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The January serving event - School Supplies for Teachers - was a huge success! Thank you God for touching so many hearts. We provided 6 (yes 6) schools with a box of supplies for teachers. Our thanks go out to Thrivent and their Thrivent Action Team program and Mardel's Christian Bookstore for their donations. One school reached out the very next day with their thanks, "A huge THANKS to your women's ministry for the great donations for our teachers at Campbell Middle School. It was really neat to see teachers get so excited about finding things in the donated box. What a neat ministry idea. Having participated in your Upward Program in the past, it is clear to see the heart your church has for the community. -- Stu Reece". A big shout to Rick Chapman for helping with the deliveries.
On the radar...
As God calls us to serve one another, our activities continue. Mark your calendar for the following!
April - Leaders are working on the retreat. Please take this free time to help and enjoy any of the numerous Easter & Confirmation events!
May - Wine Trail Weekend- A co-organizer is needed.
June - Royals vs Reds baseball game - An organizer is needed.
July - Afternoon tea
August - Planning for 2015-2016
Help with DeVita (Cancer) Golf Tournament
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.
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.
Also, be on the watch for ....
-A Women's Resource Corner in the Library
-Women's Prayers & Support board
-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.
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:
[The Fellowship of the Believers]
They devoted themselves
to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 (NIV)
God tells us very directly that we are to learn and care and pray with each other. We invite all women, 16 years and older, to join any group at any time. None of them are closed groups. Additionally, if what you need or seek is not listed, pray. Perhaps God is placing it on your heart to start something.
Why aren't we doing the retreat in April????
Beautiful Savior has been blessed! When God led us to have our first retreat, a few of us planned and prepared a retreat for maybe 50 and quickly found we had over 100 registered! What a wonderful surprise it was. But for the following retreat, we had fewer leaders. For us to continue presenting a quality retreat, we need leaders. Because of this struggle, and after prayers and consideration of several people, it was decided to postpone the retreat until October 16 (evening) & 17 (morning).
A retreat for 100+ women requires several leaders to help recruit and take charge of small teams focused on specific areas of responsibility. These include:
Planning - identifying theme, manage budget & material, schedule, assist other leaders, recruit & mentor presenters.
Promotions & Registrations - inside and outside of church including reaching out to other churches. Recruit team.
Food - planning, preparing, serving, cleaning up and getting leftovers to an agency that can use them. Recruit team.
Decorations - based on theme, plan, prepare/make, set-up and take down decorations. Recruit team.
Music - based on theme, select, prepare and present music. Recruit team.
The long-term desire for retreats here at BSLC is to have two a year (spring and fall) with one of them being off-site, perhaps at Heit's Point. This continues to be our desire but can't happen until we get a solid leadership team. Ladies, please think of the value of Women's Ministry for yourself and those around you, think about what you've gotten from retreats (here or elsewhere), servant events or studies. Afterwards pray. Pray for God to show you your gifts, and if they are of leadership and passion, pray about how you can work in this ministry and then talk with Deb Williamson so we can get you in the right place.
Many hands make the work light.
KC SOUTH ZONE LWML SPRING RALLY
The KC South Zone LWML Spring Rally is April 25 at Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs. Registration begins at 9am. Opening devotion is at 9:30. Guest speaker is Rachel Almsteadt, a Life Coach and certified nutritionist and member of Christ Lutheran in Platte Woods. She speaks on "using God's food for health and wellness, and her company is called Pray, Live, Eat. "I planted the seed... but God makes it grow" 1 Cor. 3:6.
If you need child care, please contact Timothy society president, Deb Mickelson. Cost is $5.
"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.