A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Posts tagged ‘outreach’

I Was Thinking. . .

Yesterday I stumbled upon a “boy” who use to live in my neighborhood.  Not the neighborhood I live in now, we are way too proper to have someone like David or should I say Julianna living here. But in my old neighborhood he was just one of the kids.  This “boy” er ah “girl” is now at least 42 but I remember him as a lost child left to his own care most of the time. I have seen a taxi pull up and David would jump in with his friend David and away they would go to the movies or maybe just to get something to eat.

Here is the rub. . .he asked me if I still go to the College View Church, I said assured him I do.  Then he said, “I think I need to come over there.”  Now he did it, what am I going to do with a man who looks like a woman and dresses funky, what am I doing to do with him at my church?  We are way too Christian to have someone like Julianna sitting in the pew.  Or are we?

My question is this, will Julianna find what he is looking for at my church?  I don’t know, I’m worried.  Where does  a person like this fit into the church today?  When Jesus looks at David what does he see?  A misfit, an odd duck, a lost child, His child. I have to admit, he is more than a little odd–you can spot him a mile away with his rolled up pants, pink socks, mismatched tennis shoes, scarf around his neck and long hair.

Julianna gave me a CD to listen to and then I am to call him back and tell him what I think.  The cover on the CD says, “Freak, Freak, Freak..Out of This World.Major.Super.Mutant.  Not my kind of “music”. I hated it–do I tell him?  I have to be honest.

High-Ho’s

Spread 1 side of Ritz Cracker with peanut butter, top with another cracker.  Make 3 dozen of these.  Put wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put cookies in freezer to chill.

Melt 1 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips and 12 oz. almond bark, use tongs and dip cookies in chocolate.

These are yummy.

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The Parties Have Started

 

Notice the centerpiece and the favors

Notice the centerpiece and the favors

Another Table

Another Table

 

Last evening was our first women’s ministries event of the season.  The theme was County Fair and the featured speaker was Mary Porter and her friend Susie Q.  Susie Q is a puppet and a very funny one at that. Susie Q reminded us that God didn’t make junk and we are all precious in His sight.

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I am amazed how many ladies from the community show up on the very first Women In Touch of the season.  They are always so tickled to be back.

The theme of the country fair was so cute. The favors were especially festive.  I have pictures for you so you can get the idea. The only thing we were missing was the mid-way and Susie Q was quick to point that out.

I know you are wondering about the food. We had burgers with the fixin’s, chips, carrots and celery sticks and brownies for dessert. We fried burgers for 2 hours and I carried that smell with me all day.  The brownies were put on raised cake plates which looked so very cute.  I also know you are wondering if I had a brownie–I didn’t.  It was all I could do but I ate the burger, 1/2 of the bun and the fixin’s, no cheese (we forgot to put it out), no carrot sticks and no brownie.  I weigh in today.October WIT 015

This program is such a blessing to the ladies who come and if you are interested in getting something like this started in your church, I would love to help you.

Have You Registered Yet?

September 25, 26, 27,  you will want to be in Dallas, Texas.  You may be wondering why would you want to be in Texas–and I am fixin’ to tell you. (a little Texas talk)

The North American Division Women’s Ministries is having a convention, FREE INDEED.  This will be a Spiritual weekend, with dynamic speakers and break away sessions.  You won’t want to miss it.

An outreach is planned called, God in Shoes, if you register for this event you need to be at a training session on Thursday evening, September 24.  God in Shoes is a fun, fulfilling outreach idea and is something you may want to use in your conference or church.

Go to nadwm.org and click on Free Indeed and you may read all about it.  The early bird discount has been extended to July 1. 

Ya’all Come, Ya’hear!!  Did I say that right??

Another Party!

Monday is another party at the College View Church, what fun we will have.  I will put some pictures up the next time I blog but in the mean time I want to let you know Women’s Ministries is alive and well at the College View Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Women in Touch will meet  on Monday, May 4 and won’t start again until October.  We are ready for a break but we do miss the 350 plus ladies who come to enjoy Spiritual food, laughter, a meal and beautiful decorations.  This time our theme is weddings, we will have a devotional, a parade of wedding gowns and a lovely meal.

We are having Chicken Croissant Sandwiches (vegetarian), Fruit Salad, Green Salad and Wedding Cake for dessert. We will get our groceries today and a cooking team will spend most of the day on Monday cooking and praying for this day of outreach and ministry.

If you don’t have Women’s Ministries in your church I would love to help you get one started.  Please leave a comment on this blog and I will contact you.  Women’s Ministries is vital for a growing church!

We Had a Party!!

Monday evening was our “Party With a Purpose”–Women in Touch. 350 ladies gathered, we visited, enjoyed dinner and worshipped together. 

 There is about 12 ladies and 1 man who rush to the church kitchen the first Monday morning of the month and start the process of getting ready for our 6:30 PM dinner. I am always amazed at the fun and excitement that’s  in the air as we work all day preparing.  We washed and cut close to 20 heads of lettuce and added several other items to make  taco salad.  We made filling for 700 enchiladas, made Spanish rice for the crowd.  By the time we rolled all of the enchiladas we were ready for lunch.  Our menu for the evening was vegetarian chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, taco salad and cookies.   In the afternoon we finished our food preparation and got every thing ready for our guests.

The decorations were lovely, the decorating crew arrives on Sunday morning and by the time they are finished they have transformed Heartland Hall into a wonderland of beauty.

  350 ladies arrived mostly on time and at least 250 were ladies from the community.  We hear over and over how much these ladies love our program and they are always sad when May comes because we won’t get together again until October. 

Buffy Halverson was our special speaker, Buffy spoke on Prayer.  She  made prayer sound like a fun, exciting thing to do.  She also gave us a renewed idea of how important it is to keep communication going with God.

 Here is your LOL (laugh out loud) for today, I thought I was doing well getting some pictures for you to see.  Do you notice one picture that does not seem to go with the rest?  I don’t know how to delete it, so you will just have to enjoy the picture of Jadon Gibson’s Lego creation. From the small pictures I was clicking on I thought it was a table decoration–LOL.

A PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!!

There, try that title on for size.  I decided if I put Women’s Ministries you may not be interested in reading this post.  You probably don’t just love Women’s Ministries like I do or perhaps you do.

Do you know that women make up at least 70% of the church today?  Yikes, we are becoming a majority.  Not only that, WE control many of “the purse strings”, so THEY say. Interesting don’t you think?

Women’s Ministries is really not about the purse strings, the majority or even about ordination.  Women’s Ministries is about unselfishly ministering to others, ministering to the single mother, children and women in the church and in the community. 

In my church we have Women in Touch.  This is a party with a purpose!  The party, well, we have 350 women who come the first Monday of each month from October – May just to enjoy a supper, hear the devotion and a special feature.  These ladies enjoy the yummy food and the lovely decorations.  You may wonder where all of the ladies come from, many are ladies from the church but most are ladies from the community.

Women in Touch has been taking place at the College View Church in Lincoln, Nebraska for 18 years.  April 6 will find a large group of ladies having a party and enjoying the evening together.   We laugh together, pray together and come closer to God together.  The fun thing is there are all age groups at this party; we say it is for women ages 18-108 years old.

I hope you have Women’s Ministries in your church, if you don’t you are missing out.  If you would like to get something started I would love to help you.  Just leave a comment on this blog and I will contact you.  If you don’t want to tackle something like Women in Touch, perhaps a new mom’s ministry or burden bears would be something you would like.  We have so many resources available to help you get a ministry started in your church.

The truth is, when you are ministering to someone else you are actually ministering to your self and to Jesus most of all.  You will enjoy doing ministry for others whether it is a party with a purpose or taking a gift to a new mom and inviting her to bring her baby to Sabbath School.  We were created for a purpose and I believe serving others is one of our purposes on this earth.

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