Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church
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Small Church... Big Heart
Office Phone  937-299-6451
Are you welcome?
Your First Visit
Where to park?
When to come?
Oh, yes, you are! We want people to worship with us. We want you to worship with us! Our feeling of family extends to all who are with us on Sunday, and we sincerely want to connect with others. Our goal is to help people know the love of God for themselves.
We have a lovely large parking lot around the back of the church. Spots up next to the building are usually used by those who are not able to walk very far, and for guests. That means you! We also have a front entrance with several parking spots. These spots are used by those for whom stairs are a concern.
Our Sunday Worship Service begins at 11:00 a.m. In church language, that means we start at 11:00 a.m.. So you may want to come a few minutes beforehand. You can hang up your coat, say hi to our morning greeter, get a bulletin, and find a place to sit in the sanctuary. We also have adult Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. This group meets in the Fellowship hall for about 45 minutes each Sunday and digs into the Scripture.
People wonder about this. Different religious traditions do have many types of dress, which we see every day in our area. We focus on the people who come, not how they dress or look. So you will see some folks in dresses and suits, and some in jeans and t-shirts. If you’re asking, we’d say, wear what you are comfortable in, and casual is okay.
Well, we might send a note, if you leave us your address on a guest registration card. Generally, we are pretty laid back. We will not be showing up unannounced at your doorstep. We hope to send you home with a treat and some info about the church. And then we will be praying for God to bring you back again, and again.
You may wonder if there will be a point in the service where you are expected to pull out your wallet or purse. We do have an offering every Sunday, but we don’t mean for you to feel obligated to give. You are our guest, and while you may give if you want, our expectation is that those who are members and committed attendees support the church. And, if you want, our budget and expenses can be found in our Annual Report, available on the brochure rack. We don’t keep secrets about how we spend the money that God blesses us with each week.
We are blessed to have a great musician at DLABC, Jack Smith. He has developed the music ministry with a pleasing combination of hymns and praise songs. Our organ and piano are both used during most services, with an upbeat tempo. We also have a choral ensemble that helps us worship with a special song or musical arrangement on Sundays.
We think it is very important for the kids to come to church. We invite you to bring your children with you. We have a special Children’s Story for them in the sanctuary each week. Afterwards, they usually go downstairs with leaders who teach them a Bible lesson geared just for them. Babies and children up to 3 can be cared for in our nursery during the entire worship service.
We have a time of fellowship after the worship service. Some people go into the fellowship hall and have a cup of juice or coffee and chat for a few minutes. Others have a snack and sit at tables together and talk for a while. It is a very informal time that allows our fellowship and friendship to grow.
We love to worship. We do “church in about an hour.” Generally we are finishing up the service with our last hymn just about noon. 
Money for offering?
Follow-up?
What happens afterward?
And what about the music?
How long is this going to last?
What to wear?
What about the kids?
Finally...
Will you fit in at DLABC? Yeah, most likely you will if you have read this far. Thanks for scrolling down. We are a small church, with a small congregation, and a great big sense of family and love for God. We are looking for folks who would like to learn about Jesus Christ and why we follow Him and are saved by Him. Hope to see you soon.
Written by Pastor Karen Johnson