Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

December 15, 2021** 

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

The MABC Region Office would like to wish you and yours 

May God's richest blessings abide around you!

Please note that the Region office will be closed starting
Wednesday December 22nd and will reopen
on Tuesday, January 4th. 

**Due to the holidays, there will only be one edition of the Bodybuilder in December.
We will return to our regular schedule starting January 15, 2022.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/14/21)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)
holds in prayer Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri,  Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois, where at least 38 tornadoes recently caused significant damage and the tragic loss of lives. More than 70 deaths have been reported and persons are still missing. ABHMS collects One Great Hour of Sharing donations in response to recent tornadoes. More information can be found HERE


MABC Region News:
Scenes from around the Region

Please send the region office photos of events and activities
that have taken place at your church.
We would love to share them with the MABC Family

First Baptist Malvern, Iowa
Festival of Trees Event

Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Paul MN
Women’s Ministry 2nd Annual Face to Face
Winter Clothing & Supplies Drive


A word of Thank You from our
Mission and Stewardship Ministry Team

Our Mid-American 2022 Generosity Project Cohort
has been named:

Group members for the 2022 MABC Generosity Project are:
Rev. Jeff Harris, FBC Cherokee and Mt. Olive Baptist , Facilitator.  
Rev. Sheila Ahlbrand, FBC St. Paul, MN
Rev. Janell Bloem, FBC Boone, IA
Rev. James Bringman, FBC Mason City, IA
Rev. Dave Glavin, Hillsboro/Harrisburg Baptist Church, Hillsboro, IA
Rev. Roy Karlen, Woodlawn Christian Church, Lake City, IA
Rev. Carla Nelson, FBC Owatonna, MN
Rev. Dave Russell, FBC Ames, IA
Rev. Cindy White, FBC Davenport, IA

Attention both Members of the Board of Region Ministries and all Ministry Team Members:
Hello everyone, I’m writing to let you know of some dates to save for next year. The first is a Region Board and Ministry Team Zoom retreat on January 29 at 10 am. There will be information coming later but it will be a two hour  event- including  some sharing and planning with each other and a possible special guest- no business to conduct. The second date is the spring Region Board meeting. This 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 don’t attend in person. The dates for our Region Biennial gathering are September 30- October 1. This will be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Pella. I am looking forward to seeing you all in 2022 and 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. 

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Pastor Dave Schwechel of FBC Iowa Falls 
invites the MABC Family
to a light display that he has created at his home in Iowa Falls.

November 26 through December 31st 5pm to 10pm


American Baptist Leaders Release
“You Are Special” Storybook Video

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/1/21)—American Baptist Churches USA is pleased to offer a children’s storybook video for the American Baptist family based upon the book, “You are Special” by Max Lucado with illustrations by Sergio Martinez. Members of the National Executive Council provided the voices and narration for the story and director Jonathan Wu produced the video. The story tells of a group of Wemmicks who live in a community where people place dots on one another for bad things and stars on one another for doing good things. One of the members of the community, Punichello, notices that Lucia has no stars or dots and sets out on a journey to discover how this is possible. While the video is drawn from a children’s book, the message is one for all ages.

We invite you to view the video here:

The National Executive Council is comprised of the leaders of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist International Ministries,
American Baptist Women’s Ministries, and MMBB Financial Services, along with the General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA.

The current members of the National Executive Council are:
Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain, Executive Director, American Baptist Women’s Ministries
Rev. Sharon Koh, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, American Baptist International Ministries
Dr. Louis Barbarin, Chief Executive Officer, MMBB Financial Services
Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA

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 endeavor between ABC Dakotas, Mid-American American Baptist Churches, and the Central Region. We will be in Omaha, Nebraska, like we usually are and there is no cost for the conference itself. You will need to cover your lodging and transportation for the event. More information in the coming weeks will be shared but wanted you to have the dates for your planning! I hope you can join us!

More Information to be sent early in 2022. 

Check out these up-coming virtual journeys sponsored 
by the Short-Term International Mission team:

  • Ministry in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region with SAT-7 
    is scheduled for February 1, 2 & 3, 2022.
    Come on this 3-Day virtual Mission Express with the Short-Term Mission desk and the
    Europe & Middle East & Liberia desk.
    Last day to register is January 20, 2022.

  • Ministry in Israel/Palestine hosted by the Association of Baptist Churches will shed light on Arab Christians spreading God’s good news in Cana, Galilee and other communities. Join us virtually on this unique 3-Day virtual Mission Express scheduled for February 17, 18 & 19, 2022 with an open heart, and learn how to be better peacemakers from siblings in Christ who are themselves considered to be the marginalized of the marginalized in their own country. Follow this link to sign-up for this virtual short-term mission experience to Israel/Palestine 
    Last day to register is February 11, 2022 at Noon(EST)

Reshaping Church in a Volatile World: Congregational Leadership Collective

What is effective church leadership in the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) times we find ourselves in?  How can congregational leaders embrace and cultivate spiritual and theological perspectives to enable transformation during VUCA experiences? Join us in the Reshaping Church in a Volatile World: Congregational Leadership Collective.  Engage in ongoing and collaborative learning with other church leaders, group coaching to apply those learnings to your ministry context, and support and encouragement as you lead your congregation!


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




Are you looking for somewhere to drop off your old concrete or brick? 
Dayton Oaks is in need of busted concrete or brick
for riprap to help complete the dam for our new pond. 
Please contact Matt at 515-547-2417 to set up a time to drop it off.




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
  • Tending to Our Souls
    January 20, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
    Presenter: Rev. Miriam Méndez, Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor, American Baptist Churches of New Jersey
    Click here for more information.
  • 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.

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

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