I returned from Anderson, Indiana last month where I attended the Annual Council Meeting for the National Christian Women Connection which was October 17-18 where other state presidents and the national board members met together. It is always a wonderful time to be together and be informed by the national officers!
While I was in Anderson I received word that Phil Bursley had passed away. Phil was the husband of Barbara Bursley who was a former Michigan State President. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to Barbara and her family. Phil and Barbara were good friends, for many years, with my husband and me.
As a reminder to you and your church, you still have time to give the National CWC a call or go on line to order the materials for your church. The first Sunday of the Advent is Sunday, November 29th! The day of prayer for Michigan is December the 7th, and we share that day with Connecticut, Oklahoma, Canada, Indonesia, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The Christ's Birthday Offering is normally received on Sunday, the 20th of December. It is important that you send your offering to our state treasurer, Aletha McNeilly, P.O. Box 65, Barryton, Michigan 49305. In so doing our state gets credit as well as the national CWC office. Last year a couple of churches sent their offering directly to the National CWC. They gave us credit, but we could not count it in the totals of our books.
The other day I saw a statement that reminded me of our CWC theme for this years which was "PURPOSE." It said:
"Know that you were formed by God's hands, dreamed up in His heart, and placed in this world for a Purpose."
May God be with you and bless as you continue to work for him and plan for the up-coming Christ's Birthday Observance.
My love, Ann Hawkins, President
Michigan Christian Women Connection