Northgate Free Methodist Church

Habakkuk 3:18-Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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The Eve Conference held at Northgate Free Methodist Church on March 25, 2017 features keynote speaker, Pam Washburn and 6 other break-out session speakers.
This will be a day for ladies to learn to live “a joy filled life”. All women are welcome regardless of church affiliation. Nursing babies are welcome.
Coffee, snacks, and participation in 3 break-out sessions included in $25 cost of registration. Lunch is available for an extra $7.  We have a wonderful selection of tables of vendors with books, pottery, jewelry, hand sewn and hand knit goods, SEED ministries (Fair Trade items brought to us from the far corners of the world), handmade cards, and an assortment of many other interesting, creative things.
Scholarships available. Please call Northgate FMC office at 343-4011, or ask at the information table in the church lobby.


headshot_grayPam Washburn
“On the adventure of my life, God has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone over and over.  My motto has to say yes and “Just Start” and let God take care of the rest.  I have fallen several times, been knocked over and and had to start again but it has been worth the risk every time.  I have had the best company along the way with my husband of 22 years and my four amazing kids.  For those I am privileged to cross paths with, it is my desire to leave them better off for having known me.”

In the endless pursuit of Happiness, we can drown out the true source of JOY. In the midst of the trials and challenges of life, we can lose our JOY. In the everyday, we can forget that JOY is a choice – our choice! Join us as we DISCOVER our Joy, learn to DEFEND it and DECLARE it regardless of what life throws at us. #choosejoy

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

8:30am: Doors Open/Registration
9:00am-9:20am: Worship
9:20-10:15: Pam Washburn Speaks “Discover Our Joy”
10:30-11:20: Session I: Erin Dressel “Interruption of Joy”
Session I: Stephanie Debo “Mom Anger: Leaning on Jesus to Calm the Storm”
Session I: Gloria Roorda “Spiritual Disciplines”
Session I: Traci Birge “Daughters of Miriam: Hearing the Whispered Heroism of Women in the Old Testament”
Session I Teens: Arlana Pathammavong “Jesus 1st”
11:30-12:20: Session II:Pam Washburn “Defending Our Joy”
Session II: Laura Scavo “Surviving Divorce as a Christian Woman: Refining Fires Prove Genuine Faith”
Session II: Beth Gerhardt Abuse
Session II Teens & Women: Jocelyn Rebisz “Others 2nd: 5 Love Languages for JOY”
12:20-1:45: Lunch
1:45-2:35: Session III: Gloria Roorda “Marriage”
Session III: Jocelyn Rebisz “Broken: Finding JOY in Difficult Relationships”
Session III: Becky LeFevre “Living the Full Life: Minimalism Matters”
Session III: Traci Birge “Daughters of Miriam: Hearing the Whispered Heroism of Women in the Old Testament”
Session III Teens: Erin Martin “I Am Third”
2:45-300: Worship
3-3:25: Pam Washburn “Declare Our Joy”
3:30: Wrap Up


 

Break-out Session Topics

Women:
You will choose one from each session time; 3 total for the day
Tweens/Teens:
Your 3 sessions for the day are set

Sessions for Tweens/Teens
1. God First
2. Others Second
3. I am Third

Session I – 10:30-11:20 | Break-out Session Descriptions:

Erin Dressel: “The Interruption of Joy”
Erin Dressel has lived in the small town of Bennington, NY her whole life. She works full time as a pediatric and orthopedic physical therapist. She has been married to her husband Jason for 17 years and together they have two amazing children, Jake 13 and Elise 10. Erin is blessed to be surrounded by a loving family and cherishes any and all family time spent together. Erin is an active member of the Salem United Church of Christ in Bennington. Erin has always viewed going to church as a priority, however after the occurrence of a tragic event to her husband in December of 2014, she has since further developed a personal relationship to Jesus Christ. Erin would like to share her experiences of being a busy woman in today’s world and how the need to rely on Christ each and every day is essential, especially during times when life’s Joy is Interrupted.

Stephanie Debo: “Mom Anger: Leaning on Jesus to Calm the Storm”
Stephanie lives in Batavia with her husband of 19 years, Dave, and their three children, ages 15, 13, and 9. She is the Director of Women’s Ministries at Northgate and has served as a MOPS Ministry Coach for the Rochester area for 5 years. She writes about following Christ through the ups and downs of family life at www.ledbytheshepherd.wordpress.com.
Angry feelings are common among moms. Our anger can leave us surprised, disappointed in ourselves, and sometimes even fearful. In this session, we will discuss the hope that Jesus gives us that we can lean on Him to calm the storms of our anger. Join me as we work through some strategies on how to feel angry less often and how to best handle it when we do feel angry.

Gloria Roorda: “Spiritual Disciplines”
Gloria lives in Batavia with her husband of 37 years, Ed. They have four adult children: Mike, Sarah, Aaron and Melanie; and three beloved spouses of those children: Martha, Kate, and Nate. She is the Lead Pastor at Arbor House, Northgate’s liturgical service and oversee Women’s and Marriage Ministries for Northgate. She also does some counseling. She has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Northeastern Seminary, and loves thinking and talking about how following Jesus impacts every area of our lives. Gloria is passionate about helping women live into the wholeness of being God’s image bearers.
Everything we receive from God is grace alone, but are there practices we can do which align us to receive and respond to those graces more fully? Spiritual disciplines are some of those practices that over the ages, followers of Jesus have developed to help them grow in their experience of God and his love for them. We will be looking at what several of those practices are, and how we can begin to incorporate them into our daily living.

Traci Birge: “Daughters of Miriam: Hearing the whispered heroism of women in the Old Testament”
What do we do when we feel the tug of God to do something unusual, or worse… something incredibly ordinary? This session will look at the stories of women in the Old Testament? Their actions as warriors, prophets, mothers, sisters, and wives. In our obedience to God’s will for our life, regardless of what that might look like, we are joining in an ancient tradition of faithfulness and obedience that God has used to shape history.
Traci married her best friend, Jeff Birge, 10 years ago and now they have 2 beautiful daughters (Kylie, 5; and Lydia 1) who have rocked their world. Both Traci and her husband Jeff work at Roberts Wesleyan College. Traci is currently an Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures. She is also a PhD student at McMaster Divinity College and working towards her degree with a special focus on the Old Testament, particularly the lesser known characters in the biblical narrative. She is too busy for most hobbies, but is a coffee enthusiast and has taken up running in the last year. Other than that, she just loves family time either with her small family of four, or her extended family with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

TEENS: Arlana Pathammavong: “Jesus 1st”
Join Arlana as she takes on the first segment of our teen theme for the day: Jesus 1st. In this session the teens will work on a craft project while Arlana tells them that Jesus is the first and foremost priority in our lives, our rock and foundation. We should treat others as Jesus would want us to and be leaders in the World around us.

Arlana likes to consider herself an “Ambassador of Happiness”. She always has a kind or encouraging word to say and is never without a smile. She likes to encourage people to be the best versions of themselves they can possible be while spreading joy throughout the world like wildfire. She’s been a part of the Northgate community for about 10 years.

Session II – 11:30-12:20 | Break-out Session Descriptions:

Pam Washburn: “Defending Our Joy”
In this session listen to Pam as she delves deeper in the effort to “Choose Joy” by Defending Our Joy.In the endless pursuit of Happiness, we can drown out the true source of JOY. In the midst of the trials and challenges of life, we can lose our JOY. In the everyday, we can forget that JOY is a choice – our choice! Join us as we DISCOVER our Joy, learn to DEFEND it and DECLARE it regardless of what life throws at us. #choosejoy

Laura Scavo: “Surviving Divorce as a Christian Woman: Refining Fires Prove Genuine Faith”
Christian marriage is meant to be forever, a picture of Christ and his bride the church. But when a Christian marriage fails, believers are left not only with a crisis of love and family, but a crisis of faith and identity. Laura Scavo, a survivor of Christian divorce, speaks to the pain, loss of identity, and refinement of her faith through her years of recovery from a failed 18 year marriage. If you or a friend or loved one is facing this life-crushing trial, there is hope for the future in and through Christ.

Laura came to know Christ as her personal savior as a child. She currently worships at Pearce Memorial Free Methodist Church. She remarried six years ago, is the mother of four adult children, three step children, and three grandchildren. An English professor, reader and creative writer, she lives in North Chili, New York and works as the Director of the Learning Center at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Beth Gerhardt: “Christ is Our Point of Departure: Creating Justice for Survivors of Gender Violence”Dr. Gerhardt’s earned degrees include: Th.D., Boston University School of Theology, 2000; Masters of Sacred Theology (STM), Boston University School of Theology, 1995; Masters in Social Work (MSW), Rhode Island College, 1986; M.A., Religious Studies, Providence College, 1983; B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo, 1977.

Dr. Gerhardt’s professional and academic focus is the relationship of historical theology and social justice, particularly in the area of global violence against women and children. For twenty years Dr. Gerhardt provided counseling and oversight to battered women’s shelters, and rape counseling programs, and developed the first certified batterer intervention program in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Research interests focus on the application of the theology of the cross to contemporary global justice issues and church response. Other topics of interest include: Martin Luther’s theology of the cross, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ethics and theology, women in church history, spirituality and social justice. Dr. Gerhardt’s most recent publication is titled, The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence against Women and Children (InterVarsity Press, 2014).

The focus of the workshop is the hopeful possibilities of ending violence against women both in the local and global arenas. Included in the presentation is an exploration of the causes of violence against women, characteristics of battered women, tactics of men who abuse, and counseling techniques. The broader cultural and religious supports of violence will be discussed, in addition to strategies for Christian intervention and existing resources.

TEENS/MOTHERS: Jocelyn Rebisz: “Others 2nd: 5 Love Languages for JOY”
Everybody wants to be loved. We often focus on how we wish others would love us. But if we turn that around and try to figure out how others best receive love, we find our joy. This breakout session will be very hands-on with team work and journaling.

Jocelyn Rebisz grew up in the foothills of the Adirondacks. She came to western NY in 1998 to attend Roberts Wesleyan College. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and a husband, Joe Rebisz. Jocelyn taught at Jackson School in Batavia from 2002-2005. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 2008 from SUNY Brockport after completing her internship as a counselor at Northgate Free Methodist Church. She is now the Assistant Worship Leader at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church and serves as Chaplain to the Northgate Morning MOPS group.

Jocelyn and Joe have 6 kids, ages 2-15. They have adopted internationally. The Rebisz family lives on a small farm with an old Morgan mare, LaMancha dairy goats, pigs, chickens, a cat, and Pippin the Puppy.

Jocelyn likes reading, blogging, crocheting, square foot gardening, horses, goats, baking, music, and Settlers of Catan.
*where’s your treasure?*

Session III – 1:45-2:35 | Break-out Session Descriptions:

Gloria Roorda: “Marriage”
Gloria lives in Batavia with her husband of 37 years, Ed. They have four adult children: Mike, Sarah, Aaron and Melanie; and three beloved spouses of those children: Martha, Kate, and Nate. She is the Lead Pastor at Arbor House, Northgate’s liturgical service and oversee Women’s and Marriage Ministries for Northgate. She also does some counseling. She has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Northeastern Seminary, and loves thinking and talking about how following Jesus impacts every area of our lives. Gloria is passionate about helping women live into the wholeness of being God’s image bearers.
What is God’s purpose for our marriages? Is happiness the highest goal, or does God have a deeper purpose? How does that impact how we relate to our spouse? What does it mean for those times when we no longer love our spouse? We will be looking at these questions, and what the answers mean for our marriages as we seek to be God’s disciples.

Jocelyn Rebisz: “Broken: Finding JOY in Difficult Relationships”
We all experience people in our lives that try our hearts and souls. People all around us are broken in varying degrees*. And, if we are honest we know our own brokenness. In the face of all this difficulty, how do we respond with love and joy? Speaker Jocelyn Rebisz will share some stories of loving through the pain of hard relationships and offer hope for finding joy in the process. (*Topics will range from reactive attachment disorder to grumpy people at the grocery store.)

Jocelyn Rebisz grew up in the foothills of the Adirondacks. She came to western NY in 1998 to attend Roberts Wesleyan College. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and a husband, Joe Rebisz. Jocelyn taught at Jackson School in Batavia from 2002-2005. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 2008 from SUNY Brockport after completing her internship as a counselor at Northgate Free Methodist Church. She is now the Assistant Worship Leader at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church and serves as Chaplain to the Northgate Morning MOPS group.

Jocelyn and Joe have 6 kids, ages 2-15. They have adopted internationally. The Rebisz family lives on a small farm with an old Morgan mare, LaMancha dairy goats, pigs, chickens, a cat, and Pippin the Puppy.

Jocelyn likes reading, blogging, crocheting, square foot gardening, horses, goats, baking, music, and Settlers of Catan. *where’s your treasure?*

Becky LeFevre: “Living the Full Life: Minimalism Matters”
Jesus told his disciples that he came “that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Yet so many of us are living lives that are void of the fullness that God created us to exist in. Throughout scripture and throughout history, the people who follow the call of God on their lives are also called to leave behind a lot of other less important stuff. Join me as we step into a life that leaves behind the things we don’t need, the things that hold us back.

Becky has three children and has been a full time mom for over 8 years. Born and raised in New Jersey, she now lives with her family in Batavia in an old house that they are constantly renovating, with a backyard full of tools, toys and a small flock of chickens. She loves to paint and make art, and tries (often unsuccessfully) to do more yoga and drink less coffee.

Before life as a mom, Becky worked in a variety of jobs, but mostly in leadership and management in a not-for-profit organization. She earned her bachelors degree at Rutgers University in Art History with a minor in Religion and some coursework in Organizational Leadership. She also studied fine arts at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Traci Birge: “Daughters of Miriam: Hearing the whispered heroism of women in the Old Testament”
Description: What do we do when we feel the tug of God to do something unusual, or worse… something incredibly ordinary? This session will look at the stories of women in the Old Testament? Their actions as warriors, prophets, mothers, sisters, and wives. In our obedience to God’s will for our life, regardless of what that might look like, we are joining in an ancient tradition of faithfulness and obedience that God has used to shape history.
Traci married her best friend, Jeff Birge, 10 years ago and now they have 2 beautiful daughters (Kylie, 5; and Lydia 1) who have rocked their world. Both Traci and her husband Jeff work at Roberts Wesleyan College. Traci is currently an Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures. She is also a PhD student at McMaster Divinity College and working towards her degree with a special focus on the Old Testament, particularly the lesser known characters in the biblical narrative. She is too busy for most hobbies, but is a coffee enthusiast and has taken up running in the last year. Other than that, she just loves family time either with her small family of four, or her extended family with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

TEENS-Erin Martin: “I Am Third”
Erin Martin lives with her husband and two great kids, Malakai; 12 and Addison; 5 in Oakfield, NY. She works at The City Church as the Youth Pastor and also with the creative arts teams and volunteers. She also owns and runs Divine Dance Studio, which is a Christian dance studio with a focus on the belief that all of our gifts and talents should be given back to God. Erin is thankful and honored that she gets to do what she loves every day of the week.

In this session we will talk about “I am third”. We will discuss that in order to love one another we also need to learn how to love ourselves. We often perceive others as we perceive ourselves instead of seeing ourselves as uniquely and wonderfully made by God with a purpose in mind. We are to put others first and see the needs in others and in order to do that we need to be strong and confident and find the joy in who God created us to be!

 

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Ladies only, please, ages 11 and up. No ID requirements.

How do I choose the  3 break-out sessions I want to attend?
When you get to the conference you will choose which of the three sessions you want to attend. Girls of 11-18 years need not choose because they will be automatically enrolled.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes

What is the refund policy?
All ticket sales are final.

How do I request a scholarship?
Contact the Northgate Free Methodist Church office M-Th 9-5pm, 585-343-4011; ask at the Information Desk in the Lobby of NGFMC; or use the link at the bottom of this page.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes

Have further questions about The Eve Conference: Choose Joy?
Contact Northgate Free Methodist Church or 585.343.4011

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