Fall 2017 Bible Studies

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In case you haven’t heard, Bible Studies START THIS WEEK! For those of you who have yet to participate, we hope this will be the semester you decide to jump in. With morning and evening classes there is a study available to fit your schedule!

We are very excited to offer a new group on Tuesday mornings, called Mom to Mom. Young moms and seasoned moms will have the opportunity to connect as they participate in discussion questions and hear from different speakers each week on a variety of motherhood topics. Ina DeGram will also be leading a book study on Tuesday mornings, by Stormie Omartian, called The Power of a Praying Wife.

Monday nights Cathy Kaplan is leading a study for parents of preteens and teens, based on the book by Mark Gregston, Tough Guys and Drama Queens. Robin Bedwell and Kelly Miller will be co-leading James MacDonald’s life-changing study, Lord, Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late. 

On Wednesday evenings a Beth Moore study will be offered for our Spanish-speaking women. In addition, a discipleship study, led by Daphne Summers and Mei Chang, will be held for our Chinese community. If you know someone who would be a good fit for these studies, please extend the invitation! Reach out to your friends, coworkers or neighbors. As always, our Bible studies are open to any and all women.

Whatever study you choose, we promise it will be one of the best investments of your time.

For the full line up and to register for a study and childcare, go to chetscreek.com/women/bible-studies today!

 

Building Relationships Around a TABLE

How did I end up saying “Yes” to hosting a Chets Women: TABLE? I’d love to share with you!

My name is Rachael and I am a wife and mother of three. I love spending time with my family, getting away for a weekend, and I “worry work” myself whenever I have a free moment.

In the past couple of years my life has really changed. Throughout my adult life, I was a caregiver for my dad and grandmother until they both recently passed away. With this loss, I felt a huge responsibility to fill the time I would normally be taking care of them with something positive and productive. I needed help finding my place. I needed to find my place to serve, to give, and to love. That was when I signed up for a study called Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker. The words of the introduction to the book resonated in my heart:

“Our hope is that through our story you might identify where God is leading you. We hope you read something that helps you overcome what is holding you back. And we give you permission to chase after it.”

Around the same time, I started reading The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. This book taught me that baby steps are OK! I felt such a release from the pressure to have everything perfect! I learned to make choices that fit into the goals for my life and family, something the author called direction.

“Our decisions aren’t just isolated choices. Our decisions point our lives in the directions we’re about to head. Show me a decision and I’ll show you a direction.”

When Kelley Hastings rolled out Chets Women: TABLE at our church, I was looking forward to attending. It involves gathering 6 women to discuss 4 questions for 2 hours around a table. In fact, I felt very comfortable attending. But when Kelley gave me that kind, gentle look silently suggesting that I should host a TABLE, I was scared. I was flooded with insecurities. I am very unqualified to be any sort of spiritual leader. I have a huge fear of rejection (I get nervous that my own family won’t show up for Christmas). I make excuses for other people to not hang out with me even before I invite them. In the midst of these fears, God did that stirring in my heart that I had been praying for and chasing after. I used the decision checklist that I learned from Lysa in The Best Yes and I remembered Jen Hatmaker’s quote “Until we are obedient in word and deed we’re just here pretending to be there.” Honestly, there was no excuse holding me back from hosting a TABLE: I had a house, I had the date open, small environments are my favorite, and I felt it in my heart. I pressed through and said yes!

I ended up inviting the girls from my neighborhood. Some went to Chets Creek and others didn’t. A few were good friends and others I barely knew. I invited them on a Thursday night to my house for cheese and dessert. I prepared the TABLE, grabbed the four questions and welcomed these wonderful women into my home. We had a great time. We talked through things, we shared, we got way off subject, we cried, and we encouraged each other. We all loved the camaraderie and being able to talk through things with Godly women. We didn’t want it to be a one-time thing. So, we gathered around a table again, and then we did it again and again.

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This TABLE of women has been such a blessing to me. They accepted my invitation with a “Yes.” We show up in yoga pants and messy hair. But we show up for the same reason, to say Yes. To say Yes to Godly friendship, to say Yes to stopping our busy lives to focus on Him, and to say Yes to baby steps that lead us to serve and be closer to an amazing God.

As with most things, it wasn’t the event itself that changed me the most. It was the confidence that came from overcoming excuses and insecurities in order to serve Him. My TABLE wasn’t perfect. Everyone I invited did not come. I felt the sting of rejection. But, I knew God was working in me. I knew if I only had one person, it would be worth it. I knew that God was doing something bigger than just calling me out of my comfort zone. He was leading me into something and I desperately wanted to chase after it. God had a plan and it involved transforming me. So, when I received that kind gentle request from Kelley to serve with her on the Chets Women Connect Team I easily said yes. I knew it would be a challenge worth chasing after and I am excited to see how God can use me.

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As we approach another Chets Women: TABLE event, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Is this a baby step I should take?” If you feel that desire or stirring, just say Yes. Reach out to those around that you wouldn’t normally “church” with. Invite them over for 2 hours, 4 questions, and 6 women. God will not let you down!

How do you plan on setting your TABLE?


Women will gather around a TABLE all over Jacksonville during the weekend of October 7 at various times and locations. You can sign up to host or attend a TABLE in the atrium on Sunday 9/18 and 9/25. Questions? Contact Rachael Calzada at RachaelO@msn.com. 

 

 

Into the Light

Sometimes being in the dark can be good, sometimes not. As a teacher, I find sitting in my classroom with the lights dimmed after a busy day so calming. In the mornings when I get ready I like to keep the lights dimmed for a different reason. When it’s darker, I don’t have to see all of my flaws in the mirror. As women, we tend to want to stay in the “darkness” or at least keep the lights dimmed in our lives to avoid seeing all of our imperfections. However, God wants us to turn on His light to show us where He wants us to grow and change.

Priscilla Shirer writes in The Armor of God study,

“Our deceiver operates in the darkness. And he hopes we will, too. As long as we’re stumbling around shrouded in darkness – not really sure what’s true and what’s not – we’ll never be able to see him for who he really is and detect the underlying intentions of his plans. What we need is a spotlight that pierces the darkness and lays bare all his evil schemes, systems, and illusions. The truth of God’s Word is that light.”

Priscilla’s words left a deep impression on me this summer. She shared how absolutely critical it is to know all of God’s Word. Not just a basic surface knowledge, but a deep intimate knowledge. It is easy to be deceived by Satan’s lies in our culture and in our own hearts and minds, but as women of God we can choose to not be deceived any longer. We can choose to be immersed in God’s Word each day and allow His light to shine into every part of our lives.

In the past, I’ve tried to read through the entire Bible on my own, but became easily sidetracked or confused. I started thinking that other Chets women might have had the same struggles. This gave me the idea for the upcoming study, Chets Women: READ THE BIBLE. Over the next nine months we will be using resources created by The Bible Project as we read God’s Word together. With the help of a daily reading plan, once a month meetings, and videos that explain each book of the Bible, we will learn HOW to read the Bible for ourselves and keep each other ENCOURAGED every step of the way. What a powerful gift for each of us.

The goal of this study is to read God’s Word, His spotlight of truth, and know it so deeply that it changes our hearts for our good and ultimately for God’s glory. Even as Joshua was about to enter the Promised Land, the Lord expressed how important His Word is. God tells Joshua in Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Please join me as we read the Bible together. It won’t be easy, but it will be so worth it!!

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

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(( Register here for Chets Women: READ THE BIBLE ))


FullSizeRender (1){This post was written by Kelly Miller. Kelly is a wife to Ben, mommy to a sweet daughter, and a 2nd grade teacher at Providence. She is an active member of the Stevens Lifegroup. She enjoys studying God’s Word and loves to encourage others in their relationship with the Lord. Some of her favorite things include playdates with friends, massages, and iced coffees.}

Pull the Plug and Get Real!

Women, especially in our current culture, crave connection. We find a myriad of ways to keep in touch with our families, friends, other moms, co-workers, women we met at Target or at Bible study. And society doesn’t hinder our efforts either, with the push to keep up with everyone you’ve ever even heard of through Facebook. Or, if you’re a little younger, Instagram. Or, even a little younger, SnapChat. Just yesterday, Ciara Parker excitedly gave me the beginnings of what, I’m sure, will shape up to be a very informative SnapChat tutorial. Or these cell phones now, the size of a small iPad. The iPhone 6+ won’t even fit in the Chick-Fil-A phone coop! (FYI—we crammed ours in because, let’s face it, we all wanted free ice cream!) Everyone and everything is at our disposal; or we could consider that WE are at everyone’s disposal. And many times, we make SURE we are at everyone’s disposal…because how will they manage without us?

In addition to the constant connection to people and the world around us, we are imprisoned in our own personal struggles, like anxiety, depression, family issues, broken relationships, fear, the comparison trap. I mean, I constantly compare myself to Sally who is over here making apple-shaped and scented homemade soaps for all her kids’ teachers on the first day of school. And I’m just over hoping I can use the bathroom by myself for five minutes. Seriously. I struggle with anxiety, and have since I was a child. Some days my unfounded anxiety controls my entire day, and I find myself engaged in a battle that, seemingly, has no light at the end of the tunnel. And who wants to share with everyone all the baggage they deal with constantly? Because if Sally who makes apple-scented soaps knows my issues, then she will NEVER invite me to come over and make soap with her and her perfect Pinterest friends, and I’ll be a loser mom. And wife. And woman.

So, what do I do? I was taught from an early age to “fake it til ya make it.” And I have mastered the art of faking it…to my detriment. Why do we, as early as we understand how to, hide our weaknesses and struggles and pretend to be someone we’re not? While I know that transparency requires some discretion, especially on social media and in large groups, we often put up a façade even to those who love us and know us best.

Listen, friends, we as sisters in Christ should be unified, “encouraging one another, all the more faithfully as [we] see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). We’re all broken. Don’t be fooled by a Facebook profile picture or apple soap. We all have struggles and hard days and crazy kids and difficult relationships and—stop traffic—weaknesses. And sometimes we just need to intentionally walk away, lay it down, shut the door, UNPLUG the power that satan deceives us with. That is what UNPLUGGED is all about—coming together as sisters who love the Lord and acknowledging that we don’t have it all together…but our God does. And when we plug into His goodness and power and rest and peace and mercy, his love mends our brokenness and makes us whole. Remember that His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

So—truly—come as you are, and join us for Chets Women: UNPLUGGED ~ A Night of Songs and Stories.

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This event is free and open to all women. Let us know you’re coming and easily invite your coworkers, neighbors, friends and family by sharing the Facebook event. Childcare is provided for kids, babies to 5th grade, by online reservation.


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{This post was written by April Tapp. April is an Arkansas girl who is enjoying her newly transplanted life in sunny Florida. She is married to Jeff, the Minister to Students at Chets Creek Church. With a heart for girls ministry, April serves alongside Jeff in student ministry, as well as serving in the women’s ministry role of leading the team for large group gatherings. Jeff and April have two boys that keep April on her toes, especially when their fun involves surfing (read: sharks), skateboards, and high speeds. She loves her Keurig, writing, teaching, and you’ll always see her in a great pair of earrings.}

Fall 2016 Bible Studies

It’s that time again! Fall bible studies are fast approaching and registration is now OPEN! We have a great line up of studies to choose from. If you have not participated before, we hope this will be the semester you decide to jump in. With a wide variety of topics, and classes offered on Monday and Wednesday nights and Tuesday mornings, there is a study just for you that will fit your schedule! We promise it will be one of the best investments of your time and the friendships you form will be such a blessing. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Bible studies are open to any and all women. You can register online for classes and free childcare. Or you may visit the Chets Women table in the atrium on Sunday August 21 and 28 to browse books, talk to facilitators and register. Workbooks are $15 each unless otherwise specified.


MONDAY NIGHT STUDIES ~ Start September 12  •  7:00 to 9:00pm

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Leader: Kelly Miller  •  No Cost

Have you ever wanted to read the whole Bible for yourself, but easily got discouraged or confused? If so, then the Chets Women: READ THE BIBLE is for you! We will read through the whole Bible together during the upcoming school year (September to June). There is a daily reading plan, videos that explain each book of the Bible, and we will meet together on the second Monday of each month (September 12 to June 12) to encourage each other every step of the way.

 

Transformed: How God Changes Us13882513_10209980153202043_5844854641544366394_n by Rick Warren

7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Daphne Summers •  Cost $13

The world is shouting for our attention with answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s Word is the only answer that promises to transform our lives from the inside out. Be a part of our TRANSFORMED fall spiritual growth campaign at Chets by being in a Transformed Group. We will look at how God changes us in seven key areas of our life: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relational, financial, and vocational. This is the same study as we will be doing in LifeGroups and will align with Pastor Spike’s sermons.

 

Here and Now…There and Then: A Lecture Series on Revelation by Beth Moore

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11 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Ali Long • Cost $15

An in-depth study series on the book of Revelation presenting many points of view, allowing women to decide for themselves when the interpretation varies among scholars. She teaches that God is as specific about what He does reveal as He is about what He does not reveal.

 

 

Me, Myself & Lies: A Thought-Closet Makeover by Jennifer Rothschild

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7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Liza Akley • Cost $15

Words are powerful. Especially the words women speak to themselves. All too often, what they say to themselves when they lie in bed at night or look in the mirror in the morning is not even close to the words God wants them to speak to their souls. What we think about often has a ripple effect on nearly every area of our lives.

 

 

The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirerplanning-center---armor-of-god

7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Shawna Mills  •  Cost $15

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.

 


TUESDAY MORNING STUDIES ~ Start August 30 • 9:30 to 11:30am

Discerning the Voice of God13920972_10209995237019129_8885857502484056966_n by Pricilla Shirer

8 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Dee McCollum  •  Cost $15

Have you been in the presence of passionate believers who shared stirring encounters with God’s voice while your own soul overflowed with confusion? How did the saints know God was speaking? No blessing surpasses a relationship with God in which you know when He is specifically calling to you. The more intimate your relationship with Him, the clearer God’s voice becomes. This study provides participants with practical help in knowing whether what you’re hearing is from God. You will become more familiar with God’s Spirit, His character, language, and tone of voice.

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman13891854_10209995459704696_9114289459881345030_n by Beth Moore

11 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Sherrill Boone  •  Cost $15

If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.

 

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst

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6 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Yvonne Yarbrough  •  Cost $15

This Bible study helps women explore the roots of rejection; the lies we believe as a result; and the truth about who God is, who we are, and what it looks like to live loved.

 

 

Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren

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7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Gina Cruz  • Cost: $13

The world is shouting for our attention with answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s Word is the only answer that promises to transform our lives from the inside out. Be a part of our TRANSFORMED fall spiritual growth campaign at Chets by being in a Transformed Group. We will look at how God changes us in seven key areas of our life: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relational, financial, and vocational. This is the same study as we will be doing in LifeGroups and will align with Pastor Spike’s sermons.

 

Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg13920635_10210006425938845_8493492854224218201_n

6 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Kristen Veniard  •  Cost $15

Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. These are all symptoms of a soul that has lost touch with its source of life. Like a flower snipped from the vine, the soul that is not turned toward God can only wither away. In this study we will discover what the soul is, why it is important, how to assess it’s health, and how to care for it so that it contributes to the depth and beauty of our relationship with God and others.

**This study begins on Tuesday, September 13.**

 


WEDNESDAY EVENING LIFE UNIVERSITY COURSES ~ Start August 24 • 6:30 to 7:30pm

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6 Weeks, DVD/Book Study

Leaders: Marie Meltzer and Diana Bartolec

Cost: $10

Journey with us as we learn to satisfy our deepest desires with God – not food. The course will combine Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave study with an effective nutritional approach using Whole30 methods.

 

 

Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves by Trillia Newbell

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6 Weeks, DVD/Book Study

Leader: Cathy Kaplan

Cost: $10

Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone – the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith. When we’re struck with fear, where do we turn? Can God really be trusted? In this course we will explore our fears and how those fears impact their relationships, self-esteem, peace of mind, and walk with God. We will walk through Scriptures that show God’s love and strength when we are afraid and His faithfulness in times of trouble.

 

Mom to Mom: Heart Talk on What Really Matters by Linda Schultz Anderson

12 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study1797383_10210006481100224_7360943609068483819_n

Leaders: Emily Ramsey and Jessica Brothers

Cost: $15

Mom to Mom is a Biblically-based parenting program designed around the Titus 2:4 concept of older women teaching and encouraging younger women in their relationship with their husbands and children. Through small group interaction, growth occurs not only in our parenting skills but also in our wholeness as women – intellectually, relationally, and spiritually.

 

Transformed: How God Changes Us (Spanish-speaking Women) by Rick Warren

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6 weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leaders: Gladys Franco and Adriana Brinkman

Cost: $13

Transformados es una campaña de siete sesiones, que guiará y hará crecer su iglesia mediante la exploración de lo que la Biblia tiene que decir sobre cada área esencial de nuestra vida: Espiritual, Física, Mental, Emocional, Relacional, Financiera y Vocacional. El mundo está gritando para captar nuestra atención con las respuestas a nuestras luchas con las relaciones personales, con soluciones a nuestros problemas financieros y con las explicaciones a nuestra búsqueda del significado. Pero las promesas del mundo nos dejan vacíos y en la búsqueda de más. La voluntad de Dios es la única respuesta que promete TRANSFORMAR nuestras vidas desde dentro hacia fuera.


Register online today or in the church atrium on Sunday, August 21 & 28.

Equipped for the Fight – Armor of God Recap

Chets Women gathered this Summer for a powerful Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer. Check out the photo recap below and this great summary by one of our facilitators, Christy Mobley. 


Can you relate?

You’re having one of those absolutely phenomenal, pristine, perfect days with your spouse. One for the records books. But then it happens. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere an argument pops up, rumbling in like an unexpected thunderstorm. Voices thunder and sharp words like lightening strike at your heart clouding with darkness what God meant for beauty.

And you think, what went wrong?

Or, you’ve just come back from an awesome retreat or conference where you had a mountaintop experience, only to come home to live out “Murphy’s law” first hand. Within seconds your mountaintop becomes a sullen valley.

And you think, what just happened here?

What happened is, in reality you’re not fighting with your spouse or “Murphy” whoever. If our hands could pull back the veil to this world, we’d see a spiritual warfare being waged all around us.

For our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV

But God gives us weapons with which to fight back – weapons we learned how to use in our Summer Bible Study.

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First we found out Jesus Christ blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3 How cool is that?

Then we were taught how to suit up each and every day with the most protective armor in the universe – God’s own armor.

We choose to put on this protective uniform starting with the belt of truth (God’s Word) buckled around our waist. None of this “God on the go” will do. We need a firm core of truth to hold everything in place.

The breastplate of righteousness (right living) comes next. While perfect righteousness discourages and comparative righteousness deceives, imputed righteousness defines us. We learned the key to practicing righteousness is to daily put off the old and put on the new.

Next strap on the shoes of peace. The go shoes—the good news of Jesus that gives us sure footing when the enemy is trying to trip us up, stir us up, and mess us up.

Remembering what faith is, acting like it is so, even when it is not so, so that it might be so, simply because God said so, we take up the shield of faith which is big enough to cover and protect our heads and our hearts from the fiery arrows of the evil one.

Finally we put on the helmet of salvation (our inheritance in Christ) for comprehensive coverage while taking up the sword of the Spirit.

Now that we have the armor on, how do we activate this high powered God driven equipment to start fighting the real enemy?

The directions say, bathe it all PRAYER. Prayer activates the armor.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18

Amen?!


Here’s the photo recap of all the strong and beautiful, armored-up, Chets Women who attended.

If you missed out, we’ll be offering this study again in the Fall. Check back for details. Registration opens August 11. 


Christy Mobley{This article was written by Christy Mobley. Christy is a girly girl at heart. She has a passion for fashion and decorating which is to say, she loves to shop and move things around her house. She chases tennis balls for recreation and enjoys scavenging the beach for shark teeth. She and husband David of 32 years, are life group leaders and have been at Chets from it’s earliest beginnings. They have two adult sons and two daughter-in-laws. Christy loves sharing God’s Word through writing, speaking and teaching. Check out her personal blog at www.christymobley.com.}

Chets Women Ministry Spotlight: Unleash Team!

thumb_20160408_013733_1024{This post was written by Eugenia Willard. Eugenia, her husband Micah, and 3 year old daughter Abby, recently welcomed baby Josiah to the family. Eugenia serves on the Chets Women Communications Team and loves to stay busy. A recovering workaholic, Eugenia is learning how to find fulfillment in Christ alone and how to balance the new demands of being a stay at home mom- or, as Micah puts it, a domestic engineer.}


In 2013 the leaders of Chets Women prayed for a God-given vision for our women’s ministry. The answer, as many of you know, is a collection of smaller ministries, each focused on a particular aspect of discipleship; Connect, Disciple, Transform, Unleash, Pray and Communicate. But, you may ask, what are these teams really meant to do in the church body and the community; and who are the trailblazing leaders chosen to head them?

Today we wanted to shine a spotlight on the Unleash team to introduce you to your hosts for Chets Women Unleashed Night on April 11. The Unleash team is focused on serving Jesus by serving others using their unique gifts and passions. I was able to correspond with Michelle Arguello, the leader of the Unleash team, to ask about the team itself, their focus and how to become involved. Michelle’s answers left me in no doubt that the team is appropriately named. The word ‘unleash’ is defined ‘to begin something powerful that, once begun, cannot be controlled’. The prayer of this team is to do just that; to start you on the path of using your God-given gifts to fulfill your unique purpose in this world.
 
Q&A with Michelle Arguello

Tell us about yourself.

I have bee10407478_10202910105824711_2810681246982978537_nn attending Chets Creek Church for about 9 years. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 13 years and have two young children. I love reading and I can’t survive without coffee! I recently had to cut off my Pinterest addiction in an attempt to spend my time more wisely. But more importantly than those details of my life, I have a passion for helping women grow deeper in their relationship with God and discover their unique purpose.

What brought you to serve as the Unleash team leader?

I am extremely honored to be leading this team. I would never have pictured serving in this capacity before God flipped my spiritual life upside down about two years ago. I asked the question many women ask, “What do I have to offer?” I really wanted to know the answer to that question, so I signed up for a book study called Restless. Through that class God showed me that I have value and that he uses all the pieces of my life to create a unique calling that He designed just for me. After attending Restless, God opened up doors for me to use my newly discovered gifts. I was obedient to a series of serving opportunities that eventually led me to this team. It was a process of one small step of obedience followed by another.

What is the overall purpose of the Unleash team?

The goal of the Unleash team is to walk alongside women through the journey of discovering their unique gifts and passions and then continuing to walk alongside them as they live that out in service to God and others.

What do you consider the team’s greatest strength?

The greatest strength of my team members is definitely their true passion to inspire women to get more involved. They want to do more than exchange emails. They want to get to know you, encourage you, pray for you, and plug you into serving opportunities that are a good fit for your gifts and your life.

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Unleash Team at Well Fed: Bonnie Brogle, Kristen Black, Michelle Arguello, Liza Akley, Rachel Alonzo, & Thais Varzoni. Not pictured: Kristen Santinga, Adriana Brinkman, Gladys Franco, & Hilary Windsor.

What is the vision for the Unleash Team’s impact in the women’s ministry and our communities?

We want to dream BIG! We pray for women to have a stirring in their hearts for more…more of God and a deeper relationship with Him that overflows to others. We envision many Chets women taking a step of faith to move outside of their comfort zones and try something new. We would like to have a serving team for each of the organizations we partner with, as well as, ongoing classes to assist women in discovering their gifts.

Speaking of serving teams, where do these service projects originate?

We have a list of vetted organizations that we partner with for serve days and other events. These are organizations connected to Chets or someone who attends Chets. However, we are always open to adding new opportunities to the list. So, please contact me if you would like to discuss an organization you already volunteer with, know of, or work for.

Are service projects open for anyone to serve or is there a process?

I love this question! The Unleash team strives to NOT be a closed group or a clique of a few select women who try to accomplish all of God’s work alone. We are open to anyone and our events are created with diversity in mind. There is no prerequisite to serve and we encourage women to jump in and get involved. If you are hesitant, like I was, because you aren’t sure where you fit, we would love to help you figure it out. There is something for everyone. There are service opportunities for every stage of life and every type of schedule.

Is there any schedule or calendar where we can see the upcoming service opportunities?

At this point there is not a calendar of events. We are working on putting that in place. However, there will not be an exact calendar with everything planned out for the whole year. There will be certain main events planned, but we want to leave room for the Holy Spirit to work. In our busy culture it is important to remember that sometimes opportunities happen spontaneously and we need to leave margin for God’s plans.

In closing, what would you have a Chets Woman take take away from this article?

Our team verse sums it up:

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10

We are all called to serve and God has uniquely gifted each of us and equipped us to do it. If you feel restless or like there is something more, it’s because there is!! We are not saved through works, but we are saved for works. We are made to show and share God’s love to a hurting and lost world.  I challenge you to prayerfully consider your next step in serving.


Join us tunleashhis Monday, April 11 from 7:00 to 9:00pm for our first Chets Women Unleashed night at the Hodges Campus, Fuel Station (Room 223).

RSVP on the Facebook Event page.

For more information contact Michelle Arguello.