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Who are we
Women's Ministry at BSLC came together for four reasons:
We’re looking for input on a logo, color schemes, and key Bible verse. Send any thoughts to Deb Williamson.
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.
Mother’s Refuge, Independence
In October we gathered donations for Mother’s Refuge in Independence. Serving over 1,300 young women finding themselves pregnant and with nowhere to go, they strive to teach the girls values, work and life skills and improve their emotional health. In 2012 their home burned and they have since been working to rebuild. They move into their new shelter over the Thanksgiving holiday. Talk about a gift from God! I spoke with Casey about the gifts we gathered, and she is excited and very surprised! She has asked that we hold onto them until December 1 so they are moved and a little settled.
Cocoa & Crumpets
November was a great month to sit around cozy drinking homemade hot chocolate and “crumpets.” Okay, not really crumpets but a wonderful egg & hash brown casserole, cinnamon rolls (not from the freezer) and many other goodies. It was a wonderful couple of hours away from the stress of so many things with our feet up and quiet time. A break everyone needs every once in a while to get refreshed.
There is a playpen in the Family Life Center and Narthex waiting for your gifts. Let's let these girls know they are a child of God.
On the radar ...
Dec 3rd - Advent meal - Chili & dogs (see below)
Dec 14th - Bake Sale & recipe exchange
Jan 1-31 - School Supplies for teachers
Feb - Helping the homebound
Apr 25 - 3rd Annual Retreat
May - Wine Trail Weekend
July - Afternoon tea
Aug - Planning for 2015-2016
We ask for your prayers for each of these events as we reach out to bless one another and our surrounding community. As you pray, ask God which event(s) you should help lead or help plan.
Many hands make the work light.
The women of Beautiful Savior are hosting Chili Dogs for our 1st Advent Meal on Dec 3rd this year. Ladies, we need chili, hot dogs, chopped onions, grated cheese and other toppings for dogs. Bring dogs to the kitchen by noon Weds and we'll cook them that afternoon. Leave them in one of the refrigerators.
Watch for more information in the bulletin and newsletter or email Deb Williamson.
"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.
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.