Living as God’s Beloved.
This was our theme for our creative gathering, with the sweet women of Elim Evangelical Free Church. What a joy-filled day! They were welcoming, excited and ready to experience God in a new and different way. The church decor was not only relaxing and inviting it was the perfect setup for what we do at made. They served up a delicious meal of hearty soups, bread and salad and the hospitality and fellowship was genuine and inclusive!
I was filled with anticipation too.
I always am.
It is such a privilege to share God’s truth with others. Sharing the word of God through the creative process can be scarey but from the photos all you can see is creative joy and fun!
As a creative and a maker of things, I marvel at what an imagination can do if given space, time and encouragement! I love teaching (if you know me personally you would say that is an understatement) but it is true. I am always tickled when I give the same set of instructions and the same medium to work with, to a room full of inspired women. I never tire of seeing the eyes widen in discovery or the infectious smile triggered by the spark that ignites creative inspiration.
This Creative Gathering was no exception. The Creative Team provided guided creative activities through listening and quieting exercises, watercolor play, journaling and group discussion and a clay project. All of these activities disengaged the analytical mind allowing the language of the imagination to form something outside of themselves. They got to see their thoughts, ideas, even their faith and gain new perspective. All through the lense of scripture and Living as God’s Beloved. It was an amazing day!
What I also never tire of, is the connection that is made as sisters in Christ. It is wonderful to watch the creative circle grow as the Lord leads us in new directions. May the Kingdom of the Lord continue to be proclaimed and women of Elim never forget that you are fearfully and wonderfully…made.
Here are some memories from our day, enjoy!
Watercolor taught by Shauna E.
Clay taught by Heather W.
Journaling time taught by Sarah C.
Thanks Women of Elim! We had an amazing day with you all!
~Heather and the Creative Team at made.
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
“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
“It was a rich day for me and very fulfilling. I felt refreshed and inspired. And I desperately needed the break from my other life. The team and participants were lovely in every way.”~ Sheila
“…lovely and inviting! I loved the open door to the garden near the food table. Beautifully displayed food. Really loved eating off the glass snack plates-retro!”~ T.
“What a relaxing little retreat! Such a blessing to connect with other women and to delve a little deeper into my own heart. I feel like a the day was just what my spirit needed.” ~Marie
“Loved the worship, Loved the affirmations at the end.”~S
“Very special to spend the day with friends and art projects. I also really enjoyed meeting some new ladies!” ~Lisa
“I was blessed n numerous ways, I was encouraged, stretched, blessed and welcomed. Not knowing anyone except my one friend was exciting to me. I will talk to a tree stump! I loved hear about others in their praises and their struggles. We’re all in different spots in our walk. Because of this, sometimes we’re guides and sometimes we’re the ones trying to find our way. I have raved about my day at made. I came away with a full cup! Thank you for replenishing!” ~Terri
“Tapping into a community of women who care for one another was beautiful in itself. Being encouraged to do soul work by creating, discovering, and layering was a gift from God, with uncanny timing. “~Joan
“There is no society on earth that does not attempt to decorate or embellish or enhance its, dwelling places, its garments, its artifacts, its language, or the human body itself-either with graphic design, or fabric, or song, word, or ritual. Maybe art and religion are aligned because religion also addresses the world in its attempt to seek and find, knock, and trust that God will open the door to truth, beauty, and the meaning of our living.
Art lays bare our realities. And religion opens our experience up to God.”
Luci Shaw from Breath for the Bones, 2007
Enjoy these highlights from our Spring Gathering. It was a time of real beauty. A time of healing, relaxing, and fellowship.
This day was precious, thank you for being with us!
~Heather and The Creative Team, Connie, Marion, and Michelle
Things you didn’t know you could do!
I can still hear all your voices singing praises to the Lord. I can still hear your heartfelt affirmations to one another. I still see the colors and drawings of things you thought you couldn’t do. Your laughter and gratitude ring loud in the hearing of my ears. What a day, what a fantastic, creative day!
We thank you for choosing us as part of your weekend, for spending time exploring your creative self and connecting in new ways to Our Creator God, Elohim! I am working on a slideshow of high lights from our Spring Gathering and when it is finished I will post it under Spring Gathering.
Remember what the Potato Farmer did?
Another thing that would be a great help to us, is to take a minute and fill out our survey. You should’ve gotten it in your email inbox. Or you can take it HERE This feedback helps us so much in how we plan our next Creative Gathering.
What do you remember about seeds?
FYI: The Creative Team takes a bit of a break in the summer months but if you signed up to get us in your inbox, then you will hear the latest and greatest as we post it. Leave us a message via the Spring Gathering page and we will respond as soon as we are able.
Again what a special day, thanks for creating with us!
~ Heather and The made. Creative Team: Michelle, Connie and Marion
“Let the magical peace of twilight turn your eyes towards the heavens” ~ H. Wombacher
I can’t believe it is almost Saturday!
I am bursting at the seams with excitement.
While we have been preparing for you to join us for the day, we have been praying that the Lord prepares your heart too.
Get ready to see with new eyes, meet new friends and rest in the fellowship of His grace-filled love!
We can’t wait to meet you!
~Heather and The made. Creative Team
Spring is coming!
Recently, I cleaned out our house, rearranged furniture and forced some Narcissus and mini Daffodils bulbs. Even though it is the end of February, in my world spring really has come, I’m awakening out of winter’s gray sleep! Along with all this change and awakening, the Creative Team at made. has some exciting news!
We are having another
made. A Creative Gathering this spring.
Mark your calendars and save the date for May 2nd!
We have added some new elements that we think you will love. We can’t wait to share the goodness, so stay tuned. Online registration and more details to come. We are excited for you to join us!