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Amy had found the Praise and Coffee blog a while ago and she really liked the idea of what they were doing... getting women together outside the four walls of the church. So often we become divided by what church we go to (going to church and being involved in that church is super important!!) that we miss out on so many great relationships with women in our community.
Praise and Coffee became something that people everywhere are doing and we decided that it would be a great fit for what we hope to accomplish here in our own town.
So what is Butler Praise and Coffee about???
Butler Praise and Coffee is a ministry for women of all denominations and church affiliations. We meet every other month for a time of fellowship, food and laughter.
Why does Butler Praise and Coffee exist?
FELLOWSHIP: To unite women (ages 16 and up) in the Butler area within a casual atmosphere through a time of conversation, devotion and prayer.
"My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love..." (Colossians 2:2).
ENCOURAGEMENT: To encourage women to say yes to God, use their gifts, and live an extraordinary life in Christ.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
WHOLENESS: To help women find freedom in becoming who God created them to be and find healing for their hearts through a relationship with Him.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Cor. 5:17).
Today we launched our ministry. You can find us on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/ButlerPraiseAndCoffee.
On April 21st we will have our first "official" meeting... simply meaning that last month Amy put something together and it was wonderful. This month will be something real similar but now we have a name and mission. I'm so excited to get to share an encouraging devotional with all the women who come out. I know it is a message that God gave my heart. However... I'm also a little bit nervous as public speaking isn't my thing and I've never done anything like this before! But that's what this Christian life is about right?! Stepping out of our comfort zone so that God can work. My voice will probably shake and I'll have to dress strategically because my armpits are going to release floods of water... but I'll do it. :)
Now... I know at least one person reading this is thinking all "This all sounds sooo wonderful. I just wish there was something like this in MY area."
Well! I'm here to tell you that YOU can start Praise and Coffee up in your area! It doesn't take much. You just need to start with a few friends and a place to meet. We are meeting at our library. Panera would work. If it is a small group you can go out for dinner. Meet at a park. WHEREVER! Don't wait for someone else to come along and start something. BE that person!
The great thing about Praise and Coffee is that there really isn't anything specific that you have to do. The goal is bringing women together so that they can do life together. That's it. You can have a time of worship, do a devotional, pray for each other or just share what is going on in your lives and encourage each other to do life God's way. You get to decide what your Praise and Coffee will be.
So what are you waiting for!?! If you are in my area go ahead and like us on Facebook. If you aren't then go find some friends and set a date to get together for your first Praise and Coffee time!!!
PS... You should check out Amy's blog Walking in Freedom!