God's love and light shines in the midst of this pandemic!!!!!
Opportunities to be MABC BodyBuilders - working together to build up the Body of Christ during this Covid 19 pandemic
The quilting group from FBCDSM has made over 100 masks for our local Congolese friends.We did a summer reading program with them last year to help the kids stay immersed in English through the summer, and are hoping to do it again this year, virus willing. - Kathryn Houser
These masks were donated from FBC Pella and given to FBC of Greater DSM for the Congolese. 12 Pocket style requiring a filter. 7 pleated with interfacing barrier. - Lovena Van Haaften
We rejoice that Rev Ron Lott, pastor at First Baptist Clinton and his wife Lynnette continue to successfully recover from Covid-19.
Thank you to MABC Region board members along with MABC Ministers Council Leadership who have been calling all of our MABC churches speaking with pastors offering pastoral care to one another.
Thank you to the pastors that have been able to join our Region Zoom calls throughout the month of April. It is just another way of checking in with one another. Our next opportunity for a Zoom check-in will be Thursday, May 21st 11am and at 7pm. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the Region Office - 515-278-1411. I will send out the Zoom links in the next edition of Bodybuilder on May 15th.
Children & Youth Resources from First Baptist of Greater Des Moines
Offerings for Children Youth & Families that might be helpful to other churches. If you are interested the YouTube channel is at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVtc4LqU_mhr7CDW1y8krwQ/ . There are Children’s Devotions daily, with the Bible Story emphasized on Wednesday morning. There are weekly youth lessons on Wednesdays (daily devos for youth are on Instagram Stories), and weekly caregiver messages. I supplement these with Zoom hangouts once a week, but churches could use the lesson material and do their own zooms, or just use the lessons without any live supplement. Our curriculum has temporary lifted copyright restrictions due to the pandemic, so that I can offer this publicly. Emily Beltrame - Minister of Children, Youth, & Families at First Baptist of Greater Des Moines
Please send me your pictures, resources and stories of how your church is creatively working in this pandemic to be MABC Bodybuilders - Building up the Body of Christ. We will feature them in upcoming editions of the BodyBuilder. firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for Reopening available on how best to proceed.
You may download this guide HERE that was created by our Interim General Secretary Rev. Dr. Jeff Woods entitled "reopening your church building conversation guide". It is my hope you will find it helpful as you and your church leadership teams discern next steps. It is meant to serve as a way of asking important questions before you re-open buildings, not serve as an official "how-to" document.
Along those same lines, I was invited to participate in a Zoom meeting where twenty denominational leaders from across various mainline denominations in Iowa met to discuss a response to Governor Reynolds most recent proclamation lifting the restrictions for spiritual and religious gatherings. HERE is the document that we created and that I added my signature.
You may also find this website helpful https://www.abcusa-insurance.com/ for the ABC USA insurance information to help with your local church and Covid19 response.
In addition, you may want to visit https://coronavirus.churchmutual.com/resources/ for a large amount of helpful resources directly from Church Mutual and Covid19 response.
You can also access dozens of Corona resources on the ABC-USA website http://www.abc-usa.org/coronavirus/
An invitation from
The Minnesota Council of Churches:
Bishop Ann Svennungsen has invited you to join a May 5 virtual event with the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. While still abiding by Governor Walz's restrictions regarding social gatherings, conversations about when and how to resume in-person worship are beginning within some congregations. To help faith leaders make informed decisions with their congregations, the Minneapolis Area Synod has scheduled Dr. Michael Osterholm for a virtual conversation with pastors and deacons in its synod. You are invited to join a live stream of this event on Facebook on Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. To watch this live stream, please visit the Minneapolis Area Synod's Facebook page: facebook.com/mplssynod. (When the event is scheduled to begin, find the "Posts" or "Video" tabs in the menu on the left side of the Facebook page; click on the red "live" button when it appears.) The stream will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.
Among many other responsibilities, Dr. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the 2017 book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list. As a member of one of the synod’s congregations, Dr. Osterholm is sensitive to congregational life.
Be sure and check out our MABC FACEBOOK page for more helpful information.
UPCOMING MABC EVENTS
May - November 2020 schedule can be found HERE
Please note that Forest Lake and Dayton Oaks will be making decisions about the 2020 camping season in the next couple of weeks and we will share those decisions at that time. Thank you for your patience. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the camps directly if you have questions.
The Mid-American Baptist Women Scholarship Application is now available HERE.
The application must be postmarked
by MAY 15, 2020.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, has been declared as #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving in response to COVID-19. On May 5, people around the world will come together to make a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits across the globe. We encourage you to donate to American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM). Your gift will allow ABWM to continue providing programming in a time when it’s needed the most. New Webinar series, Courageous Conversation, developed in response to COVID-19 is helping college chaplains, youth ministers, and soon first responders. Avenues of Wholeness webinars provide tools from experts on healthy living. Our ministry focuses, which include education and prevention of domestic violence and sex trafficking, building a beloved community, and empowering leaders are essential. Our virtual tea on April 25th provided prayer, encouragement, and fellowship in a time when so many are experiencing isolation and loss.
In the interest of health and safety, this event has been for rescheduled for July of 2021.
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We will gather as a family for our Biennial Meeting and celebrate the Region's 50th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2020 in Pella, Iowa at First Baptist Church! Be a part of the celebration!