Women’s Ministry

05_Flatbed_2 - JUNE   Original Filename: 76548479.jpgThe MBBC Women’s Ministry is built on compassion and desire to teach, encourage, and build up other women in Christ. We strive to offer classes, bible studies and events that will aid in your Christian walk, foster long lasting friendships, and spread the gospel and love of Jesus Christ throughout the community Ministering to other women both within the church and throughout the community is our primary purpose: serving the Lord with a joyful heart.

 

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8

 

Our Goal as Christian women is :

– to know Christ

– to know who we are in Christ

– to grow as leaders and mentors who disciple others

– to act by giving of our talents

– to be the salt of the earth, and the light of the world

– to realize that we are valued in God’s kingdom

– to form small groups, uniting and sharing with women of like passions and interests

– to strengthen our families and

– to be God’s hands in the world

Missions

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Sometimes the Lord lays a burden and desire for you to be an instrument for him in your church. MBBC has numerous opportunities for service both in the church, and the community. We ask that you prayerfully consider serving in one of these important areas.

Shelby Christmas Gift Shop – Contact Judy Howell jthowell@charter.net

Backpack Buddies – The Backpack Buddies program provides vulnerable children with a bag of “child friendly” food that is discreetly placed in their backpacks on Friday afternoons. There is enough food to last them through the weekend. This program works with school counselors to identify children that are already on the school’s free lunch program and are arriving at school on Monday mornings hungry. We are currently assisting 18 children in the community at Inverness, Oak Mountain Elementary, Oak Mountain Intermediate and Oak Mountain Middle Schools. Our need is for supplies / food, assistance in assembling and bagging the items, and monetary donations. For more information and to be a part of this mission endeavor, please contact the Women’s Ministry.

Missions in Moldova – The Republic of Moldova is located in Eastern Europe, near Romania and the Ukraine. Crime and human trafficking of women and children to other parts of Europe has become a major problem in this region. Girls are required to leave the orphanages when they reach 16 years old. Because they have no marketable skills or money, many are caught up in human trafficking rings and become lost. Our mission is to provide a solution by finding a skill that they can be taught and used to purpose an income, thus securing a better life for themselves. An income of sixty dollars per month per girl is all that is needed. Tatting is a technique for handcrafting intricate and durable lace for use in edging, doilies, collars and decorative sewing pieces. Tatting is a craft that is in demand, but there is a shortage of supply. This tatting could be sold in their market and exported to the United States for sale as well. Our goal is to send women to Moldova to train the girls, and help with the sale of their craft.

Bible Studies and Groups

“In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

The Women’s Ministry provides resources and Bible study opportunities focusing on character and integrity in life choices, values and unique spiritual gifts through discipleship awareness, as well as opportunities for fellowship and friendship.

Bible Studies for Women: As we strive to grow in our spiritual walks with the Lord, we find that a time of fellowship, study and prayer with other women encourages and strengthens us. Seven studies will be offered starting Fall of 2015, with topics / groups including:

     Career Choices for Singles, Teresa Newton

     Young Married, Ashley Jones

     Mom’s Prayer & Study, Kelley Young

     Deep Bible Study (various subjects), Carol Smith

     Pacesetters / Morning Manna, TBD

     Marriage (in-home study), Wendy Garner

     How to Study Your Bible (in-home study), Tamara Moser

     Prayer Partners: A Women’s Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning in the church prayer room at 6 AM. All are welcome. Many in our congregation and community are hurting, or in need of encouragement. These women may not feel comfortable asking for help or prayer. The Lord instructs us to be a light unto the world, shining before others. Use your light to uplift these women by praying with them, offering a kind word or helping hand. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

     Generation to Generation: Following the Biblical mandate outlines in Titus chapter 2, our G2G mentoring ministry is designed to pair younger with more mature women within the church ……. COMING SOON

 

 

Fellowship

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3

The Women’s Ministry offers various social activities, and encourages you to participate! This is such a wonderful opportunity to both strengthen old friendships, and build on new ones while enjoying fellowship.

Knitting Club – Bring your own knitting projects, or just learn how to knit! This group is often involved in providing special projects to missions both abroad, and within our community. Specific projects include prayer shawls and baby items (booties, wash cloths) for various local hospitals. The Knitting Club meets every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm in the Youth Area during the school year.

Sit-n-Sew – Do you have sewing projects that need to be finished? Need just a little “quiet” time without distractions? Bring your sewing machine, supplies, and extension cord and join us for a few hours of fellowship, laughter and friendship. On occasion this group provides special projects to missions both abroad and within the community. Some missions include doll bedding for the Shelby Christmas Shop, and pillowcases for aTeam Ministries (www.ateamministries.org). Sit-n-Sew meets every second Tuesday night at 7:00 pm in the Youth Area.

The Book Club – The Book Club meets every 2nd Monday in the home of a church member. This is a wonderful time of fellowship and discussion on books you are currently reading, and books chosen by the group. 

Special Events

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:14,15

We encourage you to attend the various special events planned for 2015-2016. Use this as an opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, and loved ones!

Kick-Off Dinner – September 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Arch Room) “Fashion Meets Faith” with Tamara Moser. Compile your team of creative women to decorate a Table Scape for the Kick-Off Dinner! To sign up your team, contact the Women’s Committee.  Prizes will be awarded!

Holiday Dinner & Speaker – November 16, 2015

Women’s Retreat – January 29-30, 2016 “Fellowship with Sisters in Christ” Join us for purposeful fellowship as we are lead by women of faith in prayer, study, and friendship.

Mother/Daughter Painting Party – TBD

 

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19

 

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19

Scriptural Resources for Everyday Life

On Family & Parenting . . . . .discipline, adoption, in-laws

Hebrews 12:5-11

5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Proverbs 13:24

24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Proverbs 29:15

24 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

James 1:27

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

On Marriage . . . .communication, enrichment, forgiveness

Ephesians 4:29

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Proverbs 25:15

24 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Ephesians 4:25

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

James 1:19-20

24 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Proverbs 25:11

24 Like apples[a] of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.

Proverbs 12:25

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

2 Timothy 2:23-24

23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

Ephesians 4:31

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

James 3:5-10

24 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

Genesis 2:18

24 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Hebrews 13:4

24 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Mark 10:7-9

24 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Proverbs 18:22

24 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.

Colossians 3:19

24 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

1 Corinthians 7:2

24 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.

Ephesians 5:25-33

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Colossians 3:18

24 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

Proverbs 12:4

24 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Proverbs 14:1

24 14 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Romans 12:18

24 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

1 Timothy 5:8

24 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

On Life & Ethics. . . .finances, careers, modesty,

3 John 1:11

24 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

Romans 8:5-6

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Colossians 2:8

24 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

Proverbs 3:9-10

24 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Hebrews 13:5

24 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,,”Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Proverbs 31:14-18New International Version (NIV)

24 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously, her arms are strong for her tasks.18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

1 Timothy 2:9-10

24 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

1 Peter 3:3-5

24 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.

On Emotional Issues. . . .anger, suffering, salvation, temptation

Ephesians 4:26

26 “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry

1 Peter 4:12-13

24 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Romans 3:23

23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

24 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

1 Peter 5:10

24 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

James 1:2-4

24 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Romans 8:18

24 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.