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.}

7 Facts About Well Fed

Well Fed is a One Night Event for Women on October 18th at 5:30 p.m. at Chets Hodges Campus.

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  1. Designed for you.
    Eleven months ago, we asked God for what’s next in His Chets Women’s ministry. He impressed the need for women to be Well Fed.

    Dozens of people on worship, program, communications, prayer, registration, volunteer coordination, decoration and food design/prep teams are working hard to create an extraordinary night designed for you (and the lost friend you invite) to be Well Fed.

    How?

  2. You’ll be Well Fed physically.
    The Hodges atrium will feature multiple food stations from salmon, beef and pasta to dessert assortments prepared by Chets Women. The worship center will be converted into a dining room and middle and high school girls will refresh your drinks. So, come hungry physically.

  3. You’ll be Well Fed spiritually.
    Moments after Well Fed was selected, God led me to the passage of scripture to share with you. For months I’ve prayed and asked God for a fresh and biblically faithful approach to the text and He has revealed it! From seekers to lifelong Christians, the passage will feed you for eternity. So, come ready to hear from God and bring your Bibles.  

  4. You’ll laugh with friends and make new ones.
    Connecting with friends in authentic biblical community is hard when life is full. This evening we’re building in time during dinner for you to rest, relax and enjoy time with your faith family.

  5. You’ll worship musically and prayerfully.
    God created women differently than men. We think, feel, and respond differently in life and in worship. With that in mind, musical worship and a time of prayer ministry has been carefully and prayerfully chosen to meet your unique needs.

  6. You’ll pursue the Savior and follow where He leads.
    Some learn audibly, others visually, and others by example. Knowing this, we are serving up different connection points for you to grow in your faith and be unleashed.

  7. You’ll need to grab your ticket asap.  
    Only 300 tickets are available and last year we sold out a week before the event. We want you there! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here or in the Hodges atrium on Sunday. (Childcare for kids birth to 5th grade is available only for those who could not otherwise attend unless it was provided. Email kate@chetscreek.com to reserve childcare.)

We’ve asked God to show up and show off at Well Fed. So call your girlfriends and see who’s coming to this one night event for women on Sunday, October 18th at 5:30 p.m. This is a great chance for a God-centered Girls’ Night Out! Purchase your tickets today for you and a friend before they are all gone.

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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.}