We’ve been so blessed at Inspired Sisters – thank you!
It all started back in May of 2013 with our first event, a Pink Impact Simulcast (all the way at the bottom of the page!). Since then, there’s been lots of opportunities to connect with others and grow in our relationship with Jesus.
♥ MARCH FOR LIFE RALLY in WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 21, 2022
Blessed by a new friend of another church with a bus and a plan, a few of us at Zion’s were able to check-off a bucket list item and attend the March for Life Rally in Washington DC. The rally began at the National Mall with worship and encouraging words and stories from pro-life speakers like Kirk Cameron, Katie Shaw, Father Mike Schmitz, and local inspiration Toni McFadden, among many others.
♥ WOMEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND at CAMP SWATARA, NOVEMBER 5, 6 AND 7, 2020
Every year has it’s memories and things that made it special, and this year is no different – just take a look at some of the shenanigans below!
You might have thought Women’s Retreats were stuffy and boring, but you’ve never been to one like this. From laughing together until our bellies hurt, to laying hands on a sister with a burden and asking Jesus for healing and breakthrough over her, this retreat is really one of a kind.
This year we opted to view four powerful sermons instead of a session-oriented bible study. Busy moms have sports and other responsibilities, so we thought it would be helpful to make the sessions independent of each other to make it easy for those arriving late or needing to leave early.
After introductions and a one-unique-thing icebreaker, we watched a sermon by Tim Ross, formerly of Gateway Church, from the 2015 Pink Impact conference. It was the perfect sermon to kick-off a weekend – Tim is engaging and quite funny. Check out this clip for yourself…
Anytime you don’t have to cook and clean for yourself is a bonus! And sometimes it even seemed like we just finished eating and it was time for our next meal!
Our next inspiration came from Pastor Shannon Nieman from Abundant Faith Center church in Texas. Her entire sermon on the Proverbs 31 woman went verse by verse and creatively contrasted each between the English Standard Version and the Passion Translation. It’s hard to imagine that any of us can measure up to the standard of the Proverbs 31 woman, but we learned to look at her knowing that we are all equipped to be her already. And how good is our God that he gives us a guideline to work with!
We introduced a new song and style to our worship in “Promises” by Maverick City before taking in a sermon by Sarah Jakes Roberts called “Get Up Girl” – she is a powerhouse! And if you liked “Promises”, check out “Man Of Your Word” and “I Shall Not Want.” Other worshipped songs we were blessed by were “Highlands (Song of Ascent)” by Hillsong, “Goodness of God” by Bethel Music, and “Make Room” by Community Church.
We closed out the weekend with Louie Giglios’ sermon titled, “Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table.” And God is so good that even in four independent sermons, he could speak continuity and give each of us what we needed to find in the teachings.
Another big hit this year was the ‘craft’ – and not only because it was fun to do, but because each guest was able to make the craft their own. There were three pre-designed images, yet every shirt created is a variation all it’s own.
Special thanks to the Inspired Sisters team (Amy and Kaitlin), and to Jess who graciously provided her Cricut machine and heat-press for the shirts. (Can anyone say, “guess what’s going on MY christmas list!).
♥ WOMEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND at CAMP SWATARA, NOVEMBER 6, 7 AND 8, 2020
It sure was quite a year! Thankfully, God was gracious to offer the opportunity to gather amidst the changes in social gatherings from COVID. We had a blessed time with beautiful weather, many retreat first-timers, and we all enjoyed a bible study and teaching from famed author, Lisa Bevere, our new Godmother!
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S GO BOWLING! AT HEISTER LANES, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
♥ WOMEN’S RETREAT at CAMP SWATARA, NOVEMBER 1, 2, 3, 2019
♥ BE ACTIVE! BIKE RIDE ON BARTRAM TRAIL, OCTOBER 12, 2019
♥ BE ACTIVE! SUNRISE HIKE TO PULPIT ROCK, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S WEAVE A BASKET, FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019
Ever thought about trying to weave a basket? Well, it actually is easier than you think it would be, thanks to Hammond Basket & Weaving Supplies. It was lots of fun, and we look forward to trying it again some time.
♥ DRIVEN MEN’S MINISTRY & INSPIRED SISTERS WOMEN’S MINISTRY COMEDY & GAME NIGHT, JANUARY 26, 2019
A fun night for all! We kicked off the event with Christian comedian, Tim Hawkins. If you’ve never heard of him, you should! We followed by getting into teams for some fun Minute-to-Win It games like “Cookie Face”, “Tilt-A-Cup”, and more.
♥ BE ACTIVE SUNRISE HIKE: PULPIT ROCK, HAMBURG, JANUARY 12, 2019
Chilly morning? For sure!!!! But honestly, if you can get through it and make it to the top, the view and the brisk morning air is sooo worth it…
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! DECORATED COOKIES, FELLOWSHIP HALL, DECEMBER 14, 2018
♥ 3RD ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA, NOVEMBER 2 – 4, 2018
Most ladies arrived during the heaviest rainfall of the day, but we were blessed to have a roof over our heads, and a comfy place to be too! Using the “Faithful, Abundant, True: Three Lives Going Deeper Still” curriculum from a conference recorded live in Orlando featuring Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore, most of our time was spent in the Word as we studied and discussed many passages of scripture. And we were blessed by an improptu worship session led by Mariana on guitar.
The weather was beautiful, allowing for two hikes: one group up to the Rock Pile, and one group up to the Tree House where we took a group picture last year, though unfortunately, an actually tree had taken down the Tree House. Sunday was a it was a brilliant and brisk morning, perfect for an early hike to the Cross.
We couldn’t have planned a better weekend than the one God blessed us with!
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE KITCHEN BOA’S AND MINI OVEN MITTS! ZIONS CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL, OCTOBER 19, 2018
What’s a kitchen boa? It’s actually a pretty handy item – I’m always trying to tuck a kitchen towel into my pants pocket when I’m cooking, or find a good place to leave it when I need it again, but that never seems to work. The kitchen boa is not only high-style, but high-function too! And since we all need some cute stuff too, the min oven mitts fit the bill.
♥ REPINK! THE JOURNEY CAFE, HAMBURG, OCTOBER 6, 2018
New faces… fun conversations… deep connections! We were so thankful for all in attendance, all who helped plan and clean-up afterwards, but most importantly that we can gather for such an event in the presence of our Great and Mighty Lord!
A new addition to our super-fun “photobooth” was a super-thrifty “throne” that seemed to bring out the silliness!!! What a joy it was with our sisters!
♥ BE ACTIVE SUNRISE HIKE: PULPIT ROCK, HAMBURG, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Nothing like waking up before dawn for a steep hike and renewing sunrise! And besides, once you get back to your car after making completing the trek down, you can hit the couch – GUILT FREE, because you’ve certainly earned it. An added bonus was the opportunity to check out the inside of one of the observatories that sit just in from the edge of Pulpit Rock – thanks Mr. Telescope guy! And did we mention that we love when pets join us too?!?!
♥ BE ACTIVE SUNRISE HIKE: PULPIT ROCK, HAMBURG, JUNE 16, 2018
Love the long summer days, but that means a sunrise hike has to start around 4:15am – yes, you read that correctly! Well, it’s certainly worth it, and if you get the chance to hit a hammock later in the morning, it just may be the best nap you’ve had in a while.
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE HUMMUS! ZIONS CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL, MAY 18, 2018
Who could imagine the fun we could have making hummus, and how creative we could be too: pickle hummus anyone? We plugged in our food processors, opened cans of chick peas, and came up with many different ingredient combinations. Thanks to our lovely host, Jeri Seivert for bringing most of the main ingredients, and for all who sparked their creative juices to try new flavors.
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S GO BOWLING: HEISTER LANES, READING, FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Not much smack talking, just some fun competition. However, there were some small and simple prizes for Highest Scores (Candy Walton and Kaitlin Dietrich), Lowest Score (Becky Schroeder), and who brought the most amount of friends with her (Stephanie Reichard brought 4 extra). Congrats to all, and thanks for a fun night, ladies!
♥ WORSHIP DVD/VIDEO NIGHT: THE JOURNEY CAFE, JANUARY 27, 2018
We opened the evening with prayer and a scripture to lead into the first song…
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them. -Deuteronomy 28:12-14
“Let The Heavens Open” – Kari Jobe
We listened to Julie as we worked through 2 Chronicles 20 and how it relates to the importance of worship, then we continued with a verse to reflect upon as an introduction to each song…
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. -Isaiah 55:12
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” -Luke 19:40 (In response to the Parisees asking Jesus to quiet the disciples who were praising loudly.)
“So Will I (X Billion Times)” – Bethel Music w/Amanda Cook
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -1 John 4:18
“No Longer Slaves” Bethel Music w/Jonathan and Melissa Helser
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good. -Psalm 52:9
“Even If” – Mercy Me
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
“Great Are You Lord” – Vertical Church w/Jason Ingram
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” -Revelation 4:8-11
“Revelation Song” – Kari Jobe
Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -Philippians 2: 6-11
“What A Beautiful Name” – Hillsong w/Brooke Ligertwood
“Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to and God.” -Colossians 3:16
We closed the evening with some personal reflections, and some fellowship time.
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! BLANKETS FOR SHUT-INS, FELLOWSHIP HALL, JANUARY 19, 2018
Julie Smith took two of the finished blankets, blessing one friend in a Nursing Home, Jane, and another elderly friend too. Marie Perry blessed 4 friends on the Meals on Wheels route she volunteers for on the 4th Friday of each month: Goldy, from the Peach Street Knitting Mill apartments, Betty on Noble and William on Chestnut Streets in Shoemakersville, and a lovely couple that live on Shoey Road/Main Street.
They were all very appreciative of these gifts, and are thankful for the ladies who made them!
♥ Be Social: Let’s Make! Decorated Cookies, Fellowship Hall, December 8, 2017
♥ Be Social: Let’s Make! A Jesse Tree, Fellowship Hall, November 17, 2017
The idea of the Jesse Tree is that for every day from December 1 to Christs’ birthday, December 25, we can look to the Old Testament to celebrate the coming of the Messiah!
♥ 2nd Annual Women’s Retreat, North Lodge at Camp Swatara, Bethel PA, November 3 -5, 2017
Our 2nd Annual Inspired Sisters Women’s Retreat Weekend took place the first weekend of November, and what a beautiful and blessed weekend it was for all.
There was lots of preparation in prayer, in gifts, in scheduling and in anticipation for the Holy Spirit to be among us…
We worshiped, listened, shared, connected, and learned about each other, inspired by enlightened teachings from the Word …
Our Saturday weather was sunny and fairly warm, allowing us to make the best of the beautiful foliage and hiking trails surrounding our camp retreat location…
Sunday morning found us with no power (which meant no coffee!!!!) and gray skies with light rain, but fun and creative friends always make the best of any situation!
We thank everyone for spending the weekend with us. Many felt for sure that they indeed needed to be there and were so glad they made it, regardless of the enemy’s attempt to keep them from getting there. We ARE victorious in the Lord, even before the battle begins. He goes before us to make a way, and to ensure our victory!
♥ WOMEN ON TARGET, SPONSORED BY THE NRA & PERRY GUN CLUB, JULY 22, 2017
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! WHEELCHAIR BAGS FOR JONI & FRIENDS, JULY 21, 2017
We were thankful for the opportunity and the help to make bags for the Joni & Friends’ organization, Wheels for the World.
♥ PINK IMPACT SIMULCAST, MAY 20, 2017
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S GO BOWLING!, MARCH 24, 2017
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! A KNITTED SCARF WITH SUSAN STEINBISER, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! A PAINTING WITH KATHY BOND, JANUARY 20, 2017
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! DECORATED SUGAR COOKIES WITH MARIE PERRY, DECEMBER 16, 2016
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! YET ANOTHER CANVAS TOTE BAG WITH AMY CHASE, NOVEMBER 18, 2016
♥ INSPIRETO: WOMEN’S RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA, NOVEMBER 5-6, 2016
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! A QUILT WITH CAROLE LAUGHLIN, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
♥ PINK IMPACT SIMULCAST, MAY 20 & 21, 2016
♥ Be Social: Let’s Make! Another Canvas Tote Bag with Amy Chase – April 15th, 2016
♥ Be Social: Let’s Make! Flower Arrangements with Donna Reber – February 19th, 2016
♥ Glass Fusing Class in Reading – January 25th, 2016
♥ Be Social: Let’s Make! A Canvas Print Tote Bag with Amy Chase – January 15th, 2016
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! DECORATED COOKIES WITH MARIE PERRY, AND SUGAR SCRUBS WITH KATIE BAILEY – DECEMBER 11TH, 2015
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! BREAD & BOWS WITH DONNA REBER – NOVEMBER 20TH, 2015
It was like being at a live cooking show for sure. Donna prepared a batch of bread dough as she gave helpful hints and insights to make it perfect. Ladies were able to knead some dough that was as “smooth as a babys bottom!”. She also whipped up a batch of “gluten-free” banana muffins! Donna had lots of spices and such to prepare our hearts desire for bread – a loaf, or dinner or cinnamon rolls. While we enjoying the sweet aroma of the breads baking in the oven, she instructed on how to make different types of bows for all kinds of gifts. We packed a lot into these few hours, and had a super turnout – thanks to all the lovely ladies for joining us and participating!
♥ 2015 REPINK!
While the Pink Impact Simulcast 2-day event is packed with a variety of speakers and worship, RePink does more with less! This event is only for one day, and feels much more intimate. Would you agree?
We began with some photobooth ops, for those who arrived early. A little technical difficulty set us back on time for a bit, but we had no problem returning to schedule. Our first speaker was Tim Ross, and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think his delivery of a bible story and creative expressions in acting them out isn’t just plain funny! With as much seriousness and respect as he has humor, you just can’t seem to get enough. Certainly he is a blessing!
There was dinner and more photobooth fun. All the Pink “first-timers” got together too for a group shot! Nothing like a little silliness every now and again.
Raffle tickets were flying like crazy for all sorts of things… wearing pink, remembered your lanyard, first time at Pink, been to every Pink…we gave out so many that we just plum ran out! We had lots of winners. Thanks to one of our frequent guests, we were able to raffle off a beautiful hand-knitted pink blanket – awesome!
All the ballots were cast for our Session 2 speaker. It was a tie between Debbie Morris and Blynda Lane right up to the last ballot.
Our final session was with Dr. Caroline Leaf. Pretty amazing stuff. But the best part of the evening, I think, was the sharing and the circle praying at the end. While the entire event is a great time, and so very inspiring, the intimacy and sharing with our sisters there is the very best part.
Thanks to all who attended, all who helped, but most importantly thank you God for providing this event and all it comprises as well as your blessings to make it what it was! Can I get an AMEN!?!!!
♥ Be Social: Glass Fusing Class – September 21st, 2015
♥ BE SOCIAL: LET’S MAKE! PIEROGIES WITH KAITLIN DIETRICH – SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2015
♥ BE SOCIAL! LET’S MAKE! SALSA WITH JANINE BASHORE – AUGUST 21ST, 2015
What a fun time! On Friday, August 21st, Janine Bashore shared her delicious recipe for fresh, homemade salsa. We peeled and chopped tomatoes, chopped onions and peppers and jalapenos (while wearing gloves of course!). While it was all simmering together to perfection, there was time to enjoy some snacks while planning other events like this one. Once the salsa was ready, there was enough for each person to take 2 jars for themselves … delicioso!
♥ Pink Impact Simulcast – APRIL 25
It sounds funny and cliche, but WOW! 2015 was really a great simulcast – Praise God – He’s good and gracious every time! This was the first time we had full stop/start control, and that gave us more room to add some fun things to our event and allow fellowships and conversations a little more open time to develop without being abruptly cut short due to a set schedule.
In keeping with our purposeful effort to make every woman feel welcomed and connected, we gifted each woman with a new beaded charm to signify her attendance at this years’ 2015 Pink Impact Simulcast. Each year we try to follow the theme as close as we can – this one came together beautifully, and it just “lights” up that pink sparkly conference lanyard…
The amazing chandelier and ceiling decor created a wonderful atmosphere to also go along with this years’ Pink Impact “Light” theme – so grateful for our decorator’s creativity!
The dining tables were adorned with pink jewels and glass pebbles to catch the light and sparkle, and simple but fun questions were placed to initiate and invite conversations. One guest even took the time to bless others at the event with her creativity. She received many compliments from other ladies over her designs!
We added a little fun this year with a Photobooth. Ladies were able to adorn themselves with pink glittered mustaches and eyeglass frames, pink feathered boas and pink flowered leis, white spring bonnets and other festive hats, sparkly pink bead jewelry, tiaras and wands. What a great way to be silly girls together and create some great memories of this event!
As always, the speakers and messages and music were moving and inspiring. What a blessing it is to be led in worship by Kari Jobe! I am sure that the Lord is smiling over her when she shares her beautifully gifted voice to lead as we sing praises to Him. Especially moving was when she sang the hymn, “It Is Well”. If you didn’t know, that hymn was written by a man who had just lost his wife and daughters to the sea. How incredible of a faith one must have to endure such a tragedy yet have his faith become strong enough to write such beautiful words to the Lord?
Our last session on Saturday closed with Dr. Caroline Leaf. I’ll let another guests’ quote tell you a bit about her…
a cognitive neuroscientist–she holds a PHD in communication pathology and has done much research in the science of cognition as it relates to thinking, learning, renewing the mind, gifting and potential… her topic related to optimal brain performance such as stress toxic thoughts, male/female brain differences, thinking and learning, controlling our thought lives, wisdom, and how to identify and use ones natural gifts– it was high powered, and very thought provoking— favorite quote “ONLY YOU CAN BE YOU..YOU MAKE A LOUSY SOMEONE ELSE”…. Geodesics are very fascinating !!!
Dr. Leaf also showed us how to renew our minds in the things that are from the enemy; how we should praise God for the bringing the sin to the forefront of our mind, place it in our hands and then on our knees bring it to the foot of the cross. Praise Him for cleansing our minds of it, so we can return to our “superposition” where we love and praise. We all participated in this exercise while Kari Jobe and Gateway music filled the room with the song, “Let the Heavens Open”. It was amazing – you couldn’t deny the presence of the Holy Spirit and the blessings pouring over the room. Thank you Jesus.
All of the other speakers were well received and enjoyed too. If you’ve never watched Tim Ross, you should! There were some laughing ladies in the room while he was speaking! And one quote that resonates with me was made by Blynda Lane, “We can stand on the promises of God because we’ve seen the faithfulness of God.” Since knowing the Lord, I’ve seen this over and over again. Trust becomes natural because I know He is for me, not against me!
Thank you, Almighty Father, for such a time as this, and for your presence in the midst of this event. We know that you desire praise, and you want fellowship for us which strengthens our bonds to each other as sisters in Christ, so we thank you for the opportunity to do just that through an event as this!
♥ 2014 Re-Pink
Only one of the sessions we’d heard for the first time, and hopefully it was as powerful to others as I found it to be. And there were others that were always good to hear again and again. We are daughters of the most High King. We have been given the authority to move in His name. Be proud of that heritage ladies! Be courageous in the power of the Word! Be love because you are loved with an unrelenting, unconditional, unaffected love by your Father! Amen to that, sisters!
♥ 2014 Pink Impact Simulcast
Thank you to all the ladies who made their way to the Pink Impact 2014 Simulcast. I truly believe that God spoke to us all in different moments over the weekend. The speakers and the worship were so powerful, so moving. What an absolute blessing in the love of Christ to learn more in God’s word, and in the fellowship of many lovely women. And so thankful to our awesome God, for giving us His Word, His instruction, His love, His power, His grace, His mercy, His love, His forgiveness, Himself in Christ. Thank Him for anointing those women who stepped out in faith to fulfill their purpose in women’s ministry, so that they could pour into us and inspire us to do the same to our sisters and brothers and to this world. Thank you Lord, for giving us your strength and power and weapons to conquer our fears and the enemy!
♥ 2013 PINK & REPINK IMPACT SIMULCASTS
It was a great time – both times! Lots of women who attended the simulcast in April enjoyed the messages so much that they attended a semi-repeat of the event in November. Most of the ladies will say that the highlight of the April simulcast event was the “Own Your Zone” teaching given by Charlotte Gambill. Based on Psalms 24:33-34, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man” we are reminded that we are stewards of all things that God places in our zone, and while the enemy prowls, it is up to us to own that zone and all the God-given provisions in it – our marriage, our children, our friends, our workplaces, our churches, etc. This message was so inspirational that some of the ladies even got together to make shirts to always remember to “own your zone“!
And so also began a Be Love ministry…since it’s not always possible to go to a far away place to help people, we can always look in our own backyards to fill a need. The Be Love group is open to every woman with a heart for service, happy to step up and be love to anyone in need. It could be in simple ways such as a “card shower” to celebrate a special occasion or offer support during a difficult circumstance, a gardening or clean-up project for a widow or elderly friend, or even working together to accomplish a task for the church. Sound interesting? Are you being called to “do something” but you just don’t know what? Help us make a difference…Be Love!