The Epistle - December 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 10

The Epistle - December 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 10

6 Friendship Circle Ministry, Fall 2017 BY CINDY ODA The Friendship Circle had an early celebraƟon of Thanksgiving on November 10.  It was a wonderful opportunity for the Japa‐ nese moms to learn about this very American holiday.  This semester we usually have only two or three moms in aƩendance,  but because of the Veteran’s Day holiday, nine were able to join the fesƟviƟes.  We had a total of 48 people including moms,  kids, guests and helpers!   We heard the amazing story of the American Indian, Squanto, whose suffering was used by God to ulƟmately save the Pilgrims  and help them survive.  Our guest speaker, Miyo Hathaway, explained the history of Thanksgiving from the Pilgrim’s story to  President Lincoln’s ProclamaƟon, and our present tradiƟon of giving thanks to God for all of His abundant provision and bless‐ ings.  We enjoyed music, songs, a turkey craŌ, and a scrumpƟous turkey feast with all the trimmings!  Our discussion Ɵme cen‐ tered on what we are thankful for, and how our loving God has a plan for our lives and a desire for a relaƟonship with each  person.  For those Japanese moms interested in learning more about this amazing God and His Son, Jesus Christ, a brand new Bible  Study, named “Ruth no Kai” or “Ruth Club,” started on October 20.  MeeƟng on the first and third Friday mornings, and con‐ ducted in Japanese by Miyo Hathaway, Akiko Phillips and Sachiko Farrell, the moms are being introduced to God’s Word begin‐ ning with Proverbs 31.  We are grateful to the Moms in Ministry caregivers for welcoming the Friendship Circle children to the  MnM Children’s Program to allow their mothers the new experience of studying the Bible.  We are so thankful to God as we conƟnue to witness His amazing, sovereign hand at work in the Friendship Circle Ministry, and  we greatly appreciate the prayers and support of Wintersburg Church.    = Who's your favorite team? The seniors enjoyed a fun day of showing their team spirit and playing games at their mini-Harvest Festival in October. Seniors will have two meetings in December: December 6 - Craft project and a video on December 6 December 13 - Christmas party We will have a day trip to Citrus College on December 2, to see their Christmas Show. There will be no meet- ings on December 20 & 27, or on January 3. Our annual mini-Health Fair is scheduled for March 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Social Hall. We will be partnering with the pharmacy students from Western University for Health Sciences for this event. Volunteers are needed for the infor- mation stations and to guide the seniors to the various stations, We also need health care professionals, especially: pharmacists for personal prescription drug reviews, rehabilitation specialists for the exercise station, and a general information station. Please contact Claire Seki at crseki@hotmail.com for more information, or to volunteer to help at this event. = Senior Ministry News

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