Carole Huddleston, director of women’s ministries at the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church in Calhoun, Ga., invites area women and the community-at-large to attend a unique church service with the theme “Women of Faith” that will be presented entirely by women parishioners on Sabbath, June 8, at 11:10 a.m. The usual two-services will be forgone to accommodate only one service that day.
Huddleston notes the message of the service will be a combined effort of women congregants who will portray various female faithfuls of the Bible. The portrayals will be done as an interview with Huddleston as the interviewer.
“Oftentimes in life we are met with discouragement, trials, and troubles and we wonder, ‘Why, God? Why is this happening to me?’ Our prayers are not always answered the way we want, and we question where God is in our lives,” Huddleston said. “God has promised in Romans 8:28 that ‘…all things work together for good to those who love God...’ and He instructs us in Psalm 27:14 to ‘wait on the Lord,’ and ‘be of good courage.’ Perhaps we forget that God is sovereign, that He is in control of everything, and He has a plan that we may not understand.”
Huddleston assures that “We will get a glimpse of real faith from some of the stories in the Bible of women who were called by God, women who waited for the Lord, and women who questioned, ‘Why, God?’ Women of faith ask, ‘Why?’ and patiently wait on the Lord!”
Gary Rustad, senior pastor, said the church is active with women’s ministries that reach out to others in the north Georgia area and beyond.
"Women have always been an integral part of the church and its continued witnessing outreach,” Rustad said. “As I look at the church today, I realize that a majority of the churches across North America and around the world would not be here today if it were not for our women of faith. I see the positive influence of women here in the church in Calhoun as they lead ministries and others to Jesus Christ."
At the close of the service, the women interviewees will greet attendees in role-mode as the Bible characters they portrayed. A potluck meal will also be served, and all who attend are welcome to partake.
Written by Betty Kossick