The women of First Presbyterian gathered on January 11 for an evening that proved to be both encouraging and challenging as Elena Boone spoke on “Serving in the Seasons of Your Life.” Donna Jones, Women’s Ministry Liaison, said she was encouraged not only by the message, but also by seeing so many women of various ages and stages of life in attendance and by the joyful atmosphere of the evening.
Elena spoke from Ephesians 2:8-10, and acknowledged that serving can be inconvenient, time consuming, and costly, but reminded the women that as Christians we are to serve others daily and be a family of servants no matter what season of life we are currently experiencing. She challenged the women to consider the question: Do I live under my means in my calendar so that I can meet the needs of others?
Katie Parsons said “I loved the piece about living under your means with your time—creating space to serve rather than overbooking yourself to the point of being overwhelmed. It was such an encouraging night.”
Melissa Aitken said God continued to speak to her after the event about three things:
- “Simple ways of serving can be fulfilling God’s purposes just as much as huge, grandiose things.”
- “Social media can overwhelm my life and have me feel like I am connected to people, keeping me from participating in TRUE community and from actually using my hands and feet to DO something for someone—keeping me still at an arms length away rather than in true engagement in people’s lives, person to person, face to face.”
- “Saying NO to even ‘good’ and ‘great’ things can be saying ‘YES’ to the BEST thing!!!”
Chelsea Rule said, “I was convicted by the call to make sure we are serving each other no matter our season in life, and especially those in the same seasons because we will most likely be going through the same seasons of life together. I have ‘my’ ministries and ways I choose to volunteer because they’re comfortable to me, but I often ignore other ways of serving or other needs just because I don’t feel like doing it.”
Shannon Williams summed up the evening this way: “Godly service looks like daily remembering your Savior, corporately worshiping him, and faithfully showing up to pass that on to the next generation. And when you’ve spent your life doing that, day in and day out, God allows the room to stand up and sing Happy Birthday to you!” (Click here to watch the touching tribute to faithful servant Mabel Finley on her 87th birthday.)
“The future of Women’s Ministry is bright,” said Donna Jones, Women’s Ministry Liaison, “because we have an ever-faithful Father who is continuing to grant us deep times of study in his Word, sweet fellowship with one another and a desire to bring glory to his name!”
Over 200 women
gathered to learn about
the importance of
serving Christ and others
in all seasons of life.