The Texas WMA Ladies' Retreat was a success! There were 82 in attendance at Daniel Springs! See tab, "Project," for the amount received thus far.
Thank you to everyone who planned, cooked, decorated, & cleaned up afterwards! A special thanks to our speaker, Gloria Irving, & the many lades who led in break out sessions! Be praying for next year's retreat!
PASTOR AND DEACON APPRECIATION
The writer of Hebrews was inspired to write in Hebrews 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,…and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” During the realities of the past six months, our pastors and deacons in our churches have been faced with decisions and challenges never before encountered, challenges which involve literally the health of their precious church families. Our pastors and deacons have spent countless hours in prayer asking the Lord to help them balance church activities and ministry so as to safeguard the health of their congregation, while finding ways of ministry that would not neglect the spiritual needs of their people.
Our BMA pastors have sought the Lord and the wise counsel of medical personnel and consulted together to meet these needs, and in doing so, they have demonstrated before us a faith and a testimony that will inspire us throughout our lives. How faithful they have been!
In strategizing for ways to honor them during Pastor and Deacon Appreciation in October, we are challenged to plan gifts or activities that will honor the guidelines of keeping all safe from exposure to Covid-19, yet show them our love and gratitude for their extraordinary leadership.
The following ideas are ones that every ladies group can expand and use their creativity to implement:
Card showers are always deeply appreciated. Including a gift card that can be used online is especially helpful during this time.
Creating a visual presentation of the pastor or deacons and their families that can be shown in recorded services always becomes a treasured gift.
Have a vehicle parade by the homes of the pastor and deacons. Decorate cars or other vehicles to celebrate them and their families.
Have a testimonial service in which volunteers share special times of blessing about the pastor and deacons and what they mean in their lives.
Give gifts such as books, home décor, movies, and other items that can be enjoyed by their families and can even be ordered online to be shipped to their homes.
If your church is holding in-person services at this time, then plan a time of testimony and honor that will highlight the church’s appreciation for their pastor and each deacon, while observing the protocols for safety that are currently recommended.
May the Lord richly bless you as you honor your pastor and deacons this October!
The Texas WMA met Thursday, November 4 at New Harmony Community Center with 70 women attending, 33 churches represented and one foreign country represented. The new project is the ministry in South Asia, and the new year's theme is "Everyone, Everywhere Needs Jesus" with theme verse Matthew 28:19-20. Kristi Key is our new president.
Next year's meeting will be November 7-8, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Livingston.
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