A woman's ministry group has been formed at the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren. The following article appeared in the Waynesboro PA Record Herald newspaper.
Women change the world one month at a time
By Andrea Rose
Many people say they want to change the world, yet few will make an effort to inspire change. But one local group has decided to do what they can to make things better in the community.
A group of women at Waynesboro Church of the Brethren have started a Women's Ministry.
"We want to reach people in the community to help those in need," said Angie Baker.
The group has evolved from a women's fellowship ministry, which catered mainly to women in the congregation. "Our women's fellowship was not meeting the needs of the people of our church, much less the needs of the community," said Sandy Koziel, who leads the group with her boundless energy.
"Instead of a women's fellowship, we want to focus on outreach to not only our church, but to our community, both locally and globally."
The group organized last month and is already up and running with a paint night on Saturday to benefit Jamie Stevens, a Waynesboro mother battling cancer.
That event is followed by monthly events, including making and distributing "Sunshine baskets" for those who have been hospitalized; food drives; soup sales; craft activities and sales; as well as coordinating the church's Living Last Supper in April.
They hope to raise both awareness for local causes, as well as money for those in need.
"We don't know we'll be successful at everything, but we will be successful at some things," Koziel admitted.
Like many traditional churches, the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren struggles to attract new members. On a "good" Sunday, Koziel said they see about 110 to 125 people in their pews.
The church congregation has always been generous, collecting money for Head Start programs, providing meals to families and shut-ins, and hosting monthly breakfasts, said Carolyn Poffenberger.
"We do a lot," Koziel said. "We can do more. There is a lot of talent in this church."
One of their recent missions is to distribute blessing jars to shut-ins who can't leave their homes to attend church. "There's a quote for every day of the month in the jar," explained Sandy Pruszko. "It gives them inspiration or a boost of confidence or a message of hope."
The purpose of the group is all about doing things for others and they hope their enthusiasm grows within the church. "We hope once we get this started, it will carry over to our men's fellowship," Koziel said with a grin.
Koziel said she hopes to not only serve the community, but attract new members to help. "Anybody can help with any of these things," she said.
And they hope to lead by example. "I'd like more people who don't know God to get to know God through the good things we do as a Christian-based group," said Sue Bock.
To donate to the Jamie Stevens paint nite or to help with the women's ministry, contact Sandy Koziel at 717-762-7369.
Contact Andrea Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-762-2151 or on Twitter @AndreaCiccociop.
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"Paint Nite" raises money for cancer survivor
Thirty-one participants practiced their painting skills Saturday Feb 11 at the Church of the Brethren. They all painted a picture of a red bird sitting,on a fence, on a snowy day. The class, taught by artist and potter Carrie Koziel Althouse, spent the afternoon creating their masterpieces. Money raised by the participants and other donors went to Jamie Sweet Stevens, a cancer survivor. Click here for more pictures.
W / 1: Choir - 6:45 p.m.
TH/2: TOPS - 8:15 a.m.
TH/ 2: Handbells - 5:00 p.m.
SU/ 5: First Sunday in Lent
TU/ 7: Nurture Team - 6:45 p.m.
W / 8: Choir - 6:45 p.m.
TH/ 9: TOPS - 8:15 a.m.
TH/ 9: Handbells - 5:00 p.m.
TH/ 9: Lenten Service & Chapel Dedication - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
SA/11: Men’s Breakfast – Parlor House - 8:00 a.m.
SA/11: Women’s Ministry – Parlor House - 8:00 a.m.
SU/12: Second Sunday in Lent
SU/12: Living Last Supper Rehearsal - 1:00-3:00 p.m.
M /13: Church Historical comm – Social Room –
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
TU/14: Leadership Team - 6:45 p.m.
W /15: Senior Citizen Day @ Camp Eder
W /15: Choir - 6:45 p.m.
TH/16: TOPS - 8:15 a.m.
TH/16: Handbells - 5:00 p.m.
TH/16: Lenten Service in the Chapel - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
SU/19: Third Sunday in Lent
SU/19: Living Last Supper Rehearsal - Fellowship Hall - 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Women's Ministry Being Formed
A Women's Ministry of the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren has been formed to build a community of godly women. This ministry will be a focus on outreach which will include missions in our church and community as well as global. The leadership consist of 7 women who have a passion for ministering to women as well as others who have need of our attention and services. We have met and established a mission statement and goals for each month of the 2017 year. Our first event will be to sponsor a "paint nite" to benefit a local cancer victim and mother of 4. All proceeds will be awarded to this mother. Our goal is to mentor and disciple all women of the church, helping them to grow spiritually. We will be publishing a list of all the projects and missions we will be undertaking this year; and we encourage each woman in our congregation to be a participant in one or more of these events. Each event will be advertised through posters, church newsletter and morning worship announcements. Plan now to participate in one of the many women's ministries planned throughout the year.