Behold, I do a new thing…
As of July 1st, I am stepping down as Women’s Coordinator. As some of you know, my husband recently retired and we have had a desire to do marriage ministry for years. We are taking this next year to see what God would want us to do with this desire. As of now, we are still in the area and will be attending Cold Springs Church.
Bible study and life groups for women will continue and the women’s blog will still be posted weekly. Events will happen as God calls women in our faith family to step into areas of passion. Pastor Esther Tress continues to be a resource to equip, encourage and empower women.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I want to thank the people who walked this journey with me…
Challenge and Encouragement:
Remember that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, and while we logged some of those hours, there are plenty more! If you have an idea and passion for something that God has laid on your heart, I encourage you to pursue that passion with the church leadership and bring about the “new thing” that God has for this season.
With Much Love & Gratitude,
The Question: How can your church family be praying for you?
Women’s Ministries at Cold Springs has been putting on a Spring Tea long before I started attending. As the lady’s connection team planned for this year’s activities, the tea took its rightful place in May. Hostesses were recruited (some who have done this for years, and some venturing the task for the first time), tables were set up, beautiful place settings were created, and the lady’s team prepped. In the prepping, we decided to do things a little different – let’s create small group discussion around the tables!
The day arrived, Ginger Miner greeted and sat people, hostesses and team leaders served, the beautiful surroundings set the mood, and prayer reminded us of God’s Spirit with us. I’ve heard that you can tell when people are in community when there is laughter and tears. On Saturday, May 7th, ladies laughed, cried and lingered – confirming that God’s Spirit was experienced. I am so grateful for the women who prepped, the women who attended, and the women who shared of their lives, making this an event to remember. We celebrate when we share life.
The city of Placerville lost a faithful servant this month, Yvonne Link. Yvonne served in the community. She served in church. She served in Women’s Mission Fellowship. And she served anyone she met. What I remember most about Yvonne is her sharing her mother’s collection of quotes, scripture, and words of wisdom. Every time we spoke, she told me about something her mother used to say, or she would read something her mother had saved. She was a hostess for every tea up until the age of 97! We celebrate her life.
We celebrate the person of Christ present to make every person, every event, and every circumstance a celebration!
*Remember, Jesus loved you!
Fellowship sounds like a “churchy” word, doesn’t it? But it’s biblical and essential to living as Jesus followers— with God and “fellow” believers. From the beginning God intended humans to commune with him and each other (Genesis 1-3).
Last month I had the opportunity to celebrate fellowship with our association of churches, Transformation Ministries (tmchurches.org). The event was an annual 2-day celebration. This year was extra sweet because though I serve on TM’s Board of Directors, I connected with people I hadn’t seen since prior to Covid.
A personal blessing came the final hour of the event. During a time of worship, there was opportunity for people to receive individual prayer. I was one of the pastors praying for those who came forward. This is the thing about praying together— the one who prays is often just as blessed, if not more so, than the one who is prayed for.
There is a 3-way connection in those moments… a unity in fellowship formed: between God, the pray-er and the pray-ee. And guess who shows up in his all powerful glory? Yep! God’s Spirit flows over the moment.
And blessings linger. Because his presence does (Acts 1:8). Through tears and smiles, we experience the unity of the Spirit through God’s amazing love (John 17:23, Ephesians 4:3)!
Prayer brings us closer to each other and Heaven’s door because it’s where our spirits come alive with his. It’s why many get emotional during prayer. We encounter Jesus… and he changes us.
So when you have the opportunity to be prayed for, or perhaps you’re moved to pray for another… remember, prayer unites people. The Holy Spirit is ready to rain down blessings upon you and through you.
Will you take that step? Heaven will celebrate with us!
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something that has grown or developed by or as if by a natural or Spiritual process:
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When we take small steps of growth every day, over time, we see progress. And then our hope has the most potential to be realized. If you string together enough days of consistent growth, you begin to change as a person. You become better, stronger, more skilled, or all of the above.
If you are growing, your organization, your ministry, your circle of influence is growing because each one of you contributes to the whole organization, the whole ministry, the community.
The “Big Mo,” momentum, is an individual’s and organization’s best friend. Depending on which way it’s heading, it either puts the wind at your back…or in your face. And it follows that age-old-rule that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, unless specific actions are taken to change its direction. If your organization or you have momentum, then you need to intentionally put “the pedal to the metal” and continue to ride on that momentum. If an organization or you as an individual are not moving forward, the organization or individual is most likely going backwards.
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to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:
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My six-year-old daughter is small in stature but makes up for it in confidence and competitive juices. There is no greater time of celebration around the Cole household than when we stand Maci next to the door jam and measure how much she has grown in the last three months . She loves to grow, she loves the results of growth, but mostly she loves the childlike excitement Dad and Mom express about how much she has grown. There is a little kid in each of our leadership development journeys that loves the significance of progress. If you don’t celebrate your growth or drive excitement around your team’s growth, you are missing a key element to its sustainability.
“That which gets rewarded gets done”. Growth is no exception. If you want a culture of growth in your team or a discipline of growth in yourself, learn how to “throw down” with enthusiasm about advancement!
My success can be achieved only with others.
CELEBRATING THE EVENING OF INSPIRATION
On the first Thursday in December, the lady’s ministry team of Cold Springs Church has put on an event called “Evening of Inspiration”. The event includes decorated tables, a potluck dinner, a gift drawing, carols, a Christmas message and an ornament exchange. Cold Springs ladies give of their time, resources, creativity, and hospitality to insure every person who walks through our doors feels welcome. FUN! And a wonderful way to welcome in the Christmas season.
This year, we had the pleasure of hearing Pam Cooke share about her experience with embracing the way God chose to bring about our redemption. She asked “Why Jesus?” She heard a response – “Why not Jesus?”
He came – “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14.
He loved – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends.” – John 15:13
He showed us The Father – “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high. - Hebrews 1:3
He left The Spirit – “But I tell you the truth – it is better for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.”
Why do women decorate tables every year, why do they invite others, why do women come to the event who have never set foot in our church, and why do women return year after year? Jesus. “Why Jesus?” “Why not Jesus!”
Our prayer from lady’s ministry is that you would experience the fullness of Jesus in this glorious holiday season.
With Much Love,
Celebrating lifts one’s soul. Celebrating tells His story. Celebrating is contagious. There’s so much to celebrate:
Let’s celebrate the KidsWorld team members. Ministering to His children, TOGETHER, with such a talented team of people is my number one celebration. I celebrate and I thank God for His bringing us TOGETHER. Each of us individually, graciously bringing our gifts and talents that He has blessed us with to create, to equip, and to impact. It is glorious!
Let’s celebrate Sunday mornings. The previous KidsWorld director always said, “every Sunday is a miracle.” I see that! That’s why on Monday mornings we begin with prayer and praise for what He did.
Let’s celebrate the completion of our church’s most recent giving project, Operation Christmas Child. Last year fifty shoeboxes were sent, and this year God more than tripled that number – over 170 shoeboxes were packed and sent! Yay God. I celebrate because the number of shoeboxes increased. Yes. Wow.
I celebrate, too, because Operation Christmas Child was done TOGETHER. “It was AMAZING!” Church team staff members made shoeboxes. Many church members took a shoebox, filled it, and returned it. Some brought items to fill the shoeboxes. Some gave money towards shipping expenses and/or items to purchase for the boxes. Some participated in the packing party and packed boxes until the supplies ran out. Cold Springs Church people were generous – with their money, their time, their energy, and their love.
There is so much to celebrate! Plus, celebrating is FUN!
I’d like to close with a few of my favorite CELEBRATION Bible verses:
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