Monday, October 13, 2014

Embracing Womanhood Conference 2014 ("Hope")

Since our last blog post there was a bit more traveling and a bit of at home life that happened before the delights of this past weekend. 
Mother and I became more and more excited as the time approached for the Women's Conference. There was lots of work to be done and we had such fun in doing it. 
We'll start with a few preparation photos. 
 Planting the centerpieces as I listen to  online photography workshops. 
 We simply used the same wheat we use to grind fresh for our baked goods, soaked/started the sprouting process in jars, and then planted them on the plates with wet paper towels. After they were laid in the plates we continued to spray them throughly over the next week. (We also throughly prayed over them!) Sometimes I added baking soda to my water so that it would kill any bacteria. 
I was very grateful to Lori Wengered for assisting me in planting about half the the centerpieces! 
 Tues. night before the Women's Conference a wonderful group of ladies came to our place to do some crafting for the conference decorations. So grateful for their creative help! 

 Loading up! (We practically moved to the church!) 

I told several people last week, "You can't run a women's conference without men!" My Dad, Brothers, and other men from GEET were indispensable! 

Thursday Evening

Registration and coffee drinks! 

The Ice Coffee Ladies, all ready for action. 

 Meet and greet time 
Opening and blessing by Brother Nelson. So sweet. 
 Prayer of blessing over the speakers 
 Drama by Viv Stoltzfus :) 
"Loveliness in your Lifestyle" by Mother 
 Cupcake bar after a light supper. 


"My Journey to Rest" by Debbie Overholt 
 Sarah had all the ladies find one lady they didn't know and make them their partner for the week. The first assignment was to tell your life story in 2 min. :) 

 "Wounds Heal" by Sarah Coblentz 

 Oh…lunch time. Have I mentioned we have amazing Caterers? 

 I so appreciate all the young ladies who helped me get details ready before each meal. 

Another drama by Naomi Yoder 
 Sweet praise. 
 Maryann blessed us with two beautiful songs she wrote. 
 Maryann Kauffman shared her story that most of us have watched from a distance over the past year. There wasn't a dry eye in the house (though we also laughed). There was such grace as the Lord poured through her that afternoon. 

Bontrager sisters blessed us with their beautiful singing. 
"Never Alone" by Martina Schlabach  
The joy of the Friday Evening dessert bar!
 Our church ladies did a wonderful job of making all this deliciousness! 

 These girls were busy helping all weekend! Such sweet beings, they are.  


 Lovely music by the Mullett sisters 
Coffee and mingling 
 Sweet drama by Naomi Yoder 

Worship time. Annie Hostetler and her team did such a beautiful  job! 
Recognition time! The Caterers got a standing ovation! :)
AMAZING sound booth people. These ladies worked super hard that weekend! 
"Find Hope and Healing, When Life Hurts" By Cindy Mullett 
One by one we cast our burdens "on slip of folded paper" onto the carved wooden "hand "up front at the altar table, refreshed by the reality that Jesus can carry and take care of all of them. 
(Mother's caption. She always edits the blog and here added her thoughts. :))
 A final time of blessing with your partner. 

   Sarah told us we would have a "Sweet surprise" at the end of the conference. Most of us didn't  know what it was! And who would have thought…Ryan Bomgardner! He had us rolling in our seats and then in tears. It was a perfect way to end. 

 And a lovely brunch to finish 

Three ladies so dear to my heart. :) Such a treat to have them here this past weekend! 

Later that afternoon, after everything was had been tore-down and cleaned up, I stepped into the sanctuary one last time. I still felt His presence there. I wanted to cry. Ladies faces flashed through my mind. I remembered the alter times…the times of worship, prayer and laughter. And then all one can say is, "Thank you Lord." 
Such a sweet and precious weekend. 

"May the God of HOPE fill you with al joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" 
-Romans 15:13

Posted by Deborah 


  1. Thank you for such a beautiful and descriptive glimpse into the week-end... you did amazing!!! ~Rachel Raber

  2. thank you for the glimpse of the weekend, would have loved to be there, my daughters would have loved to come, but with some small children they chose not to come, maybe you can all come to Pa. sometime!!!, we would appreciate it!!-----

  3. My first time there and I loved it! Blessings to all those involved and I look forward to seeing you next year!

  4. May the Lord bless you ladies ABUNDANTLY for all your hard work + effort..this conference looks amazing! what an incredible opportunity to minister to other women around you. Bless your hearts.


  5. Aww, this looks like a wonderful time! Deborah, you continually challenge me to bring beauty to my surroundings, and to love more deeply.

    Hugs across the miles, dear friend!