Our church has been through a lot lately, and is still struggling with several issues. Some of our members are just obsessed with what is going on, they can't stop thinking about it, they can't stop being upset...etc. I went to a meeting with some women the other night and mentioned an idea I had. Our church has strayed away from a lot of things over the years like missions, community outreach, etc. Most of all, we don't pray much anymore. When we do have a prayer meeting, only a handful of the "regulars" show up. So, I suggested that our women's group come to church on Weds. nights 30 minutes earlier to pray at the altar. Just the mere mention of this sparked a very long conversation about the problems in our church. Some of these women are just disgusted at the way our leaders and other men of the church are acting. One man has been continually making offensive remarks to women (mostly widows) in business meetings. He has never once been rebuked in love. We have a woman who stole money from an account, lied to the church, and has never been disciplined. There is much more, but the bottom line is that I need to find a way to encourage my sisters (and brothers) in Christ to a more positive and good spirit. We are dragging each other down with all the negative whining! Are there any group type activities that will build a more positive spirit? One idea was a bulletin board in which we ask our members to make a note on a little paper leaf what they are thankful for. What about a warm fuzzy board for our women? They can post their encouraging words, or something like that for each other. How do we get the men encouraged??