And aren’t you grateful? Praise God!
Cherished Women at First firmly believes in supporting local outreaches, so this year’s conference will feature an expo of outreaches in Cabot and the surrounding areas. Below you will find the name, mission statement, and a list of needs for each. We want to encourage each woman who comes to the conference to bring an item on the list to donate.
Options Pregnancy Center
“Making a difference one life at a time” is important to Options Pregnancy Center. All services are provided free of charge because of generous financial and volunteer support.
This ministry is committed to providing constituents with accurate information about pregnancy, fetal development, abortion procedures and risks, lifestyle issues, and other related concerns in a safe and confidential environment.
All moms and dads are encouraged to use the Earn While You Learn program. These classes teach parents everything from their first trimester through labor, first aid and safety, toddler years up to teen years. When parents come to classes, they earn “mommy/daddy bucks.” This allows them to purchase NEW items for their babies and toddlers, and in the process they have a Christian mentor in their life, who will help disciple them in the faith.
List of Needs (New):
Boys, summer outfits from 3 to 18 months
Girls sleepers from 6-12 months
Boys sleepers from 0-3 months
Bottle cleaning brushes
Baby nail clipper sets
The CASA Movement
The mission of CASA of Lonoke County, Arkansas, Inc. is to provide and promote quality court appointed volunteer advocacy to every abused, neglected, and dependent child in the foster care system so the child can be safe, establish permanence, and have the opportunity to thrive.
List of Needs:
New packages of underwear/panties (all sizes)
New packages of socks (all sizes)
New children’s books
New small toys or games
Or feel free to bring an item to donate for their silent auction to raise money.
The CALL is mobilizing Christians from multiple denominations and churches in local communities around Arkansas to meet the needs of local children in foster care. Recruiting families is a priority, but for those not called to adopt, The CALL works with local churches to assemble a support team of volunteers to wrap around their foster and adoptive families. Another important aspect of the ministry connects churches with other opportunities to serve children in foster care.
Hope for the Homeless
Hope for the Homeless Ministry shares Jesus with those whom society has forgotten, reaching the Cabot, Ward, Austin, and Jacksonville areas. Their mission is to provide food, clothing, and hygiene items to meet a physical need while sharing the love of Jesus to meet a spiritual need.
List of Needs:
Large Bottles of:
Empty and clean medicine bottles (we can purchase a box of 200 from K-Mart for $15.00)
Combs and Hairbrushes
Feminine Hygiene products – All Types *This is one of our most desperate needs for our ladies
Deodorant – One of the most needed items in the late Spring – Fall – Men’s and Women’s
120-140 Slices of Cheese and Lunch meat
Large packages of cookies
Blankets – Can be gently used
Socks * Needed Year Round
Underwear – All sizes – Men’s and Women’s
Men’s clothing – Especially Small – Large sizes
Men’s Shoes – All types and sizes
The First C.A.R.E. mission is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the needy, the transient, the hungry, and those with other specific needs in the community and at First Baptist church. This assistance is ministered in the name of Jesus to show our clients the love of Jesus that they might receive the redemption of Jesus.
First C.A.R.E. offers two food assistance programs. The first is the “Pantry Food” and is available to clients every three months regardless of income status. The second is “USDA Food,” a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This food is available on a monthly basis and is subject to federal income guidelines. Clothing is available to our clients on an as needed basis. First C.A.R.E. also offers limited financial assistance for utilities, prescriptions, or housing.
In addition to meeting physical needs, First C.A.R.E strives to meet the spiritual needs of our clients. During the interview process, clients are asked about their spiritual beliefs and church affiliations. Bibles, devotional materials, and religious tracts are available to our clients. Volunteers also pray with/for clients when requested and present the plan of salvation if led to do so.
First C.A.R.E is sustained by generous financial support.
As we lead up to our Awakening Women’s Conference on April 17-18, we pray you are preparing your heart for a spiritual awakening. To encourage you in this journey, we are highlighting stories of spiritual awakenings that women in our church have experienced. Here is the next story in our series from Tasha Turner, in her own words:
Freedom by definition is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. For so long I was living free. Yes, free to make my own choices. Free to become addicted to alcohol, marijuana, and pain pills; free to be promiscuous; free to be abused; free to have an abortion; free to marry and divorce; free to not love myself.
Yet, with all this freedom, I found myself in a position where I was unable to function, feel safe, breathe, move, or love. That position bred hate, and that hate consumed me.
At the end of 2013, my husband told me that he was scared of what was happening to me, and worried about my relationship with him and my children. With that, all I knew to do was to pray for evil to leave. Over time, I noticed I was free from severe anxiety! That’s when I was awakened to the power of prayer to my Jesus.
I began to have quiet time and read my Bible. Then I noticed I was free in my thinking. The thoughts I was having weren’t the usual self-destructive kind. This awakened me to the power of God’s word.
Then I sought out help with my shame from my abortion. Through Options Pregnancy Center I attended a post abortive recovery retreat in May 2014, and instantly I was free of guilt, shame, bitterness, and unforgiveness. So much so, my husband didn’t recognize me when he first saw me after my time away. This awakened me to the power of God’s forgiveness.
Since then, there has been such an urgency to work to help and love people. So by volunteering in several capacities, I’ve been awakened to God’s will for my life—and that is to be a servant, showing mercy to others through Jesus’ love.
Today I find myself living in a position of living in freedom through Christ. I feel functional in His will, safe in His love. I can breathe in His goodness, move through the Holy Spirit, and love through His forgiveness. And this position breeds love, and His love consumes me. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, then do not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Recently, we sent a letter to area churches inviting them to our conference, and we want to provide the same letter for you to invite your friends, family, and church members. There is a direct link to our registration card that they can download, print, fill out, and mail in. It’s time for an awakening!
March 6, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ,
First Baptist Church women’s ministry would like to invite the ladies of your church to register for Awakening Women’s Conference April 17-18.
Join us at First Baptist, Friday, April 17, 7:00-9:00 pm for speakers Margo Hemphill, founder and owner of OneWay, Inc., and the author of They’re Teenagers, What Do You Expect?!?!, and our own Micah Tallent, founder of Women of Worth ministries and the wife of our new pastor, Jason Tallent. Then join us on Saturday, April 18, 9:00 am-12:00 pm for speaker Julie Woodruff, women’s minister at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Henderstonville, TN.
Both days include a time of worship led by members of FBC’s worship ministry, and Saturday features an expo of local ministries and merchandise from our speakers.
Registration is $25 for conference attendance only and $35 for those who wish to join us on Friday at 5:30 for an optional box dinner and time of fellowship.
Registration begins March 1 and ends April 10. For more information visit our FaceBook page. You can also contact Sharalee Tidwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call First Baptist at 501-743-9360. Feel free to make copies of the attached registration card or download a copy at http://www.fbccabot.org/#/news/womens-conference, and mail to First Baptist Church, 204 North Third Street, Cabot, AR, 72023. Please make checks payable to “First Baptist Church of Cabot.”
You don’t want to miss out on these dynamic speakers, engaging worship, and a fresh word from God. We hope to see all the ladies there!
In His Service,
First Baptist Cabot women’s ministry
As we lead up to our Awakening Women’s Conference on April 17-18, we want every believer to be in prayer and prepare her heart for a spiritual awakening in her life. Look deep into your heart and ask God to take you to a new level of passion and commitment to His word and His principles. To encourage you in this journey, we want to highlight some stories of spiritual awakenings that women in our church have experienced. Here is the first story from our pastor’s wife, Micah Tallent, in her own words:
God has unique ways he speaks to us. Most often, he speaks through his word over the course of time, but every once in a while he chooses to AWAKEN our spirit through a specific moment.
Two years ago was one of those moments for me. I was at the Little Rock Abortion Clinic. Unfortunately, it was a busy day. I spent my morning engaged in sidewalk counseling, pleading with young women to reconsider the decision that undoubtedly they had already made. I desperately wanted them to know that they had other choices than the one that would lead not only to the death of their baby, but to a lifetime of regrets and emotional pain.
That day in particular, God used bumper stickers on a couple of vehicles that arrived at the abortion clinic to get my attention: A fish symbol, the family stick figures, a logo for a local church, and the “I ❤ Jesus” sticker all caught my eye as they pulled into the parking lot to take advantage of the horrific “services” rendered there.
I realized at that moment, we (The Church) had our blinders on. We did not see (or have chosen not to see) the crisis that even women in our churches were facing. Unplanned pregnancies, verbal and physical abuse, and addictions are not something that takes place out somewhere in society, but often takes place in our own pews. At that moment God started me down a path. A path that would heighten within me a sensitivity to women in our churches who are struggling under the cloak of secrecy.
The past two years have been an incredible journey for me. God has opened many doors for effective ministry. I’ve seen babies saved from abortions, families reconciled, young women turn to Christ, and I have rejoiced in these victories. But I am not blind or naïve. I am not sharing this to stoke an emotional fire that will flicker for a moment then whisper away. I refuse to hide the obvious truth …. The truth is most I’ve met have chosen to abort. Most families are still dysfunctional, angry, bitter and messy. Most have rejected my Jesus. Though this breaks my heart it does not surprise me because we live in a sin soaked world and our enemy is hard at work. I know that in this world we will have trouble and knowing this only strengthens my passion for those that are hurting.
What signs do you see that God is using to bring you to a whole new level of service in His kingdom?
Mark your calendars for the Awakening Women’s Conference April 17-18. This is a community-wide event sponsored by First Baptist Cabot, so all women of all ages are welcome to come.
The conference will begin Friday, April 17 at 5:30 with an optional dinner and fellowship time, and then the content of the event will begin at 7:00 pm and end by 9:00. The conference picks up again at 9:00 Saturday morning and ends at noon.
Registration cost is $25 for the conference only and $35 if you wish to add the optional meal on Friday night. We will start sign-ups and registrations March 1 and continue to take enrollment until April 10.
Call First Baptist Cabot at 501-843-5472 or visit https://www.facebook.com/awakeningwomensconference for more information and the latest updates.
Come and hear a fresh word from God, and join us in prayer for a spiritual awakening!