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.}

Triads, Triads, Read all about it!

 

Women gathered after church today to learn about Chets Women Discipleship Triads – a group of three women who grow in spiritual maturity by centering on the essentials of God’s Word. With the direction of the Holy Spirit, women form intimate, encouraging and accountable relationships with each other.

Chelly Brown shared how this approach to discipleship has dramatically changed her life. For example, a few years ago she didn’t know any scripture, and memorization has never been something easy for her, but now she can. not. stop. sharing Scripture! And the ladies attending from her Lifegroup gave an “Amen!” in agreement to that fact. Scripture memorization is only one component of this disciple-making approach, which re-wired Chelly’s thoughts and transformed her actions. Aside from the personal growth in her relationship with Christ, Chelly has peace knowing that she IS fulfilling the great commission to make disciples and forming strong friendships along the way. The triad approach and the workbook entitled, “Discipleship Essentials” teaches you everything you need to know about multiplication. Chelly now leads the Chets Women Transform Ministry and we had the privilege of hearing from several of her team members and those who have participated in a life-changing triad.

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Chets Women Transform Ministry Team

Triads involve a high level of commitment to the study and the members of the group. Members work individually through a daily curriculum workbook of 25 lessons and meet weekly for an hour or two to discuss the homework. Due to the demands of life, it may take a year to complete the study. As Daphne Summers said, “It doesn’t matter how busy you are, God will make a way for you to get the work done.” The awesome thing about getting into God’s word is that the more you dig in, the more He gives you the desire to do so. Becky Nott said she couldn’t believe how much she looked forward to this special time of the day for her…“I couldn’t wait to get home to read and see what came next in the book.”

Liza Akley has done many Bible studies through the church and on her own, but she pointed out one major difference in being involved in a triad – ACCOUNTABILITY. Occasionally she’d like to skip over the reciting Scripture part during their meeting, but her Triad sisters love her too much to let her miss out on this powerful aspect of a Triad. Of all the books and tools that Liza has used to study God’s Word, she says none has impacted her life the way the Holy Spirit has through this book.

Marie Meltzer said through this experience she has “developed a sincere, heartfelt love for her sisters in Christ.” And this was confirmed one Sunday when her Lifegroup went around the room and described each person in one word. They described Marie as ‘loving.’ Women are transformed through this experience and others take note.

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Marie Meltzer, Diana Bartolec, Chelly Brown, & Martha Pellino

Many of the women who came are ready to get started. They bought their book and now they are headed home to pray. They are praying for God to place other spiritually hungry women on their heart. Then they will extend the invitation to two other women. And after they all take time to pray, when the Holy Spirit confirms, a Triad is born.  The transformation journey begins and deep, genuine, life-long friendships are made.

If you’re ready to take your relationship with Jesus to the next level, while fulfilling your purpose to glorify God by making disciples, then it is time to consider a Discipleship Triad. Ready to find out more? Let us know by checking off “Women interested in discipling others” on the Chets Women website or contact Chelly Brown at Chellbro6@gmail.com.

 

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.}

 

We are One Body

This time last year our little family of three was just entering our first fall here in Jacksonville after moving from Chicago in April.  We were moved into our home, our daughter had just started school, we had found a home church that we were excited to grow and serve with, and now it was time to start to get connected with our new community.  I happen to have a slight addiction 😉 to Christian women’s blogs, and sometimes it honestly just feels like information overload because there are a LOT of them out there!  Thankfully, however, I happened to see Jen Hatmaker posting toward the end of last August about an upcoming event called IF:Pray.  It caught my attention, and I started watching the promo videos. I needed to figure out where the closest one to me was being held, and I needed to be there.  I discovered that Chets Creek Church was a host site, so I sent an email saying that I would so love to participate in this event, but asking sheepishly if it would be okay if I came despite the fact that my family’s home church is down the road at Church of Eleven22.   I received a reply rather quickly, and of course, they were MORE than happy that I was coming in spite my not being a member of Chets!  It is funny what the enemy tries to do, isn’t it?  I mean, we are one body in Christ, right?  

So, there I was one weekday evening last September, walking into a room full of women that I did not know who welcomed me with open arms and many smiles.  You see, we had just spent 7 1/2 years in Chicago which I now have so many beautiful memories of, but in the beginning half of those years there were times when we felt so incredibly alone in our faith.  We felt like strangers in the land.  We felt isolated, wondering, does anyone else out there know Him?  Does anyone else out there think like us?  Where are you?  Well, there are, of COURSE, many, many people who thought like us and shared our faith.  It just did not always feel like it in those beginning years.  We had to get out of our comfort zone and go seek them out.  We learned so very much though in those years about contentment in Christ.  We learned that it doesn’t matter where you live or what your circumstances are, He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He is ALL. We. Need.  

Also, in the years we lived in Chicago, there were many “culture wars” that went on, and those definitely just added to that “stranger in the land” feeling.  There was something else God taught us though while we were there in those uncomfortable situations.  A dear friend I had made through our then home church who I considered a wise, mentor type woman said something one day that always stuck with me.  She said she always asks herself in those situations, “By me proving my point to this person and being “right”, is that going to bring them closer to finding a relationship with Christ?”  That started me on a journey where God showed me how important it is that we, as a Church, start to be known for what we stand FOR instead of what we are AGAINST.  God started showing me that PRAYER is our most valuable weapon in an upside down world!  Getting together with other like minded women from all over the nation and even the world and falling down on our knees TOGETHER and crying out to our Savior on behalf of a fallen world that needs a Savior?  That goes SO much further at showing people on the outside, if you will, who Jesus really is than proving my point ever did.  

So, I found myself in a huddle with 3 other ladies in a room at Chets Creek Church last fall pouring out prayers for the world to know that Jesus is real and came to this earth to pull them out of their pit and bring them from death to life.  I went in that room knowing not a single lady. My only connection was the lady I emailed to ask if I could come who is now a dear, dear friend! I left knowing people and making lifelong friends with several of those sisters in Christ that I met that night.  There have been coffee/prayer dates, encouraging texts, etc. that never would have happened had I not reached out of my comfort zone and gone into a room at a church I did not attend with women in it that I did not know.  Praise God I just put one foot in front of the other and made it in there!  


IF:Pray takes place on September 14th, and you can arrive at Chets as early as 7:30. The live stream of the event will take place at 8:00 pm where we will join women all around the world for a sweet, precious time in prayer.  As John Piper said, prayer is our wartime walkie talkie, and we are in a war all the time in this world.  We need to join together with other sisters and cry out together.  I hope you will join in no matter where you go to church – we are one body in Christ!  For more info and to RSVP: click here.


{This post was written by Sheri Daily. Sheri has been married to her high school sweetheart/railroader husband, Jason, for 17 years, and they have an 8 year old daughter that they adore. Sheri leads a disciple group with her husband at the Church of Eleven22 and loves offering a smile, kind word and a glimpse of “Hope” while serving at Hope’s Closet Thrift. She loves Jesus, loves to read and is quite serious about her coffee.}  

IF:Pray – An invitation to come

A year ago, I just happened to show up at a Chet’s prayer gathering. It was one of the first evenings I ventured out after having my second child. I could have easily missed this, but somehow God got me there. I had no idea what to expect and I only knew two faces in the room, but that didn’t matter.

I took my seat. We worshiped. We all prayed together. Then we broke into small groups to pray for specific “calls to prayer.” Some prayed aloud, while others prayed silently. The presence of God was heavy in the room.

We started praying for the unreached people of the world – people who had never heard the name of Jesus. My heart ached for these people. I started praying, but then something amazing happened –  something I hadn’t experienced in a long time – the Holy Spirit prayed through me. I’m not talking about anything strange; but the passion and the words, they weren’t my own. It was almost like I felt the Lord’s heart for His people.

I’m telling you this because I know Jesus is going to show up again this year.

And I don’t want you to miss it.

It’s not even about the anointing that He may pour out – that’s an added blessing.

It’s about aligning our hearts with His.

Maybe it has been awhile since you’ve felt the presence of God? Or maybe you are burdened by all that is going on in our world today? If so, I urge you to come. Get rid of excuses. Don’t be intimidated. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t know anyone going. I promise you will leave feeling connected. Nothing is more powerful than joining together with women for one simple reason: To pray.

Join us as we pray for God’s people, His church, and our world.

Come and see God move. Come and be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  


IF:Pray — A Prayer Gathering of Women across the World                                                                                                           Monday, September 14th, 8:00 – 10:00 PM                                                                                                                           Chets Creek Church, Hodges Campus, Student Worship Room/3rd Floor

Doors open at 7:30pm for coffee and homemade desserts. Livestream begins at 8:00pm. For more information contact Jill Darkatsh at ejdark@comcast.net. RSVP to this free event on the IF:Pray Facebook Invite 



Ready…Aim…

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In my household lately we have had much discussion about our thought life. We have taken much of our current sermon series about habits and thoughts to heart.  Our thoughts control our actions: what we say, how we say it.  It completely impacts everything we do!
A few Saturdays ago the Chets Women prayer team went to gather for prayer and shoot archery. This was absolutely not coincidence and it’s timing was actually perfect. Many women arrived to shoot their arrow straight at the enemy. We shot arrows and prayed prayers to impact the thoughts and habits of our families, church and children.  There was prayer for healing, marriages, children, discouragement, and for God’s vision.  How powerful is that!?
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Just as these women gathered to pray and shoot their arrows physically it was confirmation that daily we must tackle our thought life and shoot our arrows spiritually.
Psalm 144 was our guide that day to our spiritual warfare. It’s how we approached tackling our thoughts and habits.

Psalm 144

A psalm of David.

Praise the Lord, who is my rock.
    He trains my hands for war
    and gives my fingers skill for battle.
He is my loving ally and my fortress,
    my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
    He makes the nations[a] submit to me.

Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,
    mere mortals that you should think about them?
For they are like a breath of air;
    their days are like a passing shadow.

Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.
    Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.
Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!
    Shoot your arrows and confuse them!
Reach down from heaven and rescue me;
    rescue me from deep waters,
    from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

I will sing a new song to you, O God!
    I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.
10 For you grant victory to kings!
    You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.
11 Save me!
    Rescue me from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

12 May our sons flourish in their youth
    like well-nurtured plants.
May our daughters be like graceful pillars,
    carved to beautify a palace.
13 May our barns be filled
    with crops of every kind.
May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands,
    even tens of thousands,
14     and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.
May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cries of alarm in our town squares.
15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this!
    Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

(Source: BibleGateway.com)

How powerful is it that the Lord trains our hands for war?  He is our shield in whom we take refuge. He shoots His arrow to scatter the enemy. We will sing a new song to the Lord.
This passage alone can help us transform our thought life and create new habits. Psalm 144 teaches us to put our Trust in the Lord, tells us how to overcome our enemy, shares how to prepare for battle, and demonstrates how to celebrate our victories.
If the enemy tells you something negative…grab your arrow.
If you have doubts…grab your arrow.
If you think something can’t be done…grab your arrow.
If you need healing…grab your arrow.
I have learned at the start of this year that it’s not ever too late to form new spiritual habits. Your new habits begin with your thoughts. Your thoughts lead to positive habits, and your habits CAN and WILL shoot the arrow straight at the enemy. It will keep you steadfast and strong in the Lord!
So keep your heart and mind focused on Him and your arrow will land on the target.
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It’s not too late to join one of our women’s prayer gatherings.  On Tuesday mornings, moms are invited to join together with other moms as we pray for our school-age children and their schools.  Our Wednesday Night Prayer Gatherings are simply ladies gathering to pray.  We will be taking aim on our families, marriages, parenting, workplaces, and more.  Finally, starting Saturday mornings is our Praying Fit – open to all who would love to walk and pray.  Check chetscreek.com/women for more information.

{This post was written by Elizabeth Hendry. Elizabeth and her husband Jerry have been married 23 years. They have a beautiful daughter named Kaylee. Their entire family serves in some form of praise and worship at Chets and they have dubbed themselves the singing “Von Trapp” family! Elizabeth loves being a mom and wife and you will find her on the Soccer field and in a pedicure chair as often as possible!}

Spring 2015 Bible Study Lineup

Who is ready for Bible Studies to begin?!  Coming off of the busy holiday season, you might be in need of some refreshment for your heart and mind.  Look no further than our awesome Spring 2015 lineup of Chets Women Bible Studies!  Details are available below to get you thinking and praying about where to join us.

  • Register at http://hodges.chetscreek.com/women/bible-studies
  • Classes are $15 each unless otherwise specified.  Free childcare is also available.  
  • Come visit us at the Chets Women table in the atrium for the next TWO Sundays (Jan 25th and Feb 1st) if you have any questions or if you’d like to thumb through any of the materials.

MONDAY NIGHTS – beginning Feb. 2, 7:00-9:00pm

How to Start a Discipleship Triad

6 weeks, book study                                                                                              

Leader: Leslie Layton

Jesus made disciples by pouring His life into a few men and women. Today, disciple-making is done when we intentionally walk alongside others in order to grow toward maturity in Christ. By gathering together in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we follow Jesus’ example with his own disciples. This course helps you establish authentic relationships that are based upon the truth of God’s word and mutual accountability. The result is transformed lives.

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break by Kelly Minter

7 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                                  

Leader: Ali Long

Nehemiah’s heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting and lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge

6 weeks, workbook/DVD Study                                                                     

Leader: Denise Nelson

Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.

 

TUESDAY MORNINGS – beginning Feb. 3, 9:30-11:30am

David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore

11 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                               

Leader: Reta Kae Denning

God will never give up on you. Explore how David’s life proves this promise to be true. In this examination of the man after God’s own heart, David will delight and disappoint you. You’ll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at other times. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems, or personal inconsistencies this study is for you.

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity  by Jen Hatmaker

5 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                    

Leader: Kelley Hastings

The American Dream and Christianity Aren’t the Same Thing! God is in the business of interrupting what we think our lives are about. Jen Hatmaker argues that we have missed the point, confusing Christianity with the American Dream and manipulating Scripture to say what we want it to say. Interrupted is about freedom from consumer-driven Christianity and getting back to the true faith, real life, real justice, real religion.

How to Start a Discipleship Triad  

6 weeks, workbook study                                                                                    

Leader: Leslie Layton

Jesus made disciples by pouring His life into a few men and women. Today, disciple-making is done when we intentionally walk alongside others in order to grow toward maturity in Christ. By gathering together in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we follow Jesus’ example with his own disciples. This course helps you establish authentic relationships that are based upon the truth of God’s word and mutual accountability. The result is transformed lives.

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

6 weeks, book study                                                                                          

Leader: Diane Coelho 

Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? This study guides you in identifying, understanding, and speaking your spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. By understanding and strengthening your relationships, you can build a lasting, loving marriage together.

Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit the Spirit by Beth Moore

10 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                        

Leader: Eve Huntley

Join Beth Moore in living beyond yourself: exploring the fruit of the Spirit as presented in the book Galatians. Beth walks participants through each trial listed and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study you’ll come to appreciate the supernatural aspects of the fruit and will learn that you cannot grow, learn, or produce the fruit on your own. By maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God, He develops the fruit of the Spirit resulting in living beyond yourself.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food  by Lysa Terkeurst

7 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                                     

Leader: Dee McCollum

Made to Crave isn’t a how-to book or a diet plan. The truth is, it’s much more than that. It’s the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment needed to make it happen. Lysa Terkeurst taps into the desires God gave us to consume food without letting it consume us. She reminds readers that craving isn’t a bad thing, but we must remember that God wants us to crave more of Him, not food. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose.

Praying Moms

13 weeks (no cost)                                                                                        

Leader: Shauna Michaud

Praying Moms will lead moms (and grandmoms) in a weekly time in praying for their children. From toddler to texting, this is for moms of kids of any age. Using the Moms in Prayer Format, we focus on God’s attributes and Scriptures. We will include praying for our children’s schools, teachers, friends, and heart. It is a sweet time praying with other moms. No matter if you are a prayer warrior or just beginning, turn your worries over to God and experience the peace and power of this weekly time of prayer. Praying aloud is optional.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS – beginning Feb. 4, 6:30-7:30pm

Keep It Shut: What to Say, When to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman

6 weeks, workbook/DVD study   (cost: $20)                                             

Leader: Christy Mobley

If you want to learn how to tackle the hard subjects of gossip and speaking the truth in love, and the power of your own words, all from Biblical standpoints, then this class is for you. Humorous look at how to handle what comes out of the mouth.

What S.H.A.P.E. Are You?

6 weeks (no cost)                                                                                              

Leader: Alisha Calhoun

Join us on a journey to uncover your God-given gifts, abilities, personality, and passions. We will also explore opportunities to put your God-given strengths into action, so you can experience greater joy and glorify God all the more.

Prayer Team Gathering

On-going (no cost)                                                                                             

Leader: Jill Darkatsh

Chets Women’s Prayer Team is meeting weekly to pray. That simple. We are zeroing in on taking aim; praying to bring change in our families, marriages, work places, and ministry. If you have a passion for prayer and love to connect with others; we need you!! Join us as we learn to depend upon Him in prayer. Bring your Bible and a heart to pray. All are welcome and praying aloud is optional.

 

SATURDAY MORNINGS– beginning Feb. 7, 7:00-9:00am

Praying Fit

On-going (no cost/donations accepted/childcare is not available)            

Leader: Melanie Ekholm

Join Chets women in a weekly prayer walk. There is something special about combining a brisk walk with friends and prayer. We will be praying to circle our bodies, heath and self-image while walking. Perfect for beginning walkers interested in getting fit physically and spiritually. Praying aloud is optional. Feeling strong and fit is just a bonus!! Open to women and girls of all ages and fitness levels.