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Changed forever…

 EE & ME updates:

We’re back on after the week off for NOVA.  This week we will have a bit longer opening time as we are presenting the Gospel.  So, table facilitators, please be prepared for that. It is also book club week, we are reviewing ‘Wide Awake’ by Erwin McManus.

Our Women’s Ministry Christmas Event will be held on Saturday November 29th with our very own Carrie Simpson as guest speaker.  The theme this year is ‘Legacies‘.  Tickets will go on sale Nov 8/9.  We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, clean up, decorating, kitchen help, ticket sales.  So spread the word. There will be sign up sheets availableat both Evening and Morning Edition in the beginning of November

Changed Forever…

I am a pretty in-dependant person. I love to be around people, but I definitely need time to myself.  I like to pick and choose who I my spend time with. Life is going at a fast pace and I really want to spend my precious time with people who mean the most to me.  So the thought of having to find mentors or spiritual friends for a class I was taking, was not on the top of my list.  I put it off for a long time not wanting to force myself into another relationship.  After some time, I did approach a friend and sheepishly asked if she would consider being my mentor/spiritual friend for this course.  Of course, she said yes.  What transpired from there was amazing.  I had no idea how much I needed that relationship to go deeper in my faith.  I needed someone who I was accountable to.  Someone who was checking on how I was really doing.  I couldn’t hide behind the facade I would put on.

God used her in a miraculous way to inspire me, challenge me and take me to the next level of spiritual disciplines.  Since then, I have made a point to find others who will pour into my life on that level.  We need people in our lives to keep us going “when the going gets tough”, to celebrate with us, to cry with us, to hold us accountable to the goals the Christ set before us. 

I am a different person because of listening to God’s prompting to find spritualfriends.  Not just someone to talk church with, but women who challenge me to ‘take it up a notch’. I love the group that I have and would not trade them for anything!  I am so glad that I took the step, and didn’t just bury the prompting.

Who do you have in your life that speaks truth into your life when you need it? Who challenges you in your walk with Christ?  Who is helping you get to the next level? Who asks you the tough questions, when you don’t want to face them?

If you don’t have someone in your life like that, pray earnestly for God to send you that person. Then act on it!  Your life will be changed forever, for the good!

Greatful,

Twyla

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Leading Servants

There are many amazing books and other resources on leadership.  How to be a great leader, qualities of leadership, Christian Leadership, business leadership, leading groups, servant-leadership and on it goes.  Resources are terrific tools because we receive first hand experience from those who have found success through differing approaches, philosophies and techniques.  Because we are all so very uniquely created it is wise to study a variety of things available as we ask the Holy Spirit to discern what is relevant to our individual situations.

In my Focus 3 class we had a 2 hour discussion on two words – “servant-leadership.”  I’m sure you’ve heard the term before, especially as a description of how Jesus approached leadership.  Right now you might be picturing Jesus washing the feet of His disciples in the Upper Room.  One thing we’d do well to remember however, is that Jesus wasn’t teaching how to be a great leader.  He was teaching on how to be a servant.  Serving our great God and serving one another.

Let me offer a suggestion that rocked my socks off when I considered the implications of it.  Flip those two words around when you see them…  instead of trying to be a “servant-leader” consider being a “leading servant.”  Spend some time reflecting on that.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Peace.

~Kim P.

Happy Thanksgiving

First of all, Happy thanksgiving to each and every one of you!  What a blessing to have the calendar and our culture reminding us to be thankful!  I am truly so thankful for each of you!

Forming, Storming, Norming & Performing….

Social scientists have generally agreed that, while small groups are individual and unique (depending on the variety of factors the participants bring), the “life cycle” they go through is actually quite predictable.  “Forming” is the first stage where everyone is very polite, being nice and cautious as they are getting comfortable with one another.  “Storming” is the next stage, where individual group members start to push some limits a little and/or jockey for roles in the group.  For those individuals who are having a great experience so far, this is the stage when they begin to open up and share as trust/safety is experienced and you see people begin to “gel”.  But, for the people who are not sure yet if they belong or where/how they belong, this is a key testing time where they will look for or even push for “proof” that they should stay…or they should go.  How this stage is led, is key to the “norms” that are experienced by the group afterward and the momentum that can be experienced by those who get to the “performing” stage.

Your groups are probably in the “storming” stage at this point, and so now is one of the most crucial times for you to be reaching out to the *individuals* in your group.  Would you please take a few moments to reach out to each of the individuals your group?  It could be an e-card (but please make sure it has a personal note in it!), a note or even a good, old-fashioned phone call.  If you are missing any contact information, just email Twyla and she will get it to you.  Thank you for being so willing to allow God to use you in this way!  

Couple reminders for next week:

– don’t forget to check the snack schedule

– if you haven’t found your role at Nova yet and need some help, just call us! 😉

– please remember to count the # of women each week and to write this down at the registration table (this is for security/fire safety reasons and also helps us track dips and peaks through the semester).  Thank you!

– for EE only – Trinity’s foyer is a polling station for the Election on Tuesday and so we cannot use the prayer room that night.  Please meet for prayer in the upper hospitality centre by the windows instead. Heidi’s FWO group will then be meeting in room 201.  

Have a great weekend everyone….

Giving God thanks for each of you,

~Candace 🙂

A Thanksgiving Psalm

  On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter,
      sing yourselves into his presence. 

  Know this: God is God, and God, God.
      He made us; we didn’t make him.
      We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. 

 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
      Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
      Thank him. Worship him. 

For God is sheer beauty,
      all-generous in love,
      loyal always and ever.

Psalm 100 (Message)

Ahhh, to be ever thankful! What a great reminder is Psalm 100; good for my soul to remember even in the trouble times, when I loose my step and even when I win!

This coming Tuesday will be a thanksgiving  focus on the platform without a lot of music. There will be an open mic and we’d like to encourage the women to come up and say, in one sentence, ” I praise and thank you, God, for…”. 

I thank and praise God for each of you beautiful women of God! Halleluiah!

Making it through…..

I don’t know about you, but I was glad to see the calendar page turn this week.  For some reason September totally caught me off guard.  I was not prepared for all that it would bring.  As we all try to balance what ‘new’ routine our households will follow into this next year.  I was really torn between getting it all right at home and getting it all right here at work.  So now that we are into October and everyones schedules both at home and here in ministry seem to have a flow, life is great.  I can rest again at home in the comfort of my own bed and not feel like I should grab a blankie and a pillow to find a spot here in the office. A verse caught my attention last week as I was feeling particularily overwhelmed…….

So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)

God only asks me to do what He wants, anything that is not what He has ischeduled in my day is not for me to worry about. So now I look at my day and ask God to help me see what He needs me to do and nothing more or nothing less. I know that in His strength I will always ‘make it through’.

Just a couple notes for you:

We are needing once again to keep track of how many of us are here on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  I have created a tracking sheet that will be kept at the registration table with Suzette on Tuesdays and Mary on Thursdays.  I ask that all table facilitators mark in how many women were at their table each week.

I have arranged that there will be a few bigger tables (long rectangle) set up for the larger groups on Tues and Thurs.  So Kim/Wanda, Betty, Audrey, and Tamara please use the larger table configuration for your tables.

“Looking for a few Great Women”

If any of you have a time on a rotation basis to help ‘woman’ the WM Kiosk before and after the weekend services, please let me know.  I am hoping to do a schedule on a 1 time per month rotataion.

Please know that we are here for you and continue to hold all of you up in prayer as you listen, teach, and conect with the women at your tables each week.

Thanks!!!

Enjoying Autumn,

Twyla

Notes from Twyla

Good Afternoon Ministry Leaders

What a great kickoff we have had.  Now that we are settling into a regular routine, here are a few notes:

~ Table facilitators, look for your folders that contain name tags for the women at your table and an updated table list, as well as your table name.  Be sure to have it on your table so women can find you!

~ As of today, all Breaking Free, Genesis, and For Women Only groups are filled.  We have no more room.  The best thing about that is that your tables are set now.  All of these options will be available during the winter session, so women can look forward to doing the study then. 

~ Any new women arriving from now on will be more than welcome to join in the Hot Topics discussion group and/or the craft group.

~ If I have missed a name tag or mispelled a name, please let me know via email or phone call – tschlenker@trinitybaptist.net or 250.860.3273

~ For those who don’t know, you can reach me by email pretty much any time.  I will try and respond to an email within 1 hour during my office hours and when I am not in the office, with-in 24 hours.  My office hours are Tuesdays 8-3, Thursdays 8-3 and Fridays 8-4.

What a priviledge it is to serve you all as we together help women know they belong to Christ, to one another, no matter what.

 

With Prayer and Blessing to you all!!!!

Twyla

So much…..

There is so much to celebrate about what is happening so far at Morning and Evening Edition!

I am hearing of tables “gelling” already… stories of great, challenging conversation happened at our Book Club meetings, stories of hearts touched and souls challenged in Breaking Free, and stories of depth already glimpsed at the marriage tables.  I have loved seeing friends re-connecting … and being made (those crafters all have smiles on their faces even though some are hauling grocery-cart sized gear!)

So, heading into this week, I just have a couple of reminders:

– stay in prayer for the women at your table and for one another.

– if you don’t currently have a “personal prayer team” yet, please get one.  Don’t underestimate the power in this.

– don’t forget to check the snack schedule ..and lastly, 

– remember, your role is to help the women understand belonging to Christ, to one another…no matter what.  And the best way to do this is to deepen your own understanding of this! As you live this and believe it, the Holy Spirit will be at work in you!  

With deep appreciation for each of you, 

Candace 
PS – for those concerned about Barbara (ME – she fell down some stairs) – she is okay and recovering from the cut she received (we are praising God it was nothing more!).  She is very grateful for the care she has received and the knowledge of so many praying.