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First Baptist Women's Ministry

The purpose of the Women's Ministry is to assist women in becoming fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Through a wide variety of activities, such as Bible Studies, Luncheons, The Prayer Shawl and Blessing Bag Ministry and other service projects, women are encouraged, and provided an opportunity to grow in their faith, cultivate friendships, deepen their prayer life, and serve and support one another and the community. Some service projects are detailed below. Watch this webpage for updates and news of upcoming events and Bible Studies. 


Prayer Shawl and Blessing Bag Ministry
A Special Day dedicated to Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Gifts
July 8, 10:00am, in Fellowship Hall

Prayer Shawl and Blessing Bag Ministry

On the second Saturday of each month, at 10:00am, the Women's Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Blessing Bag Ministry meet together in Fellowship Hall. 

On Saturday, July 8, at 10:00am, their meeting will be dedicated to teaching their regular members and  guests (You're invited!) how to make gifts for Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes. You do not need to know how to crochet, knit, or sew. Their hand-made items, along with items collected over the summer, will be used to pack shoe boxes at the September 9, Packing Party.  It will be a fun morning filling boxes and knowing the joy that each box will to the child receiving it. Join the fun and fellowship on July 8 and then again on September 9 for the Packing Party.  

The Prayer Shawl Ministry, under the leadership of Linda Ratliff, crochets shawls and lap robes for those in local nursing and hospice facilities and church family or friends who may be ill, home bound, recovering from surgery or grieving the loss of a family member.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is also making red, white and blue lap robes for The Villages Honor Flight Veterans; sweaters for children which will be distributed by World Vision; and large lap robes for children who live in The Ocala National Forest.

If you can knit or crochet and love making new friends, come join these industrious ladies in this wonderful time of fellowship. If you would like to knit or crochet in y our home and not attend meetings, the Ministry can provide you with yarn and pick up the finished shawls or lap robes. If you don't knit or crochet but would still like to be part of this ministry, assistance is needed to deliver the shawls and have a word of prayer with the recipient. And, the ministry can always use donations of yarn. 

If you have questions, you may contact Linda at

The Blessing Bag Ministry, under the leadership of Gail Raber, has distributed hundreds of "corn bags." A "corn bag" is just a cloth bag, sewn and filled with dried corn. But, when made and given to someone with love, it becomes a "Blessing Bag." Ladies who receive them continue to be blessed because the corn bag can be heated in the microwave and used as moist heat on sore aching muscles.

Blessing Bags are given as gifts when visiting women at the FBC Leesburg Women's Shelter, mothers and children staying at Shepherd's Lighthouse in Belleview, and the ladies and children at The Haven in Leesburg. Blessing Bags are also being given as a gift to new ladies who join the church. 

If you have questions, you may contact Gail at

Women's Fall Kick-Off Luncheon
August 5, 2017
11:30am in Fellowship Hall
Make reservations here beginning July 16

Fall Kick-Off Luncheon
August 5, 2017
11:30am in Fellowship Hall

The Fall Kick-Off Luncheon will be held August 5 in Fellowship Hall with Gaye Martin as the guest speaker. Gaye and her husband, Phil, live in Summerfield, FL. They have 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren!

In her professional career, Gaye is a management and training consultant and owns her own firm - Resources Unlimited. Some of her clients include NASCAR, Lockheed Martin, The Smithsonian, and The Rosalynn Carter Institute. 

She has taught for College of Central Florida and served on its Womens' Advisory Board. She is a private pilot and her hobby is oil painting. Gaye is loved for her humor as she presents God's Word. 

The luncheon will be catered and the cost is $10. Beginning July 16 and continuing through July 30, you may make your reservation online or Sundays (July 16, 23, and 30) at The Welcome Center. Last day to register is Sunday, July 30.  

The Luncheon will be a great time of fellowship with other ladies and we'll be sharing lots of great information about Fall Bible Studies, our Fall Retreat, and lots of other exciting activities coming up. 

Women's Sisters Conference
Friday, August 18
at Real Life Christian Church
Clermont, FL
Registration is now closed. 

Sisters Conference
Friday, August 18
at Real Life Christian Church
in Clermont, Florida

Get together with your girlfriends for an experience filled with laughter, storytelling and wisdom. Learn creative tools for celebrating the art of friendship and nurturing lasting relationships.

Patsy, Jan and Anita have been friends for years, through good times and bad. These three know how to create and sustain lasting friendships: they’re living it out right now. Join them at Sisters.

The Women Ministry will be attending as a group. If you would like to join the fun, you may register by visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday morning. The cost is $25 for the one-evening event. You may use cash or check made payable to "Shari Kumler." (This is a group rate and the Women's Ministry will be purchasing the tickets.)

Registration is now closed. 


Lake Yale Baptist Women's Conference
Longing For God Alone
October 6 - 7, 2017
Make reservations here beginning August 20

Lake Yale Baptist Women's Conference

2017 Lake Yale Baptist Women’s Conference Friday and Saturday, October 6 - 7.

The 2017 Lake Yale Women's Conference is scheduled for October 6-7 and the Women's Ministry will be attending as a group. The event offers not only the opportunity for spiritual enrichment, but the chance to experience a great weekend of fellowship with other Christian women. The Women's Retreat Team has made plans to attend dinner and the seminar on Friday night and activities, including lunch, dinner and seminars on Saturday.

This year's conference features Sheila Walsh. Sheila is a powerful Bible teacher and best-selling author from Scotland with over 5 million books sold. Her international ministry has reach more than 5.5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with transforming power of God's Word. 

Cost and Transportation:
The Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is in Leesburg, just a short drive from The Villages. Transportation will be by carpool. A carpool will leave the church Friday at ~4:15 and return after the evening session. Saturday morning a carpool will leave the church at 7:30am and return after the evening session. Anyone living in the southernmost neighborhoods of The Villages may want to organize a carpool leaving from a location near their home rather than driving north to the church. 

The cost to attend is $125 for both Friday and Saturday. 

Beginning August 20, you may register:

Registration closes on Sunday, September 17. 

If you have questions, please contact Linda Ratliff at 352.753.8773








Operation Christmas Child
Christmas Joy All Summer Long
Special Summer Collections

Operation Christmas Child
Christmas Joy All Summer Long

Shopping and packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes brings joy to the one who shops and packs as well the child who receives the gift. 

Summer Collection Dates
To supplement the traditional collections during November each year, The Mission Team in conjunction with The Women's Ministry, is sponsoring an effort to collect gifts on special designated Sundays during the summer. Those collection dates are listed below as well as specific items to bring on those dates. 

The Collection Team will be located in the parking lot and provide "drive-up service" before and after services each of these special Sunday mornings. 

Sunday, May 21 - WOW! items, Toys and Games

Sunday, June 18 - Hygiene items Sunday,

Sunday, July 16  - Clothing and Accessories Sunday,

Sunday, August 20 - School Supplies

Click here for a detailed shopping list for each collection day.

Shoebox Packing Party
There's no need to pack items in a shoebox. All times collected over the summer will be packed by volunteers at a Shoebox Packing Party on September 9 in Fellowship Hall. Watch for a special invitation in the Sunday Worship Bulletin.

Shoebox Packing at Atlanta OCC Warehouse
Millions of shoeboxes are collected across the country during National Collection Week in November. Before these gifts can be shipped to children around the world, volunteers will carefully inspect and make sure the boxes are ready for overseas passage. FBC will send a team of volunteers. If you would like to be a part of that team, please contact LuAnn Schiff at 217.898.4031. The exact date the FBC Team will serve has not been determined but it will be in late November or early December. 

Women's Bible Study
Fruit Grows Where The Stream Flows
Wednesdays, June 7 through August 23, 2017
9:30am to 11:00am In Fellowship Hall Classroom

Fruit Grows
Where The Stream Flows
Wednesday, June 7 - Aug 23, 9:30am to 11:00am
In Fellowship Hall Classroom

The only way to truly live the Christian life is to allow the “stream” of the Holy Spirit to flow freely through your life, so He can bear the fruit of spiritual maturity. In this 12-lesson study, you will be rejuvenated as you discover what the Holy Spirit wants to produce through you.

The study is facilitated by Paula Smith. The cost for study materials is $20. 

Registration is now closed.


Belleview Christian Academy
Library Project

Belleview Christian Academy
Library Project

Belleview Christian Academy is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Belleview and its ministry is to teach students a biblical world view through God-centered curriculum under the guidance of skilled, devoted and consecrated teachers who demonstrate and, therefore influence, students to live by biblical standards. 

Belleview Christian Academy students will acquire a biblical world view evident by faith in Jesus Christ and the standards by which they live.

The FBC Women's Ministry is assisting the Academy with starting a library at the school. They have already assisted with the need for shelving and are now beginning the process of collecting books to go on the shelves.

To begin the library, they need quality reading books and current books the children can use to research and write papers - books on rocks, animals, and history as well as biographies. Books should be suitable for grades 1 through 8. Contact Shari Kumler if you have books to donate or would like to assist with the project.