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Body Builder

August 15, 2021 

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


Finding our Silver Linings
in the midst of the pandemic



Special thanks to Rev. Carla Nelson (FBC Owatonna) for providing the morning Bible Study; special thanks to Bruce Van der Beek for sharing about Mission trip experiences with AMOS Health and Hope in Nicaragua and to Rev. Mang Sonna, Executive Director of the Bethel Neighborhood Center located in Kansas City, Kansas who shared about the mission and ministry happening there.   

If you or your church has a story to share of how God has been blessing in the midst of the pandemic,
please let me know. I would love to share your story with our MABC Family in an upcoming edition of the BodyBuilder.

Attention Church Administrators - would you be so kind as to place the following in upcoming editions of your church newsletter:

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MABC Region News:

Brought to you by the MABC Mission & Stewardship Team 

The Mission and Stewardship Team will be sharing insights from a book entitled: 
Double Blessing by Mark Batterson (2019), 

This is the last entry in this series.

“There’s only one way to grow in the grace of giving,
and that is to give more.”  

“Bruce Wilkerson keeps a stash of cash in what he calls the ‘God Pocket’.
The God Pocket is a specific location in your wallet or purse
where you keep money you have devoted to God
so that you can give it to someone in need
as soon as He nudges you to do so.” 

“God is in the business of strategically positioning
us in the right place at the right time.
He is ordering our footsteps and preparing good works in advance.
And that means the person next to you isn’t there by accident.
May God give us the peripheral vision to spot the divine appointments that are around us all the time.” 

Thank you Mission and Stewardship Team for sharing this great resource!

MABC Region Upcoming Events:

A complete listing of upcoming events can be found on the region website HERE


Empathy, hope and healing in the Midway

Bethlehem Lutheran in the Midway invites the community into a Respectful Conversation that will focus not on changing minds, but on softening hearts while discussing our future together. The conversations have about the events of the past year sometimes feel like pick-a-side and fight-it-out discussions that leave us feeling worse about the people we disagree with, and sometimes worse about ourselves. There is a way to talk about it all that feels open and honest. You can actually be heard and learn about people with other perspectives. Thousands of Minnesotans have participated in Respectful Conversations since 2012. These facilitated, structured conversations are designed not to change minds, but soften hearts on topics that divide us. Experience a Respectful Conversation for yourself on Tuesday, August 24, from 6:00 – 8:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran in the Midway. Your elected leaders and this congregation have chosen to be a source of peace, cooling the heat of divisive conversations through a Respectful Conversation. Join in to learn how you can have a great conversation that builds empathy even over division. 

“This process was wonderful and hope-filled.” –previous participant 
Event Details: 
A Respectful Conversation about Healing and Hope: Our Future Together 
Tuesday, August 24, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Bethlehem Lutheran in the Midway
436 Roy Street North; Saint Paul, MN 55104
Please reserve your spot by registering online at

The Respectful Conversations Project is a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches designed to strengthen civic life in Minnesota. Congregations throughout Minnesota have hosted conversations that explore issues through the lens of deeply held convictions while maintaining, even enhancing, relationships among those who disagree.


UnityPoint Health connects Iowans to local social services through new online tool
On the new "
Together We Care" website,
Iowans can search for services by ZIP code or category.
It then gives you who to reach out to for help.
The goal is to address the economic and social needs of patients.
UnityPoint Health Des Moines providers can now use the tool to make referrals for patients, too. 

Special thanks to Rev. Gary Martin, Associate Region Minister for this information.

Considering College in the Future:

Franklin College was founded in 1834 by American Baptist pioneers and continues a voluntary relationship with our denomination.  From its earliest days Franklin has offered excellent education and allows students to thrive through intimate class sizes, individual mentorship, and focused attention.  Students are challenged to be self-motivated, lifelong learners who serve and lead in the community.  Franklin has a strong religious life program that encourages discipleship and spiritual growth through service and learning.  

As an American Baptist pastor and Franklin College alumna, I am happy to share about the opportunities available.  Students and parents as well as older youth groups are welcomed for campus visits! 
To learn more please contact Rev. Rebecca H. May. or visit  

Attention Ministers of the MABC Region

August Newsletter


Fall MABC Ministers Council Retreat - Open to all Clergy
 Oct. 8-9 at Dayton Oaks Camp.
Check-in begins on the 8th at 10 am and the retreat ends on the 9th at 2 pm

registration Materials can be found HERE

Continuing Education opportunities: 

Yale Divinity School Continuing Education can be found HERE

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Office of Leadership and Spiritual Life 

can be found HERE




2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down    Fall Webinar Series

Register now for our upcoming webinar series beginning on September 9, 2021: 

Empathy As A Tool For Transformational Change
September 9, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Carmelle Beaugelin, Program Coordinator for the Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary 

Click here for more information

The Power of Storytelling for Racial Healing
September 23, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards, National Coordinator of Volunteer Mobilization and Disaster Response Ministry, American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Click here for more information.

Understanding and Taking Action Against Human Trafficking
October 7, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Kate Lee, Executive Director, New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Click here for more information.

God is Preserving You
October 21, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Linnita Hosten, award-winning speaker and student success strategist

Click here for more information.

Debunking Domestic Violence Myths Through A Biblical Lens
November 4, 2021
; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Tara AdayDirector of Prevention and Education, Safe Haven Ministries

Click here for more information.

God is in the Details
November 18, 2021; 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST
Presenter: Elaine Cody, Life Coach, Cody Clarity Coaching

Click here for more information.

  • 70th Birthday Celebration - September 19
  • Shalom Retreat - October 8-10

For more event information, visit

National Announcements 
Click here to visit the ABCUSA website for the most up-to-date information.

Calls to Action and How Others Are Responding

Learn More About the Current Myanmar Situation

Continue to check out the for further updates.


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