March 31, 2022
Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.
American Baptists Called to Pray for Ukraine
Dr. Jeff Woods, our ABC USA General Secretary, has issued a call for us to pray for Ukraine. If you would like to read the full text of this call to prayer, or share this with your congregation, click here.
In response to immediate needs resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24, 2022, International Ministries has sent an initial grant of $15,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief to the European Baptist Federation to provide humanitarian aid for Ukrainian Baptists. This grant joins a larger, global Baptist response to this evolving situation. Read More Here
Ukrainian children celebrated International Women's Day by creating pictures to hang in our home. Our global servants in Hungary—Amanda and Jon Good, Carmella Jones, and Becky and Larry Stanton—are directly engaged in helping to provide relief for Ukrainian refugees. Click on the names above or HERE to learn more.
MABC Region News:
First Baptist Church of Winona, MN
is looking to purchase
Adult Sunday School Materials.
What is your church using?
Please send your suggestions/recommendations to the
region office firstname.lastname@example.org
First Baptist Church Waterloo, Iowa
Thank you to all of those who helped by donating water and funds to the Men's ministry! Thank you to all who helped load and special thanks to Paul & Tiffany for going with Gail and me to deliver all this water! Approx 3 tons of bottled water!! Thank you all so much! We also delivered the check from the special offering taken today and they were so excited about both the water and funds! Pastor Roy Karlen
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.
Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership
Plans are underway for our Region's Biennial Gathering happening Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1st to be held in person at FBC Pella, Iowa. Please make plans to attend and make sure members of your congregations are also present as we will have region business to attend to and will need church delegates in addition to a great program for our time together being planned. More information will be coming in the next couple of months with more details as the planning team gets to work on our first in person gathering since 2018!!!
Scenes from the Prairie Pastors Conference
Special thanks to our MABC Pastors that were able to attend: Sheila Ahlbrand (FBC St Paul); Janell Bloem (FBC Boone); Dave Byrd (FBC Oelwein); Tim Curtiss (Pickwick Community); Gary Grogan (Retired); Matt Howlett (FBC Charles City); Roy Karlen (Woodlawn Christian); Gary Martin (Region Staff);
Jon Singer (FBC Waterloo); Tom Wiles (Retired)
MABC at Lunch with each other and special guests
Prairie Pastors Women in Ministry Participants
Saturday, April 9th, and Saturday, May 14, 2022 Lunch provided will be provided.
Saturday, April 30th. Show up anytime between 10 am & 3 pm. Come see all the changes & updates at the camp & join us for lunch & various camp activities. All ages welcome.
Forest Lake Venture 2022
May 9 - 14, 2022
NOTICE! The workweek for volunteers at Forest Lake Camp is May 9-14 this year. That is a little later than other years. I hope each of you will be able to help get things ready for the season again this year. Trail grooming and bridge inspection are needed. Also, picnic table repairs, cabin maintenance, linoleum floor in a bathroom, outside spring clean-up, plumbers assistant, cabins readied for the quickly approaching season, cleaning and painting the entrance sign. It will be nice working with you again this year. I have found that doing things at our camps is greatly needed and it is another way to help out a little beyond the financial needs. Let the camp (or me) know your plans when you know them for this year’s Forest Lake Venture '22. Gary Morrison email@example.com 515-729-7722
2021 Annual Report can be found HERE
Sectional Meetings: What's Up with 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 - Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Midwestern ABWM Regions: Central (Arkansas, Kansas, & Oklahoma), Great Rivers Region (Illinois &Missouri), Indiana, Michigan, Mid-America (Iowa, & Minnesota), Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Click here for more details.
We are excited to announce that the early registration deadline for “Radical. Redeemed. Ready.” has been extended until the last day of Women’s History Month, March 31, 2022. “Radical. Redeemed. Ready.,” a conference celebrating ministering women, will be held Wednesday-Saturday, June 15-18, 2022 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis.
The registration fee for all attendee registrants now through March 31, 2022, will remain $139. After the Early Registration date of March 31, the conference attendance registration fee will be $170. Learn more about grant and scholarship opportunities here. We invite you to visit the conference website to learn more and to register: