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January 31, 2023 

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

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MABC Region News:

Prayer Request | St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Prayers for all those representing our Region on a mission trip to Rainbow Acres this week:

FBC Boone: Janell Bloem, Nate Peebler, Connie Iles, Debbie Ray, David Roberts, Dave and Judy Richardson
FBC Waterloo: Marcia Street and Chris Iehl 
FBC of Greater Des Moines: Bruce Vanderbeek, Dianne Chadwick, Deb Eldred,Dale Stevens, Ray Dennis, Kathy Houser, and Jan Grogan
Executive Minister: Jackie Saxon


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We Celebrate with Emmanuel Chin Baptist Church, Des Moines, Iowa who has been sharing worship space/building with Highland Park Lutheran Church. At a joint worship service on Sunday, January 15th, the title to the church was officially transferred to Emmanuel Chin Baptist Church. The two will continue to use the space together, but the ownership and upkeep of the building has now been officially transferred to Emmanuel Chin Baptist Church.


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.

Special Prayer Service in Observance of the Two-Year Anniversary of Military Coup in Burma

***** THIS EVENING at 7:30PM CT *****

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/12/23)—American Baptist Churches USA and the American Baptist Churches Burma Refugee Commission are issuing a Call to Prayer for Burma (Myanmar) for a special prayer service at 8:30PM ET on Tuesday, January 31. (The service will be live in Burma at 8:00 AM local time, and live in Thailand at 8:30 AM local time.) This prayer service is being held to observe the second anniversary of the military coup in Burma. American Baptists and mission partners are invited to join together as we set aside one hour to lift up prayers for the people of Burma via Zoom.

Tuesday, February 1, 2023 marks the second anniversary of the Military coup in Burma (Myanmar.) Since the coup in 2021 thousands have been killed, over 10,000 have been arrested and over half a million people have been displaced. Many churches from various backgrounds have been destroyed. There continues to be a great need for humanitarian aid. The Burma Refugee Commission members have worked with other groups to ensure the passage of the Burma bill, a U.S. government bill signed into law December 23, 2022. American Baptists continue to work alongside partners to advocate for freedom, peace and justice in Burma.

Remembering God’s call to intercede for those who suffer we will join in prayer on this solemn day. The prayer service will be held during the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington D.C., a summit dedicated to religious freedom for everyone, everywhere and all the time.

To learn more about the Burma Refugee Commission or to register for the prayer service, please see the links below.

Zoom Registration for Prayer Service
Burma Refugee Commission

Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?

Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership CLICK HERE  

News from ABC Life

General Secretary Search Committee Announces Update on Search Process

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/10/23)—After a year of research and extensive analysis of survey results, in-person meetings, and focus groups the General Secretary Search Committee is pleased to announce that the Position Description for a new General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA will be available on the ABCUSA website beginning January 17, 2023. The position description and required application materials will be available for six weeks, from January 17 – February 24. As we enter into this time of decision and discernment the committee requests the prayers of the denominational family to lead us to the person that God is preparing to assume this vital role in our denominational life.

Please remember these dates: January 17 – February 24, 2023.

View past updates from the General Secretary Search Committee here.


January 2023 Newsletter can be found HERE

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will take you to the registration form

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The Quarterly MABC Clergy e-newsletter was sent on Friday, January 24th.
A link can be found

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/10/23)—You’re invited to join us for our next Everyday ABC Conversation event, “Passing the Peace” on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 3:00pm ET, with presenters Driana Jamila-Lesan Arceneaux and Rev. Dr. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain, hosted by American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

Most of us are familiar with Passing the Peace, in a congregational setting. We reach out to each other… shaking hands and giving a hug. We share words of affirmation, “The peace of the Lord be with you” and receive these words in return, “And also with you.” Passing the peace is a symbolic act of sharing the love of Christ. Let us think together about the ways that Passing the Peace impacts our individual and collective well-being and our responsibility to pass the peace in tangible ways both inside and outside congregational settings.

Register Now

Each Everyday ABC Conversation begins with a brief introduction of the topic by one or two leaders associated with the subject area, followed by 30-40 minutes of small group conversation in randomly assigned breakout rooms of up to 10 persons each. A typical discussion question might be, “What are the implications of what you have just heard for you and your congregation?” with additional relevant discussion questions for each topic.

The entire conversation, including presentation, lasts approximately one hour.

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Thanks to America for Christ (AFC) Offering contributions, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) supported communities distressed by the devastation of COVID-19 last year, as the pandemic swept our country and Puerto Rico. We also helped families who lost homes to floods, wildfires and storms, along with children living on the edge because of poverty, and seminarians preparing to devote their lives to sharing the Good News. These are just a few of the ways we minister to those in need; there are many more.

Please help us continue to bring healing and hope to communities, families, children and Jesus’ disciples in 2023 by supporting this year’s America for Christ Offering.
For more information, 
click here.

January 25, 2023 Newsletter HERE

Click on logo below to read January 27,2023 Newsletter

January 11, 2023 Information HERE




American Baptist Home Mission Societies

All the information can be found HERE

2023 ABC USA Biennial Mission Summit — June 23-25, 2023 — Puerto Rico!

Please stay current on different information about this year’s Biennial Mission Summit by bookmarking this page for additional information.

These engaging, dynamic American Baptist speakers will share a message during the four worship services scheduled: Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III, Friday Evening Worship, June 23; Rev. Miriam Méndez, Saturday Evening Worship, June 24; Rev. Laura I. Ayala-Álvarez, Sunday Morning Worship, June 25; and Rev. Joy Martinez-Marshall, Sunday Evening Worship, June 25.

MABC ABWM Upcoming Events:

ABWM Region Board Meeting February 18, 2023 10:00 a.m. (Zoom)
Iowa East Spring Rally - April 15, 2023 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lake Camp
Iowa West Spring Rally - TBA.

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Shine the Light Award

Nominate an American Baptist woman or group who is an outstanding light-bearer

Submit your nomination for the 2023 Shine the Light Award by February14, 2023.

The "Shine the Light" award allows American Baptist Women's Ministries to recognize American Baptist women who are finding creative ways to spread the light of Christ through their congregation, their community, or the world.
Click here to submit your nomination.

For criteria, a downloadable PDF brochure, and nomination forms (downloadable or online submission),

Women's History Month Gatherings 2023
During Women’s History month, ABWM curates a gathering every Monday during March. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!
  • Monday, March 6, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 13, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 20, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 27, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
Click here for more details.

2023 Sectional Meetings: What's Up ABWM?
Join other American Baptist Women as we hear from our national board, national staff, association leaders, and AB Women on what’s happening in American Baptist Women’s Ministries. 
Midwestern Section - Monday, March 13, 2023
Click here for more details.
ABWM Regions: Central (Arkansas, Kansas, & Oklahoma), Great Rivers Region (Illinois & Missouri), Indiana, Michigan, MId-America (Iowa, & Minnesota), Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

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 a 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.

2024 Women and Girls Conference
June 23, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Join us for Women's Day in Caguas, Puerto Rico!
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Shalom Retreat
Saturday, October 6-8, 2023
Euclid, Ohio

Click here for more details


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