The Bangor Liberty Bell

Sharing the News and Views of

Bangor Liberty Friends Church

May 2015   Volume 36, No. 5

Manny Garcia, Pastor




Youth Spaghetti Social

What a great evening we had! We weren’t able to get an exact count but we are sure we served over 100 people. Thank you for supporting the youth and allowing them to serve you!

Even though the kitchen was hot, we all had fun planning, preparing, and practicing for the evening.  We were able to raise right at $1500 from the dinner, tips, donations and the silent auction.  Most of the businesses I went to were in Marshalltown and were very excited to help out our youth in any way they could.  When you cash in your gift certificate, make sure you thank them for supporting our youth!

The funds raised will be used to help send kids to camp at Quaker Heights and other youth ministry related events.

We haven’t set a date for another fundraiser/dinner but the youth are excited about the possibility of doing this a couple times per year. Stay tuned for more information!

Again, on behalf of the youth group, I want to extend a great big thank you for all of your support!

          -Kris Smitherman, Youth Pastor



Congratulations, Graduates!

-Megan Davis Liddle graduated from Grandview College in Des Moines with Bachelor of Science, Nursing Degree on April 25th.

-Katie Davis graduated from Simpson College in Indianola on Saturday, May 2nd  with a double major in math and business management and a minor in accounting!

-Rebecca Gimzo graduates from Marshalltown Community College on Friday, May 8th in the Medical Assistant Program.

-Clarke Macy graduates from Marshalltown Community College’s Welding Program on May 8th.

-Emma Chase graduated from the University of Northern Iowa on December 20th with a degree in Communications Studies!



Remember in Prayer      

~Our Pastoral Search Committee - two prospective candidates are being interviewed

~Our Nominating Committee filling committee positions for the new year.

~Our VBS planning staff, Dani & Josie, for our combined VBS with HC-NP Friends

~Our 3rd Sunday Mission emphasis is Friends in Southern Tanzania who are focusing their efforts on the construction of a headquarters building in Kyela for area Friends.

~House of Compassion in Marshalltown and all whom they serve

~The Iowa Yearly Meeting Superintendent Search Committee

~Nathan & Briana Martin & boys serving in Cambodia.

~Wings of Refuge Ministry in Iowa Falls who help victims of exploitation recover



Mission Moment Tanzania Friends Headquarters

          Friends are doing marvelous things through Christ in Southern Tanzania.  They are working hard to extend the Kingdom of God.  The motorcycles sent are proving to be good for the ministry as well as providing a positive identity of the church.  Many monthly meetings are growing in numbers and five new meetings have been started! 

          Their focus now is the construction of a headquarters building in Kyela for area Friends.  The total project cost is $30,000.00.  Friends in Kyela plan to raise

20%.  They feel the project would be best addressed in stages and are ready to move onto the walls. That expense is estimated at under $3000.00.  Our 3rd Sunday mission offering in May will go to this project in Tanzania.  Please be generous as you support these new Friends believers in their endeavors.

          Thanks to all who filled the boxes with supply items for the House of Compassion during March!  It was such a pleasure to deliver all these and see the shelves filled ... at least for a short time.  We congratulate the Guys team who brought in the most points and thank the Gals team who willingly took care of cleaning up after the potluck meal.  



*Registration Date Coming Soon*

All youth and children who are planning to attend a camp at Quaker Heights this summer need to be registered by May 15th. 


Dates for Summer Camps at CQH

Little Fry (k-2nd grade) June 12-14

Elementary (3rd-6th grade) June 21-25

Jr/Sr High Camp (7th-12th) June 14-19

Young Adult - June 5-7 -

(college freshmen-age 35)

We do have a scholarship fund to help all

our youth attend camp if they wish.

*New this year - all camp registrations

are to be done online!  Kris S.

will help you register for camp

during DEEPER on May 13th.

Or go to, click on

Youth Ministries to register for camp

and to get a camp brochure.



Everest VBS

Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power


          In just a few months, Bangor Liberty will be filled with kids from BLFC and Honey Creek-New Providence Friends Church and the surrounding communities.  These children will be moving through activity stations with their Climbing Crews.  Every station is designed to reinforce the daily Bible with expeditions in an interactive way.

          Kids will worship God through songs and prayer and discover life-changing Bible truths in memorable ways.  To have the best adventure possible, we need lots of volunteers who can give their time, energy, and most importantly love to the kids.

          Whatever your abilities we’ve got a place for you!  Crew leaders, staff devotions, Bible leaders, set designers, transportation, mission presenters, song leader, skits, registration, snacks, nursery and lots of floaters.

          If you’ve never volunteered, ask someone who has to share their experience.  Past Crew Leaders:  Mary Davis, Chris Evertsen, Diane Teske, Alicia Matney, Loren Peters, Charlene and Mike Martin.  Past Bible leaders: Breanne Butler and Jo Macy.  See Dani or Josie to volunteer or to learn more.  We believe that God will use this program to reach many children with the message of His love, so prayerfully consider your role for the evenings of July 19-24th.

          The sign up sheet is placed on the bulletin board in the entryway. 

          -Jose Evertsen & Dani Juncker,

           VBS Coordinators



Training Sessions for volunteers for VBS will be held on Wednesday, July 8th at a time to be determined, and on Sunday, July 12th after Sunday School.  A light supper/lunch will be provided. 



Last Night of DEEPER

        The last night of DEEPER for the season will be Wednesday, May 20th.  A picnic and time of fellowship will start at 6:15 pm.  Christian Ed will furnish the meat for the meal, with those attending asked to bring side dishes.  No classes that night. Everyone welcome!



Make Note of this Change!

        Beginning on Sunday, June 7th, Sunday School and Worship times will be switched.  Worship will be held at 9:30 am with Sunday School following around 10:30 am.  This will allow for discussion of the sermon topic in Sunday School.  Intergenerational classes will be held for all in 6th grade and up.  Children ages 4 thru those going into 5th grade will meet on their own for Sunday School.  Three and under will be cared for in the nursery.



Library Ledge

          Check out our new books to help you grow in Christ.  Celebration of Discipline and the Study Guide, Simple Faith, Going the Second Mile, Life Without Strife, Spirit-Controlled Temperament, Morning by Morning  by Charles Spurgeon, The Power of Praying Together by Stormie Omartian as well as two Parallel Bibles to help. 

Fruitful Reading!



Human Trafficking Could

Happen Here

A Community Awareness Event

Thursday, May 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Marshalltown Public Library Community

Meeting Room

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and it could happen in our community.  Join this free event to hear from a panel of experts about the realities of human trafficking, its potential to affect our community and how we can prevent and fight against it.

Panelists will include representatives from the Network Against Human Trafficking, Wings of Refuge, Iowa State Patrol, Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support, and the FBI Omaha Division.  Marshalltown Chief of Police, Michael Tupper will moderate.  A light dinner will be provided and RSVPS are appreciated but not required.

To RSVP or for more information please contact -



Bangor & Liberty USFW’s

            Both USFWs will join together in the church fellowship hall on May 21st at 7:00 pm to hear Cathie Zeliadt share about the new reading course books for the coming year.  Both children’s and adult reading course books will be available for purchase.   Each group will have a short business meeting following Cathie’s presentation.  Refreshments will be provided by Bangor ladies.  All women interested in having a preview of the books are welcome to come hear her reviews and purchase or just browse the books. (You don’t need to be a USFW member.) 



HOC Meal Report 

          On Thursday, April 30, 20 from Bangor Liberty were involved in purchasing, preparing, serving & cleanup for 61 guests.  The menu was meatball pasta casserole, green beans, baby carrots, garlic bread sticks, applesauce, pineapple upside down cake or chocolate cake with strawberries, or angel food cake with strawberries, milk & coffee. Thanks to all of our great volunteers!  Mark your calendar for our next responsibility on May 28.



~Jesus turns a message into a message.

~God has unlimited anytime minutes

~When God saw you, it was love at first sight.

~Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling when you feel like stripping your gears.