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May 13, 2021 Eryn Bee

Ministry to Women Update

Ministry to Women Update

In spite of all that has happened this past year in the world, I am so blessed as I think about the women of our community here at MCF. We have an amazing group of women of all ages, careers, skills and backgrounds who are bound together by a love for the Lord.

Two years ago, we began doing Women's Story Nights. These have been so encouraging as women have authentically shared their stories of how God has worked in their lives. We were able to continue to do these story nights throughout this past year- even during lockdown via zoom. I believe these have been an important piece to helping our women connect and realize that, though we are all unique, when we share our stories, we see how we are connected.

Additionally, the Tuesday night Bible study has continued throughout this past year. We went through The Ways of the Alongsider and have learned more about discipleship as we have practiced it with each other. We are growing in experiencing how vulnerability and accountability enable us to become more like Christ as we invite others into our lives.

This year we have also partnered with a local ministry to refugee women, Re:new. It has been a joy to see how our women have generously given time and goods to bless these women. We look forward to continued connection with this ministry.

This month, Cindy Goding is doing another Women's Fitness Refresh group, which we hope will bear fruit over the summer with other women joining in and maybe even leading some workouts. These times have been a blessing with women of all ages encouraging each other in taking strengthening our bodies as well as our spirits as we work out, pray and look at Scripture together.

Although we take a break from the Tuesday Bible Study, summer is a great time to gather together and build relationships in a more casual setting. We will also be doing book discussions again this summer, so stay tuned for the announcements of dates and books!

I am grateful for the other women on the Ministry to Women team- Cindy Goding and Julie Smith. I have appreciated their creativity and commitment as well as their convicting and thought-provoking words through their blogs for women (and if you haven't read them, you should check them out via the links in the newsletter!).