Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

April 30, 2023 

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



MABC Region News:





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 Body Builder.

We have 17 quilters registered - there is still room for more!

Farmers Daughters Quilts link can be found HERE
Registration Form can be printed HERE


If you are interested in reading the meeting reports click HERE

our MABC Witness and Action Committee

Greetings Mid-American Baptist Churches!
We would like to introduce you to the Mid-American Baptist Churches Witness and Action Committee!  What is the Witness and Action Committee? 
This team is called to provide information and educational opportunities for the region regarding issues of social concern as well as to study social issues and make recommendations for action.  

Why do we need a Witness and Action Committee?  In answer to this question, we believe that we must go back to the driving force behind our witness, worship, and work: the word of God.  Ephesians 4:11-12 reminds us that “these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”  The Witness and Action Committee is a resource to help congregations shape their Christian response to crises, social issues, and moral dilemmas in the world today.

How can this committee help? We hope to highlight various social issues and helpful resources in future newsletters.  In the meantime, please reach out to any of the committee members if there is a social issue or concern that you are struggling with as a pastor/congregation.  We want to be of help to you so that the light of Christ can shine brightly through the Mid-American Baptist Churches!

Meet the team HERE

The Conference for Church Musicians
July 16-22
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake, WI
Hosted by the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians.
See for registration info, and more!
This conference features nationally recognized music & worship leaders.
Bring your youth, children, and adults and prepare to be inspired.

Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?


Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL)is a grant program that was established to encourage and assist those preparing for full-time Christian service. Awards are made ONLY to students preparing for leadership in religious service, such as: minister, missionary, director of church music, church youth leadership, religious education and other types of full-time religious service. The ESTARL fund is funded each year by voluntary gifts and memorials given by chapters and individual members across the state and from selected projects.

For qualification information, applications, etc. please go to the Iowa OES website and click on the link “ESTARL”. Do you know of anyone that might qualify for an OES ESTARL scholarship? Applicants DO NOT have to be an Eastern Star Member or a Mason. *** APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JUNE 15, 2023, to Bill Howie, President of the Eastern Star Educational Board (Bill’s information is on the website).





April 2023 Newsletter can be found HERE


Join us for our next Everyday ABC Conversation:

Congregational Innovations

on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 3:00pm ET
with presenters Rev. Dr. Greg Mamula and Rev. Travis Norvell

Congregational Innovation happens in many ways across American Baptist Churches USA.
We invited two American Baptist leaders to share about how they are innovating in their own ministry.

Rev. Dr. Greg Mamula will share about Congregational Innovations around the Table,
noting: “We are hard-wired to flourish within the context of community.
Innovative opportunities like Table life are a holistic approach to faith and life
while fostering thriving community connections."
Rev. Travis Norvell will share about Congregational Innovations while riding a bike,
taking the bus, and walking on a sidewalk as a way to connect with your neighborhood and discover God already at work in the world around you.


Register Today for the

2023 Biennial Mission Summit!

Registration is now open for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit, meeting June 23-25 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Check out our 
schedule and exciting list of speakers, and Register Today!

To register as a church delegate you must register using your church PIN Code.
The PDF document 
HERE will provide you with the pin code
and the number of delegates available from each local church.
(You will need to rotate the file in order to read it correctly.) 

April 19, 2023, MCC Newsletter HERE

Click on the logo below to read April 14, 2023 Newsletter


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Thank You Volunteers, for supporting the Camping Ministries at Forest Lake Camp April 17 - 20, 2023.
26 volunteers helped to support Forest Lake Camp this April by providing a total of 68 days of work at the camp.

Some of the projects that were completed included
*Installing a new metal ceiling in Birch Cabin.
*New floor and ceiling fan in the family cabin.
*Four cabin doors were painted with new door seals and
*Interiors walls were painted
*Four benches were repaired and re-installed
*Cabin roofs were cleared and gutters cleaned
*Drainage issues with Pine Cabin were improved
*Trails and bridges were maintained
*Invasive tree control was continued
*Plumbing leaks were repaired
*Culvert tubes were opened and draining
*General clean up of grounds continued

The fellowship of working together side-by-side with other volunteers IS AMAZING.
Meals & snacks were provided as always AND WERE GREAT.

for your gifts of labor and time.

Gary Morrison

Scenes from this weekend's Ladies Retreat held at Forest Lake camp


Come Dream with Dayton Oaks Camp
The Dayton Oaks Ministry Team has begun to dream about the future of the camp
and would like to invite anyone who is interested to join us in this process.
If you have architecture or marketing skills, we especially need your help. 
If you would like to be a part of helping to shape the camp's future,
please contact Camp Manager 
Matt Siebert 

There’s still time to donate to our #100daystoraise fundraiser.  We are raising money for the Dayton Oaks summer camp ministry.  The donations have slowed down, and we only have until May 11th to meet our goal of $8,000.  When we meet our goal Matt will be dying his hair a different color. Personally, I’m rooting for green since it’s my favorite color--LOL!  Help Dayton Oaks change lives at camp & also change Matt’s hair color.  Here are over 5 minutes of #100days blooper video for you to enjoy for your donations. 
Thanks everyone for supporting God’s ministry here at Dayton Oaks! Dani Siebert
Donation link Donate to Dayton Oaks      

Come to Dayton Oaks for Memorial Day Weekend! 
Join us for some Worshipful Work.
We will have a work day on Saturday, May 27th.
Bring your family and come stay at the camp all weekend.
We will have worship together on Sunday morning at the camp. 
Plan to stay all Weekend!
If you are interested, please contact Dani Siebert to reserve your space
Tel: 515-547-2417 

Iowa East AB WOMEN'S MINISTRIES collection of donations for Forest Lake Camp

Paper products collected for Dayton Oaks Camp

MABC ABWM Upcoming Events:

The application can be found HERE

2023 Women and Girls Conference
June 23, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Join us for Women's Day in Caguas, Puerto Rico!
Click here for more details.


                                                            Shalom Retreat
Saturday, October 6-8, 2023
Euclid, Ohio

Click here for more details


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