Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy 2nd Anniversary ~ Friends Needing Friends

 

This month celebrates the 2nd anniversary of our Friends Needing Friends group here in south Florida. Our next meeting will be a celebration of that anniversary and we hope you will come to celebrate with us and bring a friend.

Our sister Shari, from our up north group, who has worked with our founder Dotti for 25 years wrote a lovely piece for this celebration.

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Happy 2nd Anniversary

Friends Needing Friends of Florida

 

How pleased I am to be able to join with others in wishing you a most 'happy 2nd anniversary'.

If I may be honest with you, I just admit that I never thought this day would come to pass. Why? You ask.  Well, when Dotti Ackerman, the founder of Friends Needing Friends and your director, first moved to Florida I was concerned whether she would actually stay after living her whole life in New Jersey. "Can she really make this move stick?" I wondered.  Then I questioned whether she would be able to "sell" this ministry to another church leader, find women interested in such a ministry, and have the strength and fortitude to establish a chapter in Florida with all new gals.

Well, here we are two years later and you are a vibrant, gorgeous, courageous group of women who meet monthly in a lovely country club setting and are a testament to the grace of God and the leadership capabilities of Dotti. 

God and Dotti make quite a team!  I have known and worked with Dotti for 25 years, and her stamina and creativity, coupled with her resoluteness, make her a formidable leader.  I pray God's continued blessings on each of you as you come together each month to support one another and Dotti. She speaks so highly of each of you and what you mean to her.

In John 15:12 (among others) we are admonished to love one another.  You demonstrate Godly love by your words and actions, going beyond your group to help meet the needs of others including babies and single mothers in need.

Carry on and may God grant you His strength and comfort in the coming year.  I close with these words from 1 Thessalonians 3:12 " May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and everyone else, just as ours does for you."

Shari Hervold

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2nd-anniversary

See you next Monday.

Please come a little early so that we can get started on time.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you again

and having a wonderful, fun and uplifting meeting.

Love & hugs,

Rainey

 

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