Hope Women

 
Women’s ministry exists to serve the women of Hope Community Church, through in-depth Bible study, fellowship and prayer. We have various events throughout the year including a Women’s Advent Service, which takes place on the first Wednesday of December yearly.
 
We plan a retreat, either spring or fall to help the women  form friendships and minister to one another, which may include an outreach project. The women’s ministry team is a prayerful group of women who minister to the Women of Hope and surrounding communities. Our goal is to grow more Christlike and reach out to the younger women of our church and guide them to come alongside us. 
 
For more information, please contact Donna Viens:
 
October 14, 2017 Fall Retreat; “A Personal Day with the Lord”
This year’s fall retreat will be a celebration of Worship time combined with
personal guided prayer times throughout the day. Some of us have chosen to fast
from dinner on October 13th through our dinner together on October 14th at 4:00
pm. If you choose to fast we have attached some information on Biblical reasons
why we fast. This is optional and not a requirement to attend. We will have juice,
coffee, tea and water available all day. Then we will break our fast with a meal
provided by Hope’s Men’s Ministry Team. (If you feel you need to bring lunch or a
snack for yourself please feel free to do so.)
 
Our hope is that you will try to fast, to stretch your reliance on God, wait on Him, and see how He fills you. The purpose of our “retreat” is to meet with God, and let Him fill our hunger. What are you willing to sacrifice to hear from God,
to truly know Him, to meet with Him?
 
 
Fasting….For the Purpose of Godliness
Jesus both practiced and taught fasting. A biblical definition of fasting is a
Christian’s voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual purposes. To abstain from
food but to drink water and perhaps juices is the most common kind of Christian
fast-this is the type of fast we will practice for our “Personal Day with the Lord”.
To those unfamiliar with fasting, the most surprising thing is that Jesus expected that His followers would fast. Notice Jesus’ words at the beginning of Mathew 6:16-17; “And when you fast….But when you fast….” By giving us instructions on what to do and what not to do when we fast, Jesus assumes that we will fast.
 
Fasting is to be done for a purpose; to strengthen our prayer, to seek God’s
guidance, to express grief, to seek deliverance or protection. Also, to express
repentance and the return of God, to humble oneself before God, we can also fast
to minister to the needs of others, to overcome temptations and dedicate yourself
to the Lord or to express love and worship to God. (Notice that none of the
purposes is to earn God’s favor. We cannot use fasting as a way to impress God or
earn His acceptance. We are made acceptable to God through the work of Christ
Jesus, not our work. Fasting has no eternal benefit for us until we have come to
God through repentance and faith. See Ephesians 2:1-10 and Titus 3:5-7)
 
Since we know that Christians in the book of Acts fasted (9:9, 13:2, 14:23) we
may conclude that Jesus still expects us to fast today. Will you fast as the Holy Spirit directs? Please pray and see where He leads you, wait for His prompting to see if there is a need for you to fast. Seek Him first.
 
Taken from “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” by Donald S. Whitney
(Chapter 9; Fasting for the Purpose of Godliness)
Check back here for detailed information as each event gets closer.