The Bangor Liberty Bell

Sharing the News and Views of

Bangor Liberty Friends Church


July 2007   Volume 28, No. 7

Dean Lambdin, Pastor



Iowa Yearly Meeting

Ministry Conference 2007

August 1-4

at Camp Quaker Heights


+Keynote Speaker

   Alan Weinacht, former superintendent of Indiana Yearly Meeting.


+Highlights for Yearly Meeting:

   -Wednesday afternoon Friends from Mesquakie Mission will be presenting a traditional drum dance followed by a meal that features Indian cuisine.

   -Thursday afternoon Open Forum with FUM General Board Representatives & presentation from the Cuba Work Team

   -Friday - Workshop Sessions


Each worship session will feature a different worship leader/group with a Friday night special of a choir.  Sign up at registration if you want to be a part of the choir.  All evening sessions will be held at Eldora-New Providence H.S. Auditorium, which is handicap accessible and air-conditioned.


Each evening will end with an “afterglow” time at the camp - S’mores by the bonfire, Sundaes served by the Young Friends, a walk-in movie at the outdoor chapel.


Family Rate for Yearly Meeting….Families of 4 or more can attend the Yearly Meeting sessions for $200.  This includes adult registration, meal tickets and lodging (cabin or tent/RV camping).  Registration costs for Young Friends/Children’s Yearly Meeting are extra.


*Saturday Mission Banquet, $10.50 each. 

Registrations are available at the church.



The Pastor’s Corner

What It’s All About


Once again, this month’s article will be a little different than ones in the past because it will share more of the personal side of ministry for the last month for me instead of some abstract lesson.  Over this past month I have had the esteemed privilege of directing the Fox Camp up at Camp Quaker Heights.  Of course this came as a great challenge to me and God used it to stretch me beyond myself so that I had no other choice but to look without for the help I needed.

When I began to pray and ask God to send the help I needed, a funny thing happened; not all of the help I needed, not even close, came all at first.  So I was then taught my second lesson by God, that of patience.  He answers prayers, just not always in our time frame and also not always in the way we think they should be answered.  I thought He should give me equal numbers of male and female counselors, and boy was I wrong.  When all was said and done I had just enough, and that was two times as many female counselors as male.  God always knows better than us what we need and when we need it.  We ended up with a total of 53 campers; 38 girls and 15 boys I believe.

The greatest thing about camp I would have to say had nothing to do with all of the games and activities I planned, or the music Joel shared and led us in (although that was great and it did bring us into an attitude of worship), and nor was it the great messages Anthony our speaker shared with us (although they taught and challenged us in our relationship with Jesus).  I would have to say it was that first evening when Anthony invited anyone who had never accepted Jesus as their own personal Savior to do so and 12 children received that invitation and prayed to receive Christ that night.  Now that’s what it’s all about!



Thank You

Dear Bangor Liberty,

Thank you for giving me the money to go to church camp this summer.  I made a lot of new friends.  I liked playing carpet ball.  Thank you!  Mollee Patten


Dear Church Family,

            I want to extend my heart-felt thanks to everyone who helped to make VBS the success that it was this year; all the way from the youngest preschooler who attended through all the helpers who helped in many ways.  Most of all thank you for your prayers.  We could not have done it without them. 

In His Love, Pastor Dean


Dear Bangor Liberty Friends Church,

            Thank you so much for helping to send me to camp this year.  I had so much fun and met so many great people.  The experience was wonderful and it brought me so much closer to Christ.  Thanks again.     Megan Davis



A Little Biblical Humor

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

A. Ruthless


Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?

A.  German Shepherds


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 vehicles are in the Bible?

A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury.  David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a 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. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?

A. “Your mother ate us out of house and home.”


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. Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark?

A. Because Noah was standing on the deck.


P.S. Did you know it’s a sin for a woman to make coffee? Yup, it’s in the Bible. It says…”He-brews.”



We’re all faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.


“God has no problems, only plans.”  Corrie ten Boom



Kids Summer Sunday School

            The Christian Ed. Committee is seeking volunteers to teach a combined group of classes, preschool thru Jr. High for the summer months.  A sign up sheet is available in the entryway with just a few Sundays remaining.  You will be given the material a couple of weeks in advance.  Thanks for volunteering!



A Work in Progress!

            We are in the process of sorting and reorganizing the church library. By September there will be a book sale of duplicate or outdated materials available for you to add to your home shelves.   We appreciate your patience during this summer project. 



Attention, Parents!

            Remember to check out the children’s library in the fellowship hall this summer.  Not only will you find lots of great books for preschool through high school age, but you’ll also see many videos and audiotapes.  The audios would provide great entertainment during your summer travels.  Encourage your children (and grandchildren) to check out the library

shelves in the fellowship hall.  They will find several treasures there!



House of Compassion Picnic

Annual Fund Raiser

Sunday, July 22

Anson Shelter House, Marshalltown

11:30-1:00           Free Will Donation

(Meat cooked by Pork Producers)

Silent Auction for a 19” flat screen

TV and other items!



IAYM Golf Retreat

Mark your calendars for the IAYM Golf Retreat 2007, August 24-25 at Pine Lake Country Club and Camp Quaker Heights at Eldora.  The retreat begins Friday evening at 6 PM.  Phillip Schrauben who has been ministering in the New Sharon Community for one year will be guest speaker.  Costs:  $60 weekend, $40 Saturday only, save $10 by walking or bringing your golf cart.  Registrations available at the church.




*Ken and Bess Holveck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 7thCongratula-tions to Ken and Bess on reaching this milestone in your years together!



Missions News

We are given many opportunities to support mission work globally and locally.  Recently we have been given the opportunity to support two local girls in mission work the Lord is leading them in. 

Morgan Martin, daughter of Reg and Melidy Martin, grew up in the BLF Church and following her graduation from Central College recently began working in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.  She will be working with other staff members to disciple and raise up student leaders and new believers through personal relationships, prayer, worship, Bible studies, service opportunities and mission trips.  Church members are invited to partner with Morgan financially and prayerfully in her new position.  Morgan will be sharing about her work and needs during Morning Worship in July.  We are excited for Morgan as she follows her dream of doing the Lord’s work and pray that many will support her.  You may contact Morgan by mail at 1138 Ingram Ave, Union IA 50258.  Her cell phone is 641-750-7058.


            Another local opportunity to further the work of Campus Crusade for Christ on the Iowa State Campus is to partner with Erin Beane, an Iowa Yearly Meeting girl, born and raised in the LeGrand Friends Church.  In her ministry at Iowa State she passes on the hope God offers by sharing Christ with students on campus through conversation and large outreaches, leads Bible studies for women in the dorms and sororities, disciples women one on one, and by teaching students how to share Christ with others. She would appreciate your prayer support but also needs your financial support to stay in full time ministry.  You may contact Erin by phone at 515-418-3333 if you wish to support her in this ministry.




“Walk and talk and work and laugh with your friends.  But behind the scenes, keep up the life of simple prayer and inward worship.”  Thomas Kelly




hawk-i, Healthy & Well Kids in IA

            The church recently received updated information on this no-cost or low-cost health insurance program for working families.  hawk-i insurance provides medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and many other services.  Applications are available on the bulletin board in the church entryway.



Library Ledge:   

It’s Time to Laugh! J

            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 anyone else!

The library emphasis during July is humor.  You’ll find lots of laughs on the library ledge.  Look for Humor for the Heart, She Who Laughs, Lasts!, Quaker Lite, or the Chonda Pierce DVD Have I Got a Story for You!  And don’t forget the Phil Gulley books and audios and the Veggie Tales videos; both guaranteed to give you some chuckles.  Check out these and more on the library ledge.



HOC Report June Report

        26 people from BLFC provided a hearty meal of grilled cheese, tuna sandwiches, left over ham sandwiches, mixed vegetables, lettuce, carrots, fruit Jello, chips, pudding, cookies, milk & tea for 78 guests. Thanks to all of our volunteers!  Ask Neil about his ride with Harvey and Betty about the reappearing fruit cans!  Our next responsibility is July 26.

        Remember we are collecting school supplies for needy children during July.  Needed items include: large boxes facial tissue, pocket folders, pencils, colored pencils, wide line loose leaf notebook paper, washable wide markers, erasable blue/black pens, 3 ring notebooks, scissors, & erasers.  Your generosity will be appreciated.



“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”    - John Weiss


“If you have no joy, there’s a leak somewhere in your Christianity.” - Billy Sunday




-To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

-When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

-A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

-The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

-A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

-When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.