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“Wayward Sons”

Beginning Wednesday nights at 6:30 starting May 25 and ending June 22, we are starting a new Bible Study called “Wayward Sons.” We will be examining a few Old and New Testament passages about some famous and not so famous "prodigals" of the Bible, and we will be examining passages about people who found a way to bring their friends and family members the spiritual help they needed. A good study whether you: are RELATED TO, LOVE, or ARE a “wayward son.”  We will meet in the conference room.  For more information, please contact Deb Jenkins.


“Time Between the Testaments”

Sunday Morning - You know those times when you feel that God is being very quiet in your life? You look around and wonder what you’re missing, what you're doing wrong. Eventually God's voice comes booming through again and you forget the quiet time and life goes on.  But what if it didn't?  What if the silence lasted 400 years?  The time between Malachi and John the Baptist seemed silent; many became lost.  These 4 centuries are called the Intertestamental period (time between Old and New Testament books). 

Beginning June 5, using The LifeLight 'Time Between the Testaments' lesson and The Apocrypha, The Lutheran Edition with Notes, this study will walk through what it means and what it looks like to trust God in those quiet moments. Led by Deb Williamson, this class will take place in the Sanctuary starting at 9:15am


Monday Eve - Summer will see the Girlfriend's Guild kickoff on June 13th.   More info to come on this, but we'll gather the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30.  Each event is meant to be a shoes off, relaxing, summertime opportunity to meet new girlfriends, get to know other ones better, and even learn about the Really Bad Girls of the Bible.  Watch the bulletin and website for details.

Themes:

June 13:  Medium of En Dor: Bad Moon Rising

June 27: Jael: Bad for a Good Reason

July 11: The Adulteress: Bad but not Condemned

July 25: Athaliah: Bad and Proud of it

August 8: Tamar the Widow: Bad for a Good Reason

August 22: The Bleeding Woman: Bad but not Condemned

 

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New Email Address

The Women's Ministry can now be contacted at the email address women@beautifulsavior-lsmo.org

Future ministry emails will come from this address rather than an individual.

Ladies of Beautiful Savior

Email: women@beautifulsavior-lsmo.org

 

Leadership Team UPdate

Twelve women, ranging from 25 - 80+, continue to meet at least monthly concerning Women's Ministry here at Beautiful Savior.  They are building our foundation from the three-legged approach, focusing on Functionality (administration), Fellowship, and Feeding (Study).  The 12 ladies separated themselves based on their skills and passions into the three teams and are focusing on each area.  [TEAM: Our next large team meeting is Saturday, June 18, at 4 p.m., right before our evening at Vonda's.]

 

Service & Fellowship Events UPdate

While there is still a lot of work-in-progress, we have accomplished a lot already.

 

  1. The small group But4Grace held a family fellowship day where we cooked out, played games, and had time for our families to meet each other and develop relationships. (May 7th)
  2. The BLAZE Youth Group happily accepted the Women's challenge to collect more toilet paper than we did and did so!  The important thing is that two ministries came together to serve one need in our community and they, Hope House, was overjoyed! (May 8th for Mother's Day)
  3. By the time this newsletter comes out, several women from the congregation will have come together and walked in the Stride for Life 5k for Rachel House.  What a great way to come together and serve and witness in such a gentle way. (May 21st)
  4. All the ladies are invited to mark their calendars for Saturday, June 18.  Vonda Schnelle has volunteered her backyard for a leisurely gathering, 6 p.m. until ?  Everyone is asked to bring their favorite appetizer or dessert to share, a lawn chair or blanket to sit in, and a bottle of favorite wine or non-alcoholic drink to share.  We'll watch the sunset, play some lawn games, talk about life and just take some time out to enjoy summer without any of the hectic noise and distractions that can go with it.

The Ladies of Beautiful Savior Ministry 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.

MOMSNEXT

For the MOMSnext meeting on the first Wednesday of every month in church basement at 6:30, Sept - May.

MOPS

MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) meets from 6:30-8:00 pm the second Thursday of the month in the basement area. For more information, please contact Erin Jennum.  Child care provided with RSVP Sept - May.


Looking back

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

  • refreshed us at Women of Faith.
  • gathered us together for a night of comedy.
  • provided food & clothing to Mother's Refuge.
  • celebrated winter with us and a Hot Cocoa party.
  • gifted us with a very successful holiday bake sale, raising funds for this year’s retreat.
  • surprised SIX schools with supplies for teachers.  Oh, were they thrilled!
  • had us help lead worship services on Women's Ministry Sunday.
  • showed us the joy of helping other ministries when contributing auctionable items to Abounding Love.
  • provided retail therapy for us with a craft fair brought in by MOPS.
  • taught us about spiritual warfare with readings of the Screwtape Letters and Spiritual Warfare.  He also taught some of us that it's okay to be a Sticky Mom.
  • strolled with us through a small local city, visiting antiques shops during a GNO (girls night out).

Be on the watch for ....


-Development of a Women's Leadership Ministry Team
-Planning for 2015-2016
-A Women's Resource Corner in the Library (need helper; contact Deb Williamson)
-Women's Prayers & Support Board
-Conceal & Carry Class - for women interested in learning.
-Card & Game Night(s)

 

Something for everyone to think about: We all have needs or wants, and that includes needing support, friends, care, stimulation, sharing, and any number of things that can only be filled in the presence of others.  If the groups or activities are not feeding, teaching or stimulating you, giving you the support or care you need, or doing the activities you want or need, 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.

Special Events

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.

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.

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]