Women's Fall Workshops
October 21, 2023
Women of Grace
Welcome to Women's Ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church! We are thrilled you stopped by our page!
Our goal is to create a space where each woman feels welcomed and cared for. Whether you need a soft place to land, or you're ready for an in-depth Bible study, or something in-between, we hope you'll find what you need for the season of life you're in.
We offer weekly Bible studies, support groups, and special events. Please feel free to reach out to me, Brenda Garrison, with any questions or comments.
Women's Fall Workshops
Fall is the time we gather back together from the busy summer season! The Women's Ministry of Grace Presbyterian Church invites you to gather with us on October 21, 2023, for a day of practical workshops, good food, and great fellowship.
We will offer four workshops from which you may choose three. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the West Atrium for coffee and end with an opportunity to talk with each speaker until 2:30 p.m. This is the perfect place to bring friends and family to get to know our Grace Pres. women and be encouraged.
The fee is $30 (includes lunch). The Flower Arranging workshop is an additional $15. Contact Elizabeth Parker to inquire about scholarships.
Here are the sessions that will be offered:
Social Media and Mental Health | Beth Vanne, LCPC
Social media can be fun and help keep us connected but it can also cause us to compare ourselves to others—at least the parts they want us to see. We see others living their “best lives” and we feel left out or left behind. Without wise boundaries, social media can steal our time, confidence, and happiness—ours and our kids.
In this discussion-based workshop, Beth will help us understand the good and bad aspects of social media and how to develop healthier boundaries for our use of it.
Our Next Seasoning Years–Yours and Mine | Sue Parr, MS, BSN, RN
(For ages 35+ and older who love these years and want to love them.)
So much more information is given to young women through puberty and the next 10-20 years than is given to women as we continue to age. The more women I talk with, the more I hear the same experiences: I just did not fully know that this was what was going to happen or what to expect! The discussion about what happens to our bodies after the childbearing years stops, or at the minimum, is at least lowered to a soft whisper that is barely audible. Join us to learn about these changing years.
In this workshop, Sue will help us:
- Understand the changes we may experience as we mature.
- Foster a sisterhood of growing older with grace and understanding towards ourselves and each other–our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends.
- Give us practical things we can do to enjoy and thrive as we age and not feel like a victim of aging.
Flower Arranging | Jessica Martin, Maiden Reed & Stem, owner
Flowers brighten our homes and lives. No one knows that better than Jessica Martin, the owner of Maiden Reed & Stem. This workshop will be hands-on. Jessica will:
- Talk about using the flowers/stems available to us in each season.
- Teach us how to put together a beautiful, natural bouquet.
- Give us the steps and confidence we need to make our own arrangements for our homes and gifts.
Each woman will make and take home her own flower arrangement with fresh flowers. The additional cost for this workshop is $15.
Living What Really Matters to You | Brenda Garrison
Say "yes" to what matters and "no" to what doesn’t.
Many of us feel pulled in a million directions, wondering if we are making an impact in any area of our lives. Today’s culture is filled with many good expectations, responsibilities, pressures, and opportunities, but not everything is best for us. In this workshop, Brenda will help you:
- Name what really matters to you.
- Embrace and live in the season of life you are in.
- Understand that it is ok to not be everything to everyone, now or ever.
- Thrive in the season you are in by knowing what to say yes to and saying no without guilt.
Tuesday Bible Studies
Growth and Connection
Tuesday mornings at Grace Pres are a fun time of studying God’s Word while growing in relationship with other women—fancy wording for making friends!
Studies will run Tuesdays 9:30–11:30 a.m.
A children’s program is available during our studies:
- Nursery care
- Preschool program which includes: Bible lesson, craft, snack, and activities
Groups offered Fall 2023
Tuesday Morning Bible Study | Normi Howard
“Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you.” 1 John 2:24
Through the letters of the apostle John, we are reminded to hold fast to our faith and live what we believe as we learn more about abiding in the truth. Join Normi and the group in the study of Abide by Jen Wilkin.
Rooted Women Bible-Only Bible Study | Jorie Dahlin | Acts
Have you ever wondered how the early church loved well and shared the Gospel from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth? Would you like to learn how you can do the same? If so, please join us for this Bible-Only Bible Study on the book of Acts. Each week, we will read a chapter of the Bible together and discuss it using a series of thought-provoking questions. We will gain a fresh perspective on how God worked in the lives of the early church, and how He works in our lives today.
Quilters & More | Pat Ivaska
With a passion for quilting, this sweet group of women meet for a devotional, share prayer requests, enjoy showing their quilting, and participate in a demonstration or a workday. All women are welcome. If you love to quilt or want to learn, this group of godly women is for you.
Side-by-Side is a Christian international group for the wives of doctors and dentists. This group offers support and encouragement in a biblically based study. This semester the women will be studying the book James with Francis Chan through RightNow Media. The book of James calls us to action and prayer and teaches us how to live true faith in the midst of trials. Through the book of James, God calls us to deep relationship where everything in life revolves around Him.
MoCo Bible Study | Rachel Escher
This group of moms with littles will be studying 1 Peter and the book Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen. Come and see how the normal challenges of raising children can make you more like Jesus.
Mom Collective is a community where you can come as you are, be known, supported, and encouraged, as we adventure together through the little years of motherhood. For more information about our meetings and events click here, or send us an email!
Monday Morning Prayer
We meet weekly to pray together
All women are invited to attend a weekly time of prayer for our church, our nation, our missionaries, and our own personal requests. We begin each week with a devotional or a sharing time by a missionary. Then we divide into groups and spend time in prayer.
For more information contact Mary Jane Crowell at (309) 674-5313.
Moms in Prayer
Praying for our children
Moms In Prayer is an international group whose vision is that “every school in the world would be covered with prayer.” MIP helps moms (and grandmothers) in their local schools to pray for the children, teachers, staff, administration, and school board. They meet for one hour a week.
You may contact Elizabeth Parker for more information about an existing group or to start one for your school.
3TGW—Third Tuesday Grace Women
Find encouragement and friends
We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the church. We have lunch, interesting and fun speakers and activities. All women are welcome.
Contact Myrna Helmick at (309) 922-6062 for more information.
Life-on-Life Missional Discipleship
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."