Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Flowers for Christ: A Woman's Ministry

Credits to Dang Dupale for this photo
Posted by a Facebook friend, Dang, this photo reminds me of one of my posts (The Birth of a Hobby) as a new blogger two years ago, where I featured about how I came to like plants. This hobby inspired me to get involved in the Exaltation Ministry in our church. Together with former church gardener, Raffy, I used to grow potted plants, water them every Saturday in preparation for the Sunday Worship Service. 

Through the years, however, changes in the volume of my domestic responsibilities no longer allow me to be involved in ministries that require my physical presence in church. At one time, I became church treasurer, a ministry which called for keeping track and recording of all church finances on top of counting tithes and offerings every after church services on Sundays.  A heavy responsibility eh!? 

At another time I became church secretary. This ministry entailed preparing minutes of all church meetings and publishing the weekly bulletin featuring prayer lists, announcement of events, activities, birthdays and anniversaries, reminders of flower donors, meetings, fellowships and many more. 

Today, my ministry involves acting as flower donor coordinator. As such, I make arrangements in behalf of brothers and sisters who pledge to offer flowers on Sundays. I place their orders to a nearby florist through telephone. I've been doing this ministry for several years now. Here's how I do it...

Before the end of the year, I pass around a piece of paper where brethren would write their preferred schedule of offering flowers. 

Then, I organize the given schedule of flower pledges and give reminders either personally or through the weekly bulletin. They are free to tell me how much they would like to pledge, as the Holy Spirit leads their hearts to offer.

My flower pledges guide. 
I use Microsoft Excel to make this flower pledge schedule. Then, I give an electronic copy of this to our church Secretary so that she could mention the names of the flower donors in the weekly bulletin. (Sssshhhh... the church Secretary happens to be my daughter so that makes things a lot easier for me! :) I could easily update her with additional flower donors anytime of the year!) She allots space for the flower donor reminder in the bulletin.
Every Saturday, I place orders for flowers to be delivered to the church. See the flowers we had last Sunday! 
Credits to Dang Dupale for this photo
I'm not good at remembering names of flowers but aren't they beautiful?!! Here are photo collages of other flower arrangements I was able to capture in the past.

Do you have a florist in your church? A flower donor coordinator? Oh, maybe you do the flower arrangement yourself? Well, whatever it is you do, may you give honor and glory to God for doing it.

 "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might..."
-Ecclesiastes 9: 10

Here's praying that all the available slots be filled with flower donors for the whole year. 

Oh, wait, I almost forgot... thank you, Dang, for the tag. Tada!
Photos by Dang
And last... how would you like to share about your ministry in your own local church in the comment box below.

May we all have a blessed celebration of the season!
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Colors of the Yuletide Season: Sauteed String Beans with Spanish Sardines in Coconut Milk

The countdown is on... it's three days before Christmas! Everybody just seems so busy with last minute shopping. I see picture greetings of loved ones and friends on blogs I follow and on FB! Family pics in front of the Christmas tree, stockings hanging on the wall, more and more colors of the yuletide season. 

My last post entitled, "Colors of the Yuletide Season: Sauteed String Beans with Tuna" was inspired exactly by everything I see these past days and weeks. Towards the end of that post, I said next time I'll use coconut milk. And that's just exactly what I did! So here's another variant of the dish --- with coconut milk and Spanish Sardines!

2 tbsps olive oil from the Spanish sardines
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1 piece Spanish sardines, flaked
2 bunches of string beans, cut 1/3-inch long
1 cup coconut milk
salt, ground pepper and sugar to taste
1 large tomato, sliced
3 pcs Spanish sardines


  1. Saute garlic, onion and Spanish sardines in olive oil. 
  2. Add string beans. Simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Add coconut milk. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Simmer until string beans are tender.
  4. Add tomato slices.
  5. Serve with 3 pieces of Spanish sardines on top.
I just loved how it turned out! My husband who hasn't been eating spicy foods lately was not able to resist it! If you like a more spicy flavor, you may add more sardines.

Another fast food idea! Go and try it now! Do tell me how it turned out! Enjoy your weekend!
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Colors of the Yuletide Season: Sauteed String Beans with Tuna

Wow, I see red and green --- colors of Christmas anywhere! Looking at the photo I'm about to post here, gave me the title for this feature in an instant. Thanks to all the posts I read about the season... decors, gifts, food and all! 

Inspired by a dish I tasted in a conference I attended in Bali, Indonesia last month, I made a very simple dish for lunch today. I couldn't move on thinking of all the green string beans I saw on that large platter. Too bad, I couldn't get a shot of it while finding my way through the queue. 
So here's a very simple version of the dish. 

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 tbsp ginger, sliced thinly
2 bunches of string beans, cut
1 tbsp shrimp paste
salt and pepper to taste
1 large tomato, sliced
3 tbsps left-over scrambled egg with tuna 

  1. Saute garlic, onion and ginger in olive oil.
  2. Add string beans and shrimp paste. 
  3. Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Add tomatoes when string beans are almost done.
  5. Add scrambled egg with tuna before removing from pan.
Very simple and easy! You can make it in a jiffy! Next time, a cup of coconut milk, I believe, would make another perfect version!

A blessed Sunday to all!