Newsletter 2016-07

The Living Branch Newsletter
Logan Elm Baptist Church
July, 2016

“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:24-25, NKJV)

Once again, you’ve demonstrated your love for Christ and your desire to get the gospel to others by your faithful involvement in this year’s Good News Circleville event. Thank you for coming early to help with setup in order for us to be ready for those who began arriving before the official start time at 11AM. Thank you for the cheerful manner in which you welcomed and served all who attended. You are a great inspiration to me.
Though several of you couldn’t attend who helped last year, we thank you for your fervent prayers on behalf GNC. We didn’t experience any of the issues we encountered last year, especially the torrential rain! The weather forecast included rain for the day, but the rain stopped when we began setting up and didn’t start again until everything was completely dismantled and hauled away. In fact, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The cloudy conditions provided good shade and we had a nice breeze throughout the event. Everyone was safe and healthy and I don’t believe anyone became overheated. We had a good response from the community, and we even had people attend from other parts of the city. Since the event, we’ve had at least one family that has begun attending Sunday School at LEB. Thank you all for praying. Please continue praying for follow up of those who attended that we would see more fruit from our efforts to spread the Good News.
Vacation Bible School was also a great success this year. We had several children who attended as a result of contacts that were made through our Good News event. For the first time ever (I believe) we had more visitors attend our VBS than we had of our own children! And we had a total of 43 volunteers (adults and youth) who helped with the School. A special thanks to all who served: teachers, assistants, those who helped with crafts, refreshments, recreation, teardown and cleanup. And an extra special thank you to our director(s), decorator(s), those who helped with the opening and closing assemblies. (I finally don’t have the songs playing in my head when I wake up in the middle of the night!) It takes a lot of people to make VBS successful, and the Lord used you to do it.
Our next Sweet Hour of Prayer service will be the first Sunday of July. Since it is the Sunday of Independence Day weekend, we will focus on praying for the three branches of our national government. We’re commanded by God to pray for those in positions of authority. We’ve heard it said before, and it is still true, “If there ever was a time that our nation needs prayer, it is now.” I hope you will come to this service ready to worship the Lord by seeking Him diligently in prayer. “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”. (Colossians 4:2, NKJV)

Most grateful for God’s great faithfulness,
Pastor Dave

(Prayer meeting, youth meeting, Bible Club, & Mission Friends,
6:45 each Wednesday)

(Prayer meeting each Lord’s Day at 8:00AM in the multipurpose building.)

July 3 Final message in the Sunday evening series by Eric Wilson; informal social to follow. (Bring a snack to share with others!)

July 4 Happy Independence Day!

July 7 The Ark Encounter opens in Williamstown, KY

July 9 Deacons’ Meeting, 7AM

July 10 Business session in the 5:45PM service; Audacity: Love Can’t Stay Silent, 5:45PM; first ‘official’ Summer Social of the season

July 16 Men’s Breakfast and Stepping Up study, 7:30AM

July 21 Women’s Ministry Meeting

August 27 Church Council Meeting, 8AM

Hand Bell Ringers Needed!
Summer has just begun, but Fall isn’t that far away. If we are to continue having a hand bell choir, we need more people to step up and ring with us. If you are even the slightest bit interested, please talk with Carl Amspaugh.

Good News Circleville has passed. It was a great success due to the Lord’s provision and the giving spirit of the workers. The Lord provided a perfect weather day for us. It was raining until an hour before the set-up and it began to rain again an hour after everything was torn down but no rain during the day. The temperature was excellent, because even the sun was blocked by the clouds.
The music program was outstanding, especially the children’s chorus and Eva’s solo. The adult choir and the ensemble provided some great message music for those gathered to listen. Even the sound system worked well. One of the highlights was the addition of a number of testimonies given in between the different music offerings. The gospel was presented clearly.
The games for the children were outstanding, especially the “octoball.” The fun there was non-stop and a great deal of energy was expended on the “warp-wall”. With the bounce house, water-bottle rockets, and whiffle ball gun, the kids were kept active. Tom K. and Steven H. are to be commended for all the work they did in planning and building the equipment for the games as well as all the time and talent offered by the ladies who prepared and presented the crafts. It is greatly appreciated and often overlooked. The addition of face painting was a big hit, as always, and as each of the kids were spending time getting their face painted and doing the crafts, the gospel message was presented to them.
I guess it goes without saying but the hot dogs and popcorn are always in great demand and the snow-cone machine never stopped running (over 400 snow-cones). The non-stop work in the food tent is much appreciated. There is also a great deal of effort and time that goes into all the preparation before the event for the food supplies and equipment.
One of the best decisions we made this year was to have GNC before VBS. There were at least eight children from GNC that attended VBS each evening and a large number of parents who visited the closing program of VBS on Friday evening. All-in-all the week was terrific and everyone gave so much. LEBC worked together as a family and the results were clearly seen. All the glory goes to God!
David Atkinson – Elder

L. E. B. C. Women’s Ministry
We were blessed with a great group of ladies for the June “Flip Flop” fellowship. Twenty-one attended and I hope to see more! July 21st in our next fellowship @ 6:30-8:30 pm. Bring a snack to share and invite a friend. Planning to provide childcare again. Our youth group really stepped up and did a great job with the children! A big thanks to our teens!
Many Blessings,
Penny Schall

Items to be collected in July

Sunglasses, T-Shirts, and Flip Flops (all sizes)

I have a different plan for the evening socials for July and August. I have a signup sheet for each Sunday evening in July and August for either 2 couples or 1 couple and 2 singles. Our youth group could even sign up for one evening. A kitchen angel will be there to assist in helping in any way needed. It will be up to those groups to plan what they want to do for the social and will be responsible for setup and cleanup. You can furnish everything or let me know what you want to have everyone carry-in and I will have an email sent out. Signup sheet is on the bulletin board.
If you don’t want to do the planning, please sign up to help setup and cleanup.
Karen Clark, Kitchen Coordinator

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio
Bag Hunger is the name of the project, and for people without jobs or food, it is Christmas in July. Missions Project Coordinator, Tracy B., says most donations come in around Christmas. People tend to forget that there are needs year round, especially when the children are out of school for the summer. Logan Elm will be participating in this project during the month of July. We have paper grocery bags available for each family to take and fill for the Stowe Mission.
Food Pantry Needs are:
2 lb. bags of flour Jelly (small & medium jars)
2 lb. bags/boxes of sugar Peanut butter (medium jars)
Cooking oil Spaghetti sauce
Baby food Pasta (all kinds)
Canned baked beans & pork Rice
Canned fish (tuna, salmon, etc.) Dried beans
Canned meats (spam, chicken, etc.) Instant or canned potatoes
Canned fruits Hamburger/Tuna/Chicken Helper
Canned soups Cereals (hot or cold)
Canned tomatoes Crackers
Canned vegetables Diapers

“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Matthew 25:40

July Birthdays
Sandy Morgan-July 8
Laraine Muncy-July 10
Bob Muncy-July 11
Julie Heidish-July 15
Ron Layton-July 18
Ruthie Gilmore-July 21
Isaac DeLong-July 21
Jody Amspaugh-July 23
Jane Grubb-July 24
Mikalyn Heidish-July 31

July Anniversaries
Andrew & Rebecca Karst-July 12
Mike & Wendy Serra-July 20