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September Newsletter - The Tie Binder
September Events
Near and Far, Christians Helping Each Other

In the last Tie Binder, you read a letter written to each of the three historic churches that were burned to the ground in Lafayette, Louisiana earlier this year. We were called to help these churches by one in our own church family. We can only imagine the trauma and sorrow they must be experiencing. I was surprised when we received a loving thank you from one of the churches, St. Mary’s. You will see this letter reprinted in this newsletter. That in the midst of their trouble they reached out to us with thanks is incredible.

But wait…we have had tragedy very near to us. Maybe we do know a bit of the pain they have. Our Dayton community has had great loss and trauma with the Memorial Day tornados and the Oregon District shootings. Some of our own folks had damage from the tornados. And our church has received donations and given them in places that will give hands-on help to individuals around us in need.

Some of us have experienced trauma first hand. We were there, we were in it. We’ve been to those neighborhoods; we eat in those restaurants. Some of us watch the news, read the newspaper, catch it on our internet news feed, and second hand, we experience the trauma. We can’t get away from the news, the discussions, the comments, the impact on our area. It’s hard to get quotes on construction, there are no idle tree cutting companies, they are all busy with repairing tornado damage. These situations affect us all in a myriad of ways.

I like to think that Christians all over are watching, reading, hearing the news just as we do. And just as we reached out to other churches to comfort and help them, so are other churches and people reaching out to Dayton, with prayer, with help, and with love. No doubt in my mind that we both give and receive strength and perseverance with our prayers. Our area is a prayer concern in thousands of churches and with tens of thousands of Christians across the globe. Can you envision all the people and places and situations you have prayed for in your life? Hard to even imagine. And then to know we are one of those places that is now prayed for by the rest of the world. It is mind boggling. And we may not realize the spiritual help that is being sent our way, because of the great need we have for it. But do not doubt it is there.

God doesn’t promise it will all be easy. God doesn’t promise protection from calamity. God does promise to be there in the midst of it. God does promise to love and help us through it. And for that I am eternally grateful. Even in the midst of trauma. Especially in the midst of trauma.

Hanging in there,

Pastor Karen

St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church
103 Saquette Road
Port Barre, LA 70577
(337)585-7186
Rev. Kyle Terrell Sylvester, Sr., Pastor
www.SYL9.com/smbc

July 9, 2019

Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church
960 West Dorothy Lane
Kettering, Ohio 45409

Dear Beloved Friend,

It is with much love, thanks, joy and inspiration that we are writing to you. We thank you for your love, prayers and donation towards our efforts of getting back to some form of normalcy.

Though the burning of our church seems to be tragic, the love and support shown towards us during our time of lost by you and many others confirms God's Word. 1 John 4:7-11 states: Beloved, Let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to lone one another.

St. Mary hope to continue this movement of love and will seek to help spread this love whenever the opportunity arises. whether in our personal lives or in our church ministries.

Again, St. Mary prays that the Lord will continually keep and bless you and your family as you have mercifully blessed us in our time of distress.

In Christian Love, 

Rev. Kyle Terrell Sylvester, Sr., Pastor and the 
St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church Family

Monday September 2 
Labor Day

Tuesday September 3
Bingo @ The Oaks

Sunday September 8
Boards 12:15; Advisory Council 1:00

Tuesday, September 10
ABWM meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 15
Outdoor Worship
Liz Durig's 90th Birthday Party 12:00 pm
October newsletter deadline

Friday-Saturday Sept. 20-21
ABWM/Ohio Spiritual Growth Retreat in Mt. Vernon

Sunday, September 22
Guest Pastor Rev. Dr. Dwight Davidson

Sunday, September 29
ABWM Women’s Sunday
Milestone Birthday Celebration
On September 15 we will celebrate with Liz Durig her 90th birthday with fellowship following the worship service. The women in ABWM will provide the refreshments. If you would like to help with decorations, please see Judy Teeters or Jerri Wood. There will be a basket for cards.
Thanks for Serving in September

Worship Leader
Joyce Kelley

Greeter
Joyce Kelley

Nursery
Sept. 1  Amy Thompson/Linda Emmons
Sept. 8  Megan Farnham/Brian Sinks
Sept. 15  Lori Frueauf/Susan Sinks
Sept. 22  Susan Sinks/Amy Thompson
Sept. 29  Connie Sinks/Linda Emmons

Refreshments
Sept. 1  Judy Teeters/Betty Asher
Sept. 8  Worship Board
Sept. 15  ABWM
Sept. 22  Megan Farnham/
Amy Thompson
Sept. 29  Jerri Wood/Ernie Keucher

Ushers
September 1John Frueauf
September 8
September 15Brian Thompson
September 22
September 29
Caring/Mission Board
August Disbursements were:
Wu’s.………...$100.00
Dayton Christian…….…...$ 75.00
United Missions Basic June……$494.73
Bucket Fund ...............................$ 5.00

A donation of $250.00 was given to help a mother and two small children in need of food, clothing etc. who lost their home in the tornado. She works at Dayton Christian Center.

Thanks to all who donated health kits for Church World Service. These kits will be delivered to collection site on September 7.
ABWM News…
All women are invited to the first meeting of the year to be held September 10 at 6:00 p.m. Each woman is asked to bring a salad to share. Table service, drinks, and dessert will be provided. Hostesses will be Jerri Wood and Lillie Mae Allen. Devotions will be given by Flo Smith-Heizer. Program will be an overview of the year.
    The Spiritual Growth Retreat sponsored annually by ABWM of Ohio will be in Mt. Vernon September 20-21. For details and registration form see Flo Smith-Heizer. She also has room in her room for two more ladies so motel would not be needed.
    Women’s Sunday being coordinated by Rev. Dr. Karen Johnson will be Sunday September 29. Rev. Jane Gibbons will be our speaker on “Sisters Seeking Wholeness.”