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Living as God’s Beloved with the Women of Elim Evangelical Free Church

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photo7Living 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!

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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.

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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 wonderfullymade.photo12

 Here are some memories from our day, enjoy!

Thanks Women of Elim! We had an amazing day with you all!

~Heather and the Creative Team at made.

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Creating with Our Creator

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made. attendees enjoying a painting project

                  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

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“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

~Oprah Winfrey

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.

~ Heather

Something to Think About

The Dark and Light of Fall

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The light of change and our hope

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