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

Registration for Our Fall Studies Will Open in June!

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.

May 27, 2021

STEAL AWAY HOME, Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom, by Matt Carter. non-fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 208 reviews

Thomas Johnson and Charles Spurgeon lived worlds apart.  Johnson, an American slave, born into captivity and longing for freedom— Spurgeon, an Englishman born into relative ease and comfort, but, longing too for a freedom of his own. Their respective journeys led to an unlikely meeting and an even more unlikely friendship, forged by fate and mutual love for the mission of Christ.

Steal Away Home is a new kind of book based on historical research, which tells a previously untold story set in the 1800s of the relationship between an African-American missionary and one of the greatest preachers to ever live.

June 24, 2021

GOD’S HOSTAGE, by Andrew Brunson w/Craig Borlase, non-fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 132 reviews 

In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to travel to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though hesitant because of the daunting and dangerous task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, believed this was God’s plan for them.

What followed was a string of threats and attacks, but also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian. As their work with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Andrew and Norine acknowledged the threat but accepted the risk, determining to stay unless God told them to leave.

In 2016, they were arrested. Though the State eventually released Norine, who remained in Turkey, Andrew was imprisoned. Accused of being a spy and being among the plotters of the attempted coup, he became a political pawn whose story soon became known around the world.

God’s Hostage is the incredible true story of his imprisonment, his brokenness, and his eventual freedom. Anyone with a heart for missions, especially to the Muslim world, will love this tension-laden and faith-laced book.

July 22, 2021

WAVES OF MERCY, by Lynn Austin, fiction, 4.7 of 5 – 356 reviews

Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she’s asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.

At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.

Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.

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, Rooted Women’s Discipleship)
  • Sandrine Cotnoir (Administration)
  • 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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