The Bangor Liberty Bell

Sharing the News and Views of

Bangor Liberty Friends Church


August 2004   Volume 25, No. 8

Keith Haisch, Pastor



          Remember all the fun we had on Lava Lava Island? Now it’s time for a Reunion Party! For just one day, Sunday, August 29, we’ll have a kick off for the new fall Sunday School program. 

We’ll begin at 3:30 with two hours of VBS songs, Bible Exploration, crafts, games, and snacks followed by a free family picnic around 5:30. Everyone who attended Lava Lava Island is welcome to return, and if you want to invite kids who didn’t attend, that would be great also!

           Volunteers who helped in June will be asked to give two more hours of their time. If you were not able to help in June but can August 29, see Margaret to volunteer or ask questions. We hope to have a church full of children letting Jesus’ love flow!

All-Church Picnic & Canoe Outing

           Bring your families, friends and neighbors to our all-church Picnic and Canoe Outing at Upper Pine Lake, Eldora, on Sunday, August 15, beginning at

3:30 p.m. Each family is asked to bring their own picnic food and supplies.  Canoes will be available from Camp Quaker Heights, and paddleboats can be rented from the park if you choose that activity. The walking path is nearby also if you’d prefer that. This is always a fun time together enjoying the park and fellowship with each other. Come join us!

Tar Heel Days at Union

            Tar Heel Days at Union are August 13, 14 and 15. As a church and church family we want to have our church more visible by handing out church shaped magnets with our name and phone number on them. We are putting one in each communication box so you can have a “preview” of what we will be handing out in the Parade, August 14, 11:00 a.m. We need help in passing out 500. Bring your Kids, Parents, Nieces, Nephews, Grandchildren, Grandmothers, Grandfathers, and anyone else spry enough to walk in the parade. The others can clap and cheer as they walk past. Thanks for your help.

                        BLFC Ministry & Counsel

Attention Parents!

Children’s Church will begin again for the school year on August 22 and your children age 5 through 5th grade are welcome to participate. This program is usually held twice a month. Children are dismissed to the fellowship hall following the children’s message part of the worship service. If you’d like to attend with your child, you’d be welcome. The program includes Bible stories, crafts, service projects, and activities to encourage the children as they learn to live like Jesus. We hope to support your children in their Christian walk. If you have any questions, please ask. I consider it a privilege to have this time with your children.                        Margaret Good

Children’s Books & New Videos

Parents feel free to check out the children’s library in the fellowship hall for great reading materials for your kids. If you wish to take home a book or video, just sign the child’s name and put the date on the card. Leave it in the box and when you return the item replace the card in the pocket. There are several new videos and books on tape.

No Comfortable Scripture

            There is, in a word, nothing comfortable about the Bible - until we manage to get so used to it that we make it comfortable for ourselves. But then we are perhaps too used to it and too at home in it. Let us not be too sure we know the Bible…just because we have learned not to have problems with it. Have we perhaps learned…not to really pay attention to it? Have we ceased to question the book and be questioned by it?       -Thomas Merton

The Library Ledge: Sunny Day Fiction

          With a fiction story you can travel to another land, become a pioneer, relive Bible times or look into the future. These varied stories can be just the relaxing get-away you need during these last days of summer.

Following are just a few examples: Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti has heart-stopping action mixed with the power of the cross. 

The Archon Conspiracy by Dave Hunt deals with a computer genius’ goal to contact highly evolved intelligence. Soviet psychics and CIA researchers get involved in this fast-paced story with intrigue and suspense.

A Texas Sky by Lori Wick is set in 1882 and describes the importance of the Texas Ranger and the dangers of the Old West. A young lady’s newfound faith is tested as she is escorted across the state of Texas.

            In Eden’s Gate an archaeologist disappears in the Middle East. His replacement deals with suspicious co-workers, a TV news celebrity, FBI and CIA agents and a trail of clues that lead into the enemy territory of northern Iraq. Many more fiction stories can be found on the library ledge.

HOC Report

On July 1st we served 62 guests generous helpings of tuna fish and grilled cheese sandwiches, green beans and bacon, Jell-O w/fruit, pasta salad, pudding, cookies and iced tea or milk.

John & Margaret stayed the night with 13 guests - 2 single ladies, a dad with 2 children, a married couple and 6 single men.  The children played quietly in their room and were no trouble, going to sleep by 8:30. One man had spent the winter in Texas and was hitchhiking his way back to where he was born in Minnesota. He was hoping to find some day labor in town or in Ames before heading on north. We didn’t get everyone’s story, however, several were working and looking for apartments. Only three took tickets for a noon meal at the Salvation Army.  The married couple was heading to Des Moines to spend the holiday with friends.


HOC REPORT for July 29th

Leftover RAGBRAI food provided much of our menu. We served 80 guests generous helpings of BBQ pork sandwiches, cheese, pasta salad w/bacon, lettuce salad, sweet corn, bananas, apples, various fruit pies, rice krispie treats and milk.

Thanks to all of our faithful volunteers who supply food or time to help us help those less fortunate.


Upcoming Dates for HOC Meals & Monitoring:

Thursday, August 26

Thursday, September 30

Thursday, October 28

Thursday, November 25-Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 30

Saturday, January 29

Thursday, February 24



Bible Fun

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married?

A. Ruthless


Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?

A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.


Q. Who was the greatest female financier in The Bible?

A. Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.


Q. What kind of motor cars are in the Bible?

A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury. David’s Triumph was heard throughout the Land. Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.


Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?

A. Samson. He brought the house down.


Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?

A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.


Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?

A. David. He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.


Q. Which Bible character had no parents?

A. Joshua, son of Nun.