Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

October 31, 2022 

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

November 1, 2022
                   Take a moment to give thanks for the Saints in your life.                 



MABC Region News:

We are Definitely Better Together!
Pictures can be found on our website




On Sunday Nov. 13th we will be giving thanks
for 50 Years of ministry together.
In 1972, the Cedar Rapids Church of the Brethren and First Baptist Church
started sharing worship and church school together.  
We will be having a service of Giving Thanks at 10:15 AM
followed by our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. 

The ABWM Maxine Bates Circle of Fairfield First Baptist has taken on a new project! This fall we began assembling “Birthday Bags” for the Lord’s Cupboard, a local food pantry for Jefferson County. These bags contain party supplies such as a cake mix, frosting, candles, napkins, plates, party favors and various decorations. Eligible recipients are Lord’s Cupboard clients ages 1-17 years. The bags can be claimed any time during the month of their birthday. In the photos, circle members are seen packing and delivering our first supply of 23. As some of our members also volunteer in the Cupboard, they often get to witness the look of delight on the faces of clients when receiving the surprises in the bags. Such a fun project!


Visit to learn more about the ministry!
Contact Jan Grogan ( or Kathryn Houser (
for Mission Trip information.

A photo from the recent installation
of the new CEO of Rainbow Acres Mike Prochelo


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.

Our Regional Youth Event (aka RYE)
is right around the corner....

Dear church leaders - we have an amazing opportunity for your junior and senior high students to grow spiritually, connect with other teens from around the region, and learn hands-on ways to become Christian leaders in their church and community.  
The Region Youth Event (RYE) is THIS WEEKEND
at The Church on Northland in Cedar Rapids. 
We are finalizing plans for an amazing weekend with a powerful keynote speaker, inspiring music, and games and activities that will build up your students.

Please pass this email on to your youth leader, and if you have any questions, call the Region Office asap -  
All information can be found our region website
In the love of Christ,
Your Region Youth Team

Let's keep up the good work. 
You are making the difference!
Thank you so much for your continued Support! 

Mission and Ministry are happening
because of your generosity!

Here are our 3rd Quarter Results:

Our Board of Region Ministries will be having our Fall Board Meeting on  Monday, November 7th at 7pm via Zoom.
Board Members please be sure and send in your board report as soon as you can. 
Documents will be available via Dropbox later this week.
Both a meeting link and a link to the
drop box folder
will be sent to you this week. 


Click below to view a printable copy of the registration form.


Ukraine Updates

For continued updates on how your help, your prayers,
and your financial support are assisting Ukrainian refugees,
International Ministries has a Web page dedicated to regional updates and Q&As:

Burma Updates

For continued updates on how your help, your prayers, and your financial support are assisting the Burma diaspora visit the  
American Baptists Advocate for Myanmar at International Religious Freedom Summit

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

News from ABC Life


Join us for our next Everyday ABC Conversation:

 Advent in a Post-Pandemic World: Rethinking our Worship 
on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 3:00pm ET
with presenters Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle
and Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell.

Advent is the season of watching and waiting for signs of Christ’s presence in our world and in our lives in a new way. In the northern hemisphere, this happens at the darkest time of the year, and it is in the darkness that we see things differently. Darkness is not negative; darkness allows us to see in new ways as we prepare for the return of daylight. In this “pre-post-pandemic” world, what is the darkness revealing to us? What did we learn over the past two years that helps us to prepare for Christ, to recognize the incarnate God in our world and in our lives, as we prepare for a new post-pandemic world? Register Now


October 19, 2022 Newsletter HERE

October 24, 2022 Newsletter HERE

Click on the logo below to find out most up to date information related to Covid-19 and other health concerns as of October 28, 2022.

Dayton Oaks -  October 22-28, 2022

We split wood to heat the lodge for winter and for the fireside room fireplace. Chris Iehl (Waterloo) brought his portable sawmill and we cut boards for projects at the Camp and possibly to sell.  Estimated value of the wood cut is about $6000. Mike Peterson (Clark's Grove, Mn) brought his excavator and worked on extending the dam width.  He also dug down over 6' to uncover a leaking water pipe coupling near the women's bathhouse that was repaired. We installed new signs for the frisbee golf course. Gary Morrison (Indianola) and others used backpack blowers to clear massive amounts of leaves away from the lodge and surrounding areas. Cleaning was done by others in various areas of the lodge. Gary Morrison organized the week. Dani provided our meals.
Matt and Dani are doing a great job leading the camp!  

A recap from Bruce Van der Beek (FBC Greater Des Moines) 

Camps & Events

Forest Lake is a Christ-centered Camp where campers can grow their faith while enjoying a fun-filled experience.

Join us for the year 2023 with the camp theme
"Facing Your Giants".


For a listing of important dates to remember of ABWM events - click HERE

2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down    

Join us for our Fall Wellness Retreat Event:

Stop and smell the roses,” they say. As if you didn’t have eighty-eight thousand tasks, as if you didn’t have deadlines or drama. In our rapid-fire, tech-oriented society, who has the luxury of stopping to sit in nature like a bohemian free spirit? In the modern art world, flowers are considered frivolous subjects to paint – flowers make no social critique, flowers don’t say shocking things, so flowers are not “serious art.”  Yet, Jesus invites us to consider wildflowers (Matt. 6:28). Have we dismissed flower-admiring as frivolous, unimportant to our “serious” lives? If we never stop to actually  look at wildflowers, Jesus’ words will be a bit lost on us.
Slow Down, Look Up, Give Thanks.
Ladies, it’s time to reTREAT yourself!

Join us, and others from sister Mid-ABC churches, November 11th and 12th for a weekend in Cedar Rapids, IA for a time of bible study devotions, pampering, chair massages, activities, laughs, worship, and prayer.  Use this time to focus on self care, rest, and thanksgiving before the busyness of the holidays. Our inaugural Women's Wellness Weekend was back in 2019 and it was a very well received good time.  Please consider joining us this November! Talk to the ladies in your churches and invite a friend to come too.
Registration forms are attached and online registration is available at
Contact Dina at with questions.

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