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Our Purpose

To provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the church of Jesus Christ.

To provide a channel through which women in the congregations and the regional Women’s Ministries in the United States and Canada, may be joined in fellowship and find means for effective participation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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Opportunities

Oklahoma Disciples Women offer opportunities throughout the year to assist you in hearing the call from God in your life, and to help you develop skills to live out that call. There are a wide variety of activities including fellowship with other Christian women, education and awareness of pertinent topics, service projects, and spiritual renewal.

These opportunities include:

  • Encounter (State Meeting)
  • Area Meetings/Events
  • Fall Retreats

2021 Disciples Women

NOVEMBER

Thanksgiving is what you make it. Last year we saw our normal changed and we had to go about things differently.

Different does not need to be sad or bad. Past personal experiences that were unique but different ranged from taking an individual plate for someone to a time when I was young of soldiers coming to our house for the home atmosphere and meal. By the way, we won’t mention my “TV Dinner Thanksgiving” as the atmosphere of the day was beyond the food.

This can be opportunity to be creative, opportunity to take a deeper look in the direction God is calling us. Our Thanksgiving now in the present becomes a new way of celebrating our gratefulness. We can still instill our reaching out to others, the service aspect of Disciples Women is a big part of our heart.

Be encouraged to pray for insight, creativity, and imagination going forward through the holidays. I look forward to hearing from you of your ideas to fulfill the goals of Disciples Women in many varying ways.

Prayers and Thankfulness,
Marilyn Bohlender, ODW President

Hebrews 10:24 (ESV) And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.


OCTOBER

Daily life 147 years ago is difficult for me to imagine. So much has changed but one thing that has not is our desire to serve and do God’s will as reflected in our mission/vision statement:

“Disciples Women’s Ministries is a conduit for diverse connections empowering each woman to find her voice and live out her call.” (Micah 6:8)

October 21st will be the 147th birthday of Disciples Women. I challenge you to find a way to celebrate this milestone in a way to reflect the objectives of Disciples Women. This can be as simple as uplifting someone who is shut in, make an on-line donation to Disciples Women General Fund (Indianapolis) or a care package for an overwhelmed mom. However you decide to recognize 147 years, please keep our women and all they do in your prayers.

Happy Birthday~Marilyn Bohlender ODW President


JULY

Reminders All Around Us

July reminds us of Independence Day. We have reminders all around us. I was reading this prayer by George Washington and it reminded me of Micah 6:8, which is used by Disciples Women. Sometimes we need reminders of how close to God our founding fathers were; sometimes we need reminders of how much God’s hands are in the work and activities of Disciple Women.

Think of activities that seemed to come together in spite of obstacles. Remember challenges that all of a sudden the path became clear and the task fell in place. There are always times that feel like a dark cloud but before you could turn around a silver lining suddenly appeared. These times help to remind us like a rainbow after a storm that God is in our midst to be there to hold our hand through any challenges that we may face.

Vision Statement of ODW & DWM based on Micah 6:8: Disciples Women’s Ministries is a conduit for diverse connections empowering each woman to find her voice and live out her call.

Micah 6:8 (NIV) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Marilyn Bohlender, ODW President


JUNE

Dear Disciples Women,

Listen with your heart when you hear the stories. Growing up in Oklahoma, I know the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot in the Greenwood area was not taught as I remember other stories such as Emmett Till that hurt my unguarded heart. The Greenwood story would have affected my heart and I would have remembered.

We live in a world where turning on the TV means seeing violence. We find ways to protect our hearts with all that comes across the air waves or internet into our homes. Sometimes a preacher weaves these stories into God’s message. God intends for us to become more Christ-like in spite of the evils in this world.

Then I came across a journalist who weaves hope into the story. I have provided a link to one such journalist who weaves a message of reconciliation into her story. The journalist includes a woman who survived the Tulsa race massacre who was uplifted by the present day diversity of students in a school from that era, Booker T. Washington.

We have a Disciples Woman with connections to Booker T. Washington High School. There is also our Disciples church, Pine Street Christian Church, a survivor church from the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. In a small way, because I have set foot in this church and because I know fellow Disciples Women who are descendants of Greenwood, I can take that connection as a small seed to grow into listening with my heart to this story. On this 100th anniversary, I implore you to listen with your heart.

Use this link for the story on YouTube by journalist Elaine A. Grant, The Tulsa Race Massacre: Why We Don’t Understand Racism.

Use this link to hear about the Greenwood family connection to our ODW Convocation Representative Rev. Zenobia Mayo on the Region’s Podcast series, Episode 8: May 21st podcast. This is our connection to Zenobia as she has many accomplishments; you may remember her as Coordinator of ROSES 2019 at FCC,Tulsa.

Prayers and Blessings,

Marilyn Bohlender, ODW President

Psalm 31:24 (NIV) Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.


APRIL

Welcome to a New Season!

Spring is also a time of planning. We often think of planning at the beginning of the year in January but if you have a garden, you know we are approaching a new season.

How do you prepare? I thought about this in terms of being a Christian. How do I plant the seeds of Christianity? How do I prepare for helping someone as a new Christian?  How do I renew that enthusiasm you see in new Christians? I challenge you to explore these questions.

I challenge you first to pray. I challenge you to write notes about seasons past of becoming a Christian or taking a new Christian under your wing. I challenge you to take God’s lead.

Prayfully and in a positive manner, reflect on your calling as part of Matthew 28:16-20.

It is time to start planting.

Marilyn Bohlender, ODW President

2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.


MARCH
Greetings!
We are in the Lent season. Easter is less than a month away. It seems strange planning for Easter while still in the midst of Covid precautions. It has changed the way we do things.

How do you prepare for Easter? Are you reading scripture or books written for this season? Is chocolate off your radar? Others give up hate, pride, or self-pity for Lent. I thought about giving up procrastination and I am still thinking about that one. Pray for me. One year I sent Easter cards. Do not think I was industrious but I had been too busy to send Christmas cards that year. At the time I felt Easter is a bigger deal than Christmas. I still feel that way but do not expect an Easter card.

Whatever your plan for Lent and for Easter, continue to focus on prayer and a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior

Marilyn Bohlender, ODW President

1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV) Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.


FEBRUARY

Greetings!
January 2021 brought a challenge for “21 Days of Prayer” based on 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing” which many of us already do continually. This was also a chance to really increase focus on our “prayer life” and relationship with God.

Encouragement takes many forms and one way is for us to encourage one another. We continue to find ways to do this. That is why am looking for women, whether or not you participate with a group or circleto make videos with a scripture and word of encouragementTwo minutes is two long. Contact me, Marilyn Bohlender your ODW President, at 580-483-5110.

We will post the videos on our Oklahoma Disciples Women Facebook managed by our VP of Reachout, Sally Wheeler. If you do not have Facebook, you may find my previous videos by searching for my name in YouTube videos.

I have an optimistic prayerful outlook of “increase” for 2021. Focus on a closer walk with God and feel blessed!

Marilyn Bohlender, ODW President

1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV) Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.


JANUARY

Greetings all Disciples Women,

I challenge you to have 21 days of prayer for this new year of 2021. For many of us, 21 days of prayer is a no brainer and part of what we do on a daily basis. To make a habit or break a habit, the number in the spotlight is 21 days.

Your prayer can be what you make it. Suggestions might include praise, focusing on a scripture, and listening for the whispers of our Lord. Make prayers more than just the many requests that need God’s hand in the situation. This is important but I challenge you to make your prayer life more. Find ways to “step it up a notch.”

If you a person who has more to do than time to do it, find ways to weave your prayer life into the business of your life. Be creative. I have prayed in the shower, while doing dishes, when hearing ambulances, while at a stoplight; of course, eyes open, and prayed while in line at the store. I haven’t prayed right after hitting the snooze on the alarm but let me know if that works for anyone.

Stay in touch as we formulate plans for 2021. Keep an eye here, managed by VP of Reachout, Sally Wheeler, and through okdisciples.org and articles on eNewsletter Regional Roundup. I also send emails to your area directors of state information. Make sure your area directors have a line of communication with you so no one misses out.

My 21 days of prayer will start January 11th. You may start your 21 days of prayer challenge when you receive this or any day of your choice. Again, stay in touch as we formulate this “Year of Increase.”

Prayers and Blessings,
Marilyn Bohlender
ODW President

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Upcoming Events

Central Area Disciples Women October Meeting

October 26, 2021 (Tuesday) • 10:00 am

First Christian Church El Reno, 400 S. Barker.

RSVP for Lunch by Oct. 19 405-262-3539 ($10 catered by Primo’s Italian)

Masks required and social distancing encouraged.

In-Kind Service Project
Play-doh tubs, stuffed animals, books for Child Abuse Response Team

NE, NW, SE & SW Area Disciples Women do not have Fall Retreats/Meetings scheduled at this time due to Covid. For more information, please call your area director or myself, Marilyn Bohlender 580-483-5110. Also check Oklahoma Disciples Women Facebook for information.

Study

Just Women Bible Study

Just Women is the official study resource for Disciples Women provided by Disciples Women’s Ministries. It is dedicated and created to celebrate the rich diversity of Disciples women.

Quarterly subscriptions are no longer available. There will be a study guide with eight lessons that comes out once a year in January (winter) and must be pre-ordered by December 1st to receive for the coming year; ships toward end of January.

Just Women is the only source for the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide country of study information. Place an order through www.discipleswomen.org

Contact your area Oklahoma Disciples Women President, Marilyn Bohlender (580) 483-5110 or call (317) 635-3100 at the national office for further information.

Just Women Bible Study 2022

Pre-orders for the 2022 “Just Women” bible study are now being accepted until December 1, 2021. Disciples Women may engage in Scripture at a deep level with top notch writers and prayerful insights. Click here to see the contributors and place your order.

Just Women 2022

Stewardship

Disciples Mission Fund (DHM)

In addition to the support for the whole church and mission which women provide through their local congregations, Disciples Women also bless the church with 50 percent of their Blessing Box offerings which go to support Disciples Mission Fund.

Blessing Boxes

BlessingBoxBlessing Boxes are a means of teaching the spiritual discipline of giving in gratitude for the gifts received from
God. Since 1999, Blessing Boxes have contributed over $3 million for the mission of the church, with over $600,000 of that going to support women’s ministries. The beautiful boxes include a message in English, Spanish, French and Korean. The Boxes and many educational pieces which provide materials necessary for staff and churches to highlight this significant stewardship campaign are available at this link.

Contributions are now accepted online via the DMF online donation system. You may make a one-time donation or schedule various recurring donation options.

Be sure to select “Blessing Boxes” in the ‘Select Designation’ option.

To make a donation via a check be sure to show ‘Blessing Box’ on your check memo line so your church may be credited. Mailing address: Disciples Women, PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986

Local Contact

Disciples Women’s Ministries is a conduit for diverse connections empowering each woman to find her voice and live out her call. Micah 6:8

Marilyn Bohlender, ODW President
(580) 483-5110
mbohlender1@gmail.com