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Forest Lake Camp & Conference Center
(near Bloomfield, IA)

Dayton Oaks Camp & Conference Center
(near Dayton, IA)

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Body Builders

October 31, 2020 

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

Be sure and set your clocks back an hour before you head to bed tonight. 




Dayton Oaks Workweek for Volunteers Successful! 
The Wood supply is in.

Thank you all volunteers. In spite of the 2020 Covid 19 “play grounding” around the world, eleven volunteers provided 45 days of timber work and cut, hauled in, split and stacked the years supply of wood for heating at Dayton Oaks Camp and Retreat Center. Thank you all for responding to this emergency need during this unusual “Pandemic Year.” Meals and safe and warm lodging were provided to all needing them. 120 containers have been filled with split wood and placed in storage.
(Two containers are about a cord of wood) 
We praise the Lord and give thanks to all volunteers and for His safety during this project. Sent by Gary Morrison

Dayton Oaks and Forest Lake Camps are available for Rentals

As you consider plans for outings or get-togethers with your family,
church groups or special interest  hobby groups, check with our camps for availability.
Forest Lake and Dayton Oaks are accepting reservations for small group events.
Both camps have indoor spaces for retreats/meetings, crafting groups and meal events.
Dayton Oaks has remodeled their guest rooms in the lodge for overnight stays.
Also at Dayton Oaks is the retreat house
which has three bedrooms and a common area with kitchenette and fireplace.
Our camps have hosted fewer events in 2020, causing a loss of revenue.
Please support our camps through rentals, donations and your continued prayers.

Dayton Oaks - 515-547-2417       Forest Lake 641-684-8908

Attention MABC Young Adults and Parents of Young Adults
Do you know a young person who has put their college plans on hold? Maybe a young leader in your life is needing some direction and confidence in the midst of uncertain times. Here at Leading Tomorrow, we are so excited to be partnering with Growing Leaders and nexleader to offer a 6-month virtual gap year experience, beginning in January 2021. We will be working with students to pursue their goals and create a personal Get Ahead Plan (GAP). Online events and interactive modules, a small group cohort of other students, and a certified coach will help developing leaders grow in their self awareness and lead themselves more effectively. For more information, visit the website or contact usApply today and use the promo code LT2021 to waive the $50 application fee. for the next generation, Jolene Erlacher


Attention MABC Youth Leaders!
Your Regional Youth Team is disappointed to postpone our annual
in-person RYE event until next year,
but we still want to learn, play, and connect with each other this November!

So here's the plan:
We will send you as many devotional books as you need.
You will follow us
to catch all the games, updates, and surprises.

You can use #2020RYE to post your game entries and play along!
Register today and we’ll get your books to you!

All of this information can also be found on the MABC Youth page of the region website: 
Mark your calendar for the first weekend in November 2021 for speaker Charlie Conder
and worship leader Jeremy Carmody to lead a fantastic weekend where we all will get to


M-ABC Quilters’ Retreat
A Ministry of Mid-American Baptist Churches
November 5 – 7, 2020
Dayton Oaks Camp
3717 Taylor Avenue, Dayton, IA 50530
All Skill levels are welcome
and encouraged!!! Information and Registration Form can be found 

                                                        ATTENTION MABC CHURCHES THAT HAVE A FOOD PANTRY:
If your church has a food distribution ministry,
a supply of USDA food boxes are available at no charge.
To apply for receiving USDA food boxes,
contact Rev. Gary Martin. 515-329-6434



First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines in Johnston, IA, is searching for a part-time music director, choir director, and organist. A Des Moines congregation for over 170 years, First Baptist has a long history of excellence in musical performance.  Preferred applicants would be classically trained, but also open to newer musical applications in a worship setting. 

These positions may be separate or paired/combined. To apply, please send an email with your expression of interest to Wendy Longden at First Baptist.  Wendy’s email is 


A Guide to MMBB Benefits Administration:

Register Now for the 2021 Annuity Payout Report Webinar
MMBB Financial Services' CEO Louis P. Barbarin will announce the
2021 Annuity Payout
and explain how the MMBB Board of Managers determined the payout amount.

November 4, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Eastern Time


How to Administer the Plans
November 12, 2020
2:00 pm Eastern Time

This webinar will introduce church administrators to the fundamental and practical knowledge needed for successful administration
of MMBB Benefits for their employees to take full advantage of all that
MMBB has to offer.


 Dr. C. Jeff Woods
Acting General Secretary
September 14, 2020

Dear Friends:

At each Biennial Meeting, the Cora and John Sparrowk President's Award is presented on behalf of the Board of General Ministries to an exceptional Christian.  The recipient must be an American Baptist who has over a period of years made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the life of Christ's Church and who in life and service manifests richly the fruits and gifts of the Spirit.
This award takes the form of a plaque recording the presentation, a written testimony to the life and service of the recipient being honored and a monetary gift.
As a member of the Board of General Ministries you are asked to give prayerful consideration to persons who would be worthy candidates.  Nominations are to be sent to me on the enclosed form for receipt on or before December 18, 2020.  The President, Vice President and immediate Past President will select a recipient from among those nominated for confirmation by the Executive Committee of the Board of General Ministries.  Announcement of the recipient will be made to the Board of General Ministries and presentation of the award will take place at the Biennial Meeting in June 2021.
Please use the Nomination Form provided to submit your nomination. For your information, I have also provided a list of past recipients of the President’s Award.
If you have questions, please be in touch with me.  You have our gratitude for your willingness to take part in this sensitive and significant task.

Dr. C. Jeff Woods
Acting General Secretary

Nomination Form
Past Recipients

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