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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.

Mission Minded

 

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.
 

finished product

Snake on a Pole

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?

Drinking From the Saucer

Sister Jones

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.

What Can I Say?

I hope you have not given up on me.  What can I say except the truth.  The truth will set me free so they say.  I have been too busy to blog.  Can you imagine?

Minnesota women’s ministries had a wonderful leadership weekend.  We had over 100 ladies for the weekend conference and we learned a lot.

I got home from Minnesota and left the same day for Seattle to see my children.  It is wonderful to no longer have to travel half way around the world to catch a glimpse of the grand kids.  We unpacked from daylight to dark and then some.

Tomorrow evening I leave for Rocky Mountain for a retreat in Colorado Springs.

Monday, piano lessons will begin. This year I have 26 students, this will certainly keep me out of trouble.

God is good, all the time.

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.

Where Do We Go From Here?

I’ve been asked to be a mentor.  Sounds easy to you?  It did to me too until I had to pick up the phone.  Until I thought about what being a mentor really means.  Until I visited with a friend about it and she told me I needed to really pray about it before I commit to it.  Now it sounds hard, unnerving, awkward even a little scary.

This is what I truly believe–it is really an obligation we have as women–women’s ministry–to ensure that every new member has a friend in the church. I believe we need to “plug” our new members into a position in the church as quickly as possible.  I believe we need to help them find what their gifts and passions are and put them to work.  I believe we need to sponsor each man, woman and child to the next retreat.  We have to treat our new members like babies, handle them carefully, give them the needed attention they deserve, feed them and take care of them.  We need a special Sabbath School class for them at least once a month so they can become grounded in their beliefs.

I wish I could tell you I thought all of this up on my own, but it’s not true.  I have a friend who has tried most of these things in her church and they have a 90% retention rate.  Isn’t that what we want?  Don’t we want to keep the members we baptize?  This much I do know, people are not going to stay in a church if they don’t have any friends, if they have nothing to do and if they feel like an outsider.

I would love to hear from you!  I want to know what you do in your church to mentor your new members.

So back to my story, I did pick up the phone and we had a very nice visit.  I am calling next week and we will go to lunch.  I have a feeling I just may have a new friend.  I’m excited.

SISTERS

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.

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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