Saturday Stories: Female Leaders, Rain and Cupcakes

Saturday Stories: Female Leaders, Rain and Cupcakes

Jeff and I are fortunate to be a part of a small cohort of church leaders currently being trained in church planting. There are 13 couples in the group and we take part in a two year program full of summits, conferences and various curriculums. The men in the group are currently participating in more of an immersive track which involves heavy study, seminary credits and papers. From the onset of the program I was desperate for more instruction and inclusion.

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Saturday Stories: A Retreat Away to Oceanside

Saturday Stories: A Retreat Away to Oceanside

Last weekend our church pastors took all the missional community (MC) leaders away to a retreat in Oceanside, California. Jeff and I had little expectations going into the weekend but we're excited to see some place new. We barely had time to really think about the weekend before we were packed in the car with 3 other friends and driving down the 405 South.

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Why the Company of Women is So Important

Why the Company of Women is So Important

Scrolling through Instagram last week had me so encouraged by women. In light of the Golden Globes, my feed was filled with photos of women supporting women, men supporting women, people praising one another and supporting change. In a world that can feel so divided, it’s never been more important to stand together on even the most basic of human rights. 

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Ladies Retreat Weekend

Ladies Retreat Weekend

Although our church here in LA is small, we are committed to maintaining a regular rhythm of womens-only events that encourage both spiritual growth and fellowship amongst the ladies of our community. 

When working long hours or getting caught up in the business of day-to-day life, I find myself often missing the company of my girl friends. Seeing my gal pals a couple times a week for missional community small group or for our discipleship night is AMAZING don't get me wrong.

But there is something very special about the company of a larger group of women. 

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SOMA Ladies Day in Laguna Beach

SOMA Ladies Day in Laguna Beach

Octobers are the BEST in LA which is why we chose Laguna Beach as the backdrop for one of our church's ladies days. Every quarter the women get together for a grand day (or night) out. The only agenda item was a picnic lunch on the sand tapas style. 

We arrived late morning and discovered an art gallery with an impressive collection of Dr. Suess. After we meandered through the shops we found our group under the the big blue umbrella and spent time catching up. I love a good conversation circle and the ladies and I talked and gushed about how refreshing and restful it is to spend quality time together. 

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