The purpose of the Women’s Ministry at Church of the Lakes is to foster a joyful relationship with God for women of all ages by encouraging spiritual growth, serving God, and supporting one another.

Our Women’s Ministry focuses on four areas: Spiritual, Social, Service, and Support. We look forward to your participation in these groups and activities.

Spiritual

Bible Studies:
Unfailing Love Changes Everything
Dates: Mondays beginning April 9th
Times: 1:00 – 2:30 pm or 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place: Church, room 206 (day), room 105 (evening)
Leader: Pastor Janet Zimmerman
Cost: $13 for the workbook (optional)
Description: A new seven-week study, “Unfailing Love Changes Everything,” based on the book of Hosea is a deeply personal and passionate, yet difficult love story. As an account full of harsh judgment unfolds, we find in its midst a rare and pure gem: the truest and purest of loves. Hosea preached his own life message using his marriage as the sermon illustration. Be amazed by the love of Hosea for his wayward spouse—and more amazed by the unfailing love of God for His wayward people, and for all people. Hosea showers us with hope—hints and portents pointing to the coming of the promised Messiah. This DVD study features author Jennifer Rothschild.
Click here to sign up for this study.

Off-Site Bible Study
Dates: Mondays, ongoing
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Place: Sebia Crum’s home
Leader: Sebia Crum, 330-704-0286
Womens Group
Description: This group focuses on studying specific books of the Bible. This fall, the focus will be 1st and 2nd Corinthians.

Retreats:
Women’s Retreat
Date: Saturday, April 14th
Place: Das Dutch Kitchen in Dalton, OH
Speaker: Rev. LuAnn Youngman
Cost: $50 includes lunch & dessert
Description: Pastor Lu Ann Youngman is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and is in her 21st year serving the Winfield UMC. She has been preaching for 28 years. The retreat topic, “Pull the Plug on What’s Draining You”, is sure to help many women refocus their lives on what is truly important. Register by clicking here, or contact the church office, 330-499-8972.

Priscilla Shirer Livestream Event
Date: Saturday, April 28th
Place: First Friends Church
Speaker: Priscilla Shirer
Cost: $20 includes lunch with vegetarian and gluten free options available
Description: Join a group of women from our church as we attend a special livestream event at First Friends Church featuring noted Bible study author Priscilla Shirer. For more information or to register contact Pastor Janet, 330-685-4882 by April 22nd.

Walk to Emmaus
Dates: April 19th – 22nd
Place: Camp Wanake, Beach City, Ohio
Description: A spiritual renewal program intended to develop Christian disciples and leaders. On this four-day experience, you will learn more about your faith, deepen your relationship with Jesus and connect with others on the walk. If interested, please contact Dawn Crum, 330-830-9042. Sign up is first come, first served and space is limited!

Social

Ongoing Groups:
Golden Girls
Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month (except January)
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Place: Church, Cave area (lower level)
Cost: $5
Description: A group of senior ladies enjoy lunch together and hear a guest speaker. RSVP to Nancy Pierson, 330-933-3683.

Women’s Exchange
Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, September – May
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Place: Church, room 206
Cost: Visit one time for free. Yearly membership fee is $25.
Description: A group to help provide mental and social stimulation and allow an arena for sharing concerns and discussing current issues. They offer opportunities for discussions of substance, speakers/special programs and outings/field trips.

REFIT® Fitness Group
Date: Saturdays (call the church office for confirmation on future dates)
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Place: Church, Activity Center
Description: REFIT® is a cardio dance program that engages the whole person: body, mind, and soul. In this hour-long fitness class, participants will find easy to learn movements, inspiring music, and a family-friendly environment for all ages. Open to women, men, youth and children. Suggested donation of $3 per family each week.

Service

Prayer Shawl
Dates: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, September – May
Time: 12:30 pm
Place: Church, room 203
Contact: Susan Kirkland – 330-806-7953
Description: Knits and crochets prayer shawls to be a comfort for those going through trials in life both inside and outside our church. All skill levels are welcome, they can even teach you to knit or crochet and have supplies that you can use. Over 500 shawls have been donated since this ministry started.

Baby Bundles
Dates: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Place: Church, room 108
Contact: Lucy Woods – 330-499-6608
Description: Makes baby quilts and scent dolls for NICU patients at Aultman hospital, Pregnancy Choices, Canton Calvary Mission, and for children being baptized at our church. Also, now working on new projects: stuffed animals for foster children for SAFY, Specializing Alternatives for Family & Youth, “Pretty Pocket” a discrete way to hide drain ports for breast cancer patients, dresses for girls in Africa,” Dress a Girl Around the World”, a campaign of Hope for Women Around the World International. We need non-sewers to cut fabric and stuff the animal toys. Come once a month or what works for you. No experience needed, and all supplies are provided.

Support

Small Groups:
MOPS and MOMSnext
Dates: Daytime~ 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 9:15 – 11:15 am
Evening~ 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Place: Church, room 206
Contact: Pastor Janet Zimmerman – 330-639-4471
Cost: $31/year registration
Description: MOPS is for mothers of children, birth through preschool; MOMSnext is for mothers of children, elementary age or older. Being a mom is beautiful and hard and we get that sometimes you just need a safe space to breath. A place to get some encouragement that what you are doing matters. Friends are welcome. This is motherhood, and together we can change the world in all the best ways.

Widow’s Bible Study
Dates: Tuesdays, March 13th – April 17th
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Place: Church, room 214
Contact: Sue Hoffmeyer – 330-704-1174
or Pastor Janet Zimmerman – 330-639-4471
Cost: $10 for the book
Description: We will be studying the book, “Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change.” The loss of your spouse has rendered impossible what you always envisioned for your future, and you are left with two options- stagnation or innovation. Learn to see unwelcome circumstances as fresh soil to plant new dreams and ultimately re-imagine your life.

 

We have more ministries and activities in the planning stages! If you have an idea to share we invite you to join the steering committee and help us plan additional events.

Child care is available for groups or events at the church, if requested in advance.

If you have questions regarding Women’s Ministries, need to request child care or would like to join the planning committee contact Pastor Janet Zimmerman, 330-639-4471.