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.

elder ballard-trust in the lord

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

 

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.

the christmas spirit monson

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

Sunday Newsletter

Dear Sisters,

It’s already December–It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The wreath is on my door so I guess my Christmas decorations are up?  Having Thanksgiving so late really puts pressure on getting ready for Christmas!  But we have so many good things to look forward too.

Relief Society Christmas Progressive Dinner

RS Christmas Dinner Invite

First, Relief society Christmas Dinner is Thursday, December 5th.  We will start at 6PM and have a progressive dinner starting at:

Kim Tilton’s for appetizers—813 Blazing Star Garland, Texas 75043

Then it’s off to Kim’s Mom–Lynette Farar for the main course–4502 Horizon Dr Garland, Texas 75043

And finally for desserts at Bishop’s and Melanie McCauley’s house–5201 Lake Forest Rowlett, TX  75088

If you need a ride or better directions please give me a call!  Kim and the Activity Committee have planned a special  night of music, message, and food.

Today’s Relief Society Lesson

Kim Tilton gave a very spiritual lesson on becoming more Christ Like.  We discussed three characteristics that we should emulate:

Compassion, Obedience & Forgiveness

There were some very tender testimonies borne about these three Christ attributes.  Kim closed the lesson by playing a beautiful rendition of “His Image in Your Countenance”. Thank you for the comments and thoughts and especially the spirit that was felt.

Visitors

We welcomed a new sisters today, Natalia Espinoza and we had visitors from Waxahachie and of course Sister Jackman was visiting her son Steve and their family.  Wonderful having a full Relief Society Room.

The Holiday Season

Sisters as we go into December and get caught up in the holiday frenzy, let us remember to keep Christ in our Christmas.  I have linked a Mormon Message that is good for the entire family and remind us what Christmas is truly about.

Visiting Teaching

There were a few minor changes made to Visit Teaching Routes today.  We have been blessed with many move-ins and saddened to have family move-outs–which means routes are changed.  Kim, Lee, Carolina, and I would like for every sister to have some type of contact this month.  A visit would be great, but we know some sisters do not want visits are on letter routes.  Please make an effort to complete all of your Visit Teaching by visiting, calling or writing letters.  Our ward has  many sisters that are faced with constant challenges, whether it be their health, family, or work.  The Visit Teaching Program is designed to help relieve some of these challenges by being a friend and a resource to our sisters.  I appreciate all that you do and I know our sisters also appreciate this.  If you have any questions about your companion or your sisters please give me a call.  Leah Ketchum our Visiting Teaching Coordinator has been working on the online reporting tool and will send out instructions on how to access it.–I have attached the December Visiting Teaching Message.

Dec 2013 Visiting Teaching Message

Other Calendar Items:

December 8th– is the First Presidency Message at 7 PM–this will be broadcast at the Heath Stake and is on BYU channel also. You can also click here for more information and to find out where you can watch it online as well.

December 14th– 6-8 PM is the ward Christmas Party.  Food sign-ups are by alphabet;  A-E potato Dishes, F-M Salads and N-Z Desserts.  I also will need 5 volunteers to warm up the hams.  There are sign-ups in the binders, but if you do not see the binders, please let me know what you would like to do. Also, Frances McGrath is coordinating the program and if you have a musical number to share please contact her.

The Stake Christmas Concert was AWESOME.  Thank you to everyone that participated–It was a great way to start December.

Here is a list of some funny National Days of:

December 1 is …National Pie Day and Eat A Red Apple Day
December 2 is …National Fritters Day
December 3 is …National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day
December 4 is …Wear Brown Shoes Day
December 5 is …National Sacher Torte Day–I know what I am bringing for Dessert to the RS Dinner!
December 6 is …National Gazpacho Day and Mitten Tree Day
December 7 is …National Cotton Candy Day

Thank you sisters for all that you do everyday.  Your many acts of quiet service overwhelm me–you are wonderful!  I hope to see all of you at the dinner on Thursday –it is always lots of fun.  The weather may be a little rainy but no freeze.

Please let me know if I can do anything for y’all.

Love, Cheryl