Saturday, February 27, 2010

Section 13 Women's Ministries Update 2010

Section 13 Women’s Ministries leadership Information Gathering

These notes are from the Brunch on Saturday, February 27th 9:30 am

Please check out the website for more information that you can print out for your ladies to have. Visit

Hope Tour – FREE EVENT! 

Three locations & dates 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
*Calvary Assembly of God, Winter Park March 6th
*Bethel Assembly of God, Lake Worth March 20
*First Coast Christian Center, Jacksonville March 27

Awesome Worship, Speakers, & Workshops
(Check with your church office for packet/ DVD promoting this or check out
Aline’s Gift – Women’s Ministries (our missions outreach).

In 2009 Section 13 won first place giving the most to Aline’s gift of $5236.46! Thank you ladies for your part in making this happen!

Each Section in Pen-Florida is asked to raise a minimum of $3000.00. We almost did that last year and we can double with your help! If we all do our part, we CAN Make a Difference! (Please check website to view Aline’s gift video for more information. Your church should have a received a DVD to present to your ladies.

*Make pledges for Aline’s Gift and ask the Lord to help you raise it as a Women’s group.
*Ear mark your giving to Pen-Florida district as Aline’s Gift.
Dream Home – a new ministry Pen-Florida Women’s Ministry has partnered with-located out of Clermont City, Florida.

*First home in the U.S. for victims of Human Trafficking.
*Have a need to furnish their chapel with folding tables for Bible & Educational studies.
*Need 7 tables at $100.00 aprox per table – I’ve pledged our section to meet this need. Will you help me? If 7 churches take a table – the need will be met

Check out their website for further information:
Fall Breakaway – September 30 – October 2, 2010

Location: Champions Gate, Omni Kissimmee, Florida website:

Guest ministry: Rita Springer check out her website:
Recording artist and speaker known for songs: Worth it all, I have to believe.
Daughters by Design: a new ministry to our girls underneath the leadership of Marsha Woolley and Season Russo.

A ministry designed to reach young girls through women’s events, girl’s events, and charity. For girls ages 14 – 19 years old. **I’ll send information to you that missed this information time regarding this ministry.
One a week $52.00 for the year

An opportunity for your ladies to support the Pen-Florida Women’s ministries department to assist with financial support in running the women’s department. A cd of Marsha Woolley’s testimony going through cancer will be sent for your support.
National Women’s Ministries Department Theme for 2010: Thirsty? 
Psalm 42:2, I thirst for God, the living God. (NLT)

Please check for your packet from the National office. Excellent resource in reaching women of all age groups Check it out! You can go online and view and print this at:

Good article on: Three Dimensional Design: Tailoring Ministry for Every Woman in this issue.
A few things…..

Tentative Section Event this summer: Saturday, July 10th or 17th (pending) at Lift Church (previously known as: Venice Assembly of God. Thank you Rhonda!
(Details coming, but please mark your calendars)

*Tithe your offerings to Pen-Florida earmarked Women’s Ministries.

*Make pledges to Aline’s Gift and Dream Home

Quote from Marsha Woolley, “Keep the Passion for Women’s Ministries burning in your hearts!”

FYI: The Leadership bible study I mentioned is called: “A Woman’s Guide to Servant Leadership” by Rhonda H. Kelley, New Hope Publishers (I use this for my Women’s Ministries Leadership team at my church – we meet once a month to plan our events and do this bible study).

If you have questions regarding anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.
It’s my pleasure to serve and assist you

Love & Hugs,

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hope Tour 2010 is just around the corner!

It is almost here!!! HOPE TOUR 2010!!
The Hope Tour is one of the most exciting events Pen-FL Women's Ministry has ever undertaken. It consist of a team of spirit-filled women of all ages from right here in Pen. FL. There are 3 locations in Florida, beginning in Orlando at Calvary Assembly of God, March 6, 2010. Come and join 11 real women, telling real stories, sharing real pain and having real victory. Ladies ages, 14-114, are invited to attend and experience pockets of Hope in areas like:
Been laid off? Now what?
Bounce back from bankruptcy or foreclosure (tips to stretching the family dollar)
Learning to live with chronic or terminal illness
Facing a marriage in crisis
When opposites attract
Overcoming depression
Uncovering secret hurts
Finding living water in the middle of a dry season
Shop your closet-Create a new look by mixing, matching, and bargain hunting
Who me? Yes, even you can find time to exercise
Not the average girl (ages 14-19)
From these 11 ladies hear anointed teaching and preaching and also awesome worship with Charisma’s Rebecca McInnis.

All this packed into one powerful Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided on-site for $6.

For Women’s Ministry groups larger than 10, preferred seating is available.

There will be drama, there will be music, and we can guarantee there will be women who will be set free. So if you’re depressed, lethargic, struggling financially, or just plain dry as toast spiritually, look out- Hope is coming and it has something for EVERY woman.
Maybe you know someone that needs to get their Hope Tank filled, call them up and bring them it will be a blessing for both of you.

About 1 month ago, you should have received a packet of information from the district office that included a flyer and video announcement.

Calvary is hosting a Women in Worship Friday evening, March 5, 2010 at 7pm.

You can view the Video announcement and additional information about the Hope Tour and Women's Ministry at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

LaDonna Jones
Section 13 Women's Ministries Rep.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Time away in Mt. Dora, Florida

This week my honey and I have taken some much needed time away. We came back on Thursday, but I'm not going back into the office until Monday. I'm enjoying my time here at home. Every time we go to Mt. Dora I get inspired to decorate and cook yummy things we've had while being there. We stay so busy in the ministry and working that it's important to take time away with each other.

My husband is such a wonderful man! Sometimes I think like most we take our spouses for granted. He blogged how during our time in Mt. Dora that he went through one antique shop and frilly, foo foo shop after the other. Probably, the most uncomfortable thing for him was the Garden Gate Tearoom. This is one of the highlights for me. You don't see many men in there. It is a place women love. 

While we were eating lunch, two women stumbled in and were oohing and ahhing at how beautiful and shabby chic it was decorated. They'd left their husbands up a block or two and wanted to go get them to eat lunch there. We never saw them come back! The food is very good and their are known for their signature soup, "Sherried Carrot Bisque". I'm trying to duplicate it as I love it so much. The food portions are generous and they have great desserts!

Garden Gate does a lot of catering, weddings, showers, etc. I highly recommend it if you are in the area!

Keith and I did a lot of resting, reading and just enjoyed being with each other. We enjoyed our stay at the Lakeside Inn. It has a lot of history and character it was established in the 1800's.

It was wonderful to get away, but always good to come back home and sleep in our own bed. I must be getting old. Have you ever seen the commercial where the couple that's been on vacation and they fall forward on their beds telling the bed how much they've missed it so much. That's the way we always feel! ha! yeah, we are getting old!

Well, today I'm lounging around....enjoying this last day! Made a pot of home made chicken noodle soup and creating tablescapes! How fun! Hope you enjoy my pics!


Sunday, February 7, 2010


I've been blessed to have been brought up in a Christian home. God has had his hand on me and my parents and their parents on both sides of my family.

My grandmother on my dad's side went to the Assembly of God where she lived. Recently, while going through my grandmother's things I found that she went to a Christian college prior to her marriage. I believe that God was calling her into ministry. Ever since I can remember my grandmother was involved in her church. She took her ministries seriously and did them with excellence and served in many areas of ministry.

The grandparents on my mother's side also attended an Assembly of God church in North Dakota and served in the Salvation Army organization for many years helping as long as their health allowed them to do so.

After my parents marriage they moved to Michigan where my dad worked in the grocery industry and mom worked in retail. Those years were very unsettled with racial wars taking place in the big cities in the late 50's. Not long after their move to Michigan they found that they were expecting me!

My parents were young, and after my dad being held up at gunpoint, they felt God was leading them to move out of the big city so that they could settle down and raise their new family in a safer place.

My grandparents on my dad's side were snowbirds and would come to Florida in the winter and go back up to Michigan in the summer. They decided to make the move permanently and invited my mom and dad to make the move with them to Florida.

Thus that is how I became a Floridian just shy a few months from being a notherner! ha!

My parents didn't own a car and my mom was very pregnant by this time with me and they wanted to go to church, so they walked. It was quite a few miles for her to walk carrying me. Once they got to the Assembly of God church the folks there welcomed them and offered to take them home so they didn't have to walk all the way back home.

God blessed my parents, dad found a job, they were able to buy a home of their own. They had two children and now have grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

This church is the place where I was raised and grew up. They took me to church every time the door was opened and mom taught us God's word. Dad paid for me to take piano lessions, which I hated at the time, but now so glad that he did! I was mentored and given the opporunity to play in services at 15 years of age, sang in the choir and ensembles.

God was preparing me for what He had in store for me. I'm so thankful for the legacy I have been given. Not everyone has the testiimony that I've been blessed with. Now it's up to me what I do with this gift.

Thank you Lord for this legacy. Thank you for Godly parents and grandparents that prepared the way for me. Help me Lord to do the same for my children and their children.

Genesis 17:7
I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Today's Our Daily Bread February 5, 2010

This devotion really spoke to my heart today. The thing that stuck out to me is that we in the ministry have to realize that sometimes we only have a season to minister and influence people that we are in contact with. When our time is over and let me assure you, it does end for one reason or another..we have to learn to let go and let God do the rest. My prayer is that they will continue to grow and that His will be done in their lives.


February 5, 2010
Like A Tree

READ: Ephesians 4:11-16
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. —Psalm 1:3

In the quietness of my final years I plan to watch a tree grow—a birch tree I planted as a tiny sapling over 30 years ago. It stands now in mature splendor, just outside our picture window—beautiful in every season of the year.

So it is with our spiritual endeavors: We may have planted, watered, and fussed over our “saplings” (those we’ve mentored) for a time, but only God can make a “tree.”

Occasionally I hear from those I ministered to years ago, and discover to my delight that they have grown to maturity and have been greatly used of God—with no help from me. It’s a gentle reminder that I plant and water for a while, and help others “grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Eph. 4:15). But only God “gives the increase” (1 Cor. 3:6-7).

German theologian Helmut Thielicke writes, “The man who doesn’t know how to let go, who is a stranger to quiet, confident joy in Him who carries out His purposes without us (or also through us or in spite of us), in Him who makes the trees grow . . . that man will become nothing but a miserable creature in his old age.”

So, at my age, I may yet tend a sapling or two, but mostly I will let go and watch them grow. — David H. Roper

A Prayer: Lord, I want to be used by You in others’ lives. Teach me from Your Word so that I can help others follow You. And enable me to let go and trust You to work in them. Amen.

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