Thrilled about 2013 and Anticipating 2014

Merry Christmas FJ Leaders!

So thankful for you...

OK… so I am sending you this newsletter, not even sure if you will be able to open it before Christmas. But, whenever you get the chance to, Lisa & I have some things on our heart we HAVE to share! Merry Christmas to you & your beautiful families.

#1: WOW!

The Lord is moving in the hearts and minds of women in our community like I have not seen in the 8 years that I have been involved in ministry here in Folsom… and it is because of women like you! You have stepped into your gifting and calling from the Lord to invest in the lives of your friends, neighbors & family members to begin a new group or continue with a core of Bible Study attenders during the last year, and you have your heart set on continuing into 2014. How amazing it is to be a part of a movement that brings Studying God's word, Sharing our Stories and Serving together within such a natural atmosphere like you have created in your neighborhoods! Merry Christmas and thank you from both of us, and from the hearts of women who do not know how to communicate what your time, preparation and love has meant to them!

# 2: Faith Journey Bible Studies is part of a bigger movement in the Sacramento region and we look forward to sharing more about that in the coming months. But, some of what makes this model so amazing is that it works! Some stories that have from our 10 Bible Studies include reconciled families, repaired marriages, parents equipped to talk about issues of faith with their children, mothers leaving drugs & denial in order connect with family & reality, women who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior, women empowered by the Holy Spirit for the first time, jobs and finances provided for, alcoholism faced, women feeling loved… really loved by God for the first time… the list goes on! We want to hear how Jesus is transforming your women! Please prepare to share with us when we meet in January!

We love and appreciate you,

Heather & Lisa

Coming up in 2014

looking forward...

So, as we look to a new year, we would love to encourage you to take some time to pray and ask the Lord for a special Bible verse that will sink deep into your heart in the coming weeks & months. I had Romans 15:13 for 2013 and it was like a fountain of refreshing water to return to it throughout the different seasons of last year.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

There is nothing we want more for ourselves and for each other than to overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit in our Bible studies! Overflowing means that we have had so much poured into our lives, that it naturally spills onto our families and those we minister to… and that is AWESOME! So, a few questions as you get out from underneath this busy season:

  • Do you need MORE of the power of the Holy Spirit in your life in January?
  • Do you have a supportive community helping you to be and do what you long to in the coming months?
  • How can Lisa & I pray for you?

We look forward to meeting together several times in 2014, and here are some main upcoming events in the first quarter:
  • Early January: Launch Faith Journey website!
  • Friday night, January 24th 6-9pm: FJ Leader appreciation dinner (location TBA)
  • March, 2014: Leader Training Retreat

We are praying that you will be able to be able to add these events and others to your busy calendars… and trust that the Lord will give what you need and more during our times together.

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