January 11- How a Great Big God is in All the Tiny Moments

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Jan Fenton and Annie Ferret are going to tag team sharing with us about how our great big, creator of the universe, amazing God is SO BIG and also so small and within every teenie, tiny detail of our every moments. They will also share some ways parents and kids can discover together how big and powerful, yet personal God is. 

Annie is a stay at home mama to 2 boys, Bauer (4) and Maizen (almost 4 months). Her husband Tim works at SpringHill Camps. Annie has been “SAHMing” since Bauer arrived in 2014, but prior to that she worked in public relations and marketing. She loves working alongside Tim in relational ministry, any type of working out that “hurts so good,” and encouraging others to places they never thought possible. 

Jan currently is a stay at home mom and home school teacher to Mattea (7) and Jace (4). Her husband, Dustin, works at SpringHill Camps. Jan coaches girls high school tennis, volunteers at SpringHill, and teaches 2nd & 3rd grade Sunday school. She enjoys hiking with her family, playing any kind of racket sport, and finding good breakfast places.

Jan and Annie have known each other since 2008 when they met living and working in Greenville, IL. They have gone from volunteering as youth leaders together and seeing how many small group members could fit in an outhouse to now exploring camp with their kiddos, “eating” playdough meals and taking the Code Names crown while all throughout cheering each other on in life.

 

 

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November 30- Too Blessed to STAY Stressed…For Moms”

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            Debora M. Coty is an inspirational humorist, popular speaker and award-winning author of over 30 books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed series (over 750k copies sold).

Debora’s faith-based humorous women’s books include:

  • Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms
  • *Too Blessed to be Stressed: Inspiration for Every Day
  • *Too Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook
  • * Too Blessed to be Stressed
  • *Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate
  • *Mom NEEDS Chocolate
Debora’s gift is humor and her passion is sharing the joy of the Lord. When she’s not slaving over hot computer or sharing her offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom as an event speaker, Debora adoreswatting a little ball around a court in several tennis leagues. A lifelong resident of Florida, piano teacher (25 years) and retired orthopedic occupational therapist (36 years), Debora has two growchildren, four precious grandbuddies, and one longsuffering husband of 40 years. They live, love and

laugh in central Florida with their desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

Her presentation, “Too Blessed to STAY Stressed…For Moms” will include a Stress Test for Moms to determine their stress level starting point; identifying three common stressors of the ‘Hood (Motherhood) and how to successfully decom-stress them (these include the “shoulds,” living in E-World, and comparing ourselves to others.) We’ll also discuss mom-guilt, learn to pour Hot Fudge Verses over our kiddos, and find out where we each fall within the 4 basic parenting styles.

You will not want to miss this encouraging, entertaining talk as we head into what can be a very stressful time of year!  Join fellow moms for a morning to relax and de-stress!

 

 

November 9- Raising Kids with No Regrets

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Robin Everhart from Seymour’s Central Christian Church will be joining us this Friday.  Central Christian Church has been Robin’s home church and church family all her life. She came on staff full-time in 2005 after 30 years in the business world. Robin enjoyed sharing Christ and seeing lives changed in the youth during 9 years as Youth Director.  In 2013, Robin transitioned into a new role as Pastor of Care and Connection Ministries. She calls on those who are in the hospital, nursing home, and the homebound, and she encourages and resources all of the Connection Group leaders at Central.

Jesus transformed Robin’s life after the death of her son Benjy.  Since then, her passion is to connect people to Christ so they can develop a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. Robin often works alongside her husband Bill, who like Robin is also a Pastor. They have another son, Blake, and in her spare time, Robin loves reading, camping, and traveling anywhere tropical!

Robin will be sharing about raising kids with no regrets.  She will share the wisdom & insight she has gained through her years of parenting and in the ministry.

October 26- What Does Love Require of Me?

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Chrissy Hubers was born and raised in Michigan and obtained her bachelor’s degree in youth ministry from Spring Arbor University.

Upon graduating, she moved to Seymour, to accept a job at SpringHill Camps as their elementary director.

In 2010 Chrissy married her husband Neil. They now have two children, Landon (3), and Evelyn (2).

Chrissy now works on staff part time for The Point church as their nursery director.

It is at The Point that she received the invitation to join Team World Vision, a fundraising program that equips individuals to raise money for clean water and child sponsorships.

Chrissy will be sharing her story of saying “yes” to this invitation. She’ll share how she has answered the question “what does love require of me?” and challenge moms to answer and respond to this question themselves.

Come ready to have something awakened on the inside of you that will move you out of your comfort zone and into a place of faith could impact your life and your world in a way you never expected!

October 12-The Empty Jug and The Filled Heart

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Beth Morris is the wife of pastor Don Morris of Vernon Baptist Church in Vernon, IN.  Beth is passionate about missions, writing, and being a wife and co-laborer with her husband in the ministry.  Beth and Don are recent empty nesters and they are excited about what God has ahead in their future.
Beth will be sharing “The Empty Jug and The Filled Heart”.  We will look at biblical truths from the woman at the well in John 4.  We will see Who this woman met, how she was transformed, and what she left behind.  Come learn these practical  truths that will challenge you to grow as a mom and woman.

September 28-POP (Parenting on Purpose)

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Christina Smith began her ministry at St. Ambrose in 2003. An Insurance and Marketing major from Indiana State University she attended a retreat in the Spring of 2003 that forever changed her life. In 2003 Christina began part time ministry working with our high school youth ministry program. The ministry has grown through the years from a handful of youth to 100+ youth during weekly youth ministry gatherings. She has led many youth on mission trips serving all over the United States. She teaches Theology of the Body for Teens to both Middle School and High School students.  In 2012, Christina grew her ministry and became a full time staff member at St. Ambrose as Director of Religious Education for Preschool-12th Grade.  She oversees 24+ Catechist, 14+ Adult Youth Ministry Leaders and over 300 youth.

Christina loves to talk about moments that give her Faith Bumps.  They are like goose bumps without the actual bumps.  She is a mother passionate about her children and helping them weave their way to adulthood.  She is married to her husband, Mike, mom to Grant, Evan, and Charlie (deceased).  She loves reading blogs and finds perspectives intriguing.  She loves to go on adventures with her family, exercise, and is slowly teaching herself to crochet.  When asked her favorite quote: “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called”.  She blogs irregularly at faithbumps.wordpress.com.

Christina will be chatting with us about Parenting on Purpose (POP) and sharing stories of her own journey in being an intentional parent.

September 14- How Do Our Kids Change as They Grow Up?

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Manda Collins is a 31 year old, single woman with no children who lives in Franklin, IN.  So, what could she possibly know about parenting?!  (Guess you’ll have to come listen to find out!)  Growing up in difficult circumstances led Manda to pursue a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  This has allowed her to work with many people with a variety of struggles, including 8 years of working with youth and their families in a residential facility.  Manda has 9 nieces and nephews, and many of her friends are parents whom she has had the privilege of walking alongside in their journeys.  At the age of 12, she accepted Christ and has a deep desire to share His love and truth with this hurting world.

We welcome you to come learn about how kids change as they grow up and progress in development of their bodies, minds, feelings, and social relationships.  Then, more importantly, to explore what does that mean for you as a mom?