November 15, 2020
Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.
Please note that the Region office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving.
Governor Reynolds (IA) most recent COVID proclamation can be found HERE
Minnesota Department of Health: Planning Funeral and Memorial Services During Covid 19 - HERE
Des Moines Church Builds Prayer Wall to Offer Messages of Hope
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 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 at https://www.instagram.com/regionyouth/
to catch all the games, updates, and surprises.
You can use #2020RYE to post your game entries and play along!
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
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
American Baptist Churches USA seeks nominations for the Luke Mowbray Ecumenical Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding ecumenical work at the local, state, national or international level, either as a volunteer or paid professional. This award will be presented at the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) 2021 Online Biennial Mission Summit, June 24-26, 2021. The award winner will be selected by the ABCUSA Committee on Christian Unity and Interfaith Relations. The deadline for nominations January 31, 2021. Nomination forms can be found HERE
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