Just Moved Ministries (NEWcomers) has been housed within Mountainside United Methodist Church for the past 12 years.
A group of “angels” (volunteers) led by the intrepid Peggy Hadley have witnessed the group’s continues growth.
Throughout the years, 500 women have walked through the doors as strangers, new to Hot Springs Village, and completed their course of study as lifelong friends and neighbors.
Just Moved (NEWcomers) soon starts its 13th season and to honor the milestone, NEWcomers past and present recently celebrated the silver anniversary (25) class with a garden party reunion.
Spirits soared, although heavy rainstorms kept a few registrants away.
Food prepared by Chef Johnna at the DeSoto Club was delicious, and affection for one another warmed the 180 women who dined to the music of local band Common Ground.
Mary Rehfeldt emceed the event, introducing a series of dignitaries including Susan Miller, founder of Just Moved Ministries and author of “After the Boxes are Unpacked.”
Miller used a teacup as a metaphor for women uprooted by a move. Miller explained each teacup is different in some way from others, often cracked and broken or stained by everyday use.
A teacup must be emptied and refilled and may lose its handle; women often feel as if they’ve lost their grip in new and unfamiliar surroundings.
Miller summed up her brief devotion by drawing a comparison of each cup coming with a saucer and how a saucer is used to catch the overflow of blessings from God.
A woman, if she sips from the cup of authenticity and transparency during a Just Moved NEWcomers’ class, may receive such blessings.
No gathering is complete without door prizes. Anna Dunnam and Linda Shay were the winners. Excess food reserves were donated to Teen Challenge of Arkansas by Chef Johnna and the day’s proceeds were used as a fundraiser for the National and International Just Moved organization.