|Mom's Ministry||LWML||Special Events|
BSLC Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) group will be hosting their 2nd Annual Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 23, from 10-4pm. Do you have a business or product you would like to feature? Booth rental is $35 and includes an 8-foot table and a chair in an 8x8 space. Contact Erin Jennum for a booth application.
PRAYER BLANKETS FOR HOSPICE PATIENTS
This past fall, the Women’s Ministry held a Retreat entitled “Be Still--Prayer Changes.” During the retreat, the women made prayer blankets for hospice patients. The future recipient of each blanket was prayed for as each knot was lovingly hand tied. A comforting verse of scripture was written on a tag and attached to the blanket along with a handcrafted bookmark with the verse, “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. Carol Eisenbraun, Director for Saint Luke’s Hospice, sent a note of gratitude to the BSLC Women’s Ministry which said, “Thank you for all the beautiful fleece blankets you have so generously crafted and donated to Saint Luke’s Hospice. We have been able to give them to the patients who spend their last days of their journey with us in our hospice house as well as in the homes of hospice patients. One blanket was given to a granddaughter who was about 11 years old to remember her grandmother. She was very touched and said, ‘I will always keep this to remember that my grandma was kept so warm by it’.” The Women’s Ministry will continue to provide for those in need in 2016 through various service projects. If you feel called to serve alongside other women at BSLC, contact Deb Williamson or email Women’s Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Email Address
The Women's Ministry can now be contacted at the email address email@example.com.
Future ministry emails will come from this address rather than an individual.
As God calls us to serve one another, our activities continue. Mark your calendar for the following!
There will be a Women’s Ministry meeting in the conference room on Tuesday, January 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The topic will be “Women’s Ministry Communication & Planning.” All ladies are invited, as this is an information gathering and 2016 planning meeting.
January Serving Event –
Thank you for all your donations!
All women, 16 years of age and up, who are interested in learning about what the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team will look like and what roles need to be filled are invited to attend this meeting. We are looking for ladies to take on leadership roles either for specific functions or for the overall program. Planning for 2015 & 2016 will also occur this evening at the end with those women who decide they are being called to take an active leadership role.
For the MOMSnext meeting on the first Wednesday of every month in church basement at 6:30.
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.
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 ....
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.
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]