I am ascending to My Father and your Father, My God and your God. (John 20:17b)
Easter Sunday I read this verse and was struck by the fact that Jesus made possible for us an intimate relationship with the Father! Through His death and resurrection, Jesus reunited us with the Father. Post-Easter, this verse takes on new meaning: When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. (John 14:20)
Profound. Just as Jesus walked intimately with His Father, He invites us to do the same. Follow Me into a world that is hurting and broken. I don’t just send you – I’m with you. I am in you, Jesus says. May the Lord so align our hearts with His heart that we are in tune with His Spirit – so that we may go where He sends, speak the words He gives, and love whom He loves.
I was at a prayer meeting Easter weekend. People were crying as they prayed for the salvation of hurting people and realized anew the depths of our Savior’s love. He is calling His church to arise, follow Him, and take action. He longs for the world to know Him. If we realized the privilege of knowing Him, the longing of His heart, and the power He will give if we say yes, we would stand up and shout – Send me, Lord! Send me!!
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Inspirational Video of the Month: “O Church Arise”
Allow this modern-day hymn, “O Church Arise” by Keith and Kristyn Getty, to challenge your faith and inspire you to take action!
Quote of the Month:
“…Jesus formed his disciples as together they embarked on a journey that took them away from their homes, family, and securities…and set out on an adventure that involved liminality, risk, action-reflection learning, communitas, and spiritual discovery. On the way their fears of inadequacy and lack of provision faded, only to be replaced by a courageous faith that went on to change the world forever.”
~ Alan Hirsch in The Forgotten Ways
Faith Adventure: Created for Eternal Companionship, by Debra Karman
Melissa (not her real name) was a self-proclaimed atheist when we first met her. She felt there was no God because if there was, He would have done something about the terrible injustices and pain she had experienced in her life. Melissa came to the group a skeptic; she arrived with fears, anxieties, and shattered dreams. You see, as an atheist you believe there is no God; thus, you have no one to believe in but yourself. But we all know we are incapable of fixing our circumstances in our own strength, because many of us have tried. Melissa was in that place when we first met her. She was dying inside to her emotions, and had no avenue left to turn where she could receive help that actually worked. Read more…
Connecting Streams is now on social media sites. You can find us on Facebook (both a group page and organization page), Twitter (username is ConnectStreams), and YouTube. You can also find Donna Mitchell on LinkedIn or on a Google Profile. Start following us today to find out about important announcements and news.
Compass – The Compass is a powerful catalyst for discussion. It can be used one-on-one, in small groups, to follow up on outreach and conference events, or to mobilize women into their communities or workplace. Take advantage of our discounted price of $7.50, up to 5 copies. Bulk orders over 5 cost $5.00 each. Contact email@example.com to place your order today. Click here to find out more about the Compass.
Fueled by the drive to be bigger and better, today’s church has adopted principles and practices created by the corporate world. The result is a toxic mix of the spiritual and the secular, where success is measured in numbers, and pastors are encouraged to become CEO superstars.
In short, the world is influencing the church. How do we get back to a biblical foundation for leadership and church development?
Trusted and best-selling author Don Cousins will take you on a groundbreaking exploration of what makes a church leader successful. Lead using the gifts God has given you. Fulfill your calling to be a leader who equips others for the work of service. Experience God’s blessings as you carry out His work, His way. Order the book here.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 – Staying in Tune: An Interactive Communication Training for Men & Women, by Sean Swaby
Sherwood Park Alliance Church
1011 Cloverbar Road
8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Cost: $20 per person
Sean Swaby will be teaching about how people change and the cycles they go through. It is applicable to the process of making any decisions and choices to change, including following Jesus. Regardless of your current situation, the training will help with all of the relationships in your sphere of influence. Please register today (deadline is April 15) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening of Sunday, May 16, 2010 – Celebration Event Join us to hear exciting testimonies from volunteers, chaplains, and women whose lives have been transformed. This is a great opportunity to bring friends and potential volunteers to hear about the ministry of Connecting Streams. The event will be held at Sherwood Park Alliance Church from 7 – 9 p.m. Please RSVP to Marian Davis at 780-464-2405 or email@example.com by May 13 (the sooner, the better) so we can plan accordingly for the event.
Online Mentor Centre:
We now have an online ministry called The Mentor Centre that matches prayer requests with trained mentors. Thorough training equips you to mentor. We are looking for online mentors. Click here to apply today and begin the training.
If you desire for us to come and speak to your women’s or church group, let us know by emailing Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to be a part of challenging women to be transformed by the love of God, and to step out to reach their world by taking a faith adventure. It’s thrilling to hear what the Lord does when we are willing to step out in faith – we change! Visit our website to find out more about a faith adventure!!