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A Community of Talent by Ann Posey

“Imagine a world without poetry, dance, song, comedy, film,
architecture, painting, stories, symphonies, theater or sculpture. Such a
world would be bland. Art brings vibrancy and beauty to our lives.
Creativity is both a fully human and fully divine experience. It is an
acknowledgment that something eternal and full of truth lies behind the
temporal world in which we live. It focuses our eyes on the pain around
us, the injustice in front of us, the joy abounding within us, and the
pull we feel towards meaning and significance. Music moves us. Poetry
connects us. Paintings shout at us. Dance energizes us. Art draws us
back into the fold of humanity when we wander out full of pain,
discouragement, and bitterness. It whispers, ‘You are not alone.’”
--Relevant Magazine, September 28, 2011


You already know Second Baptist is blessed with many talented and well-trained musicians who freely share their gifts in worship. We are blessed week in and week out with those who share their talents and creativity. Among them are about forty pianists, and at least ten of them can play on a moments notice. Our Two or More/Pipes and Keys program, September 16, 2:30 pm in the sanctuary will feature about twenty pianists and four organists playing keyboard works for two to eight players on up to four keyboards. They range in age from eight to eighty! And there will be music from almost every genre.  Of course, there will be cookies from Susan Pettyjohn and lemonade to share after the program.

at Friday, September 7, 2018
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Remembering Byron Buffalo by Mike Lassiter

Byron Buffalo’s sudden death certainly came as a shock to all who knew him. Yes, we wonder why Byron and why now?  The horse program was just really beginning to gain the attention and traction that Byron had dreamed about. So, Jordan Groves, Jasmine Kaduce, and I made the trip to Eagle Butte for the wake and funeral as well as the burial at the cemetery behind the church he served in Bridger. Others were there from the network of churches that have come alongside Byron, his church and the people of Bridger. The UCC Church was well represented, and hundreds of people from the Cheyenne River Reservation were also there to say goodbye to a good man, a man who followed Jesus the Lakota way, and a man who had a big heart for the children and teenagers of the Reservation.  

Below are some of my remarks spoken at the funeral on behalf of his friends at Second Baptist Church.  

It is an honor to have the opportunity to speak at Byron’s funeral. I represent Second Baptist Church and other churches that have had the privilege of walking alongside Byron and Toni and the people of the community of Bridger.  

Over 17 years ago a group of churches met with some pastors of the Dakota Association. After talking and sharing with each other for a couple of days we found a kindred spirit in each other. A spirit that told us that Creator God loves each and every person the same through Jesus and that we could start our journey together at that important point and see what happens. From the beginning, we listened to Byron’s dream that Creator God had given him early in his journey of faith as his life began to change. The dream involved what Byron knew about God and the church both wanting “healing and reconciliation for all of creation,” Byron’s words.  The healing and reconciliation involved Lakota people with Creator, with each other,  and white people, especially those who were Christian. Byron had a way of saying things that would stir your heart. We don’t thank God enough for putting people in our lives that have dreams that also speak to us in a way that helps us along our own faith journey.

Horses were a big part of that dream because it would help others, especially kids and teens, be proud of being Lakota. Horses would also help Lakota and others who came to the Bridger Church, including many of us, to find a good path to Creator God.  

One thing that knowing Byron taught many of us was to believe anything was possible and so don’t give in to doubts. He was a spiritual and life guide for many and didn’t just tell you what you should be doing but could nudge you along a path that would help you discover for yourself what you need to know and do.
As we continued to travel to Bridger each year Byron would allow us to make mistakes or say the wrong thing and he and Toni would guide us rather than shame us. He wanted us to see and understand Lakota ways and see the wisdom and beauty in Lakota tradition and culture.  

I am so glad that he was able to see some of this dream beginning to come to a reality. I am so glad he was patient with us. I am so glad he accepted us. Today I mourn and say goodbye to a Lakota man of God, a fellow traveler in the Jesus way, a fellow minister, and like you, a friend and friendship I will always cherish.

Posted by Mike Lassiter at Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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Behind the Making of the 175th Anniversary Book by Andrew Nash

At last year’s church picnic, Harold Phillips and I began talking about the need to write a book for Second Baptist’s 175th anniversary. That sparked a conversation between the two of us about what we wanted and what we needed to make a church history book happen.

We knew what we didn’t want. What we didn’t want was a textbook. What we didn’t want was a dry chronology. What we didn’t want was a book that wouldn’t be opened for another 25 years. 

We also knew what we wanted. We wanted a book that told stories based on broad themes. We wanted as many people to be a part of the book as possible. We wanted a book people could be proud to have on their coffee table. 

We also knew we needed help and we needed a committee. Eleanor Speaker brought a deep knowledge of the church archives. Sue Wright brought a network of writers and an unmatched enthusiasm. Carolyn Fulk brought a tireless effort and had connections to help us fill in the blanks. Harold brought guidance and ideas that helped point us in the right direction. I brought a different approach to writing as a former newspaper reporter and editor. 

We had others write about their favorite people, events, and memories. I wrote more than 100 pages for the narrative chapters, but we supplemented those chapters with breakouts on “Stalwart Saints” and other themes to break up the text. We asked for and compiled “Second Thoughts” earlier this year. All told, we’ve had more than 140 submissions from more than 100 contributors. Carolyn and Eleanor have scoured the archives for photos and asked for others from church members. 

Right now, the text of the book is in a three-ring binder. We’re in the final editing stages and sending it to our designer before printing for the church Thanksgiving meal.

If you want a book, please order now online or in the Welcome Center any Sunday in September. The deadline for pre-orders is September 30. Ordering ahead of time is important so we can print the right number of books for everyone without running out. A lot of effort has gone into it, and we can’t wait to show you the final product. 

at Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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