Wise Women of the Bible (September 2-30)

Teaching in General

In her book, Teaching from the Heart, Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore describes a teaching method called Midwife Teaching or Case Study Method. Note that the second session in this unit is about two midwives. Moore explains:

Case study method is increasingly used in professional and moral education. The case study approach is basically an attempt to learn from a particular, concrete slice of reality. It generally takes the form of presenting a description of a particular situation. Students are then asked to reflect on the situation presented, to interpret, and to come to some judgment or decision regarding action. Most often the case has an open ending, and students are asked a question such as “What would you do?” Or the case may have sufficient ambiguity so that students are asked, “What do you think is going on here, or what should the person have done?” (Emphasis mine) In short, case study method involves reaching into a particular case and drawing out truths. The purpose is to learn to see more in the particular—to draw out multiple insights from a particular case viewed from several perspectives.

The teaching act in case methods is an act of midwifery, assisting the student to draw insight from a case, or to give birth to new ideas. (Emphasis mine) When students are building and writing cases, they learn to observe and describe; they learn to attend to their world. When they are interpreting cases from their own or others’ experiences, they learn to discern and analyze and draw conclusions from a concrete situation. In either case, the teacher is present in an assisting role, as a midwife present for a birth. Also as a midwife, the teacher will work with the natural processes of the learner and will assist more or less actively as needed. (Emphasis mine)

Here are some suggests for how you could use the Midwife/Case Study method in your class for this unit:
(1)    Use the Bible story as a case study and lead a dialogue with the questions suggested above.
(2)    Write you own contemporary case study with a similar theme and story line as the Bible story. It does not have to match the Bible story exactly. Reflect on the case study with the questions above.
(3)    Lead the class to create a case study. Brainstorm as a class to build a modern case study with similar themes as the Bible story. Place the story in a contemporary setting. Ask, “What would this story look like today?” Follow up with the suggested questions.

Introduction to the Unit

Wise Women of LABC
As we look at some wise women of the Bible, we can also consider the wise women of LABC for inspiration and examples of faithfulness to God. We don’t have to look far to find wise women of LABC. One of the strengths of LABC is the many women who have provided wisdom, leadership, service, and inspiration for our congregation, now and in the past.

Desiring to provide you with some stories to go along with your lessons, I met with a group of women Sunday School teachers to talk about wise women of LABC. It was a daunting task, not because it was hard to find wise women, but because there were so many. How could we possibly choose from among so many? We allowed the topics to suggest our choices and to a certain extent we sort of randomly chose from among many wise women whose stories we could have shared. The names of many other godly women, who were left out, will no doubt come to your mind. That’s good. It would be a good exercise for your class members to name the wise women of LABC they know and the qualities they admire.

Women in Scripture
The Formations Study Guide refers to a resource, Women of Scripture: A Dictionary of named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament, edited by Carol Meyers (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2000). Women in Scripture includes an article about each of the women in this unit. You will find a copy of this book in the library.

Eloise Roberts Reflects on Wise Women of LABC
Mrs. Eloise Roberts, herself a wise woman of LABC, shared her thoughts on some of the wise women of LABC through the years.

Bessie Clark
First teacher of the Preschool

Margie Commenisch
Second teacher of the Preschool
Brought Jane Pixley to our church when she came here to work at our hospital

Gladys Holtzclaw
Charter member and teacher of adult women.
Jean Steinhauer’s mother
Was in charge of the WMU quilt which hangs across from the elevator on the Sanctuary level.
Talented seamstress
Supporter of the Baptist Women’s mission group

Mary Frenz
Pianist for years at LABC
In charge of Wednesday night suppers

Dora Gordon
Great lover of LABC
Business Women’s missionary group
Made lots of Afghans and gave them away

Ramona Sewell
Kept nursery a long time

Hetabel Pierce
Hostess of the church
Responsible for all dramas

Nellie Case
Fine Sunday School teacher
Active in the early years of the Hedgeville Mission
Marie Crain and Edna Pollard’s mother

Zelma Coconaugher
Organized the library and kept it going

Martha Beeler
Faithful member
Teacher of Junior girls in Sunday School. Didn’t want anyone to leave her class without accepting Christ as Savior.

Irene Hummelsine
Our music woman. Taught piano at church and sang in the choir.

Lula Mae Bruce
Principal of Kentucky School for the Deaf
Taught Bellevue Sunday School class of older ladies—so named because the next place they’d be promoted to was Bellevue Cemetery (a very witty lady)

Jane Pixley
Finest prayer warrior ever

Dorothy Renfro
Charter member
Faithful to church causes
Joy class
Always positive, witty, upbeat

Henrietta Burns
Financial Secretary of LABC for many years

Marjorie Easterly
Wrote the drama, “Kept in His Love.”
Taught Joy ladies class

Mrs. D.J. Neimier, Christine Johnson, Maetta Gray
Leaders in Women on Missions

Carolyn Hammond, Kay Floyd