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Small groups are a means to an end, not an end in and of themselves. Small groups exist as a way for people to engage in biblical community that helps them become more like Jesus in every area of their lives. Acts 2:42-47 gives us a great picture of the early church and the components of biblical community, which encompassed both the "temple courts" and "house to house." These believers engaged in life together through teaching, fellowship, communion, prayer, miracles, radical generosity, and corporate worship. They spent time together eating, learning, celebrating, proclaiming the Good News, and supporting each other.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study -Screwtape Letters
Our Wednesday night ladies Bible study will be reading the Screwtape Letters this fall. Screwtape is an experienced demon trying to mentor a nephew through the tempting of his assigned human "patient." These "lettere" were originally a weekly series of newpaper columns and are a very unique look at our struggles in life.
We meet every Wednesday evening except the first Wenesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:00. Questions? Contact Deb Jenkins.
THURSDAY NIGHT SMALL GROUP
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. 1 Cor 15:10 (ESV)
Join our small group, Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
As we learn to Live, Laugh, Love,
As we develop personal relationships with each other,
And, most importantly, God.
Watch for more information in the bulletin and newsletter or email Deb Williamson.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
At any given moment in our lives each of us has…
Yet often times the more significant an action feels, the easier it is to put off. We get distracted from the big decisions by the immediate needs of the day. What all of us seem to have in common is that we need a nudge, a nudge to help us get out of our ruts and routines so that we can begin risking bravely.
Meets 1st Wednesday each month, Oct-Apr 6:30-8:00 p.m.
An open, accepting place for all mothers of school-age kids to come, just as they are, to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope. MOMSnext will encourage, equip and develop moms in the next phase of mothering.
Oct 1 - What is What? - Talk Social Media - Do we know what our kids are sharing on the internet? Do we know what app is what?
Call Tami Binder at 816.524.7288 for more information.
“Like” us on facebook (MOMSnext-LeesSummit,MO-Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church) for information and inspiration.
1st Thursday each month Sept - May at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Leader: Erin Jennum
The next MOPS meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6:30-8:30. The topic will be “Courage to Face Your Mom Fears.” All mothers of preschoolers are welcome. First visit is free, and child care is provided at no charge!
At MOPS, we believe that you were meant to live deeply and so we have created this year’s theme to inspire you to choose the extraordinary. Sometimes, good people wait patiently for God to intervene when what he is wanting is for us to act bravely and do something. Being a follower of Jesus calls for courage.
Come join with other mothers of preschoolers (0-kindergarten) who can relate and support you! Our first MOPS meeting of the school year is Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room located in the lower level of the church. Cost of the meeting is $5. Your first meeting is FREE! Childcare will be provided at no cost. We would love to have you join us and bring a friend!
"I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on" (Mark 12:41-43).
Perhaps inspired by the various "cent" or "mite" societies of the early 1800s, the Woman's Mission to Women urged members in its first circular letter in 1871 to use their new mite box to raise funds. This mission continues today. Grab yours from the Communication Center today and keep this tradition going.
The Mustard Seed
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
See the LWML website to sign up for Mustard Seed devotions and you will get a daily feeding to help you through your day.
LWML collects stamps for missions with the collectable stamps. Please save your stamps from the envelopes you receive by cutting 1/4" around the stamps and placing them in the container in the communication center. There is also a sheet that explains more about the stamps near the container. This helps us to help others, including the LWML scholarships that several of our members received.
Please save and collect your mites (your change) and put it in the MITE box located on the table in the communication center. This money, as well as the stamps, is turned in to the District and National LWML's to help pay for the mission grants that are currently under way. We thank you for your contributions.
Do you have a daughter or granddaughter in grade 6-8? Then you will want to participate in the Faith Legacy Mother/Daughter Retreat at Redeemer Lutheran Church (Olathe, KS) on Nov. 21-22. This retreat strengthens the bond between mothers and daughters, building a bridge of communication and trust on the many issues a teen will face during adolescence, while understanding what God’s plan is for her body and her life. Beautiful Savior’s own Tiffany Danley will be a panel speaker at this event! IGNITE Student Ministries encourages all 6th-8th grade girls & their moms/mentors to participate. Go to redeemerolathe.org or contact Sharon McCartney (firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-397-0539) or Janet Bachnick (email@example.com or 913-220-5113). Register by November 12.
Why we need a Women’s Ministry
Among the many, many ministries Beautiful Savior is blessed with, one of them is an infant one, Women’s Ministry. We’re still figuring out how much energy and other resources to put in it. In praying about what to put in the newsletter today, I was led to the following articles. (All of them are excellent in their entirety. I encourage everyone to read them.)
“We are waging a spiritual battle for the glory of God, and we must all be as equipped as possible if we are to fight this good fight. We must be pushing each other and challenging one another to grow and be stronger and dream big dreams. God requires this of women just as much as he requires it of men, not for the sake of women, but for the sake of His name. So until we are maximizing our gifts and abilities, it is not ourselves who are being robbed, but God. That, ladies, is why women’s ministry matters. And that is where women’s ministry is going.”
Excerpt from She Worships by Sharon Hodde Miller. http://sheworships.com/2008/11/12/why-womens-ministry-matters/
“Jesus was adamant about intentional discipleship. Learn together by living together. That’s what women’s ministry should be about. There are benefits for women being around other women, which is why, in most situations, I promote women’s ministries. The general goals of discipleship aren’t different than with anyone else in the church, but the specific approach often looks different. …
• Women speak a woman’s language
• Women know a woman’s danger zones
• Women share woman stuff with women
• Women need to be called by name
Excerpt from Christian Standard by Sharon Lawrence with David Rowland. http://christianstandard.com/2011/05/why-women%E2%80%99s-ministry/
But of all the articles, I think Sarah Bessey sums it up best.
“We’re not all in the same season of life. We are – or should be – diverse image bearers of a Divine God. We need Jesus. We are seeking deep spirituality. We are seeking fellow travelers. We are hungry for true community, a place to tell our stories and listen to another, to love well. But above all, point me to Jesus–not to the sale at the mall.”
Excerpt from faith it by Sarah Bessey. Excerpt from http://www.faithit.com/why-we-dont-need-womens-ministry/
Ladies, we need each other. For all the hats each of us wears, very rarely do we put on the one that says feed thyself, water thyself, or nourish thyself. Join in the movement. Let’s get our “experienced” women mentoring our younger ones. Let’s take the time to feed our emotional piggybank and keep it from running dry. Join in one of our existing groups (see below) or start one that speaks to your heart. You’re qualified. Answer God’s call to attend one of our events or pitch in with the choosing, planning and presenting one. Whatever you do, ladies, feed yourself so you are worshiping God with your life and able to feed others in their days of need or joy.