Mid-American Baptist Churches Body Builder.

Body Builder

March 31, 2023 

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



MABC Region News:

An invitation to all:

Lenten Taizé Service

Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
Begin your journey through Holy Week by attending a Taizé service at
First Baptist Church Waterloo, Sunday, April 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary led
by Rev. Carol Teare and a string ensemble.

A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a
period of silence, candlelight, and liturgical readings. There is no preaching.
The prayers consist of short chants, repeated again.


You can read the entire article Here

Please note that Dayton Oaks Camp was also a recipient of a portion of the proceeds.


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


The request for the ABCUSA Annual Report was sent out in February.
Please be on the lookout for a large white envelope sent to the church.
The deadline to return completed forms to the region office is April 15, 2023.
Thank you in advance. 


Saturday, April 22, 2023 -
10 am to Noon via Zoom.
A link will be sent out in April.
Board reports will be due two weeks - April 8, 2023
prior to the meeting.
Please send them to the Region office

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.

Pictures from this year's conference
This year MABC was represented by Janell Bloem - FBC Boone; Dave Byrd - FBC Oelwein;
Walt and Lori Claussen - Westover Baptist ;
Tim Curtiss - Pickwick Community; Danielle and Brad Rogers - FBC Fort Dodge and Dave Russell - FBC Ames

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).


Dorothy Rathbun was the wife of Bill Rathbun
who had been on MABC Region staff. 
Dorothy passed away in January,
and a Celebration of Life service took place on Saturday, March 25th. 
Here's her obituary:




March 2023 Newsletter can be found HERE

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!


Register before March 31, 2023, and save! 
A discounted registration rate of $199 is available for both participants and delegates.
Register by March 31, 2023 to receive $30 off the regular registration rate. Price increases to $229 on April 1.

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.) 

March 22, 2023, MCC Newsletter HERE

Click on the logo below to read March 31, 2023 Newsletter


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A Video can be viewed HERE

Mark your calendars. April 17 ----April 21
(notice all are weekdays this year)

This is the springtime opportunity to support Forest Lake Camp and to
prepare for the quickly approaching busy season.

We NEED help:
Installing a snap-in floor in the Family Cabin kitchen.
Building a new fire ring at a new location
Bridge Crew workers
New faucets in the dish room and hand sprayers.
Timber control of honeysuckle to open up a “lake view”
by removing unwanted invasive species.
Painter assistant (Russell??) to assist Josh with his various projects.
Also the usual spring clean-up of leaves and sticks on roofs and grounds.

Contact the camp or me for questions.
Gary Morrison
515 729 7722

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 

Our #100days fundraiser officially started on February 1st.  Please join us in donating to the camping ministry at Dayton Oaks Camp.  Our goal this year is $8,000.  When we reach our goal Matt has agreed to dye his hair as a reward for all the donations.  So help us see Matt in a new “shade”.  The #100days fundraiser will end on May 11th, so be sure to donate before it’s too late to give Matt an updated “hue” for his “do”.  Use our donation link Dayton Oaks Donation Page & select 100 days to raise on the pull-down box.  Then choose the amount to donate.  You can also mail a check or money order to the camp.  Please put a note in the memo line like “#100days”, “Dyeing for Camp”, or “Color Matt fabulous” or another clever note so we can count it in the total donations.

MABC ABWM Upcoming Events:
Iowa East Spring Rally - April 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lake Camp
Iowa West Spring Rally - April 14@ FBC Fort Dodge

The application can be found HERE
Domestic Violence Workshop & Certification
Saturday, April 29, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Virtually and Detroit, Michigan

American Baptist Women’s Ministries is partnering with Safe Haven Ministries for Domestic Violence Prevention and Education virtual training. This training will enable clergy, church leaders, community groups, and domestic violence educators to come together in a safe and intentional manner to learn ways to support and aid those in their communities that are suffering from Domestic Violence. Participants will gain knowledge, insight, and skills useful in addressing and preventing domestic violence.

Click here for more details.

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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