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Vol. 51, Issue 4 November/December, 2011
… traditional values for a modern world
2011 WOMEN’S RETREAT BRINGS “FOUNTAINS OF DELIGHT”
The 42 Annual (2011) MAYM Friends Women’s Retreat was held October 15-17 in Kansas City, The City of Fountains. The theme was FOUNTAINS OF DELIGHT Psalms 36:8-9 ―...you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the Fountain of Life.‖ On behalf of the retreat committee we want to thank all the ladies who came to the retreat, as well as the men (the band, their producer, and sound man). The guys did have to take a lot of teasing about being at a WOMEN’S retreat, but were greatly appreciated. The worship music led by Charity Sandstrom, Darin Kearns, Chad Cox, Todd Cox, and Shaun Penrose was outstanding. Casey Roberts served as sound man. Our speaker, Rita Morrow, has a special gift of using humor to break up and soften the soil of our hearts and minds just before she drops in the Seeds of Truth. On Friday she shared about ―Gifts to Overflowing: Replenishing Others‖ telling how she got into comedy, using lots of music parody to show how she ended up as Martha Marie. (She really can sound like Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson!) This was a time of encouragement to look at the gifts and talents God has placed in each of us to be used for His glory! For fellowship time after the meeting there were chocolate and cheese fountains with vegetables, chips, pretzels, fruit, cookies, and marshmallows to dip. Saturday morning’s topic was ―Cultivating a Grateful Heart: Opening the Spigots‖, concerning the power and life giving force of a grateful heart and the difference an attitude of gratefulness makes in our lives. On Saturday evening Martha Marie came in and turned things upside down with a lot of fun! She had us all really laughing as she did ―More than a Ripple, Making a Splash‖, . Sunday morning Rita was back and spoke on ―Choosing Forgiveness: Free to Flow‖, a time to reflect on things that could be clogging up the flow of God’s life in our own life. She described not only the power of forgiveness, but how God enables us to forgive. She said ―the hardest part about forgiving someone who has hurt or offended us is making the decision to forgive‖. God will help us do the rest, but we have to make that decision. In deciding to forgive, we are not saying what they did to us was right or OK, we are letting go of the grudge to be free to move on with our life.
Martha Marie (alias Rita Morrow) speaks to women at the Saturday evening banquet.
The comments most often received about the retreat had to do with the uplifting, joyful atmosphere, and laughter we all needed and enjoyed. We thank God for all His leading from choosing the speaker to all the little details that went into the planning and for helping us with last minute situations that always happen. —submitted by Kay Hansen on behalf of the Northeast Area Retreat Committee
Editor’s Note: For more great pictures from retreat, visit the Friends Women Fellowship page on Facebook .
TIME TO RENEW FOR 2012!!
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I grew up living in Ohio and Indiana beginning at birth through High School years. My dad was a Friends Minister. My grandparents both lived in Ohio during that time. Thanksgiving and Christmas Days were spent with both families. In the morning and at noon we would be with one set and then drive a few hours and have dinner and evening with the other set of grandparents. Both of my grandmas were excellent cooks. Sadly, most of us were not very hungry when the bountiful evening meal was set on the table. It was always so disheartening that we did not have more room in our tummies for their yummies. To help this situation, it was decided to spend Thanksgiving and at that time celebrate Christmas with one side of family for all day and then at Christmas spend all day with the other family. I always looked forward to an early Christmas! Later in life, I realized that both grandparents were missionaries but just not in a far away – over the ocean location. My mom’s parents lived in a large apartment above the Lima, Ohio Rescue Mission. I did not always appreciate the look or smell of these men that frequented the Rescue Mission. My grandparents both dearly loved and had a heart for these types of men. My dad’s parents were Ohio farmers. But during my 5th grade school year they told the family they were selling the Ohio Farm and moving to Los Angeles, California to volunteer at Gospel Recordings under the direction of founder, Joy Ridderhof. In a farm auction they sold almost everything including their car. They moved to the big city life, got an apartment and traveled by bus or walked. At the time I did not understand why they would rather live in the city than on the beautiful Ohio farm, but today I realize both grandparents were following God’s direction and being His missionaries where he wanted to use them best. Ladies, I want to encourage you to remember you can be a missionary where you are. It may be sewing and giving a baby quilt, giving to a local food pantry, sharing a meal, sending a note of encouragement, or giving a ride for someone in need. You are God’s Missionary! Please let Him use your life, talents, and resources. If you do, great things will happen.
READING COURSE SECRETARY
I hope you have all been reading the books from our Reading Course! I have been busy over the last eight or nine months reading and selecting books for 2012. Each time I pick up a book to read, I try to keep in mind the variety of reading styles and interests of the ladies who are involved in our Fellowship. It is sometimes challenging to find books that will not only entertain, engage and challenge us all. We’ve made some changes to the Reading Course beginning with this upcoming year and I hope that you will all find them to be good changes. Rather than the six categories, we have reduced the categories to four. While we still encourage you to read current Quaker publications and our beloved Quaker Bonnet, we wanted the reading categories to reflect a more modern outlook. You will just need to read one book from each category, four in total, to meet the reading requirements, which is the same number as before. We realize that many Fellowships are not able to purchase all twelve titles that appear on the Reading Course. Our hope is that for those Fellowships who can only purchase half, or at times, fewer, will find it easier to provide a selection of books for their ladies to read. The four new categories are fairly similar to the old: Quaker (2 titles), Missions (3 titles), Christian Life & Biography (4 titles), and Fiction (3 titles). You will find that the 2011 books have been combined with the 2012 books into these categories in your 2012 yearbooks when you purchase them. Reading Reports will be available in January for the 2011 year. Remember you have until the end of the year to continue reading the books from this year! I always welcome suggestions and comments about the books on the current lists and for future lists. I’d love to hear what you think! Happy Reading!
Vol. 51, Issue 4 November/December, 2011
“The Lord is Good and His Love endures forever, His Faithfulness continues through all generations.“
Thanksgiving is always a special time for my family. It usually means that my brothers and some of their children, myself and some of my children will travel to Hutchinson, Kansas to celebrate with my parents for several days. This tradition began when my parents were in Burundi, Africa as missionaries and we children were all married and had small children. We wanted to be together during the Holiday Season and Thanksgiving seemed to work out best. We each took turns hosting the celebration and when my parents retired from being missionaries to Burundi, we continued the tradition. My brother Dave, chronicled each year in picture albums, thus providing wonderful memories , such as the year we celebrated at Pamona Lake, the year we traveled to Colorado and attended the chocolate festival, and the year the oven element died and the turkey was only partially done. The best memory though is the celebration of God’s faithfulness to our family. This Holiday Season let’s hold up our missionaries and their families in prayer, as this can be a time of loneliness for both the ones on the mission field and the ones who remain at home.
EFI—NA FRIENDS WOMEN PRESIDENT EFI—
Come, ye thankful people, come! The days to express the thankfulness that we feel all year are here. Recently, I read, ‖What if we were to wake up tomorrow with only the things we had expressed thankfulness and appreciation for yesterday?‖ We cannot be too thankful to God who gives us everything, but also to all the people around us who make our lives better and more comfortable. And don’t forget those closest to us—our family. Let us, as Friends Women, use every opportunity to show our appreciation, to say words that bring joy and happiness in others, and avoid at all costs hurtful, unkind words ―so that the word of God would not be discredited.‖ (Titus 2:5)
This ―thankful season‖ should be a part of our Christmas time as well, as we celebrate the greatest gift the world has ever received in the birth of Jesus Christ. I thank each of you for caring about and supporting missionaries around the world, and I pray that you will be blessed. I am amazed at all the Friends Women across America do. I think of what Winston Churchill said about England sometime during WW2. I believe it was like this: ‖never has so much been done for so many by so few‖. I believe this is my last challenge to you as the EFC-NA FWF President. We are still on the battlefield! So keep praying, working, giving, and never give up! NEVER GIVE UP! P.S. Remember last article I suggested that you Skype a missionary for a visit? Well, at Leona Friends Women here in Haviland, we did Skype Judy Van Meter in Rough Rock and had a great visit with her and some ladies at her Bible Study. They sang for us in Navajo, so it works!! (Be sure to make arrangements in advance.)
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SECRETARY
I learned a lot about planting and harvesting when I lived in western Kansas. I didn’t know that farmers’ lives followed the seasons. Fall is a time of harvest in every country, and every day is a time of harvest in God’s Kingdom. I am so thankful that He allows us to take part in that harvest. Through your encouragement and teaching, our children have a great part in that harvest as well. Thank you for all you do to plant seeds of missions in their hearts. We are near or at our goal again this year which is a wonderful praise! Please continue to send in your missions money through the end of the year and we will start on new projects in 2012. I hope you are all blessed with a heart of thanksgiving and enjoy a wonderful Christmas season. We are so blessed to have a personal Savior who came to earth just for us. Let’s continue to help our missionaries ―Go Tell It On the Mountain‖.
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VICE PRESIDENT Books Galore!
In September I shared a request from Jaime and Lydia Tabingo for used or new books for their Bible School in the Philippines. Many of you gave books and money donations and we are so thankful! I have wonderful news to share with you! Under the direction of DeAnna Linville of Rose Hill Friends Church, 9,750 books are currently traveling by container to the Philippines! We would like to thank Rose Hill Friends Church and DeAnna for following the call to gather and send books. And thank you to everyone who gave to this ministry. This amazing gift will bless the Bible students for many years to come.
Update on our Year-Long Special Project
Almost one year ago we set out to meet our project goals for 2011. Our Year-Long Special Project is to provide a security wall around the Rwandan church compound in Kigali, Rwanda. The wall will surround the Kagarama church, offices, elementary school, pastor’s house, the Thomas’s home and two other missionary homes. A few years ago the government requested that the previous living wall be taken down and that a brick wall be built in its place. The mission compound has been without a wall and is not safe. The Rwandan church does not have the funds to build the wall. So far Friends Women has sent $2,000 to EFM and we are waiting to hear that the wall construction has been started. We still need an additional $1,500 to reach our goal. As your groups meet at the end of the year and are making plans for offerings, please remember to give to our Special Project. We care about the safety and security of our missionaries and church family in Rwanda. Thank you! During this holiday season I am so thankful for the giving hearts of our Friends Women. It is such a blessing to be a part of a group of women who are making a difference in this hurting world. I wish you all wonderful times with family and friends especially during the holidays. May God’s love and peace surround you.
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