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The mission that drives us . . .
Church Women United, an ecumenical movement of Christian women impassioned by the Holy Spirit, advocates on behalf of women and children throughout the world. We find unity in diversity, and we work for a world of peace and justice.
Church Women United of Lane County supports the National programs, priorities and goals, and celebrations.
Our monthly forums reflect the concerns of participants and explore issues of concern to local and state governments and to the citizens of Lane County,
A word from our President ...
Anne O'Brien, President
It is always such a joy to witness the warm and spontaneous friendliness that goes on during “fellowship” time at our monthly meetings. It is a very important part of our get togethers. Dwight Lee Wolter has even suggested that “Coffee Hour” is a kind of sacrament. He doesn’t see this as belittling the sacraments but it seems that Coffee Hour is another indicator of communion and belonging. Wolter says that in baptism God comes to us, in communion we come to God, in Cof-fee Hour we come to each other. We share differ-ent bread and a different cup than we do in com-munion and we use different water than we use in baptism. We are touching souls in a different way as we enjoy each other’s company. We appreciate the efforts of our host churches in putting to-gether these fellowship times and we hope you all continue to enjoy these times.
Wolter quotes Matthew 10:42 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
I hope you have had a restful and pleasant summer. It seems several of my dear friends are dealing with stressful times. I have been thinking about how Christians can cope with stress.
Some would say leave it all to God and He will fix it. I think we need to do our part too. Getting some exercise that fits your health and life style, getting enough rest, proper diet, keeping a balance between work and fun and family, are all good ways to deal with stress.
Lucky Christians have spiritual support too. Start with prayer. Instead of worrying over our problems which makes things worse, we can turn to prayer. This verse in Philippians offers the comforting promise that as we pray, our minds will be protected by a peace that goes beyond our ability to understand.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Another spiritual support is to meditate on the Word of God. The Bible is filled with all kinds of promises from God. Meditating on these words of assurance can help us with our worry, doubt, fear and stress. Here are a few examples of the Bible's stress relieving verses:
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
"Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."
"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid."
"I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe."
A lot of Christians find stress relief when they praise God. Praise and worship can take our minds and thoughts off ourselves, our problems, and refocus them on God. Suddenly our problems seem small in light of the largeness of God. Music is another way to soothe our souls. Listening to Christian music or other quiet music can be a real antidote to stress. Try it…
I hope you are not feeling stressed but if you are I hope this helps you or someone you know. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at our first Forum on September 4 (our 49th wedding anniversary!) at Unity of the Valley Church.
I’ve already started 2 different messages this month but the prayer that Karla Dawson, our president at St. Jude Women’s Club brought to our end of the season luncheon today just seems to say it all. So, I must share that with you as my message this month.
As a Christian (author unknown)
I will do more than belong, I will participate
I will do more than care, I will help
I will do more than believe, I will live my faith
I will do more than be fair, I will be kind
I will do more than forgive, I will love
I will do more than my job, I will serve.
I will do more than teach, I will enrich.
I will do more than be friendly, I will be a friend
I will do more than live, I will grow.
I hope that is a good description of what we are trying to do in Church Women United. Thank you to all who are continuing to do all of the above and moving me to try to do better.
If you know of a CWU woman or family member who needs a card or a contact because of sickness or other need call Anne O'Brien at 541-554-2646
By Judy Romans
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found in soil and water across the globe. It is readily absorbed by many plants into leave,s fruit, and grain.
Recent news articles have publicized the amount of arsenic found in rice, and in apple and grape juice. There is controversy about these studies because there is no government regulation about a safe level of arsenic in food, and experts differ on their opinions of the health effects of long-term exposure. ...
For the rest of Judy's article, please see The November Vine.
Dissent is Patriotic
The right to free speech and the right to assemble are part of our heritage. Yet we read about public areas being taken away and different treatment given different populations, especially our unhoused neighbors.
We are being called to question police and county actions. Follow reports in the press. Be prepared to speak before our City Council and County Commissioners.
Why We're Active in Church Women United
We have been taking a look at current members' comments on why they are active in CWU Lane County. Here are some more, and you may find them inspiring!
One member noted that "the meetings are worthwhile--forums are excellent, celebrations also."
"The people are so interesting, a circle of friends from many churches. And I love the hugs!
Another says, "I appreciate the work for peace and justice. I enjoy meeting women from other churches, and being in a variety of worship settings."
A longtime member adds: "I've been involved in various CWU groups throughout my adult life. I love meeting and knowing other church women who are involved in peace and social justice work."
More insights coming soon!