Grieving the Death of Sasher Thaw

Our family of faith is grieving the death of Sasher Thaw. This five-year-old Karen girl was recently resettled in the United States. She died in a tragic accident Thursday evening. Although neither she nor her immediate family regularly gather with us at CHBC, our special relationship with the Karen community in Louisville makes them all a part of the CHBC community.

Visitation will be held in the CHBC Chapel on Monday, June 27, from 4pm - 9pm. The funeral service will take place at 10am on Tuesday, June 28, in the Chapel

If you would like to help cover the funeral costs and support the family during this difficult time, you can do so by making contributions and noting the gift is for the "Sasher Thaw Fund." Cash and check donations can be delivered to the church (2800 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY 40206). Or, you can contribute online at: http://chbcky.org/donate/

Vacation Bible School

Surf’s Up! This summer we will be “catching the wave of God’s amazing love.” Students who have completed gradesK– 5 can join us June 13-17 from 9:00AM-12:00PM. To register, pick up a form on Sunday morning or emailandrea@chbcky.org.

Gospel Mass

The Chancel Choir will present Robert Ray's GOSPEL MASS in worship on Sunday, June 5. Gregory Rahming will be with us along with the Benji Simmons Trio (drums, guitar, and bass guitar, with piano). We will hear music in a variety of styles including: gospel, pop, jazz, and lyrical. As is our custom on the first Sunday of the month, we will also gather around the Lord's table for Holy Communion.

How Can I Keep From Singing

Darrell Adams' recording of "How Can I Keep From Singing" by Robert Lowry. Recorded in the Crescent Hill Baptist Church Sanctuary. Recorded March 7, 2016.

Ash Wednesday

Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Repent, and believe the Good News.

Ash Wednesday service, 6:15 at Crescent Hill Baptist Church and if you are in the Crescent Hill area, you can receive ashes at the Comfy Cow on Frankfort Ave.

Empower West Louisville

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Empower West Louisville is asking all citizens to read the book, The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist during Black History Month. On Monday, February 29th public reflection and conversation.

Spaces are limited. To make a reservation go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-half-has-never-been-told-citywide-book-club-event-with-author-edward-e-baptist-tickets-21284325992.

 

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.

As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence.

Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery’s end—and created a culture that sustains America’s deepest dreams of freedom.

--Book description taken from Amazon.com

Tribute Concert for Mike Tunnell

The tribute concert for Mike Tunnell will be Feb. 21st 3:00 pm at Crescent Hill Baptist Church 2800 Frankfort Ave. Louisville Ky. The bands that will perform will be President Lincoln’s Own Band (PLOB), Derby City Brass Band, and Kentucky Baroque Trumpets (KBT). No admission!! KBT and PLOB will accept donations towards Friedemann Immer 's plane fare and towards the cost of their two CDs. We will have CDs and videos at the concert. We do accept checks. This will be a very moving concert!!

Divorce Recovery Workshop

If you are considering divorce, going through it now, or rebuilding your life afterward, the group invites you to its 35th annual Divorce Recovery Workshop on February 14, 21, 28, and March 6, 2016, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. All four programs will be free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.divorcerecoverylouisville.org/.

Getting to Know Our Muslim Neighbors on Wednesday, January 6th

Jesus said, "love your neighbor as yourself." Loving a neighbor requires knowing a neighbor. Given the current climate of our world, getting to know Muslim neighbors so that we might love and care for one another is crucial. 

Therefore, on Wednesday evening at 6PM Dr. Muhammad Babar and Iman Mohammed Wasif Iqbal will be with us to share basic information regarding Islam and to answer questions. A meal will be served from 5:15PM until 6PM. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Please RSVP if you wish to join us for the meal by calling 502.896.4425 by 3PM on Tuesday, January 5. Childcare will be provided beginning at 6PM.

Dr. Babar, a physician and Pakistani native, has helped organize numerous interfaith public service projects and has been a voice for the local Muslim community in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Since moving to Louisville in 1995, Dr. Babar has worked with the local Rotary Club and has formed a close relationship with the mayor of Louisville to coordinate meetings between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders—which included hosting an interfaith open house at his mosque.

Imam Iqbal grew up in Baltimore, MD and started studying Quran at a young age. He memorized the entire Quran by the age of 13. He continued to study at Daurl Uloom Al Madania in Buffalo, NY for eight years where he received Ijaazaa in several Islamic Sciences. He graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Islamic Studies and has been serving as Imam at the Louisville Islamic Center since. Imam Wasif lives in the greater Louisville area with his wife, daughter and son.

Highlights of 2015

God worked through the people of the Crescent Hill Baptist Church in 2015 bringing forth love and mercy to those of us who call CHBC home and to our community. What follows are some 2015 CHBC ministry highlights:

January – We Heard from Paula Dempsey, Director of Partnership Development for The Alliance of Baptists – Rev. Dempsey’s visit helped us strengthen our ties to the Alliance of Baptists, one of several national and international Baptist bodies we partner with to share the good news of the gospel at home and abroad.

February – We Imposed Ashes at Comfy Cow on Frankfort Avenue - In an effort to communicate that God sees our hurt and that God offers a hope that transcends our feelings of hopelessness to those who may not be interested in or are unable to darken the doors of a church, we imposed ashes at the Comfy Cow on Frankfort Avenue on Ash Wednesday.

March - We Began Our "Youngish Adults" Sunday Lunches -  One Sunday each month following worship, those primarily in their 30s and 40s and their children, have gathered for lunch, conversation, and prayer offering everyone participating encouragement and support.

April - We Threw Our Annual "Eggstravaganza" Easter Party for Our Community -  As we do annually, prior to the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade, we held our Eggstravaganza celebration. We handed out coffee and popcorn, offered face-painting and egg-dying, and organized games and crafts.      

May - We Gathered for A Church-Wide Picnic at Iroquois Park - Dozens gathered at Iroquois Park to enjoy good food, good fun, and good company.

 June - We Sent 40 Youth And Seven Adult Chaperons to Passport Camp in North Carolina  - Our youth spent a week engaging in bible study, worshiping, serving others, and having fun.

July - We Prepared Two-Dozen Elementary Students for The Upcoming School Year through Our Academic Academy  - Our six-week Summer Elementary Academic Academy enables students for whom English is not their native language to be better prepared for the next school year.

August - We Helped Grieving People - CHBC member Peggy Schmidt offered a support group at the church to help people understand their grief.

September - We Empowered Residents of West Louisville - Through our participation in the EmpowerWest Summit at St. Stephen Baptist Church we began economically and educationally empowering the residents of West Louisville.  

October - We Provided Opportunities for Spiritual Growth through the Women's Retreat and Youth Retreat - Both our annual Women's Retreat and Youth Retreat took place on different weekends in October. At both retreats participants experienced spiritual renewal and growth.

November – We Promoted Peace Following the Paris Terrorist Attacks – Before the attacks occurred, we agreed to help organize an Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Meal. That gathering took place a little more than a week after the attacks. Members of the Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and other faith traditions participated. In the wake of those attacks, the event clearly communicated to our community that all of our faith traditions promote peace. 

December - We Helped Ensure That 23 Children Would Have A Brighter Christmas - CHBC members or groups sponsored 23 children participating in United Crescent Hill Ministries Christmas Connection. Christmas Connection provides toys, clothes, and food to children in need in the Crescent Hill/Clifton neighborhood at Christmas.

Help us finish 2015 and begin 2016 on a high note by making a final contribution to Crescent Hill Baptist Church in 2015. You can do so online by clicking here: http://chbcky.org/donate/


If you wish to mail a year end contribution, bear in mind that it must be postmarked (not meter-dated) no later than December 31, 2015.

Or, you can drop off an offering at the church tomorrow. The office will be open from 9AM until 12PM.

God blessed us with a full, meaningful, and good past year. Your support helped make these expressions of ministry possible. Thank you!

Don't Miss the First Wednesday in January!

January 6Dr. Muhammad Babar and Iman Mohammed Wasif Iqbal will be with us to share basic information regarding Islam and to answer questions.

Dr. Babar, a physician and Pakistani native, has helped organize numerous interfaith public service projects and has been a voice for the local Muslim community in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Since moving to Louisville in 1995, Dr. Babar has worked with the local Rotary Club and has formed a close relationship with the mayor of Louisville to coordinate meetings between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders—which included hosting an interfaith open house at his mosque.

Imam Iqbal grew up in Baltimore, MD and started studying Quran at a young age. He memorized the entire Quran by the age of 13. He continued to study at Daurl Uloom Al Madania in Buffalo, NY for eight years where he received Ijaazaa in several Islamic Sciences. He graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Islamic Studies and has been serving as Imam at the Louisville Islamic Center since. Imam Wasif lives in the greater Louisville area with his wife, daughter and son.

Wednesday Evening Schedule: Fellowship Supper 5:15pm, $7.00, please call church office to RSVP; Program begins at 6:00pm; Children and Youth activities at 6:00pm.

Advent Devotion 20

Surprised by Joy

Sharleen Johnson Birkimer

 

The angel Gabriel announced to Mary:  “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God”. 

Luke 1:30

 

I had heard about the Kentucky Derby as I grew up as a child and adult, but I did not realize how important it was to Kentucky residents. To me, before I moved to Louisville in 1977, the Derby was just a minute on a TV newscast and then easily forgotten.   Even though I had lived in seven states and one foreign country before I moved here, to a new resident the expressways were scary to me. The morning after my first Derby I decided to get up early and go on a drive to learn the area.

 

The Watterson was almost empty that morning and I was afraid that I would get lost and there would not be someone to help me find my way home.  Suddenly, I came up behind four State Trooper cars and a strange looking trailer. Two cars were ahead of the trailer and two were behind it; there was a gun sticking out of one of the car windows. I considered getting off at an exit to avoid a possible crime situation. I later mentioned it at church and discovered I had seen the Derby winning horse being moved to Lexington. Then, I felt joy about that experience.

 

 I think Mary felt fear, and then joy, when Gabriel told her she was to be the mother of the Messiah.  I remember this experience when I am afraid and before joy comes from feeling the relief of God’s presence.

 

God, thanks for your presence of joy after the scary experiences of our lives.  Amen.