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Dear Younger Me Conference

Saturday October 16, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Gracespring Bible Church

Cost: $20 per person

We are thrilled to invite YOU to join us for our first-in-a-long-time, live-and-in-person, church-wide women’s conference, DEAR YOUNGER ME!

God, throughout scripture, instructs us to “remember” and to “tell”.  On October 16, from 8:30 – 3:00 pm we are excited to be gathering together to remember those things GOD had done in our lives, in your lives and in the lives of some famous female characters of the Bible, so that we can tell those stories and share the dear younger me messages that God is beautifully weaving through them all!  

  • Join us as Bible Teacher, Terri Girardi uses her energetic and passionate, Genesis-through-Revelation, historically and culturally relevant teaching style to bring those Dear Younger Me Bible stories to life in new and inspiring ways!  
  • Join us for practical Dear Younger Me Life Skill Breakouts – to help each of us grow in our knowledge and confidence in areas from health and wellness to financial Peace. 
  • Join us for Dear Younger Me Life Stage Breakouts – where we’ll connect, share and encourage through stories and panel questions. 
  • Join us for a light continental breakfast and beautiful box lunch, amazing testimonies, worship, and so much more as we gather all together at last!  
  • Join us for the Dear Younger Me Fall Conference!  Registration opens Mother’s Day and closes at midnight on October 7, 2021.  Tickets are $20 each.  

VISION: In 2021, gracespring Bible Church, as a whole will be pursuing two main objectives:

Reading and teaching through the Bible and Discipleship

In Women’s Ministry, we are framing those objectives with the simple phrase: Dear Younger Me

Dear younger Me is simply,

*your stories,

* filled with the wisdom of experience,

*filtered through the lens of God’s Truth and goodness

*shared with someone who needs to hear it.

To do this well, you need to know God’s goodness by knowing him and knowing his word (please join us for the church-wide Journey through the Bible!).  It means you need to be thinking about the stories you can share and how HE intersects each of those stories (See Melanie’s teaching from our Celebrate you Story conference on the gsWOMEN’s facebook page).  It means you need to be in relationships both with friends you need and friends who need you (so consider plugging into a summer book club and inviting friends to join you to our events and opportunities).  It means you need to share those stories because that’s your real time to shine –  by doing so you get to bless, encourage, admonish, give hope, build faith of another and share your faith simply by sharing what God has done for YOU.  Throughout the year we are going to share wisdom, experience and stories; yours, ours, women of the Bibles, and in doing so we are going to bless the socks of one other and give so much Glory to God.   So that’s it.  That’s Dear Younger Me.  We can do this – and it will be amazing!  Join us on this beautiful 2021 journey of Dear Younger Me!

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Walt & Terri Girardi

About Terri Girardi:

A wife, mother, and grandmother, Terri and husband, Walt, will celebrate their 45th anniversary in December. They’ve been part of the gracespring history and family since 1996 and were privileged to be part of building each worship center, making lifelong friendships, and growing their ministries along this special community.  Drawing upon more than 35 years of Bible study leadership and speaking ministry experience, Terri brings a refreshing approach to learning more about God’s Word in a passionate and high energy atmosphere. Her goal is to inspire others to dig deeply into scripture for themselves and to build confidence to share what they learn with others. She founded her current women’s bible study, Original Roots, several years ago and is thrilled to help reveal the original intent of the Bible so others can be challenged to understand more clearly the Bible as a whole! In addition to writing each customized study, as an author she has also written for Country Magazine, Covenant Home Altar, and was part of the compilation book, “Amazing Faith.” Her testimony is one of hope in the midst of trials and tragedy as she continues to grow in faith since that miraculous evening when she gave her life to Christ in 1983.

*More information on specific breakout topics and speakers will be available in August.  

*Scholarships may be available if needed.  Please contact us if you need assistance to cover your ticket cost. 

*We know that things come up and change is inevitable.  If for some reason you are unable to attend, we will do our best to resell your ticket but ask that you first consider who you might bless with it.  After October 1st,  no refunds will be possible due to financial commitments.

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More ways to join our sisterhood

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Ladies in Lawn Chairs

Celebrate Summer with one of our fun and casual Ladies in Lawn Chairs outdoor events!  We’ll supply the fun – you supply the lawn chair!  Outdoor concerts, outdoor movies, camp-fire-sing-a-longs. Summer dates and locations coming soon!  Watch this page and the gsWOMEN’s facebook page for details!

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Fall Book Study

Study: Elijah: Faith & Fire; Author: Priscilla Shirer, written in 2020

Cost: $20; 8 Week Session; Times & Locations: Mondays, 9:30-11:30am, starting October 4th in The Common (Kidz Theater) or Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm, starting October 7th in Room 318.

We have faced many difficult situations this past year: a pandemic, loss of someone near to us, broken relationships, isolation, depression and weariness. Right here, right now, God desires each and every one of us to pursue Him, to trust Him and to stand firm in Him in the midst of adversity, showing us what He can accomplish in each of us despite our human imperfections.

Join us as we look deeper into the life of Elijah, a man of God, who faced difficult choices of obedience that kept him anchored, sharpened his faith, and broadened his impact. Do you desire stronger faith, courage, boldness, a prayer life that pushes back the darkness, character that possesses an unflinching backbone, a holy conviction that doesn’t bow to popular opinion, to brim over with the fullness of God’s Spirit and power, to be brave enough to speak truth with love and grace, to inspire others’ allegiance to the one true God, and to leave behind a lasting impact on future generations? Then please prayerfully consider joining us as we encourage one another on our faith journey. Register online today!

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Mothers of Preschoolers (Pregnant through Kindergarten)

At MOPS we gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. Our acronym stands for “Moms of Preschoolers”. We meet the 2nd & 4th Thursdays between September and May from 9:30am-11:30am at gracespring Bible Church. Our pregnant through kindergarten mommas enjoy relaxation, learning, discussions, and creative activities. If you would like to join us, there is a $31.95 MOPS International registration fee that goes directly to MOPS international.  In addition to the MOPS International fee our local chapter collects dues in September and January to cover our local expenses of food supplies, speaker fees, child programming, and crafts supplies.  Our local dues are determined at the beginning of each semester.  We also have scholarships available as we don’t want money to keep anyone from being able to enjoy the MOPS experience. Please contact our Finance Coordinator, Monica Price, for information regarding scholarships at mopsgracespring@gmail.com.

Registration for our 2021-2022 season is now OPEN. You can reach our MOPS Coordinators at mopsgracespring@gmail.com with any questions.

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Seasoned Sisters

Women 50 years & older

No one should ever come to church and have the heaviness of loneliness or a sense of not belonging. Sister, if you are 50+ years old, we have a place at the table for you. We meet the second Saturday of every month at 9:00 am at Michelle’s Restaurant, 4010 Gull Road, Kalamazoo. (next to “Frosty Boy”) *Location may change pending COVID-19 Dining restrictions. Please contact us for the most recent information.

“Seasoned Sisters” isn’t just about eating breakfast. We are a community group… we are the church… we are the hands and feet of Jesus… we are the hope and encouragement… whatever your need, trial, or journey. With the combined years of experience and wisdom, you will find a fellow traveler. You do not have to walk your road alone.  We are here to welcome you and fold you into the body of sisters.  Over the years we, as a group of seasoned ladies, have provided and served in several ways, including a mission project that has provided clean water for life for hundreds of people in five different countries.  Come and be a part of this dynamic group of “Seasoned Sisters!”  You can contact Sandy Skartsiaris at 269-720-9916 for information.

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Moms of TEENS

Parenting a teenager? So are we! Join us.

Moms of Teens meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month during the school year from 7-8:30pm at gracespring in The Den, with some opportunities to fellowship during the summer months.  For additional information, please contact Jenny Martin at jmartin7100@me.com.

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WINGS

Women In Need at GraceSpring

Become a WINGS (WOMEN IN NEED AT GRACESPRING) caregiver. By signing up below you will become part of the official list of caregivers who are willing to help out as needs arise.

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Cut-Ups

Scrapbooking & Crafts

Are you crafty or just enjoy time with scissors and pictures? Come and bring your gear and paper crafting projects to join us for fun and fellowship right here at the church. These events are on specific weekends throughout the year, on Friday and Saturday 9am – 4pm at gracespring Bible Church.

Want more info? Email Sally Tanner at grammagroovy@icloud.com or call her at (269)274-9083.

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Bible Journaling

Days vary throughout the year

Want to learn more about connecting your faith and creativity? Join us as we spend time creating in the WORD through Bible journaling workshops and informal gatherings where we will just have time to create and fellowship together. To learn more about Bible journaling and to stay up to date on upcoming events, check out our Facebook group Anchored Hope Bible Journaling Friends.

For more information, contact Ashley Roe at AshleyR.Roe@gmail.com or by phone/text at 269.366.8714.

You are invited! The Women’s Ministry team would love to welcome you to gracespring and invite you to join us for one of our Women’s Welcome Wagon gatherings! You can expect some fun introductory activities, helpful information, dessert and plenty of time to meet and mingle in one of the homes of our wonderful ladies! Please review the dates below and click on the button to sign up. If this date does not work for you, but you would like to attend a Women’s Welcome Wagon event, please add your name to the Waiting List. In the event that you sign up for the waiting list, the details of the next Welcome Wagon will be emailed to you as it is scheduled. Thank you! To be added to the list for our next WELCOME WAGON, please click the button below and sign up SIGN UP.

*Please note that due to Covid-19 these events are planned fairly quickly, pending new people and a safe location to host with social distancing. Please check back often if there is not a current date listed, as we update this regularly. Thank you.