Summer Book Group

May 31-June 28, 9:30-11:15 a.m. 

Register here by May 20

Rachel Freyer and Meredith Milke will lead a discussion on Kate Bowler’s book, “Everything Happens for a Reason;” a hilarious yet poignant book about living with incurable cancer and how to walk together through challenging seasons that don’t have easy answers. Childcare through age five. Pick up a copy of the book beforehand (in stock at The Regulator or Amazon, etc.). Hosted by Women’s Ministry. Questions? Contact Rachel.

Women’s Contemplative Prayer Morning

Saturday, June 9, 9-11:30 a.m. 

Register here by June 6

Hosted by Fellow Sisters in the Lord and in the Workforce group. Anne Storelli and Frauke Schaefer will facilitate a morning of scripture reading and silent reflection with the Lord. Bring your bible and a journal, or purchase one there. Contact: Alicia.

Women’s Storytelling Event

“The Betty: Keeping Christ in the Story”
Thursday, April 19, 7:30-9 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

An evening of live storytelling, sharing, and response, as several Blacknall women tell personal stories around faith and courage in the workplace. The prompt is, “I laugh about it now…” Questions? Contact Keri Linares. Part funny, part serious, Spirit-filled, but accessible to all.

Why “The Betty”? Betty is a classic nickname for Elizabeth, that lovely, receptive older woman in Luke 1:39-56, who recognized her place in God’s story.  She was old enough to be Mary’s grandmother, but she had this warm, funny cross-generational friendship with a Mary, a teenager.  They were allies- Elizabeth, “Betty,” immediately believed and validated Mary’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy.  They recognized the Lord together in their miraculous and odd circumstances.  They were a refuge/consolation/encouragement for each other.  They sang and were song-writers.  They praised God together. Likewise, The Betty, a series of storytelling evenings at Blacknall, will encourage cross-generational friendships through the sharing of our divine encounters with Christ. Stay tuned for more opportunities in the coming months to share your stories and hear from others.

Become a Loving Listener

Saturday, January 27, 9-11 a.m. | Fellowship Hall.

Register Here

Led by Meredith Milke, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Counselor. What would it mean for our relationships if we were better listeners? We do the best we can, but there is always room to grow! Come join us for a practical and interactive workshop on learning to listen. We will laugh and practice together so you can have a few more tools to love others well. Hosted by the Women’s Ministry but open to all.

Women’s Retreat Alert

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We have noted some difficulties with retreat registrations this year. If you think you have registered online please make sure you received an email from the committee on October 29 confirming that you are registered. If you did not receive an email on October 29, please register again. Do not submit payment again unless you hear from someone on the retreat committee. Thank you for your patience as we work to make sure the issue is addressed. If you have questions please contact Tanya Moore or Carrie Dombeck.

Professional Women’s Connection Evening

Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Let’s explore ways that women in the workforce can support and encourage each other while serving and participating in the life of the church. Components of the evening include “speed-friending,”  and a panel discussion with several Blacknall professional women. Invite a friend or colleague. Register for childcare by October 22 with Traci Hoover.

Contact: Alicia Ramos

Summer Reading Group

Thursdays, May 18-July 20, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Blacknall Fellowship Hall

Register by May 11.

Let’s gather for casual discussion as we read  “Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline” by Catherine McNeil.  The hope is to rotate group facilitators so that leadership is shared week to week. Childcare is provided, please include names and ages when you register. Participants purchase their own books, which are available on Amazon. Contact: Meredith Milke.

About the book – “Rich, soul-inspiring practices for moms who have neither quiet nor time.Bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, without a moment of peace and quiet, you wonder if the spiritual life you crave is even possible. But God sees you. He designed this parenting journey, after all. He understands the chaos of motherhood. Catherine McNeill invites you to connect with God right here, in the sacred mundane of every mothering moment.”

Women’s Fireside Chat

Saturday, January 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Join us at the home of Serena Whisenhunt. At the fall Women’s Retreat, Goodie encouraged us to practice sharing our stories. Here is an invitation to do just that! Whether you were at the retreat or not, please come to an extension of the Fireside Chat. Preparation is not required, though if you’d like to prepare, here’s a suggestion from the retreat:

Writing in first person and/or third person, craft your story using these prompts. They help you find the essentials of your story (“Once upon a time…and every day….until one day…and because of this (and then)….and then….until finally…and ever since that day…”). The content of the event will be determined by the storytellers – you!

What is Your Story Workshop

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Stephanie Gehring Ladd, a Blacknall new member, artist and writer is offering the gift of a women’s workshop.

Stephanie writes,  “In novels and memoirs, a person’s life story often sounds like it showed up fully formed, with a plot and coherent themes and clear main characters. The conversion stories I heard growing up always sounded like they had a very clear before and after. My own life has often felt like a big jumble with no clear story, and lots of repeating loops. But the work of discovering that there is a story in the jumble is exciting and freeing. Join me to think about the many kinds of shapes stories can have, to consider the shape of your own story, and to share what you find with another person. All are welcome, whether you want to think through your own faith story for the first time, or whether you have been telling it for decades.”

Invite a friend, since story applies to everyone no matter what faith. Fee is $5 at the door. Contact: Margaret Frothingham.

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Christmas Brunch: Luke 1 & 2

December 1, 2016

Sheri Larsen