• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)
  • 2017-2019 Ministry Focus

    Luke 8:43-48; Acts 17:27-28 (NLT); 1 Samuel 2:1-11 (The Voice)

    Dictionary.com defines the verb “feel” as the following: “to perceive or examine by touch; to have a sensation of something, other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell; to find or pursue one’s way…; to be or become conscious of; to be emotionally affected by; to experience the effects of.” The word can also be used as a noun: “a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching (“the feel of the fabric”); a sensation of something felt (“a feeling of joy in the room”); and the “native ability of acquired sensitivity” (“to have a feel for something”).

    The Scriptures offered for study of this theme each address a different type of feeling: In Luke, the diseased woman feels the healing of Christ at the same time that Jesus feels power leaving him at her touch. In Acts (highlighted by the words used in the New Living Translation), God wants us to “feel” our way towards him and find him—a wording that emphasizes that our walk of faith is often hesitant, uncertain, little steps at a time, but God assures us that God is with us and God will be found! Finally, in 1 Samuel 2, as described by the words chosen in The Voice biblical paraphrase, Hannah’s prayer comes out of her deepest feelings of joy and love for God.

    “Feel/Siente . . .” will give us the opportunity to spend two years focusing upon the many ways we experience God through Jesus Christ—how we feel God at work in us and through us. The theme invites us to feel compassion for others—to be emotionally affected by what is happening to our sisters and brothers next door and around the world. Finally, the theme gives shape to our faith journey for the next two years, as we continue to feel our way towards God.

    Theme Resources
    There are several free, downloadable resources* you may use in your ministry to help women and girls experience this theme over the next two years.

    Theme Logo
    Downloadable Bulletin Cover (Print copies of the bulletin covers are not available for purchase.)
    AB Women's Ministries Sunday
    2017 Women's Sunday Bulletin Insert
    "Feel: It's On" PowerPoint
    Love Gift: Feel the Love!
    Officer Installation Ideas
    Feel/Siente…: The “Warmth” of Giving
    "Never Alone" Herstory by Deneen Ray
    2017-2018 Mission Focus: Homelessness in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
    "Feel" logo apparel and other logo items
    Bookmarks designed by Nola Crooks
    "Feelings..." Herstory by Rhonda Compise
    "Fear and Faith" Herstory by Virginia Holmstrom
    "Feeling Healed" a Bible study on Luke 8:43-48 by Rhonda Compise
    “Feel Your Way Towards God” a Bible Study on Acts 17:27-28 by Christine Roush
    “Hannah’s Prayer and Praise” a Bible Study on 1 Samuel 2:1-10 (The Voice) by Suzanne Kershaw

    More downloadable resources will be available soon.

    *We are no longer able to produce a two-year resource book at an affordable price-point. Instead, we are offering our most popular theme resources as free downloads for your use.

    Prepared PowerPoint Slides with Logo (use for AB Women's Ministries Sunday or events)
    List of Working Titles for Creative Programs Related to the Theme
    Dwelling in the Word Audio Recording

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