As we draw closer to the end of time we need to ensure that our prayer life is active more than ever. We should not deviate from the path God has shown us but should continue steadfast towards the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.
The church met on March 11 for an annual general meeting. While we typically use this meeting to review departmental reports, this year’s meeting took on a different format. There were two items slated for the agenda.
First, the church approved the proposed budget for 2017, as presented by the Head Treasurer. He fielded a lengthy question period from meeting attendees, informing us of how the Finance committee came to propose this year’s budget.
The second item was an update regarding the Senior Pastor search. Our Head Elder, who chaired the meeting, outlined the process used by the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference. While most of the work is led by either the Church Board or the Elders, the Board welcomed input from the church. Our goals and strategies as a church also need updating. The question was asked to the meeting attendees: in what order would we like to proceed? We could redefine our goals and strategies first then search for a new Senior Pastor or we could focus on the search, and then work with the new leader to redefine our mission and vision.
We decided work on both simultaneously. While we search for a Senior Pastor, a team can be formed to start updating our goals and strategies. When the new leader arrives, we’ll have a starting point.
Did you know that all snowflakes have a dirty little secret? Each one is formed as ice crystals build on a particle of dust. This was the first point we learned as explored the theme ‘Whiter Than Snow’ at the Women’s prayer breakfast in January. In a tastefully decorated hall, we filled each place setting as we gathered together to partake, praise and pray.
The invitation contained a cryptic request to bring scissors. In addition to learning about snowflakes, we had a chance to create our own from square paper. With a series of folds and creative cuts–with our scissors–, each woman designed a unique flake. We feasted on a warm, delicious breakfast meal and then had a time of praise singing. Through poetry, words of encouragement and a devotional on Psalm 51, we learned more about God and the depth of His love for us, particularly as women. We ended our morning by praying in small groups and then as a whole. The attendees were each gifted with a mug, hand-painted and customized to the theme for the morning.
Thank you to the Women’s Ministry team for your hard work. The event was a success and many of the attendees are anticipating the next prayer breakfast.
The Women’s Ministry team welcomes your support, suggestions and ministry ideas that would meet the needs of the women in our church & in our community. The team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hall decorated with set tables and snowflakes & lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Each mug was hand-painted with a snowflake and the verse, Isa 1:18.
One of the many unique snowflakes created at the breakfast.