Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Could This Be Your Chance?

I’ve mentioned the Kobi Yamada book entitled What Do You Do With a Chance in a previous blog but it’s worth mentioning again.

The book details a young boy’s struggle to take the chances that come his way. After holding back on many chances and sensing a sadness about that, he promised himself that the next time a chance came by, he would take it.

“Then one seemingly ordinary day, I saw something shining far off in the distance. Is it possible? I hoped. Could this be my chance?

I had to find out. I ran as hard and as fast as I could toward it.
I don’t know how to explain it, but the second I let go of my fears, I was full of excitement.
It wasn’t that I was no longer afraid, but now my excitement was bigger than my fear.
As I got closer, I could see that this was a really huge chance!
But this time I was ready. As it came by, I reached out and grabbed it. I held on with all my might.
It felt so good to soar, to fly, to be free!
I now see that when I hold back I miss out. There’s just so much I want to see and do and discover.”

Are you feeling like this young boy? Are you ready to grab the chance to awaken a sleepy faith, deepen an unchallenged faith, and expand a predictable faith? Are you ready to grab the chance to learn about the biblical promises of unconditional love and abundant blessing that abound in the life of a disciple of Jesus? Are you ready to grab the chance to discover the freedom and peace in a life transformed and fueled by the Holy Spirit?

Firstfruits has two new programs we are offering this fall that just might be your really huge chance! 

We are so excited to announce our new bible study called Truth Be Told. As the saying goes, “To fight truth decay, read your bible every day.” The Bible isn’t meant to be looked at as a museum piece to be set on a shelf to collect dust. I have to admit that is exactly where my first bible went for a very long time. The Bible is alive. It is the living word of God. It is our manual for how to live the life we were meant to live. Isn’t it time to read the manual?

We will study the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts in three 6-week sessions. the focus of the study will be on what it means to live the life of a disciple of Jesus. It’s the perfect study for a beginner as well as a seasoned bible student. Debra Schneider and I will facilitate this study.

We also will be offering an amazing ten-week video series entitled Metanoia. Well known author, international speaker, and president of Franciscan University Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, will guide us, through these videos, to a more profound understanding of Jesus’ deep and abiding love and his call to conversion. Through captivating stories and beautiful cinematography, the series, filmed on location in the Holy Land, leads viewers on an inspirational journey of grace, hope, repentance, and transformation. Mary Matestic will facilitate the discussion on this video series.

All sessions are on Zoom so you don’t even have to leave home. (Or get out of your pajamas!) Many of the session are offered both day time and evening to fit any schedule.

Is this your ordinary day? Do you sense something shining far off in the distance? Could this be your chance?

“So , What do you do with a chance?
You take it….because it just might be the start of something incredible.”

Joan

 

 

And don’t forget to join us on Sunday, September 13 from 11-2pm for our Food Drive and CARnival! Help the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary by donating food and join us in the CARnival FUN lane for some games from the safety of your car! See the flyer below or click here for details. 

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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