Transforming Marriage: A Journey of Personal Growth – Brenda Bogart
Marriage is messy work. But in the middle of that mess is where God does some of his most transforming work. When Brenda couldn’t blame her 1st husband for the problems in her 2nd marriage, she realized that “she” was the common denominator. Brenda shares her story of how God transformed her through the brokenness of divorce, the wisdom He continues to teach her through a second marriage, and how he uses marriage to transform us into the person He created us to be.
Speaking of Sex – Shannon Geiger
In a time where all sorts of sexual lifestyles are defended on legal grounds, heroically portrayed in TV and film narratives, receiving corporate benefits and the blessing of many Christian churches, how do we speak about scriptural truth without sounding shrill? So often we pay attention to the issues played out on a national stage, but we rarely have influence on that level. How can we influence spheres of our lives that are much more realistic to where we live? We’ll talk about the “Three R’s of hope: Rebuke, Repentance and Redemption” and three spheres of where and how these conversations can take place: in the mirror, in your family, and with your friends, Christian and non-Christian.
Redemptive Rhythms of Life: An Invitation to Sabbath – Andrea Stimson
By what do you order your life? Living in a culture that values busyness and success, even the church is not immune to our world’s destructive patterns of living. Amidst all the working, serving, ministering, chauffeuring, cleaning, and feeding, are we finding true rest and care for our souls? During this session we will discuss these questions together and consider God’s invitation to Sabbath joy, delight, and peace.
Beauty in Brokenness – Ellen Schuster
If I am honest, most of my life I have tried hiding my brokenness. Admitting my brokenness felt like weakness or failure. Yet, where do I see that in scripture? Jesus came to set trapped people free. On the cross, Jesus was broken so that I could be made whole. That is breathtaking, liberating beauty in brokenness!
Finding Fresh Intimacy with God in Prayer – Elizabeth Robinson
God wants us to move beyond the petition stage in our prayer lives to be in communion with Him. The Psalmist writes, “My heart has heard You say, ‘Come talk with Me’ and my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming’” (Ps. 27:8, NLT). He wants us to come to Him to be in His presence, to seek His face, and to listen to His voice. Join us as we seek to experience the joy of knowing Christ more intimately through prayer.
Show me how to get your Story Straight: Discipling Teen Women – Kristen Hatton
Today’s selfie culture fuels ongoing confusion about identity and purpose for our teens. Even for those in the church there is a gospel disconnect in understanding how the life-giving truths of the gospel apply to daily life. Therefore, we must help our teens see the one story of the Bible – the One whom it is all about – as the means to getting their story straight. But how? Why discipleship matters and what that looks like.