SHE Equip – July 25, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Roseanne Maas for our devotional this week

PHILIPPIANS 2: 12-18 NRSV

12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. 16 It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you— 18 and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.

Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians during his confinement as he waited for the time when he would stand trial before Caesar.  He’s most likely in chains (Ephesians 6:20 …for which I am an ambassador in chains).  I imagine the jail to be cold, dark and uncomfortable.

By comparison our lives are pleasant and comfortable.  Paul tells us to “do everything without complaining and arguing” (vs.14 NLT).  But do we?  How about the weather, traffic, food, etc?  We are in this battle together.

God knew Paul’s circumstances.  Paul’s attitude reflects this certainty.  Working out salvation does not mean “working for” salvation.  We are to produce the fruit of our salvation, that is, the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  Verse 13 gives us confidence that God desires both to motivate and to enable us in all circumstances.  With that in mind we will shine for Him.

I want to share the lyrics of ‘This Little Light of Mine by Addison Road:

There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are

Chorus:
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love treasure the time
And for those who are gone keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope

Chorus:
There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There’s a little light inside us all

Prayer:
Help us to hear our own sinful habit of complaining.  Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so we will shine like stars in this world.  May we turn to You in prayer, Your Word and to praising You. In Jesus precious Name.  Amen

SHE Craft and Fellowship Event 
– gals mark your calendar and plan to attend the SHE Crafting event on Friday, August 11, from 6:00 to 10 pm and Saturday, August 12, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. We will meet in Rooms 218/219 (please use the Preschool/West Doors). Bring your scrapbooking, card making, quilting, sewing or latest Pinterest project and enjoy time with other women. Feel free to come and go as you wish during the day or come for just a couple hours if that works better for you. Bring a treat to share and meals are on your own. This event is free. Invite your friends to join you. Questions? Contact Pam Pixley, 763-441-5653 or Rachel Pederson, 763-241-2104

Lifetree Cafe
7/26 – Body language – what you say before you say a word
8/2 – Getting unstuck – practical ways to improve your life

SHE Mission Mondays
8/7 – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center to talk about Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. It is a heartwarming story about a socially awkward, fussy busybody Swedish woman who walks out on her cheating husband. She finds a job as a caretaker in a decrepit recreation center in a backwater town full of misfits, drunkards, and layabouts. Somehow she ends up coaching a supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. While it is a quirky and entertaining story, there is much to be learned from it. The books are already in the church office and at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings. They are $10.00 each. All women are welcome and to bring a friend.

And if you like series of books, Central’s library has one that you will enjoy. We have 8 in the series of the Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson which are about a mismatched diverse group of women who are often called to be out of their comfort zone. The books are humorous and light, but deal with real issues faced by women today. They do not need to be read in order to be enjoyed and they are on a shelf in the middle of the library right above the check-out system.

 


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14
Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas
Worship: River Valley Worship
Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann
Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79. After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person. Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens. More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team