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Vaughn Forest Church Women’s Newsletter January/ February 2013 Issue 7, Volume 1

Vaughn Forest G2 Women’s Retreat Lakepoint Resort State Park, Eufaula, AL Friday, February 28, 6 p.m. - Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. The retreat will feature our very own Vaughn Forest Women sharing from their hearts and leading us in praise and worship. Also, Jane Ann Fleming, local artist and Vaughn Forest member, will instruct and encourage us through a time of artistic expression of our joy in the Lord as we paint our very own angel on canvas! You don’t want to miss the blessings of this weekend! Registration will begin Jan. 19 at the registration table, which will be set up on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings or contact us at

Financial Resolution for 2014

Many thanks to all the women who blessed the Adullam House and to the beautiful young ladies who blessed our time of 1 worship!

By Lynn Cox

When making resolutions for the New Year, managing our finances better is always on the list. We are coming off the Christmas season of giving and more times than not have spent more than we intended. Getting back to practicing money management from a biblical view is essential. Understanding that God owns everything and has given me the opportunity to accomplish his plan with these gifts has helped me to stay on track. In 1 Chronicles 29:11 we read, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty, for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours.” So in order to improve the management of our finances, I pray for God’s guidance in spending and investing. Next, setting up a realistic budget is the best way to manage our finances more effectively. Dave Ramsey, a best-selling author and radio host, offers several workable plans to get you started on his website, His “Financial Peace University” course will be offered during Discipleship Life at Vaughn Forest Church on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. starting Jan. 29. Go to for more information.

Inside this Issue Home Organizing




Healthy Lifestyles




Starting the 4 New Year Calendar


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The new year is a great time to work on getting your home in order. God desires for our homes to be a peaceful place for our family (1 Corinthian 14:33a) and always ready to welcome guests (Hebrews 13:2). The following are some tips on getting your home organized as we start off this year….. *Stay small - Organize one area (drawer, cabinet, or small section of a room) daily. It only takes about half hour and it is far less overwhelming than trying to conquer the whole room. *Give away - Go through your closets and find items that you no longer wear (don’t fit, haven’t worn in a year, etc) . If you have children, include them. Encourage them to donate some of their old toys they do not play with. *Weekly task list - Make a list of the chores and goals you want to complete each week. Divide them out between Monday - Friday and post your task list somewhere you will see daily. If you write it down you are much more likely to get it done and what a difference you will see in your home at the end of the week!

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in

all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 PRAYER PORTION Please join us in prayer for the upcoming women’s retreat. Several speakers, leaders, organizers, musicians and participants are seeking God's face and seeking His will for the event. The scripture that He has given us as our center point is Habakkuk 3:17-19. I would ask you to carefully read and mediate on a Psalm that has a similar message. Please pray for the retreat and all of the attendees and participants that we may, through seeking Him, be set upon “my high places”. Psalm 18: 32-36 The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless ? 33 He makes my feet like hinds' feet, And sets me upon my high places. 34 He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great. 36 You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. 2


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" Behold I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth." Jeremiah 30:17 Many of our New Year's resolutions focus on how we can improve our health. Being healthy protects us against disease and injury, as well as increases our strength and energy to help us have good quality of life. God's word tells us that our body is the temple where He dwells. This alone should motivate us to make sure we do all we can to care for the body that has been given to us. Whatever your health situation, I would encourage you to see your health care providers and find out how you can live a healthier life. I say providers because we should have our physical health provider , but we also need " The Great Physician," our spiritual provider. These both work together to bring complete health to our life.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8

3 Healthy tips for your physical body in 2014: • Have a yearly physical Exam • Have a yearly mammogram • Have a fitness plan

3 Healthy tips for your spiritual body in 2014: • Start every day in God's Word • Spend time daily in prayer • Exercise your faith If we put into practice these simple steps, both our physical and spiritual lives will reap the benefits.

CHEESY CAULIFLOWER BREADSTICKS If you are looking for something different and healthy to serve your family, consider these. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked cauliflower, 1/2 cup shredded Sargento’s 4 Italian cheeses 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese 1 beaten egg 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp crushed garlic 1/4 cup minced onions Olive oil Topping: 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese Optional: Marinara sauce for dipping 3

BY LYNN COX Chop the cauliflower florets into chunks and steam them until slightly soft. Place in a ricer or food processor and grate. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg, parmesan and cheese blend. Add oregano, crushed garlic, minced onions, and garlic salt, stir together. Prepare your baking stone or sheet with a small amount of olive oil on it and top with parchment paper. Pour cauliflower mixture out on the stone or sheet, using your hands, pat out into a large rectangle. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spread additional parmesan and mozzarella cheese over the top. Place back in the oven until the cheese melts. Slice and serve. It is great by itself or dip in marinara sauce.

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Starting the New Year with a Fresh Approach to Your Spiritual Life By Toni Ashford But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 As the 2014 year was approaching, many people started thinking once again of New Year’s resolutions. Most resolutions probably begin to dissolve and fade before the snow of winter can melt. As the year begins to reveal the unknown events of life, many will find themselves out of sorts with the circumstances of life. For me, resolutions became a thing of the past several years ago. One year, in particular, there were several events in my life that caused me despair and grief. As a Christian, I understood that life happens, but my faith was waning. After soul searching, prayer, and counsel with Christian friends I was able to gain a new perspective. Instead of New Year resolutions, I ask the Father to be with me throughout the upcoming year. I ask Him to give me the strength and ability to turn to Him in my time of hurt or need. It’s easy to thank Him for the things we think are blessings. I have learned that there are blessings even in the situations that seem to be trials. I am trying to live a more intentional life. Presently, I begin each and every day with Him. My day begins in quiet. I pray. I share an online meditation with others. I read a devotional guide. I pray for my prayer partner as well as others who have requested prayer. I journal and record the scriptures that I read each day. My goal is to read through the Bible for the year, something I have learned to do since coming to Vaughn Forest. That goal has now been accomplished four times. I try to vary my routine as not to become complacent and fall into a religious rut. Most recently, I added poetry to my morning routine. I didn’t adopt an existing or suggested plan for my spiritual life. It has evolved. If I cannot have an hour of quiet because of circumstances, I take what I can get and then intentionally meditate throughout the day. Maybe this year I’ll add music once I have finished my quiet time. Let the Spirit guide you...Happy New Year!

Ministries at Vaughn Forest Ministries at Vaughn Forest in which you can serve include: Preschool and Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministry, Men and Women’s Ministries, Greeters Ministry, and Worship Ministry. Contact the church office for details about how to get involved at 279-5433.


Community Events

Vaughn Forest Events

Jan. 18 Professional Bull Riding Tour Pro Division at Garrett Coliseum Jan 24 Montgomery Film Festival in Cloverdale Jan 27 Blue Man Group at MPAC Feb. 8 Pike Road Father/Daughter Dance Feb. 13 Love on the Harriott II Feb. 14 Vince Gill and Amy Grant at MPAC Feb. 21-22 Monster X Tour Feb. 21-23 Greater Montgomery Home and Garden Show at MPAC

Jan. 19 G2 Heart to Heart Town Hall 1 p.m. Jan. 19 Children’s Musical Auditions 2 p.m. Jan. 22 Discipleship Life sign up and snack meals start back Jan. 29 Discipleship Life classes begin 6 p.m. Feb. 2-9 VF Days of Prayer Feb. 11 Anchor’s Lunch 11:30 Feb. 14-16 Citywide D’NOW Feb. 17 Church Office Closed 12 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 Wild Game Supper Feb. 23 Women’s Thursday BS 9 a.m. Feb. 28 March 1- G2 “The Art of Joy” Women’s Retreat at Lake Eufaula

If you happened upon this Newsletter and are interested in Vaughn Forest Church or the Vaughn Forest G2 Women’s Ministry call Vaughn Forest Church, 334-279-5433, or e-mail us at Vaughn Forest Church 8660 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL. 36117

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Vaughn Forest Church Women’s Newsletter January/ February 2013 Issue 7, Volume 1