Fall Bible Study

We’re hoping to see you there! This will be a sweet time together as we dive into God’s Word. We’re meeting in our freshly decorated women’s room … in the Ed Bldg next to the Youth Room. See you Monday at 1!

Strawberry Divine Cake

Who doesn’t want a good recipe? A winning recipe! Thank you Diane Hallquist for sharing your winning recipe for Strawberry Divine Cake. It sounds scrumptious!

This is the perfect season for a new recipe.

Do you have a great recipe you’d like to share with us? Just comment below to let us know.

2022 Fall Retreat

Happy Summer Ladies! I hope you’re all enjoying these warm days.

It may seem early, but it’s actually time to begin thinking about our fall retreat. This year we’re going back to Koinonia Conference Grounds on the weekend of October 14-16.

We all live busy lives and our calendars can fill up way in advance, so we want you to set the date aside for a time of retreat for yourself.

Pastor Lori will be our speaker this year. We’ve had many opportunities to hear her heartfelt messages on Sunday mornings and I know you’ll love what she has to say specifically to the women.

In addition to the main services, we’ll have workshops on Saturday morning with two additional speakers and lots of other fun activities.

The cost for retreat is $225. We want to give you the opportunity to use our ‘bank’ to begin making payments for retreat. Sometimes it’s hard for us to spend money on ourselves and we feel better about it if it’s just a small amount at a time. We are asking for an initial payment of $50 to reserve your spot and then you can pay any amount you like.

Click here to download a brochure and to make your first payment. Please note that if you make a payment using this link we need you to let us know you’ve done that on your registration form so that we can record it for you. We also have brochures at church and will happily get you signed up there!

Honor Your Father …

What a great verse that is … Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

In order to help you as we approach Father’s Day, we’ve put together a list for you. Maybe you already have plans, but if you don’t, it’s possible that something from this list will give you an idea of how you can honor the father in your life this coming Father’s Day.

Magic Yarn Project

You are invited to be a blessing to some adorable little ones by signing up for the Magic Yarn Project.

We have three different dates you can sign up for and space is limited, so grab your spot soon! Each session will be at 2.

  • June 12
  • September 18
  • November 13

The sign up form is at church. For more information, click here. Or contact Kris Pauls.

Maker’s Market

We are hosting a Maker’s Market on May 21st at Father’s House and we’d love to see you there!

If you’re a vendor, click here to reserve your space. This is a brand new market here in the north county. It will be a great opportunity to get new customers.

If you’re wanting to shop, put the date in your planner and we’ll see you there! Watch for more information coming in the near future.

Leave a comment here for more information or call Father’s House at 805 466-3191.

The Gift of Prayer

Much of my life, I viewed prayer as a chore to be done that I was always failing at.  Like cleaning the toilet often enough, like paying the bills, like cleaning out cobwebs in the corners of my house.  A lovely task that in coming to Christ, I both viewed as a new responsibility and yet one in which I was overwhelmingly unequipped.

About three years ago, I entered a very broken, humbling time in my life.  Everything circumstantially was in shambles.  Our family had experienced multiple deaths of close family and friends, we were deeply in debt financially, and I was exhausted.  Out of desperation, I joined a prayer group that was committed to growing in prayer and meeting quarterly for prayer retreats for two years.  It was through this practice in community, that I began to experience prayer as anything but a chore.  It became a beautiful, intimate place of quieting my soul and for once, listening more than talking.  I began to experience prayer as a gift, not as a chore or task.

As a profession, I am a birth doula, serving birthing mothers and families in their

pregnancies and ultimately walking with them side by side in their births.  Over and over, I have seen a mother’s very breath and rhythm of breathing directly affect her baby’s heartbeat over a monitor.  As she slowed her own breathing and began to breathe deeply and intentionally, the baby’s heartbeat went from frenetic to regular and steadied.  This is such a great picture of what I have been experiencing in prayer and a powerful picture of the Lord’s intent for prayer for us.  We know we are connected to Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, but prayer is the experience of allowing God’s very breath to steady and slow our frenetic heartbeat, our anxious living, resting completely in interdependence with Him. 

Unashamed Prayer

You are invited to join us for our April H2H!

And we’d love it if you brought a guest! Melissa Pirkle will be sharing the first in our Unashamed Series.

We will have the patio doors open and some seating near the doors to accommodate those who prefer to sit in the fresh air. 🙂

Spiritual Gifts Survey

Hi ladies … we had a great H2H yesterday afternoon. If you were there, it was great to see you! And what fun to do the spiritual gifts survey. Lori did a great job going over the scriptures on spiritual gifts and what a great time we had in worship.

If you were unable to make it, we missed you and wanted you to have the opportunity to take the survey yourself. So, we’ve added it to our Resources page. Click the link and just scroll down a bit and you’ll find it. You can download it and print it out to take the survey on your own.

We’d love it if you followed us over on Instagram. Just look for @fhwomeninministry .

The Process

Even at the tiniest of ages thoughts about who we are begin to form. This happens by things that are said or assumed, looks sent our direction or even to something past us that we don’t realize is there. Comments made about the way we did something … even if they’re positive comments. Expectations of what we might do in the future … etc.

A vision of who we are or are going to be begins to form …

But at the same time that vision is forming from comments and things from things in this world, something is happening … something else is in the oven … God has a plan … one that couldn’t be seen …

Let’s change directions a little …

I was thinking about what it’s like when we’re wanting God to do some thing in our lives and feel as though nothing is happening makes me think of the process of baking.

When you first start out to bake or cook the early preparation that’s being done doesn’t really show any evidence that something is going to be baked. You might be thinking about the recipe in your head or what recipe you might use. You might put a list of supplies down on a piece of paper or into your phone so that you’re ready when it’s time to go shopping. And then you go and you do the shopping. You’re there in the store and you see people and they see you but no one knows what’s happening. And then you bring the supplies home and still maybe no one really knows that you are preparing to bake or make a meal. It isn’t until you actually start to bake or cook and the fragrance of the food fills the air that it is realized something is up. Something is happening. A work is truly in progress. 

When we open our hearts to God, it’s like that … the preparation is being done … we’ve read the word … we’ve prayed … we’ve said yes to God … no one can see in the early stages that something is happening. No one knows the great work God is doing in our lives. As we persevere. As we walk in obedience and follow His plan … slowly things begin to develop … things begin to change in our lives … the fragrance of what He is doing in our lives begins to be evident … 

The transformation process is happening …

We are dining with Him and He with us …

The veils have been removed from our faces and we are being changed … transformed … from the randomness in our lives … like the random supplies in your cart … God takes all the ingredients He’s put into you and is making something beautiful … something useful … something tasteful and something good. 

He wants you to know that He loves you more deeply than you can imagine. That you are very important. That He is doing a bigger work in you than you can know.  When the fragrance of that work begins to show in your life it will be more evident. So be confident of this and wait on Him. 

p.s. This is a word the Lord gave me which I shared at our team retreat in January and a repost from my own blog at sixteenmilesout.com

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