December 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 starting Saturday, December 19th and will reopen on Monday, 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, 2021.
The Region office and staff would like to wish you..
Prayers for Associate Region Minister Gary Martin and his wife Brenda Martin as they cope with the recent and sudden passing of his mother Mary Ann Martin.
Cards of condolences may be sent to the Region Office 2400 NW 86th Street Suite 15 Des Moines, Iowa 50322
Attention MABC Pastors and Region Leaders.
The region office has an enhanced zoom account that gives us the ability to set up zoom meetings for any MABC church or committee in our region who does not have a zoom account. If your church does not have an account and would like to try using Zoom for an upcoming meeting in the new year, the region office can help.
Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know of your interest and we can work with you to set up a Zoom meeting and provide you with the link. We do not have live streaming capability nor the capacity to do webinars.
Upcoming American Baptist Women's Ministries Events:
For more event information,
ATTENTION MABC CLERGY
The Prairie Pastors Conference typically held in person in Omaha, NE at the end of March
beginning of April has been cancelled in 2021
due to the pandemic.
But PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 from 1pm - 4pm for a
Prairie Pastors Zoom meeting/gathering.
More information will be sent out shortly.
Through the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, skilled counselors are available regardless of whether or not you have insurance or available finances. People receiving counseling will not be financially burdened, shamed, or judged and instead they will receive a skilled counselor who has the support of a whole team of care givers dedicated to hope and healing. More information can be found HERE
Schedule an appointment now.
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Mission Opportunities Reminder
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
Continuing Education Opportunities
for Clergy and Leaders
Four Empowering Communication* Workshops for Clergy January - February 2021
Facilitators: Rev. Joel Westby and Rev. Leslie Ritter-Jenkins
For information and registration follow this link: https://empoweringcommunicationinc.net/workshops-for-religious-leaders
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The new Worship Streaming course from Church Sound University is available for only $49!
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