And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Sheridan’s Women’s Ministries Team is dedicated to nurturing each woman’s relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through spiritual growth, service and fellowship. The goal is to encourage women to become involved in faith formation that allows women to understand their calling to know Jesus, love God and others, share your faith with family and friends and care for each other. Sheridan’s women’s activities are designed to Encourage the hearts and minds of women to know, love and serve God.
Join us for an afternoon tour of the International Quilt Museum on 33rd & Holdrege with Docent, Sheila Green. We’ll meet there, but let Kathy know if you need a ride. After our tour we will gather at the UNL Dairy store for an ice cream treat. Please RSVP to Kathy by Jan. 23.
There is an Irish custom of celebrating Epiphany (Jan. 6) as “Women’s Christmas.” It originated as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic responsibilities all year, took Epiphany Day as an occasion to celebrate together at the end of the holidays, leaving hearth and home to the men for a few hours.
Whether your domestic commitments are many or few, Women’s Christmas offers a timely opportunity to pause and step back from whatever has kept you busy and hurried in the holiday season. As the Christmas season comes to a close, this is an occasion both to celebrate with friends and also to spend time in reflection before diving into the responsibilities of this new year.
The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip has been chosen for our next book discussion. Author Sara Brunsvold will virtually join us with her insights into this story. Books are available in OneSent for $16 + tax.
Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she’s been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who’s just entered hospice care. But there’s more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she’s not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it’s a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that’s just what Mrs. Kip will give her—but she’s going to have to work for it. This emotional multigenerational story shows that the very best life is made up of thousands of little deaths to self. You’ll want to be just like Mrs. Kip when you grow up!
Treasured: Mother & Tween Daughter Retreat
Fri., March 3; 6-8:30pm & Sat., March 4; 10am-5:30pm; Cost: $50/pair ($25 for each additional daughter) & snack to share
This retreat is an intentional time for moms and tween daughters (ages 10-12) to grow together, find fun ideas and reclaim their worth. The retreat fee includes supplies, Friday dinner and Saturday lunch; please bring a snack to share. Please register by February 26.
In our hectic modern-day world, Grace Groups can offer a pause that refreshes through scripture reading, prayer, meditation, and inspirational reading. Grace Groups are made up of four people that commit to meet at least twice a month for one year, to intentionally build relationships and discipleship. Grace Groups offer time and space to grow in grace, loving and sharing friendships in Christ. New Grace Groups can form at any time. Gather up a friend or two and join a group—we’ll help with study resources and get you started. If you are feeling called to take part in this small group ministry, contact Julie Hestermann.
Inspirational Websites & Blogs to Read
InCourage: An inspirational Christian website for women, by women; one of which is Ann Voskamp. This site is beautiful visually and most of the writers seem to be published authors. They have a conference, book club, community groups and are associated with Dayspring publishers.
The 3-MINUTE RETREAT is available by computer, email, or smart phone. sponsored by the Loyola Press, a Jesuit ministry. 3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience.
You can find all of the devotions from our Sheridan devotion writing team on this page. See the bottom of the page for devotions written for the monthly Women's newsletter.
Products to Try
Thistle Farms is the source of our body products in the OneSent Market. A ministry started by Becca Stevens in Nashville, TN. The website displays their products as well as tells the story of the ministry and many of the women it has served.
This is the website for the national Women of the ELCA - lots of news and many good resources, including Knitting as a Spiritual Discipline!
Daily Grace is an on-the-go companion for your journey, offering a faith reflection every day. In these brief writings you’ll encounter God’s extravagant, boundless and often surprising grace. You will be comforted, challenged, inspired, consoled and confronted. Available via web or smart phone app.
Current Ministry Needs
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Choir Rehearsals–The adult choir will rehearse Wednesdays, Feb. 1 & 8 and sing at all worship services Sunday, Feb. 12. High school age and older are invited to join us. Contact Molly Schmit with questions.
Holy Week Reenactment—Sheridan’s Drama Ministry will again share dramas and reenact the last days of Jesus’ life during Lent and Holy Week. All those interested in speaking and non-speaking roles, props, costumes, makeup or tech are welcome to be a part of this ministry. Rehearsals will be held Sunday & Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 5. Please contact Diane Dames.