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THE  ARLINGTONIAN
June  2020


TABLE OF CONTENTS
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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
JUNE MEETINGS
CALLED CONGREGATION MEETING, JUNE 14, FOLLOWING WORSHIP
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
ABOUT FATHERS
2020 FATHER'S DAY — HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
   
   
CONTENTS


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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

For July issue is June 21.  Please email articles for the July issue to the church office or to Bro. Lee.

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JUNE MEETINGS

All meetings are canceled at this time.  Meetings will resume upon notification.

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CALLED CONGREGATION MEETING, JUNE 14, FOLLOWING WORSHIP

At the request of the elders, a meeting has been called to consider an updated starting time for our worship service.

Our elders and trustee chair had a meeting with representatives of the church requesting to share our building.  During the discussion, their representatives expressed concern that the 10:00 AM starting time we offered would not give them adequate time to prepare for their worship service.  They requested that we move our worship time up at least a half hour, which would be 9:30 AM.  We made no commitment and explained it would be a congregation decision.

The elders are presenting this question to you without any recommendations for approval or disapproval.  Your decision should be based on your personal preference and/or your ability to attend worship at 9:30 AM.

Our previously scheduled congregation meeting was not held because of the cessation of worship the second Sunday of March.  This meeting on June 14 is a rescheduled event.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Happy Father's Day to all of the men out there who have children.  And Happy Father's Day to all of the men who have been a father figure to kids who were not their own.  We honor your fatherhood and we honor the influence fathers have on our society.  Where would the people of the world be without fathers who have dedicated their lives to protecting and providing for their children and for other children.

Did you know that the Catholic Church celebrated a Father’s Day as far back as 1508?  The Catholic celebration is on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19.  It wasn’t until the 20th century (1910 I think) that the United States celebrated fathers with a special day.

This year Father's Day falls on the first full day of summer.  Normally I'm sure there are a lot of cookouts plan for Father's Day.  This year maybe not so much.  A lot of families still are afraid to gather, or they may be forbidden by governor's edict.  However you are able to celebrate, enjoy your day.

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ABOUT FATHERS

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
Every father taking responsibility for their child’s
intellectual, emotional and financial well-being.
June 2012
The White House

"I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence — both in my life and in the lives of others.  I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill.  We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference." – President Barack Obama, June 19, 2009

Being a dad is one of the most important jobs a man can have.  The greatest advantage a child can have is the love and support of a strong and stable family, and the research clearly indicates the benefits to children who have two actively engaged parents.

Families of all shapes and sizes love and provide for the needs of their children, including families headed by grandparents, same sex couples, and single parents.  And in families of all types responsible parenting remains a crucial part of ensuring a child’s well-being.  The President has often described the "hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children [as] one that no government can fill." And while millions of single-mother households across the country are doing whatever it takes to provide for their families, we know that without a father doing his part it can be a struggle to meet the many obligations parents face.

Responsible fathering means taking responsibility for a child’s intellectual, emotional, and financial well-being.  This requires being present in a child’s life, actively contributing to a child’s healthy development, sharing economic responsibilities, and cooperating with a child’s mother in addressing the full range of a child’s and family’s needs.

Today, however, one out of every three children in America – over 24 million in total – lives in a home without their biological father present.  And data show that low-income men from communities of color are significantly more likely to be nonresident fathers than resident fathers.  Roughly one out of every three Hispanic children and more than half of African-American children grow up in homes without their fathers present.

The presence and involvement of a child’s parents protects children from a number of vulnerabilities.  More engaged fathers — whether living with or apart from their children — can help foster a child’s healthy physical, emotional, and social development.  While evidence shows that children benefit most from the involvement of resident fathers, research has also high-lighted the positive effect that nonresident fathers can have on their children’s lives.

The above text is the opening paragraphs of a White House Report released in June 2012.  I thought it was appropriate for a Father’s Day tribute.

The full report is available at "https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/ docs/fatherhood_report_6.13.12_final.pdf".

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2020 FATHER'S DAY — HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, we honor our fathers for their devotion and care for their children.  As a way to honor a father, you are invited to give a donation to Habitat for Humanity in his honor or memory.  Each donation will be used to help Habitat for Humanity build homes, communities, and hope.

Monetary donations may be made in honor of or in memory of a father.  Please complete the form below if you wish to have your gift acknowledged.  A full listing of those honored will be published in the next newsletter.  Checks should be made payable to Arlington Christian Church with a notation "Father’s Day" in the memo line and returned to: Arlington Christian Church
1206 N. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40505

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2020 Father's Day Habitat For Humanity Gift

This donation is made in:
____ honor of        _____ memory of


Father’s Name ____________________________________________


Presented by _________________________________________________

Acknowledgement of the gifts will be published in the July Arlingtonian

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