Every minute your mouth is turned
down, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. – Tom Walsh
Vacation Bible School
Sunday, June 5 -- Thursday, June 9
Family Picnic Sunday, June 5, 5 p.m.
VBS starts at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday
Monday - Thursday, 6:15-8:30 p.m.
Program, Friday, June 10, 7 p.m.
Please continue to pray for our VBS--Kids, Staff & Families!
We will have special guests on Sunday night - the Parable Puppet Team from 1st Presbyterian Church in Marshalltown, and on Friday night for the closing program - Victor and Brenda White from the Mesquakie Friends Center, sharing about their first ever Summer Camp!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for your prayers, your support, for volunteering, your financial giving! It has been wonderful!
House of Compassion
Eighteen were involved in serving 73 guests generous helpings of pork and ramen noodles, green beans w/bacon, tomatoes, rolls and butter, a variety of fruits, fruit and nut dessert, juice, milk and coffee. Our great volunteers were Tom and Pat, Levi and Ramona and John who provided funds for food; Bob, Jeanette, Betty and Fern who prepared; Levi, Ramona, Naomi and Ann who served; Joe, Kay, Kelsey, Daniel and Darlene who were on clean up. Charlie Coffman, from Bethel Grove Church, came to monitor for 6 men and 2 women. You'll have to ask Bob how he fixed the zucchini. It was certainly enjoyed, as were the walnut desserts. The honey pot continues to be endless! Our next responsibility will be Saturday, June 25.
Approved Additions - Discipline
Approved additions to the Iowa Yearly Meeting Discipline have been received at the church. If you would like copies of these additions for your Discipline, please contact the church secretary.
IAYM Capital Campaign
In November of 2004, we hired Pat Watson as our IAYM Capital Campaign Director. Her primary responsibility is to travel to all the churches, make presentations and work towards securing pledges that will eventually realize our total goal. That goal was originally set at $2,140,000. After prayer and consideration, we as a Yearly Meeting, agreed to start with an initial push for $600,000 in cash and pledges. By September 1, 2004, we were at the $300,000 mark. When including the Cedar Rapids church funds of $360,000, ear marked for Church Extension, we then have $660,000 in cash and pledges.
With Pat’s vision we sent her forward to challenge all members of the Yearly Meeting to make a $100 a year pledge for five years. This, we hoped, would enable everyone, who is a yearly meeting member, know that they have a part in the Future and a Hope of Iowa Yearly Meeting. Our purpose in a $500 pledge is simple. If all 3,400 members would make that commitment, this would equal $1,700,000 and that would achieve our original goal. Perhaps even surpassing the preliminary amount agreed upon.
Still unanswered is this: We have had several $100 contributions, but very little in the form of a five-year pledge. We need for everyone to catch this vision and make the commitment. Many hands and hearts working together make goals achievable. If we are doing so for the Kingdom of the Living God, then there should be no fear of commitment.
-Ron Bryan, IAYM Superintendent
Reprinted from the May Iowa Friend
Mesquakie VBS Meal
Our church will be providing a meal for the children and workers at Mesquakie Mission during their week of Vacation Bible School. At noon on Friday, June 24, we will serve hot dogs, baked beans, carrots, potato chips, bananas, cookies and koolaid to approx. 75 people.
If you would like to donate food or funds or if you are available to help serve, see Betty or Margaret. A sign-up sheet for the food will be circulating in the coming weeks. We hope many will be willing to support this local mission field in the Tama area.
New Arrival in Belize
Andy and Lisa Stout, who are on the Mission field in Belize, working with Mike and Kay Cain, are the proud parents of a baby son, Spencer Joseph Stout, born on May 27th. He is a healthy baby of 8 lbs. 4 oz. Baby and Mom are both doing fine.
Our Vacation Bible School will be starting on Sunday, June 5th and ending on Friday, June 10th. Victor and Brenda White, our missionaries at the Mesquakie Friends Center near Tama, Iowa, will be speaking at our VBS Closing Program, telling about their upcoming Indian Summer Camp later in June. There will be a free will offering taken that will be divided between the Mesquakie Indian Summer Camp and for buying a used tractor and rotary cutter for the work in Belize, toward building a new high school.
-BLFC Missions Comm.
The Library Ledge:
Check out some LAUGHS!
Doctors agree laughter is one of the most inexpensive, non-fattening, contagious, pleasant ways to relieve stress. The human smile is one of the most wonderful things in all of God’s creation, and we Christians have more to smile about than anybody else!
The library emphasis during the busy month of June is humor. You’ll find lots of laughs on the library ledge. Look for Quaker Chuckles, She who Laughs, Lasts!, Seriously, Life is a Laughing Matter, Video: Life on the Lighter Side and DVD: Have I Got a Story for You. And don’t forget the Veggie Tales videos – fun for all ages!
Remember: A good laugh is like manure to a farmer – it doesn’t do any good until you spread it around.
Liberty USFW ladies will meet for lunch at noon at “Holy Grounds” in the Marshalltown Mall on Wednesday, June 8th. Please note this change in location of the meeting. During the business portion of the meeting, plans will be discussed for serving the Liberty Alumni Banquet on Saturday, June 25.
On June 21, we’ll gather at “Holy Grounds” in the mall at 12:30 p.m. for lunch (or just dessert) prior to our meeting. Fern will provide our program before we have our final business session for the summer. Any ladies who would like to join us would be welcome.
Friends are invited to join the Blanchard Family as they celebrate Rex and Kay’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, Sunday, June 12, 2005, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 110 N 19th St, Unionville, Missouri.
Please bring your memories to share, but please no gifts. Cards may be sent to Rex and Kay Blanchard at 15470 204th Rd, Powersville, MO 64672.
Children’s Church is on vacation during the months of June & July.
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School for the children and youth will begin June 12 and go through September 4. A sign up sheet is available for adults to sign up to teach. There will be two classes, Pre K-4th and 5th -High School. We are asking just one person to sign up for each age group. The first 10 weeks we’ll continue with the VBS themes. Lessons will be easy to teach. Let’s all volunteer and give our regular S.S. teachers some time off.
USFWI-Quaker Men Banquet
Saturday, July 16, 2005 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person
Where: Holiday Inn Airport, Des Moines
If you would like to attend the USFWWI-Quaker Men Banquet, but are not planning to attend the Triennial Sessions, please call Daneta at the Iowa Yearly Meeting Office
(641-673-9717) to make your reservation. Registration deadline is June 15, 2005.
Note Change of Date
BLFC July Meeting for Worship for Business
Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m.
All IAYM reports need to be presented for approval and names of new committee chairmen need to be submitted as well.