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Body Builder

September 30, 2021 

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

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Be sure and let you pastor(s) how much you appreciate their hard work.

And don't forget your MABC Region Staff:
October 1st marks 3 years that Jackie Saxon has been your Executive Minister  
and Gary Martin has been your Region Associate Minster for almost 6 years.

MABC Region News:

A word from our Mission and Stewardship Ministry Team
As you are planning your 2022 Budgets
Kindly click on the logos below for an important message

A Word from our Discipleship and Spiritual Formation Team:

Attention Members of the MABC Board of Region Ministries

As we look ahead to our fall schedules I would like to make sure you save the date of Saturday, October 23 for our board meeting is now going to be completely VIRTUAL beginning at 10 am.  Board members will receive a Zoom link closer to the meeting date. For those of you who lead ministry teams plan to meet between now and then if you haven’t already scheduled a meeting. If you represent an organization, camp, or ministry team please prepare a written report and submit it to with Board Report in the subject line no later than Friday, October 8. Contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for all you do and I pray God’s blessings on you all as summer winds down and a new season begins. In Christ, Susan  Russell, Region President



To All Forest Lake Camp Volunteers 

Forest Lake Camp needs some wood cut for winter heat. They are able to save a lot of money on fuel costs by converting dead trees into heat in the home as well as the main building. The wood will be sawed into proper lengths for the outdoor burner and hauled into a wood storage area.  Week ends are busy so the work will need to be done during weekdays. Workers will load, haul, and unload at camp storage site. A tractor with loader may be at the loading site to help with some heavy lifting. Could you possibly find three or four volunteers and come for the day (or several). This is a new project and I can imagine we will find a way to get the task finished safely. Let me or the camp know of your possible intents. First choice of dates:  Week of October 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Suggestions Welcome. Gary Morrison (for Shawn) 515 961 4983


To All Dayton Oaks Camp Volunteers 

Join us October 25-30 for our Fall Work Week at camp. We will start at 9 am each morning.  We will be cutting wood for the wood stove and tearing out old carpet & installing new carpet squares in the fireside room. There are many other small projects to help with, but those are the two biggest for the week. Let us know if you can help for a day or two or the whole week. Hope we will see you then!  Matt and Dani

Dayton Oaks Fall Fundraiser appeal letter can be found HERE

Be sure and click on the Quick Links provided above on the left hand side
of this newsletter for information from our local and national partners. 

MABC Region Upcoming Events:

A complete listing of upcoming events can be found on the region website HERE

RYE Registration Materials can be found HERE

Click HERE for a printable registration form

Mission Trip to Rainbow Acres

First Baptist of Greater Des Moines is organizing a Rainbow Acres mission trip for January 31-February 4, 2022They are inviting participation from members of region churches to join them in this opportunity to combine experiencing mission and service with a mid-winter getaway.  
For more details contact Jan Grogan, or Dave Schaer,


Join us for the 2021 National CROP Hunger Walk on World Food Day, October 16th and end hunger in the U.S. and around the world! Walk on your treadmill, in your neighborhood, in a park with friends – you choose the location and the experience. Walk one day - 3.7 miles (the average distance a woman walks for water) or take the Weekend Challenge and walk 11.1 miles (3.7 miles for 3 days).Every step you take, every dollar you raise makes the walk shorter for neighbors in need by providing clean water, emergency food as well as livelihoods and access to education. Sign-up and start raising funds TODAY at ! Contact for more info.


Attention Ministers of the MABC Region:
The latest e-newsletter sent on September 13 can be found HERE



Fall MABC Ministers Council Retreat - Open to all Clergy  Oct. 8-9 at Dayton Oaks Camp. Check-in begins on the 8th @10 am and the retreat ends on the 9th @2pm. In order to get an accurate headcount - please send in your registration by tomorrow - October 1st. 

Did you know your congregation can apply for up to $5,000 to implement a ministry discerned through
the ReShaping Church process? 
The 2021 ReShaping Church congregations have utilized such funds to update technology to continue hybrid worship services,
to partner with a Brazilian congregation to offer English language courses in the community,
to increase their congregation's practices of radical hospitality, and more! 
Find out how your congregation can be part of the ReShaping Church 2022 cohort
by attending one of the Open Houses via Zoom!
For more Information - Click HERE 




For more event information, visit
For a listing of important dates to remember of ABWM events from 2021 - 2024 - click HERE


MABC Iowa West Fall Rally information below

2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down    Fall Webinar Series

Understanding and Taking Action Against Human Trafficking
October 7, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Kate Lee, Executive Director, New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Click here for more information.

God is Preserving You
October 21, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Linnita Hosten, award-winning speaker and student success strategist

Click here for more information.

Debunking Domestic Violence Myths Through A Biblical Lens
November 4, 2021
; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Tara AdayDirector of Prevention and Education, Safe Haven Ministries

Click here for more information.

God is in the Details
November 18, 2021; 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST
Presenter: Elaine Cody, Life Coach, Cody Clarity Coaching

Click here for more information.



National Announcements 
Click here to visit the ABCUSA website for the most up-to-date information.

    Be sure and click on the Quick Links provided on the left hand side of this newsletter for information from our region, local and national partners. 

Read more about International Ministries response to the earthquake in Haiti HERE
American Baptists Advocate on Behalf of People of Myanmar (Burma) - Read more HERE
Continue to check out the for further updates.
Here is the latest Newsletter from Faith, Hope and Love Global Ministries: Myanmar and Our Expanded Global Mission 

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