Christmas Gift Exchange

A fun way to celebrate the season and spread the message of Christ with friends is by hosting a Christmas gift exchange. The women’s ministry at my church hosts one each December and they are a lot of fun! The gift exchange can be done in a church group or in a home with neighborhood friends.

Karen Cheong generously gave us detailed instructions for hosting a party in your home. The format follows pretty much the same for a church event.

Directions for

How to Host a Christmas Party.

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Good Answers to Tough Questions

Have you ever shared your faith with someone and they ask you a question you just don’t know the answer to? Or perhaps you’ve been hesitant to share your faith, because you’re afraid you won’t know the answer!

There are tough questions when it comes to following Jesus. There are times we won’t know the answer, but that’s okay. We don’t have to know the answer.

But when you don’t have an answer, what can you say?

How about one of these:

  1. I have no idea. Let’s try to find the answer together.
  2. That’s a good question. Let me do some research and I will get back to you.
  3. When I get to heaven, I’ll ask God that question. What would you ask Him?
  4. Tell me more. What interested you in knowing the answer to this question?
  5. Are you interested in God’s answer? If so, I think we can find a Bible study that will help us find the answers to lots of questions.
  6. I don’t know the answer to that question, but what I do know is that Jesus is real to me. Share how Jesus has changed your life.
  7. I know the answer to your question; but, if I answer your question, will you listen to my question?


…do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

Matthew 10:19-20


Good Answers for Tough Questions was a round table discussion at Koinonia Christmas. These answers to tough questions came from that session.

Every Tuesday and Thursday in November and December, we’ll share more of the great sessions from Koinonia Christmas on planning parties with purpose and evangelism.

Stay tuned!

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Planning Parties with a Purpose

We had a wonderful time at Koinonia last night!

We wish you all could have joined us, but if you couldn’t make it we’re planning on sharing the wonderful tips and ideas for planning holiday parties with purpose and the evangelism round table discussions.

There were a lot of great ideas shared by faculty wives and we appreciate all the planning that went into the event.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, we’ll be sharing a sampling of the ideas and discussions from Koinonia Christmas.

Parties with Purpose

Christmas Traditions Party

Happy Birthday, Jesus! Party

Candy Cane Lane

Ornament Exchange Party

Christmas Pantry Stocking Party

Christmas Gift Exchange

Christmas Recipe Exchange Party

Cross-Cultural Christmas

Reason for the Season Party


Evangelism Round Table Discussions

Good Answers for Tough Questions

Yikes, My Family is Lost!

Conversation Starters for Sharing Jesus at Work

Serving Your Neighbors at Christmas

How to Have a “Mary” Christmas

Gifted2Go: Sharing the Good News

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Find Koinonia on Facebook

Looking for an easier way to keep up to date on Koinonia happenings? 

‘Like’ us on Facebook!

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Book Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress

A few months ago one of our best friends read the classic christian book The Pilgrim’s Progress. He was constantly telling us what a good book it was. So, I thought I would add it to my list of books I’d like to read, I didn’t know when I was going to read it, but I knew I wanted to.

Then I found The Pilgrim’s Progress in modern English, I knew I had to read it! This book was full of color pictures that made the story come to life. There were also editor notes that provided more information and scripture references through the entire book.

I am so glad that I read this book. Every Christian needs to read this book. It truly was that amazing! It’s probably safe to assume many of you have read this book, but for those who haven’t I urge you to pick up a copy!

John Bunyan, the original author, shares the journey of Christian (The main character) on his way to the Celestial City in a way that makes the reader truly understand more their journey towards eternity. At times it is sad, other times it is happy. Sometimes you are resting, sometimes you are busy.

Of course, Christian runs into a few difficulties and also meets lots of people. Every person Christian meets or difficulty that he is met with can be compared similarly to our lives and interactions. This book has made me think a lot about my journey so far and some high and low moments in my own life.

I cannot believe that I just read this book, I wish I would have read it when I was newer to my faith. However, it was still powerful and life changing. This book will be on my bookshelf for a very long time and I think I will be rereading it often.

If you have never read this book, I would highly encourage you to pick up a copy!

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Koinonia Christmas

All women of Southern and Boyce – faculty, students, and wives of students,

Koinonia would like to invite you to our upcoming event…

Koinonia Christmas

November 1st at 7:00pm in Heritage Hall

Come and be encouraged to take the Christmas season as a chance to spread the name of Christ.

We will have tables dedicated to “Parties with Purpose,” where women will learn how to welcome non-Christians to their homes for a Christmas party that easily assists the host to explain the gospel message.

We are also offering several tables to discuss evangelism strategies and possible difficulties that the women may encounter sharing the goon news this season.

 Connect with women on campus, be mentored by women with wisdom and experience, and grow in your understanding and courage to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 … and if that wasn’t enough, don’t miss out on our Christmas cookie buffet and hot chocolate bar!

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Love Links: Potluck Brunch

We gather around Louisville twice a month, rotating between our homes.

Each Monday is sure to bring a different assortment of food. We’ve had baklava, bagels, casseroles, muffins, and much more! We each bring what we have and it’s always enough!

Not the most flattering picture of me...but hey we keep it real. And, yes my hair may be a little greasy. Our gatherings are a safe place! Come as you are.

Each Monday is full of encouraging and engaging conversations about life.

No pressure. Nothing to prepare. We just come together and fellowship. “Fun, Food, Fellowship” as one of the ladies said.

Each woman sharing how she’s doing, what’s going on in her life, how we can pray for her.

We’ve shared about where God has led us. Some have been brought here from across the ocean water. Many have traveled around the world in their life.

We laugh and listen as we share stories from the trenches of marriage, motherhood, school, work.

We watch as little ones play.

We gather.

Would you like to gather with us, just twice a month?

Request to join our facebook group here (this is where we share addresses for our next gathering) and come join us at our next brunch on October 24th at 10 am.

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