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Body Builders

August 15, 2020 

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


MABC Church News and Quick Updates - Derecho Impact in Iowa:
Attention MABC Churches impacted by the storm on Monday, August 10th
please let the Region Office office know of any needs you might have in light of this devastating storm.

The Church On Northland
The Church on Northland in Cedar Rapids sustained church damage to the roof and sanctuary. There are also trees down in the parking lot. They are in need of volunteers to help with the clean up. If you wish to lend a hand  please contact the Dina Blake, Church admin at 319-377-8020 or by email at

They have additional supply needs that she can share with you when you contact her. 
Here are a few pics of the damage: (inside sanctuary, roof and the opening up close in the sanctuary)

August Pastor Check-in:Thursday, August 27th @10am and/or @7pm

**Aug 27 (Thu) 10:00am Zoom Call for MABC Pastors with Jackie
to check in with one another and share ideas. 
How has your summer been? What have you learned during this pandemic?
How are you preparing for the Fall? 

Topic: Check in with MABC Pastors and Executive Minister
Time: Aug 27, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time 
Join Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 848 4900 4232
Passcode: 456620
Dial in by Phone 312 626 6799 

**Aug 27 (Thu) 7:00pm Zoom Call for MABC Pastors with Jackie
to check in with one another and share ideas.
 How has your summer been? What have you learned during this pandemic?
How are you preparing for the Fall?

Topic: Check in with MABC Pastors and Executive Minister
Time: Aug 27, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 881 8985 0973
Passcode: 614374
Dial in by Phone 312 626 6799 


Board of Region Ministries Update
Strength for Today - Hope for Tomorrow  
Saturday October 3, 2020
2020 M-ABC Region Biennial Gathering
Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD.  Plans are currently underway for our 2020 M-ABC VIRTUAL Region Biennial Gathering.  This year we celebrate 50 years as an American Baptist Region serving churches in Iowa and Minnesota.  While we had planned an in-person celebration, the pandemic caused us to re-evaluate.  However, we are excited that the celebration can still happen ... God does provide.  This time it’s through technology. 
Not only will technology bring our celebration to you, but also allow greater access to speakers and more.  The technology allows us access to speakers that might not otherwise be able to attend.  It will also let us listen to special music and participate in breakout discussion groups.  We also want to celebrate our history and this is one way you can help.  We need your help in gathering those tidbits of Region history and sharing them with of the planning committee, or sharing the name(s) of those Region “historians” who we should contact.

Watch for more details from your Biennial Gathering planning committee in the upcoming weeks. 

Stay safe and may God bless you,
Dale Stevens, Region President and Rev. Jacquline Saxon, Region Executive Minister

MABC Churches interested in obtaining a Zoom Account at a reduced rate with enhanced features- click on the the Ministrelife logo below to get more information and pricing. Then contact Erica Van Brackle with ABHMS - Ministrelife - . Let her know that you are a church in our region and she will be able to assist you.

World Mission Conference Live Stream Event 2020

1,166 Watched the Live Streams!! Recordings available on the IM website

Thank you to everyone who made the Live Streams so successful!  We are grateful to the global servants who shared about their ministries and the worship teams who provided music.

Not everyone was able to watch the Live Streams when they happened.  Whether you missed them because you were working, sleeping or dealing with a power outage – don’t worry! We recorded all 5 Live Streams and they are now available on the IM website.

We hope you’ll watch them again or for the first time.  Each is 30 minutes long – perfect for a Sunday school class or small group meeting followed by discussion.  The Live Stream recordings will be available on the World Mission Conference page for the next few months. We hope you’ll join us again for future virtual events.

Rev. Mercedes Gonzalez-Barnes is currently on home assignment. She is making herself available to groups for virtual visits. Her ministry emphasis is Theological Education for Spanish speaking groups in the Western Hemisphere. Mercedes was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Lake City, Iowa, at a time when her husband Rev. Rick Barnes was the pastor at FBC Lake City. Read more HERE

Ministers Council: Collegiality/Centeredness/CompetenceHelp Available to Identify Grant Opportunities
National Ministers Council has purchased a subscription to Grant Station. This member-only web site posts descriptions of all forms of private grants and federal and state grantmakers. Members can filter searches geographically, by the deadline, by the target audience, and by type of service provided. Though we cannot share access to the database, we can search it following filters you provide and send you the most promising opportunities.
More information can be obtained

                     Monthly Newsletter can be found HERE                             

ABCUSA Monthly Newsletter can be found HERE
ABCUSA - American Baptist Churches USA

 Latest Newsletter can be found HERE                                                  Latest News Letter can be found HERE 


CEO of MCC along with several leaders in the Twin Cities participated in a WCCO TV interview last week to discuss racial justice and white allies. You can watch the interview below.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) invites you to its webinar "Faith and Activism Town Hall" at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada) on Aug. 19.This interactive virtual town hall will allow its audience to listen in as panelists delve into a conversation about "How Faith Intersects with Activism." 
You must register to attend. Register online in advance for this free webinar.  
We look forward to seeing you there.
 For questions, contact ABHMS' Beverly Allegretti at

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Be sure and check out our MABC WEBSITE.

August - November 2020 schedule can be found HERE

Events Happening at Forest Lake and Dayton Oaks This August and September



Lodging Specials

Come for a safe, renewing time away at Green Lake! Play and pray together on the golf course, on the lake and around the grounds . . . click specials below for details about discounts on houses, cabins and hotels!

Experimental Journey's Grants Available to Churches Wanting to Try New Things

Grants=Free Money!
Experimental Journeys
 is an initiative created by Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer that seeks to support innovative experimental project proposals that are focused on cultivating healthy relationships in order to impact the spiritual journeys of people who are not currently intentional disciples of Jesus. A concise description of the Initiative and the process for applying for a grant can be found in the attached PDF.  We welcome grant applications from any Christian ministry or church. The full announcement and periodic updates on Experimental Journeys may be found online at:

ABC USA Officers for 2022 - 2023 Nomination requests:

It is time to begin the nomination process for the positions of ABC Officers for 2022-2023 – 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 Clergyman and the category for ABC Vice President to be Clergywoman.
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 both for 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. Please secure agreement of the candidate before proposing their 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 Valley Forge, 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 15, 2020 cannot be considered
We will appreciate your sharing these forms with individuals in your area who could make recommendations to the ABCUSA Nominating Committee.
Thank you for your participation in this important part of the representative process.
Click on the image below for a very important invitation.
2021 Biennial Mission Summit - June 25-27, 2021 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
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