June Newsletter

i thank GodI have a few important things to tell you as we approach the summer.  This will be my last newsletter as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator.  I have been beyond blessed to have served in this position for the past two few years. It was not a position I sought after, but when asked by our Pastor to serve, I was humbled and honored to do so. At this time I take hold of Ecclesiastes 3:1 as it reminds me that “there is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens.” This has been a wonderful season serving you, but I am also in a season of raising my children.   I have felt the Lord speaking to my heart that it is time to step down and focus on the special needs of my family during this season. Moving forward I will continue to be apart of the great work of our Sister to Sister Ministry but just in a different capacity.

Our Sister to Sister Ministry has consistently seen over 150 ladies involved in Bible studies all around our community from year to year.  We held very successful IF:GATHERINGs and had some wonderful events.  Through it all, I have been blessed to see how God has worked in the lives of so many of you.  What a privilege to have had a front row seat for it all. God is so good and I hope you know, that serving with and for you will be a memory I will cherish always.  
It makes it easier to step down knowing that our Sister to Sister Team is in great hands. As our Pastor makes the decision on who will step in as Coordinator for our Ministry at large, our Ministry Teams are already in very capable hands.  Our FAITH team is led by Shellynne Wucher.  Our GRACE team is led by Staci Towns and our Special Events team is led by  Katie Cox.  These three leaders, along with their teams, will work together to be certain that the ladies of FBC Pflugerville will still have opportunities to study God’s word, be active in our community and have events that encourage and build up our ladies.  I am confident in their abilities and look forward to what God will do thru them.
This summer we will have an opportunity for you to study the “Armor of God” with our GRACE Fellowship small groups.  These groups meet in the evening at homes in our community.  If you are interested in registering for this study please go HERE .  We will not be having another study as we did not have enough interest.  We look forward to resuming our on campus FAITH studies in the Fall.  If you are looking for some other study options, LifeWay Women has lots video led studies available online, go HERE for more information.
Please be sure to continue with the scripture writing plans.  They can be so meaningful.  This month there are two to chose from.  The topics are “Forgiveness” and “Who I am in Christ.”  Both will be worth the ten minutes it takes to do.  If you have not done this before, this summer is  great time to begin.  Follow this LINK to the plans.
Lastly, I want to thank you for your encouragement.  Many of you have sent me notes and texts over the years to say you are praying for me.  You will never know what that has meant to me.  I have felt your love and friendship and for that I am eternally grateful.
May God bless you and continue to bless the Sister to Sister Ministry of FBC Pflugerville.
Serving Him,
Lana Howell

May & Summer Happenings

GRACE Summer Bible Study

You have asked and we have heard you.  You want summer Bible studies.  Join us as we study theaog SUMMER 2 “Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer. Please RSVP HERE or sign up at our table on Sunday.  This is a small group study that will meet in homes in our area.  Begins the week of June 19th.

Faith Study

We are considering doing Beth Moore “Entrusted” on Thursday evenings at FBC Pflugerville during the summer.  We need to know who is interested.  Please vote so that we can make a decision.

We will let you know soon if we will offer this study. 


Join us May 19th at 6:30pm at

Amanda Rennemeyer’s home.  

April News


Happy April!  What a wonderful beginning to such a special month.  As I watched the wildflowers bloom and the trees bud last month, I’m reminded again that God continually makes things new again, offering a chance to start again new and fresh each and everyday.  What was once drab and colorless is bright and brings hope for a better day.  I hope that you can find encouragement in that today.

Easter weekend will be a time for family and reflection at our church. On the evening of  Good Friday, April 14th,  we will have a service filled with wonderful music to usher you into the presence of the Lord.  Then, Saturday beginning  at 9:30am, is the EGGSTRAVAGANZA for families with children.  Finally, our weekend finishes as we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter morning, April 16th.  I hope to you will come worship with us at First Baptist Church Pflugerville.

Our Spring Bible studies are coming to a close.  I have loved this season of study for our women.  I have personally been challenged to forget what lies behind and to continually strive for that which God has called me to do.  Laying it down for Him and serving others, in HIS name.  Praise God, I have far to go and I am thankful to be in the race with YOU, my sisters.

I would like to take a moment and thank those who have selflessly served in our Faith and Grace Bible study ministries.  These ladies have planned, opened their homes, studied tirelessly and helped present the word of God to women all around our community.  My heartfelt thanks goes to; Katie Cox (Grace Ministry Leader,) Tiffany Schweikhart, Terri Shellenberger, Susan Bell, Staci Towns, Debbie Walker, Eva Melton, Shellynne Wucher (Faith Minstry Leader,) Deborah Rogers, Carole McCarty, Beth Johnson,  Shelli Hankins, Kim Longino and Melody Downing.

 We are looking forward and have not yet decided what is coming next.  Stay tuned for more information to come!


Next Game night will be April 21st at 6:30pm at the home of Amanda Rennemeyer

Scripture Writing plans, thanks to Shannon Long, are available Here

March Newsletter

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

Happy March!  I have just a few items for you.  I hope you are participating in one of our Bible studies.  I have heard great things about both.  I am so amazed at how many of you are faithful to study the Word of God and to make it a priority in your life.  What a difference it makes when we hide His truths in our heart.  He gives us strength when we are weak and discouraged and brings His truths to mind when we need them most.

If you are not already using the Scripture writing plans, please consider this 10 minute task.  I promise it will  become a grounding and meaningful time with Him.  This month’s verses are about Grace.  How wonderful!  grace-scripture-writing-plan-english


March Game Night is Friday 17th at 6:30pm

at the home of Amanda Rennemeyer.

Februray 2017 Newsletter

I am still overflowing with thoughts and emotions from this past weekend.  We had about 70 ladies gather for IF:PFLUGERVILLE 2017jenny.  We were challenged and inspired.  Inspired not to do big grandiose things for the Kingdom, but to slow down and pour our lives in to each other.  To build community and find one person to decide to show up for; to give of ourselves selflessly and show them Jesus.  That’s it.  Show them Jesus, in small ways.  In your time, service and unconditional love.  We can do it ladies.  You touch one life.  Then they touch one life and it just continues.  What a blessing.

I am so very grateful for our Sister to Sister Team.  if2017aThey worked tirelessly to create a special place for us to be together.  My heartfelt thanks go to Shelli Hankins, Katie Cox, Shellynne Wucher, Kim Longino, Terri Shellenberger, Tiffany Schweikhart, Melody Downing, Susan Bell, Lori Walker, Deborah Rogers and  Carole McCarty.  These ladies help, not only with special events but our Bible Study ministry as well.  We are also extremely grateful for the assistance of Karen Small in our church office and to the Media team for keeping us going through the weekend.


FAITH : Be Joyful: Living a Life Characterized by Joy              A study in the book of Philippians.  

 This study begins THIS WEEK (Feb 9th and 10th!)  This study meets in the Fellowship Hall at FBC Pflugerville on Thursday evenings at 7pm and Friday mornings at 9:30am.  Childcare is available on Friday but we must know ahead of time.  So if this is the study for you, please contact Shellynne Wucher today!

GRACE:  Entrusted a study of 2nd Timothy.   

This small group study meets in homes around our community.  They meet in the evenings and have one group that meets on Friday morning.  This study will begin next week, Feb. 12th.  Please go HERE to register for this study.  

Scripture wring plan for this month is great!  Find it HERE


Big Things Coming Up!


I’m stepping out of our routine and sending a mid-month message.  We are just two weeks away from IF:GATHERING at FBC Pflugerville.  Go HERE  to register to attend our local IF:PFLUGERVILLE.  We are so excited to join together and seek the Lord and worship.

It’s  time to begin signing up for Spring Bible Studies!

FAITH Bible Fellowship 

 Our country, community, families and our individual lives have had much turmoil in recent months. You may be tempted to get discouraged, beaten down and wonder “Where is the Joy?” Join us for this study titled:

“BE JOYFUL: LIVING A LIFE CHARACTERIZED BY JOY”                                                          This eight week study in Philippians begins on February 9th/10th

  • Thursday Evenings – Begins February 9, &:00-8:45pm in the Building C Fellowship Hall. No childcare.
  • Friday Mornings – Begins February 10, 9:30-11:30 in the Building C Fellowship Hall.  Sign up for child care by contacting Carrie Roddy croddy@fbcpville.org.

Sign up begins January 22.  Stop by the Sister to Sister table in the Worship Center or contact Shellynne Wucher at welive4him@sbcglobal.net.

GRACE Women’s Fellowship 

“Entrusted- A  Study of 2nd Timothy” by Beth Moore                                                             this 6 week study begins the week of Feb. 12th

We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves.
In this 6-session Bible study, Beth will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live a life of faithfulness.

Join us for this small group study that will meet in homes around our community. Please let us know what evening is good for you when you register.  You can register online HERE or come by our table on Sunday.  

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year Sisters!  if-conference-2017-cWe jump right into 2017 with excitement as we look forward to IF:PFLUGERVILLE in just one month.  Shelli Hankins is leading our IF:PFLUGERVILLE team this year.  She and our Women’s Ministry Team have been praying and planning for this very special event.  Would you like to know more?   Take a moment and watch this quick video to learn a little bit more about it.

We will be live-streaming this event with women from all around the world.  What an amazing thing to know that we will be simultaneously worshipping with women from the US, England, Albania, Nairobi, Rwanda, Australia, Okinawa and Vietnam, just to name a few.  WOW!  Can you think of another time you were able to do that?  We are honored to be apart of the IF:GATHERING and hope that you will join ladies from all over Pflugerville as we gather together at First Baptist Pflugerville to worshipshareables-4 and learn more about the disciples from the book of Acts.  Follow this link to register.     https://register.ifgathering.com/event/ifpflugerville    If  you are planning to attend, we ask that you spread the word and invite your friends.
Share on Facebook or Instagram.  You can follow us on IF:PFLUGERVILLE  Facebook page. We will share information there as the event gets closer.

gamenight-graphicGame Night is back! We will resume our ladies Game Night on Jan. 13th at 6:30pm at the          home of Amanda Rennemeyer.    (1516 Hollyhock Ct.)  Bring a snack and a friend! Go HERE to RSVP

scripture-writing-plan-topperThis month I want to encourage you to plan to be in the WORD.  I know how many of us make new year’s resolutions. Many times they get forgotten within a week or so.  May I encourage you to spend at least 10 minutes a day focusing on the Lord.  I promise, after awhile, your 10 minutes will naturally grow as you begin longing to meet the Lord each day.  A great way to begin this is by utilizing the Scripture Writing Plan.  This month you have two to chose from.  One has scriptures focusing on  Courage. Who doesn’t need to be encouraged by our Lord to be Courageous?  I certainly do.  Go HERE to find this month’s plans.  

Another great way to utilize your time and read the Bible or a devotional is on yoyouversionur smartphone.  I know… I should tell you that you have to actually open your Bible, which you should, but this is a great tool to use on the go.  The FREE  YouVersion Bible App allows you to have your Bible at your finger tips. What I love most about it is that you have hundreds of Daily Devotionals to use.  Some are only a few days long, some last all year. I hope you will check it out.

Spring Bible studies are just around the corner.  We will be announcing them very soon.  They will begin the third week of February.




December Newsletter

Merry Christmas!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family.  I have to say this is truly my favorite time of the year.  I start playing Christmas music as soon as I start pulling out the decorations.  This year that was two days before Thanksgiving.  I was in my happy place.   I think my favorite item to put out this year was an early Christmas gift .  My in-laws had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and they surprised us with a beautiful nativity from Bethlehem.  What a treasure.  nativityAs I carefully unwrapped each piece, I wondered what it must have been like for those shepherds.  Complete and utter amazement.  But more than that, I wondered, did they realized this was it? How long did it take for them to know that this was the long awaited messiah?  Can you see it?  Angles?   The star?  My heart was so full.  I didn’t want to miss this moment.  This precious moment.  Then I began to think about Christmases past that were so busy and full of events, parties and buying gifts.  I hardly remember them.  But what I do remember is what I forgot.  I forgot the baby, lying in the manger. The one who had come to save us all. I forgot him. This year, I want to see the baby Jesus in it all.  I want to ponder on the wonder of that night and rejoice with the angles and sing,  Glory to God in the Highest!  I pray that you stop and take time to remember; be still and be in awe.  Don’t miss the baby who held the hope of the world, in a manger, so long ago.


 IF:GATHERING  at FBC Pflugerville         Feb 3-4 2017.   We are hosting this live-streaming event called IF:PFLUGERVILLE.  Last year was great. There will be wonderful speakers, time of worship and thoughtful conversations.  I know you will be blessed when you come.  Registration is open now online at https://register.ifgathering.com/event/ifpflugerville   This event is open to our community and we are praying that women from around our area will join us.  Be one of the many who will say, “Count Me In!” Will  you share this graphic on your social media page?  We’d love for you to help us spread the word.  Keep up with all the latest on our IF:PFLUGERVILLE Facebook page.  Be part of the movement.

We will have information on Spring Bible studies next month.  Plan on those studies beginning mid February.

December Scripture writing plan is posted on our Facebook page and on the Bible study tab on this site.

Have a VERY Merry Christmas from your Sister to Sister Ministry team!

We love serving you.

November Newsletter

Happy November!  I can not remember a year I longed for November more than now.  This unseasonably warm and dry October has left me longing for crisp cool mornings and evenings cuddled up in a blanket.  Well, I can hope at least!

I am excited to tell you that we are already praying and prif-pflugerville-graphic_fbeparing for IF:GATHERING.  We are once again hosting this event on Feb. 3 -4, 2017, at our church, FBC Pflugerville.  You can attend IF:PFLUGERVILLE with us and enjoy this live streaming event with great speakers, worship and times of shtumblr_inline_ofkmlv69wv1spv0gg_1280aring together.  Last year was powerful and
we fully expect it to be so again.  Today, is our  first Registration push!  If you register, today  Nov. 1st, you will be entered in a drawing  to win this fabulous IF gift bundle.   I am so excited that one of you may win this!   To register  follow THIS LINK .  Now if you are not sure what IF:GATHERING is all about, please watch this video from IF founder Jennie Allen.      For more information follow us at IF:PFLUGERVILLE on Facebook.    

gamenight-graphic              Now Back by popular demand…Game Night!  Yes, it has been way too long since we have gathered to laugh, eat and just have fun.   Are you in need of a Girl’s Night Out?  Leave the kids with the hubs, grab a snack and a friend and  join us Friday, Nov. 11th at 6:30pm at the home of Tammy Hutchison 207 Holman Path, Hutto.

Our Fall Bible studies are coming to an end.  What a great time we have had opening God’s word together.  I have had so many of you tell me how much you are learning in each of the studies.  We will take December and January off and begin again in February.