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Church Library

Soaring to new heights

Continuing to serve as the volunteer director of the Ministry of the Christian Resources is an honor and joy.

With our four children grown and on their own, Kenneth and I have more free time in retirement.

I was called into doing library ministry at our previous church by the Director of Christian Education that needed an upset card catalog drawer re-alphabetized. Once that task was completed, that church library was in need of a librarian to re-organize and re-open that ministry. I learned a lot in completing those tasks and trained a young couple to continue that library before we moved our church membership.

When we joined Stow Presbyterian Church, Pat Saunders was serving as your librarian and was praying for someone that knew how to run a church library to become a member and help her. God brought us together and my service began. Over the years I have been blessed to have helpers including: Ruth Wilson, Carole Jegley, Sylvia Trundle, and Martha Henry. I appreciate all the help that our current library committee provides: Louise Mulligan, Diane Foglesong, Linda Geopfert, and Elaine Williams. I am grateful that God continues to provide new volunteers, new resources, new ideas, and new outreach opportunities. I thank each of you and Pastor David for your loving support.

The gifts presented during the service on September 21st are on display in the Church Library.

Come on in and check it out.

We Believe

Pastor David’s new sermon series will explain sections of the Apostles’ Creed. Come, learn the Apostles’ Creed and what it means. To further help you in your understanding the Church Library has several books. Please note that these materials will have a one-week loan period during this sermon series.

Main Library:

The Apostles' Creed: Beliefs that Matter [238.11/Bri] by Stuart Briscoe. The author's goal is to help Christians gain a better understanding of the Creed's timeless truths and deepen a commitment to historic Christian faith.

Basic Training: Plain Talk on the Key Truths of the Faith [238.11/Spr] by Robert C. Sproul. R.C. Sproul gives a concise explanation of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. Excellent for those teaching church membership, confirmation or communicant classes.

Children’s Library:

The Apostles' Creed [C238.11/Gim] by Jim Gimbel. This picture book is intended to help parents and educators teach children the words of the Creed and encourage them to say it in worship and at home. Presented in three sections, the book clearly and distinctly describes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and the attributes and characteristics of each.

Teen Library:

We have recently moved all the teen books downstairs to the Teen Library, instead of having half of them in the Main Library divided by copyright date. We hope you use it often and find something interesting to read. FYI: teens are always welcome to use materials from the Main Library.

Come on in and check it out.

Great Prayers of the Bible

This summer’s sermon series has and will help us in our prayer life. This month we will consider some of the great prayers of the New Testament, and we can understand and follow these biblical examples in our personal and corporate times of prayer.

Main Library:

Pray the Scriptures Bible: God's Word translation [220.5/GW] Bible. God's Word Translation (GW) accurately translates the meaning of the original biblical texts into clear, everyday language. Author Kevin Johnson presents an approach to the power of biblical prayer by offering Scripture-specific prayers written to be read and prayed alongside the Scriptures that inspired them. Readers will pray with more confidence, learning to apply Scripture to their lives and pray words they know God will hear.

This Bible is new to our Church   Library and is a very good resource to use as described above. Here are several quotes:

Luke 18:9-14 – I can never do enough good acts to get right with you. You’re simply not impressed. Be merciful to me, a sinner.

John 17:9-14 – Pray for us. Keep us safe through your powerful name, and don’t let any of us be lost. Give us every bit of your joy.

Colossians 1:9-12 – Fill me with insight into your will so I can live a life that proves I belong to you and please you in every way. Strengthen me to patiently endure everything with joy.

Children’s Library:

The Barber who Wanted to Pray [C248.32/Spr] by Robert C. Sproul. One night after family   devotions, Delaney asks her father to teach her to do better at prayer and he relates the story of Master Peter, a sixteenth-century barber who made the same request of Martin Luther.

I Can Talk with God [C248.32/And] by Debby Anderson. Explains that prayer is talking with God and we can do it anywhere or any time.

God Listens when I Pray [C248.32/Luc] by Max Lucado. Hermie the caterpillar and his garden friends are reminded that God always listens and always helps His children.

Prayers for Boys [J242.82/All] by Herbert C. Alleman. A collection of short prayers for all occasions, written especially for boys.

Teen Library:

Stuff You Don't Have to Pray About [T248.83/She] by Susie Shellenberger. Includes stories of contemporary teens as well as contemporary retelling of Bible stories and personal application. Each chapter list suggestions for things for which to pray.

We have recently moved all the teen books downstairs to the Teen Library, instead of having half of them in the Main Library divided by copyright date. We hope you use it often and find something interesting to read. FYI: teens are always welcome to use materials from the Main Library.

Come on in and check it out.

Using the Library

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Our expanded church library is open when the church is open and anyone can check out materials. Here's how: 

Select materials you wish to borrow. Remove the circulation card and write in your name (and phone number if not a church member).Then place card in the check out box.

Books may be checked out up to 3 weeks; all other materials 1 week. When returning materials, place them in the top drawer of the lateral file cabinet marked "Returned materials."

Enjoy!


Tips for Selecting Children's Books

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Parents, here are some tips for helping your child select books appropriate to his/her reading level:

Have your child read the first page or two of the book. Ask  them to hold up 1 finger for every word they don't know. If they hold up 5 fingers while reading, consider this a "read it to me" book, rather than a book to read on their own. If they hold up only 2-3 fingers, you've found a "just right" book.


Meet Joyce Kight

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Joyce Kight, our director of Christian resources, manages one of the largest Christian lending libraries in the area. She has spent over 30 years in library ministry (nearly 20 of them with us!), sharing her love of God and books and supporting congregational libraries. Read Joyce's story.


Book Club Selections

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Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story

By Dee Henderson

 Tues., Oct. 28, @10:00 a.m.

 Synopsis:

It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce him to her family--she's the youngest of seven--and thinking about marriage.

She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn't expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.

The book discussion groups are open to all adult readers. Copies of the books are available in the church library.


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