Friday, February 25, 2011

Passover Seder at the Home of Katrina Pelfrey

Hello North Point Ladies!

Please join me, Katrina Pelfrey,in a Passover Seder at my home (3120 West C Ave) on Friday, March 25, from 7-9pm.

What is Passover?! I asked the same question about 12 years ago when we were invited to our first Passover meal!

I learned that the Passover was the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples, and it is considered one of the most important of all the feasts. The Seder is a series of readings and eating of different foods that remind us of the bondage the Israelites endured under Egyptian rule. It is a reminder also, of the miracles God performed as he delivered the Israelites from oppression and slavery.

As Christians, we have the opportunity to see Christ in every aspect of the Passover celebration- He is our deliverer from the bondage of sin and death. He is our Passover Lamb!

My family has enjoyed celebrating Passover for many years and I'd love to share this tradition with you.

Please RSVP Katrina Pelfrey at 216-4125 or dkpelfrey@juno.com by Friday, March 18th. I can only seat 25 comfortably in my home for this meal, so please RSVP soon if you know you'd like to attend.

*The seder will include matzoh crackers, grape juice, fruit, cheese and a special dessert.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Becoming a Woman of Excellence

A woman of excellence
Is what I long to be
Filled with your godly wisdom
So it is part of me

A woman of integrity
No matter what I face
Standing up for righteousness
And for your saving grace

A woman of destiny
Living out your plan
Knowing where you’d have me walk
Being guided by your hand

A woman of promise
Standing on your word
Holding on to all the truths
While carrying out your work

A woman of compassion
For the ones in the dark
Those that do not know your love
And have darkness in their hearts

A woman that will never
Compromise the faith
With what the world may offer
But will keep the narrow way

A woman who loves Jesus
And will only follow Him
Gladly to give up the world
So His light can shine within

Lord this is my earnest prayer
As a daughter by your grace
Grow in me these qualities
As I walk with you in faith

© By M.S.Lowndes

from: http://www.heavensinspirations.com/a-woman-of-excellence.html

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Faith Challenged

We are blessed to have some new Christians in our Bible study. These beautiful women don't even have much familiarity with church or the Bible. This is foreign to me and, can I be honest, I am intimidated. I love my Jesus. Just His name brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I want to serve Him well by teaching these women how to baby step their way into the open arms of our Savior. I don't want to teach them about church rules or religious history. Like John in his gospel, I only want to testify concerning Him [Jesus] (John 1:15).

They ask some good questions. Ones I don't have answers to. They admit being scared of giving wrong answers and saying wrong things. Well, back at ya' girls! I pray the Holy Spirit will teach them, through our little group of women gathering for Bible study, that "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6). He knows our hearts and looks right past our awkward, stumbling acts of faith. He just wants us to love and obey Him.

I'm thankful God gave us these new sisters in Christ. They inspire and challenge me. My faith needs that. So does yours. Has God placed people in your life that challenge your faith? Are you intimidated by conversations you have with other Christians? James reminds us, "In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead." (James 2:17) My faith hits the pavement every Wednesday. It's scary but it's active. I pray the same for each of you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

January Newsletter Now Available Online

Check out our first newsletter - found in the women's ministry list of events on the right hand side of this blog.

From time to time, we'll be preparing a newsletter so you can know about all the new things we have going on in the women's ministry. I hope you'll get involved!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Moms in Touch Connections

Our "encouraging blogs" section has a website link to an organization called Moms in Touch. Their mission is: to impact children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray. Did you know this happens locally for our own schools? Moms gather together on a regular basis and pray specific blessings and requests for a particular school! For more information on a Moms in Touch group at your child's school, please contact Dana Burgess at jdmkm@hotmail.com or send her a message on Facebook.

Stay-At-Home Mom

Stay-at-home mom. Do you realize that term has four-letter words in it? Do you remember what your mother taught you about four-letter words? Do you know what you do when your little one comes home touting his expanded vocabulary, which now includes four-letter words?

Yet, I did it to myself. My husband and I decided it would be best for our family if I stayed at home with our little girl. When she first arrived, all cute and cuddly, I felt incredibly blessed to be in a situation where we could make this choice. Those first few weeks, she slept so much and smelled so good (most of the time).

Fast forward a few months. I felt a little tired but overall, things were still going smoothly. I had the great privilege of seeing each and every milestone of my baby’s first year. Her first time rolling over, her little side-kick crawl, her first steps, her first words. Again, it took it out of me some days but I wouldn’t trade these times.

Now, I have a toddler. About 6:30 every morning, we hit the ground running. All my concerns about television have gone flying out the window. Actually, all my concerns about just about anything that holds her attention so I don’t have to, have gone out the window. I’ve learned it’s really perfectly OK if she wears a swimsuit top (affectionately called a bra) and panties all day. And potty training – cosmic joke of the century – is on me. Literally. Day after day.

Some days, what I wouldn’t give to have a boss breathing down my throat, a deadline stressing me out, a supplier calling me about an order now on backorder for the third time.

I remind myself about one hundred times a day that these pre-school days will go by fast. I’ll miss them. There’s nowhere I’d rather be than right here with her. It’s true. However, when she wakes up from her nap, we’ve got to figure out how to get ink off her crib. That’s if she takes a nap, as of right now, she is still in her bedroom talking as I type.

So, in conclusion, I don’t ask for pity. I chose this and I would do so again. I just ask that you pray with me.

Dear Heavenly Father, How you must laugh at us when we sweat the small stuff. You know full well that stay-at-home mom has some four-letter words in it (although maybe it doesn’t in Hebrew and Greek). And there are days this mom’s thought vocabulary employs some four-letter words as well. Please give us the patience and endurance to glorify you in every stage of life. Remind us thousands of times a day, you love us… and you love our little ones too. Amen.