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Vaughn Forest Church Women’s Newsletter
n o i t a r ne March/April 2013
Issue 2, Volume 1 I n Thi s I ss ue :
ENDURING LOVE BY KAY HOWELL Enduring is defined as everlasting; never ending. God’s love for us is just that! What does enduring mean to you? Is it “I’ll suffer through and love you in spite of our relationship or perhaps, because of our relationship?” God continues to love us in spite of our sin against Him. Everlasting; unconditional love…that is His Love for us! First John 4:7-8 says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” He is Love Blue and Kay Howell and He is the source of Love. So, plug into the source and you will be ‘Holy Spirit equipped’ to love in all circumstances. Choosing not to love is a result of living in the flesh which is under Satan’s control. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live above our circumstances and exhibit unconditional or enduring love. The inability to forgive can be a love breaker. Do you want to be a love maker or a love breaker? Ephesians 3:17 says “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height ––“ (of His love). Agape, Eros, or Filial love--God’s fullness encapsulates all dimensions and expressions of God’s love! Agape love can and should have feeling, yet it supersedes mere emotion. As we have just celebrated Valentine’s Day, we have given and received expressions of love from our families and loved ones; but how much more is the Father’s Love for us! His is the defining aspect of our character that emerges from the very seat of our nature. That Love looks for the opportunity to be kind to one another and it is selfsacrificial, yet it never loses self. It will even lay down its life for another, and will empower to godliness and merge truth and mercy. It always reflects God’s life-giving nature and is effective when all else fails. As Christians, love is the basis of our whole identity. Our spiritual rebirth came about because, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). When He was asked to clarify what the greatest commandments of all were, Jesus answered. "‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind…’”(Luke 10:27a). Our love for each other is supposed to be how people distinguish us as Christ’s disciples. According to Ephesians 3:17 and 1 Peter 4:8, love is the root and foundation of our existence and it is meant to be expressed with passion and fervency. Paul best describes the attributes of love in the familiar passage of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” These are all actions. These actions are based in the character of God. This is how God relates to us and this is how we should relate to one another. Enduring Love!
EWomen Extraordinary Women Conference 2013 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Arena
A Heart for Home
A Heart for Prayer
Share Your Story
Community Calendar 4 Discipleship Events
G 2 M i n i s tr y Te a m Pastor Lawrence Phipps, Senior Pastor Tracey Wilson, Ministry Coordinator Carole Duffey, Prayer Team Leader Kay Howell, Administrative Team Leader Brooke Freeman, Discipleship Team Leader
April 12 & 13
Lainey Goen, Service Team Leader
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Hope Folmar, Events Team Leader
Generation 2 Generation Proverbial Wisdom…A Call to Action A Heart for
Home By Kathy Medley A little organization goes a long way. Sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes to help you plan your space; enlist the opinions of friends or neighbors. 1. 2.
Utilize wasted space – add shelves all the way to the top in closets Use bed raisers ($8 @ Walmart) to “neatly” use the space under beds. Store an extra set of sheets between the mattress and box springs of each bed.
It is time to begin planning for Vacation Bible School, 2013 at Vaughn Forest. The dates are June 3 - 7 from 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM. VBS is for children entering kindergarten through entering sixth grade. If you are a volunteer, there are fun activities for your younger children, too. Volunteers are needed for teaching, teacher assisting, administration, registration, and greeters. Please let Mrs. Beth or Mr. David know where you would like to serve by emailing Amanda Ackerman at amada.ackerman@ vaughnforest.com.
“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—a wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:1-7 Solomon’s purpose in writing the book of Proverbs is so we will know, receive, and seek wisdom, instruction, and understanding. In Proverbs 1:2 the Hebrew origin of the word “wisdom” (chokmah) means “wisdom, skill, prudence”; and “instruction” (muwcar) means “discipline, chastening, correction.” Righteous living is a skill that must be attained through discipline, which requires a denial of self and loving correction from our Heavenly Father. According to the Webster 1828 Dictionary, wisdom is defined as the right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable (praiseworthy, commend-
able) ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. It is discretion -- the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. Biblical knowledge, experience, and a willingness to obey Father God are fundamental to becoming biblically wise women, but it all begins with a “fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 1:7). This fear is a combination of reverence, respect, and terror for an Almighty God who is infinite in power and who is faithful to His people. This fear of the Lord embraces our command to love the Lord our God, to obey His voice, and to cling to Him (Deuteronomy 30:20) not simply because of the consequences of disobedience, but because of a sincere desire to please Him. The fear of the Lord leads to knowledge of righteous living, which then in turn leads to wisdom, which will allow us to practically apply His truths to our daily lives. Living Application As Women: We must purpose to open our hearts to the reverential fear of the Lord…to maintain a position to receive knowledge and apply our hearts to understanding so that we can walk in biblical wisdom.
A Heart for prayer Let's begin the year focusing on praying in the way and pattern that God's word guides us. We'll focus each week on one important aspect of prayer to establish the habit of praying in a biblical fashion. Always pray as the Spirit leads you. Week 1 – Focus on Praising God Spend the majority of your prayer time this week just praising God from your heart. Perhaps you will pray scripture aloud: Psalm 93; Psalm 145; Psalm 34; Isaiah 44:6-8; or find your own. Some may like to focus on the Names of God: The Lord my Banner, Provider, The Lord of Hosts, Healer, Creator, and The Lord my Shepherd are just a few. Listen to praise music – focus on the words and sing them to the Lord. Week 2 – Focus on Confession
By Brooke Freeman As Wives: To seek first the counsel of the Most High; but secondly to trust, receive and hear the instruction and wise counsel of our husbands. That we pray for and encourage them to fulfill that role. As Mothers: May it be our goal to teach our children what it means to fear the Lord, thus laying the foundation for them to walk in wisdom. Our own example should be an intentional and active pursuit of knowledge according to the Word of God. Prayer: Father God, we praise You as our All-knowing God whose wisdom is infinite. Please forgive me if I have in any way shown a lack of reverence for who You are; or if for any way I have foolishly neglected to embrace Your knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. We thank you that Your desire is to teach us a better way and that you have blessed us with the help of Your Holy Spirit. Will you give me a heart to receive the instruction of your wisdom, a willingness of mind to embrace these truths, and a discipline of body to apply practical righteousness to my daily life? In Jesus Name I pray…
by Carole Duffey This week, after praising Him, ask God's Holy Spirit to reveal to you any sin in your life. For this week spend a lot of time listening rather than speaking. Do not focus on past sin that has already been confessed and forgiven. This week ask God to reveal to you unconfessed sin in your life. Read and meditate on 1 John 1:7-10. Pray Psalm 139:23-24; Lamentations 3:4041; and Psalm 19:13. Ask Him to forgive you. Psalm 51 is a good scripture to pray aloud. Week 3 – Focus on Protection Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.” NASB After praise and confession, spend a lot of time this week seeking God's protection from evil for you and your household. Claim the armor from Ephesians
6:11-18. A few of the many scriptures that you might use: 2 Chronicles 14:11; 2 Chronicles 16:9; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; or Luke 8:17. Pray spiritual protection for yourself, your husband, your children and your home. Week 4 – Focus on Petition Ask the Lord what He would have you pray and listen to His voice. John 14:13-14 tells us to ask in His Name. Remember others first in your prayers. Pray for your husband, children and family; pray for your church; pray for those in authority over you; pray for salvation for the lost; finally, pray for yourself and those things that Jesus wants for you. Most importantly, listen and act. If you pray in the Spirit, God will reveal to you what He wants from you. Take notes if you need to, but ACT on what God commands.
Volume 1, Issue 2 Share Your story
by aundria jackson
If you'd like to share your story, we’d love to hear it and share it with others! One of the greatest witnessing tools we have available to us is our testimony. Sharing our testimony is one of the ways that we continue to overcome the enemy. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:11). Every time we share what God has done in our life, our faith is strengthened.
ny. He tells others that he has not always been a Christian, but God showed him his need of Jesus Christ. Then he explains that he has committed his life to Jesus and tells others that his life is different since he allowed Christ in. We can look at many other examples in the Bible of people who came to Christ, were saved and walked away changed. These testimonies are a blessing to those of us who are saved, but, they are also used to reach the unsaved.
Take a moment to read Acts 22:1-16 and 26:9-23. In these passages Paul gives his testimo-
God is still working in our lives today. 1 Corinthians 10:11 states “These things happened
to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” Our testimony can be used to help others avoid or overcome the snares of the devil. Do you have something you think is important that should be mentioned to other readers? If so, we would like for you to share your story with this publication in order to encourage and win others over to Christ. Please call Aundria Jackson at 334.546.7800 if you have an encouraging word to share.
Surviving the Influence of The Mass Media “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 With today’s advances in technology, the media and its influence on society has significantly increased. We are now exposed to more media than ever before. The average American is exposed to over one hundred advertisements a day. Many of the images in these advertisements have a negative effect on our youth. Waiting in the checkout line, airbrushed images of stick thin models stand out from the covers of magazines. While the media portrays beauty as something that is external rather than internal, many of the images are unrealistic portrayals of the average woman. Not only do these images lower self-esteem and leave many people unsatisfied with their bodies, but they leave our youth believing that certain styles and behaviors are desirable. Teenagers are in a life stage where they crave acceptance by their peers. They want to be noticed and liked.
The media is feeding this “look at me” concept that leads our youngsters to believe that they need what they see in the media to be noticed; whether it is a body type, a particular brand or product, or piercings, tattoos and revealing clothing. The outlandish apparel that celebrities sport would not have been acceptable in society years ago. Today, the attire is continuously getting more risqué and down to celebrities wearing barely any clothing at all. Things that once were considered offensive, somehow now entertain the world. We have to teach our children that God’s love is enough. We desperately need to be reminding our children how they were fearfully and wonderfully made in His image and that they don’t need these materialistic things to be loved. We as humans have a strong desire to be respected and liked. If you ask a teenager if they’d rather be respected or noticed for the material things they have, they will most likely choose to be respected. So let’s teach our children how to be respected by society, instead of just accepted. Let’s help them see their inner beauty instead of focusing so much on outer beauty.
The G2 Women’s Ministry is very excited to announce the Fresh Grounded Faith Conference for September27-28. We will need lots of volunteers and would like anyone interested in volunteering to come to a meeting Tuesday, March 12, at 10:30 in the Worship Center. Email email@example.com for more info.
BY Lindsey Cope Satan uses the mass media in so many different ways to charm the world: from violence and bloodshed to pornographic material. Satan wants to convince us that we deserve to be entertained. Among the more obvious images seen in the media, it’s been said that Satan uses subliminal messages through music and other media outlets to work in the minds of people. There are so many Satanic elements in the media that many of us are too naive to notice. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” We live on a battle ground where the enemy is fighting for the hearts and minds of men, and he has taken full advantage of using the mass media to conform the world to sinful ways. We also have to remember that the source behind the sinful media is the unsaved man. Content in the media reflects the ungodly attitudes, the humanistic worldviews and the materialistic values of man. Satan uses man to send ungodly messages across the world. “Then Jesus said, Father for-
give them for they know not what they do.“ Luke 23:34a. Many may try to avoid the entertainment issue but how can we when it surrounds us! It may shape our world but we don’t have to allow it to shape us. Phillipians 4:8 tells us “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” While some people can resist conforming to the ideas presented by the media, young kids don’t know anything different from it. That is why we, as parents, have to be proactive in correcting the values that media displays. We also have to be cautious of what we are filling or own minds with. With prayer, faith and guidance, we can make a difference. Below are two websites that provide a forum to help parents filter through the media our children consume. These websites are dedicated to improving the lives of families by providing trustworthy information to help parents manage childrens’ media use. www.commonsensemedia.org www.pluggedin.com
G2 DISCIPLESHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN MOPS —MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. It is for any woman who has a child from conception through Kindergarten. While at MOPS, you get an opportunity for your children to be watched in a loving environment, while you have girl time and learning opportunities with other mothers. If you are urban, suburban, rural, stay-at-home, working, teen, adoptive, special-needs, single or married, MOPS is for you! MOPS truly makes you a better mom, woman, friend and leader. You can find out more about MOPS International at www.mops.org, by e-mailing us at: VFCMOPS@gmail.com. MOPS meet regularly at 9:30-11:30 AM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month during the school year. BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD— This discipleship will be a life changing experience as we grow stronger in our relationship to Christ, our family, and our church. We will endeavor to walk in the wisdom of Biblical truths on topics such as salvation, prayer, order of creation, authority and submission, fasting, and spiritual gifts. While our main purpose is to get our spiritual lives in order, we will also complete various projects to get our home in order and make it a place that is calm and welcoming to Father God, our family, and guests. Please join us as we seek to fall in love with Father God, and purpose to be liberated as He reveals and restores us to His desire and directive for our role as women. Wednesdays 6:00PM or Thursdays 9:00AM THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY—Thursday morning bible study is an opportunity to join like-minded women for a time of fellowship and studying the Word. Whether it is a Beth Moore video series or other structured bible study, you are sure to be blessed by this time as we seek to know God on a deeper and more intimate level. Thursdays 9:00-11:00AM SINGLE PARENTING THAT WORKS—This study provides a powerful resource for single parents. Kevin Lehman's DVD class will give single parents a workable strategy for raising well-balanced children in an off-balanced world. Wednesdays 6:00PM RUNNING THE RAPIDS-Kevin Lehman provides much needed help for parents of teenagers in this DVD study. Dr. Lehman uses an analogy of rafting down a fast- moving river to draw Biblical truths for parents that will guide their teenagers through the turbulent waters of adolescence. Wednesdays 6:00PM LOVE AND RESPECT (FOR COUPLES) —To understand and practice Ephesians 5:33 so that a husband will love his wife unconditionally and a wife will respect her husband unconditionally. Love and Respect is a 13 week DVD series that will demonstrate how love and respect are connected in marriage. Wednesdays 6:00PM HEART TO HEART —Heart to Heart is a one-on-one discipleship ministry based on the call of women according to Titus 2 that will serve the women of Vaughn Forest and our community. The primary purpose of Heart to Heart is for women to encourage, disciple (equip), and provide accountability to other women as they focus on God’s Word and seek to align their hearts with Father God’s; to increase their faith, spiritual intimacy, and obedience while loving the Lord our God with all their heart, all their soul, and all their strength. From the kitchen of…. By Kelly Williams
Mar. 7-9 Mar. 15 Mar. 15-17 Mar. 16 Mar. 23 Mar. 28-30 Apr. 19-May 19 Apr. 20 Apr. 21 Apr. 27-28 Apr. 29
COMMUNITY EVENTS Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo An Evening with Eli Manning Blue Gray National Tennis Classic The Montgomery Black Rodeo Duck Dynasty Stars in MGM Twelfth Night Around the World in 80 Days Joy to Life - Walk of Life Montgomery Chorale presents: Gloria Capital of Dreams Triathlon Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
Mar. 12 Mar. 16 Mar. 25-29 Mar. 28-30 Mar. 31 Apr. 6
VAUGHN FOREST EVENTS Fresh Grounded Faith Conference Information Meeting (10:30 AM) Saturate Saturday Spring Break- No Wednesday Activities Student Fun Trip Resurrection Day (Easter) Resurrection Run
Garrett Coliseum Convention Center Lagoon Park Garrett Coliseum Convention Center ASF ASF Downtown Montgomery First Baptist Church Downtown Montgomery Davis Theater
Chocolate Chip Cake 1 Yellow Cake Mix 1 Chocolate Pudding Mix (3.9 oz) 4 Eggs 1 C. Sour Cream 1/2 C. Sugar 3/4 C. Vegetable Oil 3/4 C. Water 1 C. Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips Confectioners Sugar (As Needed) Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix first seven ingredients together. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake for one hour. Cool for 10 minutes on rack and then remove from pan. Dust with confectioners sugar once the cake is completely cooled.
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 VFG2WM@gmail.com. Vaughn Forest Church 8660 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL. 36117