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May Newsletter - The Tie Binder
May Events
Springtime ???

It’s possible I misspoke when I declared one Sunday that ‘spring was definitely coming soon.’ But, as I began writing this on April 9th and now finish it up on April 16th, it is obvious that I am wrong. As you know, there has been a snowfall on each of these two Mondays. Wow! A meteorologist commented this morning on the TV news that the record shows snow has fallen in our area as late as the first several days in May. So, it is not unheard of, but mid-April snow sure is unusual.
     Do you ever wonder why something has happened (like snow in April) and also why the answer to your questions cannot be found? I do, and life is filled with these unknowable things. Oh, sure, lots can be known and discovered and learned and surmised, but not everything. Mysteries are a part of our lives.
God knows. I trust that things are in his larger, eternal control and plan. While we do have free will and our own choices to make, God can see and guide and encourage this world (and indeed all creation) to his best plan for us all. But the mysteries of God, and reasons unfathomable to us, are known to him.
     Isaiah gives us such incredible insight into the Lord’s ideas and thoughts. In his prophetic voice, he tells us what God has allowed him to say on his behalf. Chapter 55:8-13 is a wonderful example of this, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, 
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
     How incredible. Of course, Gods’ thoughts and ways are greater than ours. Of course, Gods’ word returns to him having done what God desires. We still may not understand everything, but we know that all creation is involved, even as the trees applaud and mountains sing, and that it is all good. “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
     So, hang in there. God is with us, in the midst of it, all the time. We struggle to ‘get it’ but God’s plan is in place for eternal gain, and a good future for each of us.
…I realize this article is being finished up a week before you will read it in the May newsletter. I hope snow seems like a distant memory. But if, perchance, it is still unpredictable weather for the spring season, remember that our hearts can always be warmed by the Sonshine… 

Your Pastor, Karen
Crafters Group meets TUESDAYS, 9:30 am

Tuesday, May 1
Bingo @ The Oaks, 2 pm

Saturday, May 5
CWU Friendship Day @ Fairview Methodist Church, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 6
Boards 12:15; Advisory Council 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
All Daughters Banquet, Noon

Sunday, May 13
Mother’s Day

Saturday, May 19
Spring Craft Fair, 9 am – 3 pm

Sunday, May 20
Deadline for newsletter

Monday May 28
Memorial Day
Thank you 
For Serving in May

Worship Leader
Lois Perry

Lois Perry

Cookie Baker
Lillie Mae Allen

Children’s Church
May 6 N/A
May 13 Linda Emmons 
May 20 Megan Farnham
May 27 Megan Farnham

May 6 Susan Sinks
May 13 Connie Sinks
May 20 Judy Teeters
May 27 Linda Emmons

May 6 The Frueaufs
May 13 The Haugans
May 20  
May 27 Megan Farnham & Amy Thompson

May 6 Edmund Sasak
May 13 John Frueauf
May 20 Brian Thompson
May 27 Edmund Sasak

A Loss in Our Church Family
Our dear brother in Christ, David Hatfield, went to be with the Lord on the morning of April 11, 2018. As a vital part of our church life for many years, his earthly presence with us will be much missed. We remember his wife Lucille and their families in this time of mourning. A memorial service was held at the church on Saturday, April 14 with lunch and fellowship afterwards. The committal was at David's Cemetery on Monday, April 16.

American Baptist Women
New Dates for your calendar
May 5 is Church Women United May Friendship Day, 1:00 at Fairview Methodist Church, 828 W. Fairview Ave. Refreshments will follow the program. To carpool contact Jerri Wood.
May 12 is our All Daughters Luncheon at noon. Tickets can be purchased from Joyce Kelley or Linda Emmons. We will have a wonderful lunch and program.
June 8-9 is ABWM of Ohio Annual Conference in Zanesville. You can get a registration form from Pastor Karen or Flo Smith-Heizer who are two of the coordinators. Don’t miss the fun and inspiration.
June 11 is our Church Women United Human Rights Celebration at Summit Christian Church (on Denlinger Road) at 1:00. Refreshments will follow the program. To carpool contact Jerri Wood.
June 21 picnic at Bessie Smith’s home to view her beautiful garden. More details to follow.

Mission/Caring Boards
Disbursements were:
Wu’s $100.00
Dayton Christian $75.00
United Missions Basics $519.42
Bucket Fund $ 11.00
Eleven cards were sent in March.
Helping with Bingo: Judy Teeters, Jerri Wood, Joyce Kelley and Bev Scarpelli

College Scholarship Applications are available from the church office. Anyone attending college or grad school is eligible. Deadline for application to be returned to church office is June 3, 2018. Scholarships will be awarded June 24 during worship.
Dayton Christian Music and Talk Shows On the Radio and Online

WFCJ 93.7 FMWebsite has 2 options; 
contemporary & worship

WOKL 96.9 FMWebsite

WEEC 100.7 FMWebsite has 3 options; 
contemporary, southern 
gospel & traditional

WGNZ 104.3 FM

WGNZ 1110 AM