Faith, Faith, Flour, & Sawdust

Big Church, Small Groups

Element church is my faith home

5 years ago I was invited to attend Element Church by a woman I only knew from the school pick-up line.  5 years ago Amber invited me and on December 1, 2012, I went to my first service. I had spent 2 weeks in Kansas City, being a hospice caregiver to my dying mother-in-law. She died on a Wednesday morning, we had a memorial on Saturday morning, and by 5 pm I was back in Wentzville, MO at Element attend my first service there. I felt a need to be there and it was the best choice I made.

Back in October of 2012, my youngest had gotten scabies, we didn’t have insurance and so I was faced with a difficult decision. I could either pay the medication for him or buy groceries for two weeks, tough choice. I was at the school waiting to pick him up and was crying. this woman who I knew as a casual friend came up asked me what was wrong, prayed for me, and offered to bring me dinner that night. Little did I know what an angel she was and what God was doing in my life.

She brought dinner over that night and I was unpacking the meal, there is an envelope was the extra $200 I needed to get groceries and the medication! I was floored that someone I barely knew would do this for me. She didn’t have to do this but God told her that this was the thing to do. I am blessed that I can call her my friend even to this day.

I would not be who I am without my small group, my pastors, or my church family. Thank you so much. You make me a better person and stronger in my Faith. these people have become like family to me, I am blessed to each one of them.

On December 27, 2013, Bradley and I were baptized. I had previously been baptized in the RLDS faith at the age of 8 years of age. Of course, I didn’t understand what or why I was doing it. this time around I knew why I was doing it. Special shout out to Jon Henry, who took a chance and baptized me a second time. Pastor Anthony gave a great sermon about changing your mind. It is ok to change your mind, there are things that you should not take with you into the new year and it is ok “you changed your mind”.  I am praying and serving The Lord openly and with no reserve. Please don’t be offended but it is my life and as Joshua 24:15 says “But as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord”.

Volunteering

I have volunteered in many areas at Element Church. Cafe, parking lot, youth, and now in production. Production seems to be my calling, they don’t let me touch buttons. What am I doing in Production? I am the Volunteer Care Coordinator. I was a team of women and each week we provide food for the Production and worship team. We also provide a host to take care of the needs of the team.  Honestly, it is a perfect fit for me. I love performing acts of service as well as receiving them.

I have a great group of women that do an amazing job feeding and meeting the needs of the team. I have a great Pastor, Cisco, who sees over the team and has a great heart.

Small Groups

I love my Neverland gals, Element Church Small Group for moms. Such a great group of gals. We will meet twice a month to sit, catch up, chat, pray, talk about the book, and just do life together. Our plan is to read a book every other month. There will be a few girl’s night outings, a few service projects, and just some good clean fun. Our goal is to grow spiritually and support each other as moms, women, and sisters in faith.

I have a second group that is a daytime woman’s Coffee Talk group, it meets twice a week at 9 am. This is a group for women to get together and chat about life, God, and work through a devotional. I try not to take life too seriously, so laughing and good times will be part of this group.

Word of the Year

My small group, Neverland Girls at Element Church is choosing a word for the year. Here is a bit of how it works.

The holiday season, with all its fun and festivities and falalas, also gives us obligations, stress, and to-do lists a mile long. After pushing ourselves to exhaustion, the idea of a new day, month, the year is more than a breath of fresh air.

Before we start a list of all the many ways we’re going to be better, do more, work hard or smarter this next year, take a timeout. Breathe in deep and check all our best intentions and goals and ambitions down a little.

We don’t know about you, but we know that this time of year, as we put 2017 behind us and look forward to whatever may come in 2018, we are tempted to forget everything we’ve learned in the past twelve months.

This year we are choosing one word to focus on this next year. A movement, encouraging us to forget resolutions and to choose JUST ONE WORD instead.

The idea is that we should choose one word we can focus on every day, all year-long — one word that sums up who we want to be or how we want to live. It is what can bring us out of our dreamy resolution fog and ground us, not just in January, but every month of the year. Whether we are identifying all the ways we need to do more, work harder and be better, we easily lose our minds first in the more approach to making my lists and next in the overwhelmed, I-can’t-possibly-do-any-of-this, reaction to our lists in the face of reality.

Choosing just one word for the year will help keep us focused. It keeps us sane. And it leaves us a whole lot more successful and satisfied with life. When we force ourselves to funnel our hopes and goals for an entire year into a single word or phrase, we also force ourselves to focus on what truly matters and what will make an eternal difference in our lives and the lives of those we care about.

This year I’m choosing HOPE for our word. I want to focus on finding HOPE. I like the idea of finding hope no matter what my circumstances are.

That’s why we’re choosing HOPE as my word for 2018.

Are YOU choosing one word for 2018? Will you share it with us if you are?

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