Friday, November 19, 2010

A Lesson on Just As I Am

Pray that God will prepare your heart for a teaching from Him tomorrow. He doesn't want us the way we think we should be... He wants us as we are.

10 "Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a dishonest tax collector. 11 The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don't sin, I don't commit adultery, 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.' 13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.' 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored."

Luke 18:10-14 (NLT)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Tea (and coffee and scones)

We continue our focus on prayer this week leading up to our holiday tea. Think back on the last time you met a girlfriend for a cup of coffee, tea, water. Don't we look forward to those times with our dear friends? Try to carve out a moment to have that same kind of quality time with Jesus today. He calls us into that very kind of relationship. May we anticipate that time with Him in much the same way we look forward to girlfriend time. See you Saturday girlfriend!

And a recipe for scones, in case you really like what you taste at the Kellogg House!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pray for Your Husband

"A wife’s prayers for her husband have a far greater effect on him than anyone else’s, even his mother’s. (Sorry, Mom.) A mother’s prayers for her child are certainly fervent. But when a man marries, he leaves his father and mother and becomes one with his wife (Matthew 19:5). They are a team, one unit, unified in spirit. The strength of a man and wife joined together in God’s sight is far greater than the sum of the strengths of each of the two individuals. That’s because the Holy Spirit unites them and gives added power to their prayers.

That’s also why there is so much at stake if we don’t pray. Can you imagine praying for the right side of your body and not the left? If the right side is not sustained and protected and it falls, it’s going to bring down the left side with it. The same is true of you and your husband. If you pray for yourself and not him, you will never find the blessings and fulfillment you want. What happens to him happens to you and you can’t get around it." -Stormie Omartian

Holiday Invite from First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church of Otsego has invited us to attend their holiday event, "What I Learned from God While Quilting," on December 1st at 7pm. Food will be provided by table hostesses, quilted items given away as door prizes and the event is free! Gather some friends and please let the ladies know if you plan to attend. You can RSVP by sending a Facebook message to Sharalyn Downing or by calling their church office.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Reminder to sign up!

A reminder ladies, the deadline to register (fill out form and pay $10 fee) for our Women's Ministry Holiday Tea and Prayer Panel is Monday, November 15th. I'm hoping to get most of you signed up this Sunday before and after the service. Look for Jaime Rogers, Sherry Hanson or myself at the information table in the lobby to get registered.

The tea is Saturday, November 20th from 1-4pm at the Kellogg Manor House. Thanks!

Traci Rhoades
Women's Ministry Coordinator

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Reminder of our Bible Studies

In an effort to make sure all North Point ladies are aware of our four women's Bible studies, I wanted to give you the dates and times again. These groups have been meeting for a while and are led by women that love the Lord and want to show others how His word can help us along any path. Please, if you have time, consider joining a group and learning alongside us.

Monday mornings - (9:30-11:30am at Otsego Public Library) Led by: Torie Jaffas. This group is in between studies and will have a week of prayer time next week. On November 22, they start the series by Jennifer Rothschild, Me, Myself and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover.

Second and Fourth Tuesday mornings - (9:30-11:30am at Otsego Public Library) Led by: Jane Ponitz. This group is doing an in-depth study of the eight characteristics of Christlikness, using Matthew 1-10 as their study reference. They are currently working through Matthew 7.

Wednesday mornings - (9:30-11:30am at Friendship Wesleyan Church; Plainwell, MI) Led by: Traci Rhoades. This group is studying from the book by Priscilla Shirer, One in a Million. Currently, this is the only ladies' Bible study that offers childcare.

Wednesday nights - (6:30-8pm at Otsego Public Library) Led by: Traci Rhoades. This group will be studying the birth of Christ, as recorded in Matthew and Luke, in November and December.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Does God ever lay phrases on your heart? A few words He repeats over and over... silently in your heart. He very much speaks to me in this way. And the phrase as of late is "bless them." This youtube video talks about this. More specifically, this a cappella group reminds us that Jesus is the ultimate Blessing Giver.