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Lesson from My Physical Therapist
by Angela Weller
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
I have been going to physical therapy for the past few weeks for back and neck muscle pain. My physical therapist, Jane, taught me a spiritual lesson and she doesn’t even know it.
Jane is a skilled and knowledgeable therapist. I found out from a therapy technician that she has a doctorate, but she goes by Jane anyway. Each time I arrive at a session, I don’t know what techniques she will use or what exercises she will show me. I don’t ask her what she is going to do because she proved to me early on that she knows what she’s doing. I try not to complain when it hurts because I understand that pain is necessary for healing (although I don’t think I’ll agree to “dry needling” ever again!).
I trust Jane. She has a plan for my therapy, but she doesn’t reveal her entire plan to me at once. She gives me only what I need for that day, and she gives me instructions for the stretching and strengthening exercises I need to do on my own. Of course my favorite part about each session is at the end when I lie down on a heating pad and rest!
During my last session, I realized how much I need to trust God and His plan for me way more than I trust Jane and her plan for me. As much as it hurts to go through the emotional pain of a difficult marriage, I must seek His Word and cling to my Savior. He knows my pain and He has a plan. As much as I want to know His plan for my life (will it always be this way?), I have to wait for His timing because He is a loving, gracious and merciful God, and He is always with me.
About Angela: Angela has attended New Life in Christ Church since 1995 and taught children’s Sunday school for 12 years. She has been blessed to see so many children grow up in the strength and knowledge of the Lord.
“Mental Health and the Mission of the Church”
For some time now the Women’s Ministry Committee has been planning a mini-conference on mental health to be held November 16th from 8:30am-1:30pm. Almost everyone knows of someone who’s life has been affected by mental illness. How should the church respond? With loving compassion and help. We intend to dispel some myths of mental illness and educate us as a church to understand the significance mental health in the lives of ourselves, our families, the church and those we minister to. We’ll share basic information on mental health to address both the physical and spiritual causes and treatments of mental illness. We want your questions – what would you like to learn? What questions do you have? Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org , speak to Pam Lopes in the Office, or drop them anonymously in the Women’s Ministry mailbox in the Office. We plan to have a physician, Biblical counselor, and Pastor as a part of the planning team and program and we’d like to address your questions or concerns as a part of the conference.
If you want to sign up for Titus 2, contact Karen Melnick right away, groups will begin meeting soon. Also, pick up your book from the office for $7.
Women’s Bible Study
The Confession of Faith – A Women’s Approach began this week, but it’s not too late to join! This week we were treated to a fabulous introductory history of the Reformation in England and the origins of the Westminster Assembly and the Confession of Faith and surprise 17th century fare by Christine Fulcrod. This week we begin delving into the rich Scripture behind this great work. Contact Christine in the office (540) 786-4848 or email@example.com to join. Childcare is available. Scholarship help available, we want you there!
Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting, Saturday, September 14th at 8:30am in Room 216
Women’s Ministry Training, Saturday, September 14th at 10am in Room 216
Read Chapters 3 and 4 of Women’s Leadership in the Church, Christine Fulcrod is leading this week.
Shower of Prayer, September 21st at 9am in the Fireside Room
Come enjoy breakfast and a time of prayer in anticipation of our NLICC and EG covenant babies. This Prayer Shower is in honor of Tracy Greenberg, Dena Kota, Annie Page, Katie Pirch, Hannah Reed and Ruth de Los Santos. No gifts expected, food provided. Bring a heart of prayer and praise for these little ones and their families! Click here if you’d like to provide a breakfast item.
Baby Shower for Tracy Greenberg, Sunday, September 29th at 2pm
At the home of Taniya Capitano, 1026 West Kensington Circle, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. RSVP to Taniya at by 9/27. Invitations are in the foyer.
Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center Walk/Run for Life, Saturday, October 5th
Sign up to participate as a walker or runner. Invite family or friends to join or sponsor you. Find a friend to sponsor. Register or sponsor online here.
Pastor Gary has challenged us as a church to help support our mission to Capernaum, Younglife’s ministry to disabled children and young adults, through hospitality to the teens and their families. One of the ways that you can help is by providing refreshment and hospitality to the parents who meet in the Youth Room upstairs. Check out the sign up sheet – is there a place where you, your family, care group or you and a friend would be willing to serve? The priority is to provide hospitality to the parents, but treats for the kids would be appreciated.
Christ Covenant School Nursery Help Needed
If you can help even one Monday or Wednesday morning in the Nursery please contact Barb Plating at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings Bags, October 19th following the Women’s Breakfast at 9am
Ever wonder what to give the homeless guy begging at the intersection? Want to have a blessing on hand to share ready in your car? Join us Saturday, October 19th at 9am to enjoy breakfast and make “Blessing Bags” – ziplocks filled with toiletries and treats. Bring your daughter or a friend and join us for fellowship and an assembly line. We’ll have tracts on hand to put in your bags to share the good news. It will take some planning ahead and everyone following through to bring the contents. Sign up here.
As always, we love to hear your stories. If you, like Angela, are willing to encourage us with what God is teaching you, let us know. Contact Annie Jedick or send your piece to email@example.com.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee