• PWOC kicks off spring Bible studies

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Protestant Women of the Chapel started its spring session with a kick-off event Jan. 23 at Frontier Chapel.
    “We minister to women,” said PWOC President Cristie Ramirez. “We exist to serve the ladies of our chapel. We come, we worship the Lord, we have Bible studies that they individually, prayerfully select, and we worship together.”
    There are nine different Bible studies to choose from, including “Walking with God in the Desert (Faith Lessons, Vol. 12): Seven Faith Lessons” by Ray Vander Laan; “In the Middle of the Mess Study Guide: Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life” by Sheila Walsh; “Me, Myself & Lies: A Thought-Closet Makeover” by Jennifer Rothschild; “Faithful Abundant True Weekend Retreat and Study Guide: Three Lives Going Deeper Still” by Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer; “Jesus-Hearted Woman Devotional: 10 Qualities for Enduring and Endearing Influence” by Jodi Detrick; “Behold, Jesus is Coming” by David and Kay Arthur; “Behold Your God: Studies on the Attributes of God” by Myrna Alexander; “A Wife’s Secret to Happiness: Receiving, Honoring and Celebrating God’s Role for Your Marriage” by Jen Weaver; and “The Quest” by Beth Moore.
    Ramirez said everyone is welcome to join PWOC.
    “It’s an honor to be called to the position (of president), to be encouraging women and to be helping them grow in Christ,” Ramirez said. “It’s truly an honor to just support them through prayer and wise council. We all do that here. It’s a real community and everyone’s welcome. I do have a beautiful team of women.”
    The theme for the 2017-18 year is “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus.”
    “No matter what circumstance or situation you find yourself in, you can always look to Christ for your answers,” Ramirez said. “That is the message we want to extend to the ladies. He’s the one you look to for all answers, all the way through life, and you go to him, not just with your problems, but with your joys.”
    The theme derives from Hebrews 12:1-3: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sins that so easily entangles us. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “This scripture specifically means a lot to me,” Ramirez said. “We’re on a journey and I can’t imagine life without Christ … Everything that I’ve ever needed, even some of my desires, God has provided.”
    Tracy Lynn Dougherty, PWOC member and teacher of the “Jesus-Hearted Woman” Bible study, served as guest speaker. Pulling from the theme, Dougherty focused on the story of the paralyzed man healed by Christ in Mark 2:1-5 and how he was let down to Jesus through the roof.
    “These men, they carried someone who was paralyzed to Jesus (and) Jesus healed his greatest need first, his spiritual need,” Dougherty said. “So many things can keep us in spiritual paralysis. Of course, we want to help them, we want to carry them to Jesus, but what keeps us from carrying someone to Jesus.”
    PWOC meets from 9-11:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Frontier Chapel. To register, pick-up a form from Frontier Chapel or find the link on the “PWOC Fort Leavenworth” Facebook page. PWOC’s annual retreat “Women of Influence” is from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at Frontier Chapel. For more information, e-mail pwocftleavenworth@gmail.com or visit the PWOC Facebook page. PWOC also hosts a monthly book club. For more information, e-mail Jennifer Young at 414young@gmail.com.
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