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:
Galatians – Summer Bible Study Plus
Dates: 2nd & 4th Mondays beginning June 11th
Times: 1:00 – 2:30 pm or 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place: Church, room 206 (day), room 105 (evening)
Leader: Pastor Janet Zimmerman
Description: The book of Galatians is spiritual dynamite, and was deeply influential in the lives of both Martin Luther and John Wesley. It is often called the Charter of Christian liberty, inviting Christians into a life of grace, free from the “yoke of slavery” and bondage of law. This letter is a turning point in defining Christianity as more than a Jewish sect, but a faith for Gentiles and all nations. On the 3rd Monday we will have a fun, social off-site event. Join us for the study, the socials, or both! Childcare is available if requested beforehand. For more information contact Pastor Janet, 330-685-4882.

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:

Social

Anita Renfroe Live
Date: Saturday, June 23rd 7:00 pm
Place: Ohio Star Theater – 1387 Old State Rt. 39 NE – Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Contact: Pastor Janet Zimmerman – 330-639-4471
Cost: $47.50 with dinner at Dutch Valley Restaurant, 5:00 pm or $30 for just the concert
Description: An evening of laughter and empowerment with Anita, a female Christian comedian. Anita has been described as “a triple shot of espresso in a decaf world but there isn’t a latte cup big enough to hold the party that Anita Renfroe brings”. Reservations are due no later than June 8th. Please make checks payable to “Church of the Lakes” and mark either “Anita Renfroe dinner and concert” or “Anita Renfroe concert” on the memo line. Leave checks in the office or give to Pastor Janet.

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.

These groups will continue to meet throughout the summer for fun, informal, off-site events where you can bring your children. Come and make some new friends this summer and be encouraged in your important role as a mother. The schedules will be posted in the ‘MOPS at Church of the Lakes’ Facebook group.

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.