May

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Mom

May brings so many things … the close of the school year, a glimpse of the summer that will soon be here and a time to specifically set aside to appreciate mom.  I pray that all of the mom’s have a wonderful day.  If you are fortunate enough to get to spend time with your mom I hope it will be a truly wonderful time together. That being said my heart goes out to those who will not get to spend time with your mom or your kids due to distance, strained relationships or they now sit at the feet of Jesus and you are clinging to that hope given to us through the sacrifice of our Heavenly Father in knowing that you will see them again. Those circumstances can make this a day of sadness and loneliness for some. I encourage you to reach out to those ladies that may have a day like that in store for them and remind them that they are loved.

Change

That word is seldom one that we like to hear and depending on what it is that is about to change in our lives, it can be meat with fear, anxiety or anticipation. As we look ahead to the changes that Pastor Steve prayerfully presented, I encourage you all to welcome this new format to our Sunday worship schedule. I believe that we as the women in our home have the ability to influence our family with our speech and attitude. Whether the eyes and ears watching and listening in your home belong to preschoolers, children, or teens you have the ability to influence their outlook on what’s going on around them simply through your speech and attitude. If we are excited and anticipate these new changes with a joyful spirit, then it is my belief that our families will be influenced by our example. I am looking forward to getting to see and meet people in our church that I don’t usually ever see because we have been in different services. What a time of unity this will be for our church family.

Bible Studies

Our bible studies have come to a close and we have all enjoyed studying and discussing the word together in homes and at our church. I participated in the study that took a look at the sermon on the mount. Wow! I have heard that passage of scripture so many times, but never have I heard it presented in such a way as this. We studied it as a whole instead of looking at single passages here and there.  It was a great time of learning and fellowship together.

A big note of thanks goes out to Shellyne and Staci for leading and coordinating these studies. They do an awesome job. Stay tuned for the new studies to be presented in the fall.

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March Newsletter

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March is off to a great start as we look forward to some nicer weather (at least less clouds) and soon more daylight in our day! (Spring forward 1 hour this coming Sunday…) And spring break!!

With the passing of Reverend Billy Graham, I have been inundated with thoughts and images from my childhood revolving around this man of God and the hours I spent as a kid watching him on t.v. The many messages of salvation and hope he brought to so many were certainly made known over these last several days with all of the interviews.

With all of the attention on Billy, I actually learned more about Ruth, his wife, and their relationship. I found myself  in admiration of the strength she gave her husband and all the research she put into helping him with his sermons (he recognized the gem he had in her knowledge of the Bible). I loved listening to how she coped with Billy being away from home so much of the time and how she handled the majority of raising their children on her own. What a privilege to get to have a peek at the life of this strong, faithful woman that followed Christ to the best of her ability in every aspect of her life.  While I am not a fan of putting people on a pedestal of idolatry and trying to measure up to seemingly unattainable heights, I do like to recognize good examples when given and make adjustments where I am led to make them.  I believe as women of faith, we have  great opportunities to tap into the wisdom of the generation of women that have gone before us to help us be the best we can be. Whether it is through examples of women like Ruth Graham, or the example of Pricilla Shirer through a move such as War Room, I invite you to look for opportunities to give or receive wisdom and encouragement.  I invite you to take a look at this clip and just take in her down to earth words of wisdom.

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Bible Studies

We are into the 4th week of our bible studies and I trust that you are finding them helpful and are in the midst of a deeper dive into your relationship with the Lord and in His word.  Please keep our bible study leaders in prayer as some have had some health issues in the past several days.  We need to lift them up in prayer for strength, stamina and good health during these coming weeks.

Looking ahead…

Bible Study Feedback/Sharing – We will be gathering all of our bible study attendees from all sessions after the studies conclude for a time of sharing and survey feedback on our spring studies. I will send out meeting information as we get closer to that time.

IF Gathering 2018 – I know this is something that you look forward to each year.  During our leadership planning session we came up with the idea of holding this conference as a recorded session instead of live streaming.  This gives us more flexibility with setting our own agenda for the day and planning .  I am getting close to setting a firm date (most likely September) and will get the save the date information out as early as possible so you can plan on attending.

Have a blessed March and safe travels for those of you getting out for spring break,

Lynda

 

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February Newsletter

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I trust you all had a great time of being together with family during the holidays and taking some much needed time of rest away from the hustle and bustle of the work place and school schedules…but guess what?! January has already come and gone and the year is in full swing with the start of February upon us.

The month of February brings on many images and emotions. While we celebrate our love for each other or pay extra attention to our heart health during this month, my thoughts are lingering on the words our pastor shared this past week as he focused on the sanctity of life. While the ideas that life is miraculous and precious are so easily acceptable to us, I can’t help but think how hard it is for us as women to sometimes accept that our life is redeemable – no matter what we have done. As christian women, we are covered by the grace of God and yet we still find ourselves sometimes struggling with the thought that somehow we may not be worthy of that grace because of something that we did or maybe we should have done. Thank goodness God reminds us that day after day He bears our burdens…Ps. 68:19 and His love never fails us.  Have a wonderful month celebrating the love that surrounds you!

Our Sister to Sister Ministry is in full swing with 2 new bible studies starting this month. If you have not had a chance to register or see the information I invite you to take a look at the information below and join us for a time of study and fellowship.

At the conclusion of these studies we plan on coming together for a time of fellowship and opportunities to share what was laid on our hearts during these studies.

Click here for information and online registration.

Presented by Shellynne Wucher

Presented by Staci Towns

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Katie does such a great job of planning our events and we send out our happiest congratulations to the Cox family on their newest addition, sweet little Madeline!

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December Newsletter

Merry Christmas

We are officially in the midst of the Christmas season which always brings to my mind Christmas’ past. I think I do this because of all the traditions that surround Christmas whether it be gathering with family, the Christmas Eve candle light service, our favorite Christmas movies or just trying to get the kids ready and where they need to be at the needed time for all of their programs, band concerts, and other school activities that go with the season.
This year I am again recalling all of those favorite memories, while I feel God has laid on my heart the importance of stopping long enough to embrace and enjoy the season of life we as women find ourselves as we make our way through this holiday.  We all have  things that concern us no matter where we are on our path – finding the right guy, finding the right job, being the best wife and/or mother you can be, finding those teachable moments with your kids or grandkids.  Closing your eyes for what seems a moment when they enter middle school only to open them and they are in high school. That brings a whole new season – letting them go and find their way in a career or college and figuring out how to spend time alone again with your husband! You may be waiting on the grandkids to make their annual visit to your house. I know it’s hard to do sometimes, but stop and take a moment to really look around and take that mental snapshot and enjoy which ever season you find yourself in because they all go by quickly.
This Christmas I also feel led to share a time of reflection of those seasons that are the hardest and nobody ever wants to find themselves in. It is a time that so many of us struggle with especially during this time of year. It is the first Christmas that a loved one is not at the table. Whether it is through the homecoming to be with our Father or a divorce we never saw coming; it is an empty space in our annual traditions. We all know of somebody that will have an empty seat for the first time this year….or even those that it may be many years of an empty spot. I would encourage you to say a prayer for them as they navigate through this Christmas. Give them a hug, a look or a squeeze of the hand. It will be needed and so appreciated as they make their way through this time.
2018 is just around the corner….be prepared for another great year in our women’s ministry. Begin praying about where you want to serve as we start discussing activities and events.
Have a safe and very merry Christmas!
Lynda

Scripture Writing Plan

This month we are focusing on the Names of God.  What a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for Christmas. Be sure to print both pages to get all 31 days.


Bible Studies are on Holiday break.  We will begin again in the New Year.

September Newsletter

Fall Bible Studies begin week of Sept 17

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 An Update from Staci:

“You don’t have anything to prove.
Too many of us walk through life feeling as if we don’t measure up. We always seem to thirst for more. We think if we could only work harder or be better, we could be enough. But the truth is, we will never be enough.  And thankfully, we don’t have to be.”

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This small group study will be held in homes around our area. Sign ups have begun for  Find us to sign up outside the sanctuary of the church or sign up online HERE!


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Update from Shellynne:

When God Doesn’t Fix It

 Learning to Walk in God’s Plans Instead of Our Own

 Worship Leader and recording artist Laura Story (who won a Grammy for her song “Blessings”) helps us understand we aren’t the only ones whose lives have taken unexpected turns. She examines the brokenness of some of the heroes of our faith, and shows how despite their flaws and flawed stories, God was able to use them in extraordinary ways.
And it was not because of their faith, but because of the faithfulness of their God.
God may not fix everything.
In fact, although your situation might not ever change or get better,  with Jesus YOU can.
This study is held at our FBC campus on Thursday evenings or Friday mornings.   Sign up at our table  or contact Shellynne Wucher

 Update from Katie:

September is here, and while I’m excited that Fall is right around the corner (which means pumpkin everything :)), I’m also very saddened by the recent devastations from 21248379_1224654424347577_6906470977953765298_oHurricane Harvey knowing that many of those people affected, some being family and friends, will be completing starting over. So while the rest of us are preparing excitedly for the holidays, they will be slowly putting back together their homes and community. So if you’re wondering what it is you can do to help right here in our community and church, we will be collecting donations to help those directly affected from Hurricane Harvey. Here is a list of items that can be donated and dropped off at the Sister to Sister tableHarvey Releif Needs

  • FBC Refugio have also asked for art supplies for the children of their church.  If you have some of these items around your house or would like to purchase them, please consider donating what you can. Let’s not just talk about being the hands and feet of Jesus and actually start doing it.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11

On a brighter note, I enjoyed our night of fellowship in August and am very grateful for those of you who showed up and brought all that yummy food!

We talked briefly about IF:Table and experienced a small glimpse of it by eating together in small groups and sharing our stories and answering questions about our faith and community. If you’d like to start an IF:Table at your home or want more information about what it is, you can visit this site (https://www.ifgathering.com/new-to-the-table) for more information or stop by the Sister to Sister table. Here’s a brief explanation about what it entails.

“A place to gather women and share a simple meal and dive deep with people over real stories and Christ centered conversations. A time for a whole lot of laughter – and maybe a few tears – but time spent that leaves us with glad hearts. Full hearts. Grateful hearts.” And a huge thanks to some of the Sister to Sister team, Melody, Kim, Staci, Shellynne, Tiffany, Terri, and Debbie for all your help in pulling off this event!

Lastly, if you’d like to offer some input into future events, please consider filling out our survey HERE stop by the Sister to Sister table where we will also have copies available.

Be on the lookout for future details on exciting events to come.


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August 2017 Newsletter

Fall Kickoff Event :   Aug 15th 7pm

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Come join us for a picnic styled potluck Fall Kickoff Event!   Tuesday, August 15th at 7pm.  This will be a great event to get to know other ladies, so whether you’re new to our church or have been here forever, come make a new friend over dinner and deep conversations. We will also be announcing our Fall Bible studies, so you will not want to miss this event! Sign up for the potluck here or stop by our Sister to Sister table. 

Potluck sign up link:

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Suggestions?

Do you have ideas or suggestions on women events you’d like to see here at FBC? Send an email here with your ideas (katiecox0204@gmail.com). We’d love to hear from you! 

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”      Hebrews 10:24-25


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When God Doesn’t Fix It

Learning to Walk in God’s Plans Instead of Our Own

 Worship Leader and recording artist Laura Story (who won a Grammy for her song “Blessings”) helps us understand we aren’t the only ones whose lives have taken unexpected turns. She examines the brokenness of some of the heroes of our faith, and shows how despite their flaws and flawed stories, God was able to use them in extraordinary ways.
And it was not because of their faith, but because of the faithfulness of their God.
God may not fix everything.
In fact, although your situation might not ever change or get better,                         with Jesus YOU can.

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We are on our last week of our “Armor of God” study and we are donning our armor to fight against the schemes of the devil. God is working in these women in mighty ways. It is so encouraging to see unity and discipleship among the women of Christ regardless of age or life stage. Looking forward to the fall and what He has in store!

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Speaking of the fall…

In September we will start a new study called “Proven” by Jennie Allen.  Check out the video below to learn a little more.


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July Newsletter

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A Word from Katie:

On August 15th, we will have a Fall Kickoff event where we will announce our Fall Bible studies, as well as fellowshipping around dinner tables with ladies of all ages. We will have deep conversations about our faith and walk with Christ. What better way to get to know ladies in the church than with food and good conversation. This will be a potluck event in the MPB, so mark your calendars and start looking for more details in the weeks to come.


 

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A Word from Staci:

Our  Summer, “Armor of God” study, is underway and going well.  If you didn’t get a chance to join us for this, don’t worry our leadership team is already making plans for our Fall study.   Please follow us on Facebook at Grace Women’s Ministry to stay in the loop as to what we have going on.

Our Grace Fellowships are women coming together in small home groups for the purpose of reaching the lost and encouraging the saved through practical bible study. 


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A Word from Shellynne:

I am excited! I have stacks of books and hours of videos that I am reviewing in anticipation of our Fall FAITH on campus Bible Study.

“Oh, the depth of riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God”     Romans 11:33.

Consider the wonder of that verse! God has graciously given us His Word so we can learn His wisdom and gain knowledge of Him. In September, the FAITH study will be starting up again. Come sit at the feet of Jesus with us. Be sure to read the August newsletter to see the details of our upcoming study. It is almost here!

Our Faith Bible Fellowship is a weekly Bible study that meets on our FBC Pflugerville campus on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings throughout the school year.  This multi-generational ladies study is a great way to dig deeper in the word. 


Scripture Writing Plan for July

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