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June Newsletter - The Tie Binder
June Events
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Today I worship the God of creation,
of salvation, of time and eternity.
The God of all nations, of all conditions, of all people everywhere.
Praise the Lord. All that is within me, praise God’s holy name.
Praise the Lord and remember all his kindness:
in forgiving our sins; 
in curing our diseases;
in saving us from destruction;
in surrounding us in love.
The Lord is full of mercy and compassion,
The Lord is slow to anger and willing to give us gifts of love.
Praise the Lord!  
Oh, praise the Lord, 
all that is within me.

This poem, with much of it taken from the Psalms, was our responsive reading from last Sunday in Worship at DLABC. It really spoke to me as a way to say howdy to God in the morning. While I was thinking of good places to put it so I would see it first thing each day, it put me in mind of the scripture from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV).

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

It seems to me that this means we should surround ourselves with Scripture. In our homes, on our person, as we talk, and in our hearts. So if we wanted to greet God each day, we might tape the poem (or the Deuteronomy passage) to our morning pillbox. To our smart phone, an item that people increasingly look at before getting out of bed in the morning. On the door that you use to leave your home for work. On the remote control for your TV.

My friend and colleague Pastor Pam Wantz from Linden Avenue Baptist gave me this idea a few years ago when she gifted me with a Scripture calendar. She told me that she loves to surround herself with God’s Word, and that she hoped the calendar would be a part of that process in my home. And it was. It made me think about things this way….if the Bible is the central book of faith and how to live life, why wouldn’t I put verses that touch me personally around my home, office, car, etc.

My challenge to you as we begin the summer is to look around you, identify half a dozen or so key places, and post Scripture there. It’s OK if it takes you awhile to get it all done. Start with the poem or Scripture on this page. Go from there. Be on the lookout for good Bible quotes that speak clearly to you. And in the process of ‘Scripturfying” the places you spend lots of time, observe how you feel. See if it doesn’t help you, as it does me, stay closer to God and have more favorite Scriptures.

your pastor,
Rev. Dr. Karen E. Johnson
Mission Board
Disbursements were:
Bucket Fund $7.26
Wu’s $100.00
Dayton Christian $75.00
United Missions Basics $356.82

Any loose coins hanging around in your home, your pockets, your car or your purse? Feel free to drop all that change in the black mailbox in the main hallway by the literature rack. We call this the 'bucket fund' and it goes to help those in need through the work of the mission committee.

One of our church mission efforts is to minister to the Oaks Retirement Home, just a few doors down from our church building. On the first Tuesday of each month several of our church family go down to call Bingo games and assist the residents with playing Bingo. We love to give each person there a little gift each time; not more than $1 or $2 each. You guessed it, we need more Bingo prizes! Ideas include, but are not limited to, deodorant, prepackaged cheese crackers and snack chips, costume jewelry, small flower vases with or without flowers, knickknacks, animal and other figurines, Reds and Bengals items. What do you have at home that would be appreciated by folks at the Oaks? 
Thursday, June 1
Casserole making, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 6
Bingo @ the Oaks, 2:00 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, June 9 & 10
ABW/Ohio Annual Conference, Zanesville

Sunday, June 11
Boards Meet 12:15; Advisory Council 1 pm

Monday, June 12
CWU Human Rights Celebration @ St. Margaret’s Episcopal, 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 15
ABWM Picnic @ Barbara Baker’s Home
, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 17
DABW Board Meeting @ DLABC, 
10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 18
Outdoor Worship, Father’s Day

Diaconate Caring Board
Fellowship Time:  Please check the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall to see when you are listed for hosting our Fellowship Time. Coordinator, Barbara Baker, has made a master list for the summer. (Thanks, Barbara).
Easter in Review:  Approximately 80 flyers were distributed in neighborhoods near the church with our Easter plans. We served forty folks from Shroyer and Dorothy Lane at the Sunrise Breakfast….great decorations, great food, and great fellowship. Thanks to all who brought food, decorated, cleaned up, cooked, or helped in any way!
Emergencies:  We have revised our emergency call plan which hopefully we will not be needing this summer. A list will be placed on the bulletin board so you will know who will be calling you.
Picnic: All Church picnic will be held July 9 following worship at Paw Paw Shelter in Hills and Dales Park. Please bring a dish to share and a lawn chair.
Wedding Reception:  Our Board will be helping with the Esken-Littlejohn wedding reception on June 24. Please check what you can donate on the list on bulletin board.
Casseroles:  Do you need a casserole or soup? After casserole preparation on June 1 there should be a fresh supply of food available for those who can use a meal.
Thanks for Serving!

Worship Leader
Megan Farnham

Amy Thompson

Cookie Baker
Flo Heizer

Children’s Church
June 4  
June 11  
June 18  
June 25  

June 4 Lori Frueauf
June 11 Connie Sinks
June 18 Judy Teeters
June 25  

June 4 Lori & John Frueauf
June 11 Caring Board
June 18 Amy Thompson & Megan Farnham
June 25 Lois Perry & Elenor Evans

June 4 Edmund Sasak 
June 11 Brian Thompson
June 18  
June 25 Edmund Sasak
“God’s Wonderful Creation”
Vacation Bible School
PreK-5th Grade
9:30AM - Noon
July 10-14
First Baptist Church, Dayton

This summer at VBS we’ll be exploring passages of Scripture that speak of God’s creation. Through music, stories, activities, art and more, we will learn about the goodness of God’s creation and God’s love and care for us; about how creation praises and honors God; and how we are a new creation in Christ.

Registration materials will be available soon online at and in the church office. If you have questions, please speak with Diane Charron (chair of Christian Education, or Pastor Jason Alspaugh (
Special Events

The American Baptist Women’s picnic will be Thursday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Barbara Baker.

June 18, Father’s Day, will be an outside worship. Refreshments also outside. Please note: there is no Sunday School this day.

The church picnic is July 9. Everyone is to bring a dish to share, and the drinks and hamburgers and hotdogs are provided. It is at the Paw Paw Shelter and Worship is at 11, with lunch following. There will also be a scavenger hunt, as there was last year, with prizes. It is a game suitable for all ages.
George T. Allen, Jr. and
Emory Gene Cohoon Scholarships Available for 
2017-2018 School Year

Anyone attending college or graduate school is eligible. Contact the church office for an application form. Scholarship awarded June 25 in Worship.

Deadline for application to be returned to church office is June 11, 2017