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As C3Women we are connected to each other in Christ. In that connectedness, we are called to  “stir up one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24) Paul gives us the pattern for how this is to be done in Titus 2. Here Paul encourages women who are mature in the faith to invest in the lives of other women, teaching and mentoring them toward greater maturity in faith and life. These groups provide an intimate setting to think and pray deeply about how to faithfully follow Jesus far from home, living lives that counter-culturally glorify God and offer Him winsomely to the world. Choose among 7 groups that will focus on one of two books ( Be the Bridge or And Yet, Undaunted) or a group that focuses on prayer. 

Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

With racial tensions as high within the church as outside the church, it is time for Christians to become the leaders in the conversation on racial reconciliation. This power-packed guide helps readers deepen their understanding of historical factors and present realities, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue and to serve as catalysts for righteousness, justice, healing, transformation, and reconciliation.

 

And Yet, Undaunted: Embraced by the Goodness of God in the Chaos of Life by Paula Rinehart and Connally Gilliam

Life is hard. We often find ourselves walking through stories that don’t feel like they should be ours. And yet here we are. We wonder where our good God is in the midst of it. But we are not left without hope. In fact―we have the greatest hope of all. Through vulnerable stories and rich insight, Paula Rinehart and Connally Gilliam point to the Larger Story that carries all the anxiety, longing, and beauty of your life. The backdrop of the big gospel story―creation (how life ought to be), the fall (how life is), redemption (how life can be), and restoration (how life will be one day)―gives context to our lives and hope for walking forward. The grand story of the gospel of Jesus Christ frames our every step.

 

Groups using the book, Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

 

Christy Gregory

My husband, Bryan, and I live in Saline with our 2 teenage boys. We are new to the area and are enjoying getting to know the new community and Knox family. I have been involved with a lot of different social justice efforts and am looking forward to discussions about racial reconciliation with the T2 group. This group will combine three of my loves: coffee, reading and learning from others. I hope you can join us!

When – Wednesday Afternoons, 1:00-2:30 PM, Biweekly
Where – Brewed Awakenings, Saline

Sara Chang and Sonia Kraftson

Sara – I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Robert and daughter, Junia (1st grade). We have been at Knox since 2004  (Robert a little earlier) and now serve on Session. I am an Area Director with InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries and also do some coaching for underserved institutions (community colleges, HBCUs etc…) My ethnicity identity is Korean American Adoptee as I was born in Seoul but was raised by Caucasian parents. I love playing tennis, drinking coffee, reading and exploring new places!

Sonia – I am an artist, currently studying creative writing and visual arts at Eastern Michigan University. I volunteer with TellingIt, a trauma informed arts group for teens, run a weekly summer writing workshop for youth, and teach poetry at the Huron Valley Women’s Prison. I enjoy living in cohousing, growing succulents, playing games my three boys, and running.

When – Friday Mornings, 9:00-10:30 AM
Where – Ann Arbor

Natalie Thompson

I live in Dexter with my husband David and our three children (Shepherd, 4th grade, Rock, 2nd grade, Noelle, K). I moonlight as CEO of Saltar Consulting, teach as an Adjunct Professor for Temple University’s Fox School of Business and serve on the Board of the Children’s Literacy Network in Ann Arbor. I’m an avid reader, writer, coffee aficionado and love to explore my surroundings, near and afar.  As an Argentine-American, racial reconciliation is a topic that is near and dear to my heart and I look forward to working through what can be at times a tricky topic through the lens of grace, mercy and love.

When – Tuesday Evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM
Where – In Natalie’s home in Dexter

Heidi Eliason and Janet Chen

Heidi – I am in my 40’s and recently celebrated my 26th anniversary with my husband, Jon. We have three children, one in college and two in high school! When not being the family-taxi, I love to host events at my home and spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy the outdoors, being near water and going for a jog once in a while!

Janet – I am an MTB alumni, former homeschooling mom, and I currently work part-time teaching Chinese at Ann Arbor Christian School. I have been exploring how to “do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God” in the context of my life here in Ann Arbor which has included, over time, supporting Knox’s work with Military Avenue Church, studying the Bible with internationals, working with the Washtenaw County Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care and a moms’ prayer group for our local schools.

When – Wednesday Mornings, 10:00 AM
Where – Ann Arbor

 

Rachel Wampler

I have been a Knox member for 21 years, wife for 15 years and am a homeschooling mom of 3 girls (6,10,12yo) in my 40s. I feel called to hospitality within Knox. I enjoy cooking, baking, backpacking, crafting, golf and softball.

When – Monday Evenings, 7:00-8:30, Weekly
Where – In Rachel’s home in Ann Arbor

Kathy Brace

My husband, John, and I have two grown children and have been members at Knox for 25 years. I serve on staff part-time as Ministry Director. I have  served in children’s ministry at Knox and in Africa. I enjoy my neighborhood book club, having people in our home for meals and walking on my treadmill while listening to a podcast or music, everything from Lady Antebellum to Michael Card to Mozart.

When – Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 PM, Weekly
Where – In Kathy’s home in Saline

 

 

FOCUS ON PRAYER: Have you been called to prayer? Yes. In every role you have in life: daughter, friend, wife, mother, coworker, volunteer and disciple of Christ we are called to pray. Jesus’ disciples asked him “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). In this mentoring group we will focus each week on a different aspect of prayer, asking Jesus to teach us to pray.

 

Monika Lamine

I am a first-generation American, who has lived internationally, and have been married 31 years with 3 young-adult children. I have been following Jesus for 32 years and have been a member of Knox for 19 years, with a particular call to serve women and families. I currently serve as the Knox Prayer Ministry Coordinator. My hobbies include hiking, backpacking and gardening.

When – Thursday Evenings, March 5 – April 9, 7:00-8:30 PM
Where – In Monika’s home in Dexter

A Mentor’s Perspective by Monika Lamine

 

A Mentee’s Perspective by Anya Cobler