Women’s Conference

TRUE BEAUTY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

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by Debbie Huber

 

“Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”  I Peter 3:4

It is reported that Jennifer Aniston spends $140,000 a year (or $8000 a month) on her beauty regimen. She is a very beautiful woman and obviously works hard at presenting herself as beautifully as she can, trying to “hold back the hands of time”. 

While very few people will spend nearly that much on our beauty regimen we still are very concerned about how our outward looks appear to the world. But as we all know outward beauty does not last forever. 

We live in a world where a woman’s identity is often defined by how she looks, what she wears, or how she feels about herself.  The Bible speaks to us about an imperishable beauty that should shape our identity: true beauty beholds and reflects the Glory of God.  We reflect His glory as we gaze on it and become completely satisfied in Christ and His beauty. 

Greentree Church is presenting a Women’s Conference entitled “True Beauty”.  The conference is scheduled from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Friday, April 29 and from 8:00am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 30.  

This free two day conference will focus on who we are in Christ and challenge us to reflect His beauty to a world that seeks beauty that is unsatisfying and fading. Whatever your season in life, beholding the beauty of our Savior deepens our love and satisfaction in Him alone.

All women are invited to attend this conference. There will be Biblical teaching, worship, and small group interactions. A special continental breakfast will be served on Saturday morning.

Invite someone to come along with you!  This is a great opportunity for you to invite an unsaved friend or someone in our church who needs to be connected. A personal invitation can make all the difference. 

You must register online and can do so here

Registration deadline is Monday, April 25. 

LADIES WE HAVE A CONFERENCE FOR YOU!

Sovereign Grace Women's Weekend

by Debbie Huber

Sovereign Grace Church of Marlton, NJ has invited the women of Greentree to attend a special regional Women’s Weekend Conference with speaker and author Nancy Guthrie.

The theme for this conference is “Oh For Grace To Trust Him More”. Pastor Warren Boettcher and his wife Kim of Sovereign Grace Church are dear friends of Kyle and mine and I am confident that the Greentree women will feel warmly welcomed!

Nancy is a prolific author, Bible study teacher, and international conference speaker. She also offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David host for couples who have faced the death of a child, through books and through the GriefShare video series. She has also written a series of books, “Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament”.

I first heard of Nancy Guthrie a few years ago through her testimony that appeared on a blog. Nancy and her husband had two babies born with a rare metabolic disorder who both died before they were six months old. The sadness and suffering that they experienced touched my heart, but her response to this great loss was what stood out to me. She learned that God allows suffering into our lives for a purpose, “instead of running from it, we can embrace it, and look around for God in it”.

Nancy’s message to those who are hurting:

“Instead of urging them to pray away their suffering, I want to encourage them to look for God in the midst of it. If God has allowed suffering into your life, it is for a significant purpose. So rather than just focusing on getting rid of it, seek to discover God’s purpose in your pain, to submit to his plan and his purpose, to please him in how you respond to adversity. You have an incredible opportunity to glorify God just by your simple trust in him during these dark days. He will bring you from the darkness into the light, so look for him in the darkness.”

The conference is November 13-14, 2015. It should be a wonderful weekend of refreshment for us with strong Biblical teaching, worship and time for reflection, as well as food, skits, and prizes. There are a block of hotel rooms available at a discounted rate.

This conference is close enough that you can drive both days to avoid hotel costs. Or you can invite a friend to stay with you and enjoy a ladies fellowship getaway!
Whether you stay over or just attend the teaching, consider someone new in our church you can invite to share the experience with us

You can find out more and register here at our website. Remember the deadline for registration is November 1!

“REDEEMING LOVE” Women’s Retreat

Redeeming Loveby Debbie Huber

“To me, Gods Word is a treasure to be mined, the deeper I go, the more I see its wisdom, the more it authenticates itself, the more it reveals to me the amazing mystery of God. He’s given me a mind that wants to figure out the big picture of who he is and what he is doing in the world.”

These are the words of author and Bible teacher, Nancy Guthrie. I had the privilege to hear Nancy teach at conferences. She has a testimony of pain and loss that gives her a compassion for hurting people and a passion for applying God’s Word to real life.

Nancy experienced the loss of two of her children in infancy from a rare genetic disorder called Zellweger Syndrome. From the moments they were born she knew that their time on this earth would be short. She celebrated monthly birthdays because she knew they would never see their first year birthday. She fought to focus on each day of their lives rather than watching for the day of their death. The sorrow was deep, the grief was intense, but God’s presence was strong. “I’ve had to dig into God’s Word in search of answers to hard questions about God and how he works.”

God has used Nancy’s love for the Bible and her testimony to prompt her to a greater desire for the study of God’s Word.  She has written books on sorrow and suffering and more recently is writing a series, “Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.”

For the Greentree Women’s Retreat this year, we have the exciting opportunity to hear Nancy Guthrie teach at a women’s conference at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA.  Nancy will be teaching on “Redeeming Love” from the lives of Ruth, Esther and Gomer: 

“Three women very far away from God: a pagan widow with nothing but need, a compromised queen addicted to comfort, a pathetic prostitute no one wants anymore. What they all need is a redeemer. And so do we. We need a Redeemer who will go outside the gates of the city to purchase our redemption. We need a Mediator who is willing to perish so that we will not perish. We need a Holy Husband who will choose us and woo us and love us in the way we most need to be loved. As we look in on the lives of Ruth, Esther, and Gomer, we’ll see in broader strokes a portrait of the redeeming love of Christ.”

There is a hotel booked just for the Greentree women, the lovely Brandywine River Hotel.  This year, you must register for the conference on the Covenant Fellowship Church website.  There is an early registration rate of $25 if registered by December 1. 

You must then get your roommates together and book your own hotel rooms directly with the Brandywine River Hotel, referencing Greentree Church, no later than December 31.  There will also be a luncheon session just for Greentree women following the conference at a local hotel.

All of the information and link for registration is on the Greentree Church website at this link 

Thoughts from the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference

Debbie Huber, Guest Blogger

Last month I had the opportunity to attend The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Along with the almost 4000 other women in attendance, we heard from many speakers including John Piper, Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Nancy Guthrie, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Paige Benton Brown (to name a few).  With the theme of “Here is Our God:  God’s Revelation of Himself in Scripture”, the speakers guided us through the Bible’s unfolding revelation of God to human eyes and hearts. We heard exposition of biblical texts in which the Lord shows himself to his people throughout Scripture.

I would have loved to have all of you there with me to worship together and to be encouraged in the joy of knowing God more through His Word.  But since the logistics of this was not possible, I am able to share a link to ALL of the video and audio from the conference!  The Gospel Coalition has generously shared all of the sessions to be viewed for free! You can see them at this link

As you will see there were many sessions to attend and I attended everyone available to me.  A wonderful truth that was emphasized throughout the teachings is that God’s plan of salvation is unfolding throughout all of Scripture.  To see His Story unfold from the Old Testament through the New Testament is humbling, amazing and awe-inspiring.

We saw that our God is a God of splendor and sacrifice, terrifying yet beckoning, majestic but also a suffering servant.  He cannot be contained yet He chooses to reside in his children.   And these truths of God are seen throughout all of scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.

During Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s session she quoted a statistic that, when her audiences at conferences are surveyed, almost invariably 90% of the women respond that they do not have a consistent devotional life.  I am afraid that this may be true of many devoted Christian women in our church.  If we do not have a consistent time everyday reading His Word how will we grow in knowing our God and be impacted by His amazing story of redemption?  How often will our daily thoughts and interactions not even consider the Gospel if we are not immersed in knowing Him more?  We are part of His story!   In spite of how much we sin against God, He displays His grace toward us and loved us with an amazing love to die for us.

Don’t let the mundane of life take away from the amazing!  Read God’s word and be amazed at who He is, that He took the wrath of our sin in our place despite how undeserving we are.  His love is unfathomable and humbling!

As Elyse Fitzpatrick said in her session, “We are more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe but we are also more loved and welcomed than we ever dared hope.”