Dear Sisters in Christ,
Please accept my apology for the delay in sending this out as I had a family situation that prevented me from getting this to you last week. Jill B.
Thank you to Linda Sklenicka for our devotional this week.
Christ the King Sunday
This has been one of my favorite passages for as long as I can remember. Serving in the mission field you always feel you are a sheep.
You see the hungry you feed them.
Thirsty, you offer them water.
Homeless, you provide or find them shelter.
Cold, you offer them clothing.
The sick, you pray.
In Prison, you visit with a kind word.
Have you ever thought all those people were Christ? Until I read this I just thought I was doing what was the right thing to do, not realizing because Christ is in all of us, I myself was serving Christ. In the mission field this just seems like the reason you are there, the work that needs to be done. If you have been there I think you would agree with me.
What happens when we come home? Do we continue on as sheep or take on more of a goat like presence? Do we look at those around us in our own city as the poor to feed, offer water to someone who may need a drink of water? Would we go out of our way to help someone who is homeless – maybe offer them a night in our homes or help them find a warm shelter to go to? Would you offer your coat to someone who maybe cold and not have a coat knowing we could purchase a new one? Do you pray for those who are sick, did you think about buying for those kids who have parents in Prison? Do our busy lives at come to the forefront of what God is asking of us? Can we and do we have the “Me first” attitude when it comes to those less fortunate?
The way my heart feels about these verses is that our mission field needs to come home with us. You can’t be a sheep during the mission and a goat at home.
Christ is in all of us …….Be the sheep that saves the goats
Share your love of Christ to All…Always.
Lord, make us more like you…put in our hearts daily the mission to follow you and be your sheep. Give our hearts the love you give us to share with those less fortunate. Let’s make this Christmas one of giving and blessing to others…..In your name, Amen
Volunteers and items needed for Night in Bethlehem
We need many volunteers and donations – Please indicate how you can help by filling out this form on the Hub or contact Sonja Knutson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at email@example.com
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.
Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)
All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.
Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Register by December 28
Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)
What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.
Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28
Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
11/22 – Lonely – secrets learned in solitary confinement
11/29 – Religious Freedom – standing up for what you believe
Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.
Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.
Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team