Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dawnita Istre, "Fresh Fire" Section 13 Event

Section 13 is proud to host "Fresh Fire" with guest speaker, Dawnita Istre. Dawnita operates in a prophetic and teaching ministry. God uses her mightily and she was a featured speaker at the Pen-Florida Hope Tour this past March.

This event will take place on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at LIFT Church formerly known as Venice Assembly of God beginning at 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. for breakfast and registration. The event will start at 10:00 am.

A small registration fee will be charged of $10.00 to help cover food and expenses for this event. A love offering will be taken to bless our speaker.

Information packets will be coming soon to you leaders and churches. Please mark this very important date this summer for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our section!

We believe we've heard from God! We're expecting a great move of the Holy Spirit to touch and minister to the women of Section 13!

Make your plans to come today! It's going be AWESOME!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

An Afternoon Tea

An Afternoon Tea..

Recently, one of our ladies from WOW (Women of Worth) leadership team from my church won a contest at a local radio station where she could invite 8 ladies to Tea at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. We were all pleasantly surprised and dropped any plans we'd made that Saturday, so we could attend.

I love sipping on Tea's and setting up pretty tablescapes in our home. My family probably thinks I'm nuts setting up the table that we rarely sit down to eat. It's basically for looks, but sometimes I surprise them and serve a meal there.

See, the above pics of our recent trip to the Ritz Carlton. It was a very nice weekend. The weather was beautiful and it was Easter weekend too! I came across information from a blogger I follow and asked her permission to copy this info. She was so was kind and consented. So, this comes from her. I found it quite helpful explaining Tea's.

From: "The Thrifty Groove"

Afternoon Tea
This is the one that comes to mind when people think of English tea ceremonies. It all began back in the mid 1800s, when the Duchess of Bedford started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon. You see, in those days, lunch was served at noon but dinner was not eaten until 8 or even 9 o'clock at night. The Duchess found herself hungry during those long afternoon hours. It became a regular occurrence and as she began to invite other high-society ladies to join her, having Afternoon Tea became the 'in-thing' for the upper-class women. Along with tea, there would be small pastries with clotted cream or preserves, delicate sandwiches, and scones.

High Tea
Many people use the term "High Tea" to describe the event I've mentioned above, probably because it sounds more elite. But High Tea is a much different thing. It was served later (around six in the evening) and consisted of a full, dinner meal for the common people. Tea was still served, but there would also be meats, fish or eggs, cheese, bread and butter, and cake. It was more of a man's meal, than a ladies social diversion.


High Tea is often a misnomer. Most people refer to afternoon tea as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when in all actuality, high tea, or "meat tea" is dinner. High tea, in Britain, at any rate, tends to be on the heavier side. American hotels and tea rooms, on the other hand, continue to misunderstand and offer tidbits of fancy pastries and cakes on delicate china when they offer a "high tea."

Afternoon tea (because it was usually taken in the late afternoon) is also called "low tea" because it was usually taken in a sitting room or withdrawing room where low tables (like a coffee table) were placed near sofas or chairs generally in a large withdrawing room. There are three basic types of Afternoon, or Low Tea:

Cream Tea - Tea, scones, jam and cream

Light Tea - Tea, scones and sweets

Full Tea - Tea, savories, scones, sweets and dessert

In England, the traditional time for tea was four or five o'clock and no one stayed after seven o'clock. Most tea rooms today serve tea from three to five o'clock. The menu has also changed from tea, bread, butter and cakes, to include three particular courses served specifically in this order:

Savories - Tiny sandwiches or appetizers

Scones - Served with jam and Devonshire or clotted cream

Pastries - Cakes, cookies, shortbread and sweets

Source:Whats Cooking America

Have a cup of Tea!

Friday, April 16, 2010

How a leader should handle inevitable challenges

These nine steps are taken from "Transformed Lives", author, Chris Adams who suggest biblical response to conflict. These steps also help a leader know how to react to external challenges.

1. Do Nothing. Take a break from the people and situation. Distance from the challenge to give a fresh perspective.
2. Exhibit self-control. Respond slowly and do not over-react. Impulsive responses often lead to regret.
3. Stop, think --and pray. As you pause and reflect, be sure to pray. Ask for God's guidance.
4. Ask yourself, is the issue worth pressing? The challenge may be insignificant. If so, forget it and move on. If not, continue the process of resolution.
5. Evaluate your own attitudes, strengths, and weaknesses. Try to determine your role in the challenges. Ask God to identify your successes and failures.
6. Follow scriptural guidelines. God's Word gives directions for facing any conflict and all challenges. (See Matthew 18:15-16, Romans 12:17-21, & James 1:19-20).
7. Ask questions for clarification. Gather accurate information and handle any miscommunication. (Don't assume anything!)
8. Discover those things on which you do agree. In other words, try to focus on the positive. Find points of agreement and mutual benefit.
9. Take some time apart. Wait on the Lord to work in your own life, the lives of others, and the situation.

These are excellent and helpful in every area of our lives, in the workplace, home, and ministry. We all have and will face challenges with difficult people, in tough circumstances. Remember that the Lord has the solution to every leadership challenge we may face.

Hugs & Blessings,

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