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(near Bloomfield, IA)

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(near Dayton, IA)

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September 15, 2020 

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

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.



Deliris & Moise Carrión-Joseph

Deliris and Moise Carrion-Joseph 

International Missionaries Deliris and Moise Carrion-Joseph's plan to be in the Region  in mid to late September  and would like to share about their ministry and form relationships with churches or small groups during the World Mission Offering emphasis.  They are working with migrants from Haiti, Central America and Africa who are making a new beginning  in Tijuana.    
Contact them at for possible arrangements. 
Mid-American Women's Ministries 2020 Scholarship Recipients

ATTENTION MABC White Cross Coordinators: Information related to the Regional and International Projects can be found HERE.
Please contact Mary Moffitt,
Our Region's Mission and Service Coordinator if you have questions.

Young Adult Women's Paint and Soothe Your Soul
Join women from across the country for a virtual gathering that will engage your creativity and soothe your soul. 
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8PM EDT. More info HERE

Addiction Webinar Series
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. 
M-ABC Quilters’ Retreat
A Ministry of Mid-American Baptist Churches
November 5 – 7, 2020
Dayton Oaks Camp
3717 Taylor Avenue, Dayton, IA 50530
All Skill levels are welcome
and encouraged!!!
Information and Registration Form can be found 

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September - November 2020 schedule can be found HERE

Pictures from the Forest Lake Ladies Retreat held Saturday, September 12th

(Deut 14:2)Treasured The theme of the Retreat was

Camp Event happening this September

Attention MABC Young Adult - College Age 
Discovery Trip to Thailand scheduled for 2021.
The Alliance of Asian American Baptist is looking to take a group of 6 college age young adults for a 10 day cross cultural experience.
Please find more details on the attached flyer.


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