Sunday Newsletter

Sisters,

Welcome to our Winter!  Weather forecasters never get it right–still no ice or sleet–we will see what tomorrow brings.  If they cancel school tomorrow it would make sense to just cancel for the whole week since I think Tuesday is a partial day.

It was wonderful to hear from the Sloan’s today and appreciate their testimonies regarding family history and temple work.  Both had some poignant moments in their talk expressing gratitude for ancestors and choice times in the temple.  Thank you for allowing us to feel the spirit in your talk.

Today’s Relief Society Lesson

I appreciate everyone’s help in the lesson today for Elder Bednar’s October 2013 Conference talk on the “Windows of Heaven“.  When I first heard the talk his simple but subtle blessings resonated with me and especially his reminder that the feeling of gratitude is such a blessing for all of us. It was a wonderful talk on tithing, the blessings of tithing and the blessings of being financially sound.  The December Conference Talk is “Put Your Trust in Lord” from Elder M. Russell Ballard.

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President Uchtdorf SLC Rotary Club Talk

President Uchtdorf spoke to the Salt Lake City Rotarian Club last week and I have attached his talk for your study.  Great words as we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving this next week.

Thanksgiving

Speaking of Thanksgiving several families are joining together at the church at 2PM to celebrate Thanksgiving and share dinner and some fun and games.  Heather Smith is “hosting” the event with her family and would love for as many people to join in.  Please let her know by tomorrow evening if you would like to join this group. The Booth Family did this last year and everyone said it was a great time.

Move-Ins

We have two new families move-in this past week. Rachael and Troy Elison with their 6 children have moved here from Victoria, Texas and Frances and Mike McGrath have moved here from Utah–they are empty nesters with family spread around.

Both families are great additions to our ward family!

Dates to Remember

Thursday, November 28: Dinner at church at 2PM—please let Heather know if you are interested.

Sunday, December 1st (that’s next Sunday!): at 7PM is the Stake Christmas Concert.  We have been asked to bring some cookies to share so please let me know if you would like to do so–Thank you Amy Milstead for your offer!

Thursday, December 5th: 7PM is the Relief Society Christmas Party.  It will be a Progressive Dinner starting at Lynette Farar’s house for appetizers, Penny Elwoods’ for dinner and Adrienne Burgers for dessert.  We will send out an invitation and addresses next Sunday.  The dinner and program planned will help set your mood for Christmas.  Please plan on joining us!  And if you need a ride let me know so we can all get together.

Saturday, December 14th: 6PM is the Ward Christmas Party–more details will be coming!

Closing Thoughts

Congratulations to Lee Hervey with Grandchild #6.  Julia gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Friday in College Station–pretty sure they have a future Aggie!

Speaking of Gratitude I have enjoyed the Facebook postings that many of you have done on Gratitude for the month of November. I count each one of you and your families as a tremendous blessing in my life and am so thankful for the love that you demonstrate each day. I am humbled by all of your Service that you give so willingly and without though of recompense. I am blessed to serve with Lee, Kim and Carolina and want you to know of the awesomeness of these women!  Thank you all!

Here is a list of the funny days for the rest of November:

November 25 is … National Parfait Day
November 26 is … Shopping Reminder Day
November 27 is … Pins And Needles Day
November 29 is … Square Dance Day
November 30 is … Stay At Home Because You’re Well Day

We only have 30 days until Christmas–Enjoy them and don’t stress out about it.  I hope those that created your Christmas Book at the Super Saturday will remember to use it and enjoy the music and stories that are in it.

Have a great week.  As always just call if you need anything–or email, or text!

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

 

Sunday Newsletter

Sisters,

A big thank you to everyone that contributed to the spirit for this weekend’s Stake Conference–from All who were able to attend the Temple Friday in preparation to everyone who was able to go, those that assisted with the chairs and the parking and especially all of the speakers and the music that flowed through this conference.  Wonderful experience.

Heath Stake Conference

The Adult Session focused on Missionary Work and we listened to some beautiful conversion stories of new member and returning members.  This morning again focused on missionary work and temple work to Hasten Salvation and to Rescuing those in need.  Great Sunday! This is a video that was used in last night’s Adult Session .  We can have great success with missionary work if we are kind!  Please take an opportunity to watch the video again and enjoy the music and the spirit that is present.

if youre not a full time missionary

Several of the talks last night and this morning talked about being kind.  What a simple concept that is and how easy it is for us to do those things.  Being kind means we are presenting an example of Christ-like Love at all times to those around us and creates opportunities for us to share our faith with others.

We were challenged to ask individuals if they would offer:

The “Willing and Brief” Invitation, Safe and Easy, Six Weeks (November 16-December 29)

Would you be willing to listen to a Brief Presentation about ________?  fill the blank with “my church”, “my religion,” “Jesus Christ'”, “The Book of Mormon”, etc.  Let them know the presentation will be given by two ______________missionaries in their home.  fill the blank with “excellent”, “fantastic”, “diligent”, Wonderful”, etc.

 4 Easy Steps:

1. Prepare and pray for opportunities to share the gospel and for the vision to recognize the opportunities when they come,

2. Talk with nice people (family/friends, acquaintances, strangers).  Have normal conversation with them and if the topic of religion (in any of it many forms) is mentioned, proceed to the next step

3.  Invite using the Willing and Brief invitation.

4. Gather their contact information when they say, “Yes”–name, phone number and address.  If the answer is “No”, continue with your normal conversation.  Give the contact information directly to the missionaries or contact the local mission office (Texas Dallas Mission 972-239-4546) or submit the information at Mormon.org.

Imagine with all of the stakes being issued this challenge participates the number of referrals this will provide to our missionaries and to the members of our wards.

Thanksgiving

Only 10 days until Thanksgiving and then only a month to Christmas–amazing how fast this year has come and gone. I hope we are able to prepare these holidays and keep our sanity at the same time. Keep it simple is my motto. Give everyone tasks to perform–divvy up the workload!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, last year some families shared Thanksgiving dinner and visited with each other at the church house on Thanksgiving day. Heather Smith is asking if any families are interested in sharing dinner and fun together again at the church. If you are, please let her or me know and we will see what can happen when a few families get together for food, fun, and Thanksgiving.

Philippines

I am sure all of us have seen and heard about the devastation in the Philippines and many have asked how they can help.  I have copied the link to the Church’s Humanitarian Aid Website–that gives you some definite ideas. Perla Deguzman also has information about donating; please call her if you have questions.

Coat and Food Drive

Another big happening in the ward is the coat and food drive that occurs this Wednesday at the church building.  The youth are collecting non-perishable food and clothes/heavy sweaters etc for the Rowlett Needy Children’s Fund.  The coats and sweaters can be any size–not just children!–But in good condition clean please.  Drop everything off at the church this Wednesday night from 7-8:30PM.  If you are unable to drop off items please contact me or someone in the young Men’s Presidency.

Dates to Remember

December 1st–Stake Christmas Concert at the Heath Stake Center– I have attached the flyer for the concert.  We have also been asked to provide cookies for the concert–please let me know if you would like to bake a couple of dozen cookies for this night!  Thank You.

December 5th–Relief Society Progressive Dinner–Starts at 7PM at Lynette Farar’s House–Another email will be sent out with all of the details.  Also if you need a ride for this please let me know and we can arrange all of that.  More fun to go together!

December 8th–First Presidency Christmas Devotional at 7PM. Click this link for more info.

December 14th-– Ward Christmas Party  and more details to come.

I hope everyone has a great week and that these constant weather changes don’t drive your sinuses crazy!

Call me if you need anything.

Love, Cheryl

P.S.  If anyone is interested tomorrow is Mickey Mouse’s Birthday and Wednesday is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day! 🙂