WINS Ministry (Women IN Service)
Women IN Service is designed to meet the needs of today’s busy woman. Women need one another’s encouragement, prayers and guidance. Our goal is to bring together women of all ages and stages of life. The beauty of joining together is that we all learn from each other. As we mature in godliness, we are much more equipped to handle all that life hands us. The WINS vision is to offer opportunities to the women of the church to serve Christ by serving others.
How Do I Get Involved?
Since WINS has on-going activities throughout the year, it’s easy to get involved! Be sure and check out our calendar, read the church newsletter, or simply call the church office at 806-355-7303 or email Vicki Gordon at email@example.com. Also, the WINS planning committee meets the first Monday of each month in the conference room at 11:00am. All women are welcome to come and share ideas!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Come And Be A Part Of This Important Work For Christ!
Baby and Wedding Showers
Getting married and having a baby are two of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. Here at the Colonies, we like to share in the excitement by hosting wedding showers for our church members or the fiancé of a church member. We also like to honor our first-time moms with a baby shower. We are always looking for ladies who wish to serve in this area. Please call the church office at 355-7303 if this ministry is for you!
Bunko Nights (Church-Wide)
Approximately once a quarter, WINS hosts a church-wide BUNKO night for all the ladies of the church. You don’t have to be a part of a BUNKO group to come and join the fun on these nights!!! Finger foods, fun and fellowship are always on the menu!!!! Cost is $5 per person and 100% of the proceeds go towards some charitable group. If you are interested in helping set-up, prepare food, or have a great idea for a themed evening, please contact Vicki at the church office (355-7303) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure and check the calendar for specific dates and times.
CARDS (Caring And Reassuring Dear Sisters) is a ministry in which ladies make and send cards to visitors, shut-ins, the sick, or just to someone who needs to be uplifted. The CARDS ministry meets each Thursday at 10:30am. All supplies are furnished.
One of the many ways that we can show our love and concern for people when there is a sickness or other life challenge is by bringing a meal to their home. If you are interested in being called to prepare a meal on a rotation basis, email Vicki at email@example.com or call 355-7303.
Several times throughout the year, WINS hosts a variety of charitable collection drives. Here is a list of yearly collections that we do:
- COAT DRIVE benefitting the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project. This typically takes place toward the last of October/first of November. For more information on the Christmas Project go to www.evelineriversproject.org.
- SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE benefitting Whittier Elementary School in Amarillo. Each July, we collect a variety of school supplies for kids in need. Our chosen school, Whittier, is one of the largest in the district. All items are delivered to the school where they are passed out to the children by the school social worker on an “as needed” basis.
- THANKSGIVING MEAL DRIVE benefitting some of the children and their families from Whittier Elementary. Every year we take up money in each of our Sunday school classes to purchase food for needy families at Thanksgiving. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, WINS volunteers, as well as, the kids of the CREW go shopping for the componets of the meals. (On a side note, The Colonies has received the “Heart of a Child Award” from Amarillo Independent School District because of our volunteer efforts with Whittier.)
- PEANUT BUTTER DRIVE benefitting Snack Pak 4 Kids. Each year we strive to collect at least 2,000 jars of peanut butter that will be sent home to area kids in their “snack paks”. Watch this website or read the weekly newsletter for dates of the drive. For more information on Snack Pak 4 Kids go to www.snackpak4kids.org.
Christmas Home Tour
The WINS Annual Christmas Tour of Homes is one of the high points of the Christmas season here at the Colonies! Each year we have four different women who graciously open up their homes for us to tour. We meet here at the church and divide into four groups and then carpool to each house on a rotation basis. It is so fun to look at all the beautiful Christmas decorations and to sample all the tasty treats that are at each home. Cost is $5 per person and 100% of all money goes to a charitable cause.
The Funeral Meal Ministry’s main purpose is to assist families by providing the gift of a meal either before or after a funeral. Women can be a part of this much needed service by preparing specific food items and bringing them up to the church or by helping serve/clean up during the meal. If you are interested in being on the call list, please email Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 355-7303.
High Plains Children’s Home
The first Sunday of each month, food is collected to take to the different houses that make up the High Plains Children’s Home. Food items that are often brought include: drinks, frozen casseroles/lasagna, dry cereals, cookies/cakes, and snack foods.
We also collect “CHANGE FOR CHILDREN” for the Children’s Home. Each member gets a CAN to fill up with change. If you do not receive a CAN in the mail from the Children’s Home, you can pick one up in the church office. For more information about the Children’s Home you can go to www.hpch.org.
Homeless Mission Work
Here at the Colonies, there are many people with a passion for helping serve and minister to the homeless. On the first and second Friday and Saturday of the month, there is a group of people that go to Faith City Ministry and help serve lunch in the dining room. If you are interested in serving, please call Vicki at 355-7303. For more information about Faith City Ministries, go to www.faithcity.org.
We also make sack lunches approximately once a quarter to pass out to people at various locations throughout the city. Please check the calendar for these times.
Muffin Mania is a project that provides muffins and breakfast breads to the local Ronald McDonald House. Women are encouraged to bring their items on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Please bring all things labeled and leave them in the kitchen.
We are also collecting “pop tabs” from soda cans to donate to the Ronald McDonald House (RMH). A house-shaped collection box is in the main foyer. If you would like more information on the RMH, please visit their website at www.rmhcofamarillo.org.
Sew Special is an on-going service project that provides “pillow case” dresses for little girls in other countries. If you have the gift of being able to sew then this is the right ministry for you! You can go to CLICK HERE to print out a copy of the pattern. Dresses are accepted year round.
Special Event Service
Throughout the year, the Colonies hosts a variety of “in-house” programs and events. Some of our biggest events include: Annual Christmas Program and Dinner, Valentine’s Dinner, Chili Fest, Ice Cream Supper, 4th of July Extravaganza, and the Church-Wide Fall Festival. As we all know, these programs can’t happen without the help of many volunteers! Be sure and check the church calendar, weekly newsletter and Sunday bulletin for details on dates and how you can get involved!
Spring and Fall Brunch
Each year the Women’s Ministry hosts both a Spring Fling and Fall Brunch. These are events of fun, food and fellowship! We have done fashion shows, craft/cooking bizares and had special guest speakers. Both of these events are great days to invite friends! If you have an idea about a particular theme or just want to help out with either the Spring Fling or Fall Brunch, why not come to one of the WINS planning committee meetings on the first Monday of the month at 11:00am. We encourage everyone’s involvement!
This is a ministry that is for the beginning crochet student or the seasoned pro! We try to meet on a monthly basis for a few hours of fellowship and crocheting fun! We are currently working on making “prayer shawls” to give to people who are in nursing homes. Check the newsletter and Sunday bulletin for dates!
Chick Flick Nights
Who doesn’t like a good movie, some yummy snacks, and lots of laughter?? Join us each month in the Theater Room for a few hours of fun! This is always a free event and everyone is encouraged to bring a friend!
Ronald McDonald House
The first Thursday of each month is designated for “cooking at the Ronald McDonald House”. We are always looking for people to join this cooking team! You can find out more about our local Ronald McDonald House by visiting their website at rmhofamarillo.org .