Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church
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October Newsletter - The Tie Binder
When Jesus heard what had happened (John the Baptist had been beheaded), he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Matthew 14, verses 13-21
Discipleship. Sometimes I wonder what it should look like. How do others know we are doing it? Do others even need to know we are doing it? Is it supposed to make us feel better somehow? Do we need to exhaust ourselves in doing activities?
Written out like that, it might look a little silly. Over the years, I have been on a journey which has let me internalize the idea of discipleship. That is to say, it is not wholly based on exterior actions and activities. Rather it is often more about the interior commitment to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. The fundamental concept is to make yourself available to be a disciple. Be willing. And able in the ways God makes you able in this moment of your life. And to not worry about how it might look to others.
The 12 Jesus chose as disciples are examples. They followed, they were sent out 2 by 2 as missionaries, they were waiters feeding the 5000+, and so much more. They were available, willing, and learning from the Master. Their internal commitment produced the outward expression of discipleship. That’s what it should look like.
Tuesday, October 1
Bingo @ The Oaks
Sunday, October 6
Tuesday, October 8
ABWM meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12
Church Work Day
Sunday, October 13
Boards 12:15; Advisory Council 1:00
Saturday, October 19
Harvest Party & Supper, 5-7 pm
ABWM/ Dayton Board Mtg. 10 am
Sunday, October 20
November newsletter deadline
Thanks for Serving in October
Linda Emmons, Bob Heizer
October 6Megan Farnham/Kelly Medina October 13Linda Emmons/Lori Frueauf October 20Amy Thompson/Brian Sinks October 27Kelly Medina/Megan Farnham
October 6Joyce Kelley October 13Trustees October 20John & Lori Frueauf October 27
ABC Ohio Loses Leader
American Baptists of Ohio have lost a dear friend. Last month, Rev. Dr. Larry Swain died unexpectedly while he and his wife Linda were visiting family in Kansas City. There was a Celebration of Life held on September 28 at First Baptist Church of Newark. Memorial contributions can be made to ABC OH Executive Minister’s Emergency Fund or a Love Gift for Linda.
Many of us have been associated with Rev. Dr. Larry Swain and his wife Linda. They have been a large part of our lives in this area of Ohio.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, CA. After college he met and married Linda and started his Master studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He received his Doctorate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dr. Swain served as Southwest Area Minister and later Executive Minister of ABC of Ohio until his retirement in December 2015. He served the Dayton area quite faithfully on the Dayton Christian Center Board, and as liaison to many area churches who were seeking new pastors. Dorothy Lane was one of those churches. He returned to serve as ABC Ohio Interim Executive Minister in 2018 after the death of Rev. Dr. Ernest Jones. He was serving as Executive Staff Coach for the region at the time of his passing. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, outstanding leader and man of God.
Linda and Larry have two grown children, Matthew and Elizabeth. Matt has a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville KY and is on staff of the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Liz is an RN for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Organ Transplant Unit.
Larry and Linda loved spending family time, especially with their grandchildren. Larry will be missed in many ways by quite a few of us here in the Dayton area and across all areas of ABC/USA. Please keep Linda, Matt and Liz and their families in your prayers.
60th Anniversary Project - Main Floor Restroom Remodel
The vision is to have updated, beautiful and useable restrooms for everyone. These restrooms will allow us to better minister to all who come into our church building. We want to make life more comfortable for everyone including parents who need to keep children with them, babies in diapers, and those using walkers and wheelchairs.
The Restroom Remodel Committee has been working to define needs and design updated bathrooms on the main floor of our church. Sketches of the changes are available in the All Purpose Room. Suggestions and comments are requested by the committee.
We have determined our needs are:
To make the Women's Restroom more accessible for ladies using walkers, and to enlarge the stalls as much as is possible while keeping two toilet accessibility. The current sink and counter will be replaced. This restroom will be handicap accessible.
To keep the Family Restroom (formerly the Men's Restroom) as a single-use restroom, updating the toilet, and installing a diaper changing station on the wall. This will be a wheelchair accessible restroom. Although it is not required, our goal is to make this restroom meet ADA requirements.
To improve both restrooms with widened doorways, new ceiling and floor treatments, and new wall color. Also, lighting will be updated and an electrical outlet will be installed in each restroom.
Our working estimate for this project is $14,000. We plan to contract with Edmund Sasak to do much of the work, and hire electrical and plumbing companies as needed. Volunteers will also be welcome to help at certain points in the remodeling.
The Advisory Council voted to use funds from our church savings, and have a financial campaign to replenish them. In this way, the work can be started soon. This campaign will be introduced in November, with a pledge time in January.
~ from the committee: Linda Emmons, John Frueauf, Pastor Karen Johnson, Lois Perry, and Connie Sinks
A Special Thank You
I was overwhelmed with the wonderful 90th Birthday Party given by the ABW. The decorations, the food, the delicious and beautifully decorated cake.---Best of all, were the friends and dear guests who made the day so special with the many cards and renditions of “Happy Birthday.” Thank you ladies of the ABW and all the guests who made this day so special. It really was a day that was truly awesome.
God Bless you, Love, Liz Durig