We continue to enjoy using this Church for the Thursday Morning Edition [ME] and Evening Edition [EE] ‘Women of the Word’ meetings.  This is our ELEVENTH year here, and it has been a blessing to all of us. We want to thank the Session, Pastor Sandi and WPC members for your support and blessing!

In January 2009, we began our second semester continuing the theme ‘Let’s CELEBRATE!’ in honor of our 10th Anniversary.  We completed that semester with the study of the rest of the Major and Minor Prophets. Our key verse was found in Psalm 145:7, “They will CELEBRATE Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.”  We then ended our tenth year with a special anniversary program, "Let's CELEBRATE... God's Faithfulness!"    Our program was made up of speaker Karen Craig, Albuquerque, NM; Julie Vogt, artist from Aurora who created an 'interactive' painting on black canvas for us; and Christine Monteiro, Waterman, who provided wonderful music for us.  We honored our charter members, 16 of whom are still attending.

After WOW concluded, a 7 week morning summer study began: 'Discerning the Voice of God', by Priscilla Shirer.  It was led by Debbie Fenske with Nancy Strever and Lori Barrett helping.  An evening group was led by Patt Schaefer for three sessions on the book, 'Epicenter' by Joel Rosenberg. 

In June an overnight retreat, 'Cowgirl Get-Away', was offered at the Knutson Ranch in Mineral Point, WI.   We attended a Cowboy Church Service and the next day were blessed by a teaching on Prayer from Pastor Dale and Opal Linebaugh.  It was a great time of fellowship, learning and relaxation!

Our annual alumni summer picnic was held on July 16 at member Pat Burlingame's home.  A group of young men, from all over the country and world, were our program.  They shared testimonies of what the Lord had done this summer as they went door to door selling Christian books and ministering to people in need of prayer and the hope of Christ. 


Before WOW began, several women worked in the newly painted Nursery to sanitize, sort, organize and place the toys.   We also washed the floor, furniture and laundered any fabric items. Three blue crates were bought for the toys. Several items have been donated for use in the Nursery. WOW has made donations to the church of other general items. 

In September we began our eleventh WOW year with our 'Growing in Godliness' seminar and guest Speaker, Dr. Kim Mapel.  Kim is a Youth Leader and Missionary to the Amazon, and spoke on 'How to Become a Contagious Christian."  It was 'Lights-Camera- ACTION!' as we got a 'Sneak Preview' of our WOW year.  Queen Esther also made an appearance as we studied the book of Esther using both the WOW study written by Lois Lindley, and Beth Moore's new DVD/workbook study, "Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman".  We went into 'training' realizing that no matter our season and circumstance in life,  'We've been chosen... "for such a time as this!"' [Esther 4:14].  Almost 90 women and 17 children were registered for WOW including over 20 brand new members!    Several scholarships were given for women who could not afford the $25 fee.   We used last spring’s ‘Donation Garage Sale’ money to purchase five Life Application/NIV Study Bibles for women who do not have a Bible of their own. Attendance averages about 40-50 for ME and 12-16 for EE.  We continue with the small group format (5 ME groups and 3 EE groups), along with a time for worship and large group teaching.  We have a wonderful and committed group of Leaders again this year, along with a faithful staff of Children’s Program workers who teach and care for about 11 children under the age of six.

Other opportunities this year:  we encouraged our members to remember their pastor during Pastor's Appreciation Month by handing out lists of specific ways to encourage and pray for them; Pastor Sandi came to meet us and share a message; several members attended the 11/6-7 Beth Moore LIVE conference in Springfield; Missionary Dan Fick and family [son of member Kay Fick, Hinckley] came to lead worship and share about his ministry in Sucre, Bolivia; Caroling Party with visits to the Shabbona Nursing Home, Shabbona Assisted Living, homes in Shabbona and Waterman, and the Garden Apartments; Internet Prayer Chain [now over 100 members!]; and monthly ME POW prayer meetings/luncheons.

We have had special collections and donations of the following: Offering to WPC Thankoffering by WOW and WOW members; Collection for the Dan Fick Family, missionaries to Sucre, Bolivia; Monetary gift to Nancy Riggen, our blind 'remote' WOW member in WI;  Items to the WPC NICE Teen 'Christmas Gifts' box; and Collection and monetary gift to Susan Gill, WOW member.


We thank God that WOW continues to be a successful, productive program for the Lord.  We are growing in our faith, reaching out to others, seeing many prayers answered and women are growing closer to God and one another.  Thank you for partnering with us to affect so many lives for Christ this year