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December Newsletter - The Tie Binder
December Events
Mission Caring Board
Thanks to all who donated shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse and those who donated money. There were 18 boxes sent.

Dates for Bingo at The Oaks 2020:
January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1.
We want to thank Everyone who helped with the Christmas Bazaar…, baking ,setting up, donating, working! We raised over $3000 for mission projects. We appreciate all the planning and work of our coordinators: Joyce Kelley, Lois Perry, Judy Teeters, and Pastor Karen Johnson. We will be sending funds to 5 missionaries and families for Christmas – Kit Ripley (Thailand), Ivy and Emerson Wu (Hongkong/China), Rovaughna Richardson (Ghana), Tasha Johnson (Dayton Christian Center) and Mark Samuel (Heartreach Ministries in Youngstown). We also decided to send our scholarship student, Scotty Robertson, a Christmas gift.
When we met in November we heard from representatives from Angel Tree ministry which is the Christmas outreach of Prison Fellowship. Pam Ganka and Nancy Skarupa gave us information about how our group could participate. The local Angel Tree serves children in 11 counties providing a sponsor for buying a gift for a child of an incarcerated prisoner. This ministry reaches hundreds of children. Usually two gifts (one of clothing and one other) are purchased and delivered to the child’s home. The process begins with the prisoner meeting with the chaplain of the jail to fill out a request form and make suggested gift ideas. Our ladies decided to sponsor 5 children (approximately $200) this Christmas. We were assigned children from three families ages 6 months to 11. The caregivers were contacted and so happy to hear we are helping. We will be shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts for these children.
Our ladies also decided to support the ABWM of Ohio project of collecting funds for a van for Dayton Christian Center. Currently they have only one van so when taking trips have to split the trip into two outings. We decided to give $400 toward the $15,000 goal.

Impact Report for January-June 2019
Thank you for supporting Church World Service projects this year: making hygiene kits, donating for CROP Walk (over $300) and giving funds for blankets. So far this year CWS has distributed over 33,000 blankets and kits. Some were handed out in the Dayton area following the tornado. This includes 6,060 hygiene kits; 1,520 school kits; 4,342 emergency cleaning buckets and 21,574 blankets. Internationally over 1,000 CWS blankets and kits were delivered to our neighbors in Ecuador and Dominican Republic. THANK YOU!!
Setting Up Christmas 
As you pull out the Christmas decorations from their storage places and put them around your home, at your front door, and maybe even on your car, you know that you are making preparations for the coming of the Christ Child. Right? Right.

Nativity or candy cane, angel statue or wreath, they all help bring us into the presence of the holy. Sure, we have to put aside the stress and time crunch of the decorating process to see it, but Jesus is there, lying in the manger, as we have seen, as we have pictured, for the last 2000ish years. 

I hope you will take our Advent Devotional, ‘The Wonder of His Love,’ and make it a part of your Advent decorations, in a place you will see it and use it. It will help you come close to the wonder, the awesomeness, the joy of the birth of our Savior.

What will your holidays hold? Old traditions expected by relatives? New traditions – either forced on us by changing times, or adopted as a new, happier way of living out December? Probably some of each of those. And keeping Christ in the center of all of it will make our season better, all around.

Packing Up Christmas 
Imagine for a moment that you put this newsletter aside when you received it in early December and are just now coming across it again on the day after Christmas.

When do you undecorate? Right after Christmas? When needles on your live tree drop? When your family makes you? Whenever it is, may I suggest a change in your routine this year? 

Keep a decoration or two from the holidays out on display in a noticeable spot. All year.  
This out-of-place decoration is meant to remind us to keep Christmas every day in our heart, to keep close to Christ through the entire year. 

Yes, you might hear some questions! When you are asked about a Christmas wreath in March, or a wise man on the mantel all summer, you have just been given the chance to share your faith. And displaying symbols of our faith make our priorities clear, both to others and ourselves.

Keeping Christ in the center will make our year, yes even our life better, all around.

Blessings of the Christ Child,
Pastor Karen Johnson
Sunday, December 1
1st Sunday Advent
Hanging of the Greens, after worship

Tuesday, December 3
Bingo @ The Oaks, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10
ABWM Christmas Party, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 
Church Christmas Party, after worship

Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Day

Thank you for Serving

Worship Leaders
Linda Emmons and Joyce Kelley

Josh & Megan Farnham

December 1 - Kelly Medina/Lori Frueauf
December 8 - Amy Thompson/Connie Sinks
December 15 - Susan Sinks/Megan Farnham
December 22 - Lori Frueauf/Kelly Medina
December 29 - Connie Sinks/Amy Thompson

December 1 - Judy Teeters/Betty Asher
December 8 - Roland/Edmund/Tim
December 15 - Church Christmas Party
December 22 - Megan Farnham/Amy 
December 29 - Susan Sinks

December 1 - Edmund Sasak
December 8 - John Frueauf
December 15 - Brian Thompson
December 22 - John Frueauf
December 29 - Edmund Sasak
Women’s Christmas Party  
On Tuesday, December 10 all women are invited to gather for our annual Christmas Party. It will be a catered dinner ($12 for reservation) and a gift exchange. Each lady is asked to bring a $5 white elephant gift for our exchange. This year’s theme is “Lights of Christmas”. Lucille Hatfield will share the devotions. For more information or tickets contact Bev Scarpelli or Jerri Wood.
Steps of Faith at Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church

Have you thought about being baptized? Have you considered becoming a part of our church family through church membership? We would love for you to consider these steps of faith.

If you are ready to accept Jesus as your Savior, we want to help you in this special moment of your life. Pastor Karen can help by talking with you, providing encouragement, and praying with you.

If you are interested in baptism, we rejoice that you are ready for this public confession of your growing faith. We would love to talk with you about the meaning of baptism and when you might take that step of faith. 

If you are already a Christian and are at a turning point in your faith, you may want to rededicate your life to Christ, or join the church. It would be a pleasure to pray with you and talk about your desire to follow the Lord in a new way.

What are the requirements for membership? All members must believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and be committed to following his teachings. Baptism by immersion, either here or at some previous time in your life is encouraged. Members must be willing to abide by our church covenant (in our hymnal).

We are planning to have a baptism service soon. Perhaps now is the time for you to take this step of faith. If you have questions, or would like to discuss this faith opportunity, please contact Pastor Karen! 
Library News
We have many books for you to enjoy during the Christmas holidays.We have Christmas poetry, short stories,” Ideal” magazines, Children books and much more.
Books I recommend are that will be on our Library cart in Fireplace area:
- Joanne Huist Smith – The 13th Gift; The True Story of a Christmas Miracle. She and her family were given gifts to help them survive the first Christmas after the loss of her husband.
- Jan Karon’s Mitford Snowman and Edith’s Gift (which includes her famous cake recipe.
- Debbie Macomber – Where Angels Go
- Donna Van Liere – Christmas Shoes and Christmas Hope
- Richard Paul Evans – Timepiece
- Henry Van Dyke – Story of the Other Wise Man
- Max Lucado – Christmas Candle
Our DLABC Library is always open so visit, browse, find something you would enjoy!