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July / August Newsletter - The Tie Binder
July Events
This article is a “summer rerun.” It’s new to the DLABC family, but I wrote it many summers ago. It still makes me laugh. I hope you find it humorous as well.

We all have a different sense of humor. We all have separate sensibilities when it comes to telling, understanding and appreciating jokes and riddles and funny stuff.

Here’s mine. At a church I know there is a day care center for little ones. The church parking lot is large, and has four levels. On hot summer days the kids come out for recreation on the lawn and in the lot. The last time I was there some kids were in a wading pool, some kids were running around the lawn pell-mell and some kids were driving cars.

That’s the funny part. I hadn’t thought about this scene for a long time. I’ve witnessed it several times. It is truly hysterical to watch. The adult teachers block off the lowest level of the parking lot. They get out all the large plastic red and yellow cars with wheels. Then they get out the wagons and after that come the kids out from the inside. These kids are old enough to walk, and old enough to operate the cars with their feet, and occasionally pull their buddies in the wagon. But they are nowhere near real cars, insurance payments and nervous parents.

And so they drive around the parking lot. Sometimes they park between the lines on the pavement. Sometimes they careen off into the grass on either side. Sometimes they play nicely and pull stuff or people in the wagon. Sometimes the wagon turns over. The humor is in watching the tiny cars with tiny people in a lot meant for big cars with big people. For those moments of play, the parking lot is their world, and they control the roads, the highways and the grassy verge. Unaware of traffic laws and the difficulties of parallel parking, they have the time of their lives in blissful driving and pulling and riding.

When was the last time you had fun like that? When was the last time you did something so fun that others had to stop and watch and laugh? When was the last time your playtime was so absorbing that you forgot about your problems? Has it been a long time? Or was it yesterday?

Here’s my advice. Summer is short, my friends. Get out there and have some fun. In Ecclesiastes 12:12 we read, “of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” That seems like an encouragement for getting out and playing. And Psalm 37:4 advises us to “delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Delighting ourselves in the Lord comes in many forms, among them play. See what you come up with, and enjoy!

God bless us all, little kids and big kids!
Pastor Karen
Bingo @ The Oaks

Independence Day

Deadline for July/August Newsletter 

SUNDAY July 21
Church Worship & Picnic at Paw Paw Shelter
August Events
Back to School Carnival, 11 am – 2 pm

TUESDAY August 6
Bingo @ The Oaks

ABWM planning meeting, 11:30 a.m.
Marion’s Pizza @ Town & Country

SUNDAY August 11
Blessing of Backpacks

SATURDAY August 17
ABWM/Dayton Information & Inspiration Day @ DLABC, 9:30 a.m.
We Are Collecting Hygiene Kits
As disasters in our community and around the world happen, hygiene kits are continually needed. Please assemble a kit/or kits; include $2 for processing and place in the Fellowship Hall collection box for kits. We need these by September 1, 2019 in order to deliver them to our area collection area on September 7.  

Below is what is included in a hygiene kit:
- One hand towel measuring approximately 15”x 28” to 16”x 32” (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber) 
- One washcloth
- One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
- One finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from the package
- One bath size bar of soap in the wrapper
- One toothbrush in the package 
- Ten standard size Band-aids

All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag.  Do not add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each Hygiene Kit just prior to its journey.
American Baptist Women
Planning for our new year
All women are invited to join in the planning session on Thursday, August 8 at Marion’s Pizza at Town and Country Shopping Center. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. We welcome ideas for programs, projects and events.
Caring/Mission Board
Please bring a covered dish to share. The drinks, table service and meats are provided. It is at the Paw Paw Shelter at Hills and Dales Metro Park. Worship is at 11, with lunch following. Rain or Shine! Bring a lawn chair if you'd like.

Disbursements were:
Dayton Christian…….…...$ 75.00
United Missions Basic April…...$288.85
United Missions Basic May……$282.10
Bucket Fund ...............................$ 2.12

Our Rummage Sale was a wonderful success! Many thanks to all who donated, carried, sorted, worked and bought. Will we have another one? We will decide in early 2020 if there will be a Rummage Sale later in that year. If we do have a sale, we will need someone to step up and be the leader for that event. For now, we will NOT be collecting any clothing or items in the basement ‘rummage sale room.’ Please donate your great stuff to a worthy charity instead.

From the Board of Christian Education:
We welcomed Lt. Lee Sanders to our church on June 23 for a presentation on "Active Shooters-What to Do”.  The information he gave can help us in case of such emergencies.  Also, it opened thoughts on possible procedures and further contacts we should make.  We certainly appreciated Lt. Sanders and the Kettering Police Department for making this free program possible.  At the end, he was presented with the “Care Bears” made by our board and friends of Pastor Karen.  They were inspired by all the left-over stuffing from a past VBC.  Now, they will be a comfort to children the police encounter in trauma situations.

THANKS!!  STOP!  Thanks for all the plastic caps, lids and do-dads you have brought to the church for our 60th anniversary year project.  We have collected more than enough so no more donations are needed.  We look forward to beginning our hall improvement this fall after the Back to School Carnival.

Back to School Carnival
Please join us on August 3 to help with the Back to School Carnival.  Without your help, it’s impossible.  If you can volunteer any time during it, please sign up on the chart in the Fellowship Hall or see Megan Farnham, Lori Frueauf, Kelly Medina, Connie or Susan Sinks.  Once again for the games, we will be giving away school supplies as prizes which were funded through the Board of Christian Education’s Spring Craft Fair and Trunk Sale.  The left-over supplies will be donated to Orchard Park Elementary, Southdale Elementary and the Memorial Day tornado victims.  Hope to see you there!

Thanks for Serving in July
Worship Leader
July 7 Linda Emmons 
July 14 Amy Thompson
July 21 Picnic – Megan Farnham
July 28 John Frueauf

Jerri Wood

July 7 Amy Thompson/ Lori Frueauf
July 14 Megan Farnham/Brian Sinks
July 21 Lori Frueauf/Susan Sinks
July 28 Kelly Medina/Connie Sinks

July 7 Edmund Sasak
July 14 Brian Thompson
July 21 John Frueauf
July 28 Edmund Sasak