Forging Friendships and Studying God’s Word
by Carrie Verbosky
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
I had stopped working full time after I had my first child, Arianna. We were living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and very involved in our church there. A friend invited me to the weekly Bible Study at our church. I kept putting her off with different excuses. Finally, in the Spring I went and discovered that the weekly Bible Study was such a glorious time of study, fellowship, and mentorship. My friend wasn’t able to continue in the Fall, and I found that I was the only one with a small child attending the study so I considered leaving it. I found though that I was drawn back each week to this place where I could share my prayer requests, gain a deeper understanding of God’s word, and gain deeper friendships with women in the church. Something remarkable began to happen in our church then. More young families began to attend our church and more young Moms began to attend the weekly Bible Study. By the time I had my second child, Michael, there was a full nursery and enough toddlers to have their own class. I knew when I moved to Fredericksburg that I would want to get involved with a women’s Bible study at New Life. I began attending and found the same experience of study, fellowship, and mentorship I had experienced in New Mexico.
So… how about you?
Are you a young mom? Can I challenge you to join us for the Bible study this Tuesday? It isn’t too much work and a blessing when you are there. Wouldn’t it be great to have our Nursery filled with children? Little babies in class have never been a problem.
Are you an older woman? Your wisdom and prayer support is such an important part of supporting younger women. The friendships forged can be deep and meaningful.
My prayer is for a growing commitment to our weekly Bible study by women of all ages. May we be blessed in sharing God’s Word and our lives with one another.
About Carrie: Carrie is married to Steve and they have four children: Arianna (14), Michael (11), Katelyn (8) and Timothy (3). She serves on the Women’s Ministry Committee and has co-led Vacation Bible School the last two years. Carrie also coordinated the Talents to Treasure mini-conference putting into practical application her love for the women of the church and crafts. In her spare time Carrie enjoys sewing, knitting, scrap-booking, stamping and more!
Scroll down toward the end to read a message from Kathryne Marple, NLICC Women’s Ministry Committee Chair
Ministries are Beginning Soon – Signups in Foyer this Sunday – Check out the following Start Dates:
- Children & Adult Vocal/Handbell Choirs & Drama – Tuesday, September 9
- Christian Service (Boy’s) Brigade – Wednesday, September 10
- Pioneer Girls – Wednesday, September 17
Note that Pioneer Girls begins a week later than Boys Brigade this year.
Women’s Discipleship Opportunities
- Care Groups
Although care groups are not just for women, they are the primary way in which the church ministers to each member – spiritually and physically – as we meet weekly for Bible study, prayer and fellowship. Watch for the flyer with the various Care Group times and locations and sign up.
- Titus 2
“….Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live…to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women…” Titus 2:3-4
All ladies 18 and over are encouraged to join a Titus 2 group. This is our primary means of women’s discipleship apart from Care Groups – it’s not just for those married or with children. Titus 2 is a monthly Bible study that meets in a mentor’s home for a shared meal, fellowship, Bible study and prayer. There are groups meeting at various days and times of the month to suit most any woman’s schedule. Titus 2 groups meet for seven months beginning in September or October.
This year’s study is It’s Time to Step Up: The Psalms of Ascent by our own Karen Melnick.
Signups will be in the foyer this Sunday. Books will be available at signup table or in the office for $5.
- Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study meets weekly on Tuesday mornings beginning next Tuesday, September 9th, from 9:30-11:30 in room 217. Child care is available in the nursery – $20 each child for 10 weeks (2 sessions) Newborns and nursing babies are welcome in class. This year we will study The Promised One – Seeing Jesus in Genesis by Nancy Guthrie and Karen Melnick will be leading us. It is a 10 lesson study that we will do over 20 weeks. There are 40 min DVD sessions from Nancy Guthrie that we’ll watch every other week as well. Books may be picked up in the office from Christine for $10 or you may purchase on your own. RSVP to Christine in the office firstname.lastname@example.org if you will need child care.
Levi Warren Auker has arrived! Congratulations, Cameron and Amy!
We are rejoicing that baby Levi was born Wednesday, September 3, weighing 7 lbs, 6 oz., 20.5 inches long. If you would like to provide a meal for Cameron and Amy, you may sign-up here.
Looking for “Parents” to adopt UMW students
Contact the office if you’d be willing to be a home away from home family to a college student. We will welcome the UMW students at a luncheon on Sunday, September 14 after the worship service in the fireside room.
Baby Shower for Tracey Fischer this Saturday, September 6th, 2-4pm at the Lorei’s
You are invited to a Baby shower for Tracey Fischer on Saturday, September 6, 2-4pm at the Loreis. Tracey is having a girl and is registered at Buy Buy Baby. In lieu of a card please consider giving a book to start Baby Fischer’s library. RSVP to Lucinda. Please join us to celebrate with Tracey!
Prayer Shower for Expectant Moms next Saturday, September 13th, 9am in the Fireside Room
More babies are on the way! Come join us for breakfast and a time of prayer for our expectant and brand new mothers: Elise Byrd, Trina Ewing, Amy Auker, Elisa Wassum, Katie Crawford, Tracey Fischer, and Jennifer Worman. If you are able to bring something to share, please sign up here.
Women’s Ministry Training, September 13th at 10:30 in Room 217
Please read Chapters 3 and 4 of Women’s Leadership in the Church. Phyllis DiBella will be leading this session. If you will not be able to attend, please contact her at email@example.com to schedule a make-up session.
Women’s Ministry Meeting, Sunday, September 14th at 4:15pm in Room 217
Time with the Clark Family Running Out – Schedule time with them soon!
Thank you, Lucinda, for reminding us that Billy, Yashmin, and the girls will be leaving Fredericksburg on October 19th. If you would like to spend some time with them before they leave, the following are the dates they will be in Fredericksburg, don’t miss your opportunity:
September 4 and 16-18
Fall is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are in school, schedules are more regular, and you can plan a lunch date and follow it up with service to the church! Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1 pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
Since 2001 when my mother passed away, I have been developing a closer relationship with my Aunt Mary who was Mama’s older sister. We all lived in Waynesboro growing up, a short two hour drive from here, so a quarterly trip to visit her and Uncle Mosby (a 93-year-old WWII vet and married to her for 72 years) became routine for me the past 13 years. For the past two days I had the privilege of sitting with her as she lay dying in the local hospital, and this morning (Wednesday) at age 90, she peacefully passed away. I was relieved she was released from a rare and devastating illness that began seven weeks ago and kept her in the hospital until she entered His presence today. Once again, I am surprised that loss and grief hit harder than expected, even when the death itself is expected and prayed for by the time it is imminent. Perhaps I will write more about her at another time, but today the Lord invited me to let go of someone precious, return her to Him, and allow Him to fill that painful void of lost relationship with more of Him and the lessons learned from having loved and been loved.
Do you have information or needs that you’d like passed to the women of the church, activities or studies you’d like to see? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee
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