Each spring the Sistering Committee hosts a gathering for woman across both Eastern District and Franconia Conference to share in one another’s lives and learn together. Here are past events that have been held:
CARRYING GRANDMOTHER’S PURSE:
ACCEPTING AND/OR DISCARDING OUR BAGGAGE
Towamencin Mennonite Church
March 18, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The British queen’s granddaughter played with her grandmother’s purse during an official photo shoot, clearly delighting in this privilege. Other children like playing dress-up with adult purses as well, not caring what they represent. Yet a purse can be a metaphor for our lives as women. We are handed down stories about ourselves and others, prescriptions for how to live, rules and commands, as well as messages of love and joy. Sometimes we are able to carry these with pleasure; sometimes they become toxic or too heavy, and we must sort through them and discard what no longer has meaning or a positive impact for us. Sometimes our “purse” belongs more to our grandmothers and mothers than to us and we must find what meets our own needs.
During our Women’s Gathering there will be time for praise and prayer, input by Tamira Good, discussion, and sharing with each other. This time apart from our daily lives is a retreat designed to help us shed what keeps us from God and from enjoying a fulfilled life, and accept what we are being offered that is life-giving.
Read a Recap of the event here: Carrying Grandmother’s Purse by Anne M. Yoder
SISTERING FOR LIFE
Towamencin Mennonite Church
March 12, 2016; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for A Day Apart of worship, storytelling, reflection, laughter, learning, blessing!
Sharing our stories of being unique as well as different,
of what shapes us at various stages,
of what ties us together as women.
Read a Recap of the event here: Women Meet to Tell Their Sacred Stories
A DAY APART FOR WOMEN:
SHATTERING OUR MIRRORS, RECLAIMING OUR SELVESSATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015
9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Nueva Vida Norristown New Life
25 East Marshall Street
Norristown, PA. 19401
SPEAKERS FOR A DAY APART FOR WOMEN
Sandy Drescher-Lehman is a social worker in the position of Pastor of Pastoral Care at Souderton Mennonite Church, and is also a spiritual director. She is married to John; they have two children, Maria (25) and Jonathan (22). Sandy and John own a contemplative retreat center (fernrockretreat.org).
Christine Waanders is a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years of experience providing therapy to children and families. She sees clients in private practice in King of Prussia. She also works with the Violence Prevention Initiative of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, implementing programs to prevent and address bullying. She is a member of West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship. Christine is married and the mother of two boys.
FEELING A NEED TO BE MORE CONNECTED? We know that your Saturdays are precious to you, but we believe that this opportunity to meet together as women is worth leaving home for! Here’s what others have said blessed them most about our gatherings:
- Coming together with others and sharing and listening!
- The words of comfort from other women
- Honest sharing from the heart
- Being reminded that we need to take time and care for ourselves
- The gathering of Christian women with respectful appreciation.
EDC-FMC Sistering Committee: Lynne Allebach; Doris Diener; Pastor Donna Merow; Bobbi Smisko; Kristi Wile; Anne Yoder
Read a Recap of the event here: Franconia Conference & Eastern District Women Gather
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014; 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Methacton Mennonite Church, 3081 Mill Road, Norristown, PA 19403 (Fairview Village, Worcester); 610-584-4080
FEATURING STORIES AND TIPS FROM RHODA CHARLES, BOARD CHAIR FOR MENNONITE WOMEN USA, AND DR. PRISCILLA BENNER, DIRECTOR OF MAMA PROJECT INC.
Rhoda Charles, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has served as MW USA board chair since 2011. She attends Habecker Mennonite Church, where she has been active in their ministry of resettling Karen refugees from Burma. Rhoda has frequently been a speaker at women’s gatherings. She and her husband ran a photography studio together for over 30 years. She is the mother of three adult children and a grandmother.
Priscilla Benner is a local physician practicing medicine in Pennsburg, PA, and the director of the MAMA Project (Mujeres Amigas Miles Apart), begun through a partnership in 1987 between local Mennonite women in our area and Mennonite women in Honduras. She is is the mother of five adult children and a grandmother.
An opportunity to gather together as women is being planned for Saturday, June 1st. “Beauty for Brokenness: Growing toward Wholeness” will be presented at Salford Mennonite Church from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sister Mary Julia McKenzie and Pastor Angela Moyer will share from their experience with encouraging recovery and growth in those who have suffered brokeness in relationships, in health, in faith, and in other ways. We hope that all who attend will be able to identify areas in their own lives, and in those whom they know, where God’s invitation to wholeness might be heard and responded to.
OCTOBER 12, 2013
An exciting opportunity to gather together as women is being planned for Saturday, October 12th. “Sistering: The Ties That Bind (Without Strangling)” will be presented at Souderton Mennonite Church from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to share from their experiences with being supported, or supporting others, throughout their lives, and how we do this without choking the life from one another. We hope that all who attend will be able to identify areas in their own lives, and in those whom they know, where God’s invitation to “sister” one another, locally and globally, might be heard and responded to.