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
8:30 – 10 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.
 
Programs include an informal chat time, dessert breakfast, prayer and devotion time as well as a specific topic by a guest speaker.   Free babysitting is provided by calling Carrie Franzman (563.271.2526) OR to cancel.
    
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: 
 
WOVEN Women’s Program, Sat 3/11 9 – 10:30am
Dietician, our own Elaine Phillips, will be speaking to us about healthy eating choices and smart shopping tips at the grocery store.  Join us for fellowship, refreshments and useful information on healthy eating. Free baby sitting is available by calling Carrie Franzman.  Join us and bring a friend.
 
PAST WOVEN PROGRAMS:
 
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

9/24/2026    “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.
 
     4/9/2016   Gilda’s Club
We took a short road trip to Gilda’s Club Quad Cities.  Our guest speaker was Sally Werner, the CEO of Gilda’s Club.  We toured the renovated facility and Sally talked about the services the club provides for patients and their families dealing with cancer. It was a divine opportunity to learn first-hand how the Lord works His love, grace and mercy in this vital place of service to our community.  Afterwards, some of us enjoyed more fellowship as we shopped The Village of East Davenport.
 
3/12/2016 “Fostering God’s Children” 
     It was a story of love at its finest.  Tonique (Toni) Garrison of Bettendorf shared the story of fostering babies until they are placed in the arms of adopting parents.  Toni, her husband and their four children were recently selected as Foster Family of the Year by Bethany for Children and Families in Moline.  Toni shared how the Holy Spirit moved them into examining the comprehensive process to become accredited foster parents through Bethany.  The Garrison family will readily tell you they love fostering newborns from four days up to a month.
    
God's Sweet Love Valentine's Day

God’s Sweet Love
Valentine’s Day

  
2/13/2016   “God’s Sweet Love”
Our key-note speaker was one of our own WOVEN committee members, Valarie Hessel.  We ate chocolate while listening of God’s sweet love for us.  The gathering included a truffle making demonstration. 
 
1/9/2016  10am  “Embracing Life’s Journey Thru Prayer”
 Our guest speaker was Heather Stocking of Bettendorf.  Heather is a mother of three young children with a very hectic and busy schedule.  She enjoys connecting with women and sharing her many stories of Life’s ups, downs, triumphs and challenges.  Heather’s prayer life is vital to her and she shared how God’s faithfulness has kept her inspired, patient, and growing in her faith walk with Christ.
 
Crafts - Candle holder, Coasters

Crafts – Candle holder, Coasters

12/12/ 2015   “Mary Mother of Jesus” 
“Mary Mother of Jesus” was portrayed by Pam Edwards of Geneseo, IL.
 In addition, Christmas carols were sung, Christmas cards were signedand sent to our shut-ins, and Do-It-Yourself crafts were made. Crafts included coasters, Christmas tree ornaments and candle holders.
 
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