We press on toward to mark, the high calling… Not looking back… After an incredible year, we cannot, must not rest for we are called to press on ahead, but only in the grounded understanding that Scripture must be the anchor of Women’s Ministry.
Placing the love of God as our primary function and the love of others secondary, we decided that as women of GRC we need to learn how to love better. The study of “1,2,3 John, Dearly Beloved” by George Robertson with Mary Beth McGreevy is our out of the gate fall study to help us continue in our quest for Godly love and brotherly (sisterly) love. This study will be followed up in the spring with “Galatians for You,” by Timothy Keller, to teach of how this love is really about the radical gospel which is needed in all of our lives. Both of these studies are a window through which we may see that God’s love transcends human love, but gives us the ability to love others. It gives us freedom to see past sin and hurt.
We are beginning a number of new features to Women’s Ministry this year:
- We will begin to have prayer partners between women who have requested this when they sign up for Bible study. This is intended to draw women deeper in relationship with one another while conversing with their heavenly Father.
- We will have Lunch Bunch once a month after Tuesday morning Bible study. This is designed to give more fellowship time together around the table. Sign-ups for this will be online for a reasonable fee negotiated with Panera Bread. Ladies who are in the Monday evening study will also have opportunity for fellowship during monthly scheduled times.
- We are adding Dinner with a Missionary in March. This will be a time of cooking and fellowship with a missionary while cooking items from their respective fields of service. This is designed to promote a more profound relationship with our missionaries while providing a non-threatening environment to learn what it is like to be a missionary.
- We will be taking a trip to Lancaster County in May to Sight and Sound to see the new production of “Moses.” This will be the highlight of our year which allows women to really spend a day together while being enlightened through the art of theater.
- Most importantly, we are adding two women’s corporate prayer times, Prayer and Pastries, will be held in September and again in January. This will be time set aside for women to pray together as well as time to engage in meaningful conversation over goodies and coffee.
Other events initiated last year remain on the calendar, including: Cookie Decoration for girls aged junior high through adults, Summer Luncheon, Father and Daughter Dessert for girls aged four through twelve, and Book Club.
Looking at this year, it may seem busy to some, not busy enough to others, but hopefully grounded in God’s love for us which we endeavor to share with others.
Sharon Augsburger leads the Women’s Ministry at GRC.