Highlights of the 105th Annual Meeting

The 105th Annual Meeting of First Presbyterial Women’s Ministries was held October 20th, 2012, at Huntersville ARP Church in Huntersville. Minutes will be available here. We had 109 attendees, representing 24 churches from First Presbytery.

First Presbyterial President Lynn Robinson presided over the meeting. Patti Snyder, President of the HARP WM welcomed the women, and Pastor Lee Shelnutt gave the Invocation.

The Missionary Speaker was Lori Lawing, of Christ Church in Denver, a church plant started by Coddle Creek ARP. Lori started with a great reminder of the benefits of having a mother church for a church plant, and through her talk she exposed some of the experiences and needs of a church plant and a church plant pastor and wife. She spoke on lessons from a book their women had studied earlier in the year, When Grace Transforms by Terry L. Johnson.  The subtitle is The Character of Christ’s Disciples Put Forward in the Beatitudes. Lori focused on the first three, those who are poor in spirit, who mourn, and who are meek.

Some high lights that President Lynn Robinson noted were Lori’s honest comment that she had asked “God, couldn’t you have sanctified me more before I became a mom?” “But,” she said, “God wanted my children to see the gospel working in me.” She also spoke of her prayer for her children that they might know the gospel and have a repentant heart.

The Keynote speaker was Cammie Howard, a resident of Huntersville. She spoke on thieves that steel our joy and peace. We should have lives overflowing with joy, peace, and hope. As she spoke on the thieves of unmet expectations, comparison, business, and distractions she provided ways to combat each one. The slides she used are available here, and the audio will be available soon as well.

Some notes taken by Lynn include these comments. Cammie pointed out that often we are too busy to be prayerful about our schedule. Then she said, we are as busy as we allow ourselves to be. She quoted Eldridge: “We are swept away by the momentum of life created by the decisions we make.” Cammie challenged us by pointing out that Jesus made time for holy interruptions. Do we?  She closed saying, God’s Word says slow down, be intentional, spend time with the Father. Jesus can help us not to live a distracted life.

The offering music and special music was provided by women from the HARP choir. Then we had lunch and resumed the meeting for business. There was no business to vote on this year, just the nominations for the Presbyterial board positions. The Constitution says that “the election shall proceed by written ballot if there is more than one nominee for an office, otherwise by acclamation.” We missed the step to receive them by acclamation, but they were presented, listed by name, and installed by Linda Hardin.

We heard Tom Patterson share some information on Church Extension, progress with some church plants, and a reminder that we also have four retirements homes in the ARP.

Linda Hardin performed the Installation of the officers, after a request for nominations from the floor for the position of Historian. Lynn passed the gavel to new President Laura Navarro who provided closing remarks and prayer. The women were then invited to the Showcase, an introduction to the 2013 Bible Study books by Lynn Robinson, and the Treasurer’s Workshop.

The women of Huntersville ARP thank all of you who attended. Next year’s meeting will be at Boyce Memorial at King’s Mountain on October 19th, 2013.

PDF of the Official Minutes available here.

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