One step in the same direction

As I run my hands across blank calendar pages, I wonder what lies ahead. So much anticipation. So much wonder of what this year will bring.

Yet I know there certain things that will happen this year regardless of whether they are on my calendar – lives will be changed and God will receive the glory.

You see somewhere along this journey I was taught that it’s the “long obedience in the same direction” that makes the difference. (Pastors Spike, Glenn and Kitty’s ministry commitment to Chets is a great example).  Naturally, this truth can apply to anything…hobbies, goals, relationships. For Chets Women, we are committed to the long obedience of seeing women Changed to Bring Change.

So as we look forward to what will happen for Chets Women in 2016, we can look back and thank God for what He has done in and through us. (Find your photo below!)


In 2015, many women decided it was time to take their relationship with Jesus to the next level and formed a Discipleship Triad – a group of three women who focus on the essentials of God’s Word together. They commit to meet weekly and in doing so develop encouraging, accountable relationships with each other as they become disciples who are capable of making disciples!

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Discipleship triad meeting at church

(Interested in joining a triad? Contact Chelly Brown at Chellbr06@gmail.com or 904.508.2864. Visit chetscreek.com/women/discipleship-triads for more info.)

 

In March, women gathered in 16 homes across Jacksonville for a 2 day, life-changing event. We listened to amazing speakers and inspiring testimonies. We talked, we laughed, we cried, we connected. We left inspired, with a solid rock in our hand and ready to put our faith into action!

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IF:GATHERING 2015!

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IF:GATHERING 2015!

(If you’re interested in learning more about hosting a 2016 IF:GATHERING at hour home, contact Kelley Hastings.)

 

This is the first year we all joined together for a summer Bible study and it was GOOD!  Using Jeannie Allen’s book, Restless, we studied the life of Joseph and identified the threads of our life and how to intentionally weave them together for God’s glory and purposes.

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“Restless” Bible Study

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“Restless” Bible Study

 

Summer also brought Chets Women together to enjoy a few spontaneous meet-ups, including a day at the beach and a few groups who saw the War Room movie together.  We Chets Women know how to CONNECT!

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War Room Movie ‘After Party’

 

Bible Studies! There’s nothing better than pursuing God’s Word with other women through these intimate, life-changing groups.  It’s definitely one of the best investments of your time that you can make. We promise!

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Some of the Fall Bible Study Groups

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A few more Bible Study groups!

(If you ever have any questions about our Bible Studies or if you feel God is calling you to lead one, please contact Cathy Kaplan!)

 

On September 24, Chets Women joined together with women all over the world for an incredible night of prayer and worship.

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IF:PRAY @ Chets Creek Church

 

In October, Chets Women gathered around 22 Tables to share a simple meal and dive deep into Christ-centered conversations. It was a time for a whole lot of laughter and a few tears, but time spent that left us with glad hearts. Full hearts. Grateful hearts.

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Chets Women: TABLES

(For more info about the 2016 Chets Women: TABLES contact Kelley Hastings.)

 

To get the word out about Well Fed, Chets Women’s annual large gathering on October 18th, we took “Fork Selfies” and showed our silly side!

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Well Fed Fork Selfies!

 

At Well Fed we all came together for one incredible evening of dinner, fellowship, worship and the Word.  We examined the life of the woman at the well from a different perspective (watch the powerful message here). We also heard from the Connect and Unleash teams and four beautiful, brave women who shared their hearts and prayed for ours.

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WELL FED

 (See more pictures on the Well Fed Photo Recap blog post. Did you attend well fed?  If so, there’s a good chance your picture is here on Chets Women Flickr. Check it out!)

 

In 2015, we had many opportunities to come together and serve our community, below are just a few of the highlights. (If you want more info about our 2016 SERVE DAYS contact Michelle Arguello.) 

We gathered and packed food for families in need at the Christ Church Food Pantry. We also had the opportunity to pray for many of them. A blessing for all involved.

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Christ Church Food Pantry

 

The Gabriel House of Care is a place for those undergoing treatment at Mayo Clinic and their family members. We brought and made dinner for the guests on multiple occasions this year and had the opportunity to talk and pray with them.

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Gabriel House of Care

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Gabriel House of Care

 

Chets Women went above and beyond when asked to help set up an apartment for a refugee family from Burma and donated more then enough supplies, their time and many prayers for the family.

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Apartment set up with World Relief

 

We had the opportunity to bless the Florida Baptist Children’s Home host families and staff by organizing a the storage shed and donation room on campus.

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Florida Baptist Children’s Home

 

We also served in many places during our church’s annual IMPACT JAX event. Chets Women showed up at the Kidz Xtreme block party to share a meal, fun times, and the love of Jesus with disadvantaged children and their families.

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Kidz Xtreme Block Party

 

The women of Chets Nocatee have also had a great first year together! We prayed fervently together during the months before the official campus launch, we experienced IF:Gathering and IF:Pray together, we’ve helped develop community through LifeGroups and regular prayer/accountability/fellowship gatherings, and we’ve grown together in mid-week Bible studies. We’re grateful for a happy and healthy first year!

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This year, as we stay on this same path, we pray for more…more changed lives…more harvest hands….more glory to God. Will you consider joining us and serving God by investing in Chets Women? There is no greater thing to give your life to! Opportunities to serve are endless, from blog writers, study leaders, prayer warriors, triad leaders, community ministry liaisons….we want you to serve where God is working in Chets Women.

You are invited to get involved. Now that is something to put on your calendar!

For His Glory,
Susan


11953519_1897125350511728_3716059687598039577_o{This post was written by Susan Freese, who leads the women’s ministry at Chets Creek Church. She is married to her college sweetheart, Brett, and they have two perpetually bouncy little men who keep them hopping from one sport to another. In 2006, she left her corporate career to answer the call to re-launch in the women’s ministry through Chets Creek Church. She also founded All In Ministries International to serve women across the world. Susan is passionate to see women know Christ and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.}

 

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