Tuesday, August 24, 2021

What a meeting we had!











 

If you met with us in Gatlinburg, you know what a wonderful time of fellowship and learning and music and love and laughter it was as we gathered with our sisters in Christ. Music was provided by the Stetler ladies ad Mrs. Cheri Spangler taught us out of the Bible with real-life examples. Our National Leader, Lorena Glick, gave us information and inspiration and our friends beside us made it all the better. 

THANK YOU, ladies, for prioritizing Women of Worth. We love you!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

We Can't Wait to See you!


We are so excited to meet with all of you at our annual Women of Worth gathering – this year in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Someone said once that the “company of women refreshes my spirit.” We agree. And especially so when those women are gathered in Jesus’ name.  We will greet one another with smiles and hugs and compliments. We’ll coo over the babies and congratulate those who are experiencing good life changes. We’ll share our struggles and lean into the support of being known and loved. We’ll sing songs and pray and hear news from around the country. And we’ll listen to inspiration from our speaker, and this year that is Mrs. Cherie Spangler. And we thought you’d like to know a little bit about her.

 

Cherie Spangler was born Cherie Hallenbeck in New York State. She has two older brothers and a younger sister. As a young girl, she enjoyed the outdoors and could often be found horseback riding, swimming, bike riding, hiking or playing ball. After graduating high school, Cherie attended Penn View Bible Institute where she traveled in public relations with a music group. During her college years, she also served as secretary to the President for a time. While there, she also met her future husband, Brian Spangler.


 

After marrying and leaving Bible College, the Spanglers entered ministry life, pastoring for 27 years and doing evangelistic work about 6 years. God blessed the Spangler home with three children whom Cherie says are “the greatest in the world” along with the “best daughters-in-law and son-in-law.” When they started looking for life partners, they didn’t waste time; all three of them married within eighteen months of each other! (We need to ask her to share stories about wedding stress!) And now, happily, all of them live close and attend and work in the same church as their parents. What a blessing. A highlight of their family life was the trip to Israel where Brother Spangler was privileged to baptize all his children in the Jordan River. 

 

Cherie has traveled extensively with her husband, having visited most of the 50 states and several foreign countries. She shared that one of her pet peeves is observing a driver on a cell phone who then creeps over in the opposite lane (probably something she sees a lot in her travels). They like to go camping with their family, and she loves holidays when everyone can be together. If she has some time to relax, she likes to read, do Bible studies and write Christmas programs! A favorite quiet day would find her sitting by the ocean or a stream, journaling or reading a good book. 

 


We are looking forward to what she will share with us next Wednesday morning. Will you join us in prayer for her and for the Women of Worth team as they prepare? And will you pray for your sisters in Christ with whom you will gather?

 

Let’s be the family of God.

Let’s gather with full hearts and smiles and expectation. 

See you soon!

 

 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

I Want Normal

 

Christian comedienne Patsy Clairmont used to say "Normal is only a setting on the dryer."

It seems she was right. 

All of us who were old enough to catalog 2020 in our memory banks long for what we used to call "normal." But it appears that we will only find it in the laundry settings. 

2021 began with a chaotic national inauguration and continued with apocalyptic snowstorms for parts of the country. States struggled to dish out COVID-19 vaccines and shoppers continued to haggle with their masks while e-learning days and Zoom meetings rerouted the family week. It is an era about which we will tell your grandchildren - "I lived through the coronavirus pandemic!"

As winter begins to wane in tiny ways and we dare to look at spring styles and long for tulips and green shoots in the flower bed, we also start to hope for just a little bit of normalcy in our daily lives again. 

We want to be able to go to church with all the people who used to attend before sickness changed things. We want to experience unity in our family and friend relationships and not worry about the issues that those in politics keep saying are dividing us. We want to focus on little things like new recipes and summer shoes and when to have a yard sale. We want our aging relatives to be free to enjoy life again. We want the threats in our lives to vanish. We don't want a new normal; we want the old one. 

Maybe it will help us if we keep Patsy's words as a mantra. "Normal" only controls us if we let it. No one knows what God will allow to shape the spring and summer of 2021, but attitude will help us manage it. 

Philippians 4:7 tells us that "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

A woman who has keeping peace in her heart and mind can truck through both normal and abnormal because she knows the One who sees the end from the beginning. And it is His intention to bring us out into a good place. That's the best possible normal ahead of us! 


Thursday, January 14, 2021

IHC and Women of Worth are meeting in 2021


 After so many cancellations in 2020, we are delighted that IHC and the annual national Women of Worth gathering will happen this year! 

There has been a necessary change of location and venue, but with flexibility and a willingness to try something new, we can have a great meeting!

We are looking forward to seeing your lovely faces this year, April 13-15, 2021, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!

Watch this video clip for information that you need to know!     2021 IHC Announcement