Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Library Materials Now Available

We have started a collection of Bible study series, Christian reading books and audio books that are available for your use. Let me know if you'd like to borrow any of these resources. I can be reached on this blog, via' Facebook, email or in person :) Here is a list of what we currently offer:

Bible Studies
Annointed, Transformed and Redeemed (Kay Arthur, Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer)

Faithful, Abundant and True (Kay Arthur, Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer)

Inheritance (Beth Moore)

Me, Myself and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover (Jennifer Rothschild)

Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent (Beth Moore)

Reading Books
For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men ((Shaunti Feldhahn)

I Dare You: Embrace Life With Passion (Joyce Meyer)

Marriage: From Surviving to Thriving (Charles R. Swindoll)

One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land (Priscilla Shirer)

Audio Books
A Heart Like His (Beth Moore)

Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (Mary Beth Chapman)

The Heart of the Five Love Languages (Gary Chapman)

Jesus, The Only Way To God: Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? (John Piper)

Just Like Jesus (Max Lucado)

More Than a Carpenter (Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell)

The Power of a Praying Parent (Stormie Omartian)

Mother/Daughter Event - Esther: Queen for a Day

We are busy planning our first women's ministry event of 2011! Introducing a Mother/Daughter event entitled "Esther: Queen for a Day." At this fun-filled event, our daughters will receive some royal pampering (think fancy hair, tiaras and ooo-la-la bracelets). After getting all dolled up, you and your daughter(s) will have the opportunity to get your photo taken together. Then, we'll sit down to a feast of finger foods and petit fours, while being entertained by a narrative visit from Queen Esther.

I'm so excited to get our little gals involved in this event. And ladies, should you be thinking, my daughters are all grown up or God blessed me with a houseful of boys; whatever the excuse is you are conjuring up about now, please do plan to join us if your calendar is free. Many of our families have multiple daughters and just one little Mama. You could help us a lot in making sure each daughter is given individual attention at this event.

Here are the pertinent details:
Saturday, February 19th from 4-6pm
at Otsego Church of God Fellowship Hall
(112 Kalamazoo Street; Otsego)

We hope you can join us! Let me know if you have any questions.

Spring Bible Studies

We are fortunate to have the teachers available to offer four women's Bible studies this spring. Isn't that awesome?! Please look at the dates and times to see if one (or a few) fits into your schedule. Newcomers are always welcome!

Here are details on each study:
Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 at the Otsego Public Library; led by Torie Jaffas.

Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 at the Otsego Public Library; led by Jane Ponitz and Lynn Vreeman.

Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 at Friendship Wesleyan Church (Plainwell); led by Traci Rhoades. (Childcare is offered at this study.)

Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 at the Otsego Public Library; led by Traci Rhoades.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Our Personal Testimonies

These past few weeks our Bible study has been sharing testimonies. Each is unique, as you can imagine. I keep fondly remembering the story of one lady in particular. Almost from the first sentence, her voice shook with great emotion. Her story has decades in it without knowing her Savior. While she was a good person, there were hurts from this time that Jesus continues to heal. She is reaching a greater understanding of how sometimes this world hurts us and it's not our fault.

She thinks her testimony falls short because it's not what she considers "common Christian." To me, the grace that God shows in placing the right people in her path, in drawing not just her but a larger extended family to Him, the hunger and appreciation she now experiences... it's a perfect picture of despondence to devotion. Common or not.

Much like the scripture passage found below. Do you remember the sinful woman that poured alabaster oil on Jesus' feet? Read the story. And, to Christians old and new alike, soak in the closing words from our Savior, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

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36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among [1] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Luke 7:36-50 (ESV)