Back to the Basics – April 2018 Newsletter

Written by Jamey Free

“Cast your cares on the Lord
And He will sustain you;
He will never let
the righteous be shaken.”
Psalm 55:22

 

I first heard this verse a couple years ago, and an immediate picture came to my mind of a giant tree with deep roots that stands strong and unmovable. I thought, “that’s a beautiful picture for the righteous out there. Being able to cast their cares on the Lord. And because they are rooted in Him, they will not be shaken.”

It took some time (way longer than I’d like to admit) to dawn on me. I am counted as one of those righteous. But of course, that can’t be true — I’ve only been awake an hour, and I’ve already wished death upon both Mondays and my alarm clock (and if I’m honest, had some mean thoughts about my husband who dared to look at me. In my defense, I’m not really a morning person). That doesn’t exactly bode well for the rest of the day.

But it IS true. Not because of anything I have or haven’t done, thankfully, but because of the cross.

That really humbles me to think about, which is one reason this verse has become a go-to of mine. Not only is it a great comfort to know I can cast my problems on the Lord and He will hold me up, but it’s also a precious reminder that I am righteous in God’s eyes. Easter just recently passed, but as we go back to the basics in the Women’s Discipleship Ministry this year, let’s never forget that the very center — the core — of everything is the cross.

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The Discipleship Council
Sherry Rhodes, Ronnie Adair, Bernie Clark, Jamey Free, Alice Hall, and Katie Long

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April-02
If we are going to go back to the basics this year, we should highlight our command to make disciples. It’s exciting to think that we are products of that original command, and now it’s our time to make disciples that make disciples that make disciples (you get the point).

Recently I heard a wonderful example of discipleship in action in this ministry.

Though new to SMCC, Caryn was familiar with discipleship and wanted to be involved with the ministry at our church. She was discipled in the summer of 2017 and found it to be a truly beneficial experience. “While not a new believer, I really went in ready to grow my faith. I came away feeling better equipped to study scripture and more prepared to disciple others.”

Caryn’s disciplemaker felt she was ready to disciple others, and Caryn was matched with her new disciplee, Claudia, shortly after. “This was definitely a Holy Spirit match. We didn’t really have anything in common, but the timing worked and we both really liked each other.”

Claudia was a newer believer with a huge desire to grow in her faith. During a lesson, it came out that she had never been baptized. She recognized the need and made the decision. With Caryn and Caryn’s disciplemaker in attendance, Claudia was baptized in a backyard ceremony on her birthday this year.

It is so encouraging to see how God is working in this ministry, and we know there are many more blessings in store for Claudia and Caryn.

If you have an example of Discipleship in Action, please email jamey.ivey@gmail.com, as we want to hear more.
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Claudia and her disciplemaker, Caryn
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Claudia’s baptism

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April-03

We are excited to share a volunteer opportunity with you — and it’s one that really aligns with our ministry.

From June 1 – July 4, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) will be sharing the Gospel with children and their families through a Christ-centered, storytelling time at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar. Volunteers are needed to run the exhibit, and that’s where you come in.

This is the way it works — Christian women and men (must be over 17) from across the county sign up in teams of three to cover four-hour shifts at the fair. You can sign up for one or more shifts, and with people you know, or with what fits your availability. To get started, you first must attend a training. A training will be held at SMCC on Saturday, May 5 from 9am – 10:30am. Additional trainings will be held across the county.

Those are the details, but here’s the most important question answered — why?

If you have a desire to see disciples made, and if you love children and want to show them Jesus, this should get your attention. More than 2,000 people (mostly children) will come to know the Lord through this ministry at the Del Mar Fair this summer. 

But this isn’t the only benefit. For those who might be nervous to share the Gospel, this is a great way to jump right in. You’ll be trained and given a pre-packaged way to learn evangelism, and you’ll see it lead to salvation. It’s also a rewarding day of fellowship centered around serving God.

To sign up for the SMCC training on May 5, call Alice Hall at 619-265-2046. For more information on the CEF outreach, visit www.sandiegocef.org, or call Ann Hokstad at 619-469-8593.

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Volunteers at the 2017 fair
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A volunteer sharing the gospel with youth

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April-04

Tuesday, June 26
6:00pm – 8:00pm
SMCC Generations Building – Room 245

 

Please mark your calendars for a Summer Aloha / Potluck and discussion of Psalm 91 hosted by Jamey Free. It will be held on Tuesday, June 26, from 6pm – 8pm.

We’ll be sending out more information via email closer to the date. Hope to see you there!

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If your looking for a beautiful and budget friendly way to brighten up a room, try making a Wooden Hoop Wreath!

What you’ll need: (found at any craft store)
– Wooden Embroidery Hoop
– Flowers and leaves (sometimes called Floral Stems or Floral Picks)
– Hot glue
– Yarn (optional)
– Nail for hanging

Michaels sells wooden hoops of various sizes ranging from 4″ ($1.49) up to 14″ ($3.29). Once you have a hoop (or 2 or 3!), use hot glue to attach your choice of flowers, stems, leaves, or yarn to your hoop. Keep it simple! Hoops are dainty, and less is definitely more for this craft. If you choose to add yarn, simply wrap it around the hoop and tie the ends close to the hoop.

When displaying your hoop wreath, keep your groups together in odd numbers. You can hang just one by itself, or make 3 (preferably of various sizes) that can hang in a group together.

This craft is perfect for baby and bridal showers, for a birthday party, or to brighten any room! Let your creative juices flow, or check out these pictures for inspiration!

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Tie yarn around the bottom edge and add bright flowers and leaves
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Think about hanging your hoops in groups. For example, two small hoops with one large hoop!
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Use your hoop wreaths to decorate any party!
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Hoop wreaths aren’t just for spring, keep this craft in mind later this year when you start decorating for fall and winter.

Photos taken from Hallstrom Home
https://www.hallstromhome.com/making-hoop-wreaths-spring/

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