A Small Group by Women for Women

Here’s another (awesome!) small group option..

I’ve been a member of the women’s Thursday morning small group since my family started attending Restoration in 2011. I can say with confidence that the spiritual growth I’ve experienced and the community I’ve gained have changed my life. We came to Restoration in large part because I was at the end of myself. I’d lost the ability to do life with my own strength. Little did I realize the great bounty that the Lord had in store for me. On our second Sunday at Restoration a woman who has become a great friend told me I should join the women’s small group that met on Thursday mornings. Something inside me nudged me to join. So, with a courage that I don’t typically experience in new situations, I signed up. We read scriptures and delved deeper into the Sunday sermons. And perhaps just as importantly, we prayed together. We shared. I grew. I’m no longer trying to do life on my own. I have a community that has grown and changed over the past three years but has always remained the safe place where we meet over coffee and snacks and try to figure out how to put our faith into action. So if you’re a woman, young or old, single or married, empty nester or new mom, please join our Thursday morning group. Come share coffee and snacks and faith and struggles. Oh, and bring your kids, too. We have screened, paid childcare providers. We’d love to have you.

-Erika Belen

More info?  Contact: Rachel Hoppe at rachel_hoppe@hotmail.com.

Meeting: Thursdays, 10 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall, 1815 N Quincy St


God and the (single) woman

Last Tuesday,  7.30pm 51 women met at LFPC to listen, chat, think and pray around the idea of being a woman of God who may be single; and how we can encourage one another to grow into all that God has for us individually and collectively.IMG_0666 The panel: Leigh McAfee, Barb Hagerty and Connally Gilliam were outstanding – they made us laugh and think as they called us to revel in our womanhood, delight in our maker and allow God to minister to the hurts and longings that we feel. Some of my favorite quotes from the evening include:

  • “It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (quoted by Barb)
  • “I want to live out of wholeness not longing” (Leigh)
  • “But Eros, honoured without reservation and obeyed unconditionally, becomes a demon” CS Lewis, The four loves (quoted by Connally)
  • ‘Fill yourselves with thankfulness” (Barb)
  • “How would I live if I knew for a fact in five years I would/would not be married?” (Barb)
  • “My singleness is only part of my identity” (Leigh)

What was your favorite take-away from the evening?    Do continue the conversation…


1) Last call for the Women’s retreat: sign up closes this Sunday. Connally is our speaker – the book is Philippians and we will be thinking about hope in the chaos of life. It will be fun!

2) March 18, 7.30pm LFPC: ‘God and the (sexual) woman’. Similar format. Send questions in advance to Liz Gray

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