The Bangor Liberty Bell
Sharing the News and Views of
Bangor Liberty Friends
January 2005 Volume
26, No. 1
Keith Haisch, Pastor
A Windshield View of Life
Everyone knows that the windshield in a car is much bigger than the rearview
mirror. This is an excellent parable of the way we should approach life. Most
of our attention should be focused on today’s traffic - or the things that
are happening right now - rather than on concerns from the past.
It’s a good practice to glance in the rearview mirror now and then to see
what’s happening behind you. But we should never make the backward view our
main concern. When we do, we become a danger to ourselves and others because
we lose our awareness of the present moment and its significance.
Learn from the past, but live every day to its fullest as you claim the
bountiful promises of God.
Becoming Your Favorite Church
with H.B. London
from Focus on the Family
February 4-5, 2005
Iowa Quaker Men Banquet
6:30 p.m. – Friday, February 4
Student Center, Vennard
All conference attenders are welcome to attend the banquet.
Saturday, February 5, 2005
College Avenue Friends Church
8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Save Money! Register before January 14th
Registration forms available at
Iowa Quaker Men Members - $5.00 each
deadline $8.50 each
deadline $25.00 each
Lunch Tickets for Saturday
Sack Lunch at College Avenue $5.00 each
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Some tips for reading
through the Bible:
Read - the passage for the day, listening closely for
what God is saying.
Explore - what the Bible has to say by asking questions.
Act - on the truth by finding one thing you can DO.
Pray - the verses you have just read back to God.
CQH Summer Camp Dates
Theme - In God We Trust - Proverbs 3:5-6
House of Compassion Report
served 48 guests generous helpings of vegetable beef stew, crackers, peaches,
bananas, cookies and ice cream, milk and coffee. Thanks again to all of
our great volunteers who provided food or funds, prepared, served or helped
with clean up. Most of the volunteers also took time to eat a meal and joined
the guests at the tables. There were several children and younger
people eating tonight.
learned tonight that the dishwasher machines each had delay buttons.
When they were set they wouldn't run until around midnight, after everyone
had taken their showers. Always learning something
found us monitors this time. A man and 3 teenage boys, who were working
off community service, volunteered to stay the night. Four men and one
lady stayed last night and they thought they were all returning. Thanks to
everyone's support of this ministry.
families or individuals of our church, plus the Youth Group were involved in
purchasing gifts or food or donating funds for the House of Compassion
Adopt-A-Family Christmas project. Seven families or individuals were helped
by our church members’ generosity. The two families where I delivered
gifts were both very appreciative of our help. Thanks to all who
participated with this ministry.
January lessons and service projects will involve learning about Job and
about our Quaker Mission workers. Children, age 5 through grade 5, are
welcome to join us on January 2nd, 19th, and 30th.
Bangor USFW will have a workday at the church Tuesday, January 18.
We’ll gather around 9:30 or 10:00 to begin sorting items from the storage
area under the lift. Making baby blankets will be our other project. A light
soup lunch will be provided by Leo & Meg. Betty will bring the lesson
around 1:00. Remember to bring your $9 for dues.
Monday Night Bible Study
We’re now in chapter 15 of the book of Luke and would welcome others to join
us at 7:30 on Mondays. We’re meeting in homes during the winter months, so
watch the bulletin for the location.
All men and boys of the church are invited to become members of the Iowa
Quaker Men organization of IAYM. Yearly dues are $15 and these will help
support the work at Camp Quaker
Friends Disaster Service and so much more. On Feb. 4th their
annual banquet will be held in conjunction with the ministry conference with
H.B. London from Focus on the Family as guest speaker
Iowa Quaker Men have an opportunity to help with a Friends Disaster Service
project in North Carolina,
March 7-12, 2005. This coincides with the ARISE & SHINE Conference to be
held March 11-12 at Quaker Lake Camp, Climax, North Carolina Registrations
are available at the church for the Ministry Conference with H.B. London, the
Quaker Men’s Banquet, and also for the Arise and Shine Conference.
Without faith - you
are like a stained glass window in the dark.
The Missions committee wishes to thank everyone who took part in the
Thanksgiving "Thank" Offering. It is our prayer that we, as a
church, will continue to support our Missions around the world in the new
Lisa Stout will be moving to Belize,
starting the early part of January 2005, to help Mike and Kay Cain in their
work there. Andy will be able to use his social work skills in
guidance and counseling and in home visiting. Lisa will contribute to
bookkeeping and other administrative work within the school. They
will be spending most of the first year learning from the Cains
and their new culture. Mike and Kay will be retiring in two
years time. They will gradually be released to work on the possibility
of a new High School for boys and girls at La Democracia.
This is a concern that has been on their hearts for years. Andy and
Lisa are excited at the possibilities of their new work in Belize.
And on a more personal note, they will be expecting their first child in May
from Mary Kay Rehard and Patrick Nugent and update
us on the many ways that God has challenged them in Kenya. Their girls, Emma and
Eliza, are continuing their schooling at St Andrew's Turi.
They are taking piano, violin, cello, field hockey, cross-country and
archery, along with their academic studies. When they arrived back in Kenya , they welcomed 25 new students at FTC. They are
trying to recruit more women students. They now have a new vehicle, a Toyota Hilux double cabin pickup truck, with a cap and passenger
benches in the back. (They praise God for this.) They welcomed
Eden and James Grace in November, who will be FUM Field Officers in
the new FUM African Ministries Office, which has opened in nearby Kisumu. Their prayer is that they discern, accept, and
live by God's will and purposes, and manifest the kingdom of God
in their lives and work.
Christine Wood was recorded as a minister by Mid-America Yearly Meeting
in July. Christine, who works alongside her husband, Brad, at Kickapoo Friends Center
has been involved in ministry for 23 years.
BL Missions Committee
The Library Ledge:
to the $20 donated at the used book sale we have been able to purchase a DVD
of Chonda Pierce entitled “Have I Got a Story For
You!” Look for it and other donated materials on the table in the entryway during
It’s Bible Brush Up Time! Start the New Year with a new routine of Bible
study. Our church has many books that will help you to grow in your Christian
walk. You’ll find several displayed on the library ledge this month.
Harry Ironside was one of
the most loved and effective Bible teachers of the early 20th
century. Ironside devoted the first hour of every
day to Bible study and prayer. On one occasion when he was lecturing at a
seminary, a student came to him and said “Dr. Ironside,
I understand that you get up early every day and read your Bible. How do you
manage to do it? Do you pray about it?” “No,” Ironside
said. “I just get up.”
Ironside knew that his spiritual life depended on a regular
time in the Word of God. He didn’t need to ask God if he should do it. He
regarded this discipline as absolutely necessary in the development of his
spiritual life and his influence on others. He couldn’t get along
Are you developing the habit of reading God’s Word
House of Compassion
Review of 2004: fulfilling our
“Called by our faith in
Jesus Christ to act in love, the House of Compassion responds to the needs of
our neighbor and advocates justice and dignity for all.”
you for all the assistance you give
to the House of compassion; in volunteer hours, goods for the Supply Closet
or monetarily. It is only through everyone’s generosity that this mission
continues to be just that -a mission.
Soup Kitchen averaged 1573 meals served per month with 218 volunteers
monthly. The shelter, on an average, furnished 190 nights of shelter per
month with 56 monitors monthly. The Supply Closet averaged 427 households
served each month. 17 volunteers came every week to pass out the 3 donated
items allowed per household.
August the Back-To-School program gave out 880 backpacks full of school
supplies. In 2002 we helped 675 students, in 2003 it rose to 760 students and
this year it was an additional 120 students. Did you know that 1 out of 5
children live in poverty?
you to everyone who supported the Adopt-A-Family Christmas program. There
were 145 families (511 people) that were adopted. (Paula Young)
to everyone who has donated bedding and towels for shelter guest use,
supplies for the kitchen (household items for shelter guests to take with
them when they move into their own place and sturdy utensils for use by House
of Compassion), hotel soaps and shampoos, quilts, artificial Christmas trees
and decorations, underwear and socks for the shelter guests, hats and
mittens, food and/or money. All of these things are always appreciated.
Bangor Liberty Friends Church,
We just wanted to thank you for supporting Chrysalis Character
Center over the past
year. It means so much to us. It has been a big year for us. We have had a
name change, completed all our government paperwork, added three new members
to our team, and we are now working on grants and fundraising. It is very
busy, but it is also very exciting.
2005 promises to be just as busy. T.J. is currently working on the treatment
program for the boys, Mari is working on organizing grants, and I am
attempting to work on our first year budget. Please keep us in your
bless you in the New Year,
Ellis, CCC Co-Founder
Keys to Contentment
Health enough to make
work a pleasure
Wealth enough to support
Strength enough to
battle with difficulties and overcome them
Grace enough to confess
your sins and forsake them
Patience enough to toil
until some good is accomplished
Charity enough to see
some good in your neighbors
Love enough to move you
to be useful and helpful to others
Hope enough to remove
all anxious fears concerning the future.
Johann W. VonGoethe
Rec Around The Clock
When: February 25-26, 2005
Who: Those in grades 5-12
8:00 p.m. Registration at Marshalltown Friends Church
8:30 p.m. Worship at Marshalltown Friends
10:00 p.m. Head to the YMCA
5th-8th grade at the old YMCA
9th-12th grade at the new YMCA
6:00 a.m. departure
Cost: $28.00 per person
Staff: $15 per person
Group Rate: 15 or more
students and staff
From the same church:
Students: $23.00 per person
Staff: $10.00 per person
At the Door:
What to Bring: swimsuit
& towel, snack money, and friends!
Registration form and fee
must be postmarked by February 18.
O God of Second Chances
and New Beginnings,
Here I am again.