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?
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.
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.
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’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.