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Hepler SDA Church...

Here's a picture of the favors Carol put together for those attending the First Tuesday meeting on June 7. 




Hepler SDA Church...

Here's a picture we took of the red-white-and-blue baskets we made at this week's First Tuesday meeting. Four of the baskets, which will be used on the VBS float in Hepler's 4th of July Parade, are currently decorating our fellowship room and sanctuary. An additional seven will be handed out to various people in nearby communities.  





Fairbury SDA Church...

"Women's Ministries at my Fairbury, NE Church held their annual Christmas Cookie outreach" says Pastor Dean Carlisle. "They made several plates of cookies and other Christmas treats and took them to the Police and Fire Stations as well as other organizations in the community."




Great Bend SDA Church


This past weekend was Women's Ministries Weekend at Great Bend.  On Sabbath, July 18, the ladies of the church provided the entire worship service.  Sunday afternoon, July 19, Dr. Mahefa Ratsimbason, MD presented a program on Women's Health Issues. 25 ladies from the area enjoyed this special time of information, fellowship and lunch.













Grand Island SDA Church


 
“This past Sunday, the women of my Grand Island church gathered for a chocolate themed Valentine celebration,” says Pastor Francois Erasmus. “This party had a variety of treats including a chocolate fountain and a card and candy exchange reminiscent of childhood Valentine parties. This was the latest in a series of monthly get-togethers designed to help the women of the church get to know each other better, and as an occasion to invite friends to interact with the church. Also shown in the pictures are December's "My Favorite Things" party where each attendee brought one of her favorite things, shared what it was and why it was a favorite, then used it as a gift in an exchange. Also, January's Tea Party, complete with tea sandwiches, scones, and a game of Name That Tune!” says Pastor Francois.





Fort Scott, Hepler, Pittsburg and Galena SDA Churches

"Mug Sisters" 
Our ladies from our church Ft. Scott, Hepler, Pittsburg and Galena congregations were all invited to a scrumptious brunch hosted by Janet Tucker, Women's Ministry Leader, in my home,” shares Lynne Scherencel. “Each lady brought a mug with their personal info on a card. The mugs were placed in brown paper bags and each of us chose a bag to see who our Mug Sister would be for the year. Janet encouraged each of us to get to know our Mug Sister better as a prayer partner, etc. Shelley Bradley led us in a craft project 'Pray More, Worry Less' where we assembled note pads to be used to write our concerns and petitions to God and give them to Him. We look forward to getting together again soon! In the meantime, with each cup of tea in our special mugs, we will think of our Mug Sister!” says Lynne.






Lincoln Northside SDA Church

"Lilac Time in Paris" was the theme of the fifth Breast Cancer Awareness Tea held at the Northside SDA Church in Lincoln on Sunday afternoon, March 24.  Dozens of women were greeted with exquisite beauty as they entered the auditorium, guided to walk the "cobblestone path" in front of Parisian shops before taking their seats at the tables.  The windows of a bakery, perfumery, tea shop, and hat & shoe shop were lit up by tiffany lamps showing tasty treats, sparkling décor, and elegant feminine delights.  Shades of lavender, Eiffel towers, candlelight, flowers, white gloves, strands of pearls all made the theme come to life for approximately 160 ladies, most of which were from the community (non-SDA!).  Lovely programs, devotional booklets, fabulous door prizes, chocolate treats all offered pampering to the guests as they heard Northside's own Donna Robinson share her story of surviving breast cancer twice - giving glory to God for His grace and comfort during those trying months.  Chere Wehling presented an informative power point message on healthy living to reduce risks of disease.  Guests were serenaded with lovely violin music while dining on made-from-scratch crepes, salad nicoise, cupcakes, macarons, and madeleine's - all French themed edibles.  All breast cancer survivors were honored with long-stemmed pink roses.  Upon leaving, every woman's face was lit up with a smile of joy and gratitude.  Seeds were planted - the Tea committee showed their Lincoln sisters yet again that we truly DO care for their health and their hearts.






Piedmont Park SDA Church

June 9, 2013

On Mother’s Day Sabbath, all the mothers at Piedmont Park received fragrant carnations and a copy of “Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Kids” by Bob Hostetler.  Extra flowers and prayer cards were ordered so that some could be shared with family members, friends, and some women at several elder care facilities.  On May 19, Sara Thompson, Manuella Coppock, and Anna Balsanek made their best breakfast recipes for a Sunday morning brunch. Maneula Coppock was the devotional speaker and challenged the group to develop and demonstrate God’s character of love in their homes and community. Linda Johnson, an avid gardener, demonstrated how to create colorful flower planters.  Carol Leonhardt, Women’s Ministries Leader, had a friend from work who had just moved into a new home and had several empty pots that needed potting.  Carol invited her to bring her pots to the brunch and Linda potted them with a lovely arrangement of cascading vines and flowers.  She was thrilled with the results. Women’s Ministries plans to continue with a monthly brunch again in September. There will also be twice monthly evening Bible study especially for women.               


Valentine SDA Church  

Shiloh Hanzlicek let me know, “Our Friday night women's group in Valentine, NE has been going strong. We have eight women attend regularly - two from non-SDA families. We spend time talking about our week at work, talk, laugh, eat, pray, and study the Bible. It has been very encouraging, unifying and a great way to end a busy week,” says Shiloh.

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Omaha Memorial SDA Church
 
The women at Omaha Memorial Church have been quite busy this quarter.  Several ladies are involved in our Women's Ministry's "Project Reclaim."  They have chosen the names of women who are no longer attending church, and are making contact through telephone calls, cards, invitations to our activities, etc.  Speaking of cards, we also have a card ministry.  Two ladies are in charge of sending get-well, sympathy and thinking-of-you cards to  women not only from our church, but we honor requests for cards to be sent to women who do not attend our church - a neighbor, co-worker, relative or friend.
 
We enjoyed another wonderful  holiday brunch at a local restaurant this year, along with a silly sock exchange.  Two non-Adventist ladies attended.  It was great to take a couple of hours to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to relax and fellowship with one another.
 
This holiday season we adopted the single women at one of our homeless shelters here.  The women at church donated personal hygiene items, and we put together 50 pretty gift bags with these items along with the book "The Great Hope".  We are planning a spring program at this shelter in the spring.
 
Submitted by Dianne Simms


 “Scottsbluff's New Hope Church sponsored a baby food drive at the local Wal-Mart last Sunday,” reports local member Dottie Freouf. “Volunteers stood at both doors of the store and handed out fliers explaining that any baby food they would wish to donate would go to the local Dove's shelter and be used in baby baskets to be handed out in conjunction with the Scottsbluff District's follow up program to the God in Shoes outreach that was held last year in Scottsbluff. The Dove's shelter was very excited to receive items to replenish their shelves and I'm sure the baby baskets will be greatly appreciated when they are handed out. New Hope has made this an annual event and wish to thank Wal-Mart and those from the district who helped hand out fliers and collect the baby food,” says Dottie.
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  “The Women’s Ministries Department of Lincoln Hispanic Church chose August 25 as Abuse Prevention Sabbath,” shares local member Yolanda Doering. “A platform filled with women delivered the whole service, including a sermon on the topic. In the afternoon they presented a program with mini-seminars on: “Violence in the family,” “Christian answers to abuse,” and “Affirmation of the family.” The program was closed with a circle prayer and pledge to be more aware and sensitive to this serious problem in our community. White carnations were given as symbol of this pledge. The response from the members was very positive.” says Yolanda.
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 “God in Shoes begins this weekend in Wichita,” shares Women’s Ministries Director, Sue Carlson. “All six Wichita-area churches are combining their efforts to impact their community for Christ. Women from across the Conference will begin arriving today, some for a few days, some for the entire 10-days. Updates will be posted on the Conference  Facebook page and web site all week. Thanks for your prayers for this outreach ministry,” asks Sue.
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 “Women from my Garden City, KS church joined together to make baby towels for the upcoming God in Shoes which begins next week in Wichita,” says Pastor Michael Pelletier. “The fellowship in working together was enjoyed by all.”
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God in Shoes, an annual week-long outreach to women and their families has been in full gear in Wichita this week,” says Conference Women’s Ministries Director Sue Carlson. All six Wichita area churches have united around this outreach event along with women from across our Conference. The week began last Sunday with a family fun day in a local park. Each day this week a different service project for the community has occurred such as a food drive, gift baskets for new moms, and painting at a women’s shelter. Every evening a special program which included a meal and practical classes varying from nutrition on a low-income budget, to self-defense classes, to glaucoma testing. Today a free spa day is offered to the women of the community where each will receive a new pair of shoes for free. Many witnessing opportunities have occurred all week and God’s has drawn many hearts closer to Him,” says Sue. “The week will conclude tomorrow with a joint worship service with Mid-America Union Women’s Ministries Director, Nancy Buxton, speaking.”
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 “Ever since the churches in Scottsbluff, NE hosted “God in Shoes” in September of 2011, we have been making plans to continue reaching out to our community,” shares Lynn Baum. “We have plans for each quarter of this coming year. Our first event was the Family Fun Day held last Sunday at Pioneer Park. The weather was perfect, the games and activities were fun, and the fellowship enjoyable.  It is estimated that over 100 people attended the event.  We are looking forward to our next event in January,” says Lynn. 

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 “After the God in Shoes program we held in the city of Wichita, all the pastors in the area are already planning on doing it again next year,” shares Pastor Jorge Zelaya. “To start off the planning, all the churches will exchange worship services with each other and the pastors will preach at all the other churches. Pastor Campbell (Wichita South) will be preaching at Wichita East Spanish this Sabbath,” says Pastor Zelaya.



Beatrice 

 
“My Beatrice, NE Bilingual Church has been expanding its personal ministries impact,” says Pastor Dean Carlisle. “Recently two group Bible studies have begun. A Tuesday morning study was started by Diana Dyer as part of the women's ministry. Now it is lead by Linda Seydlitz and Clara Vrtiska and has expanded to include a couple of husbands. The Wednesday evening Bible study in Wymore, NE is lead by Joyce Bednar and meets biweekly. The studies include three or four non-members on a regular basis,” says Pastor Dean.


Lincoln Hispanic

The Women’s Ministries Department of Lincoln Hispanic Church chose August 25 as Abuse Prevention Sabbath.  A platform filled with women delivered the whole service, including a sermon on the topic.  In the afternoon they presented a program with mini-seminars on: “Violence in the family”; “Christian answers to abuse “; and “Affirmation of the family”.  The program was closed with a circle prayer and pledge to be more aware and sensitive to this serious problem in our community.  White carnations were given as symbol of this pledge.  The response from the members was very positive.



New Haven 

“Opal Yarnell was baptized after attending our weekly women's Bible study at Lisa Souza's house,” shares KC New Haven local elder, Jenni Glass. “We have been studying with Opal for a while and we were so excited when she told us she wanted to be baptized. One picture is a group photo of our women's Bible Study and the other, of course, is with Pastor Doug,” says Jenni.




Lincoln Piedmont Park

Report on Women’s Prayer Breakfast 3/31/2012

Like the women who came early to Jesus’ tomb, several dozen women rose early on Sabbath morning to attend the Women’s Prayer Breakfast on March 31 at Piedmont Park Church. The women were there to experience some simple ways to bless and serve women in the church and community by sharing healthy food and praying together. A breakfast of fresh fruit, baked oatmeal, scrambled tofu, and whole grain cinnamon raisin bread was served. Sara Thompson demonstrated how to scramble tofu and use the leftovers to make a veggie dip.  Tara Hausted showed how to make a maple flavored baked oatmeal using almond milk.  Sharing simple, healthy food is one way to share God’s blessings.
The morning’s featured speaker was Dr. Marilyn McArthur who shared her experience of how God has led her to pray for family and friends over the years.  For many years, she and a small group of women met weekly to pray for their children using Bible promises. When the children knew their mothers were praying, they began requesting prayer for situations they faced.  Now as adults, Marilyn’s two sons continue to call asking for prayer.  They pray daily together over the phone.  Marilyn said this has really deepened her relationship with her children and with God.
The women not only listened to a talk about prayer, but participated in the experience of praying together using the Bible promises that our speaker provided and those they each contributed.  Each table had a designated host who facilitated the prayer time.  The women began by adoring God for who He is--Our Creator, Redeemer, Caring Shepherd; claimed promises in His word; and then presented their requests to Him.  Prayer breakfasts can be hosted in homes, bringing women together and into the presence of God. 

by Vanessa Schaecher



Lincoln Piedmont Park

  “Last Sabbath (March 3, 2012) Lincoln’s Piedmont Park Church celebrated International Women's Day of Prayer with a special church service where many of the participants were women. Highlights included beautiful special music from Piedmont's Women's Choir and the Handbell Choir and an inspiring sermon given by Janella Abbey. One of the most unique elements was 'The Lord's Prayer' prayed by five women in five different languages - English, German, Karen, Spanish & Tagalog. Piedmont Park Women's Ministries Chair, Carol Leonhardt, did a great job planning the service for us all to enjoy,” shares member Vanessa Schaecher.   

Wichita Three Angels SDA Church
Don't know if this is too late, but here are a few things we did at Three Angels last year!
 
May 15, 2011
Had a catered luncheon from D'Sozo at the church and watched "God with Us--Is that Enough?" by Sally Hohnberger.  Made boxes using Christmas cards or calendars.
 
Nov. 5, 2011
Songs & Devotional before watching DVD "Peter's Ladder" by Sally Hohnberger.  Ladies had questions to answer for the DVD and shared with one another.  Shared things thankful for.  Enjoyed a light supper, fellowship and prayer.  Gave out bookmarks, cookies, and GLOW packets.  The GLOW packets consisted of Pocket Signs messages and ideas on how to share them:  with cashiers, at restaurants, hotel rooms, airplanes, Halloween giveaways, gas stations, etc.
 
The GLOW ministry is something we've done as a church family for two years and many women participate.
 
We also have an ALEX ministry of crocheting or sewing chemo caps.  ALEX stands for "A Living Example"  in honor of my neighbor who passed away.  Also beautiful quilts are made for those who have suffered loss in and out of our congregation.  
 
The ladies in our church also helped with Depression Recovery Seminars (had two last year), CHIP, putting together food baskets for families at holiday time, passing out Balance Magazines for Homes of Hope, and Bible studies.  
 
Thank you for your patience.  Hope this can be of some help.  
 
Sherlyn Bryant
 

Lincoln Piedmont Park SDA Church

On February 14, 2012 our Women’s Ministries Committee lead by committee chair, Carol Leonhardt, were the hostesses of a lovely Valentine Tea Party for our members and the residents of Chatelaine Residences
 
 
The following is the program they presented:
 
Piano Prelude Music: Kristen Unterseher
Welcome: Virginia Myers, Chatelaine Residences Hostess
Tea Around the World:  Carol Leonhardt
 
Tea Time Talk:  Does your teacup have a story?
Prize for the most interesting teacup story at each table.
Who gave it to you?
Where did it come from?
When was the last time you took your cup to tea?
 
Sweet Things Dessert
 
Presentation of Valentines: Jack Trotter
 
“African Love Story”  Taylor Thompson
 
Devotional: “Fill It Up”  Dr. Sylvia Trotter
 
Song: “Fill My Cup Lord”  Darcy Pearcy
 
Special thanks to are given to: Barb Weiss (florist), Gertie Unterseher, Sara Thompson, & Jeanette Halfhill (desserts), Debbie Unterseher (programs), Cris Wright& Deborah Meelhuysen, (setup), Valeree Krueger (decorations), Gwendolyn Hawkins (server), Children of Piedmont Park Sabbath Schools (Valentines)
 
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Neligh SDA Church




Conference Women’s Ministries Director, Sue Carlson, reports, “Catherine Gray, a member of the Neligh, NE Church, approached her city mayor with an idea of how to welcome newcomers to their town and was promptly asked to draft a proposal. This was the beginning of the "Neligh Newcomers' Club." Catherine, a local businesswoman, obtains newcomers' names and addresses from the City of Neligh then visits their homes, bringing a basket of gifts from local businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. The Neligh Church provides a loaf of homemade bread (made by Alice Anderson) and the book Surprised by Love by Elizabeth Talbot along with a red rose for each of these baskets. When Catherine greets the people she tells them, "Red represents love, and I want you to know that God loves you!" Each basket recipient also receives an invitation to join the Neligh Newcomers' Club and attend the monthly meetings. The club meets once a month at a different location where they share a meal and a program is provided by various local organizations. Catherine's church, Neligh SDA, will be hosting one of these meetings at their church where she will give a 20 minute talk on health,” says Sue


Norfolk SDA Church
Our Women's Ministry Prayer Breakfast was a Tea Party Theme (July 17th) and held in the Norfolk Church basement fellowship hall. There were 19 who were able to attend. Kim Harmon is our Women's Ministry leader.

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Great Bend SDA Church

Melissa Martin and Doris Reile-Kneller teamed to provide a weekend Moms/Teen Daughter’s Retreat at Camp Pawnee campground (Great Bend, KS). The theme was Real Beauty by Tamyra Horst. With above 100 degree temperatures the group enjoyed a cool meeting hall but braved the heat and humidity with tent camping. Nine mothers with ten daughters took part in this bonding time. The group is pictured sitting in each other’s lap (a cooperative experience). Presenters included Melissa Martin, Doris Reile-Kneller and Meredith Rogers (2010 Miss Ft. Larned).
 

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KS-NE Single Moms & Kids Retreat

 
“Broken Arrow Ranch was a hub of activity and inspiration this past week!” says Conference Women’s Ministries Director Sue Carlson. “37 Moms & Kids joined the camp staff of Broken Arrow Ranch for a few days of relaxation, fun and inspiration. Carla Baker, NAD Women's Ministries Director provided helpful insights with her talks on "Secrets of Getting & Keeping Your Life Together." Pastor Tony Cash presented inspirational thoughts each morning and evening. Many expressed appreciation for the much-needed break from their daily challenges,” says Sue.
 

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Wanamaker SDA Church

 Just wanted to share some information with you about Women's Ministry at Wanamaker church. In May, for Mother's Day we made aprons for the women of the church. I had four ladies who sewed their hearts out to make it happen. This month the women's ministry will give gifts to the Fathers of the church. We have a new committee and will be making plans for the new year.

Submitted by Betty Neal, Wanamaker WM Leader



Wanamaker SDA Church

The Topeka Wanamaker Church had a Women’s Brunch had this past Sunday, 3/20/11. “We had about 50 ladies show up to celebrate the first day of Spring. We had a nice brunch and a short message by Tammie Graham, Head Elder at the Highland Crest Community Adventist Church in Topeka. We had a nice time together learning about the God we serve and celebrating the arrival of Spring!” says local member Cheryl Barker.

 


West Lenexa SDA Church

How's Your Heart Event


The women's event went better than I had dreamed!  It turned out great, and God blessed immensely.  We had between 50-60 ladies show up, most from other churches and a couple of non Adventist.  Several ladies brought their friends or neighbor ladies, which was thrilling to see.  I had registered the event with DressforRed, so American Heart Association advertised the event on their website too and provided the slide deck for heart health portion.  I had an RN that previously worked in cardiology and ER present that portion.  Then we had fun singing - it was absolutely beautiful to listen to a ladies choir!  I think the icebreakers were the favorite, very interactive and you had to move around and talk to others, a lot.  I integrated devotionals on "God's Conversation Hearts" with the theme that if God were giving us the candy hearts, what would they say....with Bible verses accompanying.  Another segment was Heart Smart, which focused on the Biblical guidance of our emotions.  Ten Commandments of the Heart.  There was a Thomas Kinkade slide show while someone read his story about romance, which just is simply learning to know yourself through God - beautiful story.  I had several ladies participate in reading poems, leading singing, etc.  Afterwards we had handouts of some vegetarian heart healthy recipes that American Heart Association provided, and refreshments of veggies, fruit and juice.  The ladies made valentines the old fashioned way in the fellowship hall.  We had all the supplies there, and they created their own fun.  Some made for a special someone, and some made extras that I had a basket to collect so the following Sabbath we could give to shut ins, sick members and the more tenured members of our church who might not receive a valentine.  They were beautiful!  I made little bags up with a treat bag and Valentine in each, then during the week delivered to those who were sick or in nursing homes with the thankful help of other members too.  On Sabbath February 12th I had a box of Valentines and handed out to the more mature, single members.....their smiles were priceless.  A couple of gentlemens wives are not Adventists, so I made bags to send home to their wives.  On the lower outside of each bag it said "West Lenexa Women's Ministries".  So much fun, and we've had lots of people say they enjoyed it so maybe we'll try it again next year.  Sometime if your in KC I'll share the .ppt with you....my husband and son came to run the electronic part for me and help set up, so much appreciation to them!  We so appreciate Jay reviving Women's Ministry at WL, so as members if we all help out it becomes a fun outreach and ministry.
 
Have a blessed week!  Cindy Christensen

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Omaha Memorial

1/12/2011

This is the seventh month of our Treasurer Seekers Women's Bible Study at Omaha Memorial Church.  We spent 5 months on Elizabeth Talbot's Matthew study and are now in the process of working through her John study.  We all enjoy the fellowship of a light supper and the insight and wisdom of sharing God's Word.  In addition to the studies, we have been showing Elizabeth's DVDs from the 2009 Women's Retreat and now are using the Jesus 101 clips for her study of John.  We also incorporate singing of hymns, scripture memorization, and prayer time in our time together.  God has richly blessed us.
 
On the first Monday of the month, we all pile in our cars and head to Lincoln for the Women in Touch monthly meeting.  This way we can come together with a larger group of Adventist women and share with them. 
 
We look forward to this New Year and what God intends to teach us.

Submitted by Karen Phillips



Ottawa 

 

Six ladies in the Women’s Ministry at the Ottawa Seventh-day Adventist Church were deciding what to do last year. A friend of one lady mentioned doing something for the group New Beginnings at the Elizabeth Layton Center. These are people who live with sever and persistent mental illness. The community doesn’t really accept them so they have no socialization.

 

We decided to play games with them once a month at our church and give prizes that they need. The six bought towels, toothpaste, detergent, soaps, and things they needed. We also would provide refreshments. But we knew we would have to do more for them. We would give them our love.

 

We could only take twenty to twenty-five in the basement of our church and the first time we were not expecting many because we were told they are uncomfortable in other surroundings. The lady that worked there had the van full and there were some who could drive that came and we had twenty.

 

We had each win two prizes and the look of happiness on their faces when they won and picked out their prize was a blessing to us. On Thanksgiving each of us fixed our special dishes and we had a Thanksgiving Dinner. A member who has not been attending church and a lady who has visited decorated and we had door prizes.

 

Christmastime we decorated again and we had them frost cookies. Some said they hadn’t done that for years and they took a long time decorating them.

 

We were blessed by the church voting to supply a fund for us so we would not have to pay for everything.

 

We have young and old men and women. Some are in their twenties. Some we have help with the games and cannot drive and others are not as severe. One had written a letter thanking us and saying she loved us and the lady that works at the Center said, “Well, we show them love too.” I think the difference is we don’t get paid for showing them love. Another was told by a big church that they could use their church. The lady said, “We don’t need a room, we need someone to talk to us and show us love.”

 

There are two who are on my facebook and have left comments. Here are a few:

 

“You and the Ottawa Seventh-day Adventist Women’s Ministry group ROCK!!”

“May God continue to bless you each and every day for your being so gracious.”

“You’re a log of fun and sure lift my spirits when I am down.”

“You continue to make a difference in our lives.”

 

One wrote a letter to the church thanking us and added if anyone asked her about a church she would tell them ours.

 

Another that had been a member of our church said someone in the group told her about it and she said, “Not that church.” And she was so surprised and happy that her church was doing something.

 

In closing we just want to say we are the ones blessed by this. We thank God that He provides ways for us to continue.

 

Submitted by Donna Barling

 

Bazine

 

Our church participated in the Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day three times this past year. We also participated in the Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day. We are having Bible studies and we give out Bags of Love at Christmas time.

 

Submitted by Ruth Hubin

 

Lincoln College View

 

Women in Touch 7 mtgs. – 1560 ladies (half from community) MOMS’ Café – 18 mtgs. 850 ladies – (30% community ladies) Good Neighbor MOMS Group – 18 mtgs.  (670 ladies – All from community) Teach them how to cook and be good mothers. Training seminars – 2 mtgs – 70 ladies. Bible Study Prayer Groups – 24 mtgs. – approx. 20 each time - 480 Ladies (100 from community) / 15-20 Reclaimed Members

Angel studied with mothers and because of that the grandmother and children are coming back to church now. $300 Scholarships given to go to retreats. Parenting seminar – 80 ladies. (25 from community) Baby dedications – 6 mtgs. / Meals for new moms – Blankets and gifts for new babies


Submitted by Angel Bock
 
 

Lincoln Piedmont Park

 

Thanksgiving baskets to needy – 6 ladies

4 - Health issues mtgs. – 15 each time – total 60

4 – college care pkgs – 2 ladies

Women’s Day of Prayer – ME speaker –

$50 - Academy Scholarship on monthly basis

Scholarship for Women’s Retreat - $65


Submitted by Darcy Jo Pearcy

 

Lincoln Northside

 

Step Fast - Healthy Cooking Classes (osteoperosis / diabetes / ) 6 sessions– 20 ladies per class – Velia Martinez speaks on cholesterol levels/ mypyramid.gov (can go online on healthy eating) she gives resources

 

Prayer ministry – 1 time a month - 12 times– read from book on Prayer by E.G. White -6

 

Give to interests (members’ friends) Friendship Gift baskets – fruit / goodies / Steps to Christ / magazine on health /  (go to their homes and give baskets – and invite them to church) – 20-25 Baskets given – 6 ladies participating  ( some shop / some bake zucchini bread / some decorate / )

 

Join with social committee 3rd weekend in December – cider / hot chocolate / soup / - after refreshments – went to homes to deliver – 10 Ladies approx. participating

Jessica Rea – makeup person / camera person – Eden to Eden program 2times weekly – runs teleprompter

 
Submitted by Velia Martinez


 

Lincoln Holland 

 

State fair booth – 2 ladies

 

Witnessing book of the year - Literature to hotels around town – 1 lady -(Ramona Griffin - #402- 839-2075. Giving out cookbooks – same lady

Jenae Teale (#402-799-2042– camera person with Eden to Eden program – 2times a week – Warner Cable Access TV

 
Submitted by Velia Martinez
 

 

Lincoln New Creation

Women’s Class “Women Sharing Faith”– 12-15 ladies each week (quite a few returning members) – newsletter for women every month  - what the class is about / resources for women /  Practicing the Presence of God – current book studying – have hot drinks and fruit and breads – decorations – women open up in this relaxed setting – problems / joys, etc. therapy from other women. Previous books – Women of Faith book on Forgiveness by Sheila Walsh and Lucy Swindoll. Discussion leader and Mavis when ladies visit church – take a loaf of bread to visitors’ homes. If someone is sick or absent from church take bread and bulletin and women’s newsletter.

 

Card ministry…Family Focus between Sabbath School and Church – Keep box of different kinds of cards on hand at church. – Sharing time  - write cards right there and pass around to sign – person who requests cards takes card to person or mails to person requested. – All ladies in the church Participate… approx. 37

 

Book Club – 1 time a month meets at a coffee shop. 7 ladies attend. Contemporary book - Eat, Pray & Love. Opens up discussion and how other people think. A former member is coming to book club. Mavis reads first to select book – how to find common ground with others.

 

Church Raising!-Lincoln Journal Star – Hospitality group – 6-8 ladies worked in  providing food for the workers all day.

Submitted by Mavis Fowler

Virgina Eggert WM Leader

 

Lincoln Capitol View

 

“Food Net” go to restaurants and grocery stores on Fridays and distribute to homeless people on Sundays – feed about 300 people –in downstairs potluck room of Capitol View Church. Sherry Dawn Healy coordinates this program. 10 Ladies Participate in this program.

 

Ladies Pajama Party Night – popcorn/ hot chocolate / movie – fellowship 3-4 Ladies Participating

 

Brunch – Buffy Halvorsen Speaking on Parenting issues – 3 Ladies came

 

3 - Baby Showers – for unwed mothers – 15 ladies participated (Total 45)

 

Children’s Church – 1st Sabbath of each month – 3 Ladies Participated – 5 programs – (Total 15)

Submitted by Diana Chilson
 

 

 

Kansas City Chapel Oaks

Meeting before S.S. @ 9 a.m. prayer meeting – 6 Ladies participate every Sabbath (Total)

 

Movie Night Pajama Party – 12 Ladies participated

 

2 ladies Preached – 6-8 Sermons

 

Divorce Care – 4-5 months – once a week

 

18-24 months Bible Study Group – Monday evenings – approx 7 ladies participate each time – meet at various homes – JoLynn Tucker hostess / Jody Trana & Claudia Kaiser group leaders

 

Evangelistic Meetings – 2 sets (12-15 in each set – greeting / attendance / child care / music / approx. 12 ladies participated in each set (Total -

 

“Restart” community service - Once a month cooking and feeding the needy – Kim Resz & Angie Helmer head this. 2 ladies participate each time.(Total – 24)

 

Zumba Class - 2 times each week in their fellowship hall. Approx. 25 ladies come to each class – mostly from the community!

Submitted by Darlene Fairchild


 

West Lenexa
 

-Prayer meetings every friday morning from 1st week in August to 2nd week in October. A couple of women ranging from 2-5 met together at the church and prayed over prayer requests from church members and non members.

 

- Women's Ministries weekend program conducted by Sue on September 17 and 18. On Sept 17, 20 women were in attendance and Sue gave us an overview of what Women's Ministries is all about. On Sept 18, we had a Tea and talk meeting and watched a DVD on Overcoming Adversity from Keeping the Faith DVD series. 33 women were in attendance and 3 of them were non-Adventists. There was a book drawing and many books were given out.

 

-On October 16, we had a women's ministries program on Sabbath afternoon and watched a DVD titled "Hard to diagnose diseases" One of the women from the church gave a devotion on health and healthy living. Testimonies and prayer requests were given. The theme for the program was "Celebrating fall". 20 women were in attendance. For the month of October we wrote encouragement notes to one of the ladies in the church who accepted an assignment to teach Hispanic kids English in Oklahoma and mailed them to her.

 

-In November we wrote and sent encouragement notes to a lady in the church who is on a mission to Peru. 2 ladies went to help some church members who needed help to clean their house. On Dec 5, 4 women from our church with some other church members went to a nearby Nursing home to conduct church service for Residents on the Assisted living part of the center. 10 Residents attended the service.

 

-On December 17, we had a candlelight Christmas program at the church. It was such a beautiful solemn time to reflect on Christ and Christmas. We sang Christmas songs, listened to some readings and shared our most touching Christmas stories.

 

-Since 1st week of Dec. we have been having prayers for Women's Ministries every Friday at 9am where ever we are. There is no meeting but everyone prays at that time. We now have a Women's Ministries Committee. We had our 1st meeting on Dec 1st and by God's grace have started planning programs for the year 2011.

We are believing God for greater ministries in the next year.

From

Jay Kilanko

Women's Ministries Leader

West Lenexa SDA Church.

 

Goodland

“Prayer Ministry” One of our women has been giving weekly Bible studies for several months to two of her neighbors. We support her ministry with prayer.

(12 mtgs. – Bible Studies - 36 ladies)

 

Prayer Ministry / Support Group
 

In the spring we had a card shower and phone call rotation schedule for a member of our church with cancer who has no supportive family.

Since July a few of us have been visiting her 1-2 times a week. Ministering through listening and encouraging as well as sharing Bible promises, prayers, and lots of hugs as she has been diagnosed as terminal.”

(40 – visits /40 ladies)

 

*Special Project

“In October we sponsored a new church member who is having financial challenges to attend the Women’s Retreat in Grand Island. Four other women from our small church attended. Carpooling and rooming together strengthened ties and everyone was inspired by the meetings and we continue to share tapes.”

(5 Ladies / 1 Scholarship of $155.00)

 

*Special Project

“In November, we corrdinated with the local First Baptist Church women and donated nineteen holiday boxes for Samaritan’s purse for poor children in Mexico.”

(8 SDA – 2 Non-SDA)

 
Submitted by Jacque Gerrans




Omaha Memorial Church

Cheryl Kerr and Karen Phillips facilitated our first Monday night Women’s Bible Study last night.  We served a light supper of vegetable soup, Italian bread, crackers and cheese, and carrot sticks.  Our dessert was rainbow sherbet with shortbread cookies.  We had ten women attend and our study for the next few weeks is Elizabeth Talbots’ book on Matthew.  The group was very excited about studying together since we haven’t had a Women’s Bible Study for at least two years.  We started with prayer and singing, held our study, and then ended with a circle prayer.  Each woman was given an outline for the study and a excerpt of an overview on the book of Matthew.  We praise God for what He did for us last night and what He is going to do in the future!  We will keep you updated on our meetings.  Please keep us in your prayers. 

Submitted by Karen Phillips



Kansas-Nebraska Conference

Weekend Women's Leadership Training

On May 14-16, 2010 approximately 40 ladies came together at Broken Arrow Ranch to participate in level 1 of the Women's Leadership Training Program. “Eleven seminars and multiple times to share ideas were the main components of the weekend.” Speakers included Carla Baker - Women's Ministries Director for the NAD, Nancy Buxton - Women's Ministries Director for the Mid-America Union. Also, Angel Bock, Darlene Fairchild, Daniela Larson and Ann Thrash-Trumbo. For those who needed them, headsets with Spanish translation was available. Many ladies shared what they were doing in Women's Ministries in their local churches and communities. We were inspired to go back and make a difference in our own local churches and communities! We praise God for His blessing on us and the weekend!

Submitted by Sue Carlson


Grand Island SDA Church

4/21/09
SDA: 4   
Special Project

"Women's Night Out" - Hunan's Chinese Food

Enjoyed meal, fellowhip / prayer.

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministries Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner


Grand Island SDA Church

3/24/09
SDA: 8     
Special Project

"Women's Night Out"  - Saddle Club

Enjoyed Meal, fellowship and prayer.

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministries Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner


Grand Island SDA Church

2/17/09
SDA: 8     
Special Project

"Women's Night Out" - Texas T-Bone

Evening Meal / Fellowship / Prayer

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministry Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner



Grand Island SDA Church

1/20/09
SDA: 7      Non-SDA: 1  
Special Project

"Women's Night Out" - evening meal  - shared fellowship / prayer.

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministry Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner
 


Grand Island SDA Church

1/20/09
SDA: 14   Non-SDA: 1  
Special Project

"Women's Cookie Exchange"

There was an afternoon of fellowship and exchange of cookies / recipes!

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministries Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner



Grand Island SDA Church

10/21/08
SDA: 7      Non-SDA: 1  
Special Project

Women's Night Out & Meal at Carlos O'Kelly

A member's daughter-in-law was able to join us a second time at our monthly women's night out and we couldn't be more thrilled!

These evenings are a great time just to relax and enjoy conversation. We share struggles and our blessings.

We also honored Lori Berlin in appreciation - Lor is the wife of Dennis Berlin - our new pastor - and we are thrilled that they are here!

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministry Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner

Grand Island SDA Church

9/16/08
SDA: 4   
Special Project

"The Barn Event"

Several ladies from the church visited "The Barn" in Hastings, NE. In this country setting is a home-cooked meal to enjoy and thousands of differenct crafts to view. Deciding what to purchase is the difficult choice! In addition, there's jams, jellies, salsas, spreads, etc. to taste - and again - deciding which product to purchase.

It is always a blessing to share quality time with our friends and we thank Jesus for the traveling mercies.

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministry Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner

Grand Island SDA Church

9/16/08
SDA: 6     Non-SDA: 1

Women's Night Out - Meal at Ruby Tuesday

We are thrilled that one of our member's daughter-in-law was able to join us this evening for food and conversation. This was a great opportunity to "get to know her" and for her "to get to know us" on a more personal basis.

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministry leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner


Grand Island SDA Church

7/24/08
SDA: 19     Non-SDA: 2
Special Project

Bridal Shower

A bridal shower was held for Ashley White. This celebration was in honor of the upcoming marriage of Ashley to Steven Venteicher - son of David and Mary Ann Venteicher.

We opened with prayer, then enjoyed a few games followed by cake and punch.

Our goal is to show Jesus' love with every act and conversation. We hope to have accomplished this by showing our care to Ashley who has been attending our church with her fiance' Steven.

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministry Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner


Grand Island SDA Church

8/21/08
SDA: 6     

"Women's Night Out" - Meal at Carlos O'Kelly

Six Adventist women met to enjoy each others's company and eat a meal which we didn't have to prepare! The evening was spent sharing details of our lives, giving emotional support and discussing world events in conjunction with "end time events."

Mary Venteicher Women's Ministry Leader
Submitted by: Mary Gohner - assistant


Grand Island SDA Church

7/28/08
SDA: 12     Non-SDA: 2
Special Project

Bridal/Baby Shower

Celebrate! Yes, that's just what was done on July 28th, 2008! Grand Island Seventh-day Adventist women are so glad to become re-aquainted with a previous member who has returned! Women's Ministry provided a Bridal/Baby Shower to rejoice blessed events in her life. The evening began with a prayerful blessing and included food an dfun with friends and family. We wish to nurture and support this family. What a wonderful opportunity to show the love of Jesus by caring for others!!

Mary Venteicher - Leader
Submitted by Mary Gohner
Women's Ministry Assistant

Grand Island SDA Church

7/24/08
SDA: 8
Small Group

Women's Night Out

A delightful evening that involves food and conversation is what Grand Island's Seventh-day Adventist women enjoy! They did just that on July 24th, 2008 at the Garden Cafe. How wonderful it is to catch up on everyone's activities, children, & work! Discussions also included what type of women's activities do we want to ventue into this upcoming year. In addition, individual struggles are shared and this gathering provides an outlet for emotional & spiritual support. Our goal is to continue having a Women's Night Out every month to develop friendships an dshare Jesus.

Mary Venteicher - Women's Ministry Leader
Submitted by Mary Gohner
Women's Ministry Assistant


McPherson SDA Church

SDA: 5
Special Project

The ladies of the McPherson Church make homemade quilts and give to their thrift shop. When the Red Cross sends in people who have had fires they give these quilts away to them.

Submitted by Aleda Schreiber


Goodland SDA Church

SDA: 6     Non-SDA: 1
Special Project

The Goodland ladies are helping take care of a non-Adventist lady who has cancer. All of her family has cancer as well and there is no one to help her. She has become our church project. Valentine's Day we gave her a cup with $75 worth of quarters for the bus since she has no transportation. She has to depend on church members to take her to see the doctor and chemo visits so the quarters give her a bit of independence. One lady goes with her to go shopping and helps her pay bills once a month. The ladies help her clean her trailer and do whatever she needs done.

Submitted by Joanne Nowack.
 

New Haven SDA Church

4/4/09
SDA Women Attending: 24
Special Event

A true princess party was held on Sabbath, April 4 for the young and young at heart at "The Daughters of the King Banquet" at New Haven Church. In this world so full of negativity, this event was only about praise! All ages were invited to this event in an effort to bridge the gap where Women's Ministries meets youth Ministries. One where the women of all ages could come together and equip younger women to become successful, godly women. The room was decorated with pink and purple tables, rose petals, Cinderella slippers to a castle on the wall overlooking the buffet table. Our voices in praise were led by our own Youth Pastor, Chanda Nunes. We enjoyed testimonies during a time where we passed a rose and shared what being a Daughter of the King meant to each one of us. We dined at the buffet table and enjoyed a dessert from the white chocolate fountain with fresh fruit. The worship thought, "Strengths of a Daughter of the King" was presented by Karen Leslie. To her surprise, the ladies turned the table and presented her with a very nice tribute which included a lovely bouquet and special prayer. It was truly a very uplifting afternoon and a very meaningful way to share a meal and fellowship with each other!

 


 

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New Haven SDA Church

12/7/08
SDA Women Attending: 14
Special Event

Women's Ministries presented, "What's In Your Bag?" on  Sunday, December 7 at New Haven.  We had a bag-full of fun and also helped out our local Safehome Women's Shelter.  Invitations for the event were stapled to brown paper bags asking for personal hygiene items that would be donated to the Women's Shelter.  A list of suggested donations was also included in the bag.  Each lady was asked to not only to bring a donation as their "ticket" to all the fun, but also bring their purses for other planned activities.  Although our event attendance number was small, our congregation got behind the idea and we were able to make a substantial donation to the Women's Shelter.  What a blessing it was to be able to share a little cheer around the holidays and have an opportunity to get acquainted more on a personal level with the women of our church!

Our next event will be "Daughters of the King" Banquet coming this spring!  More details will soon follow.

Submitted by Karen Leslie




Chanute SDA Church

10/4/08
SDA Attending: Approx. 26
Church Service - Evangelistic Mtg.

On October 4, 2008 the women of the Chanute Seventh-day Adventist Church gave the service. The sermon was "Show Me the Savior...Then I Shall See." Several women particiapated in the service with inspired readings. We also had the children's story and special music. We try to encourage the young girls to participate also. This is something new for our church with a little different format and I think it was enjoyed by all. We will be alternating different women to give the sermon trying to get the women more involved. As God leads we will continue to participate. Please pray for our church and our leadership.

Submitted by Nancy Clemens



Lincoln New Creation Community SDA Church

11/13/08
SDA Women Attending: 5         Reclaimed Members Attending: 3    Non-SDA Women Attending: 4

Support Group

We have a women's group that meets during Sabbath Schol time - "Women Sharing Faith." This is an informal class designed to share what is going on in our lives and how God is helping us through life's daily changes. We study a Bible-based "help" book during the week and use the chapter as the basis of our discussion. We sit around a round table and one of the group brings refreshments. People are always more comfortable talking and sharing sitting around a table with food and beverages. This group sponsors a girl in India. We simply have a jar on the table where the women can put in whatever donation they can.

This group also started "Family Focus" time between Sabbath School and Church. The church family is invited to share their thanksgivings and prayer needs with the rest of the body. During this time we have a "Card Ministry" where one of the women has a box with various cards, and for prayer and encouragement send the appropriate card around for the body to write a small note. One of the women's group will collect the cards when they have gone around the church and give the card to the person who made the request to get it to them. This has been an extremely well-received ministry.

Submitted by Mavis Fowler




Lincoln Northside SDA Church

10/12/08
SDA Women Attending: Approx. 40                                     Non-SDA Women Attending: Approx 85

Breast Cancer Awareness/Education Tea held at Lincoln Northside Church

Sunday, October 12 the health ministries and women's ministries teams combined forces to hold a breast cancer educational afternoon tea for ladies in the Lincoln community.  Months of planning, weeks of committee meetings, and countless hours of setting up, decorating, and baking finally came together as dozens of women arrived for this free event at our Better Living Center.  The gym was transformed into a beautiful vision of pink tulle, roses, flowers, pink tablecloths and dinnerware, real teacups, dolls, a fountain, and many other visions of beauty throughout the room.  We turned the men's room into a "Ladies Too" room and even decorated the urinals with pink satin and roses. 

Sponsors had willingly donated money, goods, and services to make this special event possible.  There were 3 guest speakers who gave wonderful information on the latest medical advances, lifestyle management, and the importance of taking care of oneself.  The menu included: crunchy corn salad in crispy tartlets, mushroom turnovers glazed in garlic butter,  "turkey"-cranberry croissants, pumpkin scones with cinnamon butter, cheesecake bites, chocolate wafer swirls, and various herb teas provided by a local tea business.  Many of the food items were made by the committee members - some were donated or given at substantially reduced costs.  Florists donated pink roses to honor breast cancer survivors and many businesses donated gift certificates and other goods for the door prizes.

Approximately 125 women attended with about 85 of them non-Adventists.  We were delighted!  Women were asked to complete surveys to not only rate the Tea but also to inform us of what future events they would find interesting.  Most responded with high comments of praise and suggested this become an annual event.  They would also like to see classes or seminars on weight loss, healthy cooking, stress management, and others.  This is valuable information for planning future events.

While all the hours put in were tiring, it was exhilarating to see how God so richly blessed and opened doors so marvelously to make this event come together and be such a success.  Committee members were: Velia Martinez, Joan Storey, Jeanne Ray, Audrey Paulson, Laura McIlwain, Peggy Hansen, and Helene Elliott.  We are thankful that He blessed us as a team with His Spirit, creativity, and the energy needed to make it a reality.  By the way, two of our committee members are breast cancer survivors and their experiences were the inspiration that began this dream.

Submitted by Helene Elliott




Garden City SDA Church
Today's date: 11/10/08

SDA Women Attending: 12                                                         Non-SDA Women Attending: 2

Description of Event:  Our theme for the night was "What NOT to Wear - Designed by THE Master."

Through several small skits and a couple of games we lightheartedly discussed the importance of taking out those things in our wardrobe (pride, anger, selfishness, whining, etc.) that prevent us from being the Christian women God would have us be.

The night started with the usual welcome and a prayer for the evening as well as the refreshments; although the ladies knew something was up when they came in and saw we had constructed a runway. After a short introduction about the theme and what we would be looking at, we dove right into it with a short skit about pride and we were off and running.

After every skit, which was full of laughs, we had a snippet of why that particular trait was highlighted in the skit. For example, none of us like to look overweight, but pride can sure bloat us up! It's something that's not very flattering to a Christian woman.

The ladies soon noticed that every once in a while a doorbell would ring for seemingly no reason, but they soon learned to like that bell. Marissa Osborne (a teenage girl that attended) would ring a door bell, draw a name and hand out a door prize. This was a hit with the ladies, who seemed to really like this because they never knew when she would decide to ring the bell.

One of the games we played I "borrowed" from a retreat I had gone to and it went over really well and was a lot of fun. We had a fashion show. The ladies divided up into teams and chose a wacky outfit, where each item of clothing was to have some kind of Christian value. The ladies were really creative! One of them had to model their creation walking down the runway, while another member of the team acted as their announcer describing the creation.

At the end of the night we had a short praise service to acknowledge our Designer. . 




Piedmont Park SDA Church                                                       Today’s date:   9/7/08

Special project

SDA Women/teens attending:  22                                             Non-SDA Women/teens attending:  8

Description of Event:  Victorian Tea & Purity Program, designed especially for earliteen/mid-teen girls and their moms.  An especially trained Christian purity team presented the program (contacts made via the Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center).  The evening included: 

I.                    Joint mother-daughter P-U-R-I-T-Y acronym program presentation with each letter representing the following:  P-Pledge to remain sexually pure until marriage, U-Uphold a standard of excellence, R-respect your body, I-Invest in quality girl friendships, T-Turn from temptation, Y-Yield yourself to God.

II.                  Separate mother versus daughter programming segments included:

A.                  Purity team advised and/or provided mother’s with handouts about:

Being an “askable” parent and starting/continuing conversations about sexuality and other crucial developmental and moral topics with daughters; Sharing “character beauty secrets” & “modesty-economy shopping secrets” with daughters; Considering biblical principles for setting dating guidelines; Mother-daughter bonding activities/discussion ideas; Sample purity pledge ceremony to adapt for use at home with dad officiating (as a follow-up to the Purity program); Other miscellaneous resources.

B.                  Purity team lead daughters in creating and personalizing a Purity memory box with the              following contents: 

A laminated reminder book mark with the Purity acronym described in the program;

A small wrapped gift box reminding them that their sexual purity is a special “gift” to be opened and shared only according to God’s plan, when they are married… ; A small decorated glass perfume bottle reminding them about how their lives are a “sweet fragrance” of Christ unto God and others… ; A laminated card with the “I Promise” poem printed on it-reminding them to maintain their promise of sexual purity before God, self, family, and future spouse; A Purity Pledge card that is to be signed and dated; A personalized list of the attributes of the Godly man they are looking for and special stationary to write a letter “in faith” to their future husband.

III.               Joint mother-daughter closing ceremony included a blessing-dedication prayer time with a white rose purity reminder gift. 

IV.               In addition, the evening also included time for “High tea” (decaffeinated/herbal) and a light meal elegantly served and enjoyed; as well as a “dress-up” and photo corner.


Belinda Thornton



Piedmont Park SDA Church
 

Special Project                       

 

SDA:  360 total/252 female*              Non-SDA:  30 total/21 female*

 

*Women's Ministry Committee decided to sponsor and promote a "Grandparent/Senior Recognition/Appreciation Day" on Sabbath September 8, 2007.  Women's Ministry collected/purchased a variety of Care Notes/brochures with information relevant to the aged/seniors and displayed these/offered them for free on our Women's Ministry table and in our bathroom resource information caddy.  Prior to this Sabbath, Women's Ministry consulted with and provided the children's Sabbath school departments with selected senior appreciation/respect materials to incorporate into their curriculum and then also provided supplies for them to make "Happy Grandparent's Day"/"Thinking of You" cards during the previous three Sabbaths in a row.  On Sabbath September 8th, Women's Ministry handed out laminated bookmarks (all day total of about 225) with a Grandparent Poem and message of appreciation, as seniors entered our church.  The children's story was a sensitive inter-generational story about a grandpa and his daughter/granddaughter.  After the children's story, I shared a poem and thoughts of appreciation/recognition to our grandparents/seniors; then asked them to all stand and be recognized; and finally had the children deliver the cards they had made (about 150) to any grandparents/seniors who were standing.  It was a beautiful and touching sight!!!!  I had also previously consulted with the adult Sabbath school classes and provided materials for them to sign and add a personal and/or encouraging message to Grandparent Day cards that Women's Ministry had already labeled/addressed for specific "shut-in or nursing home" senior members/friends.   These were mailed or delivered after each class returned their respective cards to Women's Ministry (about 60).   On the afternoon of September 8th, leftover bookmarks and cards were delivered to Union Manor Retirement Center and Orchard Park assisted Living Center residents.

 

* Note the first numbers listed above were total male & female numbers, not just females, since this special project ministered to both male & female individuals.  Approximately 70% of the numbers were actually female though, when considering statistical male/female ratios at this age level and thus the second numbers are specific to this percent approximation. 

Belinda Thornton 9/25/07


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Topeka Wanamaker SDA Church

*This Church currently has two Women's Bible Study Groups in operation. One is using a Beth Moore materials.

*At Easter time the Topeka Church hosted a Prayer Brunch with an Easter Theme.

*Sent 6 kids to Summer Camp at Broken Arrow Ranch.

*At Christmas they did a "Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry."

*For four months the church collected personal items for the Rescue Mission.

*The Women's Ministry Dept. sponsored ladies to be able to attend the Grand Island and K.C. Women's Retreats.  (For more details on the above events contact: Patty Thompson - 785-273-9214)

Piedmont Park SDA Church

*Women's Ministries sponsored and presented a Prayer Emphasis Vespers for families on March 31st, 2007. Total in attendance: 42 (25 women, plus some husbands and children). The evening program was very reverent and spiritually inspirational / touching for those present. It included answered prayer testimonials, a special "answered prayer" children's story, "prayer theme" scripture and quotes readings, small group prayer breakout times, and both special musics and congregationa singing opportunities. A handout with the Prayer theme scripture and quotes used in the program, was provided at the end of the meeting."

*Special Project: The Piedmont Women's Ministry Committee has implemented a Teen Academy Scholarship for the second year now. Young ladies from the church are considered in committee on the basis of financial need as well as other specifics( reason for wanting to attend the academy, family support or lack thereof, leadership demonstrated and/ or active involvement in a variety of school, church, and / or community ministries, projects, outreach activities, etc.) which are addressed in the scholarship application and reference form. Our 2007-2008 school year recipient has been selected and notified, as well as the church treasurer and academy treasurer, in order to set up the $50.00 / month scholarship transaction (which is good August - May). We hope to tangibly encourage and support one young lady every year by this ministry. 

Belinda Thornton

Wichita Cornerstone SDA Church

*"Women to Women" is a group that's been started at the Wichita Cornerstone SDA Church. "We meet every week after Sabbath School (our service is 1st and Sabbath School is second) to have a quick (the whole thing takes 10 mins. tops) devotion, prayer and an exchange of prayer requests that we pray for during the next week. I have been thanked so many times for starting this. It is bonding as friends as well as spiritually bonding." Michelle Westbrook

Kansas City New Haven SDA Church

*"2007-2008 Women's Ministries Kick-Off Brunch held at New Haven Church. Small group attenadance, but we came up 10 events for the 2007-2008 year. Each month Women's Ministries will host 1 event from August 2007-2008. 

*Special Project: Women's Prayer Basket containing the name, address and phone numbers of every woman who is a member at New Haven (not just attending members) is located at the Visitor's Desk in the foyer. Every name has been put on a slip of paper. Women are encouraged to draw a name weekly and pray for that woman. They can send a card, make a call, give a hug, but most importantly pray for them. This is an on-going event until every woman at New Haven has been prayed for.
 
Karen Leslie

McPherson SDA Church

*The McPherson ladies make quilts in their Community Service Center and have a thrift shop for the community. Aleda takes part in the Maga Book program. She was able to sell over $300 worth of books from April to July.

Aleda Schreiber

Galena SDA Church

*The Galena Church serves a meal at a free community clinic any time there are 5 Thursdays in a month. They have been doing that since January 2002. 

Patty Putnam

 

Special Project

SDA: All Members

*The Nebraska City Seventh-day Adventist Church has an ongoing monthly collection of non-perishable food and personal care items for the Otoe County Food Pantry. Every Sabbath people bring these items to church to the collection spot and bring more at special holiday times.

Naomi Davis

Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 7 ladies     Non-SDA: 1

*On Sabbath afternoons after the potluck our ladies would gather for a Bible study. The topic was, "Women of the Bible" and each of the 5 ladies who led out with the study chose her favorite female Bible character to present. Attendance would range from 5-8 ladies each time.

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: All

*One Sabbath afternoon a man came to our church to join us for potluck. He was homeless and on his way to a job interview. The police had told him that he could get a meal at the Adventist Church and that they might help him with a place to stay. He ate potluck with us and we took some of our funds and paid for him to stay one night in a motel.

Naomi Davis

Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 16

*The Nebraska City Church gave a baby shower for a lady who attends our church. She attends church sporadically, all her kids have ADD and she has financial struggles. The church gave her a baby crib and everything to go with it. We also paid for her utilities.

Naomi Davis

Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project:

SDA: 16

*Our local nursing home was in need of socks for their residents. At Christmas time we put up a tree in our lobby and used it as a place where we collected men and women's socks. We wrapped them up and labeled them and took them to the nursing home. They were very grateful!

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project:

SDA: 16

*For Mother's Day we baked and bagged cookies for our local nursing home residents.

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

Bible Study:

SDA: 16

*On two Sabbath afternoons our church ladies met to study the book, "The 10 Commandments Twice Removed." We studied the first half of the book the first Sabbath and finished it the next time we met.

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

Support Group:

SDA: 16

*Every year in our church we draw names to choose "Secret Sisters." Each of the sisters gives gifts and greetings anonymously throughout the year. We try to remember birthdays and at Christmas time we have a luncheon and exchange gifts.

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

1 - Day Retreat:

SDA: 12

*Our retreat began with our Sabbath morning services. The ladies of our church provided the church service. All of our ladies took part in various parts of the program. Our main speaker was Joanne Wodward from Golden Hills SDA Church. After the church service we had a potluck followed by a Bible study on "Women of the Bible. It was a blessing!

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project:

SDA: 20  Non-SDA: 1

*Our Church collected new and slightly used Bibles to give to the "Bibles for Africa" program. We got a letter back from them saying they had recieved the Bibles and were grateful for them.

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project:

SDA: 4

*Our church heard that the Head Start program and Southeast Nebraska Community Action program were in need of underwear and socks for kids who were not yet potty trained. We took up a collection and presented them with these items.

Naomi Davis

Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project:

SDA: 5     Non-SDA: 1

Our church is making cloth bags stuffed with age-appropriate / gender appropriate items for children who are taken from abusive home situations. These are provided the children through the Health and Human Services of Otoe County. This program is called, "Bags of Love."

Naomi Davis


Nebraska City SDA Church

Special Project:

Non-SDA: 1

There is a community lady who is a cancer survivor who uses one of the rooms in our church to store wigs and books that she gives out to cancer victims going through chemotherapy. She uses the room as a place to fit the wigs on the ladies. She enjoys our SDA ladies and occasionally attends some of our WM events.

Naomi Davis

Crawford SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 8      Non-SDA: 31 

*The Crawford Seventh-day Adventist Church was asked to participate in a series of Women's Lenten Coffees that are held yearly in Crawford, Nebraska. Each Wednesday morning for the last several weeks, local churches took turns hosting a short program followed by refreshments. Our church took their turn on Wednesday, March 19th. We welcomed  8 members and 31 visitors into the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. and opened the program with a prayer. One of our members, Marguerite Williams, played the piano as all the ladies sang "In Times Like These." Keri Wyatt then gave a 20 minute talk about the last instructions Jesus gave His disciples before His arrest and crucifixion, bringing out the point that these instructions are just as pertinent to us today as they were to the disciples. After a closing prayer / prayer for the food, everyone enjoyed the breads, fruits, juices, and Roma provided by the church members in the fellowship hall, which was decorated with yellow tablecloths, spring flower garlands, and purple candles. We greatly enjoyed this fellowship time with the ladies of Crawford and the surrounding communities.

Celeste Lee

Kansas City New Haven SDA Church

Special Project

15 Women

*Our event was titled, "Garnishing & Food Presentation Tips" presented by JoAnne Weinger on Sunday, November 4. A group of 15 ladies gathered to listen as JoAnne shared expert instructions, food garnishing tips, her favorite recipes and helpful hints for making a welcoming table. We were also treated to a piece of homemade pumpkin pie garnished with holiday treats.

Karen Leslie

Piedmont Park SDA Church

Special Project

531 People

*Piedmont Women's Ministry reaches out to male and female, young and old, attending and non-attending members via a Birthday Card Ministry. 531 cards were sent out in 2007. Many positivie responses from the recipients have been received -- via personal contact, phone calls, and Thank-you cards. Some non-attending members have expressed great surprise and delight in being remembered by a church committee during their birthday.

Belinda Thornton

Piedmont Park SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 1 Woman and her three children     Non-SDA: 1 Woman and her two children

*During the week of Thanksgiving, Piedmont Women's Ministry assembled and delivered Thanksgiving Baskets for two single moms and their children (one SDA family; the other is a non-SDA family).

Belinda Thornton


Piedmont Park SDA Church

Training Seminar Event

SDA: 25-35 Women attend each month     Non-SDA: 0-2 Women attend each month

*Piedmont Women's Ministry presents a "Women's Fellowship" every 4th Monday of the month from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The program currently includes time for: one 30 minute video presentation from an 8-part seminar series entitled "Personality Tree" by Florence Littaur, interactive group discussion on workbook questions / topics, sharing and praying in small groups, a hymn sing-a-long, and an optional "open" visiting / snacking time. Seasonal decorations and light snacks are included to "warm-up" the atmosphere.

Belinda Thornton


Piedmont Park SDA Church

Special Projects

All the church SDA women members and visitors can benefit from this project.

*Piedmont Women's Ministry supply/organize 3 different ongoing resources for women:

*A Women's bathrom resource caddy with pamphlets on pertinent women's issues. Topics vary monthly or quarterly, examples include: Handling Holiday Stress, Dealing with Loss, Domestic Violence, Elder Topics, Dealing with Terminal Disease, Women's Physical and Emotional Health, etc.

* Women's Lending Library with a self-check-out system setup. Books on topics such as: relationships, inspiration and / or encouragement, women's humor, parenting, women's health... are available.

*A Women's Information Table includes: a photo album with WM event photos, information about other Women's Ministry events/activities both local and conference-wide, informational general interest hadnouts / pamphlets, recent newsletters...

Belinda Thornton


Galena SDA Church

Special Project

* We have 4 SIGNS boxes we support.

Patty Putnam


Galena SDA Church

Special Project

*We have one particular family (4 adults) in one small house who we took a Thanksgiving Basket. We will see of their other needs.

Patty Putnam

Galena SDA Church

Special Project

*Each lady in my church was given a picture frame. Some said "Friends," others said, "Family" with words in long hand around the frame. Next year I will give them a journal and enclose the song, "Count Your Blessings," in January. (I found the journals at the Dollar General and they have a text on the cover and one on each page.)

Patty Putnam


West Lenexa SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 65    Non-SDA: 4     Reclaimed Members Attending: 2

*The "Giving Tree" - West Lenexa SDA Church held it's annual Giving Tree gift drive to help families and individuals in need. The anonymous families from our church family and community...known only as the Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love families...received, not only much needed gifts of food, clothing, gift cards toward necessary items, and even a car!...but, especially the gift of love and blessing. And, this year, one of our recipient families graciously allowed us to throw them a party! In spite of near-blizzard conditions, the turnout was strong and the support and love for this family was made known in a beautiful way. Beautiful team work West Lenexa church family!...God's team!

Lisa Ingelse

West Lenexa SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 65    Non-SDA: 4     Reclaimed Members Attending: 2

*TP the Giving Tree!" - The West Lenexa SDA Church family is reaching out to those in need by keeping the Giving Tree and it's message of love alive for a few more weeks. The Better Living Center is in need of TOILET PAPER...for distribution to those clients in financial distress. And, the WL SDA church family will be joining in to stock their shelves for distribution by seeing how much TP can be built by the tree from now until February 9th...and, help the Better Living Center's "bottom" line. :)

Lisa Ingelse


Fredonia SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 6     Non-SDA: 1

*We have a tradition of getting together and making bread for people. We made over 200 loaves of whole wheat, cinnamon, lemon poppy seed, pumpkin, cherry nut, and banana. We also made cinnamon rolls and cookies. These were put into baskets with a note from our church and a book. We received a thank you from the bank president stating he was reading the 10 commandment book that we sent (He was sent a basket as a thank you for his large personal contribution to ingathering). We enjoy letting people know that we are thinking of them and it gives us opportunity to share our boks. We also give out food baskets for those who are in need. We have fun getting together...we bring our own supplies, including mixers etc. because for hours we are doing our own assigned breads.

Peggy Ogle

Omaha Memorial SDA Church

Bible Study

SDA: 12     Non-SDA: 3    Baptism: 1

*Ongoing Bible Study. Two of the ladies participating are mother and daughter and are Catholic. Our group is small enough that we have forged a close, intimate relationship with each other. We cry together, laugh together and share each other's burdens.

One of the Catholic women has a granddaughter who was born with multiple problems. Several times she had to be rushed to the hospital emergency room. Instead of meeting for Bible study one evening, we decided we would go to the hospital to sit and pray with our friend. (She had no idea we were coming.) The nurse allowed us to go into the baby's room even though she was in intensive care. We stood around her bed and prayed for that little one and hugged our friend. She was overjoyed that we would do that.

On another occasion, we decided to forgo Bible study, meet at the church anc carpool to Camp Meeting in Lincoln to hear the evening speaker. Our Catholic friend was with us, of course. She was moved to tears by the message. She said it was as though the speaker was talking directly to her. Ther was a call for prayer, and she went up. We were surprised! We went up and stood with her, holding her hands and silently thanking God for this moment.

Dianne Simms

Omaha Memorial SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 24          Non-SDA: 1

*Dec. 16, 2007
10:00 a.m.
Holiday Brunch
Held in a party room at the Old country Buffet. (Our non-Adventist guest had her meal paid for by one of our ladies.)

This was a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, relax and enjoy each other's company.

We had a short program - Prayer, a Christmas reading and sharing a story of our favorite or unusual gift we had ever given or received. Some of them were pretty funny.

Three ladies donated the door prizes.

Dianne Simms


Omaha Memorial SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 10    

*Sept. 16, 2007
"Omaha Corporate Cup"
A 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) or 2-mile walk/run

This is a yearly benefit sponsored by the Lung Association. All proceeds are used to fight lung disease in Nebraska. At its inception in 1981, the focus was on company team participation. Now individuals and other groups participate as well. As far as I know, we are the only religious group that participates. This is our third year.

We join with the women (men now) from the Sharon and Bethesda SDA Churches. We purchased hot pink t-shirts, and each church chose what they wanted printed on theirs. We had the name of our church on the front of ours. On the back was printed the theme we used for one of our Women's Day Programs - :women United in Spirit, Love and Sisterhood." About two months before the event, we "trained." Each Sunday we would meet in a park and walk or run to build up our stamina. There were other people out at the same time, so our bright t-shirts and inscriptions attracted attention and questions about who we were. It was a great witnessing opportunity.

Dianne Simms

Omaha Memorial SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 28    Non-SDA: 3

*August 28, 2007
Friendship Tea   Theme: "Forever Friends"
Some of our teen girls read poems on friendship.
Our speaker talked about friendships and how important they are.

One of the ladies who helped with the tea is intrigued with the victorian era and had done a lot of research and collected many antique pieces which she used at the tea. She did a wonderful job overseeing the decorating. In fact, when she walked in, you would have thought she had stepped out of a book on victorian times. She was beautiful! Walking into that fellowship hal was like stepping back in time and sitting down with friends in a garden for an afternoon tea party.

The fellowship hall was decorated in a Victorian Era theme. Small tables were set up around the hall with various dainty tablecloths. The small tables added an air of intimacy as opposed to the long ones. The centerpieces were antique cups and saucers. Each lady brought her favorite tea cup to use for tea. (We had extras for anyone who might have forgotten theirs.)

Our teen girls were given a quick lesson in how to serve - which side to serve from, how to properly pour from the silver tea pots, etc. They were wonderful. The menu consisted of scones, assorted jams, herbal teas and finger sandwiches.

We used this time, also, to choose Secret Sisters for the year. Each lady chose the name of a woman in the Bible instead of using their own name when filling out her information sheet. That way, noone knows who they are doing good deeds for. They will reveal themselves at our tea in August.

Dianne Simms



Omaha Memorial SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: Entire Church        Non-SDA: 2

*April 14, 2007 Women's Day Program
Theme: "Women of God, Women of Faith"

Women were in charge of the entire church service. The teenage girls were involved, also. We had a speaker for the 11:00 service. Her talk was entitled "Darkness: Where Sight Ends and Faith Begins." A fellowship dinner followed the service.

Ladies from two of our Adventist Churches attended.

Dianne Simms

Columbus SDA Church

Prayer Breakfast

SDA: 30      Non-SDA: 12

*We truely had a blessed morning. Our Prayer Breakfast was held on November 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Our guest speaker was Judy Cherry. We enjoyed making a craft and the food as usual was wonderful!

Candy Wambacher

Kansas City New Haven SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 4

*The ice may have cancelled church services on Sabbath, December 8, 2007, but even the weather couldn't stop our visit to Trinity Lutheran Nursing and Rehab Center!  We gathered our baked good donations,  fresh fruit and nuts to assemble three very large gift baskets for the facility's staff.  We wanted to make certain that each shift had their very own basket of goodies!  We also prepared 120 individually wrapped plates for the nursing home residents.  Although our number was small - Karen Leslie, Debbie Hetrick, Marsha Van Raden and Cherise Whited - our hearts were full of Sabbath cheer and we couldn't wait to share it!  We look forward to  another day when we came come back to share the full program that was planned.  Sabbath was truly a happy day!

Karen Leslie 


Broken Bow SDA Church

Special Project

SDA: 10 Non-SDA: 2

*Lap Robes:
We got together to tie and sew lap robes. We finished a total of 30 lap robes and will give 15 to the two nursing homes in Broken Bow.

*Soup Jars:
We also put together "Soup Jars" that we are selling at our thrift store / Community Connection. The proceeds will buy teddy bears for the children in the hospital. 


Piedmont Park SDA Church