Women's Weekend #2

October 28-30, 2022

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Eileen Doyle

Women's #2 Team

Eileen Doyle

Marie Strolin

Jessica Bardelli

Lydia Smith

Oscar Destruge 

Ed Hendricks

Maureen Fox

Betty Hendricks

Holly Firmender

Carol Mitchell

Uta Robertson

Becky Baker

Donna Venditti

Vicky Wolff

Becky Virgalla

Susan Conway

Angelica Hernandez

Helene Dellert

Carol Twiggs

Lorraine Westervelt

Wendy Cudmore

Weekend Leader

Assistant Weekend Leader

Chief Auxiliary

Music Director

Spiritual Director

Spiritual Director

Church Talk

Your Christian Walk Talk

Study Talk

The #1 Thing Talk

Christian Leadership Talk

Action Talk

Table Leader

Table Leader

Auxiliary

Auxiliary

Auxiliary

Auxiliary

Auxiliary

Advisor

Advisor

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

I imagine we’ve all been faced with the question, “If you had to choose just one, what would it be?” If asked about ice cream, my reply would be an instantaneous, “coffee,” or just one candy bar, “Mounds.” However, knowing that, as the Weekend Leader of Footsteps in the Sand Women’s #2, I would need to decide on one scripture out of several favorites, I did not expect “just one” to come to mind very quickly. Therefore, it came as a bit of a surprise that one did, although I shouldn’t have been surprised once I decided to trust God to direct my path.

I believe I was led to explore the Footsteps in the Sand website, which I have to pause here to say is outstanding! I clicked on the Retreat Weekends link and under Updated Weekends – Focused on the Local Church, I read, “The whole purpose of these Retreats is to provide local churches with people on fire for Jesus and eager to serve.” Wham, it hit me! How do we inspire people to be on fire for Jesus and eager to serve? By Letting Our Light Shine!  So there it was; one of my favorite scriptures was going to be the one for this weekend: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NIV.

I love music, and even as a child I enjoyed singing “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” My favorite verse that I would sing with extra gusto was, “Hide it under a bushel, NO!” However, when asked to undertake various volunteer roles throughout my life, I’ve frequently said, “YES,” and I’ve found that when I do and let my light shine, it is as much, if not more, a blessing for me as for the organization I’ve volunteered for.

Before retiring eleven years ago, I was a teacher/library media specialist. When I taught seventh-grade Language Arts, my students read The Diary of Anne Frank, and we studied the Holocaust. We learned about Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, who stated, “Indifference is what allows evil to be strong, what gives it power.” People who let their light shine aren’t indifferent; rather they are visibly demonstrating God’s commandment to “Love one another.”

In addition to music, I also love reading. This summer, my book group read Seeking Summer by Sarah Morgan, and in it she wrote, “God makes each of us unique souls with beautiful voices that need to be heard in this world, but we too often silence them to fit in with the world, to not stand out, to take the path of least resistance. We deny the world our special gifts when we do this.” Let us not deny the world. Instead, let us use “our special gifts” to let our light shine and be heard.

Have you noticed there have been a lot of lightning bugs around this summer? Viola Shipman writes about lightning bugs in her novel, The Edge of Summer. “Some, I realized, flashed only once, while some were like the stoplight on the way into town, blinking constantly. But they had such short lives, just a few weeks in the summer, so why—I always thought—shouldn’t we flash our light like crazy while we had the chance?”

Therefore, whether we are Guests or Team Members attending Women’s #2, or members of the Footsteps in the Sand Community who will be holding us in prayer, it is my hope for EACH of US to be inspired to “flash our light like crazy” and bring God’s love and peace to our churches and to the world beyond.

Blessings,
Eileen Doyle
Weekend Leader Women’s #2

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