"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope." Romans 15:4

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Speakers

The speakers for this year's conference are a collective group of local women from several communities who all have a deep reverence for God's Word, a love for Jesus, and a passion for pouring into women's lives. They each will bring heartfelt messages with sound biblical teaching as their foundation. They will use Scripture and pull from their own life experiences to share what the Holy Spirit has laid on their hearts to build up and edify the women attending. Please read more about their sessions below.

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JENNIFER SMITH
MAIN SPEAKER

Session 1: "Praising God in the Wilderness"

Praise and worship are a powerful part of our walk with God. We are called to praise God at all times. As Jennifer takes us through Scripture, we will see that God is the same God on the mountaintops as in the valleys and wilderness. We will look at how King David praised God in the wilderness with a heart focused on Him, no matter the circumstance. 

 

In the wilderness, we realize how little we can bring God. However, what we can bring Him is our praise. These seasons are a time for us to learn more about God's character and draw nearer to Him. As we journey through God's Word, you will learn practical ways to shift your focus from your surroundings to praising the One who makes ways where there seem to be no ways. You will be encouraged and inspired to have a heart after God's heart.

 

Session 2: "Finding Grace in the Wilderness"

We will journey through Scripture, seeing God's provision and faithfulness through people's eyes in the Bible as they followed God in the wilderness. Jennifer shares God's Word and some of her own life experiences, unpacking how God can use our difficult seasons in life to draw us closer to Him, finding grace in the wilderness. 

 

These seasons can hold immense growth if we invite God into our circumstances no matter what we face. God can create beauty out of these dry, lonely, cracked places. Finally, we will be encouraged and reminded that we are never alone and that God is the one leading us through the wilderness, making way for the new. He is enough in all of our circumstances!

TAMMY CHUPP
SESSION SPEAKER

"Walking in Our Identity"

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."  2 Corinthians 5:17

Do you struggle with a lack of confidence? Do you feel you have to prove yourself? Do you allow shame to hold you back? Do you wonder if you’re walking out your calling? 

 

We will walk through practical applications of how to shift our thoughts to begin turning things around, so we can sincerely answer no to those questions. We can learn to walk boldly in our God given identity.

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ROSA CHUPP
SESSION LEADER

"Be Still: A Time of Reflection"

Are you a processer? Need some extra space to digest all you are learning? Do you like to think about what you are learning at a slower pace? If this is you, this breakout session is for you! We have created a space for you to be still and reflect on what you have heard and experienced so far at the conference. Rosa will guide you through a series of questions related to the material we have covered so far, and you will have the opportunity to spend time reflecting, processing, and journaling your thoughts. 

BETTY DETWEILER
SESSION SPEAKER
 

"Called To Impact: Leaving Your Mark."

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:15-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Through scripture passages, a few personal stories, and practical application suggestions, we will discover how we can use the various gifts the Lord gave each of us to impact those in our midst as we serve Him. As each day ends we are a day closer to the end of our earthly race……what mark will you leave behind?

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CONNIE GOCHENAUR
SESSION SPEAKER

"Good Grief"

"So Ruth departed and went out into the field and gleaned after the harvesters." Ruth 2:3

 

Loss can change our identity in one tragic moment and facing the grief that follows may be the hardest thing we are ever called to do. Even so there is good to glean during the sorrow. After losing her husband suddenly in October of 2020, Connie shares how grieving honestly and vulnerably is paving the way to healing, hope and new meaning. Are you in a season of heartache? Is someone you know grieving? This workshop offers tangible ways to harvest the good in the grief as well as thoughtful and life-giving ways to witness the grief of others.

INGRID LOCHAMIRE
SESSION SPEAKER

"More Like Jesus: Embracing Spiritual Practices"

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)

God has given us every good and perfect gift and offers us the means to become who He created us to be in Him. The desire you’ve felt to be “enough” is a holy longing that can only be met by drawing closer to Him. In scripture, we find Jesus asking people questions that help them identify this desire and to name it in his presence. “What do you want? What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus often pairs his questions with a“practice”, a request designed to help them work out their own salvation. Jesus is showing them — and us — how to become more like Him. Ingrid will introduce you to spiritual practices demonstrated in the life of Jesus: solitude, spiritual reading and prayer. They are the scaffolding, the support network within which each of us can develop personal disciplines that lead us toward wholeness in Christ.

 

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KAREN METZGER
SESSION SPEAKER

"Provision of Prayer"

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."  Epehsians 3:20- 21

Prayer is more than just a spiritual discipline. Prayer goes beyond asking or telling or even listening. Join us to consider prayer through the lens of God’s provision and discover ways to unwrap prayer as a lavish gift designed to deepen intimacy with our Abba.

CINDA MILLER
SESSION SPEAKER

"Holding Hearts While Walking Them Home"

(Caring for a loved one through terminal illness and passing from this life)

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3a

 

"Cinda, your mom has Lewy Body Dementia." "I'm sorry to tell you this, but your dad has cancer." These are some of the gut punching words that nobody ever wants to hear. Lewy body what? No, not the "C" word. What do you even do with the information you just heard? What do you do next? Who do you call? Where do you go? What does life look like? What is going to happen? What do you do with all these emotions? Fear! Anger! Panic! Anxiety! Grief! Sadness! How do you even breathe? Where is God? 

If you are one of the sweet people who has found yourself in this place,  stunned by life, Cinda would love to walk beside you and share her story. She has been blessed to share in the journey of her mom, uncle and currently,  her dad with the experiences that life has brought.  This is hard. We need each other. We need Jesus. You, dear one, we're never meant to walk this path alone. Let's  look to Jesus, link arms, support and encourage each other as we grow in Christ while caring for our loved ones. You are a blessing and Jesus cares about you! 

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TAMMY ROBERTSON

SESSION SPEAKER

"Healthy Boundaries"

"Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds

from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion." Isaiah 52:2

Toxic Ties: Do you ever feel devalued, controlled, put down, made to feel like you are crazy? Whether friends, family members, or workplace relationships, toxic people are all around us. You may not be able to avoid them but you can learn how to protect yourself. In this session you will discover how to identify when a relationship is toxic and how to set healthy and God honoring boundaries. Tammy brings a life-time of experience navigating the waters of abuse and toxic relationships. Healing and freedom are possible.

RACHAEL SYLVESTER
SESSION SPEAKER

"Fulfilling Friendships: Love Her,

Encourage Her, Give Her Grace"

"There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

 

God has placed a desire in each of us to have deep, meaningful, long lasting relationships with other women. Without them, we are lacking connections that He intended us to have, in-turn depriving ourselves of core needs that are fundamental to our emotional and spiritual growth. Over the years though, we tend to pick up habits that aren't so friendly and adopt beliefs that aren't true, keeping us from maintaining lengthy bonds. So how can we combat these unhealthy patterns? By nurturing love, encouragement, and grace in a friendship, women create bonds with each other that will stand the test of time. 

 

Join my workshop to gain helpful knowledge and hands-on techniques to learn how to create and maintain fulfilling friendships.

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