Thank you to the ladies who put on the recent Women’s Retreat at Ross Point (or, as my husband calls it, the Baptist Camp). We had recently moved here from Alaska when I attended the last retreat, and had such a great experience meeting so many wonderful women from the church that I had been looking forward to the next one. Put on by the Women’s Association and Adult Discipleship Committee, this time was different, in that I actually knew most of the ladies who participated. The Retreat reminded me of how wonderful it is to share with a community of believers!
My life has been deeply enriched through different forms of sharing in worship: the Women’s Retreat; my Faith, Fun & Fellowship ChristCare group; the enumerable behind-the-scenes volunteers who stop into the office; and, of course, through our Sunday services.
Even the most introverted women in our ChristCare group readily admit that they have grown in their walk with the Lord through our relationships. It took a half-dozen of them many months before feeling comfortable openly sharing and even leading our discussions.
Scripture says that’s because we’re better together than we are alone. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4-5) My goodness, even way back at the beginning, God decided that it wasn’t good for man to be alone, so he created Eve.(Genesis 2:18)
I strongly encourage every Christian to add to the Sunday worship by joining into other forms of sharing their faith, too. The Women’s Retreat was well-attended, and now the Men also have a chance for their own Retreat coming up soon. The bonus of the Men’s Retreat is that it’s a gathering of Christian men from all over the region, and will also be held in lovely, restful surroundings in Newport. You can also get in contact with Steve Balas (or just use the Attendance Card on Sunday) to ask about getting into one of the many small-group gatherings. Another option is attending the worship held after dinner on Wednesday nights at church.
Shortly following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the author of Hebrews wrote, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)
In our ChristCare group, we have an image of Jesus that reminds us that He is present during our meeting. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20) Three members of our ChristCare group suffered family deaths within a year of joining our group (one lost her husband of 62 years and two lost their mothers). We were there to rally around and help lift them up. Life has its day-to-day struggles, too, of course, and we help each other through them. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
Joining together in worshipping the Lord has brought me not only closer to those people, but also to knowing God and His will for me. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
Your friend in Christ,