The Bangor Liberty Bell

Sharing the News and Views of

Bangor Liberty Friends Church


August 2007   Volume 28, No. 8

Dean Lambdin, Pastor


  Missions News

The Friends Hospital in Kaimosi, Kenya is in overwhelming need because of the much-dilapidated condition of the hospital.  This hospital is very much needed in the surrounding district, which has a population of over 200,000 people.  It is a 144-bed hospital currently serving an average of 158 inpatients and 457 outpatient cases monthly.  The nearest hospital is located about 25 kilometers away.  This distance is prohibitive for most people since their transportation is by walking or by bike.  Some money has been raised for the rebuilding of the roof  (this is where our mission pledge offering each month is going).  Right now there is another crisis at the hospital.  Salaries of the hospital staff cannot be paid in full due to the current low income of the hospital.  Last month only   50% of salaries were paid.  Several nurses have quit to find other paying jobs.  Judy Davis, a nurse from Iowa and a member of Honey Creek-New Providence Friends, has been instrumental in providing leadership at Kaimosi, and the mood at the hospital is very optimistic. The “Adopt a Nurse” program is being promoted through Friends United Meeting and is designed to be an eighteen to twenty four-month program in hopes the hospital will be stabilized financially in the area of salaries as the hospital is restored. 

Brochures are available at the church if you would like to send financial support for the Kaimosi Hospital .  Thanks for all the support you are able to give.

BLF Mission Committee 



Family Camp Meal

            The Family Camp Committee will be hosting another meal after worship on Sunday, August 12th to raise some additional funds for our fall Family Camp at Quaker Heights, September 14, 15, and 16.  The committee will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs for the noon meal.



Special Collection

            A special offering will be taken on Sunday, August 19th for prepayment of LP gas for the upcoming heating season.  Donations may be given to the church treasurer through August 26th. 



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.



Stellar Kart In Concert

Ebenezers, Marshalltown area network of youth ministries, is excited about hosting Stellar Kart in concert, Sunday evening, August 26 at 7 PM at the new Miller Middle School gym.  For tickets call Linda at 641-753-5834 ($8 in advance and $10 at the door.



Note These Dates
Children’s Church will resume on September 9th.


“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th.

Mark your calendars for this fun event and watch for further information coming in September.




            Tim and Jennifer Grafke welcomed Maverick Wayne into their family on Monday, July 16th at 9:11 AM, Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.  He weighed 7 lbs, 1 oz and was 19” at birth. Welcoming Maverick home was big sister, Noella, who is almost 3. 

            A “Come and Go” Baby Shower will be held for Jennifer and Maverick at the church on Saturday, September 1st, 9:30-11:00 AM, hosted by Social Committee #2.



HOC July Report

On July 14, we provided shepherd’s pie, lettuce salad, bananas, rolls, cake, tea, coffee and milk for 52 guests. Thanks to Diane Rogers and John Good who provided funds.  A special thank you to Betty, Fern, Wayne, Peg, Neil, Reg, Mike, Charlene, Dan and Lydia who agreed to work in the kitchen with just a day’s notice.

On July 26, we served goulash, green beans w/bacon, pears, cranberry sauce, garlic toast, pudding or pie, milk, coffee and tea to 75 guests. Thanks to Royal, Paula, Reg, Melidy, Bill, Rosalee, Bess, Kenny, Fern, Wayne, Darlene, Mark, Diane, Scott, Mary who provided food or funds; Bob, Jeanette, Fern, Wayne, Scott, Mary, Katie, Jennifer, Chuck, Janet, Jeanette, Amy and Betty who were our kitchen volunteers.



Library Ledge: Summertime Audios & Videos

            Books on tape are great to take along as you travel to and from town or go on vacation.  You might also enjoy listening while doing jobs around the house or while mowing the yard.  You can find one for any interest…parenting, finances, motivation, prayer, humor, marriage, and general encouragement for your Christian walk.  Check them out on the library edge during August!

Kids love the Odyssey stories and Veggie Tales, plus you’ll find a variety of other materials in the children’s library in the fellowship hall.  Continue your child’s Christian education in a fun way with tapes and videos.



Thank You

Dear Friends,

Thank you to our generous church family for everyone’s generosity in helping meet Vacation Bible School expenses.

            BLFC Christian Ed. Comm.


Dear Church Family,

I just want to thank each one of you for your support and for all the cards, prayers and flowers following my recent surgery. 

Love, Lisa Young



You’ve Gotta Read This Out Loud!!!

Why computers sometimes crash! By Dr. Seuss











With Sympathy    

            We extend our sincerest sympathy to Peggy (Neil) Martin and Family following the death of her Mother, Lillian Knox Griner, on Sunday, July 29.  Funeral services for  Lillian will be held at the Iowa River Church of the Brethren of Marshalltown on Saturday, August 4th at 2 PM.  Visitation is being held at Pursel Davis Funeral Home in Marshalltown , 5-7 pm. on Friday, August 3rd.  Four children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren survive Lillian. 

Our most sincere sympathy surrounds Sharon (James) Johnson and Becki (Doug) Harper and their extended families following the death of their Mother, Erma Norman on Tuesday, July 31st.  Visitation will be held at Bangor Liberty on Sunday evening, August 5th  from 6-8 PM with the funeral service at Bangor Liberty on Monday, August 6th

at 11 AM.  Pastors Lloyd McDonald and Dean Lambdin will officiate.

Erma’s favorite verse comes to mind: 


This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24



In Our Thoughts and Prayers

~Morgan Martin as she starts her campus ministry with InterVarsity at Coe College

~Erma Norman’s Family following her death on Tuesday, July 31.

~Peggy & Neil Martin following Peggy’s mother’s death, Lillian Knox Griner, on Sunday, July 29.

~The Kaimosi Hospital in Kenya - needing funds for a new roof and staff salaries

~The new partnership of Iowa Yearly Meeting and the Mesquakie Friends Center at Tama, Iowa, and the work that is ongoing in that community.


*Please contact the church office to have your prayer concerns listed in the weekly bulletin or monthly newsletter.



Mesquakie VBS Report

            Twelve family units from our church helped provide the Friday night meal for 35 children and adults during the Mesquakie Friends Center’s Vacation Bible School.  The biscuit pizza, carrots, apples, cookies and drinks were all enjoyed.  Leftovers were refrigerated for their potluck meal on Sunday.  Ann, Betty and Margaret delivered and served the food and got the pleasure of watching the children sing and dance to praise songs performed by Marshalltown Friends at the close of their evening.  Keep this ministry in your prayers as they continue to share God’s love to their community.