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Garage Sale Success!

Thank you to everyone who donated items, shopped, or got the word out about our Garage Sale last weekend!

We raised $1100!

This money will be used to help with costs associated with our upcoming retreat in January!

A big thank-you, also, to Jeni F. for the incredible job she did hosting the garage sale!

Listen to the Lesson - Ruth (Week 8)

Fall Garage Sale

It's almost time for our Fall Garage Sale! Please note that Jeni Funderburk will be accepting donations for the garage sale during the following times next week:

Monday November 2nd:
9am - 3pm or 6:30pm - 8pm

Tuesday November 3rd:
11:30am - 3pm or 5pm - 8pm

Wednesday November 4th:
12pm - 1:30pm

Thursday November 5th:
9am - 8pm

If you need to arrange for a different drop-off time, please call Jeni at 723.0401 or on her cell at 336.263.7226

**Please have items priced when you drop them off, if at all possible**
Drop off/Garage Sale location is:
Jeni Funderburk
2621 Frisco Drive
Clearwater 33761

Listen to the Lesson - Ruth (Week 6)

In today's teaching, Joanne parallels the HOPE that begins to emerge in Naomi to the living HOPE we have in Christ Jesus. Enjoy listening to the lesson!

Listen to the Lesson - Ruth (Week 5)

Grace, Grace... God's Grace! It's amazing, isn't it? Listen as Joanne shares this week's lesson:

Fall Garage Sale

Twice yearly, WIW hosts a garage sale to raise funds for our Winter Retreat. The Fall Garage Sale has been planned, so mark your calendars for November 6 and 7! The event will be held at Jeni Funderburk's home.

Be thinking about this upcoming garage sale, and begin gathering things you'd like to donate. Donations can be dropped off the week prior to the sale.

You don't want to miss this great opportunity to clean out some of your unwanted items and find a few treasures!!

Be looking for more info soon!

Listen to the Lesson - Ruth (Week 4)

From Joanne's teaching on God's providential direction to the touching act of physically laying our burdens down at the altar, today was a special lesson. We pray you are blessed as you listen.

Harriet's

This past Wednesday, we had the opportunity to hear a little bit about the ministry Harriet's and visit the house, located right on CCC's property. If you missed Bible study Wednesday or weren't able to walk over to the open house, here's a little more information about this wonderful ministry opportunity!

Harriet's is a FREE Thrift Store and a Food Pantry at Clearwater Community Church. Harriet's offers clothing and food to those in need from our own church body, the Pregnancy Center, and people from the community who contact CCC for help. Harriet's, located in the little house on the church property on Belcher Road, is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.

You can contact Kenda Kee by email at kendakee@gmail.com for more information. Below, please find a list of Harriet's current NEEDS:

ITEMS NEEDED FOR HARRIET'S FOOD PANTRY:
Ramen Noodles, Jelly, Crackers,
Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta, Pasta Sauce,
Cereal, Powdered Milk, Cans of Vegetables,
Cans of Fruit, Bags of Beans, Rice
Individual packs of instant oatmeal,
Granola bars, Cans of Tuna & Chicken, Baby Food

WE ARE ALSO IN NEED OF:
Good quality clothing of all sizes
New socks and underwear of all sizes
Accessories (shoes, belts, ties, purses)
Diapers, Pull-ups and Wipes
Baby Equipment (Cribs, high chairs, strollers, pac-n-plays, car seats, etc.)
Toiletries (Tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, deoderant, soap, etc.)
Bicycles

Thanks to all of you who have already been so generous with donations toward this great ministry. If you have any questions, please contact Kenda at the email address above, or send an email to us at womanintheword@gmail.com and we'll get your question answered!

Listen to the Lesson - Ruth (Week 3)

Hey! Thanks for stopping by the blog. If you were unable to attend today's Bible study teaching (or just want a refresher on all that good stuff), please click on the player below.

Stop by back soon, as we'll be updating you on ways to help with Harriet's House - hope you were able to stop by there personally today and get a little better acquainted with the ministry.

God bless you this week!

Listen to the Lesson - Ruth Week 2

What a blessing it has been to study the timeless messages found in the Old Testament book of Ruth. Enjoy Joanne's teaching of our second week's study below.

Listen to the Lesson - Intro to Ruth

Click on the player below to listen to the audio recording of Joanne's introduction to our Ruth Bible study!

You'll notice that this first recording begins a few minutes into the lecture. Please be patient as we work out the audio recording. Rest assured that we only missed recording the first minute or two!

See you next week!

Fall Bible Study Info

Beginning September 9, Women in the Word will begin our Fall semester of Bible study.

Using the Dee Brestin book, "A Woman of Love: A Woman's Journey through Ruth", Joanne will guide us in a closer look at what Ruth can teach us about the power that can be released through the love and faith of women.

You don't want to miss an incredible study of an incredible Bible book!

And so you don't miss out on any of it, here's some important information about how you can be a part of our Bible study:

What: Women in the Word is a non-denominational Bible study
led by Joanne Tittle

When: Every Wednesday morning, September 9 through November 18
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(studies also being offered Tuesday evenings from 7pm - 8:30 pm* & Thursday evenings, time to be determined)
*Tuesday evening study will be Beth Moore's "Esther"

Where: Clearwater Community Church
2897 Belcher Road
Dunedin, FL 34698

Other Info: Childcare & Homeschool rooms available on Wednesday mornings. To pre-register your child, please email us (email address found at top of this page).

We look forward to studying God's Word with you this Fall!

Simply Women was Simply... AMAZING!

On Friday night, our Bible study was a part of the much-anticipated Women's Ministry event called "Simply Women". We asked one of the women who attended to give us a recap of the highlights. Special thanks to Sue White for sharing the following:

Last Friday night was the Fall Ministries Kick-off Event for 2009-2010.

"SIMPLY WOMEN" was such a fun night! Approximately 215 women attended...women of all different ages, backgrounds and denominations were able to explore the different breakout rooms.

There was a little something for everyone:

Simply Meals
Simply Organization
Simply Health and Wellness
Simply Beauty
Simply Resources

Each of the above topics had it's own room through-out the entire education building at Clearwater Community Church, for us to wander through and get some good ideas and tips. There was also a specific room set aside just for those who needed a place to pray.

Later in the evening, Joanne led a short devotional, encouraging and reminding us that we are completely and lavishly loved by God, regardless of our circumstances or past.

"BELOVED" then blessed us with a concert - WOW! This was real music, for real women, sung by three very talented, transparent, fun, real women. We heard God's truth proclaimed, and also laughed at times till we hurt!

All in all, it was just a great evening to be together as "Simply Women".

Love, Sue

Simply Women - the Event

To view the flyer for the upcoming Simply Women Event on August 28:

Click HERE

Gearing Up for Girl's Night Out!

By now, you have probably heard about the event on August 28, "Simply Women - A Girl's Night Out!"

This is going to be a great evening of fellowship and fun with the women of Clearwater Community Church and a wonderful opportunity to reach out and bring in women from the community for a Girls Night Out!

We'll have speakers, music from BELOVED, and many prizes and giveaways throughout the night.

We're asking you to join us on SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 from 9:30am to 12:00 n to canvass the community and spread the word about the August 28th event! We need as many volunteers as possible to meet at the Family Life Center at Clearwater Community Church that Saturday morning in order to make the following Friday evening festivities a huge success!

Let's make a difference together, ladies!

We'll see you there!

A Note From Joanne

God is so good! He is our Rock, our Shield, our Portion; the Lover of our souls.

Women in the Word has been blessed in so many ways over the past 10 years. One way in particular has been our relationship with HUMC's youth ministry team. Over the past 8 years we have met in the Lighthouse building. We were served each week by the staff from setting up of rooms, use of audio equipment, and a Spirit of Grace that nothing ever was a burden. We had such favor there and are eternally grateful for the servant hearts that demonstrated the love of Christ to us each week. We would have stayed there forever, but God had other plans.

HUMC is undergoing a capital plan which includes tearing down the Lighthouse building. The building process will take up to 2 years. We prayerfully sought God's will for WIW, but not once did we fret or worry, knowing that we could trust in His provision.

Within a couple of months, we were approached by Clearwater Community Church to move our Bible Study to their site. God continued to go before us and the doors were just flung open. We needed to be obedient and walk through them, which is what we did!!

God is truly a God who is in every detail, and we are thrilled to have a new location. We will continue to meet on Wednesday mornings and will be adding two evening sessions, on Tuesday and Thursday nights (see the detailed information about the studies in the sidebar to the right).

Please pray for us as we are in the midst of planning and fulfilling God's plans and purposes for ministering to women by applying God's truths and sharing the love and grace that only His Spirit can provide. Also, pray how you can be a part of what God is doing in and through women at Women in the Word Community Bible Study.

May God bless you abundantly this summer, stay close to Him through prayer and spending time in His Presence and most of all in His Word!!

Much Love,
Joanne

Philippians 3:14-16, Hebrews 12:1

Garage Sale Results!!!

It was a great weekend for a Garage Sale.

Thanks to all of you who donated items, shopped, and volunteered to work the event.

Through this fundraiser, we were able to raise $725.00 for our ministry!!!

PRAISE GOD from whom all blessings flow!

Garage Sale This Weekend

We are so excited about this weekend's upcoming Garage Sale Fundraiser. The Garage Sale has been such an integral fundraiser for our Bible study. Please read the information below for details on how you can participate - or at least where and when you can come shop this weekend!

Women in the Word

Garage Sale



When : Friday, May 15th & Saturday, May 16th

Time: 8am-1pm

Where: 3106 Gleneagles Drive E. Clearwater 33761

Directions from US 19. Take SR580 East, Take

a left onto Countryside Blvd, pass the country

club. Take a right onto Augusta Dr. N. Her

home is on the corner of Augusta Dr. N. and

Gleneagles Dr. E. (#3106).

Host: Michele Haynes

727-772-1895 (home)

727-612-4390 (cell)



Items can be donated any day during the week of May 11th from 3p-6p. Small items can be left anytime by the side garage door closest to the large side hedge. If any other drop off arrangements need to be made, contact Michele.

We need your stuff!! Please support WIW by donating.

Please price all your items!

All items left at the end of the sale will be donated to a youth garage sale to raise money for a mission trip.

You Don't Want to Miss This Week!!! Wednesday, April 29

What an exciting meeting we have in store for our last session on April 29. Get ready for fun, food and fellowship, along with a very special event from 11am - 1pm. Click on the image below for more information about the Open Hearts Event and how you can participate by bringing in canned food and other non-perishables for the RCS Food Bank.

See you Wednesday!

Listen to the Lesson - Nehemiah Chapters 11 and 12

* Note: Because of a slight computer issue, we missed taping the first few seconds of Joanne's teaching. You'll notice that the recording begins mid-sentence and comes in clearly a few more seconds later. I apologize for this inconvenience, but listen anyway - we got all the good stuff! You won't want to miss this one.

Listen to the Lesson - Nehemiah Chapter 8

Ezra and Nehemiah make the Word of God the most important priority for the people of the newly fortified city:



Rita Springer's song, "I Have to Believe" is found at the end of the audio above. If you would like to listen to it separately (and perhaps in better audio sound quality), please click HERE

In addition, you can click on the images below for more information on the devotional books Joanne mentioned during her teaching:

Praying the Names of God, by Ann Spangler


and

"God Calling" by AJ Russell

A BELOVED Baby!!!

Congratulations to our friend, and BELOVED singer, Kim Gravel!

On March 9, she gave birth to
Blanton Sellers Gravel,
who weighed in at 5lbs
(and arrived 5 weeks early!)

Kim was admitted to the hospital last week with elevated blood pressure, so please keep her and her family in your prayers.

So far, she and the baby are doing great!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Listen to the Lesson - Nehemiah Chapter 7



Below, you can enjoy a video for the song played at the end of this week's lesson ("By Your Side" by Tenth Avenue North)

Listen to the Lesson - Nehemiah Chapter 6

Nehemiah Chapter 6 with a brief overview of Chapter 5

Listen to the Lesson - Nehemiah Chapter 5 - THIS ONE'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT!

This week’s post is going to be a little different that the previous weeks where we’ve posted Joanne’s teaching through the audio player. There are several reasons.

First, Joanne was sick on Wednesday and was unable to deliver a general teaching session.

But for a second and equally important reason, we encourage you to dedicate some time to look at this week’s lesson in a completely different way.

Chapter Five of Nehemiah taught us that “Rebuilding Develops Compassion for Others”. In reading the passage, you’ll learn that while building the wall, Nehemiah was confronted with an additional problem occurring in the community. There were poor people, hurting people, and people who’d lost sight of their role in the community. In the study guide, Donna Partow says,

“The people of Nehemiah’s day were apparently much like us. They were earnest and devoted to their religion. They had laid down everything else to rebuild the city wall. I don’t think they were bad people; they were simply out of touch with the plight of the poor. Once Nehemiah confronted them with a powerful reality check, they were cut to the heart and eager to do what was right.”
The author then encouraged us to pray for God to reveal to us OUR OWN role in caring for the poor in our community.

So...
The following list has been compiled based on the community outreach efforts and needs known by women in our study. (These needs were shared in the general session on Wed. 2/18/09.) It is our prayer that we, as a community of believers, remain in touch with the needs of the poor and reach out with God’s love & helping hands.

Do you have a local outreach opportunity that doesn’t appear on this list? Please leave a comment on this post with some information for us, and we’ll update and add to the list. Prayefully consider how God is asking you to respond:

Isaiah’s Inn
Phone: 727.449.2600
Address: 314 S. Lincoln Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33756
Brief Profile of Organization: Assists families with temporary housing, support in loss of job or with loss/absence of transportation.
Other Important Info: 98 % of funds received by Isaiah’s Inn are given away. Operate on only 2% administrative costs.
For more Information: see Laura Hoeft

Profoundly Seth
Contact info: www.profoundlyseth.com
Brief Profile: Local family, the McCall’s are raising funds to pay for their son, Seth, to have 2 cochlear implants. Seth was born prematurely and was diagnosed shortly thereafter as being “profoundly deaf”. You can read more about their family and efforts by visiting the blog (web address mentioned above).
Other Important Info: Blue bracelets are also available for $5 to raise funds for the surgery. Bracelets can be purchased online or Laura Hoeft will bring them each week to Bible study as well.

Practical Needs for Mom adopting 4 siblings:
Contact Info: Vonda Hudson: dhudson11@tampabay.rr.com
Brief Profile: Vonda Hudson shared of a single mom she knows who has adopted 1 boy and is in the process of adopting 4 girls (all siblings). She shared the need/desire for all these young girls to have new bedding (sheets, pillows, bedspread, etc.). Some funds were collected on Wed., but you can still contact Vonda if you’d like to help.
Other Important Info: After our Bible study, Vonda received the following email with another opportunity to serve this same mom (and other families like her) with babysitting services. This is coming up SOON, so please check your schedule to see if you can assist:

We are need of some babysitters for Camelot's Foster Parent Support Group on Monday, Feb 23rd from 6pm-8pm. Camelot Community Care http://www.camelotcommunitycare.org/tampa_programs.asp is one of the four foster parent licensing agencies with HKI (Hillsborough Kids Inc.). This event is at their office and will be held the 4th Monday of every month. For details: Please see attached flyer sent out to the foster parents for this month's support group, "Navigating the School System".

Volunteers can come to:
Camelot Community Care
1412 Tech Blvd., Tampa FL 33619
Arrival by 5:45 would be great!


Community Hands
Contact Info: website under construction at www.communityhands.net
Or call Ed or Marte Gruber at 727-643-8636
Brief Profile: Marte Grube, a member of our Bible study shared the following information about an organization she and her husband founded.
Community Hands, Inc. strives to assist disadvantaged families and those in need throughout our community by enlisting churches, businesses, individuals and other organizations in raising awareness and financial support. We desire to follow the example of servant hood modeled for us by Jesus Christ in caring for those in need which will in turn lift us all, strengthening our community and empowering us all to succceed.
Other Important info: Fundraisers are held about once a quarter, and there are opportunities for local youth groups, church small groups to participate in homeless outreach programs.

Broad Reach Ministries
Contact Info: Broach Reach Ministries website, Jen Henricksen, B.R.M. director.
Brief Profile: The mission of Broad Reach Ministries is to provide volunteer staffing, physical donations and financial assistance to faith-based and community organizations that are meeting the critical needs of our community. This mission is accomplished by educating, organizing and involving the citizens of the community to bring about the winds of change.
Other Important Info: Their website (https://www.service-life.com/sysfiles/member/index_public.cfm?memberid=338) provides detailed information about several other service opportunities with organizations like Isaiah’s Inn, Grace House, RCS (which currently has many opportunities for the community to jump in and get involved).


H.O.N.O.R. (Helping Our Needy Ones Respectfully)
Contact Info: Fred Bedford (bed4rds@aol.com) or contact Clearwater Community Church at 727.799.4444.
Brief Profile: HONOR is a non-denominational, non-profit organization designed to bring free assistance into the homes of those age 60 and above. The organization is dedicated to providing home maintenance and minor repairs to help improve their living conditions and restore their dignity and self-respect.
Services include, but are not limited to: air conditioning and heating repairs, auto repairs, carpentry repairs, electrical repairs, financial guidance, general maintenance, grocery shopping, housecleanning, painting, plumbing repairs, roofing repairs, running errands, social visits, and yard work.

“2nd Saturday”
Contact Info: website at www.gracefamilychurch.org or call 813.265.4151.
Brief Profile: Held every month (on the 2nd Saturday of each month), Grace Family Church in Lutz provides the opportunity for you to plug into basic community needs:
What does it take to turn your faith into action?
It just takes time. The second Saturday of every month at 8:30 AM in the main Sanctuary, Grace Family Church will host 2nd Saturday. This event will allow you to select from a variety of opportunities to serve the community. From single mother's outreaches to projects here on the GFC campus, there will be many available from which to choose. So grab a bagel and a cup of coffee and get ready to change our community one act of service at a time.

Calvary Cares
Contact: www.calvarybaptist.org or email Jenny Dunlap at thedunlapfamily@gmail.com for specfic projects
Brief Profile: Like Grace Family Church, Calvary Baptist in Clearwater offers it’s members the opportunity to plug in and complete missions projects around the community. This one day bless opportunity will provide the Calvary family an opportunity to put its compassion into action as we go into our community to serve others and share Jesus with people as God gives us the opportunity. Register your Life Group or individually online or at the Missions Desk on Sundays.
Other Important Info: The next Calvary Cares day will be next Saturday, February 28 from 8:30 am. - 1pm.

Listen to the Lesson - Nehemiah Chapter Three

In Nehemiah, Chapter 3, the wall begins to go up. Listen as Joanne teaches on the practical and spiritual applications of this chapter.

A Blessing

One of our greatest priveleges as sisters in Christ is to be able to love, serve and bless others.

Click on the "button" below to read about a way you can bless a precious family. The button will take you to a blog entitled "Profoundly Seth". I encourage you to visit their site, read their story, and take time to seek God's direction in how you can become involved!

Listen to the Lesson - Nehemiah Chapter Two

Thank you all for your prayers and encouraging comments/emails this past week. We're still so excited about having the opportunity to share with you this way!

Enjoy Joanne's general session teaching (1/28/09) on Nehemiah Chapter Two.

Listen to the Lesson - Intro to Nehemiah (Week One)

OK, this is our test run for adding audio to the blog. HOW EXCITING!!!!

Please click on the "Play" icon (the far left button that looks like an arrow) to listen to Joanne's teaching from Week One. Introduction to Nehemiah.

Song from Yesterday's Lesson

Just in case I'm not the only one who can't stop thinking about the song Joanne shared at the end of yesterday's general session, please follow this link for the music video:

Sanctus Real
"Whatever You're Doing"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06AgY5Xoavw&feature=related

Let our prayer today be: "Lord, I surrender to WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING inside of me..."

Jenny D.

Retreat 2009

Well, Retreat 2009 has come and gone, but the transformed women that left that place are many!!

Beloved entertained us, shared their stories, and led us in worship.

We learned truths about our value and that God "saved the best for last" as we studied the creation story (Genesis 1).

We also were introduced to a Christian classic, "Hinds Feet On High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. We discussed and reflected on the detours that come in life, the yieldedness and surrender that must result in our relationship with the Lord, and the JOY that results as we walk with Him.

Saturday afternoon was spent taking a "Trust Walk with Jesus" where we spent time in His Word, looking deeply at our own hearts and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us one altar at a time.

As we closed in Chapel on Sunday, we were reminded that we were not made for the mountain tops, but for the valleys. We need to learn to appreciate the valley as much as the mountain top as we walk with Jesus one day at a time.

I praise God for His provision, presence and faithfulness in arranging this glorious weekend as 60 women set the time apart to meet with Him.

Praise you Father for transforming each woman, as not one left that place unchanged!!"

In Him, Joanne

P.S. I can't imagine what He has in store for 2010!!! Be sure to save the dates....January 8-10, 2010.

Retreat 2009 - IN YOUR WORDS

from Christine Knipp (email to Joanne)

As I retreat to the Valley, I have to say I have done it with so much more peace than I have in the past...of course it didn't take long for the mist to form in front of my eyes....but I felt "His" hand in mine...and it's stayed there...

I wanted to thank you once again,for your willingness to be His servant, and because of that, the hearts you helped to opened up to recieve what God had for them...

I was driving to work today (had to drive to Hudson so I had a long time to think) and I was listening to my first Beloved Cd (why did I wait so long to buy it????) and my mind went to this thought....Every one of us came away from that Mountain Top and took our separate Journeyinto the Valley....our own personal Valley that God set before us....and right now there are 50 or so women out there on the streets, in Pinellas County, Pasco county, going to work, dropping kids off at school, changing a diaper, smiling at a grocery store clerk, each reaching out and touching lives in her own "God given" way....and it's all because God was able to work in each of us "right where we were" taking us"right where He needed us to be" and giving us the Joy for Journey that we were about to go on through 2009.

You know how it seems like sometimes there is one key thing that keeps coming up over and over and you just know that you have to "claim it" because you feel like each time you hear it, it's like God was putting it there for you ...?(I know I could have shared this...but I honestly didn't realize how big this was until the very last hour in Chapel).....

I came away with Peace this weekend, and a new understanding of my worth, and one thing that I never expected.....5 simple words that hit me in a way I never thought..."one day at a time"..............

take it one day at a time, God will get you through it "one day at a time"have peace and live it one day at a time, Trust in God and take it one day at a time....don't look at the big picture...take it one day at a time...you miss the joy if you don't take it "one day at a time"....

That's my "New Years Resolution" I will trust in God and take it .... ONE DAY AT A TIME!



from Joanne (and Tina)


My precious sister, Tina, shared something with me as she left on Sunday. She handed me a piece of paper and said that the Lord had given her this message before she ever came to Retreat and I wanted to share it with you....

"Passion JOY = destiny
get happy love God
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Love people. The JOY of the Lord is your strength.
Too much rudeness, bitterness, resentment.
Your "ministry" is to love and to serve GOD.
To worship HIM and to love on HIS people.
You must have PURPOSE PASSION DIRECTION.
Don't waste time! Time is precious.
Invest it into goodness. into JOY.
When you invest in doing for others you will find joy.
Be grateful for the things, people that God has placed in your life.
Your Children, your Husband, your Friends.
Invest excellent time with these special people.
Joy will seep into your "bones" and you will find healing, well being, and peace."