by Joy O’Toole
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, … You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; Joel 2:25-26
A few weeks after my china cabinet fell and we decided it was too unstable to keep, my husband bought me a new china cabinet. Unlike the one I had been using, which was bookshelves with glass shelves and doors, this china cabinet is a solid piece of furniture which will not tip over unless we have the misfortune to be in a catastrophic earthquake.
How like our Heavenly Father to not merely replace the broken things in our lives but give us so much more, such better gifts than we had before. We have the tendency to rage and cry over the things we lose. We mourn those things and ask God why He took them away. Yet, we are His precious children and He wants much more for us than we can even begin to want for ourselves. Our Lord replaces our lost things with better gifts, with things that are richer and more meaningful and more wondrous than our dreams.
Years ago, Elisabeth Elliot wrote me a letter and in it she said that the plans God had “up His sleeve” were so much better than I could ever imagine. Isn’t that true? Isn’t the road He has planned for each of our lives a much better road than we, with our limited vision, could map out for ourselves?
When my china cabinet fell and many things were destroyed, I never imagined that I would soon have a much better china cabinet, one which is not only sturdy and dependable, but beautiful and the showpiece of our dining room . If the Lord gives us small things like china cabinets, don’t you think that He will also give us the bigger and more important things like love, joy, healing, forgiveness, the peace that passes all understanding and, best of all, life with Him for all eternity?
Our Lord is always good and the plan He has for your restoration will be perfect. Just wait and see.
Congratulations and welcome to Kinsley Lynn Crawford, daughter of Katie and Peter born Tuesday morning weighing 8 lbs. 8 oz.!
If you would like to bless them with a meal, please contact Lucinda Lorei.
Hot off the press! Congratulations to Dan and Tracey Fischer on the birth of Alexandra Therese born Wednesday night weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz.!
Thanks to Lucinda Lorei for setting up the meal schedules for our newest covenant babies. They have no family coming into town to help, so please consider this ministry to their new little family.
Chik-fil-A Spirit Night at Central Park 5-8 pm tonight, Thursday, November 6
Come out and support the Central Justice Initiative to stop human trafficking
Michelle Trampe and Sarah Worman to speak this Saturday at the Prayer Breakfast
Michelle Trampe will be speaking on the Central Virginia Justice Initiative and its vision to join in the battle against the evil of human trafficking through prayer and action. Sarah Worman will be speaking on ministering to local indigent public school students through collections of basic necessities and meeting some of their fundamental needs (Loving Our City [L.O.C.]). Please join us and encourage them in their ministry callings as we eat breakfast together and hear brief messages from each at 9 am. Please sign up here if you would like to bring something for breakfast. PLEASE come, even if you cannot bring food-there’s always plenty, and your fellowship and attendance are highly valued and more important than the food we bring.
Women’s Ministry Training – this Saturday, November 8 at 10:30 am in Room 217
Gale Puffenberger will be leading. Let her know if you are unable to attend. In preparation please read Chapters 7 (Confidence) and 8 (Unity) in Leadership for Women in the Church
by Susan Hunt and Peggy Hutcheson.
Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting this Sunday, November 9 at 4:15 in Rm. 217.
All women in leadership training are encouraged to attend this meeting as you consider God’s call to be a part of the WMC.
Thanksgiving Day Ministry is in full swing!
Please sign up here to help with this traditional yearly event. Thanks to the Dale Family for taking the ministry on this year!
A request from Christine Fulcrod
I am looking for some ladies to help me in archiving our church history/records. Let me know if you would have interest in that or if you have knowledge about such an undertaking. I would like to meet on a weekly basis and get started as soon as possible. You can reply to me at 540-786-4848. Thank you, Christine Fulcrod.
Ministry to local indigent public school students – Loving Our City (L.O.C.)
There are many destitute children in our community attending public schools. We have an opportunity to provide some basic necessities for them. Toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, family games, crayons and coloring books may be donated in a box in the foyer. We hope to expand the donations to include Thanksgiving Baskets and restaurant gift cards to Country Cookin’ for the holidays. Sarah Worman will be speaking to the Women’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, November 8, about this much needed care for local children and looking to expand the ministry to include several churches in the area so students’ needs will be met, and they will learn about the care and compassion of Christ through Christians.
If you would like more information or have any questions, please call or email Sarah Worman.
Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center (F.P.C) News
F.P.C. is always looking for volunteers, including Board Members. There are all kinds of volunteer projects including consultants, reception help, stuffing envelopes, etc. Board members are required to attend a monthly meeting and don’t need any experience as a board member, just a profession of faith in Christ and a desire to serve mothers and their babies in many areas. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Eileen Roberts.
Card Tables Lent for Women’s Retreat Need to Be Picked Up!
They are just outside the Nursery doorway and should be picked up promptly.
Several Afghan immigrant women are looking for work, especially in the area of housecleaning. None are believers yet, but they are at various places in their journeys toward Christ — and would benefit from more contact with Christians. Other variables are their English language abilities, skills, number of hours and pay needed, etc. Please contact Debra Smith to learn more.
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.
“For He delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight. (Psalm 72:12-14)
Looking forward to Saturday’s Prayer Breakfast as we consider ways we can be the Body of Christ to a broken world through two ministries led by two of our own. We will hear from Michelle and Sarah as they share their hearts for hurting people in our area. Hope to see you there!
All for His glory,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee
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