March 15, 2022
Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.
American Baptists Called to Pray for Ukraine
Dr. Jeff Woods, our ABC USA General Secretary, has issued a call for us to pray for Ukraine. If you would like to read the full text of this call to prayer, or share this with your congregation, click here.
In response to immediate needs resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24, 2022, International Ministries has sent an initial grant of $15,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief to the European Baptist Federation to provide humanitarian aid for Ukrainian Baptists. This grant joins a larger, global Baptist response to this evolving situation. Read More Here
|Burma Advocacy Group Convened by the American Baptist Churches March 1, 2022 - NEEDS OUR HELP
Dear Pastor/ Leader:
I write to you to ask your church to participate in a signature campaign promoted by the Burma Advocacy Group, a coalition convened by the American Baptist Churches Commission on Burma Refugees. The Burma Advocacy Group (BAG) is a group of leaders from associations, churches, community groups and acting with one voice to advocate for the passage of the Burma Bill.
We would like to give a special thanks to our friends at www.21Wilberforce.org for partnering with us as we defend freedom and justice in Burma. The Goal of the Campaign is to gather and submit as many signatures as possible to our US Senators and Representatives to request them to pass the (revised) Burma Bill that is under consideration. The Burma Advocacy Group believes the Burma Bill is our greatest opportunity to achieve:
an end to the human tragedy and crimes against humanity in Burma,
an end the brutal military dictatorship in Burma, and
an opportunity to achieve a federal democracy in Burma for which the people of Burma have been giving their lives.
Please promote the Signature Campaign in your congregation as well as with other churches and community groups who might participate to help pass the Burma Bill. We ask you
1) to share the campaign information in this letter and attached petition with your congregation and others via your website or other means.
2) We suggest you ask your youth group to assist any who need help to sign with the QR code by walking them through the QR process. Hard copies of the petition, which is attached, may be printed for people to sign. Signed hard copies must be photographed and emailed to Burmaadvocacygroup@gmail.org. This is another task your youth group might do. Please click on this download link to get all of the important details. The deadline for gathering signatures is March 31, 2022.
Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, Convener
General Secretary Emeritus, American Baptist Churches
1. Point your phone camera at the QR code below which will take you to the web site to sign up and submit the petition, or
2. Go to https://burmaadvocacygroup.org/ and follow the instructions to sign up and submit the petition, or
3. Facebook: Burma Advocacy Group. Use the QR code to sign up and submit the petition, or
4. If you are not comfortable with option 1, 2, or 3 above, please request a copy of the petition available from your church. The church will photograph it once you have signed it and will email it to the Burma Advocacy Group on your behalf.
Please sign up only once, and only U.S. citizens 18 years and older.
|Prayers for Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Mary Day Miller
| American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Mary Day Miller and former Associate Region Minister here in Mid-America suffered a fall two Sundays ago while visiting one of our American Baptist churches, and has sustained significant damage to one of her eyes. Her condition requires surgery on Friday of this week, and more than likely additional recovery time beyond that. Please join me in prayer for Mary’s comfort, recovery and healing, and for the peace of Christ to accompany her in this time, as well as for the wisdom and skill of the physicians tending to her needs. You can email your words of encouragement to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the nature of Mary’s injury, please use a larger font size for your messages whenever possible.
Obituary of Ruth L. Spencer
Ruth L. Spencer, 88, of Horseheads and formerly of Penn Yan, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. She was born in Madison, WI on May 24, 1933, the daughter of the late DeForest and Viola Palmiter. Ruth received her B.A. from Keuka College and later received her M.A.R.S. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Ruth married the Rev. George J. Spencer on June 24, 1955 in Poughkeepsie, NY. She was a homemaker, and also a writer and editor of Christian Education curriculum for Judson Press. She was a member of Second Milo Baptist Church in rural Penn Yan. Ruth also served several churches in many capacities in the area of Christian Education. She was former President of the PTA at Franklin Elementary School in Boone, IA and a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She served as President of the Mid-American Baptist Churches
and President of the American Baptist Churches of New York State. Ruth was a skilled gardener, seamstress, and cook. She is survived by her sons, the Rev. Jeremy L. (Susan) Spencer of Odessa, NY and Jonathan M. Spencer of South Bend, IN; daughter, Sarah L. (Keith) Yoder of Maryville, TN; brother, Richard D. (Diane) Palmiter of Seattle, WA; four grandchildren; Rachel L. (Derek) Deutmeyer, Ryan S. Yoder, Dan N. Spencer and Jon Y. Spencer; two great grandchildren, Georgia and Theo; and by her aunt, Sally Singer. She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. George J. Spencer in 2018. Ruth's memorial service will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Second Milo Baptist Church, 1964 Second Milo Rd., Penn Yan with the Rev. David Daniels, pastor, to lead the service. Private burial will be in Second Milo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Second Milo Baptist Church, 1964 Second Milo Rd., Penn Yan, NY 14527. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home in Penn Yan.
MABC Region News:
Mission in Action on display,
an affirmation, an invitation
and a recommendation needed
Here are some recent photos from Johnston Piecemakers, which meets at FBC Des Moines, Iowa. We meet once per month and consist of both church and community members. Because of the pandemic we have quite an inventory of quilts built up, mostly for children. In the past we have donated to cancer camps, domestic and foreign missions, Ronald McDonald House, and the like. If you know of a program for children for which a quilt would provide comfort, please send contact information to email@example.com.
FBC Malvern, Iowa celebrates
World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 4, 2022
Good to see Pastor Shirley Albert back among her congregants.
First Baptist Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa -
potluck and business meeting to discuss
their future and voting to call Rev. Danielle Rogers as their pastor.
First Baptist Church Waterloo, Iowa
First Baptist Church of Winona, MN is looking to purchase
Adult Sunday School Materials. What is your church using?
Please send your suggestions/recommendations to the region office firstname.lastname@example.org
What's your church up to these days?
Send us photos with a brief explanation so that we can share with the MABC Family in an upcoming edition of the BodyBuilder.
The American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 23-25, 2023
The 2023 Planning Team welcomes your feedback as they make plans for this upcoming event.
The theme for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit is, “For Such a Time as This.” Respondents are asked when taking the survey to consider the theme and answer the question: “What is your ‘this’?”
The survey will remain open until March 21, 2022. Take the survey now.
Plans are underway for our Region's Biennial Gathering happening Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1st to be held in person at FBC Pella, Iowa. Please make plans to attend and make sure members of your congregations are also present as we will have region business to attend to and will need church delegates in addition to a great program for our time together being planned. More information will be coming in the next couple of months with more details as the planning team gets to work on our first in person gathering since 2018!!!
Attention MABC Pastors
Registration is now open: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022 ~ Sunset Hills Baptist Church - Omaha, Nebraska
Save the March 28-30th dates for the 2022 Prairie Pastor’s Conference! For those who may be newer to us, this is a multi-region endeavor between ABC Dakotas, Mid-American American Baptist Churches, and the Central Region. We will be in Omaha, Nebraska like we usually are and there is no cost for the conference itself. You will need to cover your lodging and transportation for the event. I hope you can join us! Pastors and Leaders from Mid-America will have lunch together on Tuesday of the conference at a local restaurant details will be shared by email closer to the event.
We are excited to announce that the early registration deadline for “Radical. Redeemed. Ready.” has been extended until the last day of Women’s History Month, March 31, 2022. “Radical. Redeemed. Ready.,” a conference celebrating ministering women, will be held Wednesday-Saturday, June 15-18, 2022 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis.
The registration fee for all attendee registrants now through March 31, 2022, will remain $139. After the Early Registration date of March 31, the conference attendance registration fee will be $170. Learn more about grant and scholarship opportunities here. We invite you to visit the conference website to learn more and to register:
Dayton Oaks Fundraiser:
Our 100 days to raise fundraiser starts Tuesday, February 1st. The fundraiser will run for 100 days and end on Wednesday, May 11th. Our goal is to raise $6,000 for the Dayton Oaks camping ministry. If we meet our goal on or before May 11th, Matt has agreed to shave his beard and the pictures will be posted on our social media. (Now I can't remember exactly the last time Matt was clean shaven, but I know our daughter who is almost 23 hasn't seen her dad without facial hair.)
Here's the link to donate: https://www.daytonoaks.org/support-us or you can mail your check directly to Dayton Oaks. If you mail a check please be sure to put in the memo line that this is for #100days or babyface Matt or something even more clever so we know that the donation goes towards the #100days fundraiser. Thanks for supporting Dayton Oaks Camp - Dani
Forest Lake Spring Work Week
This Spring's dates have been determined for Forest Lake Camp volunteers. The week of May 9-14 (early arrival lodging available on Sunday May 8. Projects will include Trail work, Firewood harvest, picnic table repairs, new benches at lake fire pit, cabin maintenance & some new plumbing, more to come..SO plenty of projects for all. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR May (9) to 14.
Click HERE for the Application - Remember the deadline is April 30, 2022
For more event information, visit www.abwomensministries.org/events.
For a listing of important dates to remember of ABWM events from 2021 - 2024 - click HERE
2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down
2022 Winter Webinar Series:
Let the Walls Fall Down
- Sustaining Sisterhood
- March 17, 2022; 8 PM EST/5 PM PST
Presenter: Rev. Dr. Shannon Daley-Harris, Director of Religious Affairs, Children's Defense Fund
Click here for more information.
Save the DATE: MAY 10th!!!
NEXT SECTION MEETING FOR Midwestern 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