Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

April 30, 2022 

Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.

Eastertide is a festal season in the liturgical year of Christianity that focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It begins on Easter Sunday to Ascension Day,,

Sunday, May 8, 2022

American Baptists are Called to Pray 


MABC Region News:

On April 8th, we held an Easter Hop and shared the story of Jesus with the community through different stations. 
Each family received a guide book and each station led up to the Resurrection of Jesus.  


I have been meaning to touch base with you for quite a while. I am not sure if you remember me, but we met shortly after I finished Seminary over a year ago. The past year has been quite a journey, but I am happy to inform you that I have begun my ministry in Nicaragua. I arrived here a couple days ago and will start school to learn Spanish on May 2nd. I will also be staying with a Spanish only speaking family while in school. This is all part of my immersion for the next 3 months. I was able to get financial support from 3 churches.
1st Baptist of Ottumwa, Fairfield, and Mt Pleasant.
I am currently the Vice President of Shining the Light Ministries out of Fairbury, Illinois. I have attached our latest newsletter for you. It highlights a little of my story and some of the pictures are from the service at 1st Baptist of Fairfield where there were representatives from all 3 churches to celebrate the work of God in my life and their coming together to support me as a missionary in Leon, Nicaragua.
This region provided support as I worked through seminary and that support was essential in helping to guide me to where I am today in my relationship with Christ and the ministry he has me working on now. Thanks and many blessings to you and the region!!!
Greg Lentz

To read more about Greg's journey click



Easter Baptism


Calvary Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN


More information can be found HERE


FBC Waterloo prepares to present Once Upon a Tree
tomorrow (Sunday) at 10:15am and 6:00pm.
All are welcome. 


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.

Your Generosity Abounds!
Our 1st Quarter results are a blessing.
We are off to a great start for 2022.
Thank you so much! Let's keep it going!

A request for your annual report was sent out from the Region Office last week. 
Please complete the forms and return them to the region office by May 31st. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Region office 
515-278-1411 or

Please share! These virtual classes are available nationwide.
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Leadership and Spiritual Life's Spring Series
begins Thursday, April 28. More information at:


Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?
Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership


Please share this information about the up-coming workshop scheduled for May 10th at 3pm inviting us to see What's On our Plate?

Have you ever wondered how the food that we consume gets from point A to Z?
On Tuesday May 10th at 3pm(EST)
you will have an opportunity to understand more about the food chain;
from seeds to land to shelves to table and the hands and feet that make it all happen.
Rick Burnette from Cultivate Abundance, Inc

April E-Newsletter can be read HERE

Attention Clergy and Church Leaders - Continuing Education Opportunities:

Click anywhere below and receive additional information

Pastors Event May 24 - Future with Hope - click on picture for more information

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) invites you
to Space for Grace 2022, September 19 - 23, 2022 at
the Westin Kansas City, Missouri, at Crown Center.
Click on the logo for more information and to register

MABC's very own Rev. Janell Bloem - Pastor at FBC Boone is one of the panelist for one of the workshops!


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!!!


Saturday, May 14, 2022 Lunch provided will be provided.

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 515-729-7722

A few Quick Pictures from the Ladies Retreat that was held
at Forest Lake yesterday and today.



For more event information, visit
For a listing of important dates to remember of ABWM events from 2021 - 2024 - click HERE

2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down    


A Few Pictures from Iowa East ABW Rally held on Saturday, April 23rd at
Forest Lake Camp 

A Few Pictures from Iowa West ABW Rally held on Friday, April 29th at
FBC Fort Dodge 

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.

                                                               You can attend the annual meeting via Zoom. 

 FeatureImage_w40.jpgLearn more about grant and scholarship opportunities here. We invite you to visit the conference website to learn more and to register:

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