WOMEN

Women’s Ministry contributes to the spiritual growth of the ladies at The Shepherd’s Church by providing opportunities for learning, serving, sharing and belonging.  We would love for you to be a part of our ministry. Please join us as we learn, serve, and fellowship together!

…filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Colossians 1:9-10)

EQUIPPING SEMINARS

Summer 2022

As women of The Shepherd’s Church, we want to move beyond being consumers of truth to living lives genuinely reflecting the gospel in what we think, feel, say, and do. Our church is well fed through the teaching of the Word. However, working out our salvation with other sisters in Christ only takes place through being intentional in smaller group settings. To encourage continued growth, while our fall and spring women’s Bible studies take their summer breaks, Shepherd’s Women’s ministry will be holding Summer Equipping Seminars for the months of June and July.  

Each equipping seminar will focus on a topic which will be taught by a Shepherd’s seminary student, graduate, or professor’s wife. Personal growth and change is key; thus, small group and personal reflection times will be included each evening to facilitate time for the Word to go deep. As God’s Word works on our hearts and we as sisters come together to pray for and spur one another on in our journeys, we trust that HE will conform our lives to further reflect His Son.

Women of all ages are invited to attend one, two, or every session. There is no registration or fee for these equipping seminars, so grab your Bible, journal, and a pen and join us this summer on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm.  See below for specifics.

Topic: Is This You, Lord?  Knowing the Will of God

Speaker: Sarah Hays

Location: Parlor

Topic: Did God really say that? Discerning Who We Follow

Speaker: Lori Sullivan

Location: Upper Room

Topic: Did I Just Say That?

Speaker: Miriam Lofquist

Location: Parlor

Topic: Living the Abundant Life: Contentment

Speaker: Missy Meece

Location: Parlor

Topic: More Than Just a Pretty Table: Biblical Hospitality

Speaker: Kinsley Goeman

Location: Parlor

Topic: Are We Truly Fulfilling the Great Commission? Discipleship vs. Mentoring & Counseling

Speaker: Megan Scheibner

Location: Parlor

Topic: What Happens When. . . : How Fear Reveals Our Heart Theology

Speaker: Kait Schirmer

Location: Upper Room

women of prayer

Current groups meeting to pray are the following:

Tuesday, 11:00 am-Noon in FC211 at The Shepherd’s Church 

Wednesday, 6:45-7:45 pm in CC220 at The Shepherd’s Church 

Friday, 9:30-10:30 am near Downtown Apex

Small groups of women, of all ages, are meeting one hour a week to pray for one another. We believe that “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16b). These groups are following a structured, Scripture-based approach that encourages seeking God’s face before seeking His hand.

When women seek God’s face and pray God’s Word together the following occur:

  • Community Replaces Isolation
  • Peace Replaces Anxiety
  • Unity of the Spirit Replaces Division
  • Ministries Produce Fruit that Remains
  • Personal and Churchwide Revival Occurs

If you’d like to pray for one hour a week with a small group or start your own WOP group, please contact us at womenofprayertsc@gmail.com.

widow’s ministry

Typically Meets Monthly on the Second Tuesday at 11:30 am

The mission of the Widow’s Ministry at The Shepherd’s Church is to partner with widows, encouraging dependence on God, surrounded by members with a loving Christian community and embracing life with hope and promise.

Widow’s Might is a fellowship of Christian widows dedicated to encouraging dependence on God and embracing life with hope and promise while surrounded by a loving Christian community. Contact Margaret Trail at 919-219-0917 for information. 

Please email women@shepherds.org to request to be added to the Widow’s Might prayer request email list or to share a prayer request.

m3: mom-to-mom

Inviting all mothers of preschoolers ages birth through kindergarten! You’ll enjoy a hot breakfast, mommy fellowship, and teaching from God’s Word! This is a great opportunity to spend time with other moms going through the same stages of life. This ministry is designed for mothers with children aged from birth through the completion of their kindergarten year in school. The goal is to nurture every mother of preschoolers.The Shepherd’s Church hosts groups that meet through the traditional school year (September-May). Each meeting is structured so that moms will leave encouraged and built up in God’s Truth.

General Information:

We meet the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m Sept – May. Childcare is offered for children birth through kindergarten, as well as for children in a homeschool or for children tracked out of a traditional school. The space in the children’s program is limited so register early!

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Registration is currently open for Shepherd’s members only. Registration will open to the public on June 30, 20220, so make sure to check back then. Email our M3 Coordinator, Kate Smith, at m3katesmith@gmail.com for the link to register.

FEE INFO (for the Entire Year)
  • Registration Fee (Mom only) – Shepherd’s Member or Attender $70
  • Non-Shepherd’s Member – $100
  • 1 child: add $50 to the registration fee.
  • 2 children: add $65 to the registration fee.
  • 3 or more children: add $75 to the registration fee.
  • For tracked out school-age children, add $20 per family.

Note: We cannot guarantee refunds after registering.

CONTACTS

  • M3 Coordinator – Kate Smith (for general questions about the ministry)
  • M3 Ministry Leader – Kim Hansen
  • If you are interested in working with M3 childcare, please contact Erinn Wilson.

women’s Book Club

Shepherd’s Women’s Book Club meets in Family Center room FC 201 on the 4th Thursday in January through October and the 3rd Thursday in November and December. We meet from 12:30 pm to discuss a wide variety of books, selected annually by members, written by Christian authors. Books include biographies, missionary stories, and Inspirational Christian fiction.  Ladies of all ages are invited to attend. Check out the dates and books below. For more information, contact Donna Bos.

May 26, 2022

Under a Cloudless Sky – by Chris Fabry

A charming and engrossing novel for fans of Southern fiction about a lush and storied coal-mining town—and the good people who live there—in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit. Will the truth about the town’s past (1933) be its final undoing or its saving grace (2004)?

June 23, 2022

For Such a Time  – by Kate Breslin

Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther

In 1944, blond and blue-eyed Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

July 28, 2022

Better Than We Dreamed – by Simona Gorton 

Read the story of a life lived safely within the lines, that God turned upside down. From social star of 1930’s Chicago to a Wycliffe missionary in South America and the USSR, Elaine Townsend’s life was far from boring. Meet the woman who became Cameron Townsend’s wife, and discover how a life can be filled with adventure, by simply saying ‘yes’ to God.

August 25, 2022

Julieby Catherine Marshall

Inspired, like Christy, by Catherine Marshall’s own life, Julie explores the miracle of faith against a background of small-town America coming of age, with a story—and a heroine—unforgettably powerful and alive. Julie Wallace was only seventeen when her family moved to a flood-prone Pennsylvania town in 1934. Here her father, risking their life savings, took over a struggling newspaper, and Julie began fighting to fulfill her dreams. She found herself taking sides as battle lines were drawn between desperate steelworkers and the owners of the mills—and being torn as two young men divided her loyalty and her heart. Then a devastating catastrophe became the ultimate test of courage and commitment—and Julie’s special strength would come from love.

September 22, 2022

Undaunted  – by Josh McDowell 

Undaunted—both the book and movie—chronicles the riveting true story of a young farm boy named Josh who carried unspeakable memories of an alcoholic father and a farmhand’s abuse, causing him to defy God’s existence. Yet God redeemed a horrible situation with his unbelievable grace. Today Josh McDowell is one of the most popular evangelists in the world who defends the reality of Jesus Christ to millions through his presentations and classic book More Than a CarpenterUndaunted unfolds the dramatic spiritual transformation in Josh’s life when he faces his past head-on and puts everything entirely in God’s hands. The result is an undaunted faith, a gift freely offered to everyone who seeks it.

October 27, 2022

Beyond All DreamsElizabeth Camden

Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

November 17, 2022

Bob Pierce:  This One Thing I Do – by Franklin Graham with Jeanette Lockerbie

A true story that shows how God uses broken people and can do great things through anyone. This story is so absolutely amazing and Bob Pierce has some very high and low moments but works hard to bring people to Jesus.

December 15, 2022

An Endless Christmas – by Cynthia Ruchti 

Award-winning novelist’s heartwarming story about family and love lost, found, and finally truly revealed at Christmas.

Resources

From time to time, we use this space to provide women with biblical resources to equip and encourage them in their walk with Christ. We hope you find this helpful, and we welcome your comments and feedback. 

Summer Study 2019

Posted 8/15/19

  • Week 1 – Introduction & Prayer
  • Week 2 – Worship
  • Week 3 – Bible Reading/ Memorization/Meditation
  • Week 4 – Discernment
  • Week 5 – Learning
  • Week 6 – Serving
  • Week 7 – Discipling
  • Week 8 – Evangelism

Discernment? (posted 10/30/16)

A common question that comes to the Women’s Ministry Council is: “What are your  thoughtsabout (fill in the blank)?” That is, quite often women will ask the Council to evaluate a blog post, book, Bible Study, or speaker they have encountered in their personal pursuit of godliness. What a blessing it is to have a congregation of women hungry for God’s Word, who are seeking  to supplement their spiritual appetites beyond a Sunday morning sermon! And what a thrill it  isto hear of women’s desire to feed upon “good food” and avoid “empty calories” by seeking guidance.

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Does God Speak? (posted 12/1/16)

It delights my soul when I encounter women who are hungry to grow in their relationship with the Lord.  In fact, the most rewarding part of my position as Director of Women’s Mentoring at STS is to see a woman’s life impacted by her knowledge of God.  I have the joy of witnessing countless women engage in a rich study of God’s word; they read, they think, they study, they ask, they ponder, they deliberate; and by God’s grace, they grow toward a greater knowledge of their Creator and Savior.  You might say that these women are eager to hear from God.  
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Should Women Preach? (posted 9/29/16)

Unfortunately, this seemingly simple inquiry is a loaded question. It is often asked in hopes of merely ascertaining one’s ecclesiastical position on women in ministry. Sadly, this question has become a tool with which to draw a line of division separating believers into two groups (complementarians and egalitarians). It is easy to see how one’s answer to this question can provide a catalyst for heated debate. Most assuredly, the question is important; but it is also controversial, and one that deserves serious attention today.”

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Women’s Ministry Team

Our Women’s Ministry is led by a team of dedicated volunteers who desire to serve the ladies of The Shepherd’s Church. Feel free to contact us if you have a question or if we can assist you in any way.

  • Jenny Schomburg (Women’s Ministry Director)
  • Sandrine Cotnoir (Administration)
  • Sharon Daum (Women of Prayer)
  • Erika Partenheimer (Administration)
  • Amy Dixon (Women’s Bible Studies)
  • Kim Hansen (M3 – for mothers of preschoolers)
  • Margaret Trail (Widow’s Ministry)

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