Please join us each Wednesday this summer at 7:00 PM to study God's Word, memorize God's Word, pray, and fellowship. We will be using the book Slogging Along In the Paths of Righteousness by Dale Ralph Davis -- expositions on Psalms 13-24. Let's fall in love with these Psalms together beginning on June 10, and ending on August 26. We will meet at the home of Esther Prosser. If you need a book ($12.40), please contact Esther by June 3.
News & Resources
On Friday evening, March 13, we welcomed Nancy Guthrie as she spoke to a group of women from area churches. On Saturday, Nancy spoke at our one-day Women's Retreat as well. Feedback from the weekend was fantastic, and if you were unable to make it but would like to hear the messages (or if you simply want to hear them a second time!), you can now do so below. Thank you to Nancy and to everyone who attended or helped make this weekend happen!
While we are unable to provide the audio for the Friday night message, "When God Says No," here is a link to the same message given by Nancy to another group.
A one-day women's retreat on Saturday, March 14 at Community Evangelical Free Church.
This retreat is reserved for women who are attendees of Community Evangelical Free Church. If you are not part of CEFC but would still like an opportunity to hear Nancy Guthrie speak, we are hosting a public event on Friday evening, March 13, and you may click here to register for that event.
Ladies, join us as we take a break (just one day this year) to refresh, refocus, and enjoy one another during a day of learning, discussion, and prayer. Our speaker, Nancy Guthrie, will be sharing with us from the Old Testament books of Ruth, Esther, and Hosea. We'll look at three women who needed a redeemer, how he was there for them, and how he's there for us in our need.
On the day of the retreat, arrive at the church between 8:00 and 9:00 AM when a delicious continental breakfast will be laid out for you.
Nancy's first session will begin promptly at 9:00. Session times will include worship, speaker presentation, and small group discussions.
Lunch is included and will be a great time for fellowship.
We'll complete the program around 5:00, but please plan to stay if you can for the optional afterparty including dinner and party games.
Our speaker, Nancy Guthrie
“God has been preparing me my whole life for teaching his Word,” says Nancy. “He has blessed me with so many sound Bible teachers—from my college Bible classes, to Bible Study Fellowship leaders, gifted pastors in my church, and authors I worked with during twenty-five years with various Christian publishers—as well as the excellent teachers I listen to on my iPod while walking in the park.”
But the most important way God has prepared Nancy is by giving her a love for him and his Word. “I want to figure out who he is and what he’s doing. God’s Word is a treasure to be mined. The deeper I go, the more I see its wisdom, the more it authenticates itself and reveals to me the amazing story of God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.”
Nancy’s life experience of the death of two children has also significantly affected her teaching and formed in her an openness and authenticity that inclines people to listen. “I’ve had to dig into God’s Word for answers about God and how he works, and the women I’m addressing often have the same questions.”
Nancy and her husband, David, and son, Matt, make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to speaking at conferences around the country and internationally, she and David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in over 12,500 churches. They also host Respite Retreats for couples who’ve experienced the death of a child. Nancy is pursuing a master’s degree from Reformed Theological Seminary Global.
The sound of women greeting each other, sharing stories, eating together, and browsing through sale items warmed the atmosphere of the sanctuary. Over 90 women showed up to kick of the Fall Bible Studies with a delicious brunch including autumn-inspired cupcakes, fruit trays, breakfast casseroles, and drinks. Megan Royes spoke candidly about Christ's work in her life, sharing stories from her work with Disciplemakers, and her own experiences as a wife and mother, steering her children toward Jesus. Our entertainment for the morning was our lively auctioneer, Rich Hornberger. Somehow he was able to auction off items while refereeing an entire room of women! He also successfully distracted people from the fact that they were bidding against their friends -- the favorite quips of the morning were, "Don't worry, you'll still be friends!" and "It's only money!" In short, the auction was our most successful ever. The Holy Spirit lifted our hearts toward heaven, and outward toward each other.
The proceeds from the auction will be used to cover the cost for childcare during our women's Bible studies which begin this month.
So many good things have been said about this year's Women's Retreat at Sandy Cove, and in particular about our speaker, Barbara Duguid, and the talks that she gave. The audio from those messages may be heard below.
Session 1 (Download MP3)
Session 2 (Download MP3)
Session 3 (Download MP3)
Session 4 (Download MP3)