Our day of spring retreat has come and gone and what a day we had. Our day started with coffee and pastries while we caught up with friends and made new friends.
We decided to get the “not so much fun stuff” out of the way early so we could enjoy the rest of the day. We had our annual business first where we elected a new treasurer, Nancy Ulhlinger. Fall retreat was discussed next. It was decided that we would shop around for a place to have fall retreat and try to find one that is neutrally located for all to get to and reasonable priced (if there is such a place??) Diane Weidkamp has resigned as hostess due to her husband’s illness. She needs to make caring for him priority which we all understand. She will be greatly missed at our ABW functions. Jolae Reed will be our new hostess. Normal business items were also attended too.
Then on to the fun stuff we went…….We started with a powerful worship service with the worship team from Lincoln City First Baptist Church lead by Valerie Kendall. Susie Main our speaker followed with a great message that blended so well with the worship of song. I found it amazing how God worked that day. In praying about the day, I felt God was saying time for a “reboot”. Valerie in her worship of song, referred to “reboot” and then again “Susie referred to “reboot”. Now isn’t that just like our God? None of us had talked to the other about what we were going to say. It must be a time of our rebooting ladies. Forgetting the former things and moving towards the new things that God has for us as American Baptist Ladies of Oregon.
After a great lunch we had a time of comedy called “Mom and Party Mode” then a panel discussion with a group of younger generation of American Baptist ladies” of what they are looking for in ABW. Then we smelled the popcorn and knew it was movie time. We kicked back, got ourselves as comfortable as we could, got our popcorn and drink and watched “The War Room”. At times you could hear laughter and at times you saw the tears. What a great movie and what a message we took home with us about praying and interceding for others.
Well, I guess that is all she wrote…….until we meet again much love to each of you. Nancy
P.S. I almost forgot we had, 7 people from Lincoln City, 4 from Bandon, 8 from Coos Bay, 3 from Cottage Grove, 3 from Eugene, 1 from Milton Freewater, multiple ladies from Salem and Portland which always supports ABW. Let’s not forget to say thank you to Emerald Community Fellowship for hosting and to Ola and Kay for all their hard work!
The American Baptist Women of Oregon need your help.
There is currently one position open on my board. This position is Special Interest Missionary Associate.
Ola Jones has held this position since 2012. She feels it is time to allow some new blood on the board.
If this is something you are interested in, please contact me at 509.301.7011 or by email at email@example.com
2018 FALL RETREAT
2018 ABW of Oregon fall retreat will be upon as soon. If you are interested in working on the fall retreat planning committee, please contact Nancy Shanks at 509.301.7011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Several people at our spring retreat expressed an interest in working on this committee and I will be in contact with each of you very soon.
Please consider if and how God would use you in this area of ministry.
This is my second year as your president and I want each of you to know how much I appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as I continue to learn the responsibilities of leading the great women of Oregon. A special thanks goes out to ABW of Oregon board for their dedication and help.
Our theme for this year is "Feel the hope". Do we not need to have hope? Our nation is so divined, families are becoming divided and at times we even see churches becoming divided.
We must remember that our hope is found in Jesus Christ and not in the things of this world. May we as Christian women be a pillar of hope and not division in this dark world.