December came just as quickly as November. Life is a big slide and as we get to the end it seems to pick up speed. I think I read that in my old autograph book but I didn’t know the meaning until recently.
Women in Touch for December was another good program and we had a full house. At least three hundred women gathered in the fellowship hall to enjoy an evening of entertainment.
We enjoyed some practical ideas for entertaining during the holidays from a Pampered Chef consultant. Children from Helen Hyatt Elementary School sang Christmas songs for us. Kerrie Schnell told us the story, “Red Mittens.” Sarah Gilbert sang “Oh Holy Night.” Cherie Smith gave a little talk on prayer.
I know you are wondering what we served. We had Chicken Rollup’s, corn, cranberry sauce, salad with candied walnuts and cranberries and dinner rolls. Dessert was Christmas cookies.
The cooks arrived at the church at 9 am and we were finished preparing by 12. In the afternoon we cook the food and get the desert on the tables plus a hundred other things that have to be taken care of.
Every year the ladies bring a children’s gift and wrapping. All of the gifts are taken to the Good Neighbor Center for the grandparents room.
If you are interested in doing something like this in your church please contact me. Just leave a comment on this blog and I will be happy to help you.
Just how mission minded are you? For that matter how mission minded am I? Could I leave the comfort of home and family and go to. . . .India or Africa? Could I stay 3 years, 8 years or, or, or forever? IDK It’s something to think about. Then again do I have to? Can I be mission minded at home? Well, I could be but am I?
I made soup on Friday and had several couples over to enjoy soup, blueberry muffins, ice cream with chocolate crackle (all of these recipes you can find on this blog. Just click on recipes in the side bar). Back to my story. We were discussing baptisms and one person said, “I never see any baptisms from women’s ministries or a lot of the other ministries we do in the church.” GULP I had to say something but what? My answer was, “sometimes we sow the seeds and someone else does the harvesting.” Was that a good answer or was it a cop-out? Why are we so afraid to plain say would you like some Bible studies? It’s something to pray about that’s for sure.
Here is one of the soup recipes I made Friday. We really liked it a lot I would use a little less garlic next time and I use McKay’s Chicken Seasoning in place of chicken stock because it is vegetarian. This is from www.ourbestbites.com. I love this site it is just plain fun to see what the ladies are cooking up. I poked holes in my squash and put it in the microwave for about 10 minutes and then peeled it and took the seeds out.
Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1/2 T olive oil
1 T butter
1/2 C sliced carrots (abt 1 med carrot or 12 baby ones)
2 stalks celery, diced
1 C diced onion
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 medium butternut squash, (abt 4 cups peeled and diced)
1 medium potato, diced (about 2 C diced)
32 oz chicken broth (that’s one box/carton)
1 T brown sugar
1 1/2 t kosher salt
3/4 t dried sage
1 pinch cayenne pepper or a douse of hot sauce
In a large stock pot, heat olive oil and butter. When butter is melted add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic saute for about 4 minutes. Add everything else and simmer until veggies are done. I added the brown sugar after the veggies had cooked. Put all of this in a blender and blend. I like to sprinkle a little parsley on each bowl before serving.
I was renewed at the Minnesota Women’s Retreat with Elizabeth Talbot’s talks on the book of John. Elizabeth has a way of bringing the Bible alive. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak don’t pass it up. Well, you can actually hear her on the Voice of Prophesy every day she is one of the key speakers. You may also go to www.vop.com and hear Elizabeth.
I know you all are so much more advanced than I am on the Bible but I just never put this together. Do you remember the story of Moses and the snakes? The children of Israel were being bitten by snakes and the Lord told Moses to put a snake on a pole and when the Israelites looked on the snake they would be healed. Take a look at Numbers 21:4-9. The people of Israel are tired and impatient. They hate everything. Venomous snakes start biting the people and many die. When the people repent they ask Moses to help them. God told Moses to, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole. . .when he looks at the snake, he will live.” verse 8
It’s the same with salvation–all be have to do is look upon Jesus and believe–don’t you love that it’s so simple. John 3:14-17–read it–“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so whoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
There you have it and it’s not complicated is it?
The November Women in Touch was a big hit! Why wouldn’t it be when we visited Africa from our chairs. 325 ladies gathered to hear Terry and Dina Schwartz tell about their mission trips to Africa.
The children from Africa really tell the story, and yet they don’t. Their happy faces and sweet smiles would make you think they didn’t have a care in the world. The truth is they go to bed hungry most every night, they sometimes drink water just to make their tummies feel full.
Some of them can’t even get enough water to drink and live on about one cup of water a day. They mostly go barefoot and some have never seen their picture, they have no idea what they look like.
When I think of the STUFF I have and what they don’t have it makes me sick. This life is so short, why not give to others?
In the last two years, Terry and Dina have spent more time away from home doing mission work than they have spent
Terry with Sharon Schwartz
at home. They are going again in January.
17 months ago Terry was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 3-6 months to live. He has done what he needed to do for treatment and yet continues to go do what he loves best
Berniece, is just about the cutest little lady I have ever met. Maybe it is because she reminds me of my mom, or maybe it is just that she is always sooooooooooooooooooo cheerful. The reason she reminds me of my mom is because she says such funny things. It’s like her brain is always searching for a profound thing to say.
Berniece is only 83 years old and sharp as a tack. When anyone asks her how she is doing she always says, “I’m so blessed that I’m drinkin’ from the saucer because my cup runneth over.”
She has such faith in the Lord and loves to talk about Him.
I just returned from the Central States Women’s Retreat. I ate too much. Laughed a lot. I was reminded how cunning the devil is and how much Jesus loves me.
Carla Baker and Darlene Fairchild
It was a great weekend and if you messed it I’m sorry. Next time you have an opportunity to attend a Leadership Weekend I hope you will consider it.
This weekend was at Broken Arrow Ranch in Kansas. Sue Carlson, Women’s Ministries Director for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference planned a powerful weekend. We did lots of sharing and much learning. We prayed together, laughed together and we each went home changed.
We learned about the history of women’s ministries, how to asses what needs to be done in our church. We were taught about effective public speaking, evangelism and how to do women’s ministries. We learned. . .well we learned way more than I can tell you.
The Lord certainly lead Sue in planning a wonderful weekend.
I don’t have a sister. I use to ask my mom and dad for a sister but they wouldn’t discuss that with me. After all, my brother was 8 years old than me.
Today I am in Orlando, yup it’s warm, I even wore sandels yesterday. You may be wondering what I’m doing here. It’s a Women’s Ministries meeting, the 8 North American Union Directors are here and the NAD Director is the fearless leader. Can you imagine 10 women in the same meeting room for 2 solid days? We don’t always agree but we are sisters and in the end we remain friends.
This is a once a year meeting and we discuss reporting, scholarships, communication, stipends, General Conference Session, mentoring and other subjects.
I always hate leaving my man, it’s no fun. I cooked several things for him, I even cooked a stew using MEAT. I never cook with meat at home but he does like it and so he got a treat. He took me to the airport at 4:45 AM and I am thankful.