WARNER ROBINS -- For more than 25 years, Aglow women have been meeting in Warner Robins for fellowship, Bible study, worship and to minister to one another and the surrounding community.
Originally known as Womens Aglow Fellowship, local members said the non-denominational Aglow organization began in 1967 in Seattle, Wash., and has grown to more than 4,600 chapters with more than 3,000 of those outside the U.S.
Debbie Brantley, chapter vice president, said theres been an Aglow chapter here for the past 25 to 30 years. She said theres been both daytime and evening chapters, but currently there is only a daytime group.
Ive been involved for 25 years, she said. I mark my calendar as soon as I get it with our meeting dates. The fellowship and ministry mean so much to me -- its my day.
Ruth Barrett is current president of the group.
I actually went to the very first Aglow meeting they had in Georgia in Atlanta in 1973, she said. Ive been involved in Aglow for 40 years. Its helped me in so many ways and got me so excited about getting into scripture. It has such a special place in my heart because of the things Ive gleaned through the years. Im past president of another Aglow chapter and have been on the area Aglow board. We have a really good chapter here though its not very large.
Past Warner Robins Aglow president and current board member Muggy Hanson said there are typically a half to a couple dozen women at Aglows monthly meetings at Christ Chapel on Moody Road, depending on the speaker.
Though the group is still largely for women, Aglow locally and internationally has begun welcoming men as members.
Ive been involved with Aglow here since the Air Force brought us to Warner Robins 11 years ago and have been involved with Aglow in other places weve lived as well, Hanson said. Aglow is an awesome way to fellowship and get involved with Christian women from various churches. At our monthly meetings, we have coffee, snack, and get a chance to chat and fellowship before a time of praise and worship. We have a variety of speakers and usually a time of ministry at the close of the meeting where we can pray for one another.
Hanson said speakers are typically area women but at times include pastors, men, couples and special guests from outside Middle Georgia. Sometimes, special speakers are shared with Macons Aglow chapter.
She said women typically go for a Dutch-treat lunch together for extended fellowship after the meetings, usually at My Fathers Place Pizza.
Hanson said the weekly Bible studies are usually led by Maebelle Kindle. She said they are currently studying through the Old Testaments Minor Prophets.
She said women of all ages, races and denominations are welcome to come take part.
She said no child care is available at this time, and there are no fees or reservations required.
But theres always a cup of coffee and a hug, she said. For me, it was at an Aglow meeting that I first experienced the Spirit of God moving and people ministered to through the gifts of the Spirit. It gave me a hunger for more of Jesus and for the word of God. I hope others can experience Gods love in that way also. There are so many people who need to know theres someone that cares for them and is willing to touch them and pray for them -- just know they are loved. We all need to know that. We all need to know how much God loves us and wants to work in our lives.
Warner Robins Aglow International is planning an off-the-menu Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Texas Cattle Co. on Houston Avenue between Warner Robins and Macon.
For more information about it or Aglow, leave a message for Brantley at 478- 945-6295 or email Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Michael W. Pannell at email@example.com.