Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church
Small Church... Big Heart Serving God for 60 Years
Office Phone 937-299-6451
APRIL Newsletter - The Tie Binder
The Sermon on the Mount. Matthew chapters 5 to 7.
Some of the most important teachings of Jesus. That is where we are dwelling during the season of Lent this year. I hope you have found the Bible Readings in last month’s newsletter helpful as we increase our study of the Word and aim to come closer to Jesus as He comes closer to the cross.
One topic from this passage that seems to always need more thought and discussion is that of Prayer and Fasting. We are supposed to do both. You hear of people giving something up for Lent. And sometimes you hear of people doing something extra. But I see it this way. We give up something, an activity, a habit perhaps. Then the time we would have spent on that is used to pray and to study the Bible. That is fasting. It certainly can be abstaining from food for a short time, and that is how we think of fasting most of the time. But you can fast from using Facebook, or fast from watching daytime tv, or fast from procrastinating, etc. It can be for a day or a week…it doesn’t have to be the entire Lenten season. And then, with your Bible and a comfortable chair, you use that fasting time to read and think on Scripture. And pray, of course. Give this a try. It is satisfying and heart-lifting. And it helps us be ready for Holy Week.
I look forward to the events leading up to Easter. Don’t you? Our annual egg hunt is well worth attending, even if you don’t have kids coming. It is a joyous and laughter filled time, truly letting children and adults celebrate Jesus. And our Maundy Thursday supper and service reminds us of that night and that event that we call the Last Supper. It is a reflective time, letting all the meanings of Jesus’ actions soak in a bit as we prepare our hearts for the death of our Lord on the cross.
And then we celebrate on Easter. What a mountaintop day for Christians! As that song says… Jesus goes from the cross to the grave…from the grave to the sky…and we will lift his name on high! We will consider our treasure in Jesus, and our treasure in our heavenly promise. Be sure to make worshipping God the centerpiece of your Easter celebration.
Happy Resurrection Day from Pastor Karen!
Tuesday, April 2
Bingo at the Oaks, 2:00 PM
Wednesday, April 3
Bible Study, 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10
Bible Study 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 11
ABWM Wellington Visit, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13
Easter Egg Hunt, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
DABA Women’s Annual Meeting @ FBC Dayton, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 14
Boards 12:15; Advisory Council 1:00 pm.
Thursday. April 18
Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service,
Friday, April 19
Sunday, April 21
Easter Sonrise Service with Shroyer Road Baptist Church at Community Golf Course, 7:00 a.m.
Easter Breakfast at DLABC for both churches, 8:00 a.m.
No Sunday School
Easter Sunday Worship Service, 11:00 am.
Saturday, April 27
Craft Fair 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thank You For Serving in APRIL
Lillie Mae Allen
April 7 Connie Sinks/Amy Thompson
April 14 Kelly Medina/Lori Frueauf
April 21 Amy Thompson/Linda Emmons
April 28 Lori Frueauf/Brian Sinks
April 7 Roland, Edmund, Oswald, Tim
April 14 Worship Board
April 21 Caring/Mission Board
April 28 Judy Teeters & Betty Asher
April 7 Edmund Sasak
April 21 Brian Thompson
April 28 Edmund Sasak
Dayton Christian Center News
On March 12, Executive Director of Dayton Christian Center, Tasha Johnson, spoke to women at ABWM meeting. Currently they are working on the Hospitality House next door to the Center. It will be transformed into a facility for school age children with plans to be ready by summer. The existing space in Center for school age will be changed to serve preschool children. The boys’ bathroom is being redesigned. The roof continues to get patched up as needed.
The DCC has received a Five Star rating for their preschool. There are 14 on the staff and Rev. Dr. Marva Hughes serves as the spiritual director. Besides serving as a daycare for preschool, before and after care for school age children, there is also a tax program for those needing help with tax preparation. Our church continues to support DCC monthly. If you want more information, contact a member of the Caring/Mission Board.
American Baptist Women
On April 11, 2019 our women will meet at Wellington of Dayton for program “Feel the Love.” We will visit with Janet Mayo and Elenor Evans. Hostesses are Pat Trent and Vera Trigg. We are asked to bring items for Judson Retirement Center (list is in literature rack).
The items will be taken to the ABWM of Dayton Annual meeting on April 13. Judson Retirement Center in Cincinnati is the ABWM of Ohio State Project where they are creating a worship space from an existing meeting room. The April 13 meeting (9:30 a.m.) will be at First Baptist Church on Monument St. in Dayton. Refreshments and lunch will be served.
Mark your calendar for the All Daughters’ Luncheon on May 11 at noon. Coordinators for this special event are Megan Farnham and Amy Thompson. More information will be available soon. SAVE THE DATE!
BOOKS FOR LENTEN SEASON are on the cart in foyer. Please select something to enhance your Easter reading.
March Disbursements were:
Dayton Christian………………..$ 75.00
United Missions Basic…………….….$497.37
Bucket Fund……………………….....$ 5.50
Given to a church member in need…...$200.00