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)

BIBLE STUDIES

Now Registering for Fall/Winter!

— On Campus —

FALL 2021
Letters to the Thessalonians — An In-depth Study of 1st & 2nd Thessalonians

Mondays / 7:00-9:00 PM / FC209 / August 30 – April 25, 2022

Paul, Silas, and Timothy traveled to Thessalonica and shared the gospel with the Jews and Gentiles in that capital city. So many believed in Jesus as their Savior that a new church began to grow. Persecution from the political power players forced Paul out of town and cause great suffering for the young believers, but they stood firm in their faith.

These letters are about faith, hope and love; holiness, prayer, and perseverance; the will of God and the glorious return of Christ. And so much more! Almost every major doctrine of our faith is covered in these personal writings from the apostle Paul. Join me as we read someone else’s mail. I’m sure you’ll find a few things that you will think were written just to you!

WINTER 2021
Justice and Mercy – The Character of God, the Messiah, and His Kingdom: An In-depth Study of Micah

Who is like God? The prophet Micah tells us! The Lord declares through Micah that He is a God who knows His people Israel and is angry at their wickedness; He holds them accountable for their actions. The Lord also shows great kindness and faithfulness to His people by promising incredible blessings for them through His Ruler whose origin is from the days of eternity. 

This short book of prophecy declares God’s judgment against injustice which will prompt us to examine how we live our lives and treat others. It also declares God’s overwhelming mercy to forgive sins. And it unveils the Lord’s extraordinary plans for the nation of Israel during the Millennial Kingdom when Jesus Christ reigns supreme. Knowing more about the character of God and His King will lead us to honor and adore our Lord and Savior as they deserve.

Homework: 2 lessons/week, 45-60 minutes each
Cost: $30/year
No childcare available.
REGISTER HERE

— Virtual —

1st & 2nd Thessalonians & Micah
(see description above)

Mondays / 7:00-9:00 PM / August 30, 2021 – April 25, 2022

A sister option of Letters to the Thessalonians. Study the Bible together, even from a distance! This will be Zoom video conference for virtual discussion of homework with a small group; then a link to watch a lecture live or later at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference! Staying socially distanced doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary but prefer to avoid public settings or joining from a distance, a Zoom discussion group is the perfect option! If at some point, you are ready to attend the live meeting, head up to Shepherd’s where your discussion leader will be ready and waiting for you. Note: signing up for the Virtual Sister class allows you to use Zoom when you prefer video conference, but also optionally attend the live meeting when your health and schedule allow.

Homework: 2 lessons/week, 45-60 minutes each
Cost: $30/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— On Campus —

FALL 2021
Letters to the Thessalonians: An In-depth Study of 1st & 2nd Thessalonians

Tuesdays / 9:30 AM-12:00 PM / FC209 /  August 31, 2021 – April 26, 2022

Paul, Silas, and Timothy traveled to Thessalonica and shared the gospel with the Jews and Gentiles in that capital city. So many believed in Jesus as their Savior that a new church began to grow. Persecution from the political power players forced Paul out of town and cause great suffering for the young believers, but they stood firm in their faith.

These letters are about faith, hope and love; holiness, prayer, and perseverance; the will of God and the glorious return of Christ. And so much more! Almost every major doctrine of our faith is covered in these personal writings from the apostle Paul. Join me as we read someone else’s mail. I’m sure you’ll find a few things that you will think were written just to you! 

WINTER 2022
Justice and Mercy — The Character of God, the Messiah, and His Kingdom: An In-depth Study of Micah

Who is like God? The prophet Micah tells us! The Lord declares through Micah that He is a God who knows His people Israel and is angry at their wickedness; He holds them accountable for their actions. The Lord also shows great kindness and faithfulness to His people by promising incredible blessings for them through His Ruler whose origin is from the days of eternity. 

This short book of prophecy declares God’s judgment against injustice which will prompt us to examine how we live our lives and treat others. It also declares God’s overwhelming mercy to forgive sins. And it unveils the Lord’s extraordinary plans for the nation of Israel during the Millennial Kingdom when Jesus Christ reigns supreme. Knowing more about the character of God and His King will lead us to honor and adore our Lord and Savior as they deserve.

Homework: 2 lessons/45-60 minutes each
Cost: $30/year
Childcare available for an additional fee.

REGISTER HERE

— Virtual —

1st & 2nd Thessalonians & Micah
(see description above)

Tuesdays / 9:30 AM-12:00 PM / August 31, 2021 – April 26, 2022

A sister option of Letters to the Thessalonians above. Study the Bible together, even from a distance! This will be Zoom video conference for virtual discussion of homework with a small group; then a link to watch a lecture live or later at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference! Staying socially distanced doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary but prefer to avoid public settings or joining from a distance, a Zoom discussion group is the perfect option! If at some point, you are ready to attend the live meeting, head up to Shepherd’s where your discussion leader will be ready and waiting for you. Note: signing up for the Virtual Sister class allows you to use Zoom when you prefer video conference, but also optionally attend the live meeting when your health and schedule allow.

Homework: 2 lessons/45-60 minutes each
Cost: $30/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— 1st & 3rd Tuesday On-Campus —

Precept Upon Precept Inductive Study – Covenant

Tuesdays / 10:00-11:30 AM / FC201 /  September 21, 2021 – April 19, 2022

See this incredible thread running from Genesis through Revelation. God enters into a binding agreement with His people and always keeps His promises. Trusting Him as a covenant partner frees us from the bondage of worry and anxiety. This study will transform the way you read the Scriptures!

Homework: 5 days/week, 45 minutes a day
Cost: $20/year
Childcare available for an additional fee.
REGISTER HERE

— Tuesday Afternoon (In-Person) —

Precept Upon Precept Inductive Study – Colossians and Philemon – Gaining a True Knowledge of Christ So No One Deludes You!

Tuesdays / 1:00-2:30 PM / FC201 /  September 14 – December 7, 2021

What does it mean to be “complete in Christ”? Is Christ your “all in all” – does He meet all your needs? Don’t let anyone delude you with man-made philosophies or traditions that contradict the Word of God.

Homework: 5 days/week, 45 minutes a day
Cost: $20/semester
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

— On Campus — 

WOW – Women of Wisdom: Ezra, Nehemiah and Hebrews, Re-establishing Right Worship in a Wrong World

Wednesdays / 9:30-11:45 AM / Family Center /  September 8, 2021 – April 27, 2022

W.O.W. (Women of Wisdom) is sound Bible study, aimed directly at Biblical literacy. Join us as we are reminded what a privilege it is to worship! By studying Ezra, Nehemiah and Hebrews, with added bonus material, we will learn how Ezra the scholar restored Israel’s worship while Nehemiah the architect resurrected Jerusalem’s walls. We’ll then move into Hebrews where we see the full picture of the Old Testament customs and sacrifices and how they looked ahead to Christ, the one perfect sacrifice, once and for all!  Daily lessons for personal study begin the excavation of the depth of God’s Word. Weekly small group discussion followed by worship in song and large group lecture allow iron to sharpen iron as we spend our Wednesday mornings together. Fellowship with these ladies is sure to lead to Godly friendships!

For those preferring to avoid public settings, there are W.O.W. Virtual Sister options for Wednesday mornings or Thursday evenings. (See signups listed below as “W.O.W. Virtual Sister Option”.)

Homework: 2 hours/week
Cost: $20/year
REGISTER FOR BIBLE STUDY HERE

Kids of Wisdom Childcare
available for an additional cost.

REGISTER FOR CHILDCARE HERE

 

— Virtual —

 

WOW – Women of Wisdom: Ezra, Nehemiah and Hebrews, Re-establishing Right Worship in a Wrong World
(See W.O.W. description above)

Wednesdays / 9:30 -10:15 AM / September 8, 2021 – April 27, 2022

VIRTUAL – With Access to Attend In-Person 

A sister option of W.O.W. (“Women of Wisdom”) above, this will be Zoom video conference for virtual discussion with a small group at 9:30 am; then a link to watch the music and lecture live at 10:45, or a recorded version to watch later at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference!  Being apart doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary and prefer to be home or joining us from a distance, a Zoom discussion group is the perfect option on Wednesday mornings!  If at some point, you are ready to attend the live meeting, head up to The Shepherd’s Church where your discussion leader will be ready and waiting for you (with her laptop accessing the others on Zoom in your group).

Note: Signing up for this Wednesday W.O.W. Virtual Sister class allows you to use Zoom when you prefer video conference, but also optionally attend the live meeting when your health and/or schedule allows.

Homework: 2 hours/week
Cost: $20/year
No childcare available.

REGISTER HERE

 

— Virtual Only —

 

WOW – Women of Wisdom: Ezra, Nehemiah and Hebrews, Re-establishing Right Worship in a Wrong World
(See W.O.W. description above)

Wednesdays / 9:30 -10:15 AM / September 8, 2021 – April 27, 2022

A sister option of W.O.W. (Women of Wisdom) above, this will be a Zoom video conference for virtual discussion with a small group at 9:30 am; then a link to watch the music and lecture live at 10:45, or a recorded version to watch later at your convenience. Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference! Being apart doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are home-bound local to Cary or joining us from a distance, a Zoom-only discussion group is the perfect option on Wednesday mornings!  

Note: signing up for the Wednesday W.O.W. Virtual-only Sister class allows you to use Zoom only, and your group would not be meeting at church.

Homework: 2 hours/week
Cost: $20/year
REGISTER HERE

 

— On Campus —

Mark — The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man

Wednesdays / 6:30-8:30 PM / FC203 / September 15 – December 1, 2021

The most important question you will ever answer is this: Who do you believe Jesus Christ is? With all the opinions floating around – He’s a good man, a teacher, a prophet, the Son of God – how can you know who is right? Mark’s account of Jesus’ life gives you the answer, and it is more action-packed and fast-paced than the other three Gospel records. Rather than rehearsing what people said about Jesus, Mark shows you what Jesus actually did. As you learn to carefully observe Mark’s report, you’ll discover that Jesus left no doubt about who He claimed to be. His miracles demonstrated His authority over sickness and infirmity, spiritual darkness, dead religion, threats from nature, and even death itself.

Homework: 5 days/week, 45 min a day
Cost: $20/semester
No childcare available.
REGISTER HERE

John 

Wednesdays / 6:30-8:00 PM / FC209 / September 15 – December 1, 2021

Come join us as we study the Gospel of John. See how this gospel is unique and set apart from the other three gospels, yet how it works in harmony with the other gospels to include valuable additional information about the life of Jesus Christ. We will begin our semester with a review of the first three chapters of John. Then we will encounter four miracles, two incidents regarding women, and several discourses with Jesus as He reveals His deity to those around Him. As we work our way through the semester, we will gain more and more insight and be even more convinced in our hearts that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and hat by believing in Him we truly have life in His name. Since John’s Gospel is such an important book to know when sharing your faith with others, find out all the details so you will be better equipped to talk to others about Christ, especially today as our world is in such turmoil and needs to hear the life-changing message of the gospel like never before. Our semester will focus on John 4:1-9:41. 

Homework: 5 days/week, 30 min a day
Cost: $15/semester
No childcare available.
REGISTER HERE

 

— Virtual —

WOW – Women of Wisdom: Ezra, Nehemiah and Hebrews
(See W.O.W. description listed on Wednesday)

Thursdays / 7:00-8:00 PM / September 9 – April 28

A sister option of W.O.W. (Women of Wisdom), this will be a Zoom video conference for virtual discussion with a small group at 7 pm; then a link to watch a recorded version of the music and lecture at your convenience.  Old-fashioned friendships and conversations on new-fashioned technology of video conference!  Staying socially distanced doesn’t have to stop iron from sharpening iron with meaningful conversations via the web. Whether you are local to Cary and prefer to avoid public settings, or have work, distance or other reasons prohibiting your attending Wednesday’s live meetings, a Thursday evening Zoom discussion group is the perfect WOW option for you! Surely by the end of the year, we will “virtually” be sisters!

Homework: 2 hours/week
Cost: $20/year
No childcare available.
REGISTER HERE

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

Please contact Nancy Bynum, M3 coordinator, directly to determine availability of the M3 nursery. If there is availability, you will be contacted and will receive the link to register in a few days. 

Nancy Bynum – M3Bynum@gmail.com

When you email please include the following:

  • Name
  • Names and birth dates of children needing childcare (including a due date, if applicable)
  • Church which you attend or if you have not yet found a church home
  • If you will not need childcare, there is still space available for moms.  
FEE INFO (for the Entire Year)
  • Registration Fee (Mom only) – Shepherd’s Member or Attender $70
  • Non-Shepherd’s Member – $90
  • 1 child: add $40 to the registration fee.
  • 2 children: add $50 to the registration fee.
  • 3 or more children: add $60 to the registration fee.
  • For tracked out school-age children, add $10 per family.

CONTACTS

  • M3 Coordinator: Nancy Bynum
  • M3 Mentor Mom: Kim Hansen (General questions about the ministry)
  • 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.

August 26, 2021

IF GOD SHOULD CHOOSE, Kristin Stagg, non-fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 12 reviews

A gripping story featured on ABC Primetime with Diane Sawyer. Compelling story of love between a man and a woman, and a mission.  On April 20, 2001, the plane in which missionaries Jim and Roni Bowers and their children were riding was shot down over Peru in an interception of a perceived drug plane. Roni and their seven-month old daughter, Charity, were killed. This tragedy has touched the lives of millions of people, believers and non-believers alike. If God Should Choose portrays the Bowers’ story coherently and completely. This sobering work will leave readers more committed to, in the words of Jim Bowers, ‘stay alert to the things that really matter, to cherish [their] loved ones even more, to be ever ready to explain (and live) the truth to friends who do not know Christ personally.

September 23, 2021

REBEL WITH A CAUSE, by Franklin Graham, non-fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 119 reviews

The son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham talks about the challenges of growing up in the shadow of his father’s fame, being a Christian in contemporary America, and his work with Samaritan’s Purse.

October 28, 2021

SAVING AMELIE, Cathy Gohlke, fiction, 4.6 of 5,338 reviews

Increasingly wary of her father’s genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany―in the summer of 1939―will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter, Amelie, deaf since birth, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.

Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her father’s files may hold answers about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems “unworthy of life.” She risks searching his classified documents only to uncover shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.

Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young―a driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely ally―who connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, risking their lives―and asking others to do the same―for those they barely know but come to love.

November 18, 2021

THE HIDDEN ENEMY,  by Michael Youssef, non-fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 77 reviews

What’s going on in our world?  Why are suicide bombers attacking our cities? Why are shooters invading our workplaces and malls? Why are students attacking speakers at their colleges? Why are there two versions of the truth on the Internet and in the media?

Michael Youssef, popular teacher and Middle Eastern expert, explains in detail what’s troubling today’s world. Aggressive secularism is stripping our nation of the vestiges of truth, as many Christians are browbeaten into silence. What’s ironic is that secularism is actually opening the door to the “might makes right” nature of radical Islam. In a post-truth world, the most powerful voice wins.

What can save us and our children from this chilling future? Michael Youssef, in this groundbreaking book, shows how we can win the war against aggressive secularism, beat back the threat of radical Islam, and build a brighter future for both ourselves and the next generation.  Be prepared for the times in which we live. Understand what’s happening. Stand up for a brighter and hope-filled future for our children.

December 16, 2021

JACOB’S BELL, by John Synder, fiction, 4.6 of 5 – 43 reviews

Sometimes the road to forgiveness and restoration can be a rocky one. Set in Chicago and Baltimore in 1944 with flashbacks to the 1920s, Jacob’s Bell follows Jacob MacCallum on his arduous journey to redemption.

At one time, Jacob had it all: wealth, a wonderful family and a position as one of the most respected businessmen in Chicago. Then he made some bad decisions and all that changed. For the past twenty years he lived in an alcohol-induced haze, riddled with guilt for the dreadful things he had done to his family and his role in the untimely death of his wife. Estranged from his children and penniless, he was in and out of jail, on the street and jumping freight trains for transportation. Realizing he needed a drastic change, Jacob embarked on a journey to find his children, seek their forgiveness, and restore his relationship with them. Befriended by a pastor at a Salvation Army mission, he struggled to transform his life. Yet finally he overcame his demons, but not without a fair number of setbacks. Jacob became a Salvation Army Bell Ringer at Christmastime. While ringing his bell on a street corner one snowy day, he met a young girl who, through a series of strange coincidences, led him back to his children and facilitated Jacob’s forgiveness just in time for 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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