Newsletter 2016-08

The Living Branch Newsletter
Logan Elm Baptist Church
August, 2016

“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:34-35 (NKJV)
“In his book Run with the Horses, Eugene Peterson remembers the time he saw a mother bird teaching her three young swallows how to fly by pushing them off a long, dead tree branch:
[The] adult swallow got alongside the chicks and started shoving them out toward the end of the branch—pushing, pushing, pushing. The end one fell off. Somewhere between the branch and the water below, the wings started working and the fledgling was off on his own.
Then the second one.
The third one, however, was not to be bullied. At the last possible moment his grip on the branch loosened just enough so that he swung downward, then tightened again, bulldog tenacious.
The parent pecked at the desperately clinging talons until it was more painful for the chick to hang on than risk the insecurities of flying. The grip was released and the wings began pumping. The mature swallow knew what the chick did not—that it would fly—that there was no danger in making it do what it was designed to do.
Birds have feet and can walk. Birds have talons and can grasp a branch securely. They can walk; they can cling. But flying is their characteristic action and not until they fly are they living at their best, gracefully and beautifully.
Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born. It is the action that was designed into us before our birth.
Some people try desperately to hold on to themselves, to live for self. They look so bedraggled and pathetic doing it, hanging on to the dead branch of selfishness and self-centeredness, afraid to risk themselves on the untried wings of giving. Yet many people don’t think they can live generously because they have never tried.
When you and I discover how to live generously, we are free to soar into the life of blessing God wants u to live. But how do we let go of the branch? How do we flex our wings and fly?” (Excerpted from The Generosity Ladder by Nelson Searcy, BakerBooks, Publisher)
Do we need for God to peck us until it is too painful to keep grasping what He wants us to give, in order for Him to bless us with even more? (Proverbs 11:24-25)
Blessed to be a blessing,

Brother Dave

(Visit for updates to the calendar.)
*Sunday evening Singing & Sharing services will meet in the shelter during the month of August prior to the Summer Socials. (Weather permitting)

Aug. 13 Deacons’ meeting, 7:00AM
Aug. 14 Baptism in the AM service; Persuaded in the PM service
Aug. 18 Women’s Meeting, 6:30PM
Aug. 20 Men’s Breakfast, 7:30, followed by Stepping Up, session 5
Aug. 21 Business session in the 5:45PM service
Aug. 27 Church Council, 8:00AM
Aug. 28 Lord’s Supper in the PM service
Sept. 5 Labor Day

Prayer challenge for August 2016:
Develop the habit of praying for State Police officers every time you see a patrol car as you travel; Pray for their safety, wisdom and good judgement as they perform their jobs, and pray for their families.
Elder, David Atkinson

August, 2016 Trustee Report

Greetings, fellow Logan Elm-ers.
Granted, it’s been some time since I have presented a report. This is not to say that nothing is going on, or that I have left for greener pastures. Or even that I have been put out to pasture. It is just easier for me to do things than to write about them. Well, you get the point.
No doubt you’ve noticed the latest addition of a storage building on the east side of the fellowship hall. This building will house all of the important contents of the shelter house storage section. The dumpster will house all of the not-so-important contents. When everything has been transferred to its appointed destination, the storage room will be dismantled and the shelter house restored to the original configuration except there will be a “closet” constructed to house an electrical panel and necessary housekeeping tools. This is an “ASAP” project in progress. Other plans for the shelter house include lighting, electrical outlets and roll down curtains on the west side to block the sun and unwanted elements. The storage building is not exclusively for outdoor equipment, by the way.
The contract with G&J Paving of Chillicothe for repair and repaving of the parking lot has been approved, but not yet scheduled. Because of the nature of the paving business, we can only be assured of “several days” notice before the work is to be started. In addition, the front sidewalk replacement has been contracted to Krysty’s Concrete, LLC. By August 15, we should have a specific date.
Other outside projects either completed or underway through the auspices of our local talents are:
1. The infamous embankment, restoration undertaken by Karen Clark, (nice job Karen, thank you!),
2. the refurbishing of both the dumpster enclosure and the illuminated sign, more affectionately known as the Marquee, 3. and much needed for a long time, trimming of everything that needs trimming. 4. Additionally, the north foundation wall by the lower level entrance is to be painted brown like the foundation wall at the front entrance. Pyracantha, or something similar, will replace the former cedar trees. 5. At some point, as previously discussed, the footprint of the play area will be reduced, somewhat, and the pea gravel will probably be replaced by playground mulch unless some other type of media becomes economically feasible.
Inside, the stairwell is undergoing some refreshing and the lower level classroom 205-206 is slated for painting. This is in addition to routine touch-ups and any requests I receive from teachers or staff.
A final note for those who oversee activities, please attend to the closing duties before the last man (or woman) leaves the building and police the areas where children have been playing.
All of this, Lord willing.
Bill Snyder, Trustee Chairman

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that our Men’s Breakfast for the month of August will be on Saturday, the 20th at 7:30. We will be viewing the 5th in our video series titled “Stepping Up”, a call to courageous manhood. I hope that many of the men and their sons will be able and willing to come join us for a time of fellowship, and growing stronger in our understanding of who our God is, and what He desires for our lives.
For some of you who have missed different parts of this video series and would like to catch up when you find the time, they are all available online through Rightnow Media which we have access to as members of LEBC. If you do not already have the link I would be happy to help you get that set up. Let me know. My phone number is 843-812-6229.
God’s blessings to you all!
Phil Grubb
Men’s Ministry

Sunday evening socials will continue through August. Check your e-mails on Thursday or the bulletin each Sunday to see what is being furnished or what you may need to bring.
Thank you for the good response in July. Attendance has been great & the food has always come out about right for the crowd.
Karen Clark

L. E. B. C. Women’s Ministry meeting will be August 18th at 6:30 PM. Childcare provided. Bring a snack to share. Mexican Theme!
Our last meeting was held July 21st. We had a great time of fellowship, sharing God’s Word and lifting each other up.
I look forward to being with all you Ladies, again!
Penny Schall

For the month of August we will still be collecting
T-shirts, flip flops, and sunglasses, as well as school supplies. Please put your donations in the brown hamper across from the office. Thank you!

It is time to renew all of our background checks for church workers. This is required every three to five years and it has already been more than five years for most of us. We will be using a security service this time due to the number of hours it takes to do all of the checks. Please be aware that all the workers will be asked to resubmit background information and we will start with those who are working with children and youth. As you know, this is being done to protect the workers and the church. Thank you ahead of time for your cooperation.

Elder, David Atkinson

The Handbell Choir needs at least two more ringers to be able to start practicing in September. Adults considering ringing need to have a basic understanding of how to read and count music scores. Student age ringers need to be at least 9th grade with a minimum 3-4 yrs. of instrumental instruction which includes performance experience in both group/ensemble and concert (solo and/or group) settings.

Daniel Mitchell-August 4
Josie DeLong-August 5
Michael Serra-August 6
Carl Amspaugh-August 10
Jeanine McDowell-August 11
Dustin Steinhausser-August 11
Rebecca Karst-August 12
Charlie Allen-August 13
Brooklyn Herron-August 18
James Harber-August 19
Adam Love-August 20
Jack Romine-August 27
Luke VanDette-August 27
Gladys Stowers-August 28
Eric Wilson-August 28
Ethan DeLong-August 29
Gerald Voss-August 31

Bob & Karen Clark-August 1
Pete & Jeanine McDowell-August 11
Jim & Linda Guenther-August 11
Carl & Jody Amspaugh-August 27
Lil & Jerry Voss-August 31