Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

December 15, 2022*** 

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
Monday December 19th and will reopen
on Thursday, January 5th. 

*** Due to the holidays, this will be the only edition of the Bodybuilder in December.

We will resume to our regular schedule
starting January 15, 2023.


MABC Region News:

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 25 through December 31st 5pm to 10pm

FBC Iowa Falls choir sings during December 4th worship


Friendly Stars circle showing the baskets of treats
for our extended friends at Waterloo FBC.


Scenes from Woodlawn Christian Church, Lake City, Iowa  
Harp Concert held on Saturday, December 10th


Pastor Shirley Pond Albert, FBC Malvern, Iowa RETIRES


What's your church up to these days?

Send us photos with a brief explanation so that we can share them with the MABC Family in an upcoming edition of the BodyBuilder.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (12/6/22)—The American Baptist Churches Burma Advocacy Group calls for the immediate release of the Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, former General Secretary and President of the Kachin Baptist Convention. Dr. Samson was forcibly detained by the military junta and secreted away. We fear for his safety and life while being unlawfully detained. This is now the most recent in a string of attacks directed against the people of the Kachin State by the military junta.

Dr. Samson has been a key religious leader in Burma, working tirelessly with people of different faiths to promote religious liberty and tolerance. For many years now, he has also been in the forefront of providing humanitarian assistance for those impacted by hostilities in the Kachin State.

We join our voices with those demanding his release and consider Dr. Samson to be in grave danger of torture. We call upon the international community to work for his release.

American Baptist Churches USA has a longstanding relationship with the people of Myanmar and the Burma diaspora in the United States that includes prayers, support, and advocacy efforts. Since the military coup on February 1, 2021, the American Baptist Churches USA has strongly supported the release of all democratically elected leaders, humanitarian aid for Myanmar, and recognition of the National Unity Government. This latest detainment is a deplorable an unnecessary act. We urge all persons of authority to work for the release of Reverend Samson.

The Burma Advocacy Group is a sub-committee of the American Baptist Churches Burma Refugee Commission.


Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?

Prayers for churches in our region
in search of pastoral leadership 

News from ABC Life


VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/30/22)—American Baptist Churches USA is pleased to offer a new children’s storybook video for the American Baptist family based upon the book, “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. Members of the National Executive Council provided the voices and narration for the story and director Jonathan Wu produced the video. “The Snowy Day,” 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow had fallen while he slept. It allows the reader to remember childhood adventures and enjoy a snowy day from a child’s eyes.

We invite you to view the video here:

Just something to think about.....

As attendance dips, churches change to stay relevant for a new wave of worshippers 


I'm curious.....let me know your thoughts on this..... contact me if you would like to chat about this. Thanks!
Attention MABC Clergy

A word from Rev. Janell Bloem -
Chair of the MABC Ministers Council and Pastor at FBC Boone, Iowa.

Dear Colleagues in ministry,
I pray that during this busy advent season, you are reminded of God's precious gift of life and love and that you see God's incredible work all around you. 

In addition to these Advent greetings, I wanted you to be aware of an upcoming, free webinar that you might find encouraging.  It is presented by author of "Dream Like Jesus" and founder of Creating a Culture of Renewal, Rebekah Simon-Peter.  I have attended a few of her webinars and am currently participating in a 3 year training program entitled, "Creating a Culture of Renewal". 

In her webinars, you will hear interesting, practical and hope-filled insights, along with opportunities for interaction.  Below is the information for the upcoming webinar.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact me at and I will provide a link for the webinar.  You can also find out more information about Rebekah's work at at


In this interactive seminar, you will learn

-Why churches are struggling spiritually and financially.

-The three stubborn barriers to achieving growth

-The three life-giving miracles that bring renewal

-The roadmap to success

This will be Tuesday, January 17 at 6-7:30pm CT.


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December 14, 2022 Newsletter HERE

December 8, 2022 Newsletter HERE

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as of December 9, 2022.




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2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down    

Women's History Month Gatherings 2023
During Women’s History month, ABWM curates a gathering every Monday during March. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!
  • Monday, March 6, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 13, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 20, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 27, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
Click here for more details.

Domestic Violence Workshop & Certification
Saturday, April 29, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Virtually and Detroit, Michigan

American Baptist Women’s Ministries is partnering with Safe Haven Ministries for a Domestic Violence Prevention and Education virtual training. This training will enable clergy, church leaders, community groups, and domestic violence educators to come together in a safe and intentional manner to learn ways to support and aid those in their communities that are suffering from Domestic Violence. Participants will gain knowledge, insight, and skills useful in addressing and preventing domestic violence.

Click here for more details.

2023 Sectional Meetings: What's Up ABWM?
Join other American Baptist Women as we hear from our national board, national staff, association leaders, and AB Women on what’s happening in American Baptist Women’s Ministries. 
Midwestern Section - Monday, March 13, 2023
Western Section - Friday, June 2, 2023
Eastern Section - Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Click here for more details.

2024 Women and Girls Conference
June 23, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Join us for Women's Day in Caguas, Puerto Rico!
Click here for more details.

Shalom Retreat
Saturday, October 6-8, 2023
Euclid, Ohio

Click here for more details


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