On Fire was the featured program at the Fall Gathering of the Presbyterian Women of Community Pres. San Juan Capistrano, a couple of Saturdays ago (August 23). Jennifer Colon led us in some exciting faith and fitness physical exercises using the theme verse from Psalm 16:11b: In Your presence there is fullness of joy. I shared about my first short term mission to Pravaham Community College/Pravaham: A Community for Peace and Justice in rural south India which serves young girls from historically oppressed, impoverished communities. The Presbytery of Los Ranchos has given us a grant to help build a Pravaham partnership and expand Jennie’s fitness program in the OC. On Fire is the emerging ministry. Community Pres. SJC is a beautiful church. Sue’s Porch where the program and lunch were held was perfect with golden sunlight filtering in through the picture windows. Thanks to Darlene Elliott, Michelle Lincoln and all the ladies who welcomed us and made it such a fun and faith-inspiring morning. The introductions to the two Bible studies were not only entertaining but I so wanted to join both of them too! Liz Higgs on The Bad Girls of the Bible and Marilyn Johnson on Reconciling Paul (Horizons Bible Study).
I was invited by my friend Ginger Longwell, a few weeks ago, to another women’s gathering. This time it was the women of Canvas OC, one of the newest worshiping communities in our presbytery. We met in the home of Donna Ogle who has a “stamping ministry” to make art journals. Stamp It! I now call Donna’s gift :). Donna loves stamping papercrafts. Through her years of teaching this fun craft, which btw, all ages can do, at specialty art and craft stores like Tall Mouse she has collected a huge library of stamps and related supplies. Donna has a special Stamp Room in her home, a dedicated haven for stamping. Here, she welcomes friends and neighbors to create their own beautiful crafts, writing journals, handmade cards, and more. Donna will spend time teaching them to make gifts or work on personal art journals that nurture the soul, a way of spending time with God and becoming aware of His presence.
Jennie’s passion for people, fitness, and nutrition is being transformed into the On Fire ministry. Donna intentionally uses her artistic talents and stamping resources to engage and enrich the communities within which she lives and moves. These two ladies certainly give new meaning to the phrases “On Fire” and “Stamp It!” On fire for Him and stamped in His image too :). All for the glory of God. Do you know somebody like this who has a passion for God’s mission and ministry. Would you like to share about it? Contact us!
In closing, I want to take this opportunity to introduce Ginger Longwell and remind you about Mission Summit 2015. Ginger is one of the members of the 2015 Mission Summit Planning Team. If you haven’t yet saved the date (Feb. 7, 2015) or submitted ideas for our Summit next year, here’s the link to the Call for Participation in Mission Summit. Online forms for participating as Exhibitors or Breakout Session leaders will be forthcoming by end of Sept.. We invite you to share your mission, ideas, questions or stories about ministry anytime with us.