Sunday Newsletter

Sisters,

Did you feel the Spirit during our Sacrament Meeting? With the beautiful music and the words of truth from our speakers, it was truly a message of Gladness to rejoice in Christ.  Thank you to all of those that participated! Thank you to the Primary Children that sing with such enthusiasm and love, to Rachael Felton for not only the words from her heart but the music that flowed from her violin, accompanied by sign language and solo from her mom, Tina with “What Child is This”. Thank you Brother and Sister Vogel.

Relief Society Lesson

Our Lesson today was the talk from October 2013 Conference, Put Your Trust in the Lord by Elder Ballard. We discussed the two basic reasons we as members do not share the Gospel:

The first one is fear. Many members do not even pray for opportunities to share the gospel, fearing that they might receive diving promptings to do something they think they are not capable of doing.

The second reason is misunderstanding of what missionary work is. 

I highlighted my aha moment of the lesson.  How many times have we been asked to be member missionaries, and how many times have I ignored this call because it made me feel uncomfortable with all of the “What Ifs”?  Putting our trust in the Lord will allow us freedom a we exercise our agency because we will be given the words to say.  An easy way to share the Gospel is to act with kindness, compassion and live our religion, but if others do not know what we believe or who we are, that message is not often effective.  Pippin mentioned surprise that someone she had worked with for a long time finally put it together and asked if she were Mormon and I thought back to a place I worked at for 8 years and I am not sure they know that I am Mormon. I am happy to say that I have corrected that at my current place, yet I am surprised when I am asked if I would like coffee or tea, because I think they should just know that—but this does give me a perfect opportunity to open my mouth and share my beliefs.

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Stake Presidency Challenge

We have been asked by our Stake President, President Smith to as the questions, Would you be willing to listen to a brief message about (You fill in the blank) by two wonderful, young, (use other words to describe our missionaries) __________________?  They asked us to do that before the new year and Elder Ballard asked that we do it before Christmas–I have a little bit of work left to do!

Hastening the Work

Pippin suggested we go to the Hastening the Work website–Use it!  I did enjoy the brief video on using social media to spread the Gospel.

Facebook Page

Speaking of social media, I hope everyone is a friend of Facebook to the Rowlett 2nd Ward Relief Society page. Carolina does a great job of posting different pictures, videos, the weekly newsletter and other interesting stuff–like us on Facebook!

Christmas Around the Corner

Christmas is almost here–my tree is up and actually decorated–took me all week.  Now I am working on my Creches–one step at a time.  The good news is I did do my Christmas letter and actually did Christmas cards last night–I didn’t do them last year so I am having to make up for lost time.  I did enjoy this presentation from lds.org as I was working on my Christmas cards–I hope you enjoy it too.

National Days Of:

*National Haiku Poetry Day: 22
*Festivus: 23
*Christmas Eve: 24
*A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day : 25
*Christmas: 25
*Boxing Day: 26 (Canada)
*National Candy Cane Day: 26
*National Thank-you Note Day: 26
*National Whiner’s Day: 26

*National Chocolate Day: 28 & 29

*Pledge of Allegiance Day: 28
I  am so happy to see chocolate gets two days! Yes. I also notice that today is National Haiku Day–I will see if my creative juices will create a Relief Society Haiku–I’ll send it to you if I get it finished–but first I have to go to Wikipedia to remember how it’s created.
I hope everyone has a special week. Please let us know if you know of any need or need us yourselves.
Love, Cheryl

 

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Sunday Newlsetter

Sisters,

As we close this wonderful Sunday, I count my blessings that we were able to meet together, be uplifted and visit with friends.  I am very happy the weather did not keep us in!

Sacrament Meeting

Thank you Carly and Kevin Massey for the talks on Families and teaching families.  It is very much our responsibility to ensure our families are taught the Gospel and raised in such a way they can teach their families and all they come in contact with.  And thank you Rachael Elison for the beautiful rendition of “What Child is This”.

Relief Society Lesson

Barbara, once again you have allowed the lesson to be delivered with the spirit and everyone’s participation. President Snow’s quote;“Cultivate a spirit of charity; be ready to do for others more than you would expect from them if circumstances were reversed.” is an example of the Relief Society motto “Charity Never Faileth”.  We cannot be defeated if our mission is charity to our fellow-man.  The highlights of the lesson come from the section headings, i.e.; We are children of the same Heavenly Father, and we have been sent into the world to do good to one another. Our happiness increases when we help others find happiness. When we look first to the interests of others, we improve more rapidly ourselves.

If you didn’t have an opportunity to review lesson 22, take a few minutes to do so.  The message is wonderful for this time of year.

Next Week’s Relief Society Lesson

Next weeks lesson will be lesson #24 is attached for review.

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Ward Christmas Party

Don’t forget the ward Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14th from 6-8 PM.  We will have dinner, a special program, and I hear we will be visited from our Northpole Neighbor!  Please invite your visiting teaching sisters and their families.  The menu is:

Ham & rolls–provided by the ward–I still need some volunteers to help warm up the hams! Please call or email me.

Last name A-E: Potato Dishes–such as the famous Mormon funeral potatoes, etc.

Last name F-M: Salads–Green Jell-O, Tossed salad, etc

Last name N-Z: Desserts–(no description needed)

Please make the dishes big enough to feed about 10 people.

Texas Winter Weather

I hope everyone has heat–I know there have been some families that the power had not come back on–If you know of anyone or anyone needs help please let us know. The weather is warming up after our mini-Winter, the ice made travel a little tricky–I had forgotten what ice does to trees–I hope everyone did not lose too many trees or bushes.  I am hoping that my little oak becomes an oak again and does not stay a weeping oak–very sad-looking.

This Week’s Wacky Holidays

This week has a few wacky holidays–Christmas Card Day is tomorrow as is Pastry Day.  Poinsettia is Dec 12th and Ice Cream Day the 13th (really!).  Violin Day is also the 13th.

Christmas Devotional

Listening to President Monson right now talks about “Finding the Real Joy in Christmas”.  “Giving not getting brings the full bloom of the Christmas Spirit”.  I hope everyone had a chance or has a chance to listen to the First Presidency Message.  We are so blessed to be able to have immediate repeats of the program online.  We stay so busy during the month of December with school programs, work parties, family gatherings, ward parties and so on, it is easy to wrap ourselves in the non-important parts and not have time to finish the wrapping with the Joy of Christmas–the Spirit of Christ.

Visting Teaching/Email List

As you do your visit teaching this month, please ask your sisters if they receive emails from Relief Society and if they would like to–get their email address and send it to me.  The purpose of the newsletter is to keep everyone informed with what is going on in RS and we would love to be able to send everyone a note.  Thank you for doing this!  ou can promise them they will not receive any chain letter emails, asking them to send an email to their 100 best friends or else!  And speaking of emails–if you do not want to be part of this list just let me know and I will take you off.

Spirit of Christmas

I found this on lds.org–it can add to keeping the Spirit of Christ is Christmas and is a great missionary tool.

I hope everyone has a safe and warm week and we see each other on Saturday at the ward party.

Please let me know if there is anything we can do.

Love, Cheryl

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I’d round up a few Thanksgiving craft ideas to share with you. It’s always fun to gather the family together and partake in some activities before the big feast.

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Pilgrim Popcorn
Gratitude Turkey Treat Jar
I’m Thankful For Mugs
Kids Thanksgiving Printable Placemat
Pumpkin Pie Spinner Craft
DIY Pilgrim Hats
Family Memory Banner