for Women


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Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361 for more information.




Women of the Word (WOW)



Wednesday Morning WOW / Wednesday Night WOW - Rodriguez: Encountering God: Cultivating Habits of Faith Through the Spiritual Disciplines



Meets September 14 - December 14 (Not meeting November 23)

Multiple small table groups, typically 7 to 10 per group; each table group led by a facilitator

Coordinators:  Janet Rodriguez and Marylin Bright

Room 167 in the adult wing (Break-out Rooms: multiple locations in the adult wing)

​With this Wednesday Morning WOW offering, you’ll be connecting with a delightful group of women who love to study, seeking personal transformation and growth in their walk with God.  For the fall session,  Wednesday Morning WOW will be using Kelly Minter’s video-based study, Encountering God: Cultivating Habits of Faith Through the Spiritual Disciplines.  Spiritual disciplines are essential to a more vibrant spiritual life and knowing God more intimately.  This Bible study will unpack the Biblical foundation for these sacred habits along with approachable ways to practice disciplines like prayer, study, worship, rest, simplicity, generosity celebration and many more.  Instead of being just one more thing on your to-do list, you’ll find that these habits of faith can actually create more margin in your life - providing peace and rest as you walk closer with Jesus. Join us if you want to: learn how to cultivate a vibrant spiritual life; demystify spiritual disciplines and be empowered to practice them as you draw closer to God; understand how spiritual disciplines strengthen the Body of Christ, both in communities and individual lives; and reframe your perspective on rest and renewal.  


Beginning September 14, and alternating each week thereafter, participants will gather as one large group to watch Kelly’s teaching video before breaking into discussion groups.  Alternate weeks participants will meet in the small group setting to discuss personal homework for this study.  Study Guide cost: $17.  Advance registration is helpful. To sign up, contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361.  This same study will also be offered on Wednesday nights . . .



Meets September 14 - December 14 (Not meeting November 23)

One larger discussion group led by Janet Rodriguez, likely 6 to 15 women in the group

Facilitator:  Janet Rodriguez

Room 164 in the adult wing


For the Wednesday night WOW study of Encountering God the format will follow the same schedule as the morning group.  The overall meeting time each week is shorter so that women who are involved in choir are able to attend both the Wednesday night WOW group and Wednesday night choir practice. Advance registration is helpful. Sign up by contacting Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

Wednesday Morning WOW - VanWyk:

Jonah - Navigating a Life Interrupted

One larger discussion group led by Cindy VanWyk, often 12 to 18 women in the group

Wednesday mornings, 9-11am

Meets September 21 - December 14 (Not meeting on November 23)

Teacher:  Cindy VanWyk

Contact:  Linda Woldring

Room 166 in the adult wing


This fall, the Wednesday Morning WOW group taught by Cindy VanWyk will be digging into Priscilla Shirer’s video-based study, Jonah – Navigating a Life Interrupted.  Life's interruptions. They come in all shapes and sizes. All colors and shades. Good and bad. Though we wish to avoid them, every season of life seems to include a few. Interruptions may shock us, shake us, and compel us to change. We can't escape life's interruptions, but we can change our perspective on them. Dive into the study of Jonah and discover that what you see as an interruption may truly be God's divine invitation to a life so much bigger than you can imagine. Beginning September 21, and alternating each week thereafter, participants will watch Priscilla Shirer’s teaching video followed by a time of discussion. Alternate weeks, the group will discuss reflections and wonderings that arose out of the personal homework for this study.  Study Guide cost:  $13. Advance registration is helpful. To sign up, contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361.

Wednesday Afternoon WOW

Wednesday afternoons, 1-3pm

Begins September 14 (not meeting November 23)

Contact:  Cindi Lampen

Room 164 in the adult wing


For the fall session, Wednesday Afternoon WOW will be viewing and discussing Melissa Spoelstra’s video-based study, Romans - Good News that Changes Everything.  Bad news surrounds us.  It comes through our phone, computer, and television screens.  We encounter it in doctors’ offices, the workplace, and our own homes.  If we’re not careful, we can drift toward cynicism, fear, or despair.  As followers of Jesus, we must not lose sight of the fact that God has given us good news.  We call it the gospel.  The gospel truths shared with the early church at Rome echo into our day, reminding us that we still have good news to embrace personally and to share with others. This study of Romans highlights significant concepts regarding the good news about faith, hope, daily life, God’s plan, ​relationships, and eternity.  Whatever bad news we may be facing, in Romans we’ll find good news that will encourage, inspire, and transform us, bringing about a spiritual renewal that will spread to those around us. Women are invited to join this prayer, study, and discussion small group. Study Guide cost: $12. For more information or to sign up contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org  or 616-796-3361.


Ruby's Tuesday Morning WOW

Tuesday mornings, 7:30-9am

Contact:  Ruby Kickert

Green Room just inside Entrance D


 Beginning in September, Ruby’s Tuesday Morning WOW will be reading and discussing Andy Stanley’s new book, Not in It to Win It - Why Choosing Sides Sidelines the Church. In this relatable and practical book, Andy points us back to the mission Jesus sent us on - showing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world - even as we navigate the complicated and emotionally-charged terrain of today's cultural divides and hot-button disagreements. Rather than viewing Christianity through the filter of partisanship, Andy challenges us to evaluate all of life through the wide-angle lens of faith. Jesus called his followers to obey a new command, to love others in the same way he has loved us. Instead of asserting our rights or fighting for power, we are to ask ourselves: what does love require of me? Don't settle for winning a game that God isn't playing. Instead seek to live in a way that your life makes a difference for others, showcasing the love of God to the world. Women are invited to join this study and discussion group.


​​Women’s Book Club

Monthly, fourth Tuesday , 6:30-8pm

Begins September 27

Meets September - May

Contact:  Janet Rodriguez

Room 164 in the adult wing


Are you an avid reader who would love to connect with other women to discuss literature from a Christian perspective? Each month this group chooses a new book to read. Then between meeting sessions, participants purchase or download that month’s book from their favorite bookseller allowing themself time to read the book. Every fourth Tuesday they gather to informally share personal reactions, thoughts, life applications, and wonderings that arose out of their reading of the book for that month. For more information on the Women's Book Club, contact Janet Rodriguez at 298-7021 or rodriguezjanet06@gmail.com.


At their first meeting for the 2022 fall session, the group will be discussing The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton. In 1985, Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, he knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. The Sun Does Shine is his memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, telling of his dramatic thirty-year journey and showing how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy. 



Agape Circle

Monthly, second Tuesday, 7-9pm 

Meets September - June

Coordinators:  Kathy Lubbers and Kathy VanDerHulst

Fireside Café off the Gathering Place


During their time together this group will be reading and discussing the devotional book, A Story Behind Every Hymn: 52 Weeks of Inspiration, Courage and Strength by Dr. Larry Frazier.  A Story Behind Every Hymn is a collection of stories about real people and God interacting together through the trials of life. One major theme found in each story is that you are not alone. God is with you and will provide you strength and power to overcome and to accomplish great things. The hymn writers’ stories are your stories. These are true stories of how God moves between the time when Jesus lived on the earth and today. Each story is a beautiful expression of growing in faith with God. Join us and be inspired by the stories of people like us, whose faith empowered them to survive life’s greatest challenges at the darkest of times. Your faith will surely grow as you relate to the power of the hymns and the Word of God.


Faithfulness Circle

Monthly, third Thursday, 9:30-11am

Begins October 20

Meets October - May

Coordinators:  Millie Snyder and Wilma Winkels

Teacher:  Tam Velderman

Green Room just inside Entrance D

From the first and the last verses of the Book of Psalms and in between - are words of worship and praise, of repentance, and of thankfulness that portray the span of attitude and emotion that the various authors wanted to convey. As we look at selected psalms and also at the songs we now sing that encompass their words our focus this year will be on Psalms 107 - 150. We’d love to have you join us for Psalms & Songs ~ Petitions & Praise! 


Women's Prayer Groups


Women Praying on Mondays

Monday mornings, 11:15am-12:15pm

Contact:  Beth Eichler

Prayer Room off the Fireside Café


Women, you are invited to grow in your relationship with God through prayer. Please come and join us as we gather together to pray, share, and care for each other.  Each time begins with a brief reflection on prayer, and then most of the time is spent simply praying together.  Attend when you can! 


Moms / Grandmothers in Prayer

Tuesday mornings, 10-11am

Contact:  Linda Aalderink

Room 160-161 in the adult wing


God's power is unleashed through our prayers! We live in a culture that seeks to blind our children to the reality of God's love for them. Praying with other moms for our children and schools breaks through these barriers, impacting them for Christ. Start or find a local Moms in Prayer group by calling/texting Linda Aalderink at 836-9256.


Women Praying on Wednesdays


Wednesday afternoons, 4-5pm

Meets year-round

Contact: Barb Kiekintveld

Prayer Room off the Fireside Café


The focus of this prayer group will be on outreach. We want to grow in our ability to allow God to work through us to reach people in our lives for God. We will read and discuss Organic Outreach for Ordinary People by Kevin G. Harney. We will be praying for those who may not yet be part of God’s family as well as other prayer concerns.