Welcome to our First Ladies’ Ministries Page! We are so excited that you are here to see what God is doing in and through the lives of our First Ladies! It is our desire in everything we do to:
- …Live for HIM
- …Love through HIM
- …Lead others to HIM
“If we live by the spirit, let us also walk by the spirit.” Galatians 5:25
Women’s Ministries Coordinator
You don’t want to miss a “giG” where you can come hang & have fun with our First Ladies while “loving on & honoring” all of our “new friends” at the same time! The giG meets 3 to 4 times a year so be sure to check out this page for future dates!
giG leader/contact—Jane Walton
Mother’s Day Celebration
Ladies, on Sunday, May 8, a celebration reception will be given in your honor in the Dining Hall at 9:00 am.
Doors open at 8:45 am to immediately begin serving breakfast.
To go with our theme of “Bouquet of Blessings”, please be sure to invite any ladies who have been a blessing in your life!
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Psalm 103:2
Devotion given by Shirley Huddleston
We have chosen a beautiful gift for every lady who attends.
This event is for Ladies 18 years and older/high school graduate.
Let’s be sure to ” Live Out Loud for Christ” by fulfilling the Great Commission ( Matt. 28:19)!
James 1:19-27 says,
“19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Please join us in blessing widows and homebound in our community with a beautiful bouquet in love by making a donation through Café Connections Bible Studies and/or participating in the assembly and delivery of the bouquets through TLC (Touching Lives for Christ, April 23, 2016, Cary FBC).
A Lottie Moon Success Story
A different perspective of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering from a young woman born to parents on the mission field, to parents whose salaries, housing, vehicle, budgets, etc. came from the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Cooperative Program.
A LOTTIE MOON SUCCESS STORY, Jessica Yates
Yesterday was the official launch for the Lottie Moon 2013 Christmas Offering. I can’t recall the first time that I heard the name Lottie Moon, or the first time that I realized how it impacted me and my family. Instead, it somehow seems that as a missionary kid, I was programmed with the knowledge of who Lottie Moon was, how the offering came to be, and just how important the offering is to the work of IMB missionaries. I’ve visited countless churches with my parents over the holiday seasons; I’ve sat in the front pew with my sister and listened as my dad told stories about women bowed under the weight of several kilos of firewood before he broke up the seriousness with the age old story of finding fresh leopard tracks on the way back from the fishing hole. I’ve looked around at the wreaths, the decorated trees, the advent candles, and all of the churchgoers bedecked in the holiday uniform of red and black as my parents, together with the local pastor, implored them to give to the Lottie Moon fund. Lottie Moon has been my reality ever since I was born. That is why it never to fails to surprise me when I meet someone who knows about the offering, has given to the offering, and may even promote the offering, yet they have no idea what they’ve fostered by doing so.
In the most cliché way possible, I am a Lottie success story. I was born on the mission field, in the middle of a sprawling, but crowded African city. That was only made possible because Lottie Moon paid for my parents and my family to live in Kenya. It is Lottie Moon that provided for the 15+ trips back and forth to the States when there was a family emergency, wedding, or when my parents needed a break. It is Lottie Moon that put clothes on my back and fed me. It is Lottie Moon that paid for the malaria medication when I was sick and the x-rays when I hurt my wrist. It is Lottie Moon that made possible for me to go to a school where over 40 nations were represented, teaching me the invaluable lesson that God did not make a standard among humanity; instead everyone is unique, different, and special in his sight. It is Lottie Moon that then paid for my books in college when my scholarships and grants didn’t cover that exorbitant fee. It is Lottie Moon that paid for my family’s Christmas tree and the Holiday CD’s and movies when we lived in a region where people think snow is a myth. It is Lottie Moon that gave me the ability to say that I’ve pet a rhino and a cheetah, ridden a camel, watched a zebra give birth, and kept hedgehogs as pets. It is Lottie Moon that gave me the experiences of swimming in the Indian Ocean, witnessing countless African sunsets and sunrises, and feeling the red clay dirt under my bare feet. It is Lottie Moon that gave me an extended family within my mission; a family that is so wide spread now that on my birthday, I receive well wishes and birthday blessings for a global day, starting in the morning in Australia, and ending at night in Hawaii. It is Lottie Moon that made it imperative that if a boy ever wants to marry me, he has to ask not only my father, but my Luo uncle and his brothers first. It is Lottie Moon that blessed me with a family – by blood and by faith – so strong in the spirit that I have no doubt what Jesus and Paul intended when they called for the Body of Christ to be one. I am a Lottie success story.
But none of that comes close to comparing with the real Lottie Moon story. Because there is nothing else that I have experienced in this world that is similar to the feeling that you get when a woman’s face completely changes and the invisible weight is lifted off of her shoulders when she accepts Christ. There is nothing like holding an orphaned toddler, who until two weeks ago was testing as HIV positive, but is now healthy because of proper nutrition, medication, and the undying love of his new family. There is nothing like giving a New Testament to an illiterate elderly woman whose children have all died from AIDS, and watching as her granddaughter – one of many that she is having to raise in her old age – opens the silken pages to read John 3:16 to her family. There is nothing like watching the tears of pain change to tears of joy because the young high school girl believes whole heartedly that your prayer for her just reached the ears of God. There’s nothing like sitting under the shade of a Baobab – a tree that was not in fact made up by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – and listening to a trifecta of local languages praising God for the new church plant. There’s nothing like sharing a warm coke with a young man and realizing he was discipled by a missionary who you fondly remember as a grandfather figure. There is absolutely nothing like the feeling of a small child, suffering from malaria, ring worm and malnutrition, holding your hand as he falls asleep in your lap because he’s finally comfortable and feels safe. There is nothing like watching a group of fourteen year old Muslim girls ask your best friend to pray for their examinations. And there is nothing like seeing a young girl run around the church like she owns it and realize that she was born in the midst of a bloody and violent post-election period. Because all of that, just in case you were wondering, all those people, they are Lottie Moon. Their hope, their tears, their laughter – all of it is the real Lottie success story.
So I challenge you, if you give to Lottie Moon or, if you have no idea what Lottie Moon is and instead individually sponsor missions, remember this: God does not deal in numbers and statistics – he deals in people. The Lottie Moon offering isn’t about money, and it definitely isn’t about the certificate that your church receives from the Baptist Convention, it is about the people. It is not about the missionary that you remember speaking at your church when you were little, it is about the work that they did and their dedication to the Great Commission. That’s my challenge; to realize that you are touching and impacting the lives of real people; real women, men, and children, who deserve every opportunity that they can to feel hope.
Café Connection is our Thursday morning “Java with Jesus” time where we meet for coffee, light breakfast & Bible Study. We offer many different studies to choose from and invite all adult ladies (members & nonmembers) to participate. We also offer for your convenience, Women’s Wednesday evening Bible Studies. Check below for details.
Contact person—Shirley Huddleston
Summer 2016 Bible Study
Well-known Bible teacher Kay Arthur leads readers into the fascinating world of Inductive Bible Study where God Himself becomes the teacher (Psalm 119:102). This book teaches readers how to study Scripture and specifically mark the text to unlock its meaning. In just 28 days readers learn how to:
- study the Bible book by book and understand what they are reading
- recognize key words and concepts in the Bible
- discover the main point of any passage of Scripture
- discern God’s purpose and apply life-changing truths to everyday life
This is a very practical, hands-on, learn-by-doing book, perfect for either individuals or small groups. Bible text and space to write insights are included. Readers need only a pen, a few colored pencils…and a prayerful heart to complete each study and experience the Bible’s life-changing power.
Study: Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days (please order your own book in advance)
Leader: Janice Buckner
Dates: Thursdays, 7/21-8/18 (5 weeks)
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Place: Fellowship Hall
How to sign up: text or call Janice Buckner at 919-599-8075
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