W.O.V.E.N.
Women of
Virtue, Encouragement 
and Nurture
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
September through May
2nd Saturday of each month
9 – 10:30 am
Contact person: Becky Meurs
 
**NOTE: Cancellations due to weather can be confirmed through the KWQC Closing webpage.
Look for “Christ’s Family Church – W.O.V.E.N. Program” in their cancellation listing.
 

WOVEN’S MISSION

The mission of W.O.V.E.N is to provide opportunities for Christian women to educate, nurture and encourage each other through informal socialization and activities.  The goal is to develop and strengthen personal relationships and sense of community among women as well as to increase our understanding of God’s Word.
 
 
All women and young ladies of Christ’s Family Church are invited to attend and to invite guests.  Guests are always welcome.
 
Upcoming WOVEN Events: 

 

We are building the calendar of events for this coming year! Check back for updates and schedule.
 
 
 
PAST WOVEN PROGRAMS:
 
W.O.V.E.N. Program – This coming Saturday, April 14th  9 – 10:30 a.m. in the FLC’s lower level, Door #6Karen Johnson, our featured speaker, will share with us her passion of collecting seashells and sand dollars titled, “Lessons From the Sea”.  Karen will explain her Christian ideas or truths through showing symbolic images.  We all collect shells when walking the beaches, bring them home and recall  later where we picked them up, (or not).  Karen’s close examination of sand dollars and shells may represent the abstract verses the concrete evidence in the Bible but will have us looking at seashells a bit differently after her program.  Refreshments will be served and free babysitting is available by calling Sharon Andringa (563-332-5093) OR to cancel.  Invite a friend and see the symbolism for yourself.  Our tables will be decorated (by Carol) and a gift will be placed at each place setting for you to take home.  Don’t miss out!  Guests are always welcome.  Join us!
 
Saturday, January 13, 2018
On a Wing and a Prayer is the title of our new year program with featured speaker and local historian, Gena Schantz. She will discuss the amazing stories of three very gutsy female pilots from the 20‟s and 30‟s era. These ladies may have started in the entertainment business but one of them ended up setting an altitude record, earned her airplane mechanic‟s license and walked the wings of a plane piloted by her husband. (Really?)

Saturday 11/11/2017    9:00-10:30am
     The program will feature Minda Power-Douglas, writer, editor and speaker.  Minda will be speaking on her passion for cemeteries and the important history gathered from them. Plan now to join us!
     
10/14/2017    9:00-10:30am
Our guest speaker in October was Donna Nelson.  Donna, 86, won a blue ribbon for her needlework piece at the 2017 Mississippi Valley Fair.  She has been stitching since the age of 8 and she finds it “a blessing to stich”.  Donna has a massive amount of pieces completed and shared numerous pieces, including her award-winning piece at our program. Her amazing personality, eyesight and gifted handwork amazed us!
      
9/9/2017
    Our speaker, Connie Johnson, a missionary with Open Air Campaigners, used a sketch board to demonstrate how Open Air Campaigners  graphically depict the truths from Scripture to draw others to Christ.  Using the well known story and movie about the sinking of the Titanic as an attention catching backdrop, Connie presented the Gospel message.  Connie is passionate about encouraging women and others to accept the Gospel and to move toward a deeper  relationship with the Lord and His word. Connie lives  in Bettendorf and has been a  speaker at women’s events and retreats for over 15 years. 
5/13/2017 True Beauty
To celebrate Mother’s Day Joy VanZuiden, Christian Image Consultant, shared her passiona and inspirational message of embracing the internal and external beauty we’ve been given through Christ to serve the Lord.  It was a fun and exciting morning as women were helped to discover how to look their best, to be beautiful inside and out and to be happy with the way God designed each of us.  “True beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ.” Author Unknown.
 
 
 
4/8/2017 Helping Hands – Sharing God’s Love with Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt
The April meeting was changed from our regular format to a project of helping hands.  The Pancake Breakfast &Easter Egg Hunt fell on WOVEN’s usual Saturday, so we had the wonderful opportunity to help and share God’s love by helping with the breakfast and hunt.
 
3/11/2017 Healthy Eating
Dietician, our own Elaine Phillips, spoke to us about healthy eating choices and smart shopping tips at the grocery store. 
 
 
2/11/2017 Joslyn’s Peru Mission Trip
Joslyn Schafer shared her mission trip experience in Peru.  She had some great stories and reflections of her time there shared with her peers and local people. 
 
1/14/2107 “Expectations – Organized Physically & Emotionally”
Denise Wassenhove, a professional & passionate organizer spoke on helping clients stay focused on what matters to realize the powerful sense of accomplishment of staying organized in life.  She assists in organizing, sorting, downsizing, right-sizing, itemizing, moving in, moving out or staying in place.  What timely insights to put your home in order before spring! 
 
"Dress for Success"

“Dress for Success”

11/12/2016 “Expectations of Success”  – Appropriate Work Apparel 
Regina Haddock, Exec. Director of Dress for Success QC joined us to explain how they aid women overcome barriers to personal and professional success.  Their mission is to assist unemployed women on the path to self-sufficiency.  WOVEN attendees brought and donated appropriate work attire; skirts and pant suits, shells, blouses, tailored shirts slacks, dresses, blazers, jackets, shoes, handbags, briefcases, jewelry and scarves for interviews.  We discovered how Dress for Success helps women flourish in self-worth, independence and self-esteem. 
 
10/8/2016   “Expectations of Comfort – Steamin’ Mugs, Scones & Christian Chat”
We shared a very simple program of Christian fellowship, hot apple cider, coffee, tea and delicious homemade scones.  Not to mention, lots of chitchat!   It was a way to become better acquainted through Christ. 
 
Winnie's Place: Emergency Shelter for Homeless & Domestic Violence Victims

Winnie’s Place: Emergency Shelter for Homeless & Domestic Violence Victims

9/24/2016    “Expectations – Thrive for Excellence”
The speaker was Kim Miller of Winnie’s Place which was established by Churches United.  They are committed to assisting the homeless and victims of violence.  Winnie’s is the only emergency shelter on the Illinois side of the river that provides services to the greater Quad City area.  Their aspiration is to equip women with life skills that provide them with the stability to thrive.  Kim commented that she works with a terrific team of people who give of themselves and glorify God every day.  It was a great way to launch our new season! 
 
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5/14/2016  “PRAYER IS FASHIONABLE” – Pictures Above
     Caryl Maurer from Talbots (North Park Mall)  displayed numerous options for the denim jacket and how to take the classic white,  crisp blouse from day to evening by accessorizing with a few quick changes! It was a fabulous, fashionable, fun morning.
     In addition, a check was presented to Mary Clarke  for whom our “Cents of Humor” change was collected this year.  Mary’s chapter of Days for Girls provides  supplies and necessities that empower young ladies and women to stay in school or go to work every day of the month through better hygiene in places like Uganda. 
 
  
 
Editor: Sue K. 10/1/2017