Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Recap of 2013 Relief Society Meetings!

RS Theme and Meeting Topics

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liketh him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” Matt 7:24-25

We are wise and building upon a strong foundation when we . . .

January . . . learn to love and feast upon the word of God.
·         Introduce the theme: Building A Strong Foundation
·         7uplifting habits to build a strong foundation mentally, spiritually, and physically
·         Set up a program of tracking habits of scripture study, exercise, and other ways to improve self. Sent email reminders and gave away gifts for winners 3 months later

February . . . manage the resources we have been blessed with showing discipline and gratitude.
·         Provident Living focus—Kimberly Kidman will lead the committee for this activity.
·         “Rolling In the Dough.”Financial planning, Budgeting, Wills, living trusts, estate
·         Had a price is right game with giveaways!
·         Had a bread making class prior to the activity for those interested
·         Had a speaker about budgeting Kimberly and one about estate planning Bro Hammel

March  . . . embrace VT as the very best sort of service/ RS Bday celebration
·         Kate McKinley planed the program with a video presentation, speakers, a poem shared
·         Craft to make a sleeve for our VT assignments, and food!
·         Feeling Raggedy about VT? And decorated with Raggedy Ann Dolls

April . . . leave behind emotional baggage that keeps us from being truly happy.
·         “Choose Joy” Gave overview of 100 Dresses book overview, collected donated dresses to woman’s shelter
·         Heard from therapist Jody Ebert about thinking differently with great handouts
·         Had a “speed discussion” of lots of questions about our EMOTIONS
·         Decorated with dress cut outs throughout the room

May  . . . serve each other joyfully.
·         Service Fiesta Auction, invited Laurels
·         Auctioneer
·         Had a silent auction/live auction with points given for service items
·         Established point system/claim certificates to bid on

 May—Mother’s Day “Thank you” Meeting during third hour

June--Stake RS Women’s Conference  “Let’s get Purse-onal”

 July . . . put aside excuses and find the motivation and means to become our best selves. (Provident Living)
·         5 Little Piggies: market, stayed home, roast beef, had none, we, we, we
·         Mini classes that rotated through, smart shopping, home décor, eating right/exercise, family fun/dating for free, French cream puff dessert.
·         Gave handout for each class and a pig loufa gift for teachers

August--RS Brunch for RS Board “Keeping it Simple”

August . . . fearlessly proclaim the gospel in our homes and to our neighbors.
·         Cultural activity and “Gospel around the world”
·         Food from all over, displays from sisters who have traveled/served
·         Two speakers highlighted their experiences
·         Shared a video about missionary work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm-fo5DD7I8

September . . . love and serve our husbands and families with all our hearts.
·         Favorite things exchange

October . . . Craft Night!
·         Focus on holiday gifts and decorative items, Fall-ow the yellow brick road!

November . . . reach out and serve in our communities.
·         Blankets for moms who lost babies/miscarriage at S&W.

December . . . celebrate together the birth and life of our Savior.
·         Beautiful Christmas program, invited nonmembers, music focused around nativity
·         Nativity display

**Note that most of these activities are posted on our blog. Each month has an invitation posting, and a recap posting. Just search for a date or keyword of the activity you want and it should pop up! Sorry they aren't hyperlinked to make your life easier. 

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