SISTAH NEWS The Womens Ministry of Union Baptist Church NewsletterIssue 2 Yvonne D. Melton, Editor December 2017 PURPOSE STATEMENT May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:5-7 NIV) As Christian Women Reaching Toward Unity and Spiritual Growth, we will study Gods Word and embrace Christian Doctrine that will empower us to develop a stronger bond as Sisters in Christ. We are com-mitted to providing resources that will enhance, The Who, What, When & Where The Sistah to Sistah Christian Fellowship Womens Ministry of Union Baptist Church was created in 1997 for the sole purpose of having a venue where women could get together and discuss issues we face everyday. The goal of the ministry is to equip the members to offer love, strength and support for each other. enlighten and educate our Sisters for their day-to-day living. In This Issue 2018 Officers 2017 Review Moving Forward Sistah Spotlight We meet in the chapel on the first Friday of every month at 7 PM, except for the months of

July and August. We serve a light fellowship Sistah to Sistah Fellowship meal fromChristian 6 PM - 7 PM, prepared by a duo of women on a monthly rotation. All women of Union are invited and encouraged to attend and bring a friend. Whats Ahead Spiritual Vision Board Meet our Vice President Desiree Davis Blessings my Sisters! My first encounter with the Women's Ministry was an invitation to their close-out/holiday meeting in Dec. 2013. The following month I attended their regularly scheduled meeting, which also happened to be the election of officers. At that time I was nominated and voted in as Vice President. My initial thought was, who am I to lead my Christian sisters when I am just getting back into my spiritual walk? I must say it has been an honor to serve as your Vice President for the past four years. During this journey, I've grown closer with my Christian Sisters, but most of all I have developed a closer relationship with God. One of my favorite scriptures is ~ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11. Officers for 2018 President Sis. Patricia Miller Vice President Sis. Desiree Davis Recording Secretary Sis. Constance Coutourier Asst. Recording Secretary Sis. Juanita Edmonds Corresponding Secretary Sis. Olga Chapman 2017 REVIEW We had a wonderful year of growing and learning. We gained a better understanding, appreciation and compassion for Care Takers and their sacrifices. We enjoyed an evening of painting and actually discovered that its not that hard. We are constantly aware of how grateful we should be and continued to learn that we must have an attitude of gratitude at all times. Our prayer chain was our most important undertaking this year. Everyone had a set time throughout the day or evening to pray for our church as we embark on this new journey as Pastor & People, the ministry as a whole and our spiritual growth, as well as our being more supportive of each other. We are continuing our So Send I You mission projectSwaziland Kitchen with quarterly donations. We met the need of the community with a donation of clothing and toiletries for the victims of the massive fire in Harlem on 144th Street. We will continue to strive to be conduits of sharing the Gospel that lives are forever changed to the glory of God!

Our Secret Sister reveal happened at our December 2017 Holiday Meeting. Everyone was excited to finally know who their secret sister was. Gifts were exchanged and the evening was extremely enjoyable. Treasurer Sis. Shauta Thompson Asst. Treasurer Sis. JoAnne Swain VISUAL PRAYER How to Create a Spiritual Vision Board Our minds respond strongly to visual stimulation. A powerful way to bring your goals to fruition is by using pictures, images and affirmations as a tangible representation of your dreams, goals, and ideal life. Creating a Spiritual Vision Board versus a regular Vision Board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. Both types of boards operate on the premise of Ask, Believe, and Receive (Matthew 21:22). However, only the Spiritual Vision Board acknowledges that this is a biblical principle. Additionally, Spiritual Vision Boards incorporates other biblical principles, such as those outlined in Habakkuk 2:2 and Proverbs 3:6. 1. ASK: Assemble your spiritual vision board with intention. To receive the desires of your heart, select specific pictures from various magazines that are clear and plain, develop affirmations and mantras that reflect your vision and positively inspire and empower you. 2. BELIEVE: Use Inspired Thought (Spiritual Enlightenment), Visualization, Mindfulness, and Gratitude to activate your Spiritual Vision Board. 3. RECEIVE: Take Action upon Gods Opportunities. 4. REVISE: Pictures, affirmations, and mantras as you receive the desires of your heart. Dr. Crystal Green Brown, Speaker, #1 Best Selling Author, Certified Health & Spiritual Life Coach .. Whats Ahead... The Sistah-to-Sistah Womens Ministry has been on the move and is continuing to move forward to promote Christian sisterhood, Christian living, love and fellowship among the family of God. Join us as we journey on: Jan. 5 Regular Meeting - Understanding Our Spiritual Gifts Feb. 2 Regular Meeting - Introduction to 40-day Lenten Devotional March 2 Womens History Month April 6 Regular Meeting - Crochet Basics April 28 - Womens Ministry Annual Bowling, Bowler City, Hackensack, NJ May 4 - Mothers Day Observance - Fellowship Dinner June 1 Summer Closing Sip & Paint Party

September 7 Regular Meeting Topical Workshop October 5 Breast Cancer Awareness Month November 2 Regular Meeting Thanksgiving Emphasis Workshop December 2 Christmas Celebration Moving Forward... Its the New Year ... Do not be afraid to face life. This New Year has a lot of promises for us. Trust God and everything will be fine. A New Year is Gods way of letting you know that there is still a chance for you to change for the better. Learn from the past and use it as a tool to start another year without fear. With God as our Leader, may we be prepared to live another year under His guidance. Make it a point to start each day of this New Year with a prayer. It works wonders. Usher in the New Year with not just new clothes but also with a new thinking power and a new soul! May you be blessed with the power to spread good cheer and smiles all around in this New Year! Leave behind old chapters filled with pages of worries, jealousy, anger, hatred, ego and pride and begin the New Year on the note of happiness, humility, modesty, amity and kindness! You cannot ring in the New Year by thinking about disappointments and unrealized dreams of yesterday. Fill up your thoughts on New Years Day with the understanding that unrealized dreams are still possible to achieve. Dont Quit! You are never defeated by lifes cruel circumstances until you abandon hope and give up your confidence. Stay hopeful and confident in the New Year! Go ahead and enjoy life. This is another gift. Live each day as if it is your last so you will be able to say that you have lived your life to the fullest. UNION BAPTIST CHURCH - 240 WEST 145th ST.- NYC REV. BRIAN D. SCOTT, ThM, PASTOR

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