Southwest Missouri Women’s Weekend
Kick-off activities for the weekend, themed “Bloom Where You’re Planted,” began on Friday evening, Feb. 12, with a light meal and fun get-acquainted activities. On Sabbath morning, men, women and children gathered for a hymn sing, followed by Sabbath services. The sermon was presented by Council of Elders chairman Robin Webber. Mr. Webber encouraged members with a sermon titled “Looking at the Future Through Eternal Eyes.”
Sabbath afternoon approximately 45 women gathered for the event and heard from speakers on the theme for the weekend, with Susan Webber starting off the program. Other presenters covered United Youth Camps, growth through trials and loss, a family legacy, coming to and returning to the knowledge of the truth, using the talents you have, and transplanting as a part of the growth process. Presenters were Susan Webber, Pam Redline, Darlene Ramey, Kim Nunn, Cynthia Stewart, Karen Allwine, Dollie Schuster, Joan Ott, Rhonda Lopez and Verna Simkins. Throughout the weekend, women enjoyed uplifting and inspirational music presented by many in the area and coordinated by Dorothy Schmidt.
Once again, participants brought handmade crafts and other items for the silent auction. This year, the proceeds from the silent auction were donated to United Youth Camps, and over $1,000 was raised. As in years past, women from various church areas donated food for the meals! This service was provided by the Springfield women, the Kansas City church women, and from women attending from Alabama and Georgia. Snacks were provided by the women from Tulsa and Oklahoma City. These donations of love help keep this weekend low-cost and affordable for the majority who choose to attend.
Truly those in attendance met the goals for Women’s Enrichment Weekends as outlined by Women’s Services and the home office, including sharing life lessons, making meaningful connections, spiritual conversation, and supporting a service project. Comments about the weekend centered on getting to know some new friends and renewing former friendships, the sweet fellowship, a deeper understanding of other sisters in Christ, getting out of your comfort zone, sharing and encouragement.
Added value to the weekend this year were activities for the men, with a bonfire and chili dinner at a local member’s farm, ending with brunch on Sunday morning for those who wished to attend. The men enjoyed getting together, learning more about one another, and attending a question-and-answer session with Mr. Webber.
Please consider joining us next year, Feb. 17-19, 2017, on President’s Day weekend.