Greetings to all of you and let me wish you a Happy New Year as we are in the first few days of this brand new year of 2016! I pray you had a wonderful month of December as we celebrated the remembrance of the coming to earth of the Christ child. I also continue to hope and pray that you will always keep in mind and follow the theme of our 2015 Christ's Birthday Observance as we let our lives ”SHINE" for Jesus until He comes again!' May 2016 for you be an even better year than 2015! In Galatians 6:9 Paul reminds us "not to become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." In Ephesians 6:10 Paul reminds us that "our strength must come from the Lord's mighty power that is within us." If we desire to be a better Christian in this up-coming new year some of us might need to do as Paul told us in Philippians 3:13: "Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us." TLB
When your church has their check made payable to 'CWC in Michigan or WCG in Michigan' for the Christ's Birthday Observance Offering ready to send, may I remind you that it is important to please send your check to our state Christian Women Connection Treasurer: Aletha McNeilly, P.O. Box 65, Barryton, Michigan 49305. She will then send it to the National Christian Women Connection office in Anderson, Indiana in order for both our state CWC and your local church to both receive proper credit.
Please add to your new 2016 calendar the dates of our State Women's Convention at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel which is on 28th Street in Grand Rapids. The dates are April 29th and 30th, 2016. Our speaker is Rev. Dr. Bonita Laudeman and our worship leader is Rev. Ellsworth Jackson. We plan to mail the Convention packets to you by the end of January or the very first of February. PLAN NOW to be a part of this great convention this year!!
I spoke to the National Christian Women Connection office in mid-December and was told that we all have at least until the end of December of 2016 to get our registrations in, at the lower price of $150.00, for the National Women's Convention at the Hilton Oceanwalk Village Resort, Dayton Beach, Florida. The dates are October 26 - 29, 2017!!
May God bless each of you as you love and serve our Lord in this New Year of 2016!
My love, Ann Hawkins, President
Michigan Christian Women Connection