A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

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Women’s Ministries

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.

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Women in Touch, Again

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

Leadership Weekend

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.

Sue Carlson

The Lord certainly lead Sue in planning a wonderful weekend.

God’ Knows Best

This is a post written by our Women in Touch Speaker, Alicia. She writes so well and I thought you would enjoy the read.  I like this post because it reminds me that God is in charge and He cares about the details of our life.  I pray you realize that God wants what’s best for each of us.  Sometimes I know we feel like we know what’s best but it’s not true HE is the all knowing one and we must trust the outcome.

Home is Where God Leads

I drove four hours west today to a place I once called home. I’d been invited to speak at the church that first launched my ministry, and I welcomed a chance to return to one of my favorite communities. As I cruised along the road leading to my destination, I re-lived a memory that I’d nearly forgotten. Six years ago, I had nearly veered right off that same road as I trailed a big yellow moving truck out of town. The tears obscuring my view had blurred the yellow lines that split the highway and the wrestling match in my soul had distracted my focus. The sound of an angry horn had reminded me that my job was to stay on the road whether or not I wanted to go where the highway led.

On that particular day, I felt like the road leading out of town was the path to second best. My husband had finally completed his medical training and his first practice waited in a small rural town across the state lines. We had prayed, pleaded, and cooperated with God. Without a doubt, we were following the Lord’s lead; still, my heart argued with each mile.

I wanted to stay where I was comfortable. I loved my church, my girlfriends, and my neighborhood. I loved the parks where the children and I played, the paths where we hiked and the ice cream stores where we splurged. I loved the small town feel with all the conveniences of a big city. Quite frankly, I couldn’t imagine enjoying another place more. But as the miles stretched between my packed mini-van and my empty house on 84th street, I heard God whisper the same thing He’d said all along: Trust Me. As I drove, I chanted Jeremiah 29:11 and tried to convince my doubting heart that God’s plans for me were good.

That was six short years ago. Today, as I drove by all the places that had once held my heart; I thanked God for the three years I’d spent here.  I savored the opportunity to re-connect with treasured friends, to visit the church who first believed in my gifts as a speaker, and to take a stroll down memory lane. But as much as I tried, I couldn’t picture myself here today.

Today, when I think of home, I envision tulip-lined streets and quaint brick buildings.  I imagine the scent of fresh pastries wafting through Central Park as my children ride their scooters along uncluttered sidewalks. I picture a vast green yard with grass flattened by the footprints of five boisterous children and a farmer’s field just beyond the tree line that changes colors with the seasons. I picture a place without the conveniences I once held so dear- the shopping malls and children’s museums, the zoos and play lands. And I thank God for leading me down a road I would not have chosen myself.

The shifting of my heart has taught me a valuable lesson. Sometimes God asks us to let go of something good because He wants our hands free to receive something better.

Today’s Treasure: For I know the plans I have for you… to give you a future and a hope. –Jeremiah 29:11

How’s Your Self-Esteem?

If the numbers are true at least 75% of my readers have a problem with self-esteem.  I hate it when I see my friends struggle with how they feel about who they are.  It is not simple to live in this world and not compare our looks or our worth to other women.

Excuse me but it really make me mad unhappy when I see my friend evaluate her worth on how her husband feels about her. Oh don’t get me wrong I can’t be unhappy with her I am unhappy with, with, with. . .well who am I unhappy with?  Her husband?  Maybe!  Her parents?  Perhaps!  Satan. . .that’s it, Satan!  Satan wants us to not realize how much Jesus values each of us.  After all aren’t we the bride of Christ, oh yes we are!  I wonder why we don’t feel like a beautiful bride, the bride of a king?

At Women in Touch on Monday evening, Alicia Bruxvoort spoke about the idea of being Christ’s bride and explored why we are so reluctant to put on the wedding dress.  It was a wonderful evening and Alicia hit the nail on the head, often we just don’t feel worthy.

As I explore this subject I will bring some snippets to you maybe we can each figure out a way to up our self-esteem.  Maybe we can figure out that we are worthy to be the bride of Christ.

Another Party!

  

We sold the centerpieces!

 

I so meant to post this earlier but it seems I have had more pressing things to say.  You know like the story of Bud, or the New Year ideas, or a hundred other things I haven’t even gotten around to telling you. 

DeeAnn Bragaw's title was "The Silver Sled"

 

In December, Women in Touch was just a lovely event.  We never know about the weather but we knew that day, it was as snowy and cold as it could be and yet the ladies came.  Over 250 ladies came to the church just because we were throwing our monthly party. 

This is the one time a month you will find many community ladies coming to the church to join in fellowship with ladies from my church.  We greet, laugh, chat, eat and listen, we love each other and we have become kindred spirits. 

The theme was Christmas of course!

 

I hope you have something going on at your church for women.  You know I have said it before and I’ll  say it again, women need the friendship of other women.  

 If you need help figuring out what to do just contact me, nancybee47@yahoo.com I will be happy to help you get start.  You just need a little planning, a great devotion,  a few lovely decorations, some yummy food and a speaker or event that will make the ladies want to come back again.    Well, that’s not all you need, you need to pray about it too.  That is the biggest thing, ask the Lord to help you. 

We never don’t use this party as a time to preach or teach doctrine unless someone asks.  But, it is a party with a purpose.  We want to draw others to Jesus. 

Each table decoration was different

 

We have another Women in Touch February 1, it’s  a spa theme, this will be the first time we have done anything like this before.  We have a wonderful Spiritual devotional planned.  We have made over 350 neck warmers, that will be the favors. We have several women coming to talk about skin care, relaxation and spa treatments.  Sounds silly don’t you think?  But, in the middle of February I think it will be fun to have a little silliness. 

If you have forgotten what Women in Touch is go here for another look, https://nancyoutlook.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/the-parties-have-started/  

For the rest of this year we meet the first Monday night of February, March, April and May at 6:30 pm.  y’all Come, Ya Hear?

Women’s Ministries Idea

Good Morning!  Here is a fun little story about Women’s Ministries!  I love Mona’s idea and hope it give you some ideas too.

Last year we did Pancake Prayer Breakfast where the men cooked for us.  We had about 40 women there and since it was the 1st event that we had ever really done as a women’s ministry thing, we felt it was very successful.  The down side was, I spent  too much money.  lol 

After Mary and I attended the training conference at Glacier View, Mary wanted to have a “Tea.”  I knew a lady from England who had a little restaurant for “Tea’s” here in Black Hawk, CO (until she lost her visa) and so I had that experience but that was it.  I’m not sure where I got the idea for an “Irish Tea” but I decided that was what we would do, without any knowledge what so ever.   I got on the Internet and started my research and found so many cute little things and recipes that the idea came to me about making a little book with the recipes and information about “Teas” in it to give away at the Tea for a gift.  So, that was how that came about.  Then I decided we had to make the food items out of the book so people could taste different things.  So I thumbed through it and picked out some recipes (should have looked at them more closely though) to hand out for people to make.  2 weeks before the Tea we had a meeting and I handed out the recipes.  I found out only 2 people in our group could make yeast bread –  myself and a lady from Germany- ot oh. 

My Dad, who is a story in himself, donated all the beautiful glassware we used for the tables to decorate.  We had women bring cloth tablecloths and Mary set the tables up each one separately since none of the table cloths would match.  Friday before the Tea we went and bought fresh flowers and Mary wanted another small gift for each lady.  We looked and looked and couldn’t find anything that was affordable and would work, finally we settled on a Christmas ornament in the shape of a present. 

Several days before the Tea the devil attacked several of our women with illness, one had Bronchitis, another had pneumonia, another had Shingles.  Another had a family emergency which took 2 of our women out.  One of our women’s ministry leaders had a trip planned that was canceled twice before the Tea so she ended up having to travel away over the Tea and couldn’t be there.  Several ladies who were going to make dishes couldn’t, so we had to scramble and find someone to make them or I had to make them.  …. Sabbath, Mary and I had to go in a back room and pray since I was feeling oppressed by the enemy, yet, in my heart I knew the Tea would be wonderful.

Mary stained some wood boxes and lined them with felt and we put tea inside and gave them away as door prizes and we gave 1 2010 Devotional away.  I would have liked to have given more of them but at $20 we couldn’t afford more than 1. 

DeeAnn had a message about an Irish Washer Woman that fit in perfectly with the Irish Tea theme.  We had 55 women there and I haven’t really counted the list yet, but I’m guessing probably 25 were not from our church.  One lady came up to me afterwards and said, “Do I have to be a member of your church to be a part of your women’s ministries?”  Of course I told her she didn’t.

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