Editor’s Corner

Marla Wells

Welcome to the “Gathering News” second edition!!

We hope you enjoyed our first endeavor. We do take seriously that our first effort was simplistic and probably needs some fine tuning. But we promise to continue to expand and be even more inclusive.

If you have something you would like us to highlight, let me know. We are particularly interested in a personal ministry that you do outside of what we do here at the Gathering Church.

If you have a recovery story, we are interested in your story. If you have a Bible teaching or a personal story of faith, let me know. If you would like to help with the newsletter, let me know.

This letter is for you and we want you to give us feed back so email me or drop me a text and we will try to be inclusive and work toward a newsletter that is insightful and entertaining.

So have a good read.

Women of Destiny Ministry

Marla Wells 

In a church that is growing so fast, many times it is hard to get to know the people you worship with.

It was with that thought in mind, I began to look around and noticed there were many women in my age group that I had not met, so did not know them. I decided to ask different ones to get together with me. I specifically targeted women 55+. Once I mistakenly ask a couple who were not yet 55 and I think it insulted them.

God had told me many years ago that women need other women. It’s not like it was generations ago with 3 generations in the same house, where information and experience was passed down. Now, left alone, we have no one we can seek for council and we are reluctant to even ask.

So considering all this, several women agreed to meet once a month. We have a great time laughing and getting to know each other.

We have now decided to ask any woman 50 and older to join us every 4th Saturday for a small brunch and good fellowship. Sometimes we have some one teach us, other times someone leads us in a devotion, others have entertained us with a story, and we have also invited those with a recovery story to come share what God has done for them.

The best part has been getting to know each other and sharing our stories of God. That’s what really makes us Women of Destiny.

If you’re a woman 50 or older, consider yourself invited to join us March 25th at 10:00am, here in the fellowship hall, for some great fun.

Found8tion 12/12

Sharon Woolsey 

My name is Sharon Woolsey and my husband Donald. We are both in recovery. We were addicts for over 20 years.

After being released from jail three years ago and losing everything we owned, we were led to the Gathering Church. There we found the Prayer Center, a safe place where I could go for prayer, Bible study and confiding in others who would help us to grown spiritually.

In the beginning of my recovery, I was made to go to AA/NA meetings, which helped me to clearly know who my higher power is; our Lord Jesus Christ.

Throughout that time, the Prayer Center encouraged me to start our own meetings, where we could freely speak of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are definitely a Christ centered group.

So 18 months ago, we began having Recovery meetings at the Prayer Center. We call ourselves “Found8tion12/12”. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm.Now we have added a new meeting on Fridays at noon.

At 12/12 we learn to work a 12 step program giving us a new way of life, reaping 12 benefits (or promises). Our “Found8tion” is Jesus Christ and the #8 stands for new beginnings.

We are here to encourage one another and God has blessed us with growth. All are welcome to come join us!

Be an Encourager

Donna Bell 

Hebrews 3:13Amplified Bible (AMP) 13 But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication].

In Hebrews 3:13 We are to encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “today”. Do you remember the last time some one called or visited you because they knew you could use some encouragement? What a difference those words spoken in love made! The day didn’t look nearly as dark and the sunshine broke through the clouds.

We had visited a friend in the hospital some time back. On the first visit, we found her unresponsive. The next week when we returned, she was alert and thrilled to see us! “My, what a difference a week makes!”, my husband said. She told me that she holds onto that. When she’s in pain or feeling down, she remembers what he said. Let’s look at Jesus, for in Him, what a difference a week or even a day can make!

Blessings in Him who loved us first.

1 Peter 2:2-3 – Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good

Live what we believe

1 Corinthians 12:27– Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

James 2:21-22 – Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

Serve those in need

Hebrews 13:16 – And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

James 1:27 – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after widows and orphans in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world

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