Newsletter 2016-03

The Living Branch Newsletter
March 2016
Logan Elm Baptist Church

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:19-20 (NKJV)
“So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NKJV)

When I received the news alert on my phone that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, my immediate thought was, “Oh, no. This is a terrible loss to our country.” Justice Scalia, as a devout Catholic, has been a stalwart defender of the unborn, as well as a faithful proponent of biblical morality in a culture that has lost its moral compass. He also believed that our Founding Fathers meant what they wrote when they gave us the
U. S. Constitution, and that it isn’t a malleable document to be reinterpreted as our culture changes. We have lost a champion. Because we believe in God’s Sovereignty, we know that God is working out His purposes in Justice Scalia’s death at such a time as this.

Paul Scalia, one of Justice Scalia’s nine children, officiated at his father’s memorial service. The following are excerpts from his remarks:
We are gathered here because of one man. A man known personally to many of us, known only by reputation to even more. A man loved by many, scorned by others. A man known for great controversy, and for great compassion. That man, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth. It is He whom we proclaim. Jesus Christ, son of the father (sic), born of the Virgin Mary, crucified, buried, risen, seated at the right hand of the Father. It is because of him, because of his life, death and resurrection that we do not mourn as those who have no hope, but in confidence we commend Antonin Scalia to the mercy of God. We look to Jesus Christ yesterday, that is, to the past, in thanksgiving for the blessings God bestowed upon Dad. In the past week, many have recounted what Dad did for them. But here today, we recount what God did for Dad, how he blessed him.

We give thanks first of all for the atoning death and life-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our Lord died and rose not only for all of us, but also for each of us. And at this time we look to that yesterday of his death and resurrection, and we give thanks that he died and rose for Dad.

As I listened to these words, I was encouraged by the gospel that Paul Scalia unapologetically proclaimed. But then he continued, so we look to the past, to Jesus Christ yesterday. We call to mind all of these blessings, and we give our Lord the honor and glory for them, for they are His work. We look to Jesus today, in petition, to the present moment, here and now, as we mourn the one we love and admire, the one whose absence pains us. Today we pray for him. We pray for the repose of his soul. We thank God for his goodness to Dad as is right and just. But we also know that although dad believed, he did so imperfectly, like the rest of us. He tried to love God and neighbor, but like the rest of us did so imperfectly. He was a practicing Catholic, “practicing” in the sense that he hadn’t perfected it yet. Or rather, Christ was not yet perfected in him. And only those in whom Christ is brought to perfection can enter heaven. We are here, then, to lend our prayers to that perfecting, to that final work of God’s grace, in freeing Dad from every encumbrance of sin.

The New Testament knows nothing of lending “our prayers to that perfecting, to that final work of God’s grace” in freeing the dead from every encumbrance of sin. We are so thankful for the finished, perfect work of Christ on our behalf. As the apostle Paul wrote, “we are always confident…to be absent from the body” is “to be present with the Lord”. Through faith in His death and resurrection, we know that we have eternal life. (1 John 5:13) Hallelujah! He is Risen!

He is risen indeed!

Pastor Dave

(Prayer meeting, youth meeting, Bible Club, & Mission Friends, 6:45 each Wednesday)
Mar. 6-13 Week of Prayer for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. Church goal: $3000
Mar. 12 Deacons’ Meeting, 7AM; Church business session, 5:45PM
Mar. 13 Daylight Savings Time begins-Spring Forward!! Finance Committee meeting, Noon

Mar. 19 Men’s Breakfast, 7:30AM

Mar. 23 No midweek services, due to the Maundy Thursday Service

Mar. 24 Maundy Thursday Service (Lord’s Supper Observance), 7PM

Mar. 27 Easter Schedule
7:30 Sunrise Service
8:15 Breakfast
8:45 Sunday School
10:00 Worship Service
No evening service

May 1 Sweet Hour of Prayer, 10AM

May 1-4 Spring Bible Conference, 6:45PM each evening

May 8 Mother’s Day; Family Dedication Ceremony, 10AM

May 22 Graduate Recognition, 10AM Service

June 4 Good News Circleville!, Happeney Park

June 6-10 Vacation Bible School, 6:00 PM

Winter Greetings from the Men’s Ministry
We can all be thankful at this point that our winter was not a harsh one, and that we should be seeing signs of springtime before long. Some of our brothers and sisters at LEBC have been going through various challenges and struggles for many of the past months. We are all thankful for God’s comfort and help to them all in the midst of these trials and we are all called to remember to pray without ceasing that our Father in Heaven will continue to intervene on behalf of all those in distress, ultimately bringing glory to His name. We can always trust in our loving and omnipotent Heavenly Father to bring us through all our trials.

Lord willing, we will have the first Men’s Breakfast and Fellowship meeting for the year 2016 on Saturday, March the 19th. Breakfast is to be served not later than 7:30. Any who are willing and able to come in about an hour early are welcome to do so. The coffee will be on, and we always have fun in the preparation of the food. And of course we need the help. We have a new video series this year from Family Life Ministries. The title is “Stepping Up”, a call to courageous manhood written by Tim Grissom and John Majors. We have study guides available for anyone who wants to get the most out of this series.

Please do your best to come out and support this event. Be thinking prayerfully about who you might want to bring along with you before the day is upon us. We can all do our part in being a blessing to our brothers. And as we help and pray for each other, we will be better prepared to be the leaders we were called to be in our families, in the local church, and in the community that we live in.

Thank you, and God bless you!
Phil Grubb,
Men’s Ministry, LEBC

A Few Words from the Library
Be on the lookout for some new items coming to the library.
For the children, there will be three new Veggie Tales DVDs.
Larry Learns to Listen
Veggies in Space The Fennel Frontier
The Little House That Stood

Of interest to girls: A Girl’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices

Mature readers:
Nearing Home by Billy Graham
Lincoln’s Battle with God by Stephen Mansfield
Stand In Love by Dennis Jernigan

Please be sure to stop in the library anytime, and check us out!

Good News Circleville 2016, June 4th
Place: Happeney Park, South Washington Street Time: 11 AM to 2 PM
If you volunteered to help last year, you are encouraged to help us once more. We had a great showing of helpers in our first event and everyone said they really enjoyed the time they spent there. If you could not get involved last year, then please join us for Good News Circleville 2016. We can use many more folks this year as we expect to expand the event and we expect to have more visitors. Please consider coming and enjoying a great time of sharing and outreach. Help us get involved in the community.
Last year we had some terrific team leaders and things went very smoothly, except for the storm of course, but even that was fun. If you were a team leader in 2015 then would you prayerfully consider doing it again in 2016? We really did have a good group of team leaders and team members. Everyone worked so well together. It was a real pleasure. We want to get a jump on the planning but even now it is only 9 weeks from now.
Come on and get on-board.

David Atkinson

It’s time to start thinking about VBS!
Do you have a specific area in which
you would like to help? Please see
Emily Mitchell as to where you are willing to serve. The dates are June 6-10.

Missions Report

Central Asia: We were so pleased to receive the news that a cow had been purchased by the Women’s Center in the village. It took a long time and more money than was first anticipated but The Center was able to purchase a cow that is due to have a calf very soon. We hope that this cow will be able to provide milk for the children at The Center for some time.

We were blessed to have sent a volunteer team to the village last September. They did a great deal of work on the house and they helped to get a bakery started which has now spawned another bakery to help provide income and training for some of the women not only in the original village but now in another village. There has been some mention of the possibility of increasing the size of The Center in the future but it doesn’t seem to be in the planning stages yet.

Locally: We have once again secured permission to use the property on South Washington Street for Good News Circleville which is scheduled for Saturday June 4th. Last year, which was our first year, was a success in that we estimated about 200 people came. And this year we are expecting even more. One of the biggest praises we had last year was the number of people who volunteered to help. We had a great turn-out from the Logan Elm folks as well as a number of other volunteers. It was a great afternoon last year even if it did storm. If you worked at the event last year, please join us again as we reach out to our neighbors in Circleville. If you did not enjoy being a part of the fun, then please consider helping this year. More information is available in another section of the newsletter.

Globally: The Missions committee is considering trying to establish a three-year cycle for mission outreach. We are looking at the possibility of doing something locally one year, something in the U.S. the next year and then completing the cycle with a foreign mission trip the third year and then repeating the cycle. If you have ever considered becoming active in mission outreach please let the Missions committee know. We would also be pleased to have additional members involved on the committee so please consider your involvement.

David Atkinson

Church Council Meeting
March 5, 2016

ATTENDANCE: Pastor David Cavanaugh, David Atkinson, Bill Snyder, Jim Guenther,
Linda Guenther, Doug Burns, Karen Clark, Phil Grubb, Emily Mitchell and Kim Imler
Pastor Cavanaugh opened the meeting with a pre-view of our Sunday School lesson, and a prayer.

Karen Clark, Kitchen Coordinator
 March 27th we will have a continental breakfast for Easter. Last year’s Sunrise service was at 7:30 and
breakfast was served at 8:15.
 Our Bible Conference will start May 1 and we will have a carry-in noon meal consisting of soup, sandwiches
and desserts.
 Possible menus for Monday through Wednesday during the Bible Conference:
May 2nd-Shredded chicken on slider buns, veggie try, brownies & chips
May 3rd-Sloppy Joes, pearl potatoes, green beans & cup cakes
May 4th-Coney dogs, baked beans, applesauce & cookies

Jim Guenther, Sunday School Director, Finance Committee Chairman, Nominating Committee Chairman
 I will be retiring from the Pickaway Co. Library on October 31, 2016.
 As of August 31, I will be resigning as Sunday School Director, Finance Committee Chairman and Nominating
Committee Chairman

Linda Guenther, Women’s ministry
 I am filling in as leader of the Women’s Ministry until someone steps up to take over or until the new
Sunday School year begins
 Our next Women’s meeting will be on Tuesday, March 22 @ 1:00, at the home of Karen Clark

Bill Snyder, Trustee Chairman
Follow-up:
 Scott Stewart has completed the carpeting of the Baptistery area. He will provide some samples of vinyl
flooring to be used in the classrooms of Bldg #1. I am accepting input concerning replacing the carpeting
with the vinyl in a couple of these rooms.
 Pending the outcome of the parking lot bid award, I will contact a contractor to replace the sidewalk at
entrance “B”. This was included in one of the bids.
 I seeded the lawn area by the sidewalk at entrance “A”. Further work on that embankment to resume as
weather permits.
 Rubber roof maintenance. Have been advised by contractor to address problems as they occur due to expense
of the repair material.
 No progress on the sign.
 A storage shed size and design has been decided upon. To be ordered at Dave’s discretion.
 Still researching playground media and edging. I have one estimate of $6400 to prepare the area and pour
the media and that is only for 324 sq. ft. The border is priced at $927 plus shipping, and that is for a
reduced footprint. This project requires additional input and study, but a reduction of the footprint will
be the first move.
New:
 I have contacted 3 paving contractors to do a major rework of the parking lot. Two have submitted bids, the
third is booked thru 2016. Roese Brothers bid a total of $67,150 including the concrete work or $65,250
without. Nationwide Paving submitted a bid of $50,692 sans concrete work. There is additional cost
estimated at $200 to replace deteriorated parking blocks and an estimated $1900 to replace the sidewalk.
 Estimates from Accurate to replace an air conditioner and A-coil without new copper lines was $4500 with
replacement of the furnace unit an additional $4500. To date we know of none that need replacement,
however, several air conditioning units are at the end of their life expectancy. We should consider
replacing an AC unit if repair costs will exceed $200.
 Conversion to natural gas will cost $43,187 for the line extension of 1300 ft. and supply line, plus an
estimated $1800 to convert the furnaces. Interesting facts have come out of the research for this project.
 Current projects are pretty much a rehash of prior ones, consisting of repairing and painting walls,
stairwell maintenance, installing a light in the baptistery control “room” and a couple of plumbing issues.
Then, there is the outdoor work, the landscaping, a #1 priority, and I really must at least trim down the
bushes in the front as they are causing debris to accumulate in the gutters and I will have to hire someone
to haul away the brush.
 Phone system?
 Although I have no immediate plans to re-retire as the maintenance worker, I think it would be prudent to
line up a replacement, so, I am open for suggestions.
 March 15 voting-fellowship hall

David Atkinson, Church Administrator
 Communication System
o Telephone-motherboard failed and will be replaced
o WiFi is set up-you can log on as a guest for one hour
 Membership Directory
o We are beginning to put the directory together. Picture taking will be scheduled. We will have the
directory available as a three ring binder and as a CD.
 Storage Shed
o 12’ X 20’ wooden shed
o The storage shed has been chosen and will be purchased soon.
 Shelter House electrical installation
o After shed is installed, we will begin work on the shelter house. The area which is currently used for
When the electrical panel is mounted we will install receptacles, lights and fans in the shelter
 Good News Circleville
o The property on Washington Street has been reserved for June 4th. We have already spoken with three
churches about joining with us. The mayor and the sheriff have said they will participate.
o Need group leaders

Emily Mitchell, VBS Director, His Academy Coordinator
 All curriculum is in
 Lining up volunteers, getting people to help out
 HIS Academy will be meeting regularly on Mondays, starting March 7

David Cavanaugh, Pastor
 The Youth group will be attending Tragedy into Triumph on Wednesday, March 16
o The youth will be taken from Logan Elm to the Nazarene Church for this event
 Dan will not be available to lead the Youth in April, because of CHS Tennis

 Easter schedule:
o 7:30 Sunrise Service
o 8:15 Continental Breakfast
8:45 Sunday School
o 10:00 Worship Service
o No evening service
 There will be no midweek service the week leading up to Easter, because we will be having the Maundy
Thursday Service
May 1-4 Bible Conference
 May 22-Graduate Recognition
 May 28-next Church Council meeting (changed due to Good News Circleville being June 4th)
 May 29- Lord’s Supper in the AM service

Doug Burns, Music Director
 Choir and special music will be prepared in April to get ready for Good News Circleville

Phil Grubb, Men’s Ministry Leader
 The first Men’s Breakfast and Fellowship meeting for the year 2016 will be on Saturday, March 19th. Breakfast is to be served no later than 7:30 AM. Any who are willing and able to come in about an hour early are welcome to do so.
 We will be starting a new video series from Family Life Ministries entitled “Stepping Up”, a call to courageous manhood, written by Tim Grissom and John Majors. Study guides are available. Be thinking prayerfully about who you might want to bring along.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kim Imler
Church Secretary/Clerk

Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, March 15

BIRTHDAYS
Avery Wiley-March 2
Kelly Harber-March 4
Nicole Harber-March 7
Stacy Romine-March 8
Rickie Beth Hodges-March 9
Marcus Harber-March 11
Carol Baugher-March 15
Linda Guenther-March 15
Jill Cavanaugh-March 16
Sharon Belcher-March 19
James Young-March 22
Becky Cavanaugh-March 22
Debbie Wiley-March 25
Adia Karst-March26
Marina Layton-March 28

Anniversaries
Vern & Carol Baugher-March 12
Phil & Jane Grubb-March 16
Scott & Carrie Stewart-March 19
Greg & Lois Fox-March 23