May 2021 – Flower Power

May 2021 – Flower Power

Scripture Verse: Luke 12:27

Set the Mood

Encourage the women to dress in their best vintage hippie flower power clothes—tie–dye shirts, leather vests and jeans. Make a play list of artists from the 70’s like Keith Green, Carly Simon and the Beatles. See how many of their songs the women can identify.

Decorations

Use colors often associated with the 70’s: neons, orange, yellow, tie-dye, purple and green. Set up the refreshment table with a Lava Lamp, candles and Beatles pictures—anything reflecting the 70’s era.

Craft Ideas

Tie-dye Shirts

Invite the women to bring an old white shirt that can be tie–dyed. Kits can be purchased at most craft stores or check Pinterest for instructions.

Psychedelic Decoupage Lanterns

Supplies Needed:

Tissue paper in assorted colors, glue, warm water, mason jars, sponge paint brushes.

Instructions:

Fill a small container with 1 part glue and 1 part hot water

Brush a thin layer of the glue mixture on the jar

Tear off pieces of tissue paper and stick on the jar

Apply a thin layer of glue mixture over the tissue paper

Let dry and place a battery operated votive candle in the jar

Name that TV Show from the 1960’s and 1970’s

  • These days are ours

Happy Days

  • Orange car and Daisy Duke

Dukes of Hazard

  • That’s the way we became the ____ ____

The Brady Bunch

  • You could find love on this magic getaway

The Love Boat

  • They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky

The Addams Family

  • The millionaire and his wife

Gilligan’s Island

  • To boldly go where no man has gone before

Star Trek

  • They call him _____. Faster than lightening, King of the sea

Flipper

Flower Power Word List

Using the words “Flower Power,” invite the women to come up with as many different words as they can.

Favorite Products of the 60’s and 70’s

Check the Internet for products from the 60’s and 70’s. How many are still around today? Show pictures of the products and see how many the women used.

Consider the Wild Flowers

Luke 12:27: “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”

Everyone has heard the popular phrase, “April showers bring May flowers.” It seems to be such a silly phrase when most of us just long for warm sunny days with no snow or rain. But the phrase proves true: As the rain comes down the flowers start to bloom. All of a sudden the land becomes a glorious panorama of color, the world turns bright and the chill of winter is lifted.

Flowers are empowering; they bring comfort to those who mourn at a gravesite, cheerfulness at the bedside of the sick, and romance to Valentine sweethearts. God paints the world every spring with colors that blend in unique beauty, constant reminders of God’s provision. Seeds that have been planted rise from the dark earth. A bulb that has lain dormant all year emerges. I’m often intrigued with the tulips I plant after Easter. In April the tiny buds faithfully pierce the frosty ground, blooming despite harsh conditions surrounding them.

We have had a lot of fun with the whole idea of flower power. The time period of the 1960’s and 1970’s brought a lot of uncertainty. War, peace, changes in thinking brought on the famous four-day festival in Bethel New York on August 15 – 18, 1969 called Woodstock. The Flower Power movement was born. Flowers became a huge fashion statement, the more the better. For most of the era, bold dark browns, oranges and greens with geometric shapes were the most sought after designs for family décor. By the end of the 60’s going into the early 70’s the Hippie movement inspired bold electric blues, purples and psychedelic colors.

People were emboldened. Flowers made a statement distracting attention from all the changes the world was enduring. There were massive ground breaking events like the Civil Rights movement and man walking on the moon. Perhaps flowers provided a welcome, fun distraction.

Think about our own lives today. What is going on in the world around us? People experience a lot of worry and stress. What causes you stress? Maybe you have a child in college not making the right choices; maybe you are still without a job after many interviews. Circumstances in life can cause us to worry. This is when our faith in Jesus must come into the equation.

Jesus addressed the subject of worry as people gathered around Him. He pointed to the flowers of the field and said, “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these” (Luke 12:27). Solomon was a very wealthy king whose story is recorded in the Old Testament. He was so wealthy that he could dress in the richest, most exotic style of the day. Jesus compared him with the flowers and suggests that we too consider how they simply exist and reflect His beauty. Jesus wants us to know that when we trust in Him, He will keep us rooted and help us flourish. We will be just like the tulips under the cold ground that spring up through the snow. Rooted in good soil, no hard work is required on its part. As we live in the soil of God’s love and grace, we will thrive and reflect His beauty.

Closing

In closing sing the song: “Something Beautiful, Something Good.”