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Lakes and Hills Covenant Church

The Herald Volume 2, Issue 4


July/August 2013

Inside this issue: Mission Statement




Property Search


Address Changes


Christian Education


Music Update


Thank You


ECO Information


Church Ministries


Finance & Stewardship


Membership/ Outreach


Church Fellowship


Website Info


On July 16th, the Major League All Star game will be played. It sort of marks the halfway point of the baseball season. In light of that, I would like to share with you a brief biography of one of my childhood heroes: Sanford "Sandy" Koufax, born Sanford Braun, December 30, 1935 is a retired American baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, he played his entire Major League Baseball (MLB) career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966. He retired at the peak of his career, and in 1972 became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, aged 36 years and 20 days. Koufax's career peaked with a run of six outstanding seasons from 1961 to 1966, before arthritis in his left elbow ended his career prematurely at age 30. He was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1963. He also won the 1963, 1965, and 1966 Cy Young Awards by unanimous votes, making him the first 3-time Cy Young winner in baseball history and the only one to win 3 times when the award was for all of baseball, not just one league. In each of his Cy Young seasons, Koufax won the pitcher's Triple Crown by leading the NL in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average. Koufax's totals would also have led the American League in those seasons. Koufax was the first major leaguer to pitch four no-hitters (including the eighth perfect game in baseball history). Despite his comparatively short career, Koufax's 2,396 career strikeouts ranked 7th in history as of his retirement, trailing only Warren Spahn (2,583) among left-handers. Koufax and Nolan Ryan are the only two pitchers inducted into the Hall of Fame who had more strikeouts than innings pitched. Koufax is also remembered as one of the outstanding Jewish athletes in American sports. His decision not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur garnered national attention as an example of conflict between professional pressures and personal beliefs. I would like to share with you a brief biography of one of my adulthood heroes: William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century. (continued on page 2)

Born into poverty in Iowa, Sunday spent some years at the Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home before working at odd jobs and playing for local running and baseball teams. His speed and agility provided him the opportunity to play baseball in the major leagues for eight years, where he was an average hitter and a good fielder known for his base-running. Converted to evangelical Christianity in the 1880s, Sunday left baseball for the Christian ministry, refusing to play on the Lord’s Day. He gradually developed his skills as a pulpit evangelist in the Midwest and then, during the early 20th century, he became the nation's most famous evangelist with his colloquial sermons and frenetic delivery. Sunday held widely reported campaigns in America's largest cities, and he attracted the largest crowds of any evangelist before the advent of electronic sound systems. He also made a great deal of money and was welcomed into the homes of the wealthy and influential. Sunday was a strong supporter of Prohibition, and his preaching likely played a significant role in the adoption of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919. Despite questions about his income, no scandal ever touched Sunday. He was sincerely devoted to his wife, who also managed his campaigns, but his three sons disappointed him. His audiences grew smaller during the 1920s as Sunday grew older, religious revivals became less popular, and alternative sources of entertainment appeared. Nevertheless, Sunday continued to preach and remained a stalwart defender of conservative Christianity until his death. My heroes, both professional baseball players, were prolific, successful and noteworthy players. Interestingly, they both refused to compromise their faith and exercise their otherwise-obligatory contractual agreements. My enthrallment with Sandy Koufax was due to his left-handedness and overpowering pitches. As most of you know, I played minor league baseball, pursued a major league career, cut short only by obligations placed upon me by the military draft. For me, Sandy Koufax was the epitome of perfection and stood head and shoulders above other pitchers of his era. While not Christian, he honored his Jewish faith and passed up an opportunity to take the world stage for the sake of a high Jewish holiday. Billy Sunday, called to ministry in the midst of a baseball career, refused to play the game on Sundays and pursued his calling. In fact, my maternal grandmother walked the “Sawdust Trail” in Scranton, PA during one of Sunday’s evangelistic crusades (1914). Personal beliefs and worldly pleasures often clash, and we are faced with decisions on a daily basis. What would you be willing to do for your faith? Would you sacrifice personal pleasures, preferences and plans? Are you determined to have it “your way” not matter what? May I suggest that the Lord will honor any and all sacrifices you are willing to make in Jesus’ name. As we find ourselves at some point in our “season” of life, let us be willing to let go and let God have his way!. See you in Church, Ken

Lakes and Hills Covenant Church is called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the beliefs of the evangelical Christian faith, to worship God, inspire a love for Christ and serve our fellow human beings. We covenant with each other to demonstrate our Savior’s spirit through Bible study, worship, witnessing, and ministry to the spiritual and physical needs of our covenant partners, the community and beyond with compassion and joy. Page 2

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! July 4 5 5 7 11 11 19 19 19

Shirley Bull Tom Astaldi Marti Books Ted Schaffer Sallyann Astaldi Bob Dattler Janice Armstrong Gene Meisberger Dianne Willicombe

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August Dottie Bridges Connie Deatherage Ronald Bull Doug Tracy Pat Polit Lois Weber Clyde Small Doug Gitchell Blanche Piper

ANNIVERSARIES July 1 Doug & Beth Gitchell 2 Glenn & Blanche Piper 13 Jim & Carol Reasor

August 16 16 18 22 23 26 27

Bill & Donna Hempsted Ralph & Barbara Sera Wallace & Daisy Hoffman Dave Hoffmeyer & Rosie Hawthorne Jeff & Cherie Burgard Jack & Dianne Willicombe Bob & Linda Dattler

PROPERTY SEARCH Over 100 properties have been evaluated by the property search team during the past year as we seek a permanent facility. A forum at the LHCC office on May 9 discussed many of these properties, which fell into the following three main categories: unimproved (raw) land of approximately 10 acres suitable for building a church, acreage with a house or other improvements to use as an office while a church is being constructed, and property with facilities suitable for holding church services immediately. So far, none of these properties have prompted the team to recommend purchase by the Session. Recommendations from the congregation are appreciated, and every suggestion has been checked out, although final determination on some leads are still pending. A complete dossier on each property examined is on file in the church office, along with a map of Lake County to allow you to pin-point the location of each. The two main detriments slowing the acquisition of more permanent facilities are excessive asking price and inadequate parking space. To help alleviate the cost obstacle, a line item has been inserted in the budget to accept donations for a growth fund, and possible grants are also being explored. With the initiation of our own web site,, we hope to broaden our visibility in the local area. Other possibilities are still being investigated, but if there is a location anyone feels has not been sufficiently explored and needs further consideration, just drop a note, email, or phone call to the church office, and a member of the team will be assigned to look into its feasibility. If you have made a recommendation and not yet heard the results, please convey your concerns to the church office and a team member will be contacted to provide you with an explanation. Sincerely, Property Search Team Volume 2, Issue 4

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ADDRESS ADDITIONS/ CHANGES Please make the following additions/ corrections in your church directory. I will be printing a new listing off in October. Glenn & Beverly Bowron 532 Waterford Mt. Dora, FL. 32757 Jeff & Cherie Burgard 1885 Garden Grove Parkway Vero Beach, FL. 32962 (772) 577-3817

Thursday afternoon 3:30—5:00 PM Pastor Ken teaching “The Book of Isaiah”

To our Friends at Lake & Hills Church, I would like to say Thank You very much for the cards, prayers and thoughts from a very loving church family. Your kind cards and notes are very uplifting. My treatments are going well and not too many side effects. In Christian Love, Janet Schuring

I’d like to thank Pastor Ken and Pat, my Shepherd Diane Burden, Connie Deatherage, and all my friends and acquaintances at Lakes and Hills Covenant Church for their thoughts and prayers, phone calls and more… during my recent MOHS surgery, and nose reconstruction surgeries. The next and hopefully the last will be tomorrow, and I know I’ll be uplifted by your prayers and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And I wish to extend a BIG thank you to the Prayer Shawl Ministry for the absolutely beautiful shawl which Diane delivered to me through my husband, Doug. It will be with me tomorrow at Shands. May God bless all of you. Love, Peggy Tracy

We are so thankful for the prayers and we are amazed how much the people care! Thank you so much for your faithfulness, caring and Loving hearts. You are all indeed a wonderful Christian Family. Molly, Dirk and Cindy Bod

Sanctuary Choir rehearsals begin the week after Labor Day, Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Church Office.

ABOUT ECO The mission of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. Founded in January 2012, ECO's name represents its commitments to connect leaders through gracebased relationships (Covenant) and unite around standards of life and ministry (Order) for the ultimate purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ (Evangelical). ECO is a Reformed denomination that is structured to feel like an association, with an emphasis on nimble governance, relational networks, and autonomy for local congregations. By investing in churches and pastors, ECO exists to advance a gospel movement to make Jesus Christ known. Page 4

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Since kids are out of school for the summer, this non-profit group is planning to deliver 100,000 meals to kids during the summer. There are 25,000 eligible kids for free meals during the school year. Many who depend on it go hungry when school is not in session. Each Monday a group of volunteers pack boxes for delivery containing the following: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, juice, snacks and milk. They are in need of donations of these items in order to meet their goal. WON’T YOU HELP BY BRINGING ANY OF THESE ITEMS TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY? I WILL SEE THEY ARE DELIVERED FOR DISTRIBUTION! Barbara Primm - Mission Committee The ladies in the Prayer Shawl Ministry are humbled by your overwhelming support. We give you our deepest thanks for your donations, and your interest in candidates for shawls and lapghans. God’s love for us is extravagant! When you are sick, grieving, shut-in, or overwhelmed by caregiving duties, it is easy to forget how much you are loved by God. Our hope is that these prayer-filled articles remind the recipients of God’s boundless, infinite, passionate love for His children. We pray that the recipients are reminded that they never walk alone. Should you know of someone who ought to receive a shawl or lapghan - in our congregation or not - please give their name to one of us ~ Connie Deatherage, Linda Dattler, Gail Edelman, Pat Folmsbee, Laurie Grace, Daisy Hoffman, Mary McCamy, Karla Medina, Shirley Robertson In Christ’s Love, Laurie Grace

CARD MINISTRY Thanks to the ladies who helped make cards for our June visit to Avante. Although we were smaller in number, the residents enjoyed our visit. It is so rewarding to see the smiles on their faces as we sing for them, and many of them sing along, and present them with the cards we’ve made. For those of you who will be around this summer, these are the tentative dates for making cards and visiting Avante: July 19 & August 23 – card making at 9:30 at the church office, and July 25 & August 29 – visiting Avante at 10:00. You are welcome to join us on any or all of the days listed. Any changes will be posted in the Sunday church bulletin. Please contact Pat Polit at 352-638-6139 if you have any questions or need more information. Volume 2, Issue 4

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“Summer time and the living is easy.” I don’t remember who penned that line but I am sure they were not spending their summers in the heat and humidity of central Florida. So as we “swim” our way toward October remember that the vast majority of us are living here because we chose to, based on conditions in those areas we left. And, the same is true regarding our association with Lakes & Hills Covenant Church. We are here by choice, based on the conditions from whence we came. And now, having made that conscious decision, what are we doing to improve our surroundings to make them more of what we want them to be? My experience says that when we move into a new home our first activities are focused on changing it to fit us. So, I ask each of you to look deep into your heart and ask yourself, “What am I doing to improve conditions for Lakes & Hills Covenant Church such that we can be the church that God wants us to be?” I have heard that several, or many, of you are agreeing that we cannot really grow as a church if we cannot improve on our current position facilities wise. I also believe that to be true, and work with the Stewardship & Finance Team to Page 6

oversee our income and expenses to help ensure that we save wherever possible so as to increase our reserves. This will be important at some future point when we must present a positive income picture in order to apply for any kind of mortgage loan. But, in addition, we will also need a cash down payment that will come from our “Growth/Building Fund” which therefore needs funding. So, I ask again, “Are you doing all you can to improve conditions for our church to help make us the church that you want us to be?” Next, after long periods of loyal, dedicated service, 2 members of the Stewardship & Finance Team have resigned their positions. Currently there are only 3 of us trying to carry on, and we need at least 5. So, if you have any interest or any finance in your background, please let a committee member know. Current team members, Wallace Hoffman, Lauren Preston, or I will be happy to discuss with you our activities and the commitment required. Lastly, I think that each of you should feel a measure of satisfaction with what we have accomplished thus far. We are now 1 year old, have a solid committed congregation and are moving forward. But, I must reiterate, we need to create a financial base that will allow us to procure a perma-

nent home in a fixed location. To meet that goal, we established a “Growth & Building” fund to which several of your session members have committed to contribute on a monthly basis in addition to their regular giving. So, I encourage each of you to prayerfully consider a similar commitment. After all, we are this church and we are responsible for what it is and ultimately what it becomes. Well you almost made it. I was ready to submit this but then just could not pass on the opportunity to comment on our giving. True believers know that all they have is a gift from God and their responsibility as stewards of those gifts is to ensure they are used to further God’s purpose. So, let’s not be like the servant that buried his master’s money in the ground, but like the other that used his master’s money to increase his master’s wealth. See you at worship, wherever it is! Dave Hoffmeyer for the Stewardship & Finance Team

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MEMBERSHIP/OUTREACH As many of you have probably noticed, our attendance is down for the summer. People are traveling and many have gone north, but church still takes place at Lakes and Hills. Why not bring a friend or neighbor to church with you on Sunday so they can share in glorifying God. Pastor Ken has been preaching from Romans on God calling us and our mission to reach out to others. Many are uncomfortable reaching out. There are postcards on the round tables in the back of the pavilion that contain information about our church, who we are and what we do. You are welcome to take some and hand them out. It may encourage others to join us. Thank you to those who have been sending letters to new residents in The Plantation, Royal Highlands, Royal Harbor and Hawthorne. If you have new residents in your neighborhood and would like to inform them about our church, please contact me so I can provide you with the materials. Pat Polit, Membership/Outreach Team

Food for Thought At our last fellowship luncheon on May 26 we had 40 people enjoying spaghetti and each other’s company. The desserts were, I must say, spectacular! We paid all the expenses and turned over $73 to the church’s budget. Thank you all for your generosity. We will be having another fellowship sometime in the fall so look for that date in the next newsletter. Meanwhile, stay inside where it’s cool and spend some time on the phone with members of your church family who have been unable to make it to church lately. Two names that come to my mind immediately are Cecilia Ingraham and Marti Brooks. And I’m sure there are others that you are aware of as well. A phone call would certainly brighten their day. In God’s Love, Rosie Hawthorne, Fellowship

I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I am married to Rick, who is a sheriff’s deputy for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. I have four grown children and two grandchildren. I am currently the recording secretary for the Lake County Republican Women’s Club. I also love to travel, to scrapbook and photography.


I thank God for this wonderful job that I have. I am lucky to work with such wonderful church members. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. Also, if you have any additions/changes to the directory, please let me know. And, if you’d like to add anything to the next Newsletter, please let me know. My email address is: Sincerely, Lyn Baxter, Administrative Assistant

Our new website will be available soon. Check it out! Volume 2, Issue 4

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Lakes and Hills Covenant Church PO Box 70 Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737 352-552-0052

Weekly Standing Events Sunday


Adult Sunday School (will resume in September)

9:00 — 9:45 AM

Worship Service

10:15 — 11:30 AM

Pastor Ken’s Bible Study (Church Office)

3:30 — 5:00 PM

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