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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christmas in October

Last Friday night we hosted our very first Leading & Loving It North Central FL meeting and it was a HUGE SUCCESS!!

Thank you to Lori Wilhite and her team for the great leadership they provide through Leading and Loving It.  It is a great honor to be a part of encouraging, inspiring, and ministering to ladies who share the same calling of either working in ministry, supporting their husband/pastor, or both.  

Our theme was Christmas in October and the main point of the night was to prepare our hearts, minds, and spirits for the dazing days fastly approaching, also known as The Holidays.

I shared with all the ladies how we can face unafraid the plans we have made this yearI also shared how we can wake up on December 26th completely satisfied in Christ knowing we allowed Him to center us over the previous 25 days. 

Of course we began with a fun Christmas get-to-know-you game to which we found out not one lady there had ever made Figgy Pudding.  I guess it is just one of those things that we'd rather sing about than eat.

We followed that by a fabulous meal and one more fun game where 6 ladies paired up, and using only one of their hands had to wrap a Christmas present together.  The winning team received some Holiday Bath and Body Works products.  (Nothing says Christmas like Winter Candy Apple.  LOVE IT!!)

Next we ate some amazingly glorious desserts and mixed it up by moving to different tables based on everyone's name tag theme (snow flakes, candy canes, or Christmas trees) for a time of discussion.  This allowed the ladies to really get to know each other and hopefully make a few new friends.

During this time we discussed topics related to Christmas.  It was quite interesting to hear some of their favorite Christmas movies, holiday traditions, and what gets them in the Christmas spirit.

Then our topics for discussion got a little more serious as we shared how we can stay healthy, mentally and spiritually, while ministering to others.  What great wisdom and advice the ladies were able to impart and glean.  I know that many ladies lives will be forever changed as they continue their work in ministry with this new knowledge. EXCITING!!

As we closed the night out I asked my mother-in-law Pat Johns (who has been in ministry for almost 40 years!) to pray over every lady, their homes and their churches.  Not too many dry eyes after that. :)

A great time was had by all 16 ladies representing 6 churches in the North FL area and we can't wait until our next meeting on January 21st!!

If you would like more info about Leading & Loving It N Central FL just click here.

More great pics from the night...

Christmas 'Candy Bar'

Raspberry Tea and Flavored Water
Turkey Croissants w/ Cranberry Mayo,  Pasta, Broccoli, & Pistachio Salads and Pumpkin Muffins

Our accessories for pictures

THANK YOU Caley Porter and Maggie Lizotte for all your help!!!!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night,

1 comment:

Lori said...

Looks like it was an amazing event. Thanks so much for hosting and connecting the ladies of N Central Fl.