• Annette Bartlett
  • August 19, 2015 10:07 am

Welcome from Annette

I was at a function recently with women who are in leadership around the Illawarra. When I mentioned that I was from Lighthouse, the host said Lighthouse women are everywhere doing good things in the community. It was a proud moment for this pastor. It is one thing to say you are a community transformational church and quite another thing to actually be doing it.

For the past twelve months I have had a growing desire to gather and celebrate the women of Lighthouse. It has been my privilege to have mentored and coached a number of our girls and I have to say that they are very talented and influential women both in the church and in the community. They don’t look for attention or praise they just get on with the job of raising families, serving Lighthouse and their community.

However, I feel that it is time to be more focused as a group of women then just individuals doing their own thing. As we come together for a common cause and vision I believe we will have incredible impact on our city, region and beyond. The key girls that lead at Lighthouse, Taleah, Katie, Jess, Deb, Elise and myself believe it is time to roll out a multi-layered vision for reaching the women of our city. This will include third space gatherings, a web site and excitingly our first Women’s Festival in November.

There are so many things that are vying for our attention. I only have to walk through my local Westfield to be inundated by good causes that require my focus and investment. How many times do I want to get involved with the many things that come across my path. However, I understand more and more that God has not called me to everything. If you are a part of a local church with a strong vision that you feel God has called you to then it really should help you to understand where your focus, resources, time and energy are to be spent.

Over the years I have seen many women be moved emotionally by romantic causes that if we are honest fills our need to feel significant rather than the need of the recipient of their good intentions. Although this might sound harsh I believe it is a subtle trap that leads to weariness of doing good and could even lead us away from the good works that God has prepared for us. Larry Christenson comments on Eph 2:11, “A good work is not something which we do for God, but rather it is something which God has created beforehand for us.” In other words we don’t get to pick random good works but should partner with God to fulfil the works he has prepared for us to do.

Can I be bold and invite you to prayerfully consider as Lighthouse women to join us as a team to fulfil the works that God has prepared for us to do. I promise you will never be bored again, you will experience life giving joy as you see women all around you come to know the wonder of a transformational God. I promise we will do it all with exceptional food, coffee, aesthetics to die for and we will laugh and cry at the same time because that is how we roll!

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