Women’s Ministry Winter / Spring 2015

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Friends,

As we step into a new year, the word “investment” comes to my mind. Where will I invest my life and time in the months ahead? God’s Word, people, relationships, ministry, service?  We have many options for your life investment within Women’s Ministry. Inquire of the Lord as to where He desires your eternal investments in 2015.

Do you sense God asking you to be more invested and intentional in the study of His Word? Check out all the various studies offered for women this winter to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus.

Do you sense God leading you to invest more intentionally into your marriage? Learning how to solve conflicts biblically is a great place to start. Plan to attend the Fighting FairMarriage Conference. With humor and practical applicable teaching, you will gain new insights and experience a new level of communication and problem solving in your most crucial life relationship.

Investment into people and building spiritual relationships is a tremendous gift from God to His Body. Having trouble getting connected? JOY! is a ministry venue designed for women to be encouraged spiritually and to develop relationships. Connect 4 is another great path to walking intentionally with another woman in building relationship with one another. Single? Friends Unlimited meets monthly.  Widowed? Join other sisters in our Widow to Widow ministry.

Investing in women globally in another great joy! Having personally visited the young women in the Ugandan Dorcas Ministry this past spring, I was humbled and touched at how God has used the women of Hoffmantown to impact their lives and futures.  While continuing to support their personal hygiene needs, we sense a greater leading to assist with their college educational needs in the year ahead as well. It takes just five women contributing $100.00/year to send a girl to a post-secondary school.

Connecting generations of women is a delight! Join us as little women and the more mature share a tea party on Saturday, March 21 as we Step Into Spring together! Be sure to invite your girlfriends and family.

Is God challenging you to invest in developing your leadership skills? The YOU Lead leadership pre-conference for Beth Moore’s Living Proof Live a strong national leadership training opportunity designed with you in mind here at Hoffmantown on April 16-17. Register now on-line at www.lifeway.com for both the leadership training and the Living Proof Live conference coming to Albuquerque, April 17-18, 2015.

It is a genuine privilege and joy to invest into the women of Hoffmantown and to serve you in the months ahead as we grow in Christ together. Please feel free to connect with us at any time and way that is convenient for you; a visit to our ministry center for a cup of tea and personal conversation, stopping by our kiosk in the Fellowship Mall on Sundays, a phone call or an email.

Warmly in His magnificent love,

Dianne Christensen (click to read Bio)
Women’s Ministry Director
505-858-8625
diannec@hoffmantown.org

Connect through Events

FIGHTING FAIR Marriage Conference
Saturday, February 21/10:00am-2:00pm (Lunch included)
Do you sense God leading you to invest more intentionally into your marriage? Learning how to solve conflicts biblically is a great place to start. Plan to attend the Fighting Fair Marriage Conference. With humor and practical applicable teaching, you will gain new insights and experience a new level of communication and problem solving in your most crucial life relationship.

JOY Day!
Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am/February 24
Be refreshed and renewed with a morning retreat! Join Dianne Christensen as she teaches from several of Paul’s amazing prayers. JOY! is designed to be a ministry venue where women of the church and the community can come together to study God’s Word and enjoy both new and old friendships. Brunch tickets are just $5.00 at the door (if possible, please pre-register with Catrina so we can plan for the food.) Childcare on Tuesday mornings is available by pre-registration. Register yourself and your children at the Women’s Ministry kiosk on Sundays, by phone (858-8633) or email women@hoffmantown.org.

ENGAGE: Missions Conference
Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7
Bryant Wright, Senior Pastor and Ricky Wheeler, Associate Pastor of Global Ministry at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA will be joining us this year. God has raised up a thriving missions culture at Johnson Ferry and we look forward to learning a great deal from both of our speakers this year!

STEP INTO SPRING Tea
Saturday, March 21/11:00am-1:00pm/?? Worship Center
Join all the women of Hoffmantown for a spring tea as we gather little women (5 years and up) to the more mature for a special time together sipping tea! We have invited the wives of our pastors to be part of the program. We will enjoy several kinds of tea and goodies as we savor the time with several generations enjoying each other. Invite your girlfriends and family members to attend! Tickets are just $5.00 and are available from February 15-March 15 at the Women’s Ministry kiosk on weekends and at the reception desk during the week.

YOU Lead Women’s Ministry Training Pre-Conference
Thursday, April 16/11:00am-6:00pm – Friday, April 17/8:00am-2:30pm/Hoffmantown Church
YOU Lead is a training pre-conference for all leaders in women’s ministry. Whether you lead a small group, serve in women’s ministry at your church, or are considering starting a Bible study, You Lead is designed to help you effectively reach out and disciple women for Christ. Be motivated and encouraged through the experienced speaker and broad range of breakout sessions. Register today at www.lifeway.com. Be sure to look for the combined ticket with Living Proof Live and save! (Bundled ticket is $144 ($69 for Living Proof Live; $75 for YOU Lead)

LIVING PROOF LIVE Conference with Beth Moore
Friday, April 17/(5:30 Doors open) 7:00-9:30pm – Saturday, April 18/(7:30 Doors open) 8:30am-12:15pm/Santa Ana Star Center
Beth Moore is a speaker and author of best-selling Bible studies and other books for women. Beth is a woman of purpose, preparation, prayer, and passion. Join her and worship leader, Travis Cottrell for an inspiring and encouraging time of teaching and worship. Reserved seating is being sold NOW so register early at www.Lifeway.com. (Living Proof Live ticket $69.00)

Connect with God’s Word: D-Groups

Bible Studies
The semester Bible study D-Groups (discipleship small groups) are structured to offer both the study of the Bible and authentic relationships. In addition to discussing an applicable Bible study each week, you will experience being part of a caring group of women who will love, support and pray for you.

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength. by Priscilla Shirer
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am/January 6-February 17
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm/January 7-February 18
Ever feel insufficient? Could it be that your weaknesses are the keys that unlock God’s strength? Through a look at the life of Gideon, you can discover that instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, you can see them as the gifts, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength. Materials needed: Gideon workbook available in the LRC.

The Making of a More Honest Me by Beth Moore
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am/March 10-24
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm/March 11-25
Based on Genesis 32, Beth uses Jacob and Esau to teach six important life lessons:
1. We are here to become more honest versions of ourselves.
2. We cannot walk in our full birthright as part fraud.
3. We’ve got to stick a “with” back in the way we work people.
4. It’s time to go face down and face up.
5. Children of faith cannot wrestle with people without wrestling with God.
6. God can use a crippling defeat to bring our greatest victory.
Plan to join us for this compelling study filmed at a Living Proof Live Conference.
Materials needed: The Making of a More Honest Me Listening Guide available in the LRC.

Fulfill Your Ministry in the Wild of Community by Beth Moore
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am/April 7-21
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm/April 8-22
Filmed at a Living Proof Live Conference, this three week study is based on 2 Timothy 4. Beth teaches the importance of fulfilling the ministry God has for each one of us by acquiring the tools needed to bear much fruit. She challenges women in their holy calling to endure hardship for the sake of the good and God’s glory. She admonishes her sisters in Christ to be bold and stout hearted and to believe God! A study you won’t want to miss! Materials needed: Fulfill Your Ministry Listening Guide available in the LRC.

1 Peter
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am/January 6-February 24
I Peter was written “to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.” (I Peter 1:1) Do you ever feel out-of-place, like a stranger or alien in this world? Join us for a small group verse-by-verse study of Peter’s letter to all of us whose true citizenship is in heaven and discover the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ as we walk daily in this world. Materials needed: Your Bible and a notebook

Hope Ahead by Barb Mulvey and Cris Paulson
Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm/January 7-April 15 (no class for spring break 4/1)
This class is designed for women to take a biblical approach to the issue of sexual abuse. The goal is to walk beside those who are hurting and encourage them on the journey to healing and freedom in Christ. You are welcome to this group if you have been abused, care for someone who has been wounded in this way or would like to learn to minister in this area.
Materials needed: Hope Ahead book available in class.

Biblical Discipleship Training
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) 9:30-11:00am/January 14-May 13
Do you desire to be an effective instrument in God’s hands in the lives of those around you? Do you want to accurately handle the Word of God and to help women engage with the Bible for everyday issues? Consider attending Biblical Discipleship Training for women. Materials needed: Care and Discipleship Student Handbook available in the LRC

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th)/January 14-May 13/6:30-8:00pm
Thursdays (2nd and 4th)/January 8– May 14/9:30–11:30am
MOPS is a dynamic, inviting environment where women can come just as they are to build friendships, be encouraged by each other and gain practical parenting strategies. Moms get together to share food, laugh and hear inspiring speakers. In our MOPS groups you experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth and spiritual hope, all to help you be the best mom possible. To register you and your children, or for more information on Wednesday evenings, contact Kathy Wallis at mopswed@hoffmantown.org and for Thursday morning information, contact Kate Stokes at mops@hoffmantown.org.

Childcare is available for morning studies by pre-registration.

Please contact the Women’s Ministry office at 858-8633 or email us at women@hoffmantown.org to register your child(ren). Treasure Trust Club (TTC)is available on Wednesday evenings by pre-registration. Please contact Darlene in Children’s Ministry at 858-8601 or email darlened@hoffmantown.org.

Connect with God’s Word: Any time!

SELF PACED STUDIES
Crazy schedule? Grab a friend for a Bible study you can do at your own pace from the many selections in our media library. You can meet at Hoffmantown in the warm setting of our Women’s Ministry Center. (Your children are welcome but must stay with you in the viewing room as childcare is not available.) Many studies are also available to be checked out at your convenience. For more information or to schedule a room, call the Women’s Ministry office at 858-8633 or email women@hoffmantown.org.

AUDIO LEADERSHIP LIBRARY
There is an audio leadership lending library available. If you would like to grow in your leadership skills, contact the Women’s Ministry office at 858-8633 or email email women@hoffmantown.org. to take advantage of this resource.

Connect in Relationships

BLOOM: Nourish to Flourish
One to One Encouragement Ministries to Women
As women, God made us relational. He designed us to be nurturers, caregivers and shepherds. Life brings many different seasons and challenges and God desires that we walk with one another as members of His Body. He desires to nourish us through His Word, His Spirit and those He places in our lives so that we can flourish in Him! Women’s Ministry is pleased to offer the following Encouragement Ministries to women. For more information or to RSVP for the events, stop by the Women’s Ministry kiosk on Sundays, call 858-8633 or email women@hoffmantown.org..

CONNECT 4
With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it is easy to become isolated from other believers. Connect 4 pairs two women in a spiritual friendship. It requires no special talents beyond a teachable surrendered heart to God and a desire to live, love and encourage in honest community. It is an opportunity to focus, from a biblical standpoint, on issues you may be facing as a wife, mother, single woman, and all the various other roles we play in life as women. Connect 4 provides an opportunity to learn how to live victoriously in Christ. Plan to attend monthly salad potlucks on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:00pm for fellowship, a devotional and time to spend with your Connect 4 partner. Between times, meet each other for coffee or lunch! Childcare is available by pre-registration.
Sundays, February 8, March 1, April 12/12:30-2:00pm/Room B209

Friends Unlimited
This unique ministry encourages single women of all ages and stages of life who desire spiritually-based friendships, fellowship and Christian growth. The monthly potlucks listed below offer warm fellowship and time for spiritually encouraging input. Additionally, a wide variety of fellowship and ministry opportunities are offered throughout the year.
Sundays, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14, July 19/12:30-2:00pm/Room B209

Widow to Widow
Losing a spouse to death is a profound loss and change in life. Widow to Widow is a ministry that is designed to pair a woman that has walked the loss of her husband with another who has only recently suffered her loss. Together they can discover God’s healing and hope in the aftermath of sorrow and grief; to not only survive but also to thrive. Widowhood brings a large change to life socially. The Widow to Widow ministry will assist in planning outings and times of fellowship together in a safe and healing environment.

Valentine Creation Party/Sunday, February 8/12:30-2:00pm/Room B209
Bring your favorite salad and join the fun in making Valentine cards for our shut ins. No crafting skill needed! We provide it all!

Step Into Spring Tea/Saturday, March 21/11:00am-1:00pm/?? Worship Center
Join the women of Hoffmantown for a spring tea as we gather little women (5 years and up) to the more mature for a special time together sipping tea! Invite your girlfriends and family members to attend. See page ?? for more information.

Beloved Banquet/Thursday, May 7/ 5:30-8:00pm/Worship Center
As a treasured tradition at Hoffmantown, for the widows of our church and community, plan to attend the annual Beloved Banquet. Enjoy the excellent service by our students, the delicious food from Misha, the warm fellowship of our deacons and their wives and the lovely atmosphere created by Women’s Ministry. All delight in loving you! For more information and to request an invitation be sent to you, contact Blythe Frew at blythef@hoffmantown.org or call 858-8630.

M2M: Mom to Mom
Moms, desire the input and spiritual friendship of an older woman? Does your schedule with kids not allow a time to meet with a mentor on a consistent basis? Older women, would you enjoy walking beside a younger woman and developing a spiritual relationship? During the summer months, we host this two month mentoring program. Titus 2 Teams, consisting of an older woman and a younger mom, are formed and have the opportunity to meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30am as schedules allow. Childcare is provided (birth-5 yrs; pre-registration is required) while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a new friend who points you to Christ.

Becoming God’s Girls
Middle and high school girls desiring a mentor are encouraged to contact Dianne Christensen, to be paired with a woman who is a few steps ahead on life’s journey. Enjoy a new friend who points you to Christ as you learn to walk with God together through life.

Women of the Word
Life brings challenges! Do you find yourself struggling with how to engage the Bible to your everyday realities, heartaches and past pain? Would you like to meet with another woman who has been trained to help you engage and seek answers to life issues from the Bible? If you desire personal encouragement from God’s Word, please call Barb Mulvey at 858-8674.

Connect in Serving Others

Serve locally

Meals for the Moment
This strategic ministry has served so many of our families in a time of need! We all have experienced moments when a helping hand with food preparation would have been appreciated. Often when we see a need, our schedule does not allow us to step in to help. Meals for the Moment is a ministry of the women of Hoffmantown designed to serve the Body in a way that fits every schedule! Watch the Compass Plus for announcements then simply check out a pan and recipe from the Women’s Ministry kiosk. As you have time, prepare the recipe and return it to church frozen. As needs arise, we have meals ready to deliver! For more information, contact Tara Dearholt at 823-6733.

Care Net
The Care Net Pregnancy Center of Albuquerque provides a safe place for women and their families to explore their options related to pregnancy and their future. They fulfill this mission by being a trusted faith-based provider of confidential, loving support and free services, including limited medical care. In addition to church financial support, the women of Hoffmantown also serve once a year (with their D-Groups) in the Baby Shower in a Bag ministry as well as other opportunities that arise. If you would like more information about serving Care Net, stop by the Women’s Ministry kiosk on Sundays, call 858-8633 or email women@hoffmantown.org. For more information about Care Net, please call 880-0882.

Serve globally

Project Hannah
Project Hannah is a ministry of prayer! Project Hannah’s purpose is to raise awareness and empathy for the plight of women worldwide and to bring biblical broadcasts to women globally so they can experience God’s love and forgiveness despite the variety of cultural, social and economic challenges they face daily. Pick up a monthly prayer calendar available at the Women’s Ministry kiosk in the Fellowship Mall and pray each day for women around the world as they do the same for you!

Operation Dorcas: Uganda
As women, we have much in common. In Luke 8:43-48, we see where Jesus tenderly engaged the woman with the issue of blood, reflecting He understands our needs as women. The #1 need cited by young Ugandan girls is feminine hygiene products. Without them, they cannot attend school and are subject to increased health issues. They simply cannot afford the $1/month cost of these products.

If you would like to become involved in this ministry, you can:
• Contribute one time, or a few dollars each month, in the designated box outside the Women’s Ministry Center in B200 or through your offering (see below).
• Become a yearly Operation Dorcas Partner and support 5 girls by contributing $5/month or $60/year.

Operation Dorcas Education: Uganda
In addition to providing for Ugandan girls monthly personal hygiene needs, God has led us to expand this ministry by funding college scholarships. The women of Hoffmantown have sent six girls to college with 18 now attending post secondary schools! It simply takes five women giving $100.00/year to send the girl to college!

Please specify “Special Missions: Dorcas” or “Special Missions: Dorcas Education” via check to Hoffmantown Church or choose Dorcas Ministry through e-giving online at www.hoffmantownchurch.org.

Connect with us anytime!

Stop by and visit the Women’s Ministry Center at Hoffmantown Church or the kiosk on the weekends in the Fellowship Mall. Check out ministry updates on our website at www.hoffmantown.org. Call or e-mail the staff at your convenience!

WOMEN’S MINISTRY STAFF:

Dianne Christensen, Women’s Ministry Director
Phone: 858-8625 | Email: diannec@hoffmantown.org

Catrina Elder, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 858-8633 | Email: catrinae@hoffmantown.org

QUICK CONNECT GUIDE

January
6/7 Women’s Bible Study D Groups begin
8 Thursday morning MOPS group
14 Wednesday evening MOPS group/Hope Ahead
14 Biblical Discipleship Training
18 Friends Unlimited

February
8 Connect 4/Widow to Widow Valentine Creation Party
15 Friends Unlimited
21 Fighting Fair Marriage Conference
24 JOY! Day

March
1 Connect 4
6-8 ENGAGE: Missions Conference
15 Friends Unlimited
21 Step Into Spring Tea

April
29-4 Spring Break (no classes)
12 Connect 4
16-17 YOU Lead Leadership Pre-Conference for Living Proof Live
17-18 Beth Moore Living Proof Live Conference

May
7 Beloved Widows Banquet
17 Friends Unlimited