Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
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STRENGTH FOR TODAY - HOPE FOR TOMORROW - Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota 2020 Biennial Gathering
Please join us for the Biennial Gathering of the Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota. We will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary as an ABCUSA Region as well as conducting region delegate business. Our keynote speaker for the morning will be Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford, who currently serves as the Executive Minister for American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky and prior to that was an Associate Executive Minister of the Mid-American Region. Throughout our time together we will be hearing from various leaders throughout the region as well as the denomination and we will conclude our time together by celebrating communion. Time Oct 3, 2020 10:00 AM.
Please note that after you register you will receive an email confirmation containing information about how to join the meeting.
Church Delegate Allocation can be found HERE
Letter to Church Delegates can be found HERE
All Mid-American Baptist Churches and their Members are invite to attend this joyous celebration and important meeting.
Region and Camp Staff News
Christian, Kara and Caleb Krohg
Dear Forest Lake Ministry Team,
Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position as Program Director with Forest Lake Camp and Conference Center. My last day will be September 30th, 2020. Thank you so much for the opportunity to work in this position for the past 5 years. I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities I’ve had to help sustain and create the programming for the wonderful ministry that Forest Lake has provided, and I’ve learned necessary initiative, creativity, and ingenuity for ministry, all of which I will take with me throughout my career.
Kara and I have chosen to move closer to family for the immediate future. As such, she will also be resigning as a member of the Ministry Team. This decision does not come lightly and has been preceded by much prayer and discernment. During my last month, I’ll do everything possible to wrap up my duties and train other team members. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to aid during the transition. I will continue to pray for you as you lead the camp into the future and would ask that you would pray for us as we transition into the next phase in our journey.
I wish Forest Lake continued success and impact, and I pray God’s blessing on you for the future.
Christian Krohg Program Director Forest Lake Camp and Conference Center
Notes and Cards may be sent to Yolanda Geer at 210 Main Street Renwick, IA 50577
“Shaping Peace Together,” is the theme of this year’s observance. Because of the pandemic, there will be no public gathering. This year’s event will be live streamed on our FaceBook page. Friend “Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace” on FaceBook and be notified when the live stream begins. Or simply visit our page on Monday, September 21 at 6:30 PM. The live streamed event will feature artist Ted Lyddon Hatten as he creates an ephemeral art installation , while accompanied by harpist Kristin Maahs. The video will include responses from faith leaders to the question, “How can we shape peace together in this time of pandemic, uprising and immense change?” Rev. Jackie Saxon is one of the leaders who has shared a response. Click HERE for a Sneak Peek.
MABC Spotlight: Rev. Jeff Challberg, member of Grace Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bethesda chaplain is a ‘spiritual bridge’ between COVID patients and families.When the pandemic began, Rev. Jeff Challberg, a chaplain with the M Health Fairview system and an elder at Grace-Trinity serving on our church council, volunteered to work with Covid-19 patients at Bethesda Hospital. Click here to read an article in the Pioneer Press about his work.
One Great Hour of Sharing - Iowa Derecho.
If you or your church would like to donate to the clean up and rebuilding efforts - you can send your checks through your church's Mission Support Form. Just list the donation as OGHS - Iowa Derecho.
Addictive behaviors are used to help us manage stress, negative emotions, and difficult social or relational experiences. For women, the challenges of multiple demands, role stress, body image, or trauma may also lead to addictive behaviors as coping strategies. We this theme, this series of webinars will deepen your understanding of addiction and provide tangible resources to support those affected by addiction. Click Here for more information
The first webinar will be September 24, 2020, 9PM EDT.