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Women’s Ministry contributes to the spiritual growth of the ladies at The Shepherd’s Church by providing opportunities for learning, serving, sharing and belonging.  We would love for you to be a part of our ministry. Please join us as we learn, serve, and fellowship together!

…filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Colossians 1:9-10)

BIBLE STUDIES

— On Campus —

Come, Let Us Worship: An In-depth Study on Psalms

Mondays / 7:00-9:00 PM / Chapel / August 31 – March 29

The Book of Psalms contains many of our most well-known and well-loved Scriptures. We turn to them so often for comfort and to express the emotions of our souls. The Psalms also challenge us to live godly lives, to worship and adore our great and glorious God, to make the right choices in the midst of overwhelming trials, and to always trust the Lord. The Psalms lead us to keep our priorities straight by telling us to meditate on God’s word and to worship Him as King. These two key themes will be seen throughout the study. Beginning with Psalm 1 and ending with Psalm 150, we will study selected psalms in the order of their placement in the Scriptures. You will learn that the book of Psalms is not a random collection of poetry, but instead a divinely inspired and well-crafted theological composition. The Psalms prompt us to turn to the Lord and see that He is with us every moment of our lives, sovereign, faithful, loving, wise and worthy of all our devotion. They remind us to look forward to the day in which He will reign on the earth and we will worship Him as our great and glorious King. While we wait for Him, and when we see Him…. let us worship the King.

Homework: 2 lessons/45-60 minutes each
Cost: $20/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— Virtual —

Come, Let Us Worship: An In-depth Study on Psalms
(see description above)

Mondays / 7:00-9:00 PM / August 31 – March 29

A sister option of Come Let Us Worship above. Study the Bible together, even from a distance! This will be Zoom video conference for virtual discussion of homework with a small group; then a link to watch a lecture live or later at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference! Staying socially distanced doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary but prefer to avoid public settings or joining from a distance, a Zoom discussion group is the perfect option! If at some point, you are ready to attend the live meeting, head up to Colonial where your discussion leader will be ready and waiting for you. Note: signing up for the Virtual Sister class allows you to use Zoom when you prefer video conference, but also optionally attend the live meeting when your health and schedule allow.

Homework: 2 lessons/45-60 minutes each
Cost: $20/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— On Campus —

Come, Let Us Worship: An In-depth Study on Psalms

Tuesdays / 9:30 AM-12:00 PM / Chapel /  September 1 – March 30

The Book of Psalms contains many of our most well-known and well-loved Scriptures. We turn to them so often for comfort and to express the emotions of our souls. The Psalms also challenge us to live godly lives, to worship and adore our great and glorious God, to make the right choices in the midst of overwhelming trials, and to always trust the Lord. The Psalms lead us to keep our priorities straight by telling us to meditate on God’s word and to worship Him as King. These two key themes will be seen throughout the study. Beginning with Psalm 1 and ending with Psalm 150, we will study selected psalms in the order of their placement in the Scriptures. You will learn that the book of Psalms is not a random collection of poetry, but instead a divinely inspired and well-crafted theological composition. The Psalms prompt us to turn to the Lord and see that He is with us every moment of our lives, sovereign, faithful, loving, wise and worthy of all our devotion. They remind us to look forward to the day in which He will reign on the earth and we will worship Him as our great and glorious King. While we wait for Him, and when we see Him…. let us worship the King.

Homework: 2 lessons/45-60 minutes each
Cost: $20/year
Childcare available for an additional fee.
Childcare fees – 1 child $40, 2 children $50, 3 or more children $60; TRACK OUT childcare — $10 per family / year
REGISTER HERE

— Virtual —

Come, Let Us Worship: An In-depth Study on Psalms
(see description above)

Tuesdays / 9:30 AM-12:00 PM / September 1 – March 30

A sister option of Come Let Us Worship above. Study the Bible together, even from a distance! This will be Zoom video conference for virtual discussion of homework with a small group; then a link to watch a lecture live or later at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference! Staying socially distanced doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary but prefer to avoid public settings or joining from a distance, a Zoom discussion group is the perfect option! If at some point, you are ready to attend the live meeting, head up to Colonial where your discussion leader will be ready and waiting for you. Note: signing up for the Virtual Sister class allows you to use Zoom when you prefer video conference, but also optionally attend the live meeting when your health and schedule allow.

Homework: 2 lessons/45-60 minutes each
Cost: $20/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— 1st & 3rd Tuesday On-Campus —

Precept Upon Precept Inductive Study – Philippians 1st and 3rd

Tuesdays / 10:00-11:30 AM / FC201 /  September 15 – March 2

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? — How do I live the Christian life joyfully regardless of people or circumstances? What is the purpose of suffering and the Christian perspective on death? Do I have “the mind of Christ”? Discover true, deep-down joy in your life that the world cannot take away as we study the book of Philippians – How to Have Joy. Join us in this Precept Study and learn to study the bible inductively and discover the Truth of God’s Word for yourself! The study is nine weeks beginning September 15.

Homework: 5/ 45 min lessons every 2 weeks
Cost: $20/year
Childcare available for an additional fee.
Childcare fees – 1 child $20, 2 children $25, 3 or more children $30; TRACK OUT childcare — $10 per family / year
REGISTER HERE

— Tuesday Afternoon —

Precept Upon Precept Inductive Study – Acts Part 1 and 2

Tuesdays / 1:00-2:30 PM / FC201 /  September 8 – March 9

After Jesus’ ascension to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit, empowering the apostles to testify to the power of God in salvation and in living every day for the gospel. Learn how God spread the gospel through witnesses of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and from their examples. Stand in awe of the power of God in believers to endure persecution and suffering for the cause of Christ and embrace His power in your life. Observe Paul’s transformation from persecutor of the church to preacher. Join him on his journeys across the Roman world to proclaim the saving message of Jesus to Jews and Gentiles. Learn how to witness and how to live an authentic Christian life in all circumstances in the power of the Holy Spirit. Learn to be like Paul, to be bold in proclaiming the name of Jesus and to trust our sovereign Lord who enables us to endure persecution and suffering at the hands of those who hate Jesus…and therefore, hate us.

Homework: 45-60 minutes / 5 days
Cost: $40/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— On Campus —

WOW – Women of Wisdom: 1 and 2 Samuel, selected Psalms

Wednesdays / 9:30-11:45 AM / The Lodge /  September 9 – April 28

W.O.W. (“Women of Wisdom”) is sound Bible study, aimed directly at Biblical literacy. Join us as we learn Godly living in an ungodly time, studying 1 and 2 Samuel, as well as accompanying Psalms. Daily lessons for personal study begin the excavation of the depth of God’s Word. Weekly small group discussion followed by worship in song and large group lecture allow iron to sharpen iron as we spend our Wednesday mornings together. Fellowship with these ladies is sure to lead to Godly friendships! Join us for an in-depth look at the historic period beginning with the miraculous birth of Samuel to his prayerful mother Hannah, followed by the lives of Eli, Saul and David, concluding with the tragic rebellion of his David’s Absalom. Infertility resolved by God; rebellion addressed by God; giants slain by God; sins forgiven by God; the lineage of Christ introduced by God. What a blessed year awaits! I hope you will join us as together we seek to become women after His own heart.

Homework: 2.5 hours/week
Cost: $20/year
Childcare available for an additional fee.

Childcare fees – 1 child $40, 2 children $50, 3 or more children $60; TRACK OUT childcare — $10 per family / year
REGISTER HERE

— Virtual —

WOW – Women of Wisdom: 1 and 2 Samuel, selected Psalms
(See W.O.W. description above)

Wednesdays / 9:30 -10:30 AM / September 9 – April 28

VIRTUAL ACCESS ONLY

A sister option of W.O.W. (“Women of Wisdom”) above, this will be Zoom video conference for virtual discussion with a small group at 9:30 am; then a link to watch a recorded version of the music and lecture at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference! Staying socially distanced doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary but prefer to avoid public settings or joining from a distance, a Zoom discussion group is the perfect option on Wednesday mornings! This discussion group is solely from a leader’s home into your home using virtual video conference technology.

Homework: 2.5 hours/week
Cost: $20/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— On Campus —

Genesis Part 5: Keeping Your Focus When Your Dreams Are Shattered – A Study on Joseph

Wednesdays / 6:30-8:30 PM / January 13 – March 10

Have you ever been falsely accused or suffered from injustice? This study of Joseph is your manual for handling these painful situations. Learn how to rise above difficulties by trusting God.

Esther: A Man and a Woman for Such a Time As This 

What is your purpose? Why does God place you in certain places during specific times? God is sovereign, providential and always working in the affairs of His creation even when we are unaware. Esther attained royalty for “such a time as this.” She allowed God to use her in difficult situations. Are you willing to do the same?

Homework: 5 days/ 45-60 minutes
Cost: $20/semester
No childcare available.
REGISTER HERE

— Virtual —

John (Chapters 1-3)

Wednesdays / 6:30-8:00 PM / January 13 – April 7

No matter where you are in your Christian walk, an in depth study of the Gospel of John, chapters 1-3, will help you grow in the love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.   The apostle John, an eyewitness of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, documents the nature and work of the Savior in carefully chosen details.  You will learn about the deity of Christ, the baptism of Christ, the first recorded miracle of Christ, and Nicodemus’ nighttime visit with Christ.   This study will also better equip you to share your faith with others at a time when the world desperately needs the gospel message like never before!

This evening study will use a Zoom platform.  You will be able to connect with other women at Colonial, stay focused on God’s Word, and find support through group prayer, without any additional concerns regarding the coronavirus.

Homework: 5 days/ 30 minutes
Cost: $20/semester

No childcare available.
REGISTER HERE

— Virtual —

WOW – Women of Wisdom: 1 and 2 Samuel, selected Psalms
(See W.O.W. description above)

Thursdays / 7:00-8:00 PM / September 10 – April 29

A sister option of W.O.W. (“Women of Wisdom”) above, this will be Zoom video conference for virtual discussion with a small group at 7:00 PM; then a link to watch a recorded version of the music and lecture at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference! Staying socially distanced doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary and prefer to avoid public settings, or have work, distance or other reasons prohibiting your attending Wednesday’s live meetings, a Thursday evening Zoom discussion group is the perfect WOW option!

Homework: 2.5 hours/week
Cost: $20/year
No childcare available.
REGISTER HERE

widow’s ministry

Meets Monthy on the Second Tuesday at 11:30 am

The mission of the Widow’s Ministry at The Shepherd’s Church is to partner with widows, encouraging dependence on God, surrounded by members with a loving Christian community and embracing life with hope and promise.

Widow’s Might is a fellowship of Christian widows dedicated to encouraging dependence on God and embracing life with hope and promise while surrounded by a loving Christian community. Contact Margaret Trail at  919-219-0917 for information. 

Please email women@shepherdschurch.com to request to be added to the Widow’s Might prayer request email list or to share a prayer request.

m3: mom-to-mom

Inviting all mothers of preschoolers ages birth through kindergarten! You’ll enjoy a hot breakfast, mommy fellowship, and teaching from God’s Word! This is a great opportunity to spend time with other moms going through the same stages of life. This ministry is designed for mothers with children aged from birth through the completion of their kindergarten year in school. The goal is to nurture every mother of preschoolers.The Shepherd’s Church hosts groups that meet through the traditional school year (September-May). Each meeting is structured so that moms will leave encouraged and built up in God’s Truth.

General Information:

We meet the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m Sept – May. Childcare is offered for children birth through kindergarten, as well as for children in a homeschool or for children tracked out of a traditional school. The space in the children’s program is limited so register early!

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Please contact Keri Fredrickson, M3 coordinator, directly to determine availability of the M3 nursery. If there is availability, you will be contacted and will receive the link to register in a few days. 

Keri Fredrickson – keri.fredrickson@yahoo.com

When you email please include the following:

  • Name
  • Names and birth dates of children needing childcare (including a due date, if applicable)
  • Church which you attend or if you have not yet found a church home
  • If you will not need childcare, there is still space available for moms.  
FEE INFO (for the Entire Year)
  • Registration Fee (Mom only) – Shepherd’s Member or Attender $70
  • Non-Shepherd’s Member – $90
  • 1 child: add $40 to the registration fee.
  • 2 children: add $50 to the registration fee.
  • 3 or more children: add $60 to the registration fee.
  • For tracked out school-age children, add $10 per family.

CONTACTS

women’s discipleship

Biblical Literacy for Women of All Ages

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”
(Psalm 1:1-3)

Rooted has as its focus a gospel centered, committed, intentional, multiplying relationship founded on God’s Word. If you want to be obedient to God’s mandate to make disciples but think you are ill equipped, join us and learn to be confident in the stewardship of God’s Word. If you have always longed to have a loving, godly woman come alongside you to pour in to you, this is the ministry for you!  Our desire is that all women will be discipled and that God’s Word would transform their lives for God’s glory.

This ministry focuses on:

  • Defining Biblical Discipleship.
  • Training women who feel ill-equipped to disciple others.
  • Making women aware of the gamut of opportunities to teach others how to study the Word. 
  • Prayerfully pairing women to study God’s Word and build relationship with the Lord and each other.

Prospective Disciplers (women interested in being trained to disciple) will read three core books and go through a 10-week instruction on the Inductive Study Method. Our goal is to train and equip mature believers within our church to become Biblical Disciple-makers. Once trained, the Disciplers are connected with committed disciples through either a one-on-one or a group format. As the foundational relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ grows, the bonds between the women are strengthened. 

Prospective Disciples (women who desire accountability and discipleship) –  We have women available to meet with you in a one-on-one setting. Discipleship pairs meet a minimum of every other week for a 3-month period and your meetings are focused around a study of the Word. 

REGISTRATION COMING SPRING 2021

If you have any questions regarding the Rooted ministry, please email us at family@shepherdschurch.com.

women’s Book Club

Shepherd’s Women’s Book Club meets in Family Center room FC 201 on the 4th Thursday in January through October and the 3rd Thursday in November and December. We meet from 12:30 pm to discuss a wide variety of books, selected annually by members, written by Christian authors. Books include biographies, missionary stories, and Inspirational Christian fiction.  Ladies of all ages are invited to attend. Check out the dates and books below. For more information, contact Donna Bos.

January 28, 2021

THE HEART OF A KING, by Jill Eileen Smith, fiction, 4.6 of 5 – 163 reviews

King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could—and did—have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives?

In this engrossing novel, you’ll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you’ll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and the eyes of these women, you’ll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon’s wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved,  or did it betray them?

February 25, 2021

THE STORY KEEPER, Lisa Wingate, fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 812 reviews

Successful New York editor, Jen Gibbs, is at the top of her game with her new position at Vida House Publishing — until a mysterious manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk. Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sara, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped by dangerous men in the turn of the century Appalachia. A risky hunch may lead to The Story Keeper‘s hidden origins and its unknown author, but when the trail turns toward the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place Jen thought she’d left behind forever, the price of a blockbuster next book deal may be higher than she’s willing to pay. 

March 25, 2021

JOURNEY TO THE WELL, by, Diana Taylor,  fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 494 reviews

One of the most well-known and loved stories of Jesus’s ministry is the encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Now the creative mind of Diana Wallis Taylor imagines how the Samaritan woman got there in the first place. Marah is just a girl of thirteen when her life is set on a path that will eventually lead her to a life-changing encounter with the Messiah. But before that momentous meeting she must traverse through times of love lost and found, cruel and manipulative men, and gossiping women. This creative and accurate portrayal of life in the time of Jesus opens a window into a fascinating world. Taylor’s rich descriptions of the landscapes, lifestyles, and rituals mesh easily with the emotional and very personal story of one woman trying to make a life out of what fate seems to throw at her. This exciting and heart wrenching story will fascinate readers and lend new life to a familiar story.

April 22, 2021

THE SWEETEST THING, by Elizabeth Musser, fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 161 reviews

The Singleton family’s fortunes seem unaffected by the Great Depression, and Perri–along with the other girls at Atlanta’s elite Washington Seminary–lives a carefree life of tea dances with college boys, matinees at the cinema, and debut parties. But when tragedies strike, Perri is confronted with a world far different from the one she has always known.

At the insistence of her parents, Mary “Dobbs” Dillard, the daughter of an itinerant preacher, is sent from inner-city Chicago to live with her aunt and attend Washington Seminary, bringing confrontation and radical ideas. Her arrival intersects at the point of Perri’s ultimate crisis, and the tragedy forges an unlikely friendship.

The Sweetest Thing tells the story of two remarkable young women–opposites in every way–fighting for the same goal: surviving tumultuous change.

May 27, 2021

STEAL AWAY HOME, Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom, by Matt Carter. non-fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 208 reviews

Thomas Johnson and Charles Spurgeon lived worlds apart.  Johnson, an American slave, born into captivity and longing for freedom— Spurgeon, an Englishman born into relative ease and comfort, but, longing too for a freedom of his own. Their respective journeys led to an unlikely meeting and an even more unlikely friendship, forged by fate and mutual love for the mission of Christ.

Steal Away Home is a new kind of book based on historical research, which tells a previously untold story set in the 1800s of the relationship between an African-American missionary and one of the greatest preachers to ever live.

June 24, 2021

GOD’S HOSTAGE, by Andrew Brunson w/Craig Borlase, non-fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 132 reviews 

In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to travel to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though hesitant because of the daunting and dangerous task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, believed this was God’s plan for them.

What followed was a string of threats and attacks, but also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian. As their work with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Andrew and Norine acknowledged the threat but accepted the risk, determining to stay unless God told them to leave.

In 2016, they were arrested. Though the State eventually released Norine, who remained in Turkey, Andrew was imprisoned. Accused of being a spy and being among the plotters of the attempted coup, he became a political pawn whose story soon became known around the world.

God’s Hostage is the incredible true story of his imprisonment, his brokenness, and his eventual freedom. Anyone with a heart for missions, especially to the Muslim world, will love this tension-laden and faith-laced book.

July 22, 2021

WAVES OF MERCY, by Lynn Austin, fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 356 reviews

Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she’s asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.

At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.

Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.

August 26, 2021

IF GOD SHOULD CHOOSE, Kristin Stagg, non-fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 12 reviews

A gripping story featured on ABC Primetime with Diane Sawyer. Compelling story of love between a man and a woman, and a mission.  On April 20, 2001, the plane in which missionaries Jim and Roni Bowers and their children were riding was shot down over Peru in an interception of a perceived drug plane. Roni and their seven-month old daughter, Charity, were killed. This tragedy has touched the lives of millions of people, believers and non-believers alike. If God Should Choose portrays the Bowers’ story coherently and completely. This sobering work will leave readers more committed to, in the words of Jim Bowers, ‘stay alert to the things that really matter, to cherish [their] loved ones even more, to be ever ready to explain (and live) the truth to friends who do not know Christ personally.

September 23, 2021

REBEL WITH A CAUSE, by Franklin Graham, non-fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 119 reviews

The son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham talks about the challenges of growing up in the shadow of his father’s fame, being a Christian in contemporary America, and his work with Samaritan’s Purse.

October 28, 2021

SAVING AMELIE, Cathy Gohlke, fiction, 4.6 of 5,338 reviews

Increasingly wary of her father’s genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany―in the summer of 1939―will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter, Amelie, deaf since birth, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.

Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her father’s files may hold answers about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems “unworthy of life.” She risks searching his classified documents only to uncover shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.

Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young―a driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely ally―who connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, risking their lives―and asking others to do the same―for those they barely know but come to love.

November 18, 2021

THE HIDDEN ENEMY,  by Michael Youssef, non-fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 77 reviews

What’s going on in our world?  Why are suicide bombers attacking our cities? Why are shooters invading our workplaces and malls? Why are students attacking speakers at their colleges? Why are there two versions of the truth on the Internet and in the media?

Michael Youssef, popular teacher and Middle Eastern expert, explains in detail what’s troubling today’s world. Aggressive secularism is stripping our nation of the vestiges of truth, as many Christians are browbeaten into silence. What’s ironic is that secularism is actually opening the door to the “might makes right” nature of radical Islam. In a post-truth world, the most powerful voice wins.

What can save us and our children from this chilling future? Michael Youssef, in this groundbreaking book, shows how we can win the war against aggressive secularism, beat back the threat of radical Islam, and build a brighter future for both ourselves and the next generation.  Be prepared for the times in which we live. Understand what’s happening. Stand up for a brighter and hope-filled future for our children.

December 16, 2021

JACOB’S BELL, by John Synder, fiction, 4.6 of 5 – 43 reviews

Sometimes the road to forgiveness and restoration can be a rocky one. Set in Chicago and Baltimore in 1944 with flashbacks to the 1920s, Jacob’s Bell follows Jacob MacCallum on his arduous journey to redemption.

At one time, Jacob had it all: wealth, a wonderful family and a position as one of the most respected businessmen in Chicago. Then he made some bad decisions and all that changed. For the past twenty years he lived in an alcohol-induced haze, riddled with guilt for the dreadful things he had done to his family and his role in the untimely death of his wife. Estranged from his children and penniless, he was in and out of jail, on the street and jumping freight trains for transportation. Realizing he needed a drastic change, Jacob embarked on a journey to find his children, seek their forgiveness, and restore his relationship with them. Befriended by a pastor at a Salvation Army mission, he struggled to transform his life. Yet finally he overcame his demons, but not without a fair number of setbacks. Jacob became a Salvation Army Bell Ringer at Christmastime. While ringing his bell on a street corner one snowy day, he met a young girl who, through a series of strange coincidences, led him back to his children and facilitated Jacob’s forgiveness just in time for Christmas.

Resources

From time to time, we use this space to provide women with biblical resources to equip and encourage them in their walk with Christ. We hope you find this helpful, and we welcome your comments and feedback. 

Summer Study 2019

Posted 8/15/19

  • Week 1 – Introduction & Prayer
  • Week 2 – Worship
  • Week 3 – Bible Reading/ Memorization/Meditation
  • Week 4 – Discernment
  • Week 5 – Learning
  • Week 6 – Serving
  • Week 7 – Discipling
  • Week 8 – Evangelism

Discernment? (posted 10/30/16)

A common question that comes to the Women’s Ministry Council is: “What are your  thoughtsabout (fill in the blank)?” That is, quite often women will ask the Council to evaluate a blog post, book, Bible Study, or speaker they have encountered in their personal pursuit of godliness. What a blessing it is to have a congregation of women hungry for God’s Word, who are seeking  to supplement their spiritual appetites beyond a Sunday morning sermon! And what a thrill it  isto hear of women’s desire to feed upon “good food” and avoid “empty calories” by seeking guidance.

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Does God Speak? (posted 12/1/16)

It delights my soul when I encounter women who are hungry to grow in their relationship with the Lord.  In fact, the most rewarding part of my position as Director of Women’s Mentoring at STS is to see a woman’s life impacted by her knowledge of God.  I have the joy of witnessing countless women engage in a rich study of God’s word; they read, they think, they study, they ask, they ponder, they deliberate; and by God’s grace, they grow toward a greater knowledge of their Creator and Savior.  You might say that these women are eager to hear from God.  
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Should Women Preach? (posted 9/29/16)

Unfortunately, this seemingly simple inquiry is a loaded question. It is often asked in hopes of merely ascertaining one’s ecclesiastical position on women in ministry. Sadly, this question has become a tool with which to draw a line of division separating believers into two groups (complementarians and egalitarians). It is easy to see how one’s answer to this question can provide a catalyst for heated debate. Most assuredly, the question is important; but it is also controversial, and one that deserves serious attention today.”

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Women’s Ministry Team

Our Women’s Ministry is led by a team of dedicated volunteers who desire to serve the ladies of The Shepherd’s Church. Feel free to contact us if you have a question or if we can assist you in any way.

  • Jenny Schomburg (Women’s Ministry Director, Rooted Women’s Discipleship)
  • Sandrine Cotnoir (Administration)
  • Erika Partenheimer (Administration)
  • Amy Dixon (Women’s Bible Studies)
  • Kim Hansen (M3 – for mothers of preschoolers)
  • Margaret Trail (Widow’s Ministry)
  • Sarah Hays (Women’s Ministry Council Member)
  • Ember Keck (Women’s Ministry Council Member)