Women's Retreat 2022

In the Garden (September 23-25/Oklahoma City, OK)

Our annual Women's Retreat will be held September 23-25, 2022 in Oklahoma City, OK. This year's retreat is hosted by the Central Oklahoma Area churches. (Visit the official retreat page to register online or download the brochure with registration information to print and mail in.)

Meet Our Speaker

Chelle Leininger grew up on a farm near Hugoton, KS. She graduated from Barclay College in 1985 and married her husband Chuck in 1986. They spent two years as missionaries in Guatemala, C.A., then moved to Southern California where Chelle earned a M.Div at Azusa Pacific University in 1993 before becoming a fulltime wife and mother to their four children. In 2005, Chelle began teaching Spanish primarily to high school students, which she did for nine years. She then worked in a variety of capacities with youth and their families as the counselor at Hugoton High School and youth leader at Bethel Friends Church before becoming the Chair of Elementary Education department at Barclay College in 2021. Chelle completed requirements for her professional counseling license in May 2022, and she is currently a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University where she studies Education Leadership. Her dissertation explores how schools, churches, and communities can better know and serve individuals who have experienced developmental trauma and facilitate their journey toward wellness and resilience. The rest of the time she likes to read, make memories with her family, and practice learning to submit to Jesus so as to be useful for his work.

Run for Missions

Do you like my new shoes? My old ones were pretty worn, by November these will be worn, too! Run for Missions 2021 will be held Saturday, November 6, starting in Haviland and finishing in Wichita. Ten runners or teams will run 10 mile stages of the 100 mile relay. This year we'll have runners representing all 7 Areas across our yearly meeting, plus teams from Barclay College, Friends University, and Friends Women!

Do you run? Jog? Power walk? Skip??! Do you have daughters, sisters, friends, youth group members who do? We want to form a Friends Women team to run one of the 10-mile stages in the Run for Missions. You don't have to run all 10 miles . . . I can't do it either! But I'm working on what I can do. If you can do one or more miles, we would love to have you join us!

Last year's Run for Missions was a huge success; we doubled our goal, and benefited two mission families. Proceeds from Run for Mission 2021 will benefit our EFM workers in Ireland.

Will you pray for us and support us?

Will you pray about what you can do?

Will you put on your shoes and join me on the road?!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Philippians 4:13

Contact Nancy Smelser for more information


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