Ministry Outreach Expo

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):

Diaper Bags

Boys, summer outfits from 3 to 18 months

Girls sleepers from 6-12 months

Boys sleepers from 0-3 months

Crib sheets

Rash ointment

Sippy Cups

Burp cloths

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)

Lice kits

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

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:

Shampoo

Conditioner

Lotion

Empty and clean medicine bottles (we can purchase a box of 200 from K-Mart for $15.00)

Bar Soap

Disposable Razors

Tooth Brushes

Q-Tips

Band-Aids

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

Bottled water

Blankets – Can be gently used

Toboggans

Gloves

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

First C.A.R.E

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.

Stories of Spiritual Awakening—Tasha Turner

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

Letter of Invitation to Awakening Women’s Conference

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 sharaleeatidwell@yahoo.com 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,

Cherished Women

First Baptist Cabot women’s ministry

Stories of Spiritual Awakening – Micah Tallent

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.

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What signs do you see that God is using to bring you to a whole new level of service in His kingdom?

Awakening Women’s Conference

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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!

Seeking Wisdom

Christmas reminds us of the importance of pursuing after God.

by Sabrina McDonald

My family and I were listening to Christmas music in the car when these lyrics caught the attention of my 6-year-old son:  “He sees you when you’re sleeping.  He knows when you’re awake.  He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”

“Mom,” he said from the backseat, “Santa knows everything. He’s like God.”

“No, that’s not really true,” I said.  “Santa is just a man.  Only God knows everything, and God really does see you when you’re sleeping and awake.”

“Does God know what you’re doing and thinking always?”

“Yes.”

“Well, I’m going to pray and ask God to know everything, too,” he said.

If only Ben could realize at his young age that far better than knowledge of this world is the wisdom of God.  No man, not even Santa, can know everything, but God promises to give wisdom to all who ask. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

Knowledge is a wonderful gift, but unless it is paired with wisdom, it has little value, like a man who has millions of dollars and no idea on how to invest it.  Without wisdom, the knowledge is wasted.  Very intelligent people run around trying to figure out the purpose of their lives, yet the answer lies plainly in front of them if only they would seek the source.

During this time of year I think of the three wise men who looked at the sign of a king in the heavens and set their hearts’ desire to find Him.  They weren’t satisfied just knowing that He existed.  They wanted to see him face to face, and traveled great distances until they located him.  Then they bowed their knees, and offered the greatest gifts they had to Him.

The old saying is true, “Wise men still seek him.”

How do you understand God’s will for your life?  How do you find your purpose?  How do you find wisdom?  Seek God.  Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Read and memorize the word of God.  Everything He wants us to know is revealed in those pages.  Spend time meditating and hearing the words of God.  Talk with Him in prayer, and listen with the ears of your soul.

So many people say they love God and know God, but they don’t read His word.  They don’t listen for His voice.  They worry and think and seek the advice of friends and even read books from leading experts.  They hoard knowledge, but lack wisdom, which only comes from God.  “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me,” (Proverbs 8:17).

This Christmas season recommit yourself to seek the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  To know God’s will is to know His heart, and in order to know His heart you must seek to know him face to face.  Leave behind your own kingdom, as far as it takes to adore Him, and bring your finest gifts.  Do this, and you will receive one of the greatest gifts of mankind—the wisdom of God.