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SOS (Sisters on Sunday)

Monthly, Second Sunday (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September – May, begins September 9
Gathering Place

Sisters on Sundays (SOS) is a monthly gathering of women of all ages and experiences coming together to relax, relate, and refresh with other women in a fun, casual setting. Some events are free, some have a minimal cost associated with them.

A monthly gathering of women of all ages and experiences kicks-off again in the Gathering Place from 6-7:30 PM on Sunday, September 9 featuring local health coach Jen Rozman! Jen is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who is passionate about helping people create healthy relationships between mind, body and spirit. Jen will share a number of great, simple tips for healthier (but still delicious) eating and will demonstrate how to make several easy, healthy snacks you can take home with you! Cost for this event is $15. Advance payment is requested and can be made on Sundays at the Info Desk or in the church office during the week.  Free Child Care is available for this event.

For more information, contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Apples of Gold

Thursday evenings (6:00 – 9:00 PM)
Meets October 4 – November 15 (7 sessions)
Meets off-site in a leader’s home

Apples of Gold is more than a women’s Bible study.  As you meet weekly, mature women mentor younger married women through:

  1. Topical Bible studies based on Titus 2:3-5
  2. Cooking demonstrations and the sharing of a meal
  3. Encouragement to be the woman God created you to be

Join other women in the Apples of Gold nurturing program and you’ll be blessed as you grow together in your love for God, your family, and others. (Participant cost: $15.00 (includes book and recipe binder).  If needed, scholarships are available.)

If you would be interested in being part of an Apples of Gold group or if you have an interest in being a mentor contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Limited to 12 participants.

Women Praying

Monday mornings (10:00 – 11:00 AM)
Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:00 PM)
Facilitator: Pastor Leslie Bolt

Women, if you are interested in growing your relationship with God through prayer, please join Pastor Leslie Bolt at one of these weekly prayer gatherings. Each time begins with a brief reflection on prayer and then the majority of the time is spent simply praying together.  Come as often as you can! These times of prayer are open to all women.

For more information, contact Pastor Leslie at 616.796.3359 or leslieb@christmemorial.org.

CHRISTY AWARD-WINNING* AUTHOR  – LYNN AUSTIN

SAVE THE DATE!  On Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM author Lynn Austin will speak on her soon to be released book, Legacy of Mercy. Return to the shores of Lake Michigan and Holland in this sequel to her well-loved book, Waves of Mercy.

ABOUT THE BOOK – Legacy of Mercy

Having returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can’t seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she’s learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her discover the whole truth.

But as she meets people who once knew her mother and hears stories about the past, Anna soon discovers that some secrets are better left hidden. With pressure mounting to keep the past quiet, she discovers daily that her choice to seek God’s purpose for her life isn’t as simple as she had hoped.

When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje’s been helping new Dutch immigrants – including a teen with a troubled history – adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.

Event Details:

Date:  Tuesday, October 2
Time:  7:00 PM (Lynn will be available to sign books beginning at 6:15 PM and after she speaks)
Location:  Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Road, Holland in the Gathering Place (use Entrance D)

This event would be enjoyed by men and women of all ages!  There is no charge to attend this event.

For more information, contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

* Christy Awards are awarded each year to recognize novels of excellence written from a Christian worldview.

Women of the Word (WOW)

Wednesday Morning WOW:

Dance, Stand, Run – The God-Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground

Wednesday mornings (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
Meets September 19 – December 12 (12 sessions)
Not meeting on November 21
Facilitator:  Cindy VanWyk
Coordinator:  Linda Woldring
Room 166

In this DVD-based Bible study, author Jess Connolly reminds us that grace is always good news. But have we forgotten about holiness? If you want to change the world and not be changed by it, you need the transformation of both.

Jess has lived in the tension between grace and holiness, just like you. In this study she’ll lead us through her discovery that holiness was never meant to be a shaming reminder of what we “should” be doing, but rather a profound privilege of being shaped into Christ-likeness so that we can join God’s mission of changing the world.

Dance, Stand, Run is an invitation to the modern Christian woman to step into the movements of abundant life: dancing in grace, standing firm in holiness, and running on mission. And the best news of all?  You already have everything you need.  As a daughter of God, He has already named you holy.  He has set you apart for His holy purposes, and He has more than equipped you for the job.  You can be a catalyst for good right where you are.

For anyone longing to make their mark with holy influence, Dance, Stand, Run will rally your strength, refresh your purpose, and energize your faith in a God who calls us to be like Him. For a preview of this study visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3J_Mnb6MvE.

This study will include DVD presentations and small group discussions, along with lessons focusing on time spent with God.

For more information or to sign up, contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers while parent or guardian attends this study.

Ruby’s Tuesday Morning WOW: 

Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith

Tuesday mornings (7:30 – 8:30 AM)
Begins September 11
Coordinator: Ruby Kickert
Meets in the Holland Hospital Café

Women are invited to join this study and discussion group as they begin the fall season reading Traveling Mercies by  Anne Lamott. Traveling Mercies is a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise, and very funny Lamott’s faith isn’t about easy answers, which is part of what endears her to believers as well as nonbelievers. Against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. As she puts it, “My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers.” At once tough, personal, affectionate, wise, and very funny, Traveling Mercies tells in exuberant detail how Anne Lamott learned to shine the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life, exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope.

Wednesday WOW:

One in a Million – Journey to Your Promised Land

Wednesday MORNINGS (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
Meets September 19 – December 12 (12 sessions)
Not meeting on November 21
Coordinator: Joni DeJongh
Room 167

Wednesday EVENINGS (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 19 – December 12 (12 sessions)
Not meeting on November 21
Facilitators:  Jacki VanHuis & Kristi Scheneman
Room 166

Do you want to more deeply experience the greatness and power of God? If you want to fill your hunger for God and experience MORE of His power, voice, and live in the abundance God promises join us for a study that promises to take us from the pew to the pavement.

This study by Priscilla Shirer will include DVD presentations and small group discussions, along with lessons focusing on time spent with God. A huge side benefit to this class is the opportunity to bond with caring women all eager to connect and grow together.

This study (same material and schedule) is offered both Wednesday morning and evening.

For more information or to sign up, contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers (morning and evening sessions) and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist (evening session only) for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

AfterHours WOW: 

The Magnificent Obsession – Embracing the God-Filled Life

Tuesday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Begins September 18
Coordinator: Cindi Lampen
Room 160 / 161

Are you missing the Essential to a joyful, purpose-filled life?  Has your faith lost its fire…or even its meaningfulness?  Are you a good person, working hard, contributing to your community, yet find life is somehow incomplete and hollow at the core?  Are you restless in your spirit, with a nagging sense that there just has to be something more?  Author Anne Graham Lotz has known this struggle, too.  As she searched for answers to her heart’s yearning and emptiness, Abraham walked out of the pages of her Bible and into her life. Abraham’s life was full of twists and turns, riches and losses, deceit and redemption, failure and success.  Nevertheless, his story held the key to satisfying Anne’s hungry heart.  The key: embracing a God-filled life.  Step by step.  Choice by choice.  Day by day.  Despite struggling, as we all do, with compromise, fear, family, quarrels, doubt, and disappointment, in the end, Abraham knew God…as His friend.

Through personal anecdotes, unforgettable stories, and inspiring insights, in this DVD / book study Anne Graham Lotz will share with us the answers she found as she embraced the God-filled life.  Women are invited to join this close-knit prayer, study, and discussion group.

For more information or to sign up, contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Monthly Bible Studies – Circles

Agape Circle

Monthly, Second Tuesday (7:00 – 9:00 PM)
Meets September – June ▪ Just show up
This on-going study continues on September 11
Each chapter begins a new study!  Join at any time!
Contacts: Sherrill Mulder, Kathy Lubbers & Kathy VanDerHulst
Room 166

Women are welcome to join this group in their ongoing study of Max Lucado’s book Cast of Characters – a collection of stories about common people: story after story marked by scandal, stumble, and intrigue. Who are these people? They’re the people of the Bible.  And they’re us.  We find our story in theirs.  We find our hope where they found theirs – in the hands of an Uncommon God. This study is both biblical and conversational. (If you are interested in being part of this study but the second Tuesday time frame doesn’t work for you, join the Freedom Village Circle instead.  Both Circles are using the same material although the structure might be slightly different.) (Book cost: $9.00.  If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Faithfulness Circle

Monthly, Third Thursday (9:30 – 11:00 AM)
Meets September – May ▪ Just show up!
Begins September 20
Contacts: Millie Snyder & Wilma Winkels
Teacher: Tam Velderman
Room 168

Women are welcome to join this Bible study and discussion group. Our fall study will be A Bit Lower Now – Higher Then: Angels in Scripture – an exploration of who, what, when, where, how and why. Bring your Bible when you come.  Group members dig deep and grow not only from the monthly reading, but also the lively discussion that often takes place.

Freedom Village Circle

Monthly, Third Thursday (2:15 – 3:30 PM)
Meets September – May ▪ Just show up!
This on-going study continues on September 20
Each chapter begins a new study!  Join at any time!
Contact: Elaine Walchenbach
Facilitator: Karen Watson

At Freedom Village, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Women are welcome to join this group in their ongoing study of Max Lucado’s book Cast of Characters – a collection of stories about common people: story after story marked by scandal, stumble, and intrigue. Who are these people? They’re the people of the Bible.  And they’re us.  We find our story in theirs.  We find our hope where they found theirs – in the hands of an Uncommon God. This study is both biblical and conversational. (If you are interested in being part of this study but the third Thursday time frame doesn’t work for you, join the Agape Circle instead. Both Circles are using the same material although the structure might be slightly different.) (Book cost: $9.00.  If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at 616.796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.)

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