SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Youth Community Service Day: Pastor Jon and the church youth will travel on Wednesday, July 16 to the Lord's Locker in Trafalgar to assist with a variety of projects, as well as in the Cordry-Sweetwater area where they will helping others with their needs. If you know of anyone who could use assistance with small-scale maintenance or cleanup projects, or if you'd like to participate, give Jon a call.
Summer Fellowship at the Beach: Join us on Sunday, July 20th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sweetwater Lake Beach and see if you can take away the "Biggest Fish Caught" title that Jeff Burge claimed last year. If you wish to participate, you'll be fishing with a team. You'll need to provide your own fishing tackle and bait, and you can either fish from a boat or a dock. There will be a time limit for the tournament. The church will provide drinks and snacks, along with prizes in various categories. Even if you don't fish, you're still welcome to come along just to watch and enjoy some time on the lake. This is an event you won't want to miss!
Guardian Angels: We'd like to invite everyone to become involved in this ministry which reaches out to those in the congregation who aren't able to regularly attend church worship services. Some folks may be homebound or in a nursing home, may have an illness or may have had surgery, may be away at college or in the military, or could have other reasons for not being able to get to church. Through the Guardian Angels we can let them know that they're loved and in our thoughts by staying in contact with them in various ways. Some of the things we can do include preparing food after surgery, during illnesses or following funeral services; visiting congregation members at home, in the nursing home or in the hospital; making telephone calls; sending notes or cards for illnesses, hospitalization, births or birthdays; preparing "care" packages for college students or those in the military; and helping with transportation needs. If we can organize a large group of volunteers, each person's time will only be needed occasionally. If you can offer some of your time to help with any of these types of efforts, please contact Cheryl Robinson at 317-501-2553 or 317-878-4590 or Judie Petersen at 317-933-9755.
Christmas in July Toy Drive: The St. Vincent de Paul Society has asked COTL to help collect toys for needy children in Brown County. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in the Fellowship Hall throughout the month of July for kids aged 1 through 18. Please contact Amy Allen in the office for more information.
Faith and Family Night: Plan to join in on Friday, August 22 as we travel to Victory Field to watch the Indianapolis Indiana take on the Toledo Mud Hens. We've reserved 25 seats for this event-filled evening which includes a pre-game concert by a local church band, testimonies before the game, what promises to be a terrific baseball game and a fireworks show afterward! Tickets, which are only $13 each, need to be paid for prior to July 31 at the church. Ticket purchase also includes a souvenir bat, ball or foam finger. Look for the signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall and get ready for some baseball!
Parents, stop by the Harvestland welcome center and look at the books, magazines, games, Bibles, devotionals and tracts that are available. There are great ideas waiting to be used as you share Christ at home.
How important do you think prayer is? Do you believe it can cause miraculous things to happen or even simply make someone’s life a little better? If you have a need for prayer, or know someone else who does, we would love to hear from you. You can call in prayer requests to the church office at 317-933-2595 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Each month a group of nimble-fingered souls gathers at the church to fold newsletters for Ed’s Trading Post. For those efforts, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is rewarded with a free advertisement in the newsletter. Join us for lively conversation and camaraderie, usually on the last Thursday of the month. Contact Pat Blocker for more information at 317-878-4417.
On the third Tuesday of each month (July 15) a group of church members meets at the church at noon, then travels to Nashville to The Seasons restaurant for lunch before going to the Brown County Health and Living Center to conduct a monthly birthday party for the residents there at 2:00 p.m. The party usually lasts about an hour. If you’re available that day, think about participating in this enjoyable and fulfilling activity.
Volunteers are needed! The fourth Sunday of every month (July 27) is COTL’s day to cook and serve food at Mother’s Cupboard Community Kitchen in Beanblossom. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of other church members, learn how to prepare mass quantities of food and just feel good about knowing that 100 to 150 people will have a hot meal to eat that night. We’d love to have some new volunteers join in so that the workload can be spread among a larger number of people. Don’t worry, you don’t need cooking experience – there are plenty of non-cooking jobs to be performed.
Don’t forget that the St. Vincent De Paul Society has a constant need for non-perishable canned and boxed food items, as well as clothing and household items. Please check your pantry and other parts of your home for unused items that you can contribute by placing them in the collection box at church in the Gathering Place. There’s a particular need for packaged, uncooked spaghetti, so bring in all that you can provide.
Please join us as we continue to seek God’s blessing on the renewal of Church of the Lakes!
Yours in Christ,
Pastors Jon and Tracy Lucas, 417-0784
Church of the Lakes Website: www.church-of-the-lakes.net
Church of the Lakes Telephone: 317-933-2595
Church of the Lakes e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS! Is your preschooler receiving a free book in the mail every month? If not, please join the 450 children in Brown County and Nineveh who are receiving FREE books. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has been sending books to the children in our community since August 2008 and has since mailed books to over 850 children! There is no cost to the families and all that is needed to get those books coming in the mail is to fill out the simple registration form below. The child must be a resident of Brown County or Nineveh and be under age 5. Please share this information with friends and neighbors in the community. For questions, please call Vonda at (317) 727-2749.
Dolly Parton’s IMAGINATION LIBRARY Official Registration Form (One form per child required)
REGISTER A CHILD (The child must be under the age of 5 years.) Please print legibly.
Privacy Statement: This information will not be used for any purpose other than the Imagination Library
Preschool Child’s Full Name_____________________________________________________________
Child’s DOB____/_____/______ Sex: M / F Phone # ( )_______________________________
Child’s Home Mailing
City____________________ County: Brown / Johnson Zip Code___________ *Please notify us if this address changes
Email Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________ “This child is a resident of Brown County or 46164 Zip Code”
Signature of Parent/Guardian__________________________________________________________________
Mail form to: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, P.O. Box 54 Nineveh, IN 46164
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.