By Sharon Shaull, BCI Resources Coordinator
Are you ready to start a new Bible study? Are you a group leader looking for new material? Be sure to check out the BCI Resources available to you. If you don’t find what you are looking for, contact me at 515-250-1575 and I will check the library as not everything is listed. New materials just received are Disciples Path: The Journey Volume 1, the beginning of a series of studies founded on Jesus’ model of discipleship. I have one student book and one leader book. Kelly Minter has a new study All Things New, which is a study on 2nd Corinthians. This is an 8 session video series. Please call me if I can be of help to you. Happy studying!
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is fast approaching and we have some wonderful tools to help the Body of Christ celebrate God’s gift of life and to commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and to renew our commitment to protecting human life at every stage.In preparation, today I just reread President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation he issued on January 22, 1984 making it the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.)
It once again fired me up to keep sharing the message that “life is valuable” and to keep up the good work of saving and changing lives with the love of Christ.
If you would like to celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in your church you can download bulletin inserts HERE. (Churches usually recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, but you can use this bulletin insert at any time.)
Check out this amazing video that highlights the life-saving work that Informed Choices is able to do because of support from you and church. You can download the video HERE.
Also if you would like to have someone from the Informed Choices staff come and talk to a Sunday school class or do a missions update about the work we do, we love to share, just ask!
Thank you for all your support!
Informed Choice is a recipient of an Iowa Ministry Fund Grant for 2016-2017.
There are many new and interesting studies in the BCI Resource Library. Of special interest to women are several Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer studies. Kelly Minter has a new study coming out called “All Things New”, which is a study of 2nd Corinthians. Most of these include both a study guide and a DVD series. For men, a new study by David Platt is now available called “Follow Me: A Call to Live; A Call to Die”. We also have youth studies and many items for children’s workers as well. If you you would like to borrow a study or inquire about availability, call Sharon Shaull at 515-250-1575. The only cost to use these materials is the postage to ship the items to you.
by Mandy Stenberg
The first weekend in April, women from 8 states representing at least 15 different churches gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn, Johnston/Urbandale for ONE 2016. ONE is a gathering of women who long to see Jesus exalted in their lives. BCI has partnered with 1229 Ministries, conference organizers, since the event’s inception in 2015.
Author and speaker Nancy Guthrie (www.nancyguthrie.com) was the featured speaker for Friday and Saturday’s sessions. Nancy challenged the women from Romans 11 and 12 with messages entitled “I Need A Change.” The weekend theme, RENEW, encouraged women to allow God to transform their lives.
Worship for the conference was led by Atlanta based band, The Museum (www.themuseummusic.com). They led with a beautiful combination of passion and humility. This was The Museum’s second year with ONE.
Kari Minter, Westwind Church (Waukee) women’s ministry coordinator, wrapped up the weekend in the Sunday morning session. She recapped Nancy’s three sessions and challenged the women to consider their take home points.
BCI WMU, under the leadership of Joni Wilkinson, provided several scholarships making it possible for several Iowa church planter and pastor’s wives to attend ONE.
1229 Ministries has announced ONE 2017 coming next Spring as well as a Fall 2016 event, ONE Night, to be held October 28 at Gatherings, Nevada, Iowa. ONE Night will be a time to reflect and engage in worship over dinner with friends, old and new. More information will be available at www.theoneconference.org.
by Baptist Press Staff
ATLANTA (BP) — A diverse group of 18 women is studying the perspectives and strategies women in Southern Baptist churches bring to the God-given task of fulfilling the Great Commission.
They comprise the Women’s Ministry Advisory Council appointed by Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. The council joins a list of advisory councils Page has appointed to provide insight into the needs, desires and goals of the many groups represented in SBC life.
“We are excited about encouraging our leaders in women’s ministries across our convention,” Page said when he announced plans to form the council. “Women, we appreciate you, and you are not alone!
“In each [advisory council] meeting, we have sought to educate and encourage various demographic subsets about the ‘proven and effective cooperative framework’ of our Southern Baptist Convention, foster open dialogue, and instill the essence of any and all concerns,” Page said. “We have sought to encourage confidence in the SBC way of doing missions.”
Advisory council member Chris Adams, senior lead women’s ministry specialist with LifeWay Christian Resources and a member of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., praised Page’s efforts.
“Many women in Southern Baptist churches do not feel valued as leaders though they want to make a Kingdom difference,” she noted at the advisory council’s first meeting. “The fact that the SBC Executive Committee has asked about women in our churches is huge. Thank you for affirming the value of women and encouraging the use of our spiritual gifts in ministry.”
Rhonda Kelley, an adjunct professor of women’s ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where her husband Chuck Kelley is president, chairs the council.
“While the SBC has always valued the worth of women and followed the biblical guidelines for female roles in the church,” Rhonda Kelley said of the group, “there is a sincere desire to increase the involvement of Southern Baptist women in biblically appropriate ways at all levels of the convention and to provide the support services to maximize their service.”
Kelley, a member of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, referenced LifeWay Research indicating women comprise about 52 percent of church congregations. Historically, she said, women have often been the majority in church attendance and in participation in service projects.
Kelley described input from women across the SBC as “essential for the task force to complete its important assignment.”
The advisory council will work throughout 2016 and present its findings to Page in an official report, expected to focus on ways to increase women’s participation in church and SBC life. The inaugural meeting was held Jan. 7-8 in Atlanta, convened by Ken Weathersby, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention advancement.
Questions considered by the council at the first meeting centered on the ministries, training and resources the SBC provides for women; effective evangelistic methods and resources in reaching women with the Gospel; any additional support women might need from the SBC, and recommendations regarding women’s ministry to be made to the SBC Executive Committee.
Women from 14 states comprise the council, representing different age groups, stages of life, ethnic backgrounds, and ministry positions.
Joining Kelley and Adams are:
Jacqueline “Jacki” Anderson, pastor’s wife, Women in Ministry director and executive assistant, Colonial Baptist Church, Randallstown, Md.;
Tabitha Barnette, pastor’s wife and speaker, Peace Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga.;
Brandi Biesiadecki, pastor’s wife, writer, speaker and women’s minister, First Baptist Church, Bartlesville, Okla.;
Linda Cooper, Woman’s Missionary Union president and a member of Forest Park Baptist Church, Bowling Green, Ky.;
Lourdes Fernandez, an attorney and a member of Riverside Baptist Church, Miami;
Candi Finch, professor of theology in Women’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a member of Hope Church, Fort Worth, Texas;
Ann Iorg, wife of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary President Jeff Iorg and a member of First Baptist Church, San Francisco;
Elizabeth Luter, wife of Southern Baptist Convention immediate past president Fred Luter and Women’s Ministries director of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans;
Davee Ly, pastor’s wife, school teacher, speaker and Sunday School director at First Hmong Baptist Church, Morganton, N.C.;
Ana Melendez, Hispanic State Women’s consultant and a member of Iglesia Cristo Es Rey, Bolingbrook, Ill.;
Mary Mohler, wife of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler and a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.;
Trillia Newbell, director of Community Outreach for the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and a member of Redemption City Church, Franklin, Tenn.;
Rhonda Rhea, pastor’s wife, columnist and speaker, and a member of First Baptist Church, Troy, Mo.;
Myra Sermon, registered nurse and nursing consultant, and a Sunday School teacher at Grace Filipino Church, Woodbridge, Va.;
Ashley Unzicker, church history songwriter, rapper, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary student, and a member of The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.;
Angela Um, founder and CEO of Boston Academic Consulting Group, and wife of the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Cambridge, Mass.
The BCI and 1229Ministries would like to extend an invitation to all women across Iowa to join us for ONE 2016.
What is ONE?
ONE is a gathering of women who long to see Jesus exalted in their lives. It is a weekend for women to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to concentrate on the ONE thing that can make all of life make sense – our God, Creator, Father, Savior. It is a place to laugh, to cry, to relax, to change, to connect with other women seeking Jesus. It is a place to grow, to renew, to refresh.
Nancy Guthrie, national speaker and author, will join us as our featured speaker and guest. She will walk us through Romans 12 and encourage us from Scripture to focus on the ONE who can RENEW our minds.
The Museum, an Atlanta based worship team, will lead us in worship throughout the weekend.
What are the details?
ONE will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Des Moines/Urbandale on April 1-3.
The conference begins on Friday night at 7:30p and ends Sunday morning at 11:30.
Cost is currently $110. Some scholarships/financial assistance is available.
Registration and all other information is available online at www.theoneconference.org.
by Sharon Robb
The missionary book, Both Feet In, by Marion G. “Bud” Fray with Kim P. Davis, inspired the theme for this year’s Iowa Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting. Women were encouraged to surrender, sacrifice, and service for God’s Kingdom. The meeting was held October 2-3, 2015 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Altoona, and just over 30 registrants representing 12 churches attended.
Attendees received a folder including the meeting schedule, Twenty things you might not know about the WMU Foundation, a flyer about Children’s Ministry Day, a flyer about the 2015 International Missions study on Indonesia, an August Mission Mosaic magazine, WMU Missions for Life information piece, and a copy of the 2014 National WMU Annual Report.
Following a meet and greet fellowship, Iowa WMU Coordinator Joni Wilkinson and Karen McGettrick, the current state WMU president, opened the evening’s activities by offering prayer for Southern Baptist missionaries with birthdays that day. Members enjoyed a short video presentation about Linda Cooper, the newly elected national WMU president, entitled “The Heart of a Leader.”
Joni and Karen offered encouragement to other WMU leaders attending from across the state with ministry activities, projects and resources for the various age groups within the church body. Karen reported on the Pure Water, Pure Love offering collected at Living Hope Community Church in August. Wilma Faulkner, Calvary Baptist, Glenwood, gave a report on the World Crafts ministry which provides work for artisans in many countries around the world. She and Joni set up a table of World Craft items and provided World Craft catalogs for those interested in purchasing any of the items.
Debbie McFerron and Darlene Lubinus, former IMB missionaries, presented exciting, inspirational talks regarding their missionary experiences and challenges facing young families in unfamiliar areas of the world. Their stories confirmed the need for our continued prayer and support for those in our mission fields around the world.
Karen conducted a short business meeting. She shared regarding her time at the National WMU annual meeting held in Columbus, Ohio, in June. Wilma Faulkner read the minutes of the previous meeting. The group did not elect officers, as the election had taken place earlier in April. It was decided that the next annual meeting will be held September 30-October 1, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church in Marshalltown.
Karen announced that the next National WMU Annual meeting will be the Missions Celebration held June 12-13, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. Joni encouraged everyone to seriously consider attending that meeting since it will be so close to home. She suggested the possibility of making it a bus trip if there was enough interest. Reservations would have to be made soon.
There was discussion about former retreats held at Hidden Acres camp the past few years. Women were encouraged to attend the ONE conference for women which will be held April 1-3, 2016, in Urbandale. Additional information will be forthcoming.
The State WMU is in need of a volunteer to be Historian and maintain the scrapbook of activities.
A special offering was taken to support travel expenses for missionary kids coming back to the states for college to attend a re-entry retreat hosted by WMU. Door prizes were given out ending the meeting activities.
Refreshments and lunch were provided by local community members of the Friendship Baptist Center.
by Karen McGettrick, Iowa WMU President
Have you ever kissed a llama? Neither have I, but when Joni Wilkinson, Iowa WMU Executive Director, Mandi McCluer, New Orleans seminary student, and I traveled to the National Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting we were given the opportunity by a group called Good News Llamas. The conference, All for You, was held June 14-15, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Grove City, Grove City, Ohio.
The best thing about the conference was the speakers. Dr. Bud Fray, author of the current WMU Emphasis book, Both Feet In and IMB missionary to Rhodesia inspired us to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Dr. Earl Hewitt, IMB medical missionary to Ghana was full of stories about healing souls and bodies. Terry Dorsett, Executive Director, Baptist Convention of New England, told of churches being planted in the northeastern United States, and Chaplain Michael Coleman spoke of work with military personnel struggling with PTSD.
Monday afternoon we were given the opportunity to attend Breakout Sessions which included learning more about missions and how we can have an impact in our church, community, nation, and world for Christ. One of them was “Think Outside the Box” led by Mitzi Ross and Good News Llamas. She and her husband share the gospel as they show their beautiful good natured llamas. (They don’t spit!)
Also included in the program were the 2015 National Acteens and from the Immanuel Nepali Bhutanese Baptist church, Srijang Sharma sang Jaimashi (jhu-mah-see) (God Bless You).
Among the business items, the 2015 Dellanna West O’Brien Leadership Award was given to Arlene Miller of Crofton, Kentucky. Debbie Akerman, WMU President for the past five years, passed the gavel to Linda Cooper, also of Kentucky, who was elected WMU National President. Miller serves as co-coordinator of Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) in Hopkinsville, KY, where she helps women develop personally and spiritually. She also helped to begin and serves as director of Impact Ministry, a ministry of Christian Baptist Association that offers assistance to low income families. For more information about this award go to wmu.com.
Next year the National WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, June 12-13, 2016. We hope several Iowa women will be able to attend with us next year.
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