Saturday February 16th started out with a spring snow in North Carolina but it did not dampen the festive hearts of the women from area Moravian churches that gathered in Huntersville, N.C. to share a Woman’s Day. The first one had been held just a year ago and was so well received, it was almost certain that there would be another one this year.
New Beginnings, Peace, New Hope and The Little Church on the Lane Moravian churches as well as The Palmetto and Morning Star Fellowships were represented this year. Each woman received a spring decorated bag to help keep up with the goodies they gathered through the day. Over a continental breakfast, participants gathered and met new friends and renewed acquaintances from prior meetings. Pastor Chris Thore welcomed the women and his wife Charlotte had a warm welcome for the ladies too.
In opening devotions led by Joyce Vance from Peace Moravian, we considered having a clean heart and were reminded that our triune God is our very own cardiologist and that only He can open the spring of life that flows from our heart.
Keynote Speaker Lucetta Zaytoun, a professional life coach, speaker, writer and founder of Your Life In Bold, LLC., spoke about how she recreated her life after having raised six children. She took the opportunity that God had given her and traveled for a year through 13 developing nations and worked closely with a Masai tribe in Africa helping to create a micro loan system for women there.
In her talk, Lucetta told us that if you enabled a man you would help him and his family and maybe even his village. If you enable a woman, she is going to teach her children and her grandchildren and she is going to educate her daughters. Girls are often not educated because they are married off at an early age and all that she is and all that she has will belong to the man she is married to or to his family.
Part of the morning was spent investigating our values and who we are as individuals. Our speaker reminded us that God wants us to live a life of joy and a life that He has designed especially for each of us. He has given each of us everything that we need to do that. We are created to be in fellowship and we need to get comfortable being uncomfortable. We discussed things and ways that we can take what we have into the world around us for Christ so that our lives will make a difference.
Julie Flowers, a North Carolina Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent (with the perfect name for her job) led a lunch time session on creating an edible spring pot. Each participant received a packet of seed to take home and plant.
Rev. Betty Helms from New Hope Moravian Church led the closing devotion “Guard Your Heart” from Proverbs 4:20-27. Through her devotion, we were encouraged to seek a clean heart and be willing to share that heart guarded against the world but willing to be stretched in service to Christ.
The women of New Beginnings Moravian Church are to be thanked for spearheading this event. There are already requests to have another one next spring. Watch for it!
Helen Gulledge is a member at The Little Church on the Lane in Charlotte, N.C.
From the April 2013 Moravian Magazine