Upcoming Event & Activity Updates – 4/15/22

Morning Hike to Pulpit Rock – Saturday, April 16, 2022 – 8:30am, Hamburg Reservoir

Women, men, kids, puppies are welcome – cats on leashes are too, but good luck with that!

Plan to just head up for a shorter hike this time, just to Pulpit Rock and back.  

Be sure to visit the Hike to Pulpit Rock Event on our Facebook page and let us know you’ll be coming. Please arrive at Hamburg Reservoir by 8:30am to gather up. It’s also a good idea to text Marie Perry at 610-587-2136… let her know so you won’t get left behind.

Hope you’ll plan to join.

Life’s Choices Spring Chicken 5K Walk/Run

If you haven’t already signed up for this event, please consider joining us to help Life’s Choices in their annual fundraiser. All proceeds will go to the life-giving work of Life’s Choices Kutztown and Hamburg, providing free pregnancy, parenting, and relationship support in the Berks County area.

You don’t only have to be able to run to join – you can walk or skip to the finish line – whatever works for you.

Anyone is welcome – ladies, men, kids, friends, grandparents….bring the fam!

The route starts on the Schuylkill River Trail at Hamburg Park then loops back for 3.1 miles. You can find all the information here as well as register too. Registration cost is $30.00 per person, $15.00 for children 14 and under, but if you sign up with our team, Inspired Sisters of Zions Church, the registration cost if only $20.00.

We hope you’ll join us.

Lisa Harper at GT Church in Wyomissing, Saturday, May 7th

If you’ve seen Lisa Harper speak at some of our past Women’s Conferences, you’re going to want to join us! Lisa will be at GT Church in West Lawn on May 7th, and as long as tickets are available they are $20 each. Bonus!!!!

You can check out GT’s Facebook Event for all the info, or just go get yourself a ticket. Tickets are first come, first served, so don’t wait too long to purchase. There’s a good number of ladies going from our church so be sure to visit the Lisa Harper at GT Event on the Inspired Sisters Facebook page and let us know that you’re going. We will be meeting next to GT Church at the P.J. Whelihan’s Restaurant at 2:30pm for dinner and a show!

Hope to see you there.

Sorry You Missed Out On Our Becoming Mrs. Betterhalf Marriage/Wife Study?

No worries -we would love to offer the study again! Reply back to this email that you’re interested, and we’ll catch up with you about the new dates. There was good feedback about the study, so we hope to bring to more ladies.

03/07/22: Surrendering the Secret: 8 Week Post-Abortion Healing Bible Study Begins

According to a study by LifeWay published in November of 2015, “Over 40% of women who have had an abortion say they were frequent churchgoers at the time they ended their pregnancies and about a half of them say they kept their abortions hidden from church members.” Research also indicates that more than 40% of child-bearing age women have experienced the pain of abortion – that’s 2 out of 5 women. 

Without question, abortion can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life. 

After 20+ years of trying almost anything to numb the pain of my abortions and find some kind of worthiness in anything, I finally opened my heart to Christ to receive forgiveness. Yet even then, I was unaware of how to resolve the pain and anguish of that messy past. I truly believed that Jesus loved me in spite of my abortions, and that God took my sins and put them as far away from himself as the East is from the West, but deep down inside I just couldn’t see how He could love me in spite of what I’d done.

Sweet sister, does your soul long for healing too?

I was able to find the love of the Father needed to help release me from that burden and be moved into healing through the encouragement of a sister-in-Christ who was willing to walk alongside with me in that struggle. Would you seek the opportunity to let another sister help you through it too? If your heart is steeped in the pain of abortion, or you know of a sister the same, please consider participation in a post-abortive healing through “Surrendering The Secret” bible study. It’s an 8-week bible study created by Pat Layton to heal hurting women and the heartbreak of abortion through honest and interactive bible study, meaningful group experiences, and unique journaling exercises in a confidential, caring community.  The class is always offered in confidence for privacy, so no one needs to know, and it’s open to any sister in need regardless of church affiliation or none at all. I encourage you to view this trailer: https://youtu.be/QuVt-5kn4yY, then reach out to Katie Bailey at secondchron714@verizon.net. Katie works for Life’s Choices, a pregnancy help center with offices in Hamburg and Kutztown, and will be leading the study. Katie and I will both be praying that you can take the first step towards healing, or help another sister to find it too.

And if you’ve already come through and been healed – Praise God, and consider being an amazing support by walking another sister through it, hand in hand. ♥

Coronavirus: Encouragement and Inspired Sisters Event & Activity Updates

What a time we are living in right now… it’s unprecedented. The virus, the overload of information and statistics, and the toilet paper!

In the uncertainty of all the changes to our daily lives and the world itself because of the virus, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and worried. Are you concerned? As Christians, we know that fear has no place in our hearts, but let me share something encouraging that I was reminded of …

Jesus Calms a Storm

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” -Mark 8:35-41, ESV

In this crazy time, we are in the boat, and Jesus is with us.  And while we are awake and agitated, He is sleeping and restful.  And when we wake Him with our concerns, He reminds us, “Peace! Be Still!   How blessed and thankful we can be for our Savior… a Savior that we can rest in amidst the storms swirling around us. Thank you, lovely Jesus! 

That said, Inspired Sisters will be cancelling and postponing most activities and events.  Please take a moment to view the list and update your calendar.

• POSTPONED: March 19 – Thursday • Bible Study: Surrendering the Secret, Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion

You may email askinspiredsisters@gmail.com for more information.

• STILL HAPPENING: March 21 – Saturday • Be Active! Morning Hike to Pulpit Rock

Let’s go outside!  This activity is still on.  Text Marie Perry at 610-587-2136 or comment on the Facebook event page to let us know that you’ll be coming. 

• CANCELLED: April 07 – Tuesday • Inspired Sisters Quarterly General Meeting

Meeting agenda will be posted here.  If you have any ideas or thoughts or concerns to share, I encourage you to send them via email to askinspiredsisters@gmail.com.  Once things get back to normal, our meeting date and agenda will reflect all the feedback we’ve received.

• STILL HAPPENING: April 11 – Saturday • Be Active! Morning Hike to Pulpit Rock

Since it’s outside, this activity is also still on.  Text Marie Perry at 610-587-2136 or comment on the Facebook event page to let us know that you’ll be coming. 

• CANCELLED: April 18 – Saturday • Pink Impact Simulcast Conference Event 

Gateway Church / Pink Impact has postponed the event with no reschedule date at this time. It’s possible that our event, scheduled for April 18th, would be a welcomed break from the social distancing, but with Zion’s closing, it may be best to follow suit as well and reschedule.

Hope you are able to make the best of whatever your situation is. And if you need prayer, a few items from the grocery store, or would just like some encouragement, I hope you will reach out to me – I’d be blessed to help you out.

Marie ♥