BETHESDA WOMEN'S MINISTRIES

Bethesda Women's Ministries' Mission is to empower women as we nurture our life in Christ through studying the Bible, using our gifts, hearing each other, and engaging in missions and service.  Our vision invites women across generations, cultures and places to share and honor our stories, care for each other and express our prophetic voice boldly as we seek to follow Christ.


2020 THEME: "Every Time I Feel the Spirit"

In this year's lessons, we will trace the wide, deep and dynamic nature of God's Spirit moving through the stories of biblical and contemporary women's experiences.  I pray you sense God's Spirit in them and in you.


Project and Sewing meetings are held January through March, twice a month on Tuesday's from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


"First Tuesday" Gatherings take place in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m.

2020 Bethesda Women's Ministries Brochure

For more information on what is happening with Mennonite women's groups in the U.S. and around the world go to... http://www.mennonitewomenusa.org

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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 these times:

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.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Bethesda Women's Ministries prayer shawl ministry provides a tangible symbol of Bethesda's love and prayers for those who are hurting, facing health challenges or major life changes.


May each one who recieves a prayer shawl feel the warmth of the prayers from the church.


P.S. We have a large donation of yarn in the BWM material room if you knit or crochet prayer shawls.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Carol Janzen - Chair, Publicity

Carol Ott - Recorder

JoAnne Buller - Treasurer

Lin Friesen, Margie Siebert - Program Planning Co-Chairs

Arlyce Friesen, Darlene Janzen - Hospitality Co-Chairs

Shar Doell - Ministry Options Chair