Wherever you find yourself on life’s journey there is a place for you at South. We invite you to become involved in a Bible study, a care group or an event where friendships are born, laughter is shared, heartaches are carried and lives are shaped by God’s life-changing grace.
Save the Date: August 7 & 8 – Unexpected is coming early this year.
After months of social distancing, it’s time for the Women of South to gather together and it’s going to be BIG.
Summer Bible Study
The Village: weekend study for moms continues on Saturday, June 6th with the book Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler. REGISTER HERE
If you are a working mom at South Church, we want to build community with you! This study is for moms of young children looking for a place to pursue God and support one another. The Village meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, from 10am-11:30am in Joy Shantz’s home in south Lansing — or on Zoom!
DUE TO THE NEW HEALTH RESTRICTIONS, ALL ACTIVITIES AT THE CHURCH BUILDING ARE SUSPENDED. Watch for updated notices for rescheduling and online group meeting opportunities in the next few days.
Tuesdays: Fall 2020
Trustworthy: Overcoming Our Greatest Struggles – Lysa TerKeurst. When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should follow, we are much more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. It’s then that we begin to press into our ways in our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own god, but so many of us try. In this study of 1 & 2 Kings, you will explore the Scriptures that teach us how to truly trust God. Facilitated by Nancy Denyes & Sheila Rynbrandt, Fireside Room. Workbook $16.00. Register Here
Tuesdays: Fall 2020
Jude: Contending for the Faith – Jackie Hill Perry. While often overlooked, the Book of Jude remains as relevant today as the time it was written. God has commanded His beloved church to do the necessary work of contending for the faith in a world of unbelief, and as we do, He will keep us from falling into the same deception. In this 7-session study from Jackie Hill Perry, dive into themes of being called, loved, and kept, and learn how to point others to Jesus in grace and truth. Facilitated by Darla Daugherty, Fireside Room. Workbook $15.00. Register Here
Thursdays: Fall 2020
Raised Together: A Study of Colossians – Gloria Furhman. “By HIM all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17. Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae encourages believers to live out the reality of the doctrine of Christ — He is God, He is supreme, and He is sufficient. We have been buried and raised to life with Him as new creations, knit together in Love. In this study you will explore themes of foundational Christian doctrine through verse-by-verse study of Colossians. Learn who Christ is, who you are in Him, and how to grow and mature in your faith. Facilitated by Kim Dalman, Fireside Room. Workbook $15.00. Register Here
Tuesdays: Fall 2020
Refresh: for mothers of infant and preschool age children.
Facilitated by Tami Harrison, Commons Area, childcare is available for infant-preschool age children. Workbook and childcare $25.00. Register Here
Wednesdays: Fall 2020
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Sundays: Armor of God Fall 2020
God’s Potpourri – A class for women who are single, widows, or spiritually single. Armor of God – by Priscilla Shirer. This study continues from the fall session but you are welcome to join at any time. All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory. Facilitated by Carol Senard, Board Room. Register Here
Save the Date:
Unexpected is coming early this year.
Pursuing Christ Together
August 8, 2020 I 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
After months of social distancing, it’s time for the women of South to gather for a day of practical study where women, unapologetic and unshakeable in their pursuit of Christ, can come together. Limited seating/Advance Reservations/Distancing will be in effect for this simulcast conference at South Church. Watch for more details as we determine logistics to meet safely. Registration is required and will be open soon! (A back-up date has been reserved if Michigan does not enter Phase 5 for this date).
Watch for a rescheduled date –
CREATE a PLATE Night
Design a “Giving Plate” using paint markers. You will be encouraged to take your plate home and fill it up with yummy treats to begin its journey of blessing to others. The journey of a giving plate never ends. It moves from house to house blessing everyone in its path – from friend to neighbor, parent to teacher, and so on and so on. And each simple exchange warms hearts with the expression of genuine kindness, love and gratitude.
Visions of Christmas 2020
Due to the unusual circumstances of the current pandemic, we are not planning on having our annual Christmas Dinner this year. We look forward to having this event in 2021.
'I Will Survive' is a support group for women with cancer and cancer survivors where you can openly share your cancer journey in a warm, confidential, and loving atmosphere.
Women in various stages of cancer attend; some recently diagnosed, those who are undergoing treatment, as well as cancer survivors. This is a community-wide outreach.
Women are encouraged and supported through God’s word, articles of interest, current cancer information, sharing and prayer. It is an environment in which laughter, love and tears abound. The group typically meets on the first Monday of each month, in the Fireside Room at 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Sheila Rynbrandt. For questions and/or confirmation of meetings, call 517 646-0380.
Philippians 4.13—I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
We have joined together to support widowed women as they struggle to handle the grief, pain, and loneliness of their loss. We offer fellowship, sharing, and hope with those who have walked this path in earlier days and have experienced God's healing grace.
Every third Thursday of each month, widows meet for lunch at various restaurants throughout the city. We meet to get to know one another, support one another and to just enjoy being with people who understand the journey we are on. We would love to have anyone who is on this journey join us. If you would like to know more about the Never Alone ministry, please call Carol Senard at 517/256-1122. If you would like to join us for a monthly lunch please contact Carol by Wednesday to RSVP as we need to reserve enough tables to accommodate everyone who will be attending.
In the midst of being a busy mom (or mom-to-be), you need time to sit back and be refreshed.
Refresh is a place where you can kick back, take off your shoes, and just be your genuine self! Grab your coffee cup and join other mothers of infants and/or preschoolers every Tuesday morning at South Church for some amazing conversation, digging into God’s word, helpful discussions on parenting, and fun activities! This is a refreshing opportunity for young mothers to network and refuel for the rest of their busy week.
Refresh meets Tuesday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am at South Church in the Commons during the school year. The Winter Session begins on Tuesday, January 16 - March 27. Childcare is available for infants through preschool age children. There is a small fee ($25) which covers the cost of your study materials, activities, and childcare for the winter session.
*Please note: Do you remember what it was like to be a young mom who longed for a morning out with other moms? You can help us continue this great ministry for our moms by helping look after their little ones while they are at Refresh. There is a great need for additional childcare helpers on Tuesday mornings! For more information please contact Ruth Hultquist at (517) 819-7751.
Contact Tami Harrison for more information at (517) 803-7452
'Human Trafficking' is an epidemic around the world and in our backyard. Join us as we learn more about this problem and how we can become actively involved in fighting against it both locally and with our partners in India.
'Shake it up, baby' - ever feel like you could use a session with a training coach? Katie Hubbard will help get you started with some great ways you can get in shape. (Be sure to wear comfortable workout clothing).
'Meet Monet' - whether you have any artistic talent or not it's worth a fun night to give painting a try. Join us for an interesting twist on this art form and come away with a piece of canvas art created from watercolor paints and markers.
3rd Friday of every month – Join the “Knit Wits”
Sister2Sister has a monthly knitting and crochet group throughout the school year. This group meets the 3rd Friday of each month in the Fireside Room at 6:30 pm. Whether you want to learn the basics, get help on an existing project, see some new ideas, or share your own knitting and crochet skills with others – please join us! For more information contact Marlene Osborn
There are two possible ways that married couples may be connected with a mentor couple. The best way is through one of the pastors. They are most concerned for the needs of the congregation and equipped to help. They will determine the best mentor for each situation. It is also possible to connect through the Marriage Mentor Ministry coordinator. He will carefully refer you to a mentor couple who will lovingly share their wisdom and experience. Communication with the pastors and the mentors will be kept in strict confidence.
Mentor couples are committed to keeping all conversations and information within their relationship. The mentor process is first and foremost warm, godly, and informal. The mentor married couple has struggled with many of the same issues the mentee couple is experiencing. The mentors are willing to share their experience and how they dealt with the issue. There is also an important dimension at work and that is the spiritual approach to the issue. Mentor couples bathe the couple’s needs in prayer and are deeply concerned for their success and happiness.
Built into the enrich side of the Marriage Mentor Ministry is a Prepare/Enrich Assessment. The assessment consists of the couple responding online to a series of statements indicating how they agree or disagree with a number of statements. A Couples Report is generated and reviewed by the mentor couple. This is designed to give the mentor couple insight regarding areas of agreement and disagreement. More importantly, it provides good insight on the couple’s strengths and growth areas. Usually, after a couple has met with their marriage mentor, they realize what a powerful and significant impact a mentor couple can have on their marriage. Below are some of the many potential benefits from this ministry.
• Increase chances of having a healthy, satisfying marriage together
• Learn vital skills in communication and conflict resolution
• Ask questions and share successes and struggles with another caring couple
• Build on relationship strengths and address problematic areas
• Strengthen support network
• Form a valuable bond with a couple who are modeling what a healthy marriage looks like
Contact the church office for more information, by e-mail or phone at 517-322-2000.
The women of South have a passion to serve women cross-culturally. Each year we send a group of 8-12 women to encourage and facilitate biblical training of other women in Asia. Our next group will be traveling in the fall of 2019. If you would like more information on being a part of women serving women cross-culturally please contact us.
Equippers 2019 Resources – Ministering to Women
- Grace for Nurturing Others (Gloria Furman)
- Discipling Women – Mission Precision
- Walking with Others Who Are Disappointed With God (Nancy Guthrie)
- Teaching Points for Helping Others Who Are Disappointed With God (Kim Dalman)
- Helping Those Experiencing Grief
- Teaching With Fear and Trembling (Jen Wilkin)
- Teaching With a Deeper Knowledge of Him (Jen Wilkin)
- Practical Tools for Studying and Teaching the Word (Jen Wilkin)
- Next Steps – Living As Titus 2 Women In A Romans 1 World (Kristie Anyabwile)
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