bethesda women's ministries
Bethesda Women’s Ministries Executive Committee met to
discern whether to begin to meet together again. We have come to the decision to NOT resume
meetings this year. We know, we are disappointed
too, but feel this is the right decision for right now. Taking into consideration the DHHS guidelines
for faith communities, we envisioned what our time together might look like, the
risk factors for our age group, the barriers it presents to the fellowship and
community that brings us joy and binds us together, creative options for
meeting, weighing pros and cons. We will
keep you informed if anything changes. Questions
or thoughts, contact Chair, Carol Janzen 402-723-4675.
But be not dismayed, for God is at work in our midst! God continues to inhabit the ordinary and
challenging spaces of our lives and every moment lies within the circle of
God’s care. God’s care is seen through
each of you: in small groups of women gathered
and distanced on porches for coffee, in neighborly curbside chats, in walks and
bike rides with a friend, in checking on neighbors, sharing of gardens and baked
goodies, in cards, phone calls and prayers.
God invites us to creatively participate in God’s transformative work in
the world and to reach out with sisterly love and care.
A prayer by author and speaker, Sarah Bessey, as we dwell in
God of ripe raspberries and
slow Sundays, the same God in the midst of suffering and inspiring revolution,
here we are. I pray for courage. No one ever told us how much courage it takes
to live whole-heartedly, did they? No
one told us how brave we would have to be.
And yet here we are. I pray for
courage to rise up in us so that we can get up out of our beds for another day
and do what we need to do to carry on, to move with you towards justice and
shalom and feasts. I pray for an
appetite to eat good food and I pray we’ll go to bed on time and sleep
well. I pray we’ll be good to our own
selves in the midst of all this. I pray
for our hands to find work that has meaning and goodness and for respite. May we remember to pause and give thanks for
even the smallest of graces, knowing You are singing in the midst of them. Amen.