youth: Identifying Predators and Protecting Children
  • February 3, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
  • Presenter: Linda Blackiston, Director of Community Engagement, The Samaritan Women Click here for more information.  
  • 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🙂



Click HERE for more information
Also a word from our ABF Consultant - Paul Weers HERE

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