WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
CONNECTING WITH GOD FOR LIFE
Networking Lunch Host: Sharon Henderson
Location: Room 230
Join Sharon Henderson as she discusses growing both in Christ and in your spiritual disciplines. Sharon is married to David Henderson, Pastor of Covenant EPC in West Lafayette, Indiana, and author of Tranquility: Cultivating a Quiet Soul in a Busy World.
“TESS TALKS” DINNER
Location: Room 230
“Connecting with the Marginalized” is the theme for this year’s TESS Talks dinner. Join our panelists as they discuss Sexual Abuse and Harassment; Impacting Public Schools for Christ; and Ministering to the Disabled in the Church. Each speaker’s 10-minute presentation will be followed by a 20-minute round-table discussion that is sure to stimulate ideas for how you and your church can reach the marginalized in your community for Christ!
Sharon Beekmann is Chair of the EPC Women’s Resource Council and teaches on the topics of spiritual warfare, angels, and demons. She is the author of Silencing Satan: A Handbook of Biblical Demonology and Rescued and Redeemed: How to Discern Demons from the Divine.
Jacqueline Smith has been married to Rufus, Senior Pastor of Hope Church, for more than 30 years. They have three adult children, all of whom live in Memphis and work in professions that empower those who are under-resourced.
Karen Walls serves as Director of the Special Needs Ministry at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee. She and her husband, Mitch, have an adult son who practices law in Maryland and four special needs dogs.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
MINISTRY SPOUSES: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Networking Lunch Hosts: Brent Stenberg and Leila Todd
Location: Room 224
Most marriages and families face times when the fabric of their relationships frays. Pastors and ministry leaders—and their spouses—can experience these challenges because of competing needs, expectations, roles, and responsibilities. We will focus on unique challenges ministry spouses face, and on building resilience in order to thrive in the midst of the God-given opportunities and stressors of ministry life. If you are a ministry spouse—male or female—join us!
WOMEN TEACHING ELDERS AND CANDIDATES
Networking Lunch Host: Lana Roberts
Location: Entrance 5
All women Teaching Elders and Candidates are invited to gather for lunch on Thursday to connect, encourage, and pray for one another.
TE Lana Roberts has been on the pastoral staff of First Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California, for eleven years, and is a member of the Women’s Resource Council. She is blessed to be married to Brian and they have a daughter, a son, and four lively grandsons.
First Presbyterian Church
WOMEN’S MINISTRY DINNER: DISCIPLE-MAKING…ONE WOMAN AT A TIME!
Location: Room 230
Making disciples is an intensely creative process, and God uses all kinds of people for the task. All EPC women are invited to join TE Mary Brown for a dinner discussion as she explores Jesus’ method of making disciples, including practical steps in disciple-making that beginners and mature Christians alike can use. We want women to believe and mature in Christ! Could God be calling you to mentor one or a few of your friends? Could God be calling your church to start a mentoring ministry of making disciples?
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).
Mary Brown leads the Soul Healing Ministry, Women’s Ministry, support groups and discipleship groups for Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. She also serves as leader of discipleship for the EPC Women’s Resource Council (the administrative arm of The Well: Women’s Resources). She and her husband, Dan, have two adult sons.
Colonial Presbyterian Church (Wornall Campus)
Kansas City, Missouri