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Prayer Focus for June 2014
by Gretchen Trump
I have used Oswald Chambers’ daily devotions for many years, especially, after the death of my husband. The focus for June 7 is one of my favorites on prayer. May we never be found to be slacking in our prayer life.
The Greatest Source of Power
by Oswald Chambers
“Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do”
Am I fulfilling this ministry of intercession deep within the hidden recesses of my life? There is no trap nor any danger at all of being deceived or of showing pride in true intercession. It is a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit through which the Father is glorified. Am I allowing my spiritual life to waste away, or am I focused, bringing everything to one central point— the atonement of my Lord? Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest of my life? If the central point, or the most powerful influence, of my life is the atonement of the Lord, then every aspect of my life will bear fruit for Him.
However, I must take the time to realize what this central point of power is. Am I willing to give one minute out of every hour to concentrate on it? “If you abide in Me . . . “— that is, if you continue to act, and think, and work from that central point— “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). Am I abiding? Am I taking the time to abide? What is the greatest source of power in my life? Is it my work, service, and sacrifice for others, or is it my striving to work for God? It should be none of these— what ought to exert the greatest power in my life is the atonement of the Lord. It is not on what we spend the greatest amount of time that molds us the most, but whatever exerts the most power over us. We must make a determination to limit and concentrate our desires and interests on the atonement by the Cross of Christ.
“Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do . . . .” The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and what appears to be his free choices are actually God’s foreordained decrees. Is this mysterious? Does it appear to contradict sound logic or seem totally absurd? Yes, but what a glorious truth it is to a saint of God.
Please read the note from Kathryne Marple, Chair of the Women’s Ministry Committee near the end…
Fall Women’s Retreat Sign ups in Foyer – this Sunday and next!
October 24-26 at Blessings Lodge, Camp Overlook for ladies 15 and up
Sovereign God of the Covenants – teaching by Marcia Vastine
$120 for 2 nights and all meals. Second installments of $40 are due now. If you have not signed up yet, $80 will hold your spot.
Prayers and Meals needed for Hadnot and Haynie Families
Whitney Haynie (Sylvia Hadnot’s daughter) gave birth to baby Jubilee on Monday at UVA Medical Hospital. Jubilee lived just a day and then went to be with the Lord. We’d like to provide the grieving family with meals. Please sign up here if you are willing to help.
Jubilee Shalom Haynie’s funeral will be June 19th at 10am
If you are able you provide food for a family reception afterwards please sign up here
Baby Bottle Change Collection for Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center – turn in bottles this Sunday!
Didn’t get a bottle? Feel free to bring the change off your dresser or out of the car in another container or just write a check to FPC and bring it to the office or to the coordinator Krystal Dowell.
Women’s Prayer Breakfast – June 14th at 9am in the Fireside Room
Come join us for a time of fellowship! Bring a picture of your father (or father figure in your life) and share a special memory if you are willing as we give thanks for our fathers. Are you able to contribute to the meal? Please sign up HERE.
Women’s Ministry Training – June 14th at 10:30am in Room 219
Barb Plating will be leading training this month. Please read Chapters 6 and 7 of Women’s Ministry in the Local Church to prepare. Let Barb know if you will be unable to attend that day and arrange a make-up session.
True Woman Monthly Study – POSTPONED until Thursday, June 26th at 9:30am (instead of the 26th) in room 219
A study of Biblical womanhood – perfect for young or expectant mothers. Usually third Thurdsay morning of the month this summer. Babysitting is available. Contact Annie Page.
Vacation Bible School (July 21-24) Needs Decorations!
Do you have any Luau themed decorations that you could share for VBS? Let Carrie Verbosky know if you would be willing to donate or lend decorations to make the week extra-special for our children.
Would you be willing to open your backyard or home for an open house this summer? Consider hosting friends and neighbors. Let the office know if you are willing.
By Design Women’s Sunday School Class
This Sunday we’ll be looking at Chapter 9 of By Design by Susan Hunt with Sharon Leaman. We will meet in Room 100 at 9am – come join us! Haven’t been yet or missed a couple of weeks? Not a problem, we’d love to see you! No requirement to read. Men are meeting in the Fireside Room.
Girls’ Sunday Summer Study has begun – NO CLASS on Father’s Day – Resumes June 22nd
- Praise God for the 16 young ladies who have signed up.
- Thank you to those women who have signed up already as lesson leaders and hostesses! We can still use a couple more ladies to step up as leaders on July 20th and 27th. Sign Up HERE
Summer Women’s Bible Studies are beginning, it’s not too late to join!
- Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30am beginning June 3rd led by Karen Melnick and Heather O’Hara
Child care available. Books are available in the office for $13
- War of Words: Getting to the Heart of your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp
Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm beginning June 5th led by Barb Plating and Phyllis DiBella
Books ($12.50) and discussion guide ($2.50) are available in the office
Summer is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are out of school and can help prepare for the worship service! Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
Note from Kathryne Marple:
“ ’Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, ‘things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.’ Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes for the Lord.”
Father’s Day evokes handmade cards with crude drawings of fishing rods and vegetable gardens with childish endearing sentiments for my daddy. I had great affection for my father who had numerous interests, responsibilities, and hobbies but still took time to play catch, badminton, and croquet with me, to hit a softball, and take me fishing and hunting. He also took the time to sit down to help me with my homework, though he only had an 8th grade formal education himself. It is said that earthly fathers strongly influence our early views of our heavenly Father. This Saturday, please come to the women’s prayer breakfast at 9 am and share briefly how your dad shaped you. Bring a picture to display, if you like. Come to fellowship, eat a hearty breakfast, and pray for the fathers of our congregation and fathers everywhere.
Do you have information 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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