Fall 2017 Bible Studies


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!


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.


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.


{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.}

Vision Lunch – Recap

Doesn’t it seem like only yesterday that we gathered around the table to learn and share with one another about all that God is doing with Chets Women?  I can still taste the strawberry shortcake and memories of sweet connection and conversation.  Thank you to the 100+ women that joined us for a meal and awesome fellowship.  We were truly blown away by your eagerness to connect with one another and to serve – evidence of God’s hand in this ministry.

If you attended, you may have felt challenged to join one of our ministry teams.  If you filled out one of our flyers, you should have been contacted by a leader by now, as we are all eager to have you on board to connect, serve, and grow in the community of women at Chets Creek Church.  God is most certainly doing something extraordinary!

Take a peek at a few of the photos captured at the event.  If you were unable to join us, we still need you to serve alongside us!  Contact susan@chetscreek.com to learn more.







Don’t forget to save the date for our next large-gathering on Sunday (evening), August 24th! Great things are stirring as God stirs the hearts of his ladies!

{Photos were taken by Tamara O’Hanlon.  Tamara accepted the Lord when she was 18 years old, thanks to a youth pastor and his wife who took the time to share and show God’s love to her.  She has been married for 21 years to Jim and together they have a 17 year old son, whom she is able to stay home with and home-school.  Originally from Kansas, she and her husband have been in Jacksonville for 12 years. She has been through a lot in her walk with the Lord, but knowing the love He has for her carries her through the hard times.}