Happy Father’s Day! A father anchors his family in faith. Let us honor the men who find strength in the Lord and shape our lives as believers. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song, I give thanks to him.” (Psalm 28:7) Men of God make a difference as they embrace faith with their families. Let us praise and celebrate the men in our church and community. We hope that you enjoy your potted plant created by the CABC kids.
Summer is here! May was a month of extremes. Lows in the 40s and highs in the 90s. Rainy cool weather followed by hot and humid weather. Now Memorial Day has come and gone. School is almost out and graduations are on the horizon. All of that tells us that summer is here!
We do not have any active church members who are graduating from High School this year. If you have a relative that you would like us to list in the Sunday Bulletin on June 9th who is graduating from High School, College, Technical School or Graduate School, please get the information to Brenda by Monday, June 3rd.
With summer comes a change in the church schedule. We will not meet on a regular basis on Wednesday evenings this summer. There will be a committee and team meetings that will take place on Wednesdays. The first of those is our Deacons Meeting on Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30 PM. Pay attention to the calendar for other meetings.
Wednesday, June 12 we will have our first of three “Picnics at the Park.” They will all begin at 6 PM. You are encouraged to bring whatever you want to eat. This is not a “covered dish” or a “shared meal.” You eat what you bring. The picnic meal will be followed by whatever fun you want to bring. It can be an activity or a board game or go for a walk or sit and talk. In June we will meet at Dorey Park, in July at Three Lakes Nature Park & Aquarium and in August at Osborne Landing. There will be no decision made about the weather. You will decide for yourself if you want to come based on the weather on the day of the Picnic. We will meet on June 12, July 10th and August 21st.
Finally, I encourage you to dress casually for worship this summer. It is going to be hot and we all need to dress for the weather. Dress modestly, but comfortably for worship. Most likely we will meet in the Fellowship Hall in July and August to save on AC. A decision will be made on that and we will announce it in the July newsletter and on the church website.
Have a great Summer.
You are invited to attend a special Grief Care Presentation this Wednesday, May 22 from 6:15 – 7:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Topics including “Good Grief”, “Attachment Theory,” “Lament,” and “Resilience” will be discussed along with a Bible Study. We will be serving dinner at 5:30 pm. Please call ahead to make dinner reservations. Dinner costs $2.50 for children and $4.50 for adults.
Music is an important part of worship. I want to use this space this month to say some thank you’s to those who assist with the music ministry in our church.
The celebrations of Holy Week and Easter are in the mirror. My wife, Lee, planned the music for the congregational music for the month of April. I appreciate her work. She and I would like to thank Allen for the work he did in preparation for our special services. It takes practice to play the piano and organ and we do not want to take his gifts for granted. We also want to express appreciation to the individuals who sang in the Easter Choir, as well as Steve Brown for narrating and David Coddington for his solo. The choir gave hours of their time in preparation to sing on Easter Sunday. Then there were the trio (Doris Wollett, Allen King and Lee Germany) and soloists (Wayne Conner, Joy Minozzi, Lynne Lilley) who sang for our special services. The handbell choir also rang for services. All of that does not happen without preparation, commitment and desire to give of oneself. Thank you to all who played such an important part in making all of the special services so meaningful. I also want to thank Claire and the children’s workers for the efforts on Palm Sunday.
Different congregational members are responsible for both picking the hymns we sing and enlisting any special music that might be meaningful. Lynne Lilley has been coordinating these volunteers. Cora Hackenburg did it for the month of March and Betty Johnson has chosen the music we will sing in the month of May. I appreciate those who serve in this way.
We have many gifted people in our congregation. If you are willing to lend your talents, please let me, Lynne, Allen or Lee know of your interest and availability. We do try to coordinate the theme of the services, so knowing ahead of time what you are interested in doing and the theme of the musical piece is helpful.
Happy Mother’s Day! A family’s greatest treasure is a mother of faith. Let us honor and treasure our mothers for the influence they have had in shaping our lives as believers. The Bible says, “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (Proverbs 31:31) As we honor our mother’s on this particular day, let us also honor and praise all women of faith at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church who have formed faith in our children’s lives. You are beautiful, loved, and blessed! As you plant the seeds of love, may God bless you! I hope each one of you has a lovely Mother’s Day.