I bent down to pick it up. It was small, and, at first glance, it didn’t appear to be anything special. It had just been discarded by a woman walking with a child on the beach not far ahead of me. I heard her tell the child that it was not very pretty and not worth keeping. When I picked the shell up and looked at the outside I saw that the woman was right – the outside was, indeed, not very beautiful. But when I turned it over it nearly took my breath away. For on the inside I saw a delicate, gentle beauty. Soft shades of coral and peach. Such beauty. Inner beauty. As I held the shell on my open palm and marveled at what God had created I was reminded that the LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (I Samuel 16:7).
At our creative gatherings we encourage women to cultivate this inner beauty, their hearts, through creative projects, journaling, prayer, and music. On Saturday, October 15, 2016 we will be gathering to explore what it means to be God’s beloved. We hope you will join us!
To register, click here, or come to the sign-up table in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma.
Michelle ~ Creative Team Member
made. attendees enjoying a painting project
Creative, transforming, renewing, connecting, refreshing, nourishing, loving, safe, non-competitive, inviting, honoring, joyful, prayerful, inclusive, engaging and celebrating;
these are just some of the words that describe a made. Gathering.
We celebrate being creative by praying, writing, painting, drawing, designing and decorating.
As we create, we find ourselves connecting deeply with our Creator God.We see ourselves as creating alongside our Creator, partaking in His sacred identity.
Join us Saturday, October 15th, 2016 for our fall made. Gathering at our a new venue this year, the Old Town Music Society. Come to be refreshed, renewed, nourished and transformed.
Marion~Teacher & Creative Team Member
It was time, time to head outta town.
We needed to getaway to focus, plan, and dream. The Creative Team at made. headed out to a quaint little village called Leavenworth, in the beautiful Cascades of the Pacific Northwest. Our purpose was to spend time together encouraging, praying and planning our next amazing fall gathering.
We arrived at our destination and to our surprise and delight, our cabins were right on the Wenatchee River.
What an amazing weekend we had dreaming together. You will be in for a treat this fall and I couldn’t be more excited about what we have got in store for you dear attendees! One of which is our new Facebook page. Take a look at it HERE. We will be updating this along with our blog as the Fall Creative Gathering gets closer. Keep checking in with us, we don’t want you to miss a thing!
Here are some pictures from this weekend enjoy.
Marion, LaVaughn, Heather, Michelle, Sara, Cindy
If you would like us to contact you about our Fall Gathering fill in the contact information and we will send you details.
Thanks for inquiring!
~ Heather- made. Dreamer, Leader, Teacher
Growth often comes in the form of stepping into something new, like stepping though a doorway. Do we take a chance and open the door? Do we take a chance and lean into the growth? My answer is yes!
We are growing here at made. just a bit. I can honestly say, that what is through the doorway is beautiful and full of promise. I am talking about bringing others onto the Creative Team. These lovely new faces bring new skills, fresh eyes and wonderful ideas. I am really looking forward to this coming year! It is going to be the best year yet! Be on the look out for our upcoming Creative Gathering happening this Fall!
Check back often as we will be adding our new team member’s bios to the site, giving you a chance to get to know them. Pictured: Left to Right- Cindy Waple, Marion Morford, Michelle Rowland, LaVaughn Richards, Sarah Chickering, Connie Connally. Not pictured is Heather Wombacher and Shauna Essman.
Would you like to have our team come and give a program to your women’s group or church group. We would love to. Contact us by filling in the contact form below.
This winter we are speaking and teaching at:
Fist Presbyterian Church Women’s Ministry
“Preparing the Soil, Growing in the Lord”
For more information please contact the church office at: 253-272-3286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration has begun! Tickets cost $70.00
To register please contact the registrar at : 815.209.5375 or email@example.com
I hope you will consider attending! We are excited to share how the Lord has cultivated the “soil of our hearts” so that we might grow in Him and share the gifts He has put within each of us.
Come explore the creative gifts in your spirit. We will learn through creative projects, journaling, prayer, worship, small group reflection, good food and lots of laughing!
Looking forward to seeing you!
~Heather and the Creative Team
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
Simple yet poignant. This is something we will be thinking on as we explore our own stories at this fall’s made. A Creative Gathering.
Space is limited and there are a few spots left, don’t delay. Click HERE for online registration. Registration will close Tuesday Oct. 13th.
I look forward to seeing you there.
The light of change and our hope
As I look out my window, I see a glorious fall day, and I am uplifted by this beauty. Two or three months from now, I will be slogging through the wet darkness we call Puget Sound winter, and I will miss the vibrancy of today. Yet God has shown me that He works in both sunlight and darkness. That is our amazing hope.
This fall our creative work in made. focuses on the contrast between light and darkness, pain and joy–and how God produces beauty by using both. Our own artistry does the same when we follow Him. Join us as we explore our stories together at our next gathering on October 17. Register now HERE!~ Connie
The Changing of the Leaves
Fall is here! My favorite time of year. The leaves are changing, and you can feel the chill in the air. Thick sweaters and boots, get ready! As I say goodbye to summer 2015, I take a moment to look back. Writing in my journal helps me with this. I can turn back the page to re-visit summer. I’m grateful for a summer filled with family and friends. I so want to say it was entirely wonderful, but I can’t, as I re-read the painful moments I experienced while visiting family. I’m also aware of how God was with me and how He stretched me. What does He have planned for me this fall?
What are your plans for fall? Won’t you join us at our Fall Gathering?
Please join us on October 17, 2015 for a day of exploring the Story God is telling through our lives. Our day will include painting, collage, journaling, discussion and refreshment of body and spirit.
Come have your heart and your vision lifted!
To register, click here, or come to the sign-up table in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings at
First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma.