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New Email Address
The Women's Ministry can now be contacted at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future ministry emails will come from this address rather than an individual.
On the radar...
As God calls us to serve one another, our activities continue. Mark your calendar for the following!
July - Afternoon tea
August - Planning for 2015-2016
Help with DeVita (Cancer) Golf Tournament
On Saturday, August 15, at 11 am, the ladies will be refining their lady skills and sharing some laughs over a nice brunch lunch at the Greenwood Tea Room found in the Greenwood Antique Mall. Teresa Creamer is organizing this event. Please contact her to let her know if you’ll be attending.
Prayer Changes ….
This year’s 3rd Annual Women’s Retreat at Beautiful Savior will be October 16 & 17. We will be examining how Prayer Changes …. us. We’ll find out how to spend time in the garden in this crazy busy era; uncover the peace that prayer fills us with; realize how to be rooted so we are strong enough to share; and discover how it prepares us for the harvest. Registration will begin very soon. Invitations to all sister churches will be going out also. Sign up and bring a friend. Cost remains $10.00. Something special about this retreat--we can promise it has not been done anywhere else in the nation before now!!!! Watch the bulletin and web site for more details.
“Did I Hear Someone Say Wine?”
November 21 & 22 brings us to the Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann. Tickets are $30.00 apiece. Room reservations are under discussion. This trail includes 7 wineries and other extras. For more info, please talk with Deb Williamson.
As we start to look forward to our next year and how we will grow and what God will do with us, I thought it would be good to look back at the opportunities God blessed us with this last year. It's these gentle reminders that can strengthen us to continue to reach out and touch others in a world filled with crankiness and selfishness. God
Be on the watch for ....
-A Women's Resource Corner in the Library
-Women's Prayers & Support Board
-Planning for 2015-2016
-Card & Game Night(s)
-Conceal & Carry Class - for women interested in learning because others in their home have guns or because they are interested in having a license.
Something to think about: We all have needs or wants, and that includes needing support, friends, care, stimulation, sharing, any number of things that can only be filled in the presence of others. If the groups or activities are not feeding (teaching, stimulating) you, giving you the support or care you need, or doing the activities you want or need to do for interaction, speak up. Maybe there's a way to fill that. Maybe God is calling you to act. Maybe it's something the church needs to look at. There are a lot of maybes but none that can be considered unless you speak up. Get with Deb Williamson or one of the pastors and talk about it. And pray.
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.
2015 Women's Retreat
God answered our many prayers with four strong leaders to round out our planning team! We do still need a prayer warrior. This can be a man or a woman, someone very involved in stuff or someone homebound; prayer can be done anywhere. This person will have not have to do any public prayer or be present at the retreat.
The next leader meeting is scheduled for March 30th at Deb Williamson’s house at 6:30 p.m. See the meeting invite for details.
Last month we shared about the rescheduling of this year's retreat to October 16 (evening) & 17 (morning). We pray to serve 100+ women from BSLC and the community. The first leader meeting is March 2nd, 6:30 p.m. at Deb Williamson's.
To put on a retreat for 100+ women we need women to work with the leader of each area. We need you to pray and answer with where you will help. Areas are:
Promotions & Registrations - inside and outside of church including reaching out to other churches.
Food - plan, prepare, serve, clean up and/or get leftovers to an agency that can use them.
Decorations - work with team lead to plan, prepare/make, set-up and/or take down decorations.
Music - need singers and instrumentalists.
Those of you who volunteered for the April date, please let Deb Williamson know ASAP if you will serve in October as well. We don't want to make any assumptions, and we don't want to end up short-handed.
Probably the hardest question any of us has to answer is “Should I?” Should I go to this school or that one? Should I change jobs, get married, buy a home, have kids, or serve God? Another hard “should I” question is, “Should I do (fill in the blank) at church?” Time today is considered by many, a commodity. Unfortunately it is a commodity many spend doing what they think they should do and not what they are passionate about or gifted for. It is my prayer for each of us that we spend time in conversation with God, doing a self-check about where we are giving our time and talents and if it’s where we are called to do so.
Women's Ministry at BSLC desires to:
Draw women from 16 and up together to develop mentoring relationships.
Draw women from all services together to get to know God and each other better.
Create a safe and fun environment where women can care for each other and get care.
Care for our community through service projects, showing God's love, especially to the lost.
[The Fellowship of the Believers]
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.